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.
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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.

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.

Topographic map

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Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

#rebloging

Topographic map

Capture

 

Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

Few seconds of dread

I don’t know about you, but every time my child’s school calls me, My heart sinks, I start to shake, my heart begins to palpitate.  I dread that number when it pops up on the caller ID.

 

No my child is not a problem child.

I am very active in the school, despite being a working mom.

I always react the same way.

It was only once they legitimately called me because he was not feeling well and needed to be picked up early.

 

Aside from that all the calls have been school related for a prosperous event at the school.

 

I don’t know about you but i always get relieved when the caller states; My name and then after, your son is alright…..

 

I quickly calm down and become the bubbly self i usually am and continue my day.

 

I thank God everyday that he has covered my son with his blood and protection. I thank God and pray for him daily for my children’s well being, and all the children.  My children aren’t  inclusive only in that prayer.  We have to pray for all of our children in this day an age.

We are living during times where Schools, which once were known as being safe havens for children, are now possible dangerous territory.  Kids bringing in weapons to school, kids harming others.  People looking to seek vengeance over a love triangle, or whatever vendetta that has stirred up so much hate in their hearts.

 

We do need to bring the message of love, prosperity and God back to schools.  I know the subject is touchy with vast religions out there, but at least the essential message of love, respect, prosperity, peace, helping one another should be taught again.

Today I ask dear Lord that you continue to bless and protect my children academically, physically, mentally, socially and overall.  May you continue to provide comfort, love, shelter and a safe haven every place they step foot in.  May these desires I ask of for my children be extended to all children, across the globe.  May we as parents trust in you to continue to protect our children.  Amen

 

 

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.