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God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
Php 2:13 NLT

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF—GOD DOES!

Owning your dream means having your belief in yourself outweigh your fears. A scene in the movie Akeelah and the Bee illustrates the power of believing in yourself, while recognizing the grace that God has given you to do it. The story is about Akeelah, a girl from south Los Angeles who overcomes many obstacles to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. When her spelling coach, Dr. Larabee, asks her, “Have you got any goals? What would you like to be when you grow up? A doctor, a lawyer, a stand-up comic?” She responds, “I don’t know. The only thing I’m good at is spelling.” Motioning toward a plaque, he tells her, “Go over there and read the quotation that’s on the wall. Read it out loud, please.” She reads, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Larabee asks, “What does that mean?” She answers, “That I’m not supposed to be afraid.” He asks, “Afraid of what?” She answers, “Afraid of…me?” You will never embrace your God-given destiny until you first believe in yourself. And that belief comes from knowing: “God is working in [me], giving [me] the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Devotion:

REST IN ME, MY CHILD. Give your mind a break from planning and trying to anticipate what will happen. Pray continually, asking My Spirit to take charge of the details of this day. Remember that you are on a journey with Me. When you try to peer into the future and plan for every possibility, you ignore your constant Companion who sustains you moment by moment. As you gaze anxiously into the distance, you don’t even feel the strong grip of My hand holding yours. How foolish you are, My child!

Remembrance of Me is a daily discipline. Never lose sight of My Presence with you. This will keep you resting in Me all day, every day.

1 Thessalonians 5:17; Psalm 62:5

Reflection: This devotion for today was powerful to me. It was a divine assurance to remind me that God is still at work even when we don’t realize and we feel lost. Keep on pressing & let God lead you. 

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Leave It Up To Him

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When things don’t go as you would like, accept the situation immediately. If you indulge in feelings of regret, they can easily spill over the line into resentment. Remember that I am sovereign over your circumstances, and humble yourself under My mighty hand. Rejoice in what I am doing in your life, even though it is beyond your understanding.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Me you have everything you need, both for this life and for the life yet to come. Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me. The ultimate challenge is to keep fixing your eyes on Me, no matter what is going on around you. When I am central in your thinking, you are able to view circumstances from My perspective.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”
Ro 12:8 NLT

Encouragement—It’s a Powerful Thing

Many a man and woman who quit would have kept going if they had just received a word of encouragement from someone. Encouragement is so vital that the Scriptures rank it up there with gifts like teaching and leadership (See Ro 12:6-8). Here are two stories that illustrate the power of encouragement. Story one: Not long ago the world watched as three gray whales, icebound off Point Barrow, Alaska, floated battered and bloody, gasping for breath at a hole in the ice. The whales’ only hope was to be somehow transported five miles past the ice pack to the open sea. Rescuers began cutting a string of breathing holes about twenty yards apart in the six-inch-thick ice. For eight days they painstakingly coaxed the whales from one hole to the next, mile after mile. Along the way one of the trio vanished and was presumed dead. But finally, with the help of Russian icebreakers, the other two whales, Putu and Siku, swam to freedom. Story two: Jackie Robinson was the first black player in the U.S. to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. Playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he made an error and his own fans began to boo him. As he stood, humiliated, at second base, “Pee Wee” Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Robinson and they faced the crowd together. The fans grew quiet; the game continued. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career! Encouragement—it’s a powerful thing. So who can you encourage today?

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Set Apart

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Devotion:

Taste and see that I am good. The more intimately you experience Me, the more convinced you become of My goodness. I am the Living One who sees you and longs to participate in your life. I am training you to find Me in each moment and to be a channel of My loving Presence. Sometimes My blessings come to you in mysterious ways: through pain and trouble. At such times you can know My goodness only through your trust in Me. Understanding will fail you, but trust will keep you close to Me.

Thank Me for the gift of My Peace, a gift of such immense proportions that you cannot fathom its depth or breadth. When I appeared to My disciples after the resurrection, it was Peace that I communicated first of all. I knew this was their deepest need: to calm their fears and clear their minds. I also speak Peace to you for I know your anxious thoughts. Listen to Me! Tune out other voices, so that you can hear Me more clearly. I designed you to dwell in Peace all day, every day. Draw near to Me; receive My Peace.

 

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.~Psalm 34:8

13  So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me?14  Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me]; it is between Kadesh and Bered.  ~Genesis 16:13-14 (AMP)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  ~John 20:19

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15

 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Are You Ready?

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March 24th

THIS IS A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU MUST LEARN TO LET GO: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the Light of My Love. As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.

