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Crying Woman

The crying woman
What does it mean?
A while ago I had a dream, this dream resulted in me getting up, reaching out to someone and praying for them.
I wrote this to the person:
I’ve been meaning to text you all day.
I hope all is well… not sure the obstacles you may be facing but as you know God is in control and if you are facing obstacles it shall soon pass.
The reason for the random text well is because you’ve been in my spirit and mind all day.
I am resting on Med’s and every time I go to sleep, no matter what I am dreaming you have been appearing crying. You talk to vent, though in each dream I couldn’t hear what you’ve said, you continued to cry. Each time I’ve told you the same thing. It will be ok, it will pass. You are stronger than you realize, and I am here for you and love you.
Each time I have woken up from my medication induced naps…I got on my knees and prayed for you. Maybe that’s what you need. Prayers, but know I am here for you.
I do love you!!
I just wanted to share with you.
The recipient responded back with details of their struggles.  Thanked me for the words.
Those words were what she was asking for to be told that it will be ok, and to be reminded that her struggles will pass, she needed to be reminded that she is strong and loved.
What was the point of me writing this?
There are reasons beyond our control why we have certain dreams.
There are reasons beyond our control as to why certain individuals pop up in our mind.
Sometimes we have to follow the instructions.
Reach out to the person and relay the message.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know the needs that they might have.
You never know what words they need to hear.
What we do know is when we are instructed to do something, we are to follow suit.
We are to listen carefully.
Doing so we can provide exactly what that person needs.
So the crying woman, what does it mean?
It means God put a vision in my sleep of someone I know, who was going through something.
God knew she needed additional prayers.
God knew she needed to hear the words I told her.
God used me to do so.
God can do the same with you.
When I reached out to the person, I had no idea what they were facing, what their burdens were nor their troubles.  When I finished hearing back, I was happy knowing that a difference was made in that person’s day.
Be that difference when the lord speaks to you or shows you signs.
Father God I thank you for any opportunity to do your will.  I am thankful for another day. Thankful for the love you give.  Your are gracious, kind, knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent.  I want to continue to be a vessel for your greatness.  I want to continue to do your great work.  In the name of the father, the son, holy spirit. Amen

“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”

“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”
(Psalm 30:5, NIV)
God wants us to enjoy the fruits of his favors and blessings. These favors if we receive them and use them the way god has intended us for is going to last a lifetime. We need to stop looking and stressing over carnal success stories for inspirations. Our rewards are at the gates of heaven thanks to our logre and savior.
I understand that while we live we need to provide and live. We need shelter, clothing food etc. yes we do need to succeed in the world, though that should not be your sole purpose. Whether spiritually or in the flesh we reap what we sow.
God wants us to live an abundant life as we praise and wishing hkm. He does not want us suffering. He wants us to be whole and love him unconditionally. He also wants us to praise him. He wants us happy. He wants our salvation. We have the free will to choose what we cherish, love and appreciate.
Success is really about living in obedience to gods wlrd. When we live in obedience to god and do what he has called us to do, god will provide all we need to survive here while we are in the flesh. When we are obedient and do as god has called us to do, the Bible says that his favor surrounds us like a shield. When god gives us his favor, everything we need to succeed is within reach because god has allowed it so, because you have been obedient.
Gods favors opens doors, gives you knowledge, feeds you, takes away fear, gives you all you need to accomplish what without him you couldn’t accomplish, for on our own we cannot get very far.
Do not compare your selves to others…. for the favors of others where not intended for you. Each persons favors, talents and success is unique to that individual, because god made it so. We are each special and talented in his eyes.
We need to fill ourselves in his works so we can reap the benefits of his favors.
Father I thank you for your grace and mery in our lives. I praise you today, tomorrow and always for you are abundantly good to us. I thank you for your blessings and favors, i thank you for the talents you have given me. I know you will prepare and guide me in your walk. amen.

