revive and comfort

“This is my comfort in my affliction: that Your word has revived me.” (Psalm 119:50)
DEVOTIONAL
In our afflictions, what we pray earnestly for, is escape. That is our comfort. God goodness is often weighed by how quickly He brings that escape.
God has a purpose for all our afflictions, and often He chooses to give us a different comfort—His Word. It is packed with promises, exhortations, and lessons we need to learn; God’s Word is the most valuable resource that a Christian can have in their life.
Are you cherishing and graciously receiving the comfort He gives through His word, or do you keep hoping for an escape from the situations that should bring you closer to God?
Let His word revive and comfort you.
I can’t recall where I read this devotional from.  I know when I read it, I saved it.  It not only gave me a sense of comfort, but I did feel a revival in my spirit.  I hope this devotional though not written by me, provides you comfort and a sense of revival.
When I find the source of this devotional I will update this post to give credit where credit is due.  God Bless.
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Phoenix – Beauty from Ashes

“…he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness…”
(Isaiah 61:3, TLB)
We have all been through times of mourning, pain, heaviness and ashes.
What God is telling us that despite the ashes he will give you beauty.
Despite the mourning, you will soon find joy.
Despite the heaviness in one’s heart, you will soon be able to lift your hands and praise.
What God is telling us that he wants us to trade our pain, our mourning, even the heaviness in our hearts which leave us broken for Healing.
He wants to give us beauty.
In Greek Mythology and in the Talmud we have the Phoenix. The phoenix is an amazing mythical creature.
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The Phoenix is a mythical bird that is cyclically regenerated or born again. The phoenix obtains new life by arising from their own ashes of its predecessor. According to some accounts of the Phoenix, when the phoenix dies in flames and combustion. Then out of ashes the phoenix regenerates into a new and beautiful creature.
We see this illustration vividly in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. ***Spoiler Alert**** I am assuming that by now all have either read or seen the movie, but just in case…the spoiler alert notice is in full affect. There is a scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Fawkes the phoenix that belongs to Dumbledore dies. He turns in to ashes. Then emerges once again as a beautiful pillar of light, reborn as a new bird, a mystical magical bird with healing. Shining bright, whimsical, happy and care free.
This verse, though not making reference to the illustration of Fawkes, explains how God want’s us to renew ourselves from our ashes just like a phoenix does.
Just like beauty and this new beacon of light emerges from the ashes when a phoenix regenerates, God wants us to become new, renewed, loved, treasured, favored, beautiful beacons of light from our ashes.
The Key for our beauty to arise is that we have to be willing to get up, dust ourselves off, and give up the ashes. You cannot be beauty and still be within the ashes. You cannot have joy while still mourning. You cannot praise with all your might, with heaviness in your heart.
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To Quote Elsa from frozen “Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore”.

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You have to let go of the old, to become the new shining beacon, pillar of beautiful light he see’s in you.
Today dear reader, are you willing to put your trust in God? Are you willing to trust him with the pain of your past? Are you willing to trust him with the heaviness that fills your heart? Are you willing to step out of the ashes? Are you willing to see your pain, and “let it go”?. Are you willing to forgive others and yourself?
Don’t waste another moment buried deep within the ashes. Today is your day. Now is the moment. leave it all in the past. Turn to God so he can give you the joy you have been missing. Turn to God so you an praise with all your might, Turn to God so that you can step out of the ashes and be this beautiful pillar of light you are.
Today, step out of the ashes and know that you are beautiful.
A Prayer for Today
Father God thank you for sweeping me away from my ashes. Thank you for cleansing me and bringing me peace and joy. Thank you for my beautiful family, beautiful home and the beautiful person I am because of you. I made my choice father to trust in you, to receive your blessings and healing to restore my life. I pray for the person reading this father. May you reading this, become the beacon of light God see’s in you. May you be restored into your full glory as soon as you step out of the ashes. I ask that God provides you with the guidance you need for healing, for joy and to remove any heaviness in your heart and soul. I pray for the strength for you to step out of the ashes, so you too can be beautiful the way God has intended you to be. Amen.

From Struggles to Hope.

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Below is a devotional associated with this verse from Daily bible app.
One of the things my great-grandma and I had in common was our tremendous love for flowers and plants.
So when she passed away a few months before my husband and I were married, I took some cuttings from a few of her plants so I could start my own to remember her by. The most special one of all was her heirloom tea rosebush. I took the cuttings home to my Granny so we could plant and tend to them until they took root…if they took root.
They did and by the time John and I said “I do”, the tiny bushes were ready to plant. Over the span of thirty-seven years those bushes have been moved four times and numerous cuttings have been taken from them to be shared with others. But on this last move the bushes had to remain in buckets for several months…something they don’t tolerate very well.
When I was finally able to get them in the ground I was nearly certain they wouldn’t make it. I was heart-broken. I know it sounds silly, but I prayed for those roses to survive. They seemed to be just sitting there doing nothing, but when I returned home after teaching in a Bible camp for a couple of weeks, I ran out to check them and…they were getting new leaves!!! They were growing!
Those rosebushes remind me of many things: My sweet great-grandma, my enormous and loving family, and the fact that even when things seem dead or hopeless, God knows better. With Him there is always hope and always joy if we will let Him cultivate it in us and trust in His timing.
Pray: God, let me see the good in all things in my life. Give me the courage to trust You to always know what is best. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Journal
What hurt do you need God to heal you from?
How has God used a difficult or painful situation in your life to bring about good and hope?
These Journal questions were at the end of this devotion. Now I read this devotional a few weeks back but i saved it and I kept going back to it because I can relate so much not just to the story, but these questions.
I have been hurt, we have all been hurt. At first I didn’t channel my hurt appropriately.
I didn’t go to God to heal me from my pain and anguish. I ran.
I have spoken about it in previous posts.
Yet after some time, after My kids, I used my pain to openly talk to others complaining about the same pain I once had.
4 years ago a friend of mine and I were discussing infertility.
At that point my oldest son was 2 and half.
During her venting she said to me, you don’t understand my struggle, you have a cute, doting toddler at your whim, I have nothing.
She was right, I did have my 2 year old. What she didn’t know was the years of suffering, miscarriages, pain, loss in hope, depression, medical procedures and tests that I have endured to get where I got.
I had decided to make lifestyle choices prior to getting my son.
I had to recenter myself and focus back in Christ.
I made dietary changes.
I made life changes.
I made spiritual changes.
I did the ultimate prioritizing in my life and eliminated toxicity from it.
I shared my struggle.
I shared my burdens.
I shared my stories of miscarriages.
She was shocked.
I may have said it in previous posts, but I rarely open up to people and share my stories and my struggles.
So I got outside my comfort zone and she was inspired.
She went ahead and decided to make some changes.
She decided to loose weight.
She decided to change her diet.
She made life style changes.
She also made spiritual changes.
She omitted toxic people in her life.
She got pregnant a few months after.
Ironically around the same time I did.
Though she found out about her pregnancy before I even suspected about mine.
Our kids are two weeks apart.
She needed that pep talk.
She needed to recenter herself with Christ.
She needed to make some changes in her life.
She needed to do her part like I did, for God to do his.
This is an example of how my hurt, my pain, my trials brought good, joy and hope, not just in my life but in hers.
Father God I want to thank you for your love. I want to thank you for my trials and my tribulations. Everything that I have been through in life has only brought me closer to you. Everything that i have been through has only made me stronger. Every form of suffering which you have healed me from have brought joy, good and hope to others. Sharing stories, sharing our difficult moments, can be of a blessing and inspire hope to others. Our trials and our life experiences are not merely our own, but for others so that they too can learn from them and be inspired to grow closer to you. Father you are an amazing teacher and healer, I thank you so much for all you do. Amen.

Happiness

The world is looking for happiness, yet they are looking for happiness in all the wrong places (wealth fame etc).
This was from a piece of a recent sermon by Pastor Hagee.
I was listening to his service in my living room and this struck out.
He referenced Luke 12;15 [15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”]
We can easily get carried away with our possessions and our quest to happiness in life.
Trust me I know.
I tend to get so fixated on my “projects” that sometimes even though for those brief moments of joy, I get carried away and end up with a surplus of items.
I like to craft with my kids.
My kids have found an affinity to making things.
So what do I do, I buy a cricut.
I turn everything in to a project.
I want to make them everything.
home made cards, home made banners, home made party decors, home made holiday decor.
(I have spent and saved unequivocally the same amount lol).
My kids have found an affinity in painting.
So what do I do, I order canvases galore, paint, stencils and paint brushes
So what do I have? An Art gallery in their bedroom preserving those few minutes of happiness in self reflection and creativity.
I like to read.
I like to read thematically.
So what do I Have? A mountain pile of books to read, and a kindle/nook devices filled with books at my disposal to read.
I get lost in my books, I get transfixed in my books, I get happy reading.
Yet I have enough books to donate to a few libraries.
Many of us experience this, we try to fill a void with anything.
Books, toys, gaming devices, virtual worlds, alcohol, substances, fame, wealth and money.
These are the wrong places to seek happiness. The happiness we find are only temporary and short lived.
Stop using these fillers to fill the places in your heart that doesn’t belong to them.
Your happiness can be filled by the Alpha and The Omega, I AM, Yahweh, Yeshuah, Lord Almighty.
Be careful of these possessions filling your time.
They can hinder your growth, your walk and your relationship with Christ and your loved ones.
Father God I thank you today for your love. I thank you for your Mercy. I thank you for filling the voids in my heart with your words, wisdom kindness and love. Everything I have, every ounce of Joy I receive is all because you made it possible and for that I am eternally grateful. I do not want to be filled with an abundance of possessions which will only provide temporary joy. Instead I want the water that gives everlasting life and joy which only comes from you. Father I ask you to keep me grounded, keep me focused, despite the distractions. Amen

By My Spirit

“…Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”
(Zechariah 4:6, NIV)
I grew up watching wrestling.
Die Hard WWE (formally WWF) fan.
I always liked the strong powerful, tactful wrestlers.
Those whom were proficient and strong submission skills.
Those whom were bigger, stronger, muscular since all this in the wrestling world embodies not might, but power.
In baseball, fans follow the power hitters of the teams.
They give their all, their might and their strength in the game.
In basketball, we love the player who can shoot long range 3 point jump-shots and who’s offense skills are amazing on the court.
In football we rely on the speed, strength, endurance and power of the quarterback to lead our teams to the Superbowl.
In each of these instances what we fail to realize is that its not our might, our talent, our build, our strength nor our power for us to get things done.
It is by the Spirit of the Lord.
We need to put our trust in His spirit.
He can provide us with guidance in any thing we think of.
We need to realize that his spirit also resides in us.
It gave us our first breath when he breathed life in to Adam.
In Hebrew “ruach” means spirit.
I recently posted this from the Hebrew words series from one of the devotionals I was reading at the time.
In today’s verse it means breath.
When God breathes in our direction we can have amazing things unfold in our lives. Things won’t happen because of how talented we are, how are build is, how pretty we are or the people we are affiliated, it happens because God took a breath in your direction. God shifted things in to place.
With his every breath, promises are fulfilled, Healing comes, promotions, restoration they all come our way with his grace and love and just one deep breath.
We should stop depending on our might, our prowess, our physical abilities and carnal talents. What we should remember is by the Holy spirit, by the breath of God, by his will, is how things well get done. When we put all our trust and faith in God, the impossible suddenly becomes possible. When you remain faithful and trust in him, things will suddenly begin falling in to place. Your lives will begin to transform, healing will begin to take place, things that were broken, unfix able will suddenly become fixed.
The breath of God can fix and change things.
Father God thank you for breathing in my direction. Thank you for the restoration of my life. Thank you for peace. Thank you for healing. Thank you for the wholeness i feel within my body and mind. Today I receive you and your gifts. Today I will not rely on my own strength but in your breath, in your power in your might. Amen.

​ Sink or swim

Sink or swim methodology.
At an undisclosed “prestigious” location where like every other institution of the same kind emphasizes on clientele, care of clientele and the happiness of its clientele.
Your job description is constantly thrown at your face reminding you that the needs and care of the clientele is of the upmost importance.
Employee morale (at least in my department) is at an all time low. To think we didn’t think it could get any lower. We have collectively decided to boycott holiday festivities because we have once again been slighted.
We were given an hour notice to not take lunch to some on lunch training, yet still continue to work. With options in the surrounding area taking over an hour to deliver, we didn’t have any options to order, and since we are not allowed to use our cell phones we couldn’t order and have them call our cell while we wait.
In this short noticed meeting which occurred on Friday we were told that come Monday we were going live with a project. Now the timeline which was given to us a month ago suddenly disappeared. Location A- bigger population time line was spring 2018. Location b smaller population time line was end of December early January.
What we were blind sighted with was that both locations were going live on Monday. The problem with this is not only the shortened timeline, nor management being unreasonable nor unfair. The problem with this is that we did not have adequate training. We were given a one hour training that still didn’t capture the full intended implementation of a new workflow that was to start in 4 hours (business hours)
We addressed our issues and concerns to our supervisor whom basically said, yes thank you for your concerns but we are still going live. Then he kept making trump references. Comparing yourself to using trumpism isn’t going to help smooth out this transition. A supervisor who talks about wanting to support his team so that his team does not fail was not what we saw.
We saw a supervisor who wants to prove to administration a point. That his ideology of how a workflow is intended to flow will work. Productive training did not occur. Actual sit down training did not occur. We will either sink or swim once we clock in today.
This is a form of professional bullying.
Bullying is bullying. We have bullying in the professional environment. Bullying your staff without adequate notice to just change poof just like that. No one in our team saw this coming. We were blind sighted. What is crazy is it appears based on the dialogue that the other interdisciplinary teams we deal with will be blind sighted as well. I refuse to feel the wrath when I have to inform my practices I cannot do something without the new addition to my workflow entered. Oh man they are going to be pissed off.
The conversation kept flip flopping on the notion of whether or not they know or don’t know. Whether they are on board or not on board. Whether they will come on board or not after “we” can convince the head honcho. So wait, what? Yes my thoughts exactly.
We will be going live with something that needs to convince one of the top bosses. Um does anyone see a problem with this?
It’s Monday and I still have no idea what to do when I walk in
Will I sink or swim?
Sadly I’m already drowning and I have yet crossed the threshold.
‘Quick and dirty’ method of new employee(usually sales personnel) training in which the recruit is pushed straight into the actual work environment, with little or no formal training. He or she has to learn fast and make good, or lose the job.

Lee Strobel’s the The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel’s the The Case for Christ.
When I received this book I was about to start a devotional series.
Something about this title caught my eye.
Something familiar about the author’s name caught my eye.
At the time I couldn’t pin point where I recognized the author, but as I delved it I realized aha, I have read some of his Articles in the past.
I have been raised in church my whole life.
I did have a few years where I ended up steering away.
My trials and tribulations were getting the best of me.
My trials and tribulations discouraged me.
I didn’t stop going because of gossip, or anything.
I stopped going because of life’s circumstances.
I moved away from the area I grew up.
Traveling back and forth without a car would have taken forever to get to my church.
I tried visiting other churches that were “near” but it would have still taken long to get to church.
I started streaming services to somewhat get the church feel, but that wasn’t enough.
Years later after having children, I returned home.
My circumstances, school, work obligations and lack of transportation and time kept me away.
now things are different.
My kids need this just as much as I do.
So I decided to read the Case for Christ.
I will not go into details, but in sum each chapter has a featured case study. The logistics of how that case either won or lost as far as evidence/approach and the specialists involved are concerned were applied to the Bible. The author wanted to know if you can prove specific events, if you can corroborate who Christ really is in a similar manner.
I found the reading to be rather interesting.
I found arguments and scientific evidences to be quite compelling and sound.
Historical evidences were contested as well as the credibility of the biblical texts.
At the end of this book I found myself more spiritually grounded.
I found my self academically happy since I find myself always researching articles and journals on several subjects of interest.
Questions that may have arisen in my life in the past, and even when i thought of circumstances in the past that I found were iffy, were contested, validated, and argued.
I was pleased.
I did exactly what the author asked me to do as a reader.
Have an Open Mind.
Look at the evidence.
Make your own private verdict.
The Verdict is in.
……
I feel a deeper, better understanding and have been inspired even more in my own personal walk with Christ.
Father God I thank you for allowing me to stumble literally upon this book. Your timing was perfect. This was not by chance that this book fell into my possession. I know I was meant to pick it up and delve deep and read. I thank you for this because I feel that this journey has given me profound understanding. This journey has allowed me to get closer to you. This journey has allowed me to think more. This journey is also allowing me to share this knowledge with others. Thank you. Amen.

Swimming against the currents.

Swimming against the currents.

