Embrace the Power of Faith, Expect to Succeed

    Jesus said, Have faith in God (Mark 11:22).  What is faith?  Faith is believing and trusting in God.  Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). Staying in faith is not always easy; it can be a battle, a constant tug-of-war between your self-determination and the persistent companion of self-doubt. Self-doubt is like a doubting friend, constantly questioning your choices and abilities, making the path of faith challenging. But remember, your role is to distance yourself from self-doubt and to rely on, trust in, and be …

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Throw It Out! Preserving Only What’s Good

  Throw It Out! Preserving Only What’s Good For Your Spiritual Growth Life experiences have a lot to do with making you feel powerless and will chip away at your self-esteem.  When you do not attend to your emotions, you permit them to show up unannounced in every aspect of your life.  Eventually, you show up lost and confused.  Lacking individuality can influence your relationships, career, health and blessings.  With all the past stuff that has not been dealt with but instead preserved, you tend to forget about yourself and your God-given potential.  It’s time to throw it out!  God …

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Winning The Battle Against Self

Winning The Battle Against Self     When I reflect on my emotions, I remember happy days, sad occasions, mistakes, things I cherish, my faith, and unconditional love from God.  Each day, various experiences evoke different emotions in me. Do you find yourself in a constant battle with your emotions, or are you able to maintain a sense of control?  It’s a common belief that we have the power to manage our emotions, but the truth is, they often have a way of managing us. One way of knowing you’re driven by your emotions is an inability to change your …

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Go In This Thy Might

      James 2:17–26 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and …

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When You Feel That Jesus Has Forgotten You

        My husband and I sat across the table at a steakhouse from one of my best friends and her husband. She was barely able to make it through the meal due to morning sickness. I was barely able to make it through the meal due to despair. My heart ached for what she had growing inside of her. Although my husband and I hadn’t been trying for a baby for all that long, it seemed like forever. My greatest fear was that my mom’s seven-year struggle to conceive would be my heartache as well. I tried …

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Who are we pleasing?

A thought has been in my mind for quite some time. A thought that seems to judge, but I am just as guilty. A thought about parenting, about the past, about what my spirit is teaching, and about what I am learning… a thought about truth. You see I look around and see. I see more deeply than before. I see what my past has done to me; the thoughts, the inescapable connections in my brain that have been hard wired because of a choice or a thought, whichever it may be, that occurred a long time ago. Sometimes I …

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Embracing the Hem of His Garment

          “Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years, and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.” Luke 8:43-48 For twelve long years, she bore the weight of her affliction, seeking solace from countless physicians but finding no remedy. She stood at the crossroads of despair, yearning for an elusive change. Can you relate, dear friend, to feeling trapped in a cycle where every day resembles …

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Embracing God’s Affirmation of Worthiness

        For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 In the depths of our hearts, we often yearn to believe that we are worthy of receiving the abundant blessings God has in store for us. We desire to see breakthroughs and victories, to witness our dreams take flight, and to be surrounded by goodness in every aspect of life. Yet, the journey can be filled with setbacks, rejections, and an overwhelming chorus of “no” …

A Day of Soul Stretching Exercise With Jesus

  Reflections From Corinne’s Garden Magnifying the Light of Jesus in our Daily Lives Day 4 – A Day of Soul Stretching Exercises with Jesus “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. “ John 8:12, NET As we move closer to the end of this week I want to look at what it means to stretch our souls. 2 Peter 1:5-8 enlightens us with ….”.In every effort to respond to God’s promises supplement your faith with a generous portion of moral excellence”……….When I …

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Hannah

Women of Strength Hannah     1 Samuel 1:1 -2:21 The story of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, cannot be told without mentioning his mother, Hannah. She was one of two wives of Elkanah and was childless, which caused Peninnah, Elkanah’s other wife, to ridicule Hannah. This left Hannah bereft and desperate. One day Hannah went with her husband to the temple to pray and offer a sacrifice. Overcome by her grief, she stood up and began to pray to the Lord for a son. She promised God that she would dedicate the child in service to him. She prayed silently, …

Faith

There have been seasons in my life when time seemed to stand still. Anxious to see a situation turn around, yet all was quiet from God. But I pressed on. I trusted Him in everything. Things may not have happened in my timing and that’s ok. My God is a God of miracles. I’ve seen it before and I know I’ll see them again. Faith is so important because it is the means by which we have a relationship with God. Having faith in Jesus Christ means relying completely on Him—trusting in His infinite power, intelligence, and love. It includes …

Finding Faith

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” – Matthew 17:20 To have faith means that you have a full belief and trust in knowing that something will work out for the good. This could be having faith that you’ll get chosen for a promotion at work, having faith that the pregnancy test you just took will come back positive, or having faith that the …