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“Find the things that stir your affections for Christ and saturate your life in them. Find the things that rob you of that affection and walk away from them.” -Matt Chandler

“Go to Jesus, whatever it is that is on your heart, take it to the one who knows your heart. Let Him be the constant in this world of inconsistencies; let Christ be the rock that you build your life on, because He is the only foundation that will stand in the season of pain. He is all that we need, so return to Him, and be restored.” -T.B. LaBerge

To be known is to be loved. To be loved is to be known.”

I produce failure, God produces faithfulness. I produce disgrace, God produces grace. I produce pain, God took on my pain. I cannot hope to do anything good on my own, only by the guidance of Christ can I ever achieve holiness; and still I do not have to do anything but reach for it, because God’s grace comes down to us, meets us where we are and takes us to a better place. I am so thankful for a God who we not only need, but who loves us in the process of our need.” -T.B. LaBerge

“If God created anything more beautiful than a woman, he kept it for himself.” -aazhxra

Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with God. Speak with familiarity and confidence as to your dearest and most loving friend. Speak of your life, your plans, your troubles, your joys, your fears. In return, God will speak to you—not that you will hear audible words in your ears, but words that you will clearly understand in your heart.” -St. Alphonsus Liguori

“I find that my walk with God is most stagnate when I’m no longer trembling before God’s Word, but rather yawning as I stare at the words on the pages because I’ve grown self-absorbed, bored with God as I’m too familiar with him and focused on “my kingdom come” instead of “Thy Kingdom come.” -Alex Early

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Trust & Obey

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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I Press

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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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My Heart’s Desire

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“Don’t you know me…?”
Jn 14:9 NIV

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW JESUS?

A fascinating encounter took place between Jesus and Philip. When “Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father’…Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?’” (vv. 8-9 NIV). There’s a lesson here for all of us. You can go to church regularly, serve on the board and sing in the choir, yet not really “know” the Lord. To truly know someone you must spend time with them, sharing and opening your heart. In other words, the relationship must become your top priority. The book you’re holding is called a “devotional” because its aim is to bring you to the place where you’re more devoted to Christ than anything else. Does that mean neglecting other things? No, it will actually enhance every other area of your life. The Bible says, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel” (Ps 103:7 NKJV). Israel knew God’s acts because they were observers, whereas Moses knew His ways because he was intimate with Him. Israel saw what God did; Moses was close enough to understand His thinking and why He did what He did. Three times Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” (Jn 21:15 NKJV). The first two times Peter answered, “Yes.” The third time, frustrated by the question, he answered, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You” (v. 17 NKJV). Note the words, “Lord, You know.” You can fool others, and even yourself, but the Lord knows the quality of your love for Him. Today His desire is to draw you closer to Himself. Are you available?

Devotion: 

WELCOME CHALLENGING TIMES as opportunities to trust Me. You have Me beside you and My Spirit within you, so no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle. When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. That calculation is certain to riddle you with anxiety. Without Me, you wouldn’t make it past the first hurdle!  The way to walk through demanding days is to grip My hand tightly and stay in close communication with Me. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored with trust and thankfulness. Regardless of the day’s problems, I can keep you in perfect Peace as you stay close to Me.

James 1:2; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 26:3

 
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Posted by on June 4, 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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Imperfect Vessel

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I am a mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Me. I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your weakness is designed to open you up to My Power. Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day’s demands against your strength. What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources.When you face unexpected demands, there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation.

I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting in My Strength.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”
-Luke 1:37

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
-2 Corinthians 12:9

In my weakness, he makes me strong. Unrighteous & so unworthy of his love yet he basked me in his image for his glory. Imperfect Vessel, that’s what I am but by his grace & love I am perfect in his eyes. God uses our test and trials for a testimony but obedience is key. Is there anything too hard for God? He is able. 

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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His Promises Remain

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“He will reward each person according to what he has done.”
Mt 16:27 NIV

It’s Up to You

The Bible says, “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” Let’s be clear: how you live now will determine what happens to you after you die. The choices you make each day don’t come to nothing when you pass away. They matter, and they’ll continue to matter throughout eternity. Your eternal destination is determined by what you believe, but your eternal reward is the result of how you behave. If you believe that and live accordingly, it will change how you think about life, how you think about God, indeed what you do one minute from now. God wants you to know that the positive consequences of your actions today can change your eternal prospects in astounding and wonderful ways, and He doesn’t want you to waste another minute. You don’t have to worry what awaits you on the other side of your last heartbeat. Others don’t decide that—you do! When the truth of this hits you, you’ll say, “I can’t believe I’ve prepared for my children’s future and my own retirement, but not given a thought to my real future!” One man put it like this: “I’ve always thought about finishing well. Now it turns out that death is just the starting gate.” The truth is that you can’t do anything about your past, but starting right now you can change your future—one choice, one day, one act at a time. It’s up to you.

                   Devotion:

Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.

There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence).

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
-Isaiah 26:3 nkjv

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
-2 Corinthians 4:18

 
 
 
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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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