Sins and Virtues

Why don’t we talk about the seven deadly sins nor the seven virtues ?
Well, I am going to.
I will open up a bit of myself and share some experiences as well as discuss the 7 deadly sins and the seven virtues and their meanings.
I will have external resources which the links will be provided throughout this document.
So what are the 7 deadly sins and what do they mean?
7 Deadly Sins List & Meanings
Envy = the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses
Gluttony = excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink
Greed or Avarice = an excessive pursuit of material possessions
Lust = an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires
Pride = excessive view of one’s self without regard to others.
Sloth = excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents
Wrath = uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person
from the link above i will quote the article and also give my own stories and input. “Each one of these deadly sins listed above has its root in the desire for more and the human need for excess. Each sin goes against the root of Christianity which is: love for God, love for our fellow man, and love for our bodies (keeping them as clean temples for God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, ‘I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.’ This strikes at the root of each of these deadly sins. Paul in effect is saying that God can take care of our needs and there is no need to lust or desire after excessive things.”
We are selfish creatures, we are sinful beings, we like to fill the ‘voids’ we have in our lives with anything other than Christ.
Many of us when in the flesh have experienced moments of Envy., Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, wrath. I know I have at one point or another, I will admit it.
Envy, I experienced Envy as a child when I saw other kids get materialistic things that I couldn’t (because my folks couldn’t afford them). I also experienced envy when I wanted to conceived and couldn’t, yet the whole world was having children.
Gluttony, I have overly consumed alcoholic beverages in my day to fill a void I thought needed to get filled with alcohol when I tried to drown my worries away.
Greed, I have experienced greed during times of selfishness, where I thought of my self, my possession and nothing else mattered.
Lust, I have had lust for individuals whom were not my spouse.
Pride, I have had plenty of prideful moments in my life.
Sloth, there have been times I have been pure lazy, where i would veg out and not want to associate myself with anyone and just be.
Wrath, I have had feelings of angered and hatred at one point or another to individuals.
Basically without going into full details, yes I too have had moments where I have experienced these moments, regrettably so.
Yet now what? How can we “cure” or fix ourselves from these deadly sins?
The cure, is a new heart which acts in accordance to God’s love and law.
The article i found stated “The cure for these sins is the gift of a new heart that acts in accordance to the love and law of God. This new heart can only come from God. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.’ Humanity’s only hope is the miracle of a regenerated heart that acts according to the direction of the Holy Spirit to walk in God’s statutes and judgements.”
we need to open up to God, Confess to him our sins, move forward with an open heart, mind and self to move forward to be pure of heart to not sin. It will not happen over night. You need to be open, willing and able to move as God commands you to walk. He will give you this new heart to walk in. “Power does not come from self to change the heart. On the contrary, this verse clearly points out that God alone gives you a new heart and causes you to walk in His ways. As this event becomes a reality in your life, the seven deadly sins of gluttony, envy, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and greed will lose their power in your life. With the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life, you will instead desire to live a life based upon the principles of the Bible.”
the article gives a History of the Seven Deadly Sins “The seven deadly sins were first compiled by Pope Gregory I around the year 600. They are pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Gregory also compiled a list of the seven virtues: faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. The Bible would validate all of these concepts, but nowhere are they recorded in a list like this and nowhere in the Bible are they specifically referred to as the seven deadly sins or seven virtues. They do not pre date the Ten Commandments which were given at Mt. Sinai around 1450 B.C. It is probably true that they were used extensively to teach principles from God’s Word, particularly in the centuries before the invention of the printing press when the Bible was not available for the common man to read and study.”
just in case; the ten commandments are as follows:
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
In the bible the 7 deadly sins do not appear, yet the bible does mention in Proverbs what is sinful to the lord:
Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Also, In Galatians “mentions several more sins to be on our guard against” , Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
What now are the seven virtues?
The Seven Virtues
“The seven virtues were originally defined in the poem, Psychomachia, by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 A.D. Because of the poem’s prevalence the concept and idea of the seven virtues spread throughout Europe. The following is a listing of the seven virtues and how they cure each of the seven deadly sins:”
Kindness = cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the need to supersede them
Temperance = cures gluttony by implanting the desire to be healthy, therefore making one fit to serve others
Charity or love = cures greed by putting the desire to help others above storing up treasure for one’s self
Chastity or Self-control = cures lust by controlling passion and leveraging that energy for the good of others
Humility = cures pride by removing one’s ego and boastfulness, therefore allowing the attitude of service
Diligence or Zeal = cures slothfulness by placing the best interest of others above the life of ease and relaxation.
Patience = cures wrath by taking time to understand the needs and desires of others before acting or speaking.
The seven virtues, though originally defined from a poem the concept isn’t far fetched from the teachings of Christianity.
For example if you think of the 10 commandments tells you how we are to live
You shall have no other gods before Me. – God is your one and only God
You shall not make idols. – Do not make idols since we serve the one true god
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. – wash out your tongue and speak words of prosperity in stead of in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – praise him.
Honor your father and your mother. – love and honor them.
You shall not murder. –
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
We also find concepts of virtue in:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on
these things.
Psalm 41:12
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
We are to hold his virtue, his commandments, keep pure, we are to love one another, be kind to one another, help one another, be humble with one another, be diligent for one another have patience for one another.
We must do our best not to sin. It really is not easy, for there are many ways we get tempted. We have to learn to not use material means to fill voids only God can fill.
Father God I thank you for bringing this article before me. I thank you for allowing me to share this. We are living in times where we sin more than we would hope to, we are living in dangerous times, scary times, times filled with hatred. I want to be the change I wish to see in this world. I want to bring forth your love and your peace to this world. I want to help any way I can and show your love and good deeds in the world. amen.