The Courage to Swim Against the Current – Jer. 38:1-13
What we see here in Jeremiah is how to swim against the currents in order to avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Where am I going with this?
Lets explore what happened here.
The prophet Jeremiah (38 v2-3) made a prophesy ” “So says the Lord,
‘He who remains in this city will die by the sword, by famine, and by
virulent disease (pestilence), but he who goes out to the Chaldean’s [of
Babylon] will live and have his [own] life as a reward and stay alive. Thus says the Lord,
‘This city will certainly be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will take it.’
When the Princes’ heard this prophesy by Jeremiah, they wanted to denounce it immediately, they wanted him killed.
They didn’t want to loose their land, they didn’t want to believe in this prophesy. So they begged the King Zedekiah to Kill Jeremiah.
The king didn’t order him to be killed, but instead told them to handle it themselves.
What did Jeremiah do?
he complied.
The princes’ lowered him into a cistern and left him there to die.
Jeremiah complied. He swam again the currents, metaphorically speaking since this cistern was dry and muddy, he said nothing, he did nothing, he did not fight, did not resist, he did not do anything. Nothing.
Had it not been for Ebed-melech the Ethiopian (Cushite), one of the eunuchs who was in the king’s palace, whom pleaded to free Jeremiah, he could have died. Ebed-Melech found some garments and went to the rope which brought Jeremiah down, and helped him out of the cistern.
Think for one second what Jeremiah was probably doing as he awaited his fate.
What would you have done?
Would you have fought back?
Screamed for help?
Try to escape?
Try to climb out of this cistern filled with mud?
Claw, and Climb and eventually slid back down for your futile attempts to save yourself?
I am sure many would have attempted.
Many would have fought back, Jeremiah I believe didn’t.
Jeremiah is known for being a man who had direct communion and reverence with God.
He prayed and cried a lot!
He prayed.
I believe in the bottom of the cistern He prayed.
He spoke to God.
God calmed him.
God said trust me kid, I am going to get you out of here, and when you come out you will deliver this message for me.
If you continue to read the rest of Chapter 38, you will find yourself reading that after he was taken out, the King asked to speak with Jeremiah.
He spoke to the king, he told him his prophesy, he even told him how he could be saved when the Chaldean come to take over.
Only God could have provided a dutiful prayer warrior with the calm, patience, and words in a time like that.
I believe, in the bottom of the cistern, He prayed.
Despite the temptation to panic.
Despite the unknown.
He put all his faith and trust in God.
God not only provided Ebed-Melech to get him out, but he also provided him the words he needed to speak to the King.

“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone

understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24

Jeremiah understood that. He understood only the Lord could take him out of his situation.
Many of us waste away our lives in the fear of the unknown, in fear of the “inevitable” in fear of our circumstances.
We should be living in our faith, trusting in our faith.
That regardless of what happens.
Whether we are dumped in a muddy cistern or a cistern fill with water.
We need to have faith in Abba father.
We need to swim against the currents….. The currents might be pulling us to panic, to attempt to save one selves, but swimming against the current means to put it all in God’s hands. Trust in God, have faith in God.
Sometimes we need to do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
In trusting God, despite our circumstance, God can show you that 1) I am here 2) I will provide 3) keep trusting in me.
Ebed-Melech is a great example of how God used an ordinary person employed by the King with extra-ordinary courage. It took great courage to stand up before the King to plea for Jeremiah, when all the odds were heavily stacked against Jeremiah. All the odds were heavily stacked against him for even pleading for his prophet. Yet he did. He too swam against the currents. He was instructed by faith and courage to swim against the currents on behalf of a man of God. Ebed-Melech took a risk. He faced being criticized, being punished or even landing a spot next to Jeremiah. He risked it. He took a chance. He spoke against the evil deeds done by the prince’s accusations against Jeremiah.
Like Jeremiah, we all face criticism at one point or another. Just know that being criticized is not a problem, because it will always be there, now if you develop a positive way of dealing with it, then you know you are already swimming against the current.
“I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is
said against me won’t matter. If I’m wrong, ten angels swearing I was
right won’t make a difference.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Though this article gives the life cycle and process of a salmon; if you can pur your self in place of the salmon in this story you can take light the message in swimming against the currents.
For instance, in the article it mentions the following questions to place things in perspective:
How do we cultivate enough presence to identify these ‘personal obstacles’ where we get caught in our own eddy’s?
As we continue to swim upstream can we learn not to overly identify with the obstacles as they arise?
What tools do we each find that supports us to stay afloat when the
intensity of illusion and suffering seem to take up the space of the
ocean inside of us?
How how do we take these questions from the article to help our spiritual growth and swim against the currents?
How do we cultivate enough presence to identify these ‘spiritual obstacles’ while swimming against the currents and not giving in to the flesh or social norms?
As we continue to swim upstream can we learn not to overly identify with the obstacles as they arise, can we put our trust and faith in God and let him provide the solution?
What tools do we each find that supports us to stay afloat when the
intensity of our circumstances and suffering seem to take up the space of the
ocean inside of us?
How can we rely on His word, faith, and trusting in him to continue to swim, despite the criticism, despite doing nothing and saying nothing regarding the situation?
Father God I thank you today, tomorrow and always for all that you do and continue to do for our families. We are facing a hurdle right now and we are trusting in you to guide us. Many expect us to swim with the currents, but swimming against the currents towards you is always a better option. Lord I ask for you to send an
Ebed-Melech our way to help is in this situation. Lord I will trust in you for guidance and to overcome. For I know in you victory shall be ours. Amen.

Comfort / Prayers

Jane Doe / John Doe,
I am praying for your son as he undergoes this procedure, and the two of you as well.
Know that I am with you in spirit.
I just want to reassure you both, even though you already know he is in great hands (God).
These scriptures touched my heart today and I want to share them with you.
  • The Lord your God who goes before you will fight for you, just as you saw Him do for you in Egypt. And you saw in the wilderness how the Lord your God carried you as a man carries his son all along the way you traveled until you reached this place.
Deuteronomy 1:30-31
  • The Lord holds his hand.
Psalm 37:24
I have a special prayer just for you which I recited because of these verses.
Father God, today we are thankful of this day you have given us and the hope from your word which gives us the faith to handle any obstacles before us. Today I lift little John Doe Jr, his Mother Jane Doe and Father John Doe in prayers while your son John Doe Jr undergoes surgery. Lord You are the God who has always gone before us all, you have fought for your children, and Just like you fought for your children in Egypt, I know today you will fight for your children both in the OR and waiting room. You will provide for this family the emotional, spiritual and physical comfort they need. I have faith that you will guide the doctors, and you will be holding the instruments during the procedure. Lord I have faith that through it all, you will not only be holding John Doe Jr’s hand, but his parents as well. Today as I work through the day and meditate in your word, I pray , trust and have faith that you will bring forth healing for John Doe Jr and a speedy recovery. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
In light of the news, I was moved, I was inspired, and the word assisted me in uplifting this family in prayers.  We should rely more in the word, and use Gods word to lift someone up in prayers.  Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and we freeze not knowing what we can say to someone.  In those times, use the word, and with his word, God will provide words of strenght, encouragement and even a prayer.

YIRAH

So here is day 3 of the series is entitled:‘7 More Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know’.
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Day 3:

YIRAH: Which means FEAR

When my wife and I saw this red sky over our backyard in Georgia, we called our girls to see it too because we were in awe. We were in awe of the colors, the shapes, and the God who created this spectacular scene.
The Hebrew word we translate as “awe” is yirah, which also means “respect, reverence, and worship.” Yirah also means “fear.” I grew up thinking to “fear the Lord” meant to be afraid of Him, but as we watched this stunning sunset, I didn’t feel fear. I felt awe and reverence. I felt yirah.
Having the type of awe and reverence for God that motivates us to do His will is the beginning of wisdom. Do you fear the Lord today?

Additional scripture reference:

Read: 2 Corinthians 13:5
Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be
reprobate.
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of Jehovah is the [a]beginning of knowledge;
But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.

My commentary/prayer

Recently we had the discussion about reverence. We even saw a clip about it. The subject came up for the younger and newer members and even as a reminder to the older members of the meaning of reverence. The youth defined the word as to have respect in the house of the Lord. The author to this plan mentions other concepts of the word.
Father God I thank you for your love. I am in awe of you my lord. I am in awe of your greatness and magnitude. I am in awe of your love and mercy. I respect you dear lord. Thank you lord for allowing this author to explain these words so we could have a better understanding as we read your word. Amen.

PARDES

So here is day 2 of the series entitled:‘7 More Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know’.

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Day 2

PARDES: Which means GARDEN

There’s a Hebrew word—pardes—that has recently been changing the way I read the Bible.
See, there’s a verse in the book of Genesis that describes God walking through the flowers and trees of the Garden of Eden searching for His people. The verse reads that “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden.” The Hebrew word for “garden” here is pardes, a word rabbis also use to define the study of Scripture. For them, pardes is a garden, but it’s also an acronym of the four levels of understanding the meaning of every story in the Bible: P’shat(the simple meaning), Remez (the implied meaning), Drash (the deeper meaning), and Sod (the hidden meaning). Together, the first letters create the word pardes, so the rabbis say that studying the Bible is like being in God’s garden or paradise.
Okay, that’s a lot of info, but what does it mean? I like to think it means that whenever you read a story in Scripture or study a passage, you are walking in God’s garden. And just like in the Genesis story, He is calling out for you!

Additional scripture reference:

Read:James 2:17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the [a]voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the [b]cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden.

My Prayer:

Thank you father for this devotional. The author is right, every time we read the word should be like walking in the PARDES with you. I want to immerse myself in the peace and tranquility of your presence dear lord when I read your word. I pray that you can guide me to not be distracted when I immerse myself in your word so that through your word I can find paradise with you. Amen.

MIDBAR

I recently finished a reading plan entitled & Hebrew words every Christian should know.  So I started this new devotional plan from one of my Bible apps using the @YouVersion plan.
So I figured as I go through my 7 day plans I will share them, like I did with the previous one. Knowledge is indeed power.
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Day 1:

MIDBAR: Which means DESERT

Growing up in Australia, this is what I knew as the outback. It was flat. The ground was hard and barren. Temperatures in summer soared above 110 Fahrenheit. The air was hot and dry. When the Bible describes the wilderness or the desert of Israel, this is the image I have. Sometimes, when life gets hard and barren and it feels like God has disappeared, Christians will say they’re in the desert. While we see this as a bad thing, the Bible says the desert is where God lives and speaks. Throughout the Bible we see that the desert is where He spoke to Abraham, Moses, the Israelites, Isaiah, and on through Jesus. In fact, the Hebrew word for desert is midbar, which also means “the place of the word.” And midbarshares the same root word as diber, which means the “Holy of Holies.”
When we’re in the desert or wilderness, we’re actually closer to God than ever because in the desert we realize that we need to rely on Him for survival. Do you feel like you’re in the desert or wilderness right now? Is life beating down on you? Don’t pray for God to take you out of the desert—pray instead that He will hear His voice in the desert, and that in your wilderness you will find His presence, grace, and provision.

Additional scripture reference: Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my
loving kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall my covenant of
peace be removed, saith Jehovah that hath mercy on thee.

Additional scripture reference: Hosea 13:5

I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

My commentary:

I really do love learning the meanings to words especially in other languages. One can more effectively get the context of a discussion when one knows the meaning intended for a specific time period/ language / sect etc.
Thank you Lord for this new Hebrew word. Father I hope to not find myself ever again in a spiritual MIDBAR. Lord I thank you for your continued love, support and guidance. I am sorry for the times I have ventured into the spiritual MIDBAR. Thank you for taking me out of the MIDBAR, filling me with your presence and reminding me that you are always with me… even when I feel deserted. I love you. Amen

So here is day 7 of the devotional series is entitled: seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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Day 7

MEM: Which means CHAOS

During Biblical times, the sea had a negative connotation for the Jewish people. In fact, the Hebrew word for water—mayim—comes from the root mem, meaning “chaos,” which makes sense when you consider the Israelites grew up hearing that a flood wiped out the earth. Even to this day, you don’t find many houses or hotels along the 33 mile shoreline of the Sea of Galilee despite its picturesque waters. 
So why then does Jesus “insist” that his disciples cross the Sea of Galilee during a storm (Mark 6:45)? He sent them into the chaos! But then he came to help them by walking on top of the water—showing that he is in total control of ALL chaos.
Are you facing turmoil today? Remember that Jesus is in control of your chaos, and he’s calling you to get on top of the chaos with him. Are you ready to let Jesus take control of your chaos?

Associated reading:John 6:19American Standard Version (ASV)

19 When therefore they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they behold Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the boat: and they were afraid.

My Prayer:

Father God I thank you for another day and all that is in store for this day.  Lord I thank you for the MEM (chaos) that may arise for these instances are moments where we can grow together.  These moments of chaos unites us.  These moments of chaos brings my faith in you on a whole other level.  These moments of chaos are teaching moments on a carnal and spiritual level.  God I thank you, for I know that you do not give us anything that we cannot handle.  In the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit. Amen.

This concludes this series ” seven Hebrew words every believer should know”  I hope you learned and enjoyed this series which I decided to share as much as I did.

NEPHESH

So here is day 6 of the devotional series is entitled: seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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Day 6

NEPHESH: Which means SOUL

Sunsets remind me of Psalm 19, when David writes; “How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory … no speech or words are used, no sound is heard; Yet their message goes out to all the world and is heard to the ends of the earth”. Have you ever considered that your life is supposed to send this same message? In several places in the Bible we’re told to love God with “… all our soul”, a phrase that uses the Hebrew word nepheshwhich means “soul” and also means “life”, so we’re supposed to love God WITH all our life FOR all our life. This is not loving Him for an hour each week at church – it’s loving Him in everything we do in every minute of every day.
If you never spoke another word, would the way you live your life glorify God before the world?

Associated reading: Psalm 19:1American Standard Version (ASV)

The works and the Word of God.

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament showeth his handiwork.

My Prayer/ Commentary:

Father God I thank you today for your love and mercy.  I thank you for constantly filling up my NEPHESH.  Every day dear lord I look forward to what you have in store for me. Thank you Lord for your guidance and for my salvation.  Amen.

SHALOM

So here is day 5 of the devotional series is entitled: seven Hebrew words every believer should know.

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Day 5

SHALOM: Which means PEACE

Whenever I imagine the city of Jerusalem in Bible times, I picture it being like NYC – loud, chaotic, busy … even messy and violent. But this was not God’s plan for a place known as His Holy City.
The word Jerusalem in Hebrew is Yerushalayim which is made up of two Hebrew words; yeru which means “you will see” and shalom which means “the peace of God”. So Jerusalem is supposed to be the place where you will see the peace of God.
In the Book of Revelation we read that the followers of God will live in a “new Jerusalem” in God’s Kingdom – and we will see the peace of God. Jesus told his followers that “… the Kingdom of God is within you”, which means the “peace of God” is within us.
Will the people around you see and experience the peace of God today because of you?

Associated reading: John 14:27American Standard Version (ASV)

 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

My Prayer.

Father god thank you for the Shalom you bring within the depths of my soul.  Thank you for this lesson which you have provided for me to share.  I ask you for continued guidance and support as we continue to use our available resources to share your word. Praying for Peace (shalom) on earth.  Amen.

RUACH

So here is Day 4 of the devotional series is entitled:seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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Day 4

RUACH: Which means BREATH

We don’t often think abut breathing … unless we’re running out of air. But breath is an important theme throughout the Bible. The Book of Genesis says God made man from mud and put skin, muscles, bones, blood vessels, tendons, veins and hair in place, but the man was not a “living being” until God breathed into his body.
The word for breath in Hebrew is ruach which also means Spirit, so man only becomes a “living being” when God gives him His Spirit. According to the psalms, “… everything that has breath praise the Lord”, so to be alive we first inhale God’s Spirit and then we exhale praise. Inhale Spirit, exhale praise. This is life.
Do you have this rhythm in your life?

Associated Reading: Genesis 2:7American Standard Version (ASV)

And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

My commentary/Prayer:

Father God thank you for this amazing devotional, so far we are on day 4.  It is so reassuring to be reminded of that Had it not been for your RUACH we would not be able to breath.  Thank you for filling our lungs with your breath.  I love you. I thank you. I praise your. Amen.

TEFILLAH

So here is day 3 of the devotional series is entitled: seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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Day 3

TEFILLAH: Which means PRAYER

How often do we use prayer as nothing more than an emergency call or a cold call to God?
Too often we only pray when we need or want something from God – which is understandable considering the English word “pray” means to “ask or beg”. But the Hebrew word for prayer – tefillah – means to “self evaluate”. So to the Jews of the Bible, prayer was not a time when they asked God for things … it was a time when they examined themselves. They would use prayer as a way to compare their actions, behavior and attitude against God’s holiness.
Could this idea change your prayers today?

 Associated reading: 2 Corinthians 13:5American Standard Version (ASV)

 Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate.

My commentary / prayer(TEFILLAH ):

How great does it feel to TEFILLAH To our god? I love communing with him. Pouring out my innermost thoughts, pleas, petitions and concerns over others. As this devotion day, often times we do not pray enough. We pray with things are not going right in our lives. A few posts ago I mentioned we should seek the lord and praise him when times are good and when times are bad. Same thing goes when we TEFILLAH.
We need to always TEFILLAH and comunícate our love, concerns, pleas, petitions and conversations with God on a regular basis. Not just once or twice a week when we go to church. Not just once or twice a day (upon waking and before bed). We need to not cease in praying. We need to pray often.
I pray and commune with god every morning and every evening. I pray and commune with god the two- three times a week I get Togo to church. I communicate with God during my commute, even at work. Some of those time I kneel in prayer (church and home), some of those times I just pray as I do my things… these prayers are silent, said without anyone noticing I’m even praying while I work on my tasks, whether doing chores or doing my work. I pray for people on my commute in the same manner.
I’m not telling you what you should or shouldn’t do but only suggesting, if your not praying enough, know you can pray more. Only you would know if you are praying enough.
Father God I thank you for another day. Thank your for always being there for me when I need to chat with you or pray. Lord you are just so amazing in all you do. Lord I know that I could pray more and speak more to you. I know you listen even when I’m multitasking. Yet I do want to carve out more one on one time with you. I wan to live a life where I do not cease any communication with you. I am working on that my lord. I pray for the person reading his who may or may not be struggling with their prayer time with you. Lord guide this individual to help him or her find the time, the method and the ability to reach out to you and pray. Amen

EMUNAH

So here is day 2 of the devotional series is entitled: Seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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Day 2

EMUNAH: Which means FAITH

When I first started following God, I thought faith was an intellectual decision – I knew there was a God, so therefore I had faith. But the Hebrew word for ‘faith’ – emunah – is less about KNOWING, and more about DOING.
‘Emunah’ literally means “to take firm action”, so to have faith is to act. It’s kinda like a staircase; you may intellectually know the stairs go up to the next level, but until you climb the stairs you won’t experience the next level. What you do is more important than what you know. Don’t just believe in the stairs, climb the stairs.
What would you need to change today to ensure your faith was defined by what you did, instead of what you know?

