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Staying Positive in Tough Times

  We will all face trials in our life. There will be days that it seems nothing is going right and you’ll want to just give up. But, hope is not all lost if you have Jesus in your life. If you had asked me these same pondering questions in my 20’s and 30’s I would probably have different answers. Like, how can you be hopeful when life’s struggles seem endless? If you are reading this, there’s still hope for a better tomorrow. It may not look like you want it to, but Jesus came into this world so that …

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What Defines You?

  What you do with your life usually defines you. The Bible confirms that our actions are deeply connected with our hearts. If others know you’re a Christian by your actions, that’s a good thing. We shouldn’t be defined by our titles, or status, or by our current circumstances. It’s our hope in God that shows others who we are. Surrender your life to Christ. Set your intentions on things above and let God determine your steps. Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now …

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Leadership

  Leadership is defined as ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization.’ It takes skill, patience and organization to be a leader. Leadership in God’s eyes is more than gauging which way the wind will blow. It’s submitting your Will to God’s plan. If you plan to lead others to Christ, follow God’s plan. Let Him use you, then get out of the way. Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests …

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RSVP

Did you know that God is still accepting reservations for Heaven? To get a good table at any busy restaurant, you should have a reservation. In this bustling world, if you haven’t reserved a spot for most events, you’ll most likely not be accepted in. As it is with Heaven, and God. Have you RSVP’d God? Have you accepted His son as your savior? There’s still time. Don’t delay. Ask God into your life today. Revelation 20:15 – “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of lifewas thrown into the lake of fire.” Dianne Petrey

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We See Him Best in the Dark

    Can you imagine a world without electricity? What about the sun? Without the sun to light each day, we would be living in a very dark world. As it is in walking with God. Yes, God is near and present every day of my life, but He is more vivid in my darkest hours. Don’t give up friends. God is waiting for you, even if you can’t see Him. Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the …

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If You Don’t Use It, You’ll Lose It

  The mind is a remarkable thing. It’s on the move, constantly changing, hopefully learning, and inevitably content. If you don’t use your mind to expand your knowledge, it will eventually become soft and unusable. If you’re training your body for an event, and you all of a sudden stop training, you’ll lose the one thing that motivated you to begin with. If you want to win in this life, give it away. Your life. Give it to Jesus. He will get you to the finish line. Stay in God’s word. Let it seep into your very being and you’ll …

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When You Believe and Know the Truth of God

When you believe and know the truth of God, it changes everything. I’m a worrier. There are times that trouble overwhelms me and fills my mind with grief. I used to let it consume me until I couldn’t take it anymore. The only way I got through and will get through these discouraging times, is God. Now when worry is looming, the first thing I do is ask God for help. It’s true, my friends. When you face uncertainty, trust God. He can handle anything that comes our way. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the …

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Live in Awareness, Not Fear

      Which came first, depression or anxiety? I’ve lived with both and can tell you that neither is fun. Both are self-serving and hard to treat. Both conditions are very real and can destroy lives if not diagnosed and controlled, often with medicine. Instead of living in fear, get the facts from the Specialists; ask God for wisdom and give your fears to Him. Worrying and complaining solve nothing. Replace those bad thoughts with what is real and true. Don’t fret. God’s got this. 1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for …

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Being Too Certain of the Wrong Things

    My husband tells me that I can be very convincing at times. Some may call it stubborn. But, we both know that my sense of direction is way off. When we trust and truly believe in something that is very wrong (not within God’s word), it may cause us to stray from our faith. One thing for certain, God, who started a good work in me will one day welcome me into Heaven. Guilt can be deceiving. Align your decisions with God’s word and you will make the right decision in the right time. Driving a car in …

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A Good Day with a Bad Moment

    One bad egg can ruin an omelet. Just as one bad moment can ruin your whole day. But you don’t have to let it. I look at each day as a gift. I’m breathing, able to walk and talk. I have enough to eat and have a roof over my head. When something disrupts the day, look for an opportunity to put a positive spin on it. Don’t get mad and don’t try to get even. You can still have a good day with just one bad moment. Look for God in everything. This is only a season …

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Trade My Will for His Will

    I’ve said this before, God is not a ‘Genie in a bottle.’ We just can’t wish for something selfishly and it appears. You may be thinking of a totally different plan for your life, one that fulfills your own selfish desires, but God’s plan will ultimately be the best for you. Quit fighting your destiny. Trade your will for His Will and just watch how much easier life gets. Even in the tough days, He’s there to pick us up, wipe away the tears and help us press on to a better life. Psalm 143:10 – “Teach me …

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What’s My Purpose?

    If I ask you today, “what is your purpose in life?,” what would you say? You might say, “I have no idea” or you may tell me exactly what you think your purpose is. God created each one of us with a purpose in mind. And, ONLY God knows the answer to this question. If you’re unsure, or really have no clue, just ask Him. God listens to His children and He never dismisses the desires of our hearts. Just make sure when you ask ‘what is my purpose?’ that you’re ready to do what His will is …