Change

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24

I am wondering dear lord is It me? Am I the problem? Am I too defensive? Am I unknowingly offensive? Am I anxious and nervous for nothing?
I trust you lord, but is my trust in you reflected in my words, actions, reactions and ways?

Dear lord forgive me if I have offended others. Forgive me if I have overreacted. Forgive me for being over emotional.

Sometimes we are quick to blame others without looking at the man or woman in the mirror. We are quick to blame others without seeing the bigger picture.

We need to think, rationalize not jump the gun. We need to take it easy. (Actually to quote one of my professors "Cojelo con el take it easy okay mama".)

Proverbs 16:32 ESV /m
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

We can all heed this advice. Myself, you, even our President. We all have had moments of reacting…. and over reacting.

I'm wondering the cycle of behavior patterns if that's something one can truly change. I can lift my hands and ask you dear lord for guidance. Not everyone understands the power in reaching out to you can do.

I spent 14 years with my husband, 9 of those years married. I uprooted myself to be with him. Moved to his side of time which is about a half hour to forty five minute drive to my everything, my life line, my family, at the time my friends. Some of my anger which comes up during arguments is the notion of being uprooted.

Building a relationship with my husband I lost many. I always put him first. Yet I still tried my best to be there for my family, friends and loved over time, distances grew and I've had to make a choice. My house hold or yours?

How much sacrifice I have to make for those whom don't appreciate my efforts. How much more sacrifice do I need to make for those whom don't acknowledge what I've done in their lives. Why sacrifice for people whom don't even look for you?

Tensions buildup, external and internal reasons for them. Quick to explode, quick to snap, quick to anger.

Why though? Over the trivial things that we keep thinking of. Right now I'm only briefly mentioning things that bother me from time to time, but we all go through experiences like this. We bottle things up that bother us up and snap.

Think about this: for many years I've said I uprooted myself from my family and friends for you, dear husband…. for you. I've stopped going out, stopped seeing people since you had me move with you. Deflecting to the real problem. Deflecting from the truth. Deflecting from admitting I had a choice.

I chose not to go out when invited, because of my own fears and insecurities based off where I live. I never wanted to be caught walking out late alone.

I chose not to travel sometimes because my commute is longer using mass transit (before we had a car). Blaming my husband for my own inability to accept what was really going on.

God had pulled me away from toxic people. God was even pulling me away from toxic relatives…. you know the ones that milk you until you have no milk left. You know the toxic friends….the ones that want you to binge drink with them until you all pass out.

Toxic relationships.
Relationships which did not honor gods will.