 Associated reading: James 2:17American Standard Version (ASV)

17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.

My commentary : prayer:

Wow Emunah meaning faith. Not just in having faith but acts in faith. Recently in bible study we discussed what faith means to us. One of the notions that did come up was acts in faith. Having faith and acting in faith goes hand in hand. The author to this devotion explains that using the illustration of the staircase. It’s one thing knowing you have faith, it’s a whole other meaning in acting out in faith.
Father God thank you for this devotional. Lord thank you for allowing me to learn a these Hebrew words through this lesson. Thank you for the explanation of the word Emunah. Lord I hope I show that have taken Emunah in you with my works. May this mini series provide useful information to everyone reading this. amen.
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HESED

So I recently started reading this devotional plan from one of my Bible apps using the @YouVersion plan.  As I went through the 7 day plan I decided to make note so that I could share here when I finish this plan.  We should all share in this journey towards growth.
The devotional series is entitled: Seven Hebrew words every believer should know.
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HESED: Which means LOVE

When I photograph mountains like these in north Georgia, a verse in the Book of Isaiah comes to mind that says: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken”. The Hebrew word translated as ‘love’ here is hesed which is a hard word to define. Theologian John Oswalt says hesed is “… a completely undeserved kindness and generosity …”.
Hesed is not just a feeling, it’s an action. It “… intervenes on behalf of loved ones and comes to their rescue” according to Lois Tverberg.
Hesed is not romantic love. It’s faithful. It’s reliable. It’s a wife praying for years for her husband to know God. It’s a dad once again bailing out his drug-addicted son. It’s parents who lovingly care daily for their autistic child.
Today, you can rely on God’s ‘Hesed’ for you no matter what you face.

 Associated reading:   Isaiah 54:10American Standard Version (ASV)

10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, saith Jehovah that hath mercy on thee.

My commentary:

What a detailed and amazing explanation to the word HESED. Many of us read the Bible and do not look up words we do not understand. Many of us don’t look up the meaning or relations to the text. What many of us do (and yes I include myself here) is we read the text as is, we see a word we may not be familiar with the context and we just keep moving on. Doing so could put a damper on how we translate the passages we are reading. Doing so can intercept a message god is trying to relay to you. Let’s all take the time when reading a passage to look up meanings to words or phrases we may not understand present day.
Father God thank you for this devotional. Lord thank you for allowing me to learn a these Hebrew words through this lesson. Thank you for the HESED you give me. Lord I Hesed you too. May this mini series provide useful information to everyone reading this. Amen.

​Undivided Heart.

​Undivided Heart.

“You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” – (2 Chronicles 19:9)
In 2 chronicles Jehoshaphat appoints Judges for the people.
Why?
There was a divided Israel. He was building alliances between Israel and Judah, he was building alliances to improve the circumstances he faced, he built alliances to help in trade to sustain his people, he built alliances to end idolatry and the practices of pagan rituals, he was also teaching the people about the laws of the land and to observe the sabbath and the laws of God. Judges were appointed to ensure the laws were being followed. Judges were appointed to ensure the teachings of God were not being misconstrued.
It’s election time in NYC and legislators are running for offices throughout. Each legislator is responsible for the well being of their constituency, that the rights of their constituency are protected and that laws are created to help/ protect and improve quality of life for their constituency. Judges are appointed by we the people when we go to the ballots.
Right now we are a nation that’ is more divided than ever. In theory we were once known as a nation of being indivisible yet here we are. Divided by politics, still divided by race and class, divided by religion, divided by philosophy and even divided by the law and politics. To think during Jehoshaphat’s rein his goal was to end idolatry and pagan practices. Today’s problems in America are a bit different. A nation where we are all supposed to be equal despite our differences, are living a complete opposite to the reason the founding fathers came together.
This saddens God. Having a divided nation breaks his heart. What hurts him even more so than this is when our own hearts are divided. Torn between social constructs and social norms and our beliefs.
I am from NYC. I lived all of my life in the city. I am used to the hustle, the bustle and that fast paced lifestyle. It’s just something that’s synonymous to being a New Yorker. With that being said there are times where this lifestyle makes it difficult to practice our faith.
There is so much to do, so much to see, so little time. It’s difficult in our fast paced world to cultivate an undivided heart but the benefits are phenomenal.
When your heart is torn between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Lord, we are placed in a predicament where we have to choose. We can’t want nor have both. A heart divided is easily weaken, can easily be misguided, can easily turn to one side or the other fully.
A heart that is undivided is powerful. A heart that is undivided focuses on purpose. An undivided heart desires just that one item it desires. The desires of an undivided heart has such a conviction, perseverance will prevail no matter the difficulty faced.
My pastor has a saying that those with one foot in their faith and one foot in the world is lukewarm. A church will not strive if their members are lukewarm. He would rather a house full of those with undivided hearts who are filled with passion than a house filled with lukewarm individuals.
The individuals with the undivided hearts as mentioned are passionate, dedicated and loyal to their beliefs, faith and practices. It is this loyalty that leads you to grow spiritually with God. It is this loyalty that allows the impossible to happen . It is this loyalty that can break down the chains holding you down. It’s this loyalty that can move mountains. It’s this loyalty leads to a complete happiness words could never compare to.
Move past the trivialities of life. Turn that heart into and undivided heart with reverence for the Lord with fear and exercise faithfulness.
Right now it does not matter the state of your heart. If your heart is divided I ask you to pray. Pray to build with Christ. Pray for a spiritual alliance so that you can grow and flourish spiritually. I ask you to pray for the cultivation of an undivided heart that will transform your life. Mend your heart whole reject world in singleness of purpose and align yourself with the word of God.
Pray with me:
Father, I come into your presence now, and I ask you to surround me. I ask for you to align my heart with your will. I come under your authority and your claim upon my heart, my soul and my life. I give myself to
you—body, soul, and spirit. I give my heart to you, in every
way—including the broken & divided places in me. I declare your authority over my heart, for you made my heart and you have redeemed my heart. I ask that you help me mend my heart so I can be whole in you. I want to but undivided having you as my primary focus in life. I want an undivided heart filled with your love and faith that is powerful in your works. Amen.

Thankful for His Grace.

Thankful for His Grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
(Ephesians 2:8)
Thank God for his grace.
Its by his grace, his mercy and our faith in him that we are able to be saved.
It is his gift to us, through our faith.
As the holidays are fast approaching the constant theme we will all be discussing are GIFTS. What should I get my kids and loved ones? What do they want? Oh how beautiful this gift I received etc. These gifts once given belong to the recipient. There are many ways to respond and react to such gifts. You can respond with gratitude either by giving thanks , sending a note or even reciprocating with a gift back. You could do nothing at all. You may not even like or want the gift. Maybe you already have received said gift by someone else. In short, once your receive that gift, before the gift can affect you in any way.
Spiritual gifts are kind of the same way. Once God gifts you with your spiritual gift, onces you are readily available to receive the gifts he has in store for your through his grace, favor, mercy via his forgiveness from our sins, his blessings, the joy and peace that could only come but through him, once that is available to you, once your receive it can his gifts affect you in any way. Its not a gift of monetary gains like the gifts you can give from one person to another but spiritual.
In order to receive these gifts from God you have to put some work in to. Its via your faith and trust in him which will allow you to receive his gifts. That’s when his gifts can affect you. It’s not simply just earned. Its not purchased, you can’t bribe your way towards his blessings. You have to receive it by your faith.
You have a chance today to take a leap of faith.
If you are ready to take this leap of faith to build a relationship with our creator and want to receive the spiritual gifts he has in store for you, repeat after me:
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ. You said in Your Word that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) Father, I am calling on Jesus right now. I believe He died on the cross for my sins, that He was raised from the dead on the third day, and He’s alive right now. Lord Jesus, I am asking You now, come into my heart. Live Your life in me and through me. I repent of my sins and surrender myself totally and completely to You. Heavenly Father, by faith I now confess Jesus Christ as my new Lord and from this day forward, I dedicate my life to serving Him.
Father, Thank you for your grace, thank you for your mercy, thank you for your kindness. I pray for the individual reading this whom took the leap of faith to build a relationship with you. May this person seek the spiritual guidance needed to build a relationship with you and to receive your blessings and gifts. God I thank you for the gifts you have given me in my life and my family. No one could ever do what you do. No one could ever fill me up the way you can. No one can provide the way you provide. No one could ever bring peace and joy the way you can. Father thank you for being the alpha and the omega. Thank you for your love. I hope to continue to follow your path and seek your counsel in all that I do. In the name of the Father, the son and holy spirit. Amen.

I’ll Never Forget That Sermon from Daily Bible Inspirations

For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were immersed into Christ have put on Christ.
– Galatians 3:26-27
This devotional is something amazing.
It made me ponder of that Sermon I shall never forget.
The authors devotional reads as follows:
I was ten years old when I went forward to confess my faith and be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of my sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Having been brought up in the Church I knew the reasons for and meaning of baptism. But one night at a revival meeting at our church it became personal. I realized the need for baptism.
The preacher’s message that night was not your typical sermon. The stage was somewhat dark with a spot light shining on him and a large box he had made into a ‘time machine’. Pretending to be a skeptic, he used the ‘machine’ to ‘talk’ to Noah, Abraham, Daniel, Mary, Peter, John and Paul; briefly recapping their relationship with the LORD and the hope they had because of their salvation.
After speaking with these people, the man the preacher was portraying realized he wanted that same hope. But he was afraid it was too late and he began to cry out, “I want to spend eternity with Jesus! I don’t want to be lost anymore!”
I knew right then and there I didn’t want to be lost anymore, either. I realized just how personal our relationship with Jesus is and I wanted that more than anything. I still do and I pray you do, as well.
Pray: Jesus, thank you for saving me from my sins through Your death on the cross. Give me a heart and mind that rejoices in that hope and a life that demonstrates the gratitude I feel every day and in every way. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
my commentary:
As mentioned early in this post, I too had that impressionable memorable sermon. I was a teenager, when my pastor preached on the subject “El que tengan oido, oigan. If you have Ears, Listen”. The sermon was in Spanish so I will paraphrase in English.
If you have ears, listen. How many times people speak to us, and we hear them, but we do not listen.
We need to listen, not just hear.
God calls upon us all the time. Yet not only do half the times we don’t listen, we can’t even hear him.
How are we to proceed with his call, his destiny for us, follow his instructions if we are spiritually deaf.
We have ears, we are made to listen.
That sermon will be forever ingrained in my soul. Its a mental reminder of when I am slacking. to Listen.
Though this sermon wasn’t my aha I will take my next step to enter the waters for baptism moment….this sermon was impressionable nonetheless.
The sermon that changed my life was a sermon done by another pastor in Puerto Rico. Its a church i visit each time i travel to the area.
Her sermon was about the subject of not wasting time.
I was at the age of baptism. The age more or less of understanding. Her sermon touched on the end of times, the signs were starting to show. That where will we be when the gates of Heaven open. Where will be when he descends down to call upon his children. Will we be saved? Will we be ready. I knew then it was my time. I knew then it was now or never.
A few weeks later when I flew back home I went to the waters.
Everyone has different reasons to go to the waters. Everyone has different aha moments. Everyone has different sermons that stick out for some reason or another. Whatever the reason is, its usually a valid one meant for you.
Father God I thank you for another day. I thank you for those memorable sermons. Thank you lord for each sermon are just as important as the next but these sermon stick in my life for reasons you are very familiar with. Lord I thank you for them. Amen.

To our Veterans

Give honor to those to whom honor is owed!” Roman 13:7.

Today I want to start off by giving God almighty all the glory and Honor. Every time we wake up we should be thankful and give glory to the one who has made it possible. Thank you Abba father.

Secondly in light of Veterans Day, I want to thank our beloved service men and women from past and present for their blood, tears, sweat and sacrifices they have made for this country. Thank you for your service from the depths of my heart and soul.

I dedicate this post to our service men and women all over.

My family and friends whom are veterans…. I thank you yet again for your service. What you did/do, not many have the strength, passion, valor or capability to do.

The reason that today you (reading this) and I enjoy the freedom to worship together publicly is because someone fought to gain, preserve, and protect that freedom for us.

The reason that today you and I enjoy the right to free speech is because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.

The reason that today we have the right to vote because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.

The reason that today we live in a democratic republic is because because someone fought to gain, preserve and protect that freedom for us.

Please remember Freedom is never free. Freedom is never Free. These selfless mean and women deserve our deep gratitude. So let’s thank God. Let’s pray for our veterans and active troops . Let’s thank Them.

Father God the honor and glory as always goes to you first and foremost. Lord we thank you for the many, many service men and women whom have fought , preserved and protect us. Lord I ask that you cover over each veteran under your wing of protection. May you bless our veterans for all that you have allowed them to do for us. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Amen.

No Condemnation

“There is therefore now no
condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according
to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
(Romans 8:1, NKJV)
Prior to your salvation you were at high risk of condemnation. God used his son Jesus to be our sacrificial lamb to free us, fully liberate us, break the curse of sin, free us from shame and condemnation. Jesus came to be the living example of purity, to be the living example of how we should be. He was the great example we should all follow.
Jesus loved with all his might. Even those who made false accusations against him. Jesus wasn’t violent. Jesus taught others non stop the word of God. Jesus was selfless. Jesus helped those whom were over looked in society. He showed empathy and compassion on the most sincerest levels ever recorded in history.
He helped the lame, the sick, the destitute, the their, the prostitute, the adulteress, the needy, the unclean, even gentiles and the sinner. He showed that salvation is not for God’s chosen people the Jews but for everyone too. For you, for me. Jesus teaches that god loves the sinner, but doesn’t love sin.
Wait! What?
Huh?
God loves the sinner, but doesn’t love sin??
How is that even possible?
Anyone who is a sinner can be liberated from that sin that is holding you down. Believing and trusting in Jesus you can be freed from condemnation.
So yes he loves the sinner. He loves you and I since we all are sinners. The act of sin he doesn’t love. Accepting Jesus as our lord and savior, seeking forgiveness, seeking change to be liberated from your sins can free you from condemnation. This is why he paid the ultimate sacrifice. So that you do not have to face condemnation.
He did this for you, for me, for all the Jews, for all the gentiles and Samaritans, for the whole world. To be freed for condemnation you need to:
first repent all your sins.
Accept Jesus and your lord and savior
Pray the prayer of repentance
Pray the salvation prayer
Find a faith based institution which has strong ties to biblical instructions
Try not to go back to your old way of things
Build a relationship with God.
Repentance prayer:
Father, I believe You love me. Your Word says that it is your patience and kindness that leads me to repentance. So I come to You humbly, and confess my sin. I thank You that You forgive me by the blood of Jesus, and ask for a fresh cleansing of my body, soul and spirit. Teach me how to walk honestly before You in repentance every day. In Jesus name. Amen.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ. You said in Your Word that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) Father, I am calling on Jesus right now. I believe He died on the cross for my sins, that He was raised from the dead on the third day, and He’s alive right now. Lord Jesus, I am asking You now, come into my heart. Live Your life in me and through me. I repent of my sins and surrender myself totally and completely to You. Heavenly Father, by faith I now confess Jesus Christ as my new Lord and from this day forward, I dedicate my life to serving Him.
Lord thank You for setting me free from condemnation. Thank You for your love, mercy and kindness. Thank you for trusting in me and filling me with your grace. Help me lord to see my life the way you see it. Help me lord walk your walk with out distractions. Amen.

