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Hebrews 6:13-19 ERV
God made a promise to Abraham. And there is no one greater than God, so he made the promise with an oath in his own name—an oath that he would do what he promised. He said, “I will surely bless you. I will give you many descendants.”  Abraham waited patiently for this to happen, and later he received what God promised.   People always use the name of someone greater than themselves to make a promise with an oath. The oath proves that what they say is true, and there is no more arguing about it. God wanted to prove that his promise was true. He wanted to prove this to those who would get what he promised. He wanted them to understand clearly that his purposes never change. So God said something would happen, and he proved what he said by adding an oath. These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he says something, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. So these two things are a great help to us who have come to God for safety. They encourage us to hold on to the hope that is ours. This hope is like an anchor for us. It is strong and sure and keeps us safe. It goes behind the curtain.

God cannot lie so if during your prayers or during your fast he made you a promise concerning your life and your family,  it will be done. No matter what the situation looks like don’t give up. No matter what people say (you are people too) don’t lose faith. I know how it is when your marriage is in shambles,  your heart is broken and you can’t see the light past your pain, don’t give up, give in. Give in to the power of God that is able to keep you and do the work required for your marriage to be stronger.  Pray and trust that if he promised it,  it WILL be done. Isaiah 55:11 ERV
In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do.
If God told you your children will be blessed,  count on it.  If they are disrespectful and lazy,  parent them trusting that God will do the rest. If your bank account is empty don’t look in it,  keep trusting God and asking for his direction,  trust what he tells you and it will be done. Matthew 9:29 NIV
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;

Ephesians 3:19-20 ERV
Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.   With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.

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Grief

Grief: deep sadness caused especially by someone’s death

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

In the death of a loved one we often look back at our relationship with them and begin to experience a wide range of emotions. We often begin to feel guilty of words said and unsaid, promises unkept, anger that has been unforgiven and any other ways we can find to beat ourselves up.

We tend to forget that death is part of the process of living.
Ecclesiastes 3:2 – A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;

So I encourage you to remember what God said.

1 Peter 5:6-7  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Psalm 23:4  “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 73:26  “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 18:28  “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”

Psalm 46:1-2  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

Revelation 21:4  “ ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Amen

Be encouraged (This is a repost)

Have you ever felt hopeless, lost, confused and discouraged? Yeah it happens to us all at times. Don’t start questioning your love for Christ when this happens, We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan. (Romans 8:28 ERV)
Everything serves a purpose, even your discouragement. Think about when you call your friend, spiritual sister, prayer partner and the like, they hear that your down in the dumps, they feel your discouragement. Boom, you just activated their faith and called forth the Holy Spirit in their life to minister to you. You never know if the words God sent to them for you is also ministering to them and the other people who know what your going through, they see you get lifted by the word of God and boom someone else decides to trust him. See how that goes?
Our God is an amazing God, he reigns in love and power.

I challenge you that the next time life sends rain and thunder, dance in the rain, praise him anyhow. Be lifted up by the words of Jesus, be lifted by the promises of God!

Jas 5:16…….. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

1Jn 5:14…….. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

Josh 1:9………… “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture!

My soul gave up all hope, but then I remembered the Lord. I prayed to you, and you heard my prayers in your holy Temple. (Jonah 2:7 ERV)

Hug your momma today

Ephesians 3:18-21 ERV

And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you.   With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

There are defining times in your life that either help you get closer to God or that pushes you further away. Watching the transition between life and death has a way of being one of those moments.  When you watch the wonder of God’s glory in the body you realize he created all things to work together even in the body.  As I watch my mother in law fight for every breathe I think about the breathes we waste arguing about insignificant things.  I am reminded how many days I was mad, angry, bitter and judgemental with my own mother  who left here 11 years ago. I would give some of my breathes back to be able to hear her tell me she loves me, for her to ask me for a sprite and some lays potato chips. I would love for her to tell me she wanted a rally burger but the way this life is set up! Yeah you don’t get a second chance so take the time,  tell your mom and dad how much you love them. Hug your children, be mindful of your friends and family.
Christ died for us to have life more abundantly, but you have to accept him to get it. Tell somebody today how much God loves them, how he changed you and then pray for them sincerely. Remember that the trials they are going through are designed to help them. Support them in love, trust that God’s plan will be fulfilled in spite of what their situation looks like to you. I love you on purpose with Purpose.

Ipray

“This Life is more than tweets and Likes…Because if God don’t like you that’s a PROBLEM”

How many of us take 121542123 selfies until we get that perfect one(Raise your Hand) I know I do. How many times have you rewritten something until YOU think it sounds perfect? It’s crazy that we spend our days trying to please other people. Or to make people think we have everything together when we know if one string is pulled everything will fall completely apart. Its time out for the fake it until you make it motto. Its time to go to GOD BOLDlY with whatever issue that we may have and trust that he will fix us. But the main thing is be Honest.

Dear Father,

I come to you on this day asking that you forgive me for the sins that I have committed knowingly and unknowingly. Father God I ask that you remove on this day anything that separates me from you. Father I thank you for allowing me to see another day. I thank you for sacrificing your son for a sinful person as myself. Father I ask that whomever is reading this is blessed. I pray that you supply them with the tools that is needed to survive this day. Father I pray for peace in every household. I pray that you are strong for the person that is weak today. Father I Pray that you make the little girl who may feel ugly, feel beautiful. Allow her to understand that you formed her in her mother’s womb and she is beautifully and wonderfully made. Father I pray that you give the man who feels insecure and less than a man, strong. Show him that you created him in your image and that he can conquer anything that he put his mind to. Father God I pray that you show us all that life is more than trying to be cute and impressing people. Father God I pray that you show us all the gifts and talents that you have placed in us so that we can help someone else. Help us father God. We need you like never before. We love you and adore you Father. We ask all these things in your mighty son Jesus name. AMEN