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Count Your Blessings

  It’s hard to be thankful when nothing is going right in your life.  I know that God is faithful.  He’s our guard and protector from the evil things of this world. God’s plans and His timing are always perfect.  I have so many things to be thankful for. I have so many blessings poured out to me every day.  I have a family, a home, a job and friends.  I can serve God without being persecuted, and I can praise God openly and not worry about being shot or ridiculed for my faith. I do thank God each day for my blessings.  Friends, God …

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Are Your Plans, God’s Plans

        Psalm 127: 1 – “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”   Have you ever made plans for something and nothing happened? Or, have you desperately wanted your life to go in one direction, and it went down a totally different path? I have, many times. It’s tough when you try to do your best and be good to people, but when things keep getting worse, you’re left to wonder why even try. Looking back on life always brings wisdom. We learn from our mistakes. …

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God’s Plan Hasn’t changed

  I just want to encourage you with something today. As I read these verses, my heart felt that others need this too. You see here God is speaking to Joshua. Moses has died and God is telling Joshua the plan has not changed. Get going. Keep moving on with the plan God has for the people. He tells Joshua the anointing will be there, God will be by his side, now lead those people into their inheritance. I see God telling us all in this hour….THE PLAN HASN’T CHANGED….Get going! Do you see? Even though things had died, failed …

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Hold on a Second

“However it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’- the things God has prepared for those who love him- these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2: 9 and 10). Read it again, take a minute and soak it in. I want you to think about something for me. These two verses make a really big claim, a promise, that if you are not looking and thinking about you will miss.  It …

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Present Heaven and Earth Will Be Destroyed

  Scripture: 2 Peter 3: 10. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, and then the heavens will pass with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. The day of the Lord will come as a thief and then heavens will pass away with a loud roar, heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and earth and works performed on it exposed. But according to God’s promise we’re waiting for new heaven and earth in which righteousness dwells, but we are not to ignore this …

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God’s Plan for Redemption

God wrote His story before creation came into being even before He created the heavens and the earth. Because God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent He sees all, knows all, is everywhere at the same time and so powerful He can speak a word and it will be so. Because of who He is, God had a detailed plan to bring about the redemption of fallen man even before Adam and Eve were created and sinned in the Garden of Eden. It was God who planned to bring salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son.  He determined the …

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Put a Happy Face On It

      “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28 One afternoon found me, Lisa, and my 2 girls heading to an appointment. As we rode along we chatted. Lisa asked a question, “What do you do with the bad things that come up in life? How do you handle those things?” I remained quiet for a moment and then deferred the question to my 11 year old girl. “What do you think honey?” She was silent for a time …

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Deliberately Planned

  Psalm 139: 13-16  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.   My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” I am the youngest of four girls in my family. The first three girls were planned and are stair steps, then 10 …

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New Insight

  Funny how finding an old journal written years ago brings back memories almost forgotten. Times of struggles and trials that brought me to where I am now were written down.  Journaling has been my habit over the years and has given encouragement to me through each step along the journey.  Why?  This was something I did for myself and God used journal writing to draw my soul and spirit closer to Himself. Someone once said “you can’t see the forest for the trees” meaning you only focus on one tree seeing only what is in front of you instead …

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For Such a Time as This

      For Such a Time as This   God’s name is not mentioned by Mordecai in his words to Esther, but God’s Sovereignty and His provision are clearly evident.  Mordecai’s faith in God Almighty is steadfast.  He has confident hope that God will provide.  The only question is: does Esther choose to be part of the blessing?  Will she see that all the events and circumstances of her life have been orchestrated to have her in this position for this specific time and this opportunity? There are many cautions in scripture about speaking rashly, gossiping, criticizing, and letting …

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All Things Are Working

  Just recently, I found myself in a place of hopelessness, a place where nothing could encourage me…not even the Scriptures, themselves. THANK GOD, that only lasted a day or two!! Once the wave of despair had passed, I pulled out my Bible and found exactly what I needed to press on. Everybody goes through a similar situation at some time or another, and I think it’s one of the devil’s most successful attack plans. Over these next few days, I thought I’d just share some of the verses that gave me divine encouragement. “And we know that all things …

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The Expected End

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29: 11 This is another anchor verse, one that I’m constantly reciting to myself. I can’t be reminded enough that God, Himself, is thinking of me, knowing everything I’m going through.  To me, the most important part of this verse is the phrase “an expected end”.   An expected end means finality.  Whatever activity that’s going on will cease. You know what else comes with the ending of something?  Results!  No matter what …