Exceedingly Better

Exceedingly Better
He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 1 Chronicles 17:12
1 Chronicles 17:1–15
Jeremiah 9–11; 1 Timothy 6
The Holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is around the corner and yes I’m panicking because I have yet to begin Christmas shopping. Many of you are in the same predicament. Oh my, its fast approaching. What do I get this person, what do I get that person. AHHHHHH Hysteria begins.
I am not here to cause any hysteria though.
Just a gentle reminder.
No matter what we purchase for our loved ones.
Whether it is for the Holidays or even birthdays, none of it will have the same grandeur to whats to come.
God prophesied to David via Nathan that His descendants (Solomon) who he was notified would build the temple David wanted to build for God.
Even thereafter we see how he was instructed he would build David a house, a dynasty. That dynasty comes via Jesus whom as we know has prepared the way and his thrown will last forever.
Our greatest gift of all will come at the end of our journey. The gifts we give and receive may give short term satisfaction, yet with Jesus we will receive the greatest gift of all. Our salvation, at the feet of Jesus thrown, when the new Jerusalem oh how great is this gift from our salvation.
Father God, I thank You for the gift of Jesus in my life. Thank your for your love, thank you for your blessings. No amount of material things will ever surpass the greatness we have yet to receive. My lord I am over joyed with emotions, with gratitude for your generosity. Thank you for your gifts exceeds any other gifts imaginable. Lord we do not deserve anything which you are giving us and here I am thankful nonetheless. Here I am seeking forgiveness for any trespasses against you or any other which were not intended. Amen

Right Companions

Right Companions
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24, NIV)
Having the right companions can make a difference in ones life.
Having the wrong companions can totally break you.
We have friends who can destroy you, then you have friends whom are family.
I have had the unfortunate and fortune of having both in my life.
There is a Spanish Proverb that states: “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. “Dime con quien andes y te dire quien eres”.
Why is this saying important?
1 Corinthians 15:33New International Version (NIV)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.
Whom we surround ourselves can impact our judgement and our character.
We need to understand that we are called for greatness. God had a plan for you before you were even born.
To achieve this destiny for you, you need help.
God can align you with the right like minded folks to help achieve this destiny.
so you can Manifest within your destiny.
It is important to connect with the right people .
Certain people were already chosen for your path to inspire you, challenge you, nudge you a bit and help accomplish your dreams.
Everyone has great potential.
A friend will motivate you, even when you lack motivation.
A friend will give you words of inspiration, at the adequate moment.
A genuine friend will not fail you.
I have had instances where I made bad choices in friends.
I have even made bad choices in significant others.
They may not define who you are as a person. But they can influence you, more than we realize.
I had a friend once who influenced me to try weed. Not a grand moment in my life.
I could have said no, should have said no, I knew i needed to say no.
I was persuaded, I tried it, I didn’t like it and we went on our merry way.
We are still friends, but now, I influence her.
She now is studying the word.
She now is teaching the word to her children and is actively engaged in her church.
She no longer smokes weed.
That weed didn’t define me, it may have once influenced by judgement, but it didn’t define me.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
Same goes with alcohol.
I have had moments in my life where i was the influencing or the one being influenced to try alcohol.
I was in a bad time in my life, I was surrounded by friends whom were filled with negativity.
You know how they say misery loves company.
Well, we were miserable, and we kept each others’ company.
It was a lo point in my life.
As i write this i can clearly see the players involved.
I vividly remember the influences we had for one another.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
Now as a mother, I sit here and I encourage my son to encourage his friends.
I am happy he elected friends whom have the same interests.
They are all passionate on social justice issues and politics.
They are all passionate in their little endeavors.
They have similar interests, but even on their differences they support one another.
He literally has a melting pot of friends.
There was a time one of his friends for school spirit wanted to paint their nails in the school colors.
When he first told his mom, he was nervous he would be made fun of.
So the mom reached out to the other moms and we all said, have him talk the fellas, we will talk to the boys, if they decide to join him in solidarity we will support them. If they decide not to, its ok, we will also remind them, it is ok to be different and not always agree with others, but we must respect our friends.
The kids agreed to show solidarity they would all paint their nails.
My husband was not cool with this idea.
I had mixed feelings on the notion, but will not be apart of the problem of judgement.
I allowed my son to do so in solidarity.
These kids have been friends so far 2 years and counting, their love and bond for one another is almost like an extended family.
Friendships should be like this.
Some friendships should allow you to get close to people; even closer than relatives.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
I have friends whom I consider family, more so than my own.
These are friends whom have been in the trenches with me, seen me get out, some have even picked me up from the trenches.
I also have seasonal friendships, friends who show up from time to time, but that time, that season we were friends was meant to be.
Sometimes friendships last a life time, sometimes they last a season.
I appreciate both.
Each friend is someone we can learn from, your relationship can also lead to personal, professional and spiritual growth.
Always remember, One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character. Do not be misled, but remember, there are friends who do stick closer than a brother.
Father God Thank you for your love, kindness, knowledge and the friends you have placed in my life. Thank you for each person who has entered, remained and even left my life. You know the reason why those whom remain, remain and why those whom left, needed to go. Lord I ask for continued guidance where my friendships do not mislead me. I ask for you to cover and protect my children so that their friends do not lead them astray nor corrupt their good characters. May we have friends who’s like minded and our bonds are like family. May we be able to nourish each other and grow not only in the flesh but spiritually. Give us the strengths needed to release the toxic friends in our life, to be able to discern the difference and proceed accordingly. Amen.

Successful People Help the Poor

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
I have used this chapter several times. I have made several references to the proverbial woman. Yet this verse here, before I ever understood it was affiliated with the proverbial women, I used as a reference point as to why I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ve used this verse to explain why I stand up to I just and inequalities when I can. This verse here is my go to as a reminder of why it is important to be civically engaged.
Today though this devotion by Rick Warren gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling of comfort. My happy place. My happy place includes serving the under-served.
Below is hid devotional:
by Rick Warren
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
If you want to live a successful life, the Bible offers some countercultural instruction.
Serve the poor!
How could serving the poor help us be successful?
The Bible gives us numerous reasons why this is so, but here are just a few of them:
It’ll make you happy. “If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone” (Proverbs 14:21 GNT).
You’ll honor God. “Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God”(Proverbs 14:31 NCV).
It’ll make you a better leader. “Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly”(Proverbs 29:14 The Message).
I’ve seen this in my own life. Some of you know my story. When I wrote The Purpose Driven Life, the book became a huge global success. It’s been translated into 137 languages.
And when you write a book with the first line of “It’s not about you,” it’s pretty easy to realize that any money or influence that came from it wasn’t meant for me. So, among other decisions Kay and I made at the time, we started Acts of Mercy, a foundation to help the poor and the vulnerable suffering with AIDS.
The book’s success was not about me; it was all about God.
Proverbs 31:8-9 particularly spoke to me during this time: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (NIV).
That’s what successful people do. They stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Pastor rick Warren includes these questions in his devotion:
Talk It Over
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
Now I am not asking you to answer Pastor Warrens questions directly to me.
I do ask that you think about them. Analyze yourself.
Reflect. I’m big about self reflect if you’ve been following my writings.
Honestly answer them to yourselves.
If you want to share more power to you.
If you want to let it marinade and resonate from within, that’s ok too.
I have already poured my heart here in ways I haven’t with others. So as part of my reflection to this exercise I’m going to share my thoughts and analysis.
Why do you think it’s so important that successful people help the poor and stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves?
Honestly the Bible instructs us to help the poor. The Bible instructs us to live a humble like. We see it throughout the New Testament. The disciples left their jobs, families and belongings in an act of faith. They followed Jesus. They spread news of his love, prophecy and sacrifice. They walked his walk with him, physically guided by him. Witnessing his humble dwellings, behaviors, acts of kindness and how he selflessly help others. His ministry was focused on serving the destitute, the needy, the poor. Walking this walk with Christ, we need to lead by his example. This is something that should come from within. Not everyone has that drive nor that desire to help. It’s a natural instinctive nature that few are called to do.
How have you seen successful people in your life help the poor and the defenseless?
I have several times where successful individuals help the poor and defenseless. These past two months we have witnessed it first hand if you have been following the recovery efforts since Harvey. Celebs have gone out their way literally even flying private jets to send much needed goods to those affected by these major natural disasters. (Harvey, Irma, Maria & Earthquakes). It’s such an amazing sight to see celebrities joining grassroots initiatives, rolling up their sleeves, delivering aid, food and water. What an amazing sight to see these influential successful individuals hosting or collaborating in benefit concerts with the goal of continuing to aid in relief efforts. This isn’t the only way someone “more successful” can help someone who is at a disadvantage. Not everyone has that financial security.
Those whom give their time in volunteer work. Whether your volunteering at a hospital, volunteering via a non profit organizations doing grassroots initiatives to teach and be apart of initiatives to bring forth awareness and understanding or even fighting for others on social issues. Standing up for someone while we are witnessing injustices and inquiries are other forms of ways someone more successful can help someone in need. If you have a platform to make a difference go ahead and use that platform. You could be the tool to help speak for the downtrodden or the ones who can’t speak for themselves. Buying someone a hot meal. Whether it is a homeless person or someone who just only has five bucks until pay day is another way. I’ve witnessed all of these forms. Even kids whom are academically more successful who help out other children whom are struggling is a way where someone succeeding in something can help someone in need. I’ve seen that in my kids, in the kids in my sons school and even with the kids at church the way they help each other out.
What can you do to more faithfully help the poor?
I feel to faithfully help the poor we need to show that love and compassion still exists. It’s a cause and effect theory. With every action there’s a reaction. If we could all be more compassionate, help our in anyway we possibly can, our love and compassion can lead to a small spark flickering. That spark could be that match that needed to strike someone’s faith to be reignited.
Look no answer to these questions are wrong. This is my self reflection piece to those questions.
Father God I thank you for your love. Thank you for the successes you have given me in my life. I may not be wealthy, I may just be getting by, but my success is not about monetary success. My success and accomplishments you have led me to them. Your words have also taught me to be humble and give back as often as I can and when I can. There are times where all I have is a dollar to my name, there are times I give up my dollar, there are times I hold on to it. Lord you know the reasons behind each instant. It pains me when I can’t help. Yet it fills me up in the depths of my soul when I can. Lord thank you for allowing me to be successful in areas where I can help. I may not be wealthy, may not be able to save the world, but I do feel lord that every man, woman and child can make a difference, with your guidance. Amen.

Before Creation

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world…”
(Ephesians 1:4, NIV)
Before Creation
Before you were even thought of by your parents womb He knew that you would be here today. Before He formed the heavens and the earth, he knew your name. He knew your calling, He knew how you would turn out. He created you to strive. To go above and beyond. To exceed all the obstacles presented before you. You were made for more. He has chosen you and provided the foundation and rubric you need to get by.
While at times the enemy deposits seeds of doubt; he has deposited seeds of faith, trust and the greatness you need to survive. In order to tap into the seeds he has planted deep within you, you need to know, trust and believe this before you can act on your calling.
At times we are burdened with low self esteem. We feel like failures; we feel nothing is ever enough. We feel no matter what happens its never good enough or we just can’t.
Those seeds of doubt were not deposited by the creator. The enemy likes to intercede any which way he can so that you can loose out on your blessings, so you can loose out on the greatness you were destined to be.
We are gems, diamonds in the roughs. We were destined for more.
We need to focus, trust in the lord, have faith in him and meditate in his truth.
Listen to that.
Let that sink in.
Focus.
trust.
Have faith.
Meditate.
I will also add have confidence.
Focus on building the confidence you need so that you can understand what you were destined for.
Be confident in the fact that he already knows, you just need to open your heart, eyes and ears to this revelation.
You are valuable, more than you know.
Victory is yours.
Are you ready to fulfill the greatness that is predestined for you?
Father God, lord of wonders, Lord of creation, lord of love and of mercy, thank you for creating me, thank you for choosing me to be destined for greatness. Thank you for the building blocks, the blueprint, the rubric needed to excel in your name. Please lord I as for you to open my eyes so that I too can see the greatness you have in-store for me. Please lord help open my ears so that I may listen when you provide instruction. Help me open my heart so that I feel. Help me walk confident in you to full-fill the greatness you had planned before I was even a thought by my parents. Amen.

our daily bread

So I read this devotional from our daily bread.
I thought it was worthy of sharing.
Dennis Fisher
The message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Hebrews 4:2
Additional reading:
Exodus 17:1–7
Jeremiah 6–8; 1 Timothy 5
In the 1960s, the Kingston Trio released a song called “Desert Pete.” The ballad tells of a thirsty cowboy who is crossing the desert and finds a hand pump. Next to it, Desert Pete has left a note urging the reader not to drink the water in the jar left there but to use its contents to prime the pump.
The cowboy resists the temptation to drink and uses the water as the note instructs. In reward for his obedience, he receives an abundance of cold, satisfying water. Had he not acted in faith, he would have had only a jar of unsatisfying, warm water to drink.
This reminds me of Israel’s journey through the wilderness. When their thirst became overwhelming (Ex. 17:1–7), Moses sought the Lord. He was told to strike the rock of Horeb with his staff. Moses believed and obeyed, and water gushed from the stone.
Sadly, Israel would not consistently follow Moses’s example of faith. Ultimately, “the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed” (Heb. 4:2).
Sometimes life can seem like an arid desert. But God can quench our spiritual thirst in the most unlikely circumstances. When by faith we believe the promises of God’s Word, we can experience rivers of living water and grace for our daily needs.
Help us to place our trust in You, Lord. You are what our heart thirsts after.
Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy our thirst for God.
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Three days after the Israelites left Egypt, the water they brought along was depleted. Finding no drinkable water in the Desert of Shur, they grumbled against Moses, and God miraculously made bitter water into good water (Ex. 15:22–25). Soon their food supplies ran out, and they complained again. God miraculously fed them with manna and quail (16:1–36). As they approached Sinai, they complained yet again of no water (17:1–2). God had already shown them He could provide the water and food they needed. All they had to do was to trust Him! (Deut. 8:2; Ps. 81:7–8).
Consider how God has been faithful to provide for your physical needs. How has He satisfied your spiritual thirst?
Now that you have read this devotion let me explain why I wanted to share this.
We live day in day out half the times we do not even acknowledge the amazing works God does in our lives on a regular basis.
We are always glad that our physical needs are met, we are glad when our spiritual needs are met, yet are you still quenching for more?
Or are you ignoring your blessings?
Recently I have come to my own realization that I want more.
I need more.
He is the living water whom can satisfy this thirst.
I do not want to just be hydrated long enough until I need more.
I want to constantly be satisfied by what he gives me.
If i could have an IV linked directly between us I would.
We need to remain in faith, we need to refrain from going into the desert.
We do not need to conform to the bare necessities, we should want more.
I am not saying lavish cars and things.
We should always want more of him and be dutiful for the works he does in our lives.
Even in our trials, tribulations and Hardships we need to edify our souls with him.
We need to be appreciative of his lessons.
We need to constantly seek him for guidance.
Thank you lord for this message and insight. Thank you for your love, mercy and providing me with my bare necessities in life. May this devotional be of a blessing to anyone reading this. May we all quench for more of you spiritually. Amen.

Still Get UP

Proverbs 24:16 The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble
A few weeks ago I saw two posts from TD James and I was just moved. Both posts correlate with one another. Both posts have a cause and effect factor. Both post reflects agents of change within oneself.
One of the posts were about failure. The other was about change agents.
We have all been in a place where we have felt like complete failures. No matter what we do, no matter what we say, no matter what we just keep failing.
Right now I feel like I’m soaring everywhere but in my own home. I feel like I am free falling to my inevitable kaput.
Have you ever seen looney tunes?
I’m wild E coyote chasing after the road runner. I follow the road runner, thinking that I am going to get my prize, then low and behold I was so blind sighted by the prize that I didn’t pay attention to my surroundings. I didn’t realize I had stepped over the cliff, the road, the gravel, the sand, the desert are no longer beneath my feet.
I can see the road runner up ahead. I can hear it say “beep, beep” as he sets off into the sunset. Now I realize my desperation and my despair. I look below I see nothing, I look around and see nothing. I’m stories high and now I am free falling.
We’ve all been there.
I am currently there today.
I am spiraling down free falling at home.
Where did I go wrong?
We tend to have a bad habit in the midst of these trials to not seek God for guidance. Luckily for me I know better, based on my experiences, to know to seek and praise him in the good times as well as the bad times. Today I seek refuge in God to give me guidance, words or whatever he has for me to fix this situation.
Back to TD Jakes posts.
3 ways to fail at everything in life:
1- complain about everything
2- blame others for your problems.
3- never be grateful
Based on his points here is how I failed:
I complained about my situation at home:
I blamed everyone for my problem.
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My six year old has become very sassy. He has become very lazy, he suddenly has become a smart mouth. He has become very disrespectful as of late. Instead of getting to the root of the problem I have reprimanded him. As a mother I feel his failures are my failures. I complained about our circumstance and fully blamed him. Whereas my lack of providing the guidance needed is also the problem. I too am to blame.
We all go through situations where our children do something and we react. Sometimes the built up stress of our every day lives are channeled at the wrong time. I need to assess myself as well as my child so we can stop blaming others. Accept responsibilities for our faults and move onward. Parenting and our walk in Christ are always evolving and something we learn from with each day, each event, each second.
The second post from TD Jakes said the following:
5 characteristics of change agents
1- clear vision
2- patient yet persistent
3-ask tough questions
4-knowledgeable & leads by example
5- strong relationships built on trust.
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This is where I am trying to get to with my problem at home.
I need to see the bigger picture. See clearer. I cannot do this if I am raging. I need to be patient but get to the root of the problem, the interior problem within me and the interior problem with my child. Patience will be needed since that may take a little bit longer. I do need to ask the tough questions. To myself and my child. I will need to lead by my example and show him I too am learning, i too make mistakes but this is how we fix, learn and grow from these mistakes. I need to ensure that my relationship stays strong. Right now is the time to fix it before it gets out of hand.
Right now I need to focus on the bigger picture.
Right now the bigger picture is not loosing my son, getting him to respect and to have reverence.
Right now the bigger picture is also to work within myself and battle this battle I am dealing with so that I may not lose who I am.
Father God I thank you for all that you have given me. I thank you for your guidance. I thank God for allowing me to utilize writing as a self reflection as well as to reassess my actions. God this tool could also be used for others who may have similar yet different experiences. Though I felt this Morning that the road was pulled from under my feet, I know it was your guidance that made me realize what steps I need to take to fix this. Lord I pray for the reader reading this who has a similar situation. I ask you to give them the knowledge and wisdom to assess, reflect, distress and approach their circumstances in a christian like way. Father I ask for forgiveness for my actions, I also ask for forgiveness for my child. Father please guide us both when I approach him on this manner. Father guide the reader reading this, as they approach the battles they are facing. May we be reverent in your cause. May you provide words and comfort. Amen.

