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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 …

Keep On Keepin’ On

“And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end:” ~ Hebrews 6: 11 Mr. Webster says that having diligence is “showing painstaking effort and application in whatever is undertaken; industrious”.  I think the word is PAINstaking for a reason, lol.  Sometimes, it really does become painful to keep pouring our efforts into something.  Of course, it isn’t always physical pain – it can get to us mentally and emotionally, as well.  But, we have to keep applying ourselves to the task. When I see the words “full …

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You Should Not Be Ashamed

“And hope maketh not ashamed;…” ~ Romans 5:5 To keep this verse in context, this is the passage that says we glory in the trials, because they bring patience, patience brings experience, and experience brings hope. Therefore, all of what we’ve gone through has brought good (Romans 8: 28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ) if it results in hope.  And, despite what the trial – what started the path to hope – may have been, we don’t need to …

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Frustrated and Disappointed

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” ~ Psalm 62:5 One thing I bet we all know is that waiting on God can be frustrating! (It’s OK to admit it!) It’s only because His timing is perfect, and He knows how everything’s going to affect, well, everything…I also think that’s one reason He gives us a great big book of encouragement and promises! I try not to be one of “Daddy’s little helpers”, but I often am. It’s not because I’m trying to do things on my own, but sometimes, it seems like there’s …

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Thoughts and Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”~ Isaiah 55: 8-9 Hmm, another verse that reminds me that I tend to be one of “Daddy’s little helpers”, even though I try not to!  It helps knowing that you do it, too SO many times, I think I’ve got it figured out!  Granted, I’m usually going on events that have occurred, so I think my plan is the same as …

Stay the Course

Philippians 1:6   “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (KJV) (Yes, I know that deals with confidence, lol, but it also encourages us to stay focused!) If we really want to see God’s will accomplished in our lives, we have to stay the course. I’ll leave you with an experience I had recently… Once again, I found myself trying to “help” the Lord with His plans for me, lol. There was an opportunity coming up soon that would probably be a …

TRUST Him

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see .”   When it comes to the long-term will for your life, I heard something that sums it up pretty well: “Faith is confidence, but trust is commitment.” When we have faith that a person can do something, we believe that they have the available resources that enable them to get the job done. And I believe a lot of people have faith. Trust, on the other hand, deals more with relationships.   You can commit to someone when you know …

Sometimes…God’s Will

“Have I not commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:  for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ~ Joshua 1:9 (KJV) How much more encouragement could we get?  God Himself is with us everywhere we go!  Oh, yeah, and notice that was a command, not a suggestion. Sometimes, it’s a song; sometimes, the Bible; sometimes, something He speaks directly into your heart; or sometimes, it’s a word spoken through another person.  But, rest assured, that He will always, yes, always, send encouragement to help you press on!  …

Confidence…Have Some

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (KJV) …”the called” – that’s us!), and Jeremiah 29:11 (“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.” (KJV)). These scripture verses are two of my anchor verses. Romans tells me that even the setbacks are going to produce something good, and Jeremiah, in the Amplified Version, tells me that His will for my life includes …

Burning Bones

Jeremiah 20:9  “…But His word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…” I remember the first time I really related to that portion of the verse! I had been working on my ministry for a while, and there were all of these things just spilling out, and I just wanted to share what the Lord was saying and doing with everybody! It was such an exciting season! I spent every bit of my extra time working on this great task that I was honored to have been given! When you set out with God to …

Can You Get To the Phone? It’s God

A subject that has become near and dear to me is that of accomplishing God’s will for your life.  So many Christians live on this earth without ever realizing their instilled potential, something the Lord intended to be used as they carry out His work.  And, let me tell you, it takes a lot of faith (and patience!) to keep doing what needs to be done in order for His will to be fulfilled.  These devotions are coming directly from my own personal experience – just highly abridged – and I hope what I’ve learned can help some of you! …