My husband was a pawn, by God to get me away from what distracted me from my reality. My husband was used by God to reopen my eyes and get me back on my feet. I was also a pawn used by God to get my husband to accept him as his lord and savior and serve him dutifully.

My lord has taught me time and time again how one can change. How one can be used for his greatness. How we need to open up and look at the bigger picture.

My dear lord thank you father for another day to write, worship, praise your name and analyze the great deeds you've done in my life. Without you lord I am nothing. You are the god of my fathers, the god of Abraham, the god our father, the king of all kings dear lord. I love you with all my might and my being. I thank you for the lessons of life you present me. I pray for forgiveness if I have offended anyone. I ask you for forgiveness dear lord for I am human and have sinned. I ask for forgiveness and redemption in your holy name. Amen

Arise

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."

(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.

We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.

We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.

Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.

He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.

Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.

Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.

With you….

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9, ESV)
The Lord is With You
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
I have another post referencing the book of chronicles specifically a dialogue between David and his son Solomon indicating exactly the same thing.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
No matter what we do, we needed to be constantly reminded of the great works of God. We need to be constantly reminded of his instructions. We need to be constantly reminded that he is with us no matter what we are facing today.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
This will be my catch phrase today, because what I realized is it is important to have things repeated so it can sink in..:::… for even in the Bible the Lord repeats himself so we can let his words manifest and sink in.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Be confident that the lord is with you in everything we do. There is nothing we need but his love, mercy, grace, wisdom and guidance. When we follow his lead and follow his words we will realize we are in good hands. We will realize he has our backs. We will realize that we no longer need to live in fear.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Anything you need, he will provide. If you
need wisdom, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy or
peace today, they are with you. Remain confident in the that that everything you need will be provided spiritually, emotionally and physically. Lord is with you…. that’s is why.
He is the one person whom had never broken a promise to you.
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
So please do not let the enemy maneuver his way into your mind casting doubt and lies.
Do not listen to those who are happy when you are oppressed.
Open your mind, heart and spiritual where to see the favors that god has in store for you .
Be strong.
Of good courage.
Do not fear.
Do not be dismayed.
For the lord god will be with you!
Father God I want to start off by thanking you for always being with me. I want to thank You for completing every good work that You have started in my life. I choose to believe Your Word, to trust in you, even when things look impossible. I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes and that You will bring victory and breakthrough to every area of my life. I will lean on you for guidance, I will Be strong. I will be Of good courage.
I will go ahead and Do it. I will not fear.
I will l not be dismayed.For lord god I know that will be with me!
in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Marital advice … an open letter to my cousin

This is an open letter to my cousin whom is having a destination wedding.
I was unable to go due to timing. My sister just had a baby, as mentioned in prior posts she's a special needs. She is doing well, but I would've felt better being able to be there for her, with her during this new transition in her life.

Juny I don't say it often but I love you…. my first brother, my twin. For many years my other half. I want to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. May this day go smooth, may you and your bride be blessed beyond belief, may God our father anoint this union while you say your vows. I pray for your health, years of happiness, longevity, wisdom, strength, endurance, may your love and passion for one another always remain.

Mark 10:9: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
I pray that you both weather the storm, for there will be good days and there will be bad days, but trust in God, keep faith in God, keep hope in God to ride out the storms to come. Both of you Remember always marriage isn't a one way street, two people, joined together to become one, it's a 50/50. There may be times one or the other have to meet at the half way point. Always stay united.

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Love one another with all your night, remind each other often day it, display it, always keep an open Chanel of communication.
Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."
But tell your bride that I said to love you just the same, love your husband the way Christ loves his church.

Remember to always be supportive of one another. Be each other's rocks. Be each other's support system.
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

As I mentioned before you will have storms (later vs sooner). Always love each other even in the storm. Always talk it out, never go to bed angry at one another, as I said earlier always communicate.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

Nothing breaks my heart more than not being able to go to witness this big day for you. Nothing breaks my heart more than not being with my family during this time. I will be there in spirit covering you with blessings. I will be fasting and praying for you and your wife. May god bless you always.
I love you June.