According to Your Faith

According to Your Faith
“According to Your faith, be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).
Where does our faith comes from?
It comes from believing in God.
It comes from the trials and tribulations we undergo and how we trust in God to lead us from our problems.
It comes from hearing the word of God.
It comes from hearing of god’s amazing works.
Your faith will show you how to handle adversity.
Your trust in God is encompassed in your faith.
Your love in God is embodied in ones faith.
It is important to walk your walk in your faith.
It is important to understand that ones faith can help in ones own protection.
Every time I leave for work I saw a prayer.
As I am running around the house each morning getting my self and my children situated for the day I commune with God.
During my commute I meditate I pray and I try my best to stay in communion with God.
During the course of the day as I work I reach out to God thanking him for my workflow, thanking him for the ease in my work, thanking him for resolving situations each time they arise.
I put my trust and faith in him that he will guide and direct me.
Had I not had faith in God lord knows where I would be.
It is our faith that help us achieve our outcomes.
Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing in my life today. Each day my lord I open my
heart to You and trust that You have a good plan for me. Give me a heart
filled with faith and hope today. Amen.

Wisdom

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” – (James 3:17)
We are exploring different types of wisdom in this verse.
We all have the wisdom gained from heard of experience. We have the wisdom’s gained from advanced academic education and schooling. We all have our stories, our journeys, our experiences which we feel define whom we are and how much knowledge we acquire in our cyclic life. We have all evolved through the years and our wisdom reflects our mental evolution.
This chapter describes a different kind of wisdom.
It describes a “Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”
The wisdom described in this verse is the wisdom that comes through God, through his word, through the Holy Spirit. The wisdom from above is pure, is peaceable, is gentle, is reasonable, is full of mercy, filled with good fruits, is unwavering and without hypocrisy.
We can all attain that wisdom. We can be wise based on our experiences, but nothing is greater than gaining that pure wisdom from above.
Father God, Lord of Mercy, Lord of love, today I ask you to fill me up with your word and your wisdom. Today started out with a hiccup dear lord. Despite the carnal wisdom, to no avail my hands are tied and bound and I am at your mercy. I submit myself to you and ask you for the wisdom needed to proceed. I ask you for the wisdom to face the challenge before me. For only your wisdom can heal my circumstance and take me to the next step I need to take. I submit my pain, my worry, my fears, my doubts, my concerns to you. Please provide the wisdom needed to move forward. Amen.

Calm before the storm

“…And in an instant, suddenly, you shall be visited and delivered by the Lord of hosts…”
(Isaiah 29:5-6, AMPC)
Despite what’s going on my people throughout the Caribbean have placed all their faith in the hands of the Lord to deliver them from their current crisis.
We’ve all experienced calms before the storm. What we find after a storm spiritually and literally enters our lives is confusion, desperation, loss of hope, some feel defeat. After the storm is usually that time which is most critical. That is the time where God really sees where our faith and trust in him rests.
You either continue having faith until your lifted back up off your feet, or you loose faith and succumb to defeat. My islanders and Mexico, please do not succumb to defeat. Maintain your faith during this difficult process. Help is on its way, albeit not fast enough, and that really breaks my heart, but rest assured help is on its way.
The prophet Isaiah told the people of Israel that the lord of hosts will deliver them during heir times of need, during their struggles, during their battles in faith. The lord of hosts had moved, inspired many from all over to help each an everyone of you, myself included. In the name of our Lord you shall and will be delivered from this unfortunate circumstance.
Please I know your facing peril, struggle, starvation due to lack of food and water, facing despair, but please do not loose hope, do not loose faith. Many, especially here in New York are praying for you. We are trying everything we physically can to help from where we are. We have lost sleep and cried concerned over you.
It’s natural to worry and be concerned.
Yet spiritually we are praying and battling, helping so that everyone can be delivered.
I continue to pray.
I continue to have faith.
I continue to reach out to hear from my loved ones.
To the ones I haven’t heard from I pray they are being taken cared for.
I pray that our God is providing for them.
By Gods grace the islands will rebuild and shall rise.
You will rise despite the hurdles.
The lord of hosts will deliver you.
Father God I thank you for touching the hearts of many to go on and help those in need. Many have personal ties to the regions affected by the natural disasters and all they want is for their people to be ok. All they want is for their people to be alive. All they want is for their people to have sufficient means and provisions. Thank you for your love and mercy, thank you for moving the good Samaritans throughout the lands that are doing everything possible to help. I ask the same way you multiplied a basket of fish and a basket of bread to feed the 5000, that you multiply the donations sent to sustain the millions throughout the islands affected. I know you can make the impossible possible. I ask and declare healing for those I’ll in your name. I ask for your hand to guide and direct those on rescue missions to find people in dire need of help in your holy name amen.

Sleep

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.”
(Psalm 4:8, AMPC)
I don’t know about you but I have not slept a peaceful nights sleep since Harvey, Irma & Maria destroyed the homes and lives of millions of people. Despite my concerns, despite my worries, despite my anguish I find comfort in knowing that My Lord will sustain and provide. I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the few relatives I’ve heard from are doing OK. They are making do and surviving considering the situation. They have maintained their faith. I have maintained my faith.
I am thankful for the many individuals whom have organized venues as donation drop offs. The many volunteers whom have worked tirelessly morning, noon and night….I am thankful for. For the legislators fighting for us because they genuinely care….I thank you. I am thankful for the means and modes of transportation allotted to get the goods down. I am thankful that despite being late, additional help is underway. I find peace and comfort knowing that the spiritual warfare has many prayer warriors knocking down the enemy’s path to destruction. We shall continue praying, you will not defeat us. We may not be able to save 100% of the people but you will not take 100% of them from us.
We will pray, we will fight back spiritually and we will take care of our people. I find peace in knowing that God has our backs. God is our protector, defender, strength, shelter, peace, refuge and provider. No mater how the storms of life come against our people, Take comfort in God, trust in god and you shall find safety, peace and joy.
In times like these we dwell in his safety, peace, and confident trust. We need to focus on God’s word, declare his promises over you and those in the Caribbean whom are hurting. We need to dwell in him. He will provide the peace, protection and victory for those affected directly and indirectly.
Father God today I thank you for your promises of peace and safety in my life and those afflicted in the Caribbean. I chose to focus my attention on you. To be used by you in each way you need to be of a blessing to others. God I ask not just for a peace of mind which I desire and need, but that you provide peace, joy, nourishment, protection, provision, shelter, strength, refuge and protect our Islands. Father our hands here in the states are tied and we are limited in what we can do…but I sit here in supplication for those in need. My peace of mind will come, when I know that these people are doing better. In Your holy name. Amen.

To be Loved

We all just want to be loved.
Held close.
Looked out for.
Taken cared of.
Loved unconditionally.
We think of finding Mr. right to be able to fulfill these wants.
What many don’t realize is we have, yet we ignore it.
Yes my husband loves me, but there’s someone out there who loves me in a way he could never.
No not my kids and not my parents.
No I don’t have a side piece to fill in, what I have had been by my side from day one.
Yes my husband takes care of me, looks out for me, and holds me close when he can.
Yet there is someone who will take care of me in a way my husband never will. Who will hold me tight in a way my husband never will. Who looks out for me in a manner that my husband never will.
This person loves me unconditionally.
This person has loved me my whole life, not talking about my parents.
This person loved me from the womb.
This person loved me before I was even a thought of my parents lives.
This person knows me by name.
Everything I thought i was looking for and wanted I had it all along.
God loves me, and loves me unconditionally.
God provides, takes care of me, looks out for me and even hugs me.
Where is this coming from??
Today I saw a young couple showing a whole lot of public display for affection. My initial thought was “Get a room”.
My thoughts after that was “oh to be young, carefree and in love, man I miss those days.”
My third thought was ” wait, I am young and in love with someone who has never left my side, even when I walked away and turned my back, has always stood there.
I have that love I yearned for. Yet ignored the fact that I had it. We all go through this.
We tend to think that we don’t have it. Yet we do. Not only do you love me, you comfort me, you protect me in ways my husband never could. You guide me. You strengthen me. You lift me up. You bring me peace. You bring me knowledge. You bring understanding. You supply me with patience. You provide me love to share.
  • I am an ungrateful child of yours.
  • I am a selfish child of yours.
  • Always wanting more than what you provide.
  • Always comparing what others have and wanting it.
  • Forgive me dear lord.
Father God thank you for loving me.
Thank you for providing for me.
Thank you for taking care of me.
Thank you for all that you do for me.
No one will ever amount to you. No one will I love more than you.
No one will ever be praised greater than you. I ask you for forgiveness for that brief hint of self doubt where I thought I didn’t have that love, that sweet innocent unconditional love that only you could provide. I love you too my dear lord. Amen.

Called 2 Serve

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I have a Testimony I want to share with my fellow bloggers and readers.
I shared this with the Pastor of women’s ministry, but I had to share with you.
As many of you may know from one of my recent posts, I have been fairly occupied on relief efforts and family within these past few weeks. I have been working on some of my writings but I haven’t focused in them as mush as I did.
Despite being busy I have been documenting things because I want to share how amazing God is.
In planning my relief efforts with my church I reached out to 3 organizations to help transport the goods to the islands.
I spoke with the Lead from the group who was sending relief efforts for the islands (st Martin and neighboring islands).
I spoke to a local legislator and grassroots non profit organization whom have been mobilizing to send goods to PR Dr & Mexico.
I have also spoke to a friend who’s in s fraternity which I will not disclose for privacy reasons and respect, who with his fraternal organization and fathers missionary are sending goods to the remote hard to reach mountainous regions of PR.
Since Maria hit I have been reaching out to these individuals
I’ve been calling them every few days to make sure we still are a for distribution / pick up after our event.
So a few days prior to the event, I left another message for the coordinator, that day she called me herself and was like “hey, the staff said your church has begun separating and boxing everything ahead of time”.
So I explained to her what’s the game plan for the event we had on the 14th and how schools and the church will be collecting and we will be dividing the goods between both relief efforts for the other islands and Pr.
She then was beyond humbled and grateful because everyone else who’s donated directly to her haven’t separated anything which has taken a lot of time from the staff.
So she was going to send an email to patients not to bring clothes, but she said since we’ve already begun to separate she will take all the clothes we collect, plus whatever else we give them. She then said to me “I am curious what church is organizing this?”
When I told her our name she said “oh wow, God is so good, and works in mysterious ways.” I said that he does, then she said “she goes to (she stated the name to her church) In SI.”
I got emotional as well. She said “wow God using fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to help with this mission, she said she is beyond humbled. It is amazing how God unites people for a reason.”
Her original intention was to meet us at our event. Unfortunately conflict scheduling didn’t lead to that but what did happen was oh so magical.
As we got closer to the date we kept in communication to coordinate drop off/ pick up. She was so eager to meet the Pastor for opening the doors to the church to help with these efforts! She kept saying she wants to hug us all.
God is sooo good.
I’m crying again just retelling this …: this was my third confirmation that week that what we are did was worthwhile.
The Sunday prior to having this conversation with this woman of God to continue to work on logistics, I asked God to please tell me, did I bite more than I can chew? Can you (God) guide me?
I continued to ask God “Tell me something to know that I am doing what you called me to do.”
  • Twice on Sunday he said only one word. Patience.
So I asked for guidance. He answered Patience. I had to sit and be patient.
The next two days was a Monday and Tuesday one of my sisters in Christ not knowing my plea sent me devotionals indicating that we are meant to serve.
These devotionals were the answers I was looking for.
I cried instantly…. because I knew he was telling me was true.
The first devotional she sent me was this:
By Rick Warren
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“It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not
because we deserved it but because that was his plan.” (2 Timothy 1:9a
TLB)
What struck out from this devotional were the following: (hyper linked the title for your review the whole
“You were saved to serve God. The Bible says, “It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan” (2 Timothy 1:9a TLB).”
“God redeemed you so you could do his “holy work.” You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s Kingdom, you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a
function to fulfill. This gives your life great significance and value. “
While I read this I cried.
My friend stated that this whole devotional reminded her of me.
She stated this is what made her think of me “If you have no love for others, no desire to serve others, and you’re only concerned about your needs, you should question whether Christ is really in your life. A saved heart is one that wants to serve.”
He told me to be patient.
He answered my question.
I am a saved heart that wants to serve.
On Tuesday my same sister in Christ sent me the following:
By Rick Warren
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“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us
new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should
spend these lives in helping others.” (Ephesians 2:10 TLB)
“God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on Earth to make a contribution.
You weren’t created just to consume resources — to eat, breathe, and
take up space. God designed you to make a difference with your life. You
were created to add to life on Earth, not just take from it. God wants
you to give something back.”
I think it is safe to say he answered my plea.
Despite these confirmations the enemy was working. Closely too. He was using my loved ones. My husband then mentioned “what if you collect all these things and they refuse”.
So that night I prayed, really prayed, and while praying god said call I called the two locations we were working with to drop off goods. To reconfirm al lthe details I was working on and reconfirming what they needed, what was missing, what we had, what we were doing etc.
I rebuked the devil for instilling doubt, and said God you will provide… you will pave way to a solution, and we will get these clothes to those in need as was promised….. my confirmations all started with a request. He told me to be patient. Then after receiving doubt from my husband and receiving the many confirmations he told me to call. When I reached out to all the parties involved my nerves calmed. My thoughts eased.
By Thursday of that week (one week and two days before the event) my sister in christ sent me a message with another verse. She stated ‘Reading my daily morning bible readings, Mathew 20:28 came up. I wasn’t going to tell you but something told me to tell you, that once again the Lord brings these versus to my readings and that I should share with you. Its just confirmation after confirmation. Whatever happens on the 14th is because its how the Lord permitted it.”
Mathew 20:28 states: “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The following day she sends me this:
By Rick Warren
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“Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did
not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for
many.” (Matthew 20:28 TLB)
“For Christians, service is not something to be tacked onto our schedules
if we can spare the time. It is the heart of the Christian life. Jesus
came “to serve” and “to give” — and those two verbs should define your
life on Earth, too. “
Confirmation after Confirmation of How Great God is in answering our please.
The days leading to the event was running smooth.
Packages were being received in the mail from those whom ordered online.
Donations were still trickling in.
Many members have helped non stop on several occasions to get things done.
over 200 boxes were prepped, sorted and sent to both locations.
200 boxes which included food, clothing, feminine product, hygiene products, toiletries, elder care needs, medical supplies, school supplies, baby products water etc.
200 boxes which we hope will make a difference to the lives whom receive these goods.
The day of it was all hands on deck.
Members of various ages from the youngest of the crop to some of the elders.
All hands were on deck prepping, sorting, folding, boxing.
The men made the first trip towards the PR aid.
It took 45 minutes to load up the van.
The men onsite were plentiful and it took 5 minutes to unload all the goods for PR 110 boxes and 25 cases of water went to PR.
As the day continue we finished packing.
By the end of the day (4pm) We had 90 boxes ready to go.
The second site was unable to secure a vehicle big enough to pick up all the goods we obtained for them, so we took a road trip.
We got to meet our sister in Christ helping St Martin and the other islands.
90 boxes of essential items were dropped off to her.
Tears were shed.
Prayers were made.
Glory to God was proclaim.
My prayers were answered. We did not plan this event in vain.
We did not let the enemy win.
We succeeded in helping many for a great cause.
We are called to serve, and serve we did.
I am beyond humbled beyond words could ever compare with everything this experience has taught me.
Despite my fear and worries for my families back home.
Despite logistical planning and constant phone calls.
I am glad that God provided.
He showed yet again that all will happen in his time.
He showed that we need to patient.
He taught me a special lesson.
I am called to serve.
Father God thank you for this humbling experience.  Thank you for the lessons you have learned. Most importantly thank you for the reminders that Patience is needed and that I am called to serve. You are most kind dear Lord, you are compassionate and your mercy is beyond comprehension my Lord. I am thankful for guiding me through this experience which was stressful. Thank you for not allowing those seeds of doubt take over my heart and my mind.  I fully trusted in you then and I fully trust in you now. As in all I do; It is all for your Glory and your will to be done.  May others use this testimony as an example that in the midst of one’s storm we are to be patient and confide in you to lead the way. Amen

Faith In the Power of God

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
Our salvation is based on our own individualized actions. Our salvation is based on our own individual faith. We cannot have our faith be based on just one man, whether spouse, significant other or even our leaders in the church.
Our faith should be based on our relationship with God. Our faith should be based on studying the word of God. Yes seek those with wisdom in the faith for guidance, knowledge and references.
Do not supplement their faith with one owns. Their faith will lead to their own salvation, your salvation is not intertwined with anyone but God the father, The son and the Holy Spirit.
It is easy especially for those new in their spiritual walk to get tied to someone else beliefs and assume that because of my relationship with so and so in my walk I have already achieved salvation. It’s not that simple. We are all tested individually and henceforth our walks in Christ will have different trials and different tribulations. Our faith should not be based off of anyone within the flesh. Our sins can only be dealt with God. Knowing and understanding what God wants can only come from studying the Bible, following his way and truly searching with ones whole heart.
Father God I thank you for this devotion and this lesson. I thank you for reminding me that as a woman I am not bound or tied to the faith of others. I am bound and tied to my faith and relationship in you. It is easy to let others make decisions for you. It is easy for us to get distracted in this society. Lord I want to focus more on you. I want my faith in you to be because of our individual relationship. I want to continue to seek guidance here, knowing that their wisdom and guidance is nothing if my relationship with you is not where is should be. I love and thank you father. Amen.