You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes through awareness of My continual Presence. The one who never leaves you is the same one who never changes: I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, Lord. ~Psalm 89:15
 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever ~Hebrews 13:8
 
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
~Isaiah 41:13
 
Are you ready? Ready to let go of yesterday’s pain and heartache. To release the burden and lay it down at the cross. Ask yourself. It’s quite a bittersweet moment. Bitter: You held on too long that the pain has taken a toll on your life. Sweet: There are better days ahead. Letting go is not easy. Forgiveness is key & it’s worth it. Forgiving those who have hurt you. Holding on just hurts. You need peace. We all need peace. Pray, Relax, Let it go. It’s not worth it. 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I Am Not Forgotten

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Paul Baloche: He Knows My Name

 

I have a maker 
he formed my heart, 
before even time began 
My life was in his hands 

He knows my name 
He knows my every thought, 
He sees each tear that falls 
and hears me when I call 

I have a father, 
he calls me his own
He’ll never leave me, 
no matter where I go 

He knows my name 
He knows my every thought 
He sees each tear that falls 
and hears me when I call 

He knows my name 
He knows my every thought 
He sees each tear that falls 
and hears me when I call 

He knows my name 
He knows my every thought 
He sees each tear that falls 
And hears me when I call 
He hears me when I call

Sometimes, we feel so empty. It feels like no one understands. No one to confide in but God sees and he surely hears us. This song is so uplifting. It gives us an assurance that our names are not forgotten. Our names are written and stamped in God’s Kingdom. Despite, the circumstances of life, we are children of God. The promises of our God still remains the same. Times get tough but there is light after the tunnel. Jesus has cropped us from the shadows of darkness. We are made alive in him. In Christ, we live and have light. We are made whole. In our times of weakness, we find strength in God alone. May the Lord of hope, help us to trust him even in the midst of situations. 

Devotion: March 23

I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.
    Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources. Abundance is at the very heart of who I AM. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
   People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of Your house;
   You give them drink from Your river of delights.
9 For with You is the fountain of life;
   in Your light we see light. ~Psalm 36:7-9

I will bless her with abundant provisions;
   her poor I will satisfy with food. ~Psalm 132:15

When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”  So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. ~John 6:12-13 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Get Involved

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We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. -Ronald Reagan

Clean eater brings joy to the people in Africa Central Republic. 1 in 8 people do not have access to safe and clean water drinking water worldwide.

Charity Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Founded in 2006, charity water has helped fund 6,611 projects in 20 countries, benefiting over 2,545,000 people. All in all, the organization has raised over $40 million as of January 15, 2012. They are based in New York City. There are so many organizations all around the world. They are many people that are in need. We can be the change we want to see in the world.

 

“Take heart…l have overcome the world.”
Jas 4:17 NKJV

The Sin of Omission

We tend to focus on sins of commission—the wrong we do. But what about sins of omission—the good we fail to do? In Christ’s parables when someone was condemned, it was often over a sin of omission. A man was put out of a wedding because he had no wedding garment (See Mt 22:12). Five virgins were excluded from the wedding party because they’d no oil in their lamps (See Mt 25:3-11). A servant who buried his talent in the ground instead of using it, forfeited it (See Mt 25:25-28). A rich man who failed to care for his neighbor was condemned for it (See Lk 16:19-24). A barren fig tree that failed to produce fruit was cursed and died (See Mk 11:20-24). You say, “But I’m interested in a deeper spiritual life.” Well, the deepest spiritual life is one spent doing good to others! And it’s the basis on which you’ll be judged and rewarded. “Then the King will…say…‘I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And He will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me’” (Mt 25:41-45 NLT). So when you’ve a chance to do good—do it!

Devotion: Jesus Calling (March 19)

I SPEAK TO YOU FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING. Hear Me saying soothing words of Peace, assuring you of My Love. Do not listen to voices of accusation, for they are not from Me. I speak to you in love – tones, lifting you up. My Spirit convicts cleanly, without crushing words of shame. Let the Spirit take charge of your mind, combing out the tangles of deception. Be transformed by the truth that I live within you.

The Light of My Presence is shining upon you, in benedictions of Peace. Let My Light shine in you; don’t dim it with worries or fears. Holiness is letting me live through you. Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving My Spirit space to act through you. Hasty words and actions leave no room for Me; this is atheistic living. I want to inhabit all your moments–gracing your thoughts, words, and behavior.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:1-2

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. ~Colossians 1:27

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; ~1 Corinthians 6:19

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Endless Love

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I Love You For Who You Are, not for what you do. Many voices vie for control of your mind, especially when you sit in the silence. You must learn to discern what is My voice and what is not. Ask My Spirit to give you this discernment. Many of My children run around in circles, trying to obey the various voices directing their lives. This results in fragmented, frustrating patterns of living. Do not fall into this trap. Walk closely with Me each moment, listening for My directives and enjoying My companionship. Refuse to let other voices tie you up in knots. My sheep know My voice and follow Me wherever I lead.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. ~Ephesians 4:1-6

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. ~John: 10:4

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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