Father God I ask that you cover this union in prayers. May they heed the advices of marriages others provide. May they always put you first my lord, may they always love and honor one another. Lord I ask you to bless them, protect them, let the Holy Spirit manifest in them so that he can guide their every step. I rebuke negativity and Harm in the name of Jesus. May their union be of a blessing, of love and success in their celebrations. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Amen.

​ Bless others with your light

Bless others with your light.
Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
There is this trend where many gather to sip some wine and paint with friends. It’s actually a pretty cool way to DE-stress from a crazy week by painting your worries away in good company….. in some cases with a good glass of wine.
I like this concept of hanging out yet doing something therapeutic. One evening my friends and I decided to take a much needed mommy break and the 3 of us decided to join one of these sip and paint classes. We painted, we fellow shipped and we drank soda lol. So we technically “sipped” and painted.
After our fun evening we all felt this is something we could do with our fellow parishioners and friends. We approached our pastoral leadership, once we got the approval, we asked our members and when we got enough interests we decided to go ahead and plan the event…. but in our church’s basement, as a fellowship/ fundraiser.
On the day of the event I opened up the church to begin getting things in order. A few members began cooking so we can have additional food for the potluck. The instructors for the class arrived, we went to help them unload, we helped them arrange the furniture to ensure not only the instructors were comfortable and had space but that when the painters arrive there’s space for mobility, space for them to view painting and of course comfort.
We helped them set up and prep. The instructor kept saying sit, relax, our agreement is we do all the work. He obviously doesn’t know me I can’t sit idle …. ever, and our parishioners are the same, always helping, always of service.
Our initial agreement was we pay for 20 painters up front. Minimum for a mobile event is 20.
I paid for the 20, but knew X amount of people where going to come. The Instructor said in the event of cancellations individuals 21& on will pay day of. I agreed and we proceeded to set up for the x amount of people whom stated were coming.  Though I just wanted to pay for everyone up front.
As people arrived, we started feeding them fruit salad on this hot summer day. We also fed our instructors. When all the participants arrived I asked the instructor hey let me give you the money for those participants. He stated don’t worry about that now we will discuss that later on. So the class began.
We painted, sang songs while painting, we cracked jokes that even the instructors partook in our fellowship. Mid way we took a break. We ate, fed our instructors and again I approached him about the remainder of the money, he told me don’t worry about the money we can talk about that later.
We went back to painting. After we painted and when it was time for clean up, we helped him dismount and put away the materials. As the members were gathering their tip, I again approached the lead instructor regarding the money. He said ma’am, we’ve done several of these types of events, there are times that we don’t even get offered a glass of water, our agreement was that you sit back, worry about your painters and we will set up and clean up. Yourself and many of your guests have not sat back, from the moment we arrived up until now you have taken really good care of us. You’ve embraced us, you’ve fed us, you’ve hydrated us, you’ve included us. We were supposed to take care of you, and instead you took care of us. Call us even. Give the money for those individuals to the church with whatever was raised for today. We thank you for your hospitality and love.
I will not disclose the amount of painters he did not charge me for. But that amount will be of a blessing to the church. We raised all together a good amount. Double what I had anticipated. God is good!
Lesson here:
Your actions, how you treat others are a testimony of who we are. Your actions, how you treat others are a blessings to others. You actions, how you treat others can bring back blessings to you, even when least expected. I wish the business we partnered with for the event much blessings, love and success. They blessed us more than they could even imagine. I am glad at the end of the day it was a mutual blessing. For them, for the church and myself, who was touched and moved by his words and his generosity. He didn’t have to donate money for those individuals to the church, yet he did. To God be all the Glory! Once again I humbly thank them.
I shared this testimony with the church the Sunday following the event, not to gloat at how much we raised, not my good deeds, for it wasn’t just myself who helped it was many others who rolled up their sleeves and helped. He didn’t see one person doing all the work, he saw a team of people working together for one same cause, to God all the Glory. It was our actions, our love, our kindness not my love, not my actions nor my kindness, but all of our actions that led him to his decision.
Father God I humbly thank you for your Constance guidance and love. I thank you for my church and the light of love, the light of compassion and the light of your grace overflowed that Saturday. We were able to touch this mans heart for him to bless us in your name. Lord we thank you for allowing our gestures to minister to his heart. We thank you for using all of us, despite our age differences, we all showed the same love and compassion. We all ministered…. even this man ministered back to us, with his actions, with his love and his emotions. Thank you Lord, for we will continue to give you all the glory. AMEN.