Unsatisfied

Unsatisfied.
Why are we always unsatisfied.
Why isn’t what we have ever enough.
This conversation started with a conversation about hair.
Some who have curly hair, do not like it.
Some who have straight hair, do not like it.
Some who have kinky hair, do not like it.
On the subject of not being satisfied, many are not content with their physical outward appearances.
Many criticizes their own height (too tall/too short).
Many criticizes their complexion (too dark/ too light).
Many criticizes their size (too skinny/too fat).
We are made perfectly so, for us.
Whether we are too tall, hair is too curly, too skinny, too light, or any other possible combinations of why we may be unsatisfied with our outward appearances.
We were made in Gods image and yet we wish certain things were different.
Accept the way we were born.
Yes I am preaching to myself.
Accept who we are.
Embrace your hair.
Love your skin.
Be proud of who you are.
We are loved as we are.
We are loved despite our sins and flaws.
The other day I saw someone post about how difficult it is to please women.
To paraphrase it was a meme for men to just live, let things be and don’t bother trying to please a woman.
The meme stated: (again I am paraphrasing)
Don’t concern yourself on pleasing a woman. If God himself can’t please them what makes you think you can. The meme went on saying:
God made women as they are and still are not pleased.
Women trim their eye brows
Dye their hair
Cut their hair
Alter their body (plastic surgery).
It was a list of things women do to alter their appearances.
I wish I could remember who posted it and copy it here so you could see what I am speaking of.
I don’t fully agree that men should give up on women lol.
That’s a whole other conversation for another topic of how God wants men and women to be with one another according to the Bible.
Over all it was a meme telling men back up these chicks aren’t pleased with what God, God the alpha and omega, the creator, the I am….if he who created women can’t satisfy them, your just out of luck bruh.
Every now and then I like to throw in some colloquial terminology as a reflection to our current society.
Now think of the essence of that meme and what I started talking about.
We as people as individuals are not satisfied.
We all go through it.
We always want to nip/tuck/snip and change something about who and what we are.
We are beautiful.
We were made perfect.
Stop trying to make exterior changes when the real changes need to be made for within.
Father God thank you for being most generous, kind and loving. Thank you for creating me exactly who I am. I know I may complain about certain features. I am very sorry for that. I will accept who I am and how I was made because you have made me this way. I am perfect in your eyes because I was made by you. I ask for prayers for those whom lack self esteem. For those like myself whom are never satisfied. Help us work on that lord. Help is work on being accepting of what we have and whom we are. Guide us lord to search within to make the necessary changes from within to do your will. Father I do not know the complaints and necessities of the readers reading this but I ask that you help guide me and the readers in our respective paths to accept who they are as your children in their struggles, to become satisfied and to work from within to achieve this self satisfaction. Amen.

​ Comfort

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee
– Isaiah 49:15
When I read this scripture I must admit I was taken aback a bit. I was also slightly taken aback at the devotional it corresponded with. I instantly thought, “how can a woman forget her child and not show compassion for a child in a womb?”
Maybe I was raised differently. I put the needs of my loved ones before my own, especially my children. I rarely keep up with my doctors appointments, rarely purchase new items for myself, and if I do I feel guilt. I usually buy multi-functional items that my kids can use (i.e. Crafting / art supplies) i usually turn items i buy for myself into objects the whole family can benefit from.
So to see and read of mothers forgetting their children or not putting their children first troubles me at times. It troubles me because I just can’t understand why anyone would neglect their kids. I am not trying to pass judgement on anyone. For who knows they probably think “why can’t she take better care of herself and stop always putting her kids first”. Valid argument so I do not judge anyone. I respect and understand that our pov’s will always be different.
Have you ever felt forsaken, forgotten, or overlooked? Have you ever had your closest friends, and even family, let you down?
As unthinkable as it may seem, as unnatural as it clearly is, it is possible even for a mother to forget or neglect her nursing baby. She may become frustrated, or exhausted; or she may simply put herself first and not consider the needs of her infant baby. There have been shocking accounts in the national news lately of mothers who even harmed their own infant children for selfish reasons.
But God speaks this unalterable, unmistakable promise: even if your own mother were to turn against you, or forget you, yet he will never forget you. Although in a fallen and sinful world, parents may neglect or abuse their children, God will always nurture and prosper and provide for his.
What a comfort to hear these words from our heavenly Father! Though circumstances may deteriorate, though fathers may disappoint, though friends may forsake, God will never let you go. He is the perfect, protective parent.
There is no trial that faces you, no temptation that overtakes you, no problem that afflicts you without God’s loving hand embracing you. Fall into his ever-present, compassionate embrace today and rest in the fact that he will never leave you or forsake you.
My narrative:
Though I was initially taken aback this makes perfect sense. I also feel I am clearly being spoken to. (No not in the aspect of neglecting my kids). The very first paragraph of this devotion hits home.
Yesterday I had a discussion about disappointments in people. Friends, colleagues and yes even family. We as people put too much expectations in others when we should be putting them in God.
Though the first two paragraphs talks about being let down by those we didn’t think would let us down. The third paragraph of this devotion reminds you that God got your back.
“….even if your own mother were to turn against you, or forget you, yet he will never forget you. Although in a fallen and sinful world, parents may neglect or abuse their children, God will always nurture and prosper and provide for his.”
In my mind I took out the words mother and parent and filled in the blank with the individual(s) whom have let me down based on my own expectations of them.
Last night I fell asleep disappointed in many. Today I rise feeling liberated in known that “God will always nurture and provide for” me.
Do you feel neglected?
Have you been disappointed?
Have you been ignored?
Fear not.
Despite your hurt.
“God will always nurture and provide for” you.
What I feel I was taken aback more from this devotional was not only the notion of how can someone neglect their children, but the fact that God works in mysterious ways and was speaking directly to me.
Thank you father.
I got your message.
If you feel this message is speaking to you directly.
Thank the father.
Praise him.
For as I write this I surely am praising him for he is just so amazing.
Dear lord I thank you for the words that you have allowed me to read but my own processing of this. Thank you lord for being just, loving, comforting and amassing. Lord we do not deserve the love and mercy you give us on a daily basis. I am grateful that you do. Today I confess my sins to you, my doubts and my supplications. I ask that you continue to guide me and the reader reading this to understand and accept that despite the challenges and disappointments we face in life that you will always be there to lift us up and remind us that “I Am Here with you my child.” Amen

Apology

I want to apologize first to my lord and savior for not writing and blogging about his word, love and mercy.

Second I want to apologize to the readers whom are lifted up when you read the words that the lord inspired me to write.

Since hurricane Harvey I have been campaigning on stop for relief efforts for all in need. Whether by providing information as to where to donate aid, time, monetary donations or goods. I have family whom recently moved to Texas, my heart was heavy, luckily my family do not live within the regions which were affected. Despite that blessing my call towards servitude never falters.

As Christian’s we are called to service. My calling is evermore present right now… the phone is ringing and Lord knows I’m answering any which way that I can.

Then hurricane Irma hit and destroyed Many islands which many of my relatives resides in as well as Florida where I have many relatives as well. Yet again my campaign continued to help any which way I could. Advertising relief efforts, advertising information…. any which way I am able to help I can.

Now Maria…..oh María…. you finished off what Irma started and now, because of you I haven’t had a good nights rest. I can’t complain I have it better off compared to my island folks, compared to my paisanos. My heart is heavy. Still haven’t heard from many relatives. Many are without power, without food, without water, without their shelters.

As I write this I fight back tears which I thought I no longer thought I had any left.

I fight back the worry of my family.

It had been a month and things are not looking well.

Pray for all the islands please.

Help anyway you can.

Seńor yo te doy gracias

I have moments where I just start writing.

Words come to my mind and I just have to pen them to paper.

If I don’t I loose it.

So on the train the other day, thinking and while i was thinking these words just kept coming.

 

Lo and behold this poem came about.

Hope you enjoy this.

 

Oh Seńor yo te doy gracias,
Por el amor que me has dado.
Tu Me has perdonado,
Y me has liberado
sabiendo mi pasado.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por su gran misericordia.
Aunque yo te falle
Mi dijiste no desmaye
Y me llenaste de su gloria.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por su gran bendiciones.
Me regalaste mis hijos,
Mi tesoros, mi vida,
Por supuesto te adorare.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por las Maravillas en mi vida.
En gratitude te exaltare
Su amor confesaré
Hasta que en tu trono ya yo llegare…
Gracias por su amor
Gracias oh señor
Se que no lo merezco.
Gracias por Su generosidad.
Gracias oh senior.
Gracias señor.
Te amo.

Prayers, using Gods Words to pray for others.

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I was recently having a discussion with a colleague on how do you teach a child to pray?

How do you answer those “religious questions” with the children?

 

My first response was well, you need to read up on it first, study it so that you are not giving the kids wrong answers.  Its the same thing I tell my husband.  I have studied and restudied the Bible, with that being stated that does not mean that I know every finite detail of the Bible, I am comfortable enough to be able to answer specific questions.  When I myself am unsure or uncomfortable I read the Bible, research the topic and ask questions.

 

So for my friend I found Bible Versus to use as an example as to do a short prayer using God’s own words.

 

For Instance Psalms 17:8:

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me  under the shadow of Your wings. Amen.

I replaced the word  me from the scripture with the person or persons I am praying for.  Reinforcing the prayers using Gods own words, which are Holy Texts.

Example:

  • Keep our children as the apple of your eye; hide our children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our parents as the apple of your eye; hide our parents under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our siblings as the apple of your eye; hide our siblings under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our nieces/ nephews/ God children as the apple of your eye; hide our nieces/ nephews/ God children under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our families as the apple of your eye; hide our families under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our Pastors as the apple of your eye; hide our pastors under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our church as the apple of your eye; hide our church under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our friends as the apple of your eye; hide our friends under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 as the apple of your eye; hide our islands 🇵🇷🇬🇩🇹🇹 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen
  • Keep our country 🇺🇸 as the apple of your eye; hide our country 🇺🇸 under the shadow of Your wings. Amen

 

Here are other known scripture prayers and similar examples:

  • Jeremiah 17:14
    Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. 

ex: Here you can replace the Heal me to: Heal Ms. Smith, O Lord, and Ms. SMith will be healed; save Ms. smith and she will be saved, for you are the one I praise.  Add to it.  I pray that you provide guidance, love, understanding for Ms. SMith’s family during this difficult time. etc.

  • “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

ex:Dear Lord who is faithful, please provide the strenght for Jane doe in her time and need so that you can give her the protection from the Evil one.

  • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 

ex: God whom is our refuge and strenght, I ask that you be the refuge and strength for my friend xxx, who is in need of ever present help in her troubles.”

 

 

 

Here are other versus which can be used as prayers adding in the person or persons your are praying for:

  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

 

  • Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.

 

  • Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

 

  • Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

  • Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 

  • Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

  • Isiah 57: 19  creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”
  • Mark 5:34 New International Version (NIV)  34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

 

  • Mark 6:56 New International Version (NIV) 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

 

  • Luke 8:48New International Version (NIV) 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

 

  • Isaiah 58:8New International Version (NIV) Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
        and your healing will quickly appear;
    then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
        and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)

This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed. So, take a closer look at what it teaches:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

 

Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation (Jonah 2:2–9)

We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a poignant scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer:

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.

I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’

The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

 

David’s Prayer for Deliverance (Psalm 3)

This one was a tough choice because the Psalms are stuffed full of cries and petitions. If you ever want a primer for prayer, you can’t go wrong with this wisdom book. But we chose Psalm 3 because it provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles:

Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

 

Hannah’s Prayer of Praise (1 Samuel 2:1–10)

When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers. Let this prayer guide you in thanks:

“My heart exults in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.

“There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

 

Here are some things to consider when Praying:

1. Address God’s rightful place as the Father

2. Worship and praise God for who He is and all that He has done

3. Acknowledge that it is God’s will and plans are in control and not our own

4. Ask God for the things that we need

5. Confess our sins and repent

6. Request protection and help in overcoming sin and satan’s attacks on us

 

additional resources:

 

I will end with the serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen.

“Me Too”

“Me Too”

 

Harvey Weinstein has been much of the talks lately.  Many are coming out whom have been directly affected by Harvey, and many more are coming out whom have been affected by others.  You and I have all seen the way they have been coming out.  #MeToo.

 

​http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/alyssa-milano-elevates-harvey-weinstein-conversation-50525732

 

The Me Too movement as you know came about as a response and to bring awareness to the situation at hand since the Harvey Weinstein controversy.  Since the first post about this situation “more than 53,000 people had left comments and thousands of women had declared “Me Too,” sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment across social media, including some for the first time.”

 

 

 

 

I too included a “me too” post for the very first time. I have never shared my story, but I have undergone sexual assault and harassment.   It took a lot for me to even write those two words because it meant admitting to myself that I am a victim of assault.  I never reported my assailants, nor would I at this point. One of them is deceased, the other was really young when he did so.  I was young myself and did not know how to talk about or process what I endured.  My post also shows my family a truth about my past which I never wanted to discuss, never have discussed with them, nor do I have any intentions to further discuss with them nor my spouse. 

 

Some may have seen it, some may have not.  Those two little words I wrote in solidarity for being victimized, but any further elaboration up to that point was not going to be given.  Many though chose not to admit their assaults or harassment in this movement.  Many are still unable to handle such memories or just want to bury their past deep down to the bottoms of the oceans. I do not blame them.


I commend the women whom have been able to share their stories in public. They are stronger than I am for sharing their stories along side their Me Too.  

 

As I write this I can vividly see the faces of the two whom have harassed/assaulted me in my past.  I can vividly see where I was, what I wore, What was said and what happened after the fact.  I cringe at the memory. I feel repulsed by myself.

I couldn’t add more than those two words.

My family follow me on social media.

I didn’t want to disclose more than I did.

Saying me too, I said more than I ever did since my first encounter.

As mentioned earlier one of the assailants I was told passed away.  Died too young.  Died in a hit and run accident in Florida.  It was horrendous to hear.  I never wished either of the two any wrong.  I forgave them both. Though I am scarred by the memories…I forgive them each time I think of it.  The one who passed away shouldn’t have died the way he did.  He was on his way to get milk for his infant.  I cried at the news.  Like I said I did forgive him. In person at that.  (though I did leave him with a black eye and a few scratches to the face at our encounter).

 

Sometimes we are victimized not by strangers but people we know and associate with.  Sometimes its a relatives.  I thank God in my case neither are relatives.  They were people I have known though.  People I didn’t think would do such a thing.

 

What I ask is that Mothers of boys, lets teach our sons to respect women. Lets raise our boys not to harass or assault anyone.  Teach our children boundaries.  Teach our children respect overall.  Teach our children “personal space”.  Teach our children how would you feel if you were in those shoes?  Teach our children what If it were me your mom or sibling that this had happened to.  We need to make things personal in order to assess our feelings accordingly.  We need to hold ourselves accountable for our own actions.

 

Mothers of daughters, teach your daughters to speak up.  Teach your daughters to defend themselves.  I may not have been able to speak up or do something the first time.  The second time I did fight back.  I did not turn the other check like the bible says, and I have asked for forgiveness in that.  I did defend myself.  I did not report to any authorities of anything nor did I file complain.  I probably should have.

 

Remember to please not judge those victimized.  No one ever asks to be raped, harassed or assaulted.  It’s not something that one says Hi, I’m here, Pick me, Choose me, attack me?


 We need to respect the privacy of those whom admit they were victims; but do not want to disclose anything further than two words.

 

It is hard.

 

Here are affiliated articles on the #metoo movement.:

 

Pslams 9:9

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

 

As with all that I do, let us end in a prayer.

Father God I thank you for another day to speak about a topic which is not spoken about often enough.  Lord you are my stronghold, in the good times and in my times of trouble.  Lord you are the stronghold to the many women whom have been victimized during the years.  I once again come before you and seek forgiveness for my transgressions on the issues I mentioned above and I forgive those whom have caused harm to my person.  God you know the situation that occurred, you know how it has affected me and why I choose not to disclose more than I did.  Lord I still want to forgive my transgressors and once again ask for forgiveness for my transgressions.  Lord I ask you provide strength and guidance to the many victims whom have yet found an outlet or confide in someone to discuss their circumstances and experience.  May they find refuge in you so that they too can forgive and move forward.  I know it is hard my Lord, but with you all things are possible.  Amen.

