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God’s Promised Presence

  “this is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the lord your god is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Where are you going today?  Where are you going tomorrow?  Where are you going the next day, or the next week, month or year?  We do not know, do we?  I  might make plans, book trips, travel to the grocery store, or even  around the world, but I  really do not know for sure exactly what will occur. What I  do know, because I  know Jesus, is no matter where I  go, what I …

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Is Cornoavirus God’s Wake-up Call?

Again let’s read 2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people called by my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face; then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land” If coronavirus is God’s wake-up call, the ball is in our court, so don’t foul out.   Let’s pick up the ball, pitch it into the basket, and make our goals count. I’ve endured more than enough news of coronavirus and racial protests. So wish we could allow those subjects to rest and think of better times. But Jesus said these times will come before He returns to earth again. Prayer: Father …

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Love Notes

Our refrigerator is covered with messages, photos and magnetic notes. Oh and there are some pieces of artwork as well. I love those reminders. Each one holds a special place in our hearts. Notes that vow that we are the best at something, anything, warm our hearts. Grandchildren who pledge undying devotion, share their grades, show their artistic abilities. There’s even a note from a daughter and her family on there. Oh beloved, are you keeping the good notes close at hand? When the world is tumbling you like you’re in a rock tumbler, are you able to remember that …

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Consistent

  We’re living in a world of inconsistency. There seems to be nothing consistent in our daily life. That is, unless you’re a Christian. I do have days when nothing seems to be going right (broken door knob, leaking pipe in the basement), but I don’t let these distractions lead me into anger or frustration. I turn to God and ask Him for help. Most of the time I don’t even ask why. If you’re consistent in your walk with God, you’ll find a deeper peace. Just as you are consistent in your gardening, you’ll reap the harvest come Fall. …

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Sit Still and Listen

Often times I am asked how do you hear from the Lord? I want to hear from Him but it’s silent in my prayer time, but can’t. The Lord’s presence can be found in silence, humility and openness to His voice. Sometimes the Lord just wants us to sit still and ask. Often times when I am seeking His answers I must quiet myself down and read a scripture, like Psalm 23 Psalm 23:2-6 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. …

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The Spirit God Gave Us

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 A Spirit of Fear Surely all of us, at one time or another, feel fear or have felt fear. Fear has become a natural emotion. In this world, we feel afraid because we are living by worldly standards and we all know who rules this world. He makes us to forget that fear is NOT within the spirit our God gave us. A Spirit of Power The same power that brought Jesus back from the dead …

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Peace in the Pause

      John 14: 27 (ESV) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Bible Verse for Meditation: John 14: 25-31   The word peace is defined as freedom from disturbance and it is one of the most priceless things to grasp and secure, especially in this season. During this time of great pause, where everything around us that we knew as normal is on hold, it can be very difficult to absorb peace but …

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Sheet Changing Day

We’ve all found comfort in daily busy-ness. But now God is calling us to find our comfort in Him alone.    Yesterday was sheet changing day. That meant the pillow cases as well. So that meant that all the pillows were in the floor without cases. When I went to put the fresh sheets on the bed I also put pillow cases on all the pillows and placed them back in their spots. I evidently got the right pillows on hubby’s side of the bed. He slept fine. But I must have picked the wrong pillows for my side. I …

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In Peace

In Peace. In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it. …

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Loving Others Begins with Loving You

Have you ever been hurt so badly that you cannot hide it?  Or felt pain so deep that it can be seen in your smile?  We have all been there.  We have all experienced pain. Our own heartaches, hurts, brokenness and issues cause congestion and make it hard for us to love God with all our hearts when it is still aching. Then He says love your neighbor as yourself but unresolved heart issues prevent us from loving others when we do not truly love ourselves. Mark 12: 30-31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and …

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Contentment in Circumstances

Some may perceive contentment as a lack of ambition. Contentment in God shows the world that no matter what comes your way, you are at peace. It’s a peace that if you don’t know God, you can’t understand. Philippians 4: 12 – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” If you’re not there now, you can learn how to get there. God promises to …

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Think What is True

Always Express Positive Thoughts Scripture: Philippians 3: 8-9b “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these on these things—practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” During modern times we are bombarded with tragic news, and scarcely do we hear news that is uplifting and encouraging. Though we are living in times like Jesus said would happen before He returns for His Bride, we need to hear some encouraging words. We hear of false ways to find peace and …