​ How to Keep Our New Heart Pure, Loving, and Soft toward the Lord

How to Keep Our New Heart Pure, Loving, and Soft toward the Lord
The link below is for an article i read with the title of this post. I want to give this organization all the credit hence why their link is below. As i read this scripture and article I knew I had to share what they wrote.
July 09 2017 (I know today’s not the 9th, but this is when I saw this post and I saved it to further analyze it, reflect and savior the message before sharing).  My commentary will be in bold.
 
Ezekiel 36:26New International Version (NIV)
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
My husband once told me I was heartless, I was cold I was stubborn. My response to him was, man had made me heartless, man had made me cold…. I was born stubborn. My past experiences made me put up my guards with a fortified fence. I used to wear my heart on my sleeve. I was used, abused and ignored, only to be called upon when in need of something.
 
The article I referenced stated(which hit home in so many ways):
Before we were saved our heart was hard and cold toward God. We wanted many
things, even sinful things, but not God. We felt little affection for Him and had no interest in the things of God.
This first intro paragraph hit home, hard. Got me thinking of the times my husband said I was cold and heartless. He didn’t know the girl I once was, he met the family oriented girl who put her families needs above her own, he met the girl who’s been through betrayal, by friends and what at the time I felt by God. He met a girl who believed in charities but no longer had the will to fight or help. He met a girl who always believed in God but had gone silent and stopped praying. He had met a girl who has become stone cold, upset and turned her back on everyone whom has offended her, used her and showed they didn’t care. If they ever read this, they may not even realize it’s them I’m talking about. These people are so self absorbed that nothing matters but me. I can’t live like that, or associate with self absorbed individuals …. so I walked away…. a lot of things combined led to me going cold. My flame, that fire I once had was no longer igniting. I can resonate with this post…. let me continue with what the author says.
But God wants to have an affectionate relationship with us. So when we were born again, God not only forgave us and cleansed us of our sins, He also did something in our heart. Ezekiel 36:26 says,
“I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
God renewed our heart of stone and made it soft, “a heart of flesh.” Now
our new heart loves God and is inclined toward Him and responsive to
Him. With this new heart, God wants us to enjoy all He is in a
relationship of love.
Since we all received a new heart when we were saved, why is this loving
heart evident in the lives of some but barely detectable in others? How
can some of our hearts seem to have become cold and hard, like they were
before? How can we keep our heart in its new soft and loving condition?
Yes this is a question I constantly face and struggle with. How can we keep our heart in its new soft and loving condition? Why is my loving heart detectable with some and not others? Why am i cold and hard to some, yet warm and bubbly with others. Why no matter how hard I try, I always kee my guards up?
 
 
 
The article continues:
Medical science tells us that for our physical heart to be healthy, we need to
exercise, even vigorously. But exercise doesn’t come naturally or easily
to most of us. Consider what it takes just to put on our athletic shoes
and go for a run. Even while we’re running, we have to exert ourselves
to keep going and not quit. And exercise isn’t a once for all matter; we
have to do it over and over again. But working out regularly isn’t
optional if we want a healthy heart.
Similarly, if we want our new heart to be kept in newness, that is, to be kept
loving, soft, and responsive toward the Lord, then regular, continued
spiritual exercise is needed. This is what makes the difference between
whether our new heart remains in newness or goes back to its old
condition.
Ha! if we are basing this on how health our heart is, then here her goes my answer, the most exercise I get is walking from my house to train, and from the train back.
 