Un clamor al Gobernador de Puerto Rico

Gobernador con todo el alma te pido gracias por los esfuerzos que estás haciendo bajo estos circunstancias. Te pido por favor que mande alimentos y necesidades a los otros municipalidades que todavía no han recibido nada según los reportes.
Los gentes de los municipales de los montes, del sur, del oeste.
Officiales y leaderes de los municipales te lo reugo que no dejen que la gente sufran.
Controlen los que tan abusando con los precios.
Esfuerzen la ley para que no cojan ventajan.
Muchos necessitan attencion medico.
Muchos necessitan alimentos.
Muchos necessitan agua.
Muchos necessitan ayuda.
Te lo suplico con todo mi corazon y alma ayuda a la gente mas.

Give your all.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
(1 Peter 5:7, NLT)
Many of us in the northeast have family throughout the path of Irma. I know we do. We have family in PR, DR, St Martin, St Croix And Florida. We all have family in some of the other islands. Where am I going?
We have been praying for days now for all whom have been affected by the hurricane from when Harvey first popped up. This passed Sunday, before Irma really entered Florida many congregations throughout the nation prayed that it wouldn’t totally destroy Florida.
Our church prayed.
Your church probably prayed.
Many prayed.
What we did is we put our trust in the lord.
What is even more amazing is how this category 5 hurricane suddenly turned into a category 2 in the midst of its path towards destruction.
My friends are safe.
My family members are safe.
I trust and pray that many are safe today.
I trust and pray that the Lord has provided for the residents of Florida.
This is what the power of prayer does.
A call for prayer can block whatever the enemy has planned.
The meteorologists couldn’t even explain the drastic change in category, they couldn’t even begin to explain the sudden shift in the course it was headed.
My answer is plain and simple.
Faith. Trust. Love. God is in control.
We all have our worries to him. What could’ve been a catastrophe he made into a minor destruction.
You may ask why didn’t he get rid of the hurricane all together?
With everything we are to learn from this experience.
With everything God needed to remind us he is here and that we must always confide in him, trust in him and have faith in him.
Know that prayers still get answered.
He still listens to his children.
He protect those whom believe and profess his love.
Know that all things are possible in God.
If recent events haven’t made you realize that the end of times are near, my friend I pray for you.
Thank God for your blessings.
Thank God for your freedom.
Thank God for the simple things in life.
Father God we humbly come before you and Thank you for your amazing works. Thank you for being just. Thank you for being loving. Thank you for all that you provide. I humbly ask that we are able to help and provide for the many afflicted in these areas that were hit by the hurricane. May they find peace, may they be shown love. May they find compassion. May the see the humanitarian efforts being sent their way. May they get food, clothing, water and all the basic necessities to continue to move on. I pray for this nation, our leaders and the constituents as well. I pray that we can all provide for our country folk, I pray that you will be able to show your love and provide for them. Amen.

His gift for me.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
Not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8 – 9 ESV
Our faith in Christ, by his grace is what saves us.
God grants us many gifts in our lives.
I can easily look upon my home and see the marvels he has done in my life.
Can you see the marvels god has given you?
As soon as I open my eyes in the morning and draw my first breath, I have life, I was able to awaken to spend another day in this world with my loved ones.
First blessing of the day. Given to me, allowed by God to be awake.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
As I get up, and begin my daily routines, I am mobile, I am not ill, I am not disabled, I can manage, maneuver and tend to my morning duties.
Second Blessing of the day, I am not crippled nor lame. God allowed me to be mobile and function.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
As I prep my kids for their days, and wake them up from their sleeps to begin our morning madness as I call it, My kids wake up, they hug me, they kiss me, yes they fight for they yearn for just a few more minutes of sleep.
Third Blessing of the day, My children are well, they are not ill, they are alive, they are able to spend another day with me in this world.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
As I continue on with my morning dash, I wake up my husband, so he can begin his morning routine. My husband wakes up, he is groggy, he also yearns for a few more minutes of sleep.
Fourth Blessing of the day, My husband is well, he is not ill, his is very much alive, he is able to spend another day with me and our children in this world.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
Clinks, Clatter, door open, door slam, into the refrigerator I go to get breakfast and lunch ready before we make our rapid dash across town to being our day.
Fifth blessing of the day, we have food in our home, we are able to nourish the flesh. My kids can get a quick bite before daycare/school to satisfy them until we get to our destinations for the day.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
Door closes, car door unlocks, engine revs, We warm up the car, the car which will take us to and fro during the course of the day. The gas tank is full, the battery works.
Sixth blessing of the day, we have a fully functioning vehicle with Gas that will take us to and for.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
While in the car, we pray, we pray together before we leave the driveway, pray for a blessed day, pray for safe travels, pray for health and that we may return in one peace together, united.
Seventh Blessing of the day, praying with our family for the 6 blessings we have received thus far, anticipating the day to come.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
We arrive our destinations, work, school, daycare….go through an eventful or uneventful day, blessed in the end to survive it so that we can reach our family.
Eight blessing of the day, We survived, we made it, god provided and took care of us. WE are all in one piece. on our way to meet with our family.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
We unite with our family, after a long day, we are able to share stories of how the day unfolded. Blessed to be able to share this moment with our family.
Ninth blessing of the day, we survived a long day, we were able to share, now to commute back home.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
We arrive our home, glad the day is over, to unwind, tidy up, eat, and prepare for the next day.
Tenth Blessing of the day, we arrived home safe and sound, though many other things happened during the day, so this tenth blessing might really be the 20th or the 100th, but none the less we made it home. we are eternally grateful.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
Off to bed we go again, washed up, tired, and pray. Praying for peace, praying for loved ones, praying for humanity, praying to do it all again and enjoy the precious gifts God has given us.
eleventh Blessing of the day….or the 1000ths, but thankful for the day the lord has given me.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
These blessings may seem minor to you, you may have been anticipating something greater, like winning the lotto, but these minor blessings are grand in my eyes. My family (immediate and distant relatives alike) are all loved, well, healthy, alive, and in one way, shape or form throughout hte day we have heard from some, one or all. I cannot complain. Even when things do not go my way, or as I have anticipated them, I am grateful. Even when things shift, I am thankful.
The gifts from God comes in many forms, from the talents he gives us to the simple blessings of day to day activities, to our family and our health. They are blessings nonetheless and are gifts. his gifts to me.
It was not my own doing but his. His gift for me.
Thank you Father for the multitude of blessings you provide from the moment we open our eyes, to the moment we shut them at night. Many of us take for granted the simplest blessings you give us, with great oversight that they are blessings from you. I know sometimes I may take for granted the simple blessings you give me and for that I apologize. You are the alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, your grace has allowed all my blessings to unravel, regardless of how big or how small. They are all meaningful to me nonetheless. I thank you with all my heart and love you with every fiber of my being. Thank you. Amen

Amazing events.

So I was reading my book , as I am reading I am told to look up, the first person you see smile. So I look up. Make eye contact with the woman across from me and I smile. The woman smiles back and lit up. I then nodded and I looked down and continue to read. Just so happens we get off at the same train station. She asks me are you reading the a bible? I said not really, I am reading a book about women in the Bible. She said while watching you read you looked so peaceful. She introduces herself, tells me she’s Christian also Pentecostal, she goes to church in dean street. I to share in my sisterly upbringings, yes I too am Christian and Pentecostal.
She begins to open up to me and tell me that she needs prayers, she is on her way to see her pastor, then says she’s tired and she knows that it’s the enemy. She was back and forth on whether to go see the pastor or not for that one stop as we crossed the bridge. As she tells me her story, I tell her follow your instincts. It’s telling you to see your pastor for a reason. The Holy Spirit didn’t nudge you for no reason, this encounter was not by chance. I was told to smile not knowing what your needs were. Now i know I was supposed to smile st you to remind you that you need to make it to see your pastor. We then started talking about my book, about the many women in the Bible and how significant they are in church history. I kind of felt like I was being quizzed in what I was reading. Yet I was grateful nonetheless knowing that I was retaining the knowledge I was reading.
My stop came in for my transfer and before I got out the train I said god bless you, again follow your gut, you need to see your pastor. I got off the train and started transcribing this encounter on my phone. After I finished transcribing I said a little prayer for her.
Father in heaven, thank you for using me to have Claudette vent her worries and her fears. I sense she needed an extra push to seek your house today, I hope I did my job. Dutifully. I am thankful to have been listening to you and that I did not ignore you. For only you know how bad she needed to release her worries. God you know her circumstances, you know her story, you know the bit of her story she shared with me. I ask that you wash away that feeling of fear. I ask that she finds the strength she needs to face her battles. I could tell she’s new in the faith and that she’s hungry, wanting more of you. I’m glad she took a picture of this book. Help her find this book so she can be empowered by the women in the gospels whom have contributed to Christianity as we know it. May Claudette and her family be protected and blessed always. In the name of the father, the son and Holy Spirit Amen.

wake up

“Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ASV‬‬
The Bible says An unbeliever cannot understand spiritual things. To understand spiritual truths we need to understand them i the spirit not in the flesh.
We need to understand that we are subjected to sin. We are surrounded by sin. We always look at things in the flesh.
When we are told to open our eyes, we think, hey, my eyes are open. Those are not the eyes we are told to open. When we are asked to open one’s ears to listen. Some respond um I am listening. No you are not. Your Spiritual senses need to be on alert. We will never receive messages or blessings from the spirit if we are not spiritually intune with our spiritual senses. This is the only way one can understand spiritual truths.
The blind shall see.
Those that are blind, will only see, when they are spiritually awaken.
Many of us are spiritually blind. You will never see unless you open your eyes.
You too shall see.
The times we are living in are difficult ones indeed.
Leaders are corrupt.
Sin is considered good.
We are living the days of Sodom and Gomorrah again.
Yet I feel worse.
To be religious is subject to scrutiny.
Many are being wrongfully criminalized.
We need to wake up, and see things from a spiritual perspective.
We will all face judgement one day.
The supreme court will not decide our fate.
The Lord will.
Father God I ask you to anoint me with your spirit. To wash over me so that I can see, Hear, feel, smell, your presence. I was once blind, but through my trials and tribulations I see. I was once deaf, but now I hear. I pray dear lord for an awakening in our communities. May our people see, and hear your greatness. May the understand they need to be ready for the spiritual warfare when we are under attack. May we be able to discern your voice and be able to follow through. Amen.

Coat of Arms

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Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And
don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
(Romans 13:14)
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I recently began reading a book that has been so enlightening. Mind you I haven’t even fully delved deep into the book and have already found this to be so transforming, so riveting so inspiring and life changing. I will write about the book once I finish reading the full book while making biblical references and completing the self reflection pieces within the book.  This may take some time for these reflection pieces are not only for spiritual understanding but spiritual growth as well.
The book is called:
Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
By Ann Spangler, Jean E. Syswerda
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Today as I read this verse, I can not help but think about the passage I read just this morning during my commute from this book.
The Passage states the following:
“This week take some time fora wardrobe check – make sure you aren’t missing anything vital, without which you will be more vulnerable to attack. Here’s a quick checklist for the well-dressed spiritual warrior:
The Belt of Truth – have any small dishonesties crept into your life?
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Are you cooperating with grace to become more Christlike?
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace – The gospel reconciles us to God and others. Are you willing to receive it, live by it and share it?
The Shield of Faith – Are you responding to life with faith or in a way that shows you really don’t think God is quite as loving or as powerful as he says he is?
The Helmet of Salvation – Salvation is a gift. But like any gift, it has to be received.
The Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word wounds the enemy and thwart his purposes. Reading and praying through Scripture helps us take the offensive.”
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The author included a prayer which i will share at the very end of this piece (before my closing prayer).
In Roman’s we are told to clothe ourselves in the Lord’s presence. We are reminded to stay away from evil desires. Our goal is to be Warriors of Christ.
How else are we to do so without knowing how to dress like these spiritual warriors. I love the description that Spangler provides in her Book on how to do a wardrobe check. What both Paul (the author of the book of Romans ) and Spangler are saying is that we need to be better equipped.  This recipe that she gives us is provided in Ephesians 6, where we see how we are to arm up.  We need to be always ready. We need to check ourselves and our evil desires and put on our coats of arm. We are spiritual warriors of the most high God. Our war is not a carnal war but a spiritual war. The only way we do not become vulnerable in an attack is if we are properly equipped.  The bible provides everything we need to be fully equipped for battle.  We need to just pay attention and listen.
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Check one selves.
Dress accordingly. (Spiritually).
Make sure you not indulging in Sin.
Put on your “Belt of Truth”.
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Put on your “Breastplate of Righteousness”
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Put on and shine your “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “
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Grab and shine your “The Shield of Faith”
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Secure your “The Helmet of Salvation “.
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Sharpen and carry “The Sword of the Spirit”.
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Spangler’s Prayer:
“Lord, help me to be ready so that any moment I can stand against the enemy and even deal a decisive blow in the battle. Give me courage, discernment, and wisdom and help me to stay close to you in the midst of the fray. Amen.”
My prayer:
Father God your timing is precise. Thank you for being amazing in all that you do and all that you provide. Your timing for this passage in the scriptures and this passage in the Book is purposeful and not of a coincidence. I ask you to help me be ready, I ask you to help me thwart evil desires and sins. I ask or redemption and forgiveness If i have failed you. I want to be ready for battle and not be vulnerable for attack. Help me to help you in the battle field with fellow warriors. I want to stand firm against the enemy and be of use in your ministry. Give me courage, strength and wisdom to carry on your works and to not loose sight of your greatness. I will dress accordingly, arming my self as your spiritual warrior. I will Put on my “Belt of Truth”. Put on my “Breastplate of Righteousness”. Put on and shine my “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “. Grab and shine my “The Shield of Faith”. Secure my “The Helmet of Salvation “. Sharpen and carry my “The Sword of the Spirit”. In the Name of the father, the son and the holy spirit Amen.
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Good Prayer

What makes a good prayer?

Some can recite our father without batting an eye. Many of us were taught the our father since we were in pre-school.

Some pray long, extensive loud.

Others have short prayers, straight to the point some would say.

I was taught the Acts prayer growing up.

  • Adoration
  • Confession
  • Thanksgiving
  • Supplication.

We praise and worship our lord.

We confess our sins.

We give thanks for what we have.

We bring our requests for ourselves or others.

My sons have prayers vary.

Sometimes they say “thank you Jesus for this day, god bless xyz, amen.

Sometimes they are more detailed in their prayers.

Before meals they are very specific:

“Thank you Jesus for this food amen”.

Here is what Whites devotional plan has to say: [The devotional plan is called ‘Teach Us To Pray’ by Rob White. Check it out here: ]

Devotional 2:

Some could be thinking, ‘Hey, that’s good, it’s a short prayer so I can do that easily.’ Not so fast! Do we really think that Jesus taught us to pray with something that can be rattled through in a few seconds? The problem is that this prayer is well known to most of us, and is said or sung in many places with no further thought. It is often used like a kind of mantra. So it becomes fairly meaningless.

Here’s what Jesus was doing. The rabbis in Jesus’ day taught people ‘index praying’. You know what an index is—it appears, usually at the beginning of a book, giving chapter numbers and titles. Imagine using a large book for any study or work you’re doing and finding there’s no index. How would you find your way around? On the other hand, what if there were just an index and no substance to the book? The point of the index is to act as a pointer to the substance.

That’s exactly what index praying was all about. The rabbis would provide the points for prayer, like an index, and the people would fill in the substance—their own prayers. This is the method Jesus was teaching in this prayer. Can you now see the Lords Prayer is like that? And what an index of titles!

1. Worshiping the Father

2. God’s kingdom

3. God’s will/guidance

4. Our daily needs

5. Forgiveness/relationships

6. Spiritual warfare

I challenge you to find one subject, broadly speaking, that’s not covered in this prayer. No wonder Jesus taught it! Hopefully you can begin to see why it’s such a great prayer to pray and how it can help you in your prayer life.

Why is praying in this way so helpful?  Because we’re obviously praying according to God’s will— and that’s something with which I often struggled as I read the verse that says, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears uswhatever we askwe know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5: 14–15). How could I be sure that what I was praying was according to his will? Surely I must have been praying according to his will if I was praying the prayer he gave.

Associated scriptures:

John 17:1-5 NLT:

“After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.”

 

 

Luke 11:2-4 NLT:

“Jesus said, “This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation. ””

 

 

1 John 5:14-15 NLT:

“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”

 

 

God thank you lord for showing us the way to connect with you and pray. Father we lift your name high for you are worthy of all the praise. Thank you lord for your love and mercy. Thank you for your words and teachings. Thank you for your guidance. Lord if I have offended anyone or sinned I come before you now for forgiveness. Lord I ask that those who wonder about prayers, whether if they are debating about if they praying enough, or praying the right way, lord I hope and pray that this series guides them. Lord our prayers are our way to connect with you. Our prayers are our way to check in with you. Our prayers are about praising you and giving thanks for everything you continue to do in our lives. Father God our prayers are also to intercede for ourselves and each other dear lord. Lord I know each need is different and every time we pray it’s because a different need is being addressed. No two prayers will ever be alike for no two days will ever be alike. Thank you again lord for all you do. Amen.

 

Desire, Discipline and Delight.

Romans 8:39 NLT

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

A few weeks ago my husband and I were asked to take over the children’s ministry. I must say it was rather a big surprise for us both to be considered yet felt a lot of joy to be able to do more work for God.

The past few weeks I have spent less time on my blogging and devotional materials because I have spent more time preparing for my lessons.

I am sorry for no updated messages or words of encouragement. I will try my best to incorporate some of my lessons here as well as put up as many devotionals as I can.