 
 
The article continues with some very good suggestions:
 
So what is this regular exercise for our new heart? Since our heart is composed of our conscience, mind, emotion, and will, the “workout” our heart needs involves four parts.
1. Exercising our mind to turn our heart back to the Lord
Second Corinthians 3:16 says, “Whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the
veil is taken away.” Everything begins with turning our heart to the
Lord. When we were saved, we first repented and received Christ to begin
our Christian life. To repent means to turn, to have a change of mind
and direction. We realized we were sinful, and we turned to God.
But even after we’re saved, we still need to keep turning. Our minds are
easily distracted and can cause our hearts to turn away from the Lord.
Whatever turns us away from the Lord becomes a “veil” to us, keeping us
from seeing Him. Similarly, Matthew 5:8 says,
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
To be pure means to be unmixed with anything else. When we’re turned away from the
Lord, our heart is impure toward Him. Our focus is split between the
Lord and something else. We have two goals in mind, two aims
our heart longs after, and we can no longer see clearly. Our future, our
career, even our work for the Lord can begin to compete with God in our
heart and occupy our mind.
So we need to exercise our heart by praying, “Lord, I turn to you right
now.” In fact, in the course of a single day we need to turn repeatedly
to the Lord. For instance, we might be thinking about a certain thing
and suddenly find we’re away from the Lord, so we need to turn. Later,
we might see a billboard that sticks in our head, and we have to turn
again. Then we begin to have negative thoughts about someone close to
us, and we have to turn yet again.
Again and again, when we realize we’re turned away from the Lord, we need to
turn our heart back to Him. It takes regular exercise. When we turn our
heart from all other things back to the Lord, we’re made single and pure
again, and the veils are taken away. This is a daily workout we all
need.
2. Exercising our emotion to love the Lord
For us to have an affectionate relationship with the Lord, we need to
exercise the emotions of our heart to love Him. We may not think we’re
that capable of loving the Lord, but we can remember, He gave us a new
heart specifically to love Him! And according to Romans 5:5, His love
has been poured out in our hearts. He even told us in John 15:9, “Abide in My love.” Our heart is ready to love the Lord; we just need to start exercising it.
One way we can daily give our heart a “love workout” is by telling the Lord out loud
that we love Him. What an enjoyable workout! Just as a spouses want to
hear these words from each other, the Lord wants us to tell Him, “I love
You”—the more often, the better. How wonderful it would be if we were
to begin and end each day with, “Lord Jesus, I love you!” We can even
say it all throughout the day.
Telling the Lord we love Him not only makes Him happy, it also helps to nurture
our own love for Him. Exercising our heart this way keeps us in the
sweetness of His love and refreshes our love for Him. We enjoy Him and
sense His nearness.
We can also exercise our heart to love the Lord by singing to Him. As we
sing to Him, our heart warms and we love Him afresh. For example, we can
try singing a song like this. (You can hear the tune here.)
Give yourself to love the Lord.
No other way is so prevailing
And no other way, no other way is so safe.
Give yourself to love the Lord.
No other way is so rich,
And so full, oh so full, of enjoyment.
Each morning we must rise up and say to Him,
“Lord Jesus, I love You.”
Give yourself to love the Lord.
Do not care for anything else;
Just love Him! Do not care!
Give yourself to love the Lord!
We are not our own, Lord;
All we have we give to You.
Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus!
Lord Jesus, we love You!
3. Exercising our will to obey the Lord
We also keep our heart new by exercising our will to be obedient and
submissive to the Lord. We do this by saying “Yes” and “Amen” to the
Lord when He speaks to us in our daily life.
Perhaps the Lord speaks to us, “Don’t go to that place.” If we ignore His
speaking and go anyway, we disobey Him. Repeatedly disobeying God
hardens our heart toward Him. But if we go along with Him and say, “Yes,
Lord, I won’t go there,” we obey Him. This may be difficult, but when
we obey Him, our heart is kept soft and submissive. We enjoy Him and He
becomes so real to us, not in theory, but in our actual experience.
4. Exercising our conscience by confessing our sins
We exercise our conscience by confessing our sins to the Lord. Confessing isn’t saying, “Lord, I won’t do that again.” It’s saying, “Lord, I agree with you, that was a
sin. I sinned. I was wrong. Forgive me.” Confessing is simply agreeing with God when His light shines on something.
We shouldn’t be afraid to confess, nor should we try to hide our sinful
selves from the Lord. A strong believer is a confessing believer. We may
have years of unconfessed sins on our conscience, clogging our
spiritual blood vessels and resulting in poor circulation; we’re
“sickly,” that is, spiritually weak and lacking in God’s life.
Accumulated sins on our conscience can make us insensitive to our
conscience, causing us to lose the proper feeling toward sin. Our heart
becomes hardened, callous toward sin and unfeeling toward the Lord.
But confessing clears everything away; God forgives us and the blood of
Jesus cleanses us. We’re restored to fellowship and enjoy the flow of
God’s life in us again. Because our conscience is clear, our heart is
untroubled and peaceful, and we can have unhindered fellowship with the
Lord. We desperately need this regular exercise of confessing our
offenses to the Lord.
Paying a price to exercise
The thought that we can live any way we like, do whatever we want, and
still experience Christ as our life is harmful to our Christian life.
The experience of Christ is something precious; it has a price. In
Revelation 3:18, the Lord counseled the church in Laodicea, “Buy from
Me.”
To buy something means to pay a price for it. It’s a spiritual reality
that to gain the precious experiences of Christ, a price must be paid.
Our own wishes, desires, and decisions are the price we pay when we
exercise our heart to keep it in newness. But by daily exercise, our new
heart is kept pure, loving, right, and submissive. When our heart is in
this condition, all the riches of Christ are ours to experience. And
the more we go on, the more we realize the price we pay is actually a
bargain for the unsearchable Christ we enjoy in return!
If you want to learn more about our heart, take a look at these additional posts: What Is the Heart in the Bible? and What Does It Mean to Love God with All Your Heart?
Father God I thank you for sending this message. As usual the timing was perfect. I feel love for some, and loved by some. I am warm and fuzzy to some and cold and hard to others. I need your help to keep turning, to keep your veil, to keep my heart warm and soft at all times, regardless. Lord I thank you yet again for this message which reached my inbox. I know I needed to share this, I know i needed to read this. Help me utilize the tools you have presented before me to be a better person. Amen.