When we were introduced to the kids as their new teacher, the lesson for that specific day was prayer. Why do pray? Who do we pray for ? How do we pray? What do we pray about? And why is prayer important?

We saw how the kids engaged in this subject, asked questions, New the answers to some. It was a good preparation to what is to come.

We asked the teacher what were the kids doing as far as their lesson because we didn’t want to start something new if they had already began something else.

She said they just briefly scratched the surface of chapter 1 of Nehemiah.

A light bulb went off, we just finished the Nehemiah lesson in our adult Bible study. My husband is learning more about the Bible. This is perfect. We said we will continue Nehemiah. For two reasons. 1- we didn’t want to take the kids off course on something they just started. 2- the lessons of some of the things we learned were still fresh so we will be able to teach them efficiently.

Nehemiah is a man who prays often.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Paul reminds us all to pray without ceasing. No matter what we do, no matter where we are we are to never stop praying. Prayers are our open channel of communication with God. Prayers are very intimate. We pray for our loved ones, our friends, our leadership, our pastors, our work, the sick, the elderly, our struggles, our desires, we pray for forgiveness for our sins, we Thank the lord for our blessings and we keep it as real as possible. Prayer is our heart pouring out it’s wants, love, gratitude, desires, thanks and praise to the Lord. I don’t think there is anyone we ever get this intimate with. He knows it all, no one, absolutely no one knows us better than he does.

A few weeks before we started this journey to teach, I have been reading about prayer. Between our lessons, my devotional and additional help. Prayer has been in my mind.

I wanted to share this devotional I found in my bible app. It’s a three part devotional.

The devotional plan is called ‘Teach Us To Pray’ by Rob White. Check it out here:

So here is day 1 of White’s plan:

Prayer can be showy. You’ve probably been in prayer gatherings where someone prays a long prayer using flowery language. Prayer is not entertainment; it’s a time of fellowship with God.

I know you can pray anywhere but there is something about having a place where we pray regularly. As I grew in my new-found zeal for prayer I began to find myself really looking forward to my prayer times sensing I was really meeting with the Father. The room in which I prayed became synonymous with those times and I would go to the room expectant that I was going to meet with God. The result was that I approached my personal prayer times with faith.

Praying for a long time, using many words or repetition doesn’t mean we are more likely to get God’s attention. I really don’t know why we feel that God will hear us more clearly like that. This Scripture makes it clear that it’s not about words, length or repetition, because God knows anyway. It’s about quality—the right heart attitude, concentrating on what we’re doing, trying to live a life that doesn’t contradict our prayer life—not quantity.

Let me explain 3D praying to you. The three Ds stand for Desire, Discipline and Delight. First, and you cannot bypass this starting point, there needs to be Desire. Desire to be a person of prayer. Without that desire, nothing will ever change. You can’t force the desire, but you can ask God to plant that in you by his Spirit.

Second, it requires Discipline. Actually, you could double the D and make it daily discipline. This is the hard part, as you’ve probably already discovered. But I want to assure you that as you face the discipline it gets a lot easier; you’ll find the third D eases it considerably.

The third D is Delight. Yes, truly prayer has become a delight for me: spending time with the Father, opening up my life with its ups and downs, hearing what he has to say to me. What’s not to like! That means that I can look forward to praying; making my way towards the place where I usually pray I’m actually expectant that I’ll meet God during that time. What a change! It’s delightful.

Associated scriptures from the Plan:

Matthew 6:5-8 NLT:

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”

1 John 5:3 NLT:

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”

Luke 11:1 NLT:

“Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.””

 

Mr. White mentions his 3ds of prayer, Desire, Discipline and Delight.

We have to desire this with all our might. We need to be disciplined in our prayers so that we are not rambling away. We need to take delight in praying to God. We need to want it, have that passion and fire for prayer, we need to be disciplined in our time with God but in what we speak to God about. We need to enjoy our time with God. It’s the most precious time of our time with him.

Father God I thank you for the wonderful blessings you have bestowed in my life. I know I am undeserving of these blessings, but you have blessed me none the less. You have shown me love, kindness, mercy and forgives. Lord I know many like myself have this passion and desire to spend more time with you in prayer. The person reading this might need your help in their desires. I am asking to intercede for them so they can desire praying with you. Discipline is an important factor in praying dear lord, we need to take our prayers with you seriously for this is very intimate as well. I am asking to intercede for those whom need more discipline in their prayers with you, may your words guide them with the discipline they need to pray with you. Lord I take delight in praying to you. I take delight in our time. This comes with both desire and discipline in ones prayer. May everyone found the delight passion and joy that prayer gives. Amen.

 

Too many to count

Too Many To Count from Daily Bible Inspirations. By Darla Noble

In John 21:24-25, the disciple John tells us that there isn’t enough room in the world to hold the books that could have been written describing all of the miracles Jesus did on earth. The same is true when it comes to recording all the blessings He has given us.

If I were to list all the blessings God has given me, well, I couldn’t. There are simply too many to count. And quite honestly, I’m sure that I’ve forgotten some of them. But just because I won’t take the time or space to list them here, doesn’t mean I cannot and should not spend time each day recounting the day’s blessings and thanking God for each of them.

Recounting the blessings of each day with a thankful heart—this is my challenge to you. Today and every day, take time to let God know just how grateful you are for His many gifts. And share that joy with others, so that they, too, can enjoy the blessings God has for them.

Pray: Thank you, LORD, for all You do for me. There are no numbers high enough to count Your many blessings in my life. You are to be praised! In the Name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Reflection questions

◦ What great things has the Lord done for you? If you can name them.

◦ Make a list of what you considered to be your greatest blessings.

◦ Who will you share this good news with?

Adding my two cents:

The author of this devotional I read was indeed right, if I were to list every blessing God has given me I can’t. Some I may have forgotten, some I may have not even realized was a blessing.

John is right, there isn’t enough books to write every detail of every blessing Jesus has given or miracle he has performed.

I gave general themes of my blessings, not specific details of events. Imagine if each apostle, each disciple were able to jot down every single blessing and miracle Jesus performed, my guess they would still be writing today.

Let’s see what I am able to jot down.

What has the lord blessed me with?

My life.

My family

My children

My home

My job…. these are all in the grander scale of things, which I am eternally grateful for.

He has blessed me with knowledge.

Blessed me with my love of reading and further seeking knowledge, this has helped ground, mold and bring me even closer to God.

He has blessed me with love, not just from my family but from friends.

He has blessed me with opportunities to make a difference and help others.

He has blessed me in always ensuring I get to my destinations safe and sound.

He has blessed me with his protection and his guidance.

He has blessed me a lot more than I can recall.

Every breath that I take in itself is a blessing.

Every step I am allowed to take without assistance is a blessing.

Every word I utter initself is a blessing.

Every thought I can formulate is a blessing.

Think of those less fortunate than you.

I have clean clothes.

I can bathe/shower.

I have food.

I can cook a hot meal for my family.

I can purchase food to prepare my meal.

I can purchase clothes when in need.

I have a bed.

I have a comforter.

I have a quilt.

These basic necessities that I have, others don’t. That I a blessing. I may not always sit down and think about those blessings, but they are indeed.

The fact that I make enough money to have my bare necessities and every now and then treat myself, my family, my church is a blessing.

Many are not able.

I was blessed with a generous heart.

I was blessed with a compassionate heart.

I am blessed….just for being able to write, rationalize and share my experiences with the lord. Whether it is my own preachings to myself, or like this piece where I reflect after sharing a devotional I read.

This list of blessings are just a fraction of the blessings I have received.

I haven’t even included:

Healing.

Liberation.

Salvation.

Forgiveness.

All which truly worthy of mentioning.

John is right.

There are not enough books.

Not enough paper

Not enough time to list each and everyone.

I will end with an additional prayer.

Father God I thank you for every blessing you have blessed me with. Each blessing has made my relationship with you stronger. Each blessing has allowed me to grow closer with you. Each blessing has been a life learning lesson. Each blessing came from you, and you alone. Some blessings are meant to be shared, so others can be blessed by them. Some blessings are meant for me to savor and learn from them. I thank you again and everyone of them. I look forward to the blessings which have yet to come. I ask you father to bless whomever may be reading this. Someone reading this may have a need that is beyond their own ability to achieve their need, I am interceding for you, reading this in need, that not only will God provide, not only will God bless you, but you will testify of his greatness in your life. I do not know who you are who needs this, but I feel it, I feel it from the depths of my soul, you will read this, and you will know this prayer is specifically for you. In the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit Amen.

His Joy, My strength

We recently did a study of Nehemiah at our church’s Bible study at the end of the last year. In a recent post I mentioned how the pastoral leadership has made some changes which include my husband and I being selected to oversee the children’s ministry. We were honored, scared, over joyed, overwhelmed, felt unqualified and still accepted the offer knowing that the Joy of our Lord, and doing his will is our strength.

When I spoke to the retiring teacher who will assist us during the transitional week what lesson she is doing with the kids, she said Nehemiah. Though she said she only covered one chapter with the kids, that I could do whatever lesson I wanted once we take over, I chose not to interfere with the kids current lesson and to begin anew one after.

God thank you for the strength, knowledge and for preparing our way for this moment.

So I am redoing the Nehemiah study with the young ones (ages 3-9). So now my mind starts going, how can I make this lesson fun, engaging, memorable? My husband and I begin to bounce ideas back and forth. He claims to be my assistant, I laughed because what he doesn’t realize just yet is that this lesson is perfect for him to get his feet wet since he just learned Nehemiah. God doesn’t do anything by chance.

We agreed to do a team building unit.

Since the book of Nehemiah shows how the people of Jerusalem, the levites, the tribe of Benjamin and their priests worked together around the clock to build these walls in 52 days. The entire unit is a team building unit because of the wonderful example within the scriptures that also emphasizes how everyone made it happen. As part of our team building unit our class will build the wall of Jerusalem out of Legos. The goal is that they will work together to plan, to build and then to display to the congregation what they built and what they have learned. How they applied the scriptures they will learn into their task at hand. We will also ask them how they can apply this lesson into their daily lives, since we are to apply the principals we learn from the Bible into our daily lives.

I find strength and comfort in knowing that we will be doing God’s work. I find strength and comfort in knowing that we will be assisting in the walks of these children. I find strength and comfort in knowing that God has paved the way for this moment, for us to make a difference in these lives. I find strength and comfort that when I am uncertain, God will provide, when I am scared, god will relieve me from the fear, when I feel week, god will give me strength. I find comfort in knowing that this will give God Joy.

Father God I want to thank you for this opportunity. I want to thank you for entrusting me and my husband on this journey. Lord we want to ask you that give us the knowledge,and confidence needed to teach your word and be of a blessing to these children. God we have the tools you have provided us, we know need to delve deeper into your word to be prepared for the questions they may ask. Thank you lord again for this opportunity … we want to make you proud. Amen

What’s inside?

What’s Inside? Kirsten Holmberg

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

2 Corinthians 4:7–18

Genesis 27–28; Matthew 8:18–34

“Do you want to see what’s inside?” my friend asked. I had just complimented her on the old-fashioned rag doll her daughter held in her small arms. Instantly curious, I replied that yes, I very much wanted to see what was inside. She turned the doll face down and pulled open a discreet zipper sewn into its back. From within the cloth body, Emily gently removed a treasure: the rag doll she’d held and loved throughout the years of her own childhood more than two decades prior. The “outer” doll was merely a shell without this inner core to give it strength and form.

Paul describes the truth of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection as a treasure, carried about in the frail humanity of God’s people. That treasure enables those who trust in Him to bear up under unthinkable adversity and continue in their service. When they do, His light—His life—shines brightly through the “cracks” of their humanness. Paul encourages us all not to “lose heart” (2 Corinthians 4:16) because God strengthens us to do His work.

Like the “inner” doll, the gospel-treasure within us lends both purpose and fortitude to our lives. When God’s strength shines through us, it invites others to ask, “What’s inside?” We can then unzip our hearts and reveal the life-giving promise of salvation in Christ.

Thank You, Lord, for saving me. Please shine Your light brightly through my broken life so others will be invited to know You too.

The gospel of truth shines through the brokenness of God’s people.

You can make a difference.

Insight:

Second Corinthians 4 describes how God’s Love mends broken people. We see evidence of this life-change in the story of Zacchaeus, a man who made large profits by overtaxing his people. When Jesus called him out of his sin, Zacchaeus instantly vowed: “if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times that amount” (Luke19:1-10). His actions demonstrated his changed life.

How do God’s actions demonstrate God’s work in your life?

Recently God’s work has made a transformative change not just in my life, not just in my home but in our Church as well. Since the New Year, the past 3 sermons led by our pastor have been in the notion of different.

Lesson 1- was about Peter and the fishermen. How they were out in the sea trying to fish and were unable to catch any fish, Jesus approached them and asked them to take them the boat back out and throw the nets back into the water. Sure enough they caught fish in abundance. Then followed Jesus to become fisher of men. They were transformed after being with Jesus and were now different men tban what they were before .

Lesson 2- we discussed Noah, how Noah was used by God to be different. Noah followed god’s instructions and left everything he knew in order to follow Jesus. Noah also followed god’s commands in building the ark. Everyone thought he was crazy, but nonetheless when the floods began Noah, his family and two of every animal were with him in the ark, protected by God. He had to be different to be saved.

Lesson 3 – being different. On the third lesson we did a recap of the previous two lessons. Then discussed Saul, whom on the road to Damascus persecuting the followers of Jesus after the resurrection, saul had an encounter with Jesus, Jesus blinded him, then gave him back his vision, Saul whom we now call Paul, was transformed so much so, he now led the building of the church and ministering of Jesus. No longer was he the Saul whom persecuted the Christians. He was now one of the followers leading the movement of the risen living God. He too was now different. Our lessons all in all were about the changes that happen in our lives which makes us grow and yet makes us doffeeenr than the person we were the day before.

In the midst of these lessons The Pastor has approached a few members to take up a big responsibility. In my home I have been praying for unity and for God to show me how I could be of better use for him. The pastor approached us and asked us to take the lead in the youth and children’s ministry respectively. We all accepted. God was making moves which touched all of us deeply, and now we get to sit back and fully embrace his blessing to be of a blessing to others.

I know this devotion was about the gifts and treasures we have inside due to Christ….. but it got me thinking with the insight question it came with…How do God’s actions demonstrate God’s work in your life?All in all his works allows us to be able to use our gifts and treasures. We can all use our talents, our knowledge respectfully to continue to do God’s will.

Father God I humbly thank you for the difficult task at hand. Yet I know we will all be transformed and different from this experience. I know we will all get to bear fruits as well as discover the fruits and treasures others have. I ask and pray for continued guidance so we can teach and plan according to your will. Amen.

Gathered in his name

I tell my kids all the time when we are unable to physically make it to church. As song as we are here, worshipping alongside the live stream broadcast or doing our own bible study lesson with each other the presence of the lord is evermore present as if we were at church congregating with our fellow church members. It can be just as a blessing. The important is that we focus on God, learning about God, praying to God and worshipping God.

Always remember whenever you are, as long as there are two or three or more in worship God is there. Don’t be shy, don’t be embarrassed about your location, don’t fuss about circumstances you cannot control. Put all trust in God’s hands.

The other day during this article blast we had post post the cyclone bomb, line many in the northeast battling frozen or busted pipes, my household experienced the same thing. Our main water heater pipe froze.

My day in Meme…. I joked that day, because we cannot freak out when things don’t start out the way you hoped. I literally created memes to discuss my day. Yet my children and I gathered to still watch the livestream of our church’s sermon. Part of the days message said…. you have to do something different.

. I joked about the situation as it was happening and even after because stressing, freaking out was not an option.

We put trust in God that it wasn’t going to be that bad and it will be fixed… and just like that God is good. My pipes were frozen, but at least it did not burst. Now we not only have heat and hot water again, but the sermon was a play by play of the actions we took in our faith in God in our given situation.

Knowing it could be worse, but having faith it will not get there.:.. as we listened to the sermon I thanked the lord…. because it could’ve been worse. On another note… we had cake too. I made sure my kids stood warm while the problem was addressed…. and nothing solves problems better than ones faith in God and home made Cake…. 🙂

But honestly like Olaf the kids and I joked about needing warm hugs lol

Todita all is well.

Our house is fine.

The point of the story, we gathered our faith and trust in God. Not only was he ever present, but the sermon of the day spoke to us directly. God fixed our situation by guiding my husband and in no time our pipe was unfrozen and things were back to normal.

Father God I thank you for the events that took place. Not only were we able to confide in you for strength and refuge dear lord knowing you would provide. We trusted that you would provide, but you also confirmed our actions with that days sermon. We thank you for guiding us, inspiring us and making sure we had everything we needed. Though I joked about the cake dear lord, it was comforting to know that you put that thought to make the cake and we listened. It helped keep us warm while we awaited things to get fixed. I thank you again dear lord Amen.

One Name

One Name

David C. McCasland

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10

Philippians 2:5–11

Genesis 18–19; Matthew 6:1–18

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.

I am adding a special prayer to the end of this article:

Father God I thank you for everything you do in my life. I thank you for the blood of Jesus that washed away my sins and saved me from damnation. God I thank you for the love and protection you offer my family and loved ones. The world may know the names of Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé for their achievements and advancements in their fields of expertise, but your name will be righteous and superior above all names. Thank you father.- Amen