FREE

Free
“You have been set free from sin…”
(Romans 6:18, NIV)
We are free from sin.
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate you.
We are no longer prisoners to our afflictions.
No longer bound to our sins.
No longer do we need to carry the burdens of our past.
We have been liberated from that the moment you accept Christ, the moment you take communion and repent of your past sinful ways, the moment you take that leap of faith into the waters and become anew.
This month in America we celebrated our freedom from the crown.
The founding fathers were liberated from taxes to the crown, liberated from oppression, liberated to pursue religious freedoms…. they were free. In order to be free (aside from the way) they needed to openly declare their independence from the royal crown. On the 4th of July of 1776 America declared Independence….the vocally got up and in public declared they needed to cut ties with tyranny, and be liberated from the Crown.
Just as the founding fathers publicly declared their stance on their new home for their new lives, Christians need to do the same. Declare our freedom from oppression, addiction, depression, poverty, sickness and the enemy. We need to proclaim our king and declare our Independence from the enemy. Our Founding fathers declared their Independence and continued to spread the word despite an obstacles they faced. We need to do the same. Declare the freedom that Jesus has given us. Spread the word on his good deeds in our lives. Despite what obstacles come up, no matter what we may be facing. Declare that you are free. Declare that you have been liberated from sin. Celebrate your victory.
Celebrate Your Freedom
Father thank you for liberating me. Thank you for freeing me from sin. Thank you for taking away the shackles and chains that help me back in my other life. Today I declare my freedom. Today I declare my independence from sin, today I declare your victory. Gone are the shackles that kept me bandaged, I declare that I am free from all bondage, free from poverty, free from addiction, free from strife, free from doubt, free from substances. You have set me free, you have paid the ultimate sacrifice for me and I thank you for my liberating every aspect of my life. Amen.