Sunday, April 19, 2015

Faith


Isn't that the truth?

This keeps coming up today about having faith.

There are things I have been praying about for a long time and I still have no answers or breakthroughs BUT I have the promises of God.  I can choose to believe what God says is true or I can choose to believe my emotions or what my eyes are seeing.

That is a test of faith. Will we believe our circumstances OR what God tells us about our circumstances.

I feel for those going through a "thing" or a situation for a long period of time.  We have been in a situation for a long time and it still hasn't changed. Some days are okay but there are days that we get frustrated and want God to move.

I know this, God sees everything we all go through and if someone has hurt you or lied about you or there is a need that is beyond your ability, God sees and hears it all and knows everything about our situations and He will provide for every single thing that you need.

We are in a battle for our faith. Satan wants to cause you to doubt God. He wants you to turn away from God. He wants you to believe his lies over God's truth.

We battle through prayer. We need to read God's Word and speak it out loud. We need to ask God to help us when fear or doubt or unbelief are taking over our faith. God responds to our prayers.

Faith in God pleases Him.

What God says about faith...

These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed 1 Peter 1:7

We live by faith, not by sight.2 Cor. 5:7


Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13

 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. Hebrews 11:1-11

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Eph. 6:16


So, just a little encouragement today as you wait on God to send the answer or meet your need or for a breakthrough or deliverance.

Trust in God, Believe Him. He will not fail you and He will never forsake you.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Prayer

A new movie by Alex Kendrick is coming out in August called, War Room.

I watched the teaser trailer yesterday and had chills while watching it.

I cannot wait to see it. Here is the trailer in case you want to watch it.




I can be so lazy in my prayer life that I barely pray for anyone and I keep my eyes on our problems or on a difficult family member and just chalk it up as a loss and stop praying.

Just watching this trailer reminded me that I need to pray for certain people and a certain dream God placed in my heart years ago.  Just yesterday, I felt God speaking to my heart to pray and not give up.

Some times we have to pray for a long time before the answer comes. Some times we have to pray a "thing" through , or do battle in prayer over a person or situation before the breakthrough comes.

One line I loved in the movie, "If God is fighting for your wife....  we can stop right there and not finish the rest of the line in the movie. Why?  Because if God is fighting for us, who can be against us?  (Romans 8;31)

2 Chron. 20:17

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'"

Deut. 20:4
for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.' 

Psalm 18:39
For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 

Phil. 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

A daily encouragement to pray and not give up.

You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. Ps 77:14 He can & still does mighty things.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Afresh

Well, I know that I may have had my share
Of failing and falling
But I have come to understand
One thing remains

 By all Hes done, I have been made holy
Worthy of serving the one
The one who wrote eternity
So deep in my heart

Open your eyes and see
The wonder of a life so wonderfully free
Lift up your head, believe
There is more, there's so much more to see,

You remind me still of the hope and promise
Daring my heart to be brave
And all the while You strengthen me
So deep in my heart

 Open your eyes and see
The wonder of a life so wonderfully free
Lift up your head, believe
There is more, there's so much more
Lift up your head, believe
There is more, there's so much more to see, yeah
So much more

His mercies are new every morning
His mercies are new every day
His mercies are new every morning
Beautifully new every day

 Hillsong - More To See 

I feel God placing this verse on my heart this morning to share on the blog.

Easter has come and gone but Jesus remains. He is faithful and forgiving and never leaves you or abandons you. It doesn't matter how much you mess up or fail Him because what will never change is His love for you. His love is unconditional and sometimes we need to be reminded of that.

Doesn't matter how long you have walked with God, living life and going through the ups and downs of any day can be overwhelming and some days we just blow it; but Jesus is always there to forgive and His mercies are always new and fall afresh on each of us every single day.

If you've  been away from God, come home. Don't let pride or fear keep you from the One who loves you the most. He's waiting.



Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Thoughts




1. It's rainy and dreary and cold. The groundhog saw his shadow and that means 6 more weeks of winter. I just don't get the groundhog thing but whatever. ;)

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2. I'm exhausted today and I think I need more coffee.



3. The Super Bowl. It started out pretty good. It ended in an unbelievable way and I think Seattle will feel this one for a long, long time.


4. I am tired today because of number 3. *grin*

5. Super Bowl commercials.  Doritos/Man on airplane was my favorite followed by Budweiser's Best Buds. The dog is so cute and nothing better mess with the Clydesdale. Nationwide on the other hand was depressing and just awful. Seriously, whoever thought of that commercial should be fired. There were plenty of people mad over it. Twitter blew up over this ad. Bad taste.





6. Football is over. Sad face. I love football. Only 214 days until Football Time in Tennessee.


7. I'm feeling for the people up north in yet another winter storm.


8. I'm ready for spring and grilling out etc...



I made a nacho bar for the Super Bowl and everyone loved it. It was easy and delicious.




I am glad to start a new week. I am hoping for a productive day and week.

Just some random thoughts on Monday.

I hope you have a blessed day!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Love...

Este fin de semana termina el mes de Enero ... que nos traerá Febrero ?

January has come and gone and we are starting a new month today. February is the "love" month or Presidents Day or Groundhogs Day if you so choose. ;-)

The last day of January was stressful and ended okay that night but it was a great day to be reminded of this verse:

Valentine's Day Quote


Even when someone is being rude or mean, God reminds us of how we are to love each other. I won't say I have achieved this because if I did, I would be lying to you.

At times, I react in a not so nice way even though someone may be rude or mean   It's hard to remember LOVE and the reaction we should have and that is what I am asking  God's help with and I know, I can do ALL things through Christ. He's so faithful to forgive each of us when we have fallen short or completely failed Him. It doesn't matter where we are or how far away we are from Him, He waits for us to repent and return back to Him.

God is faithful to His Word. To His Promises.
“Love…binds everything together in perfect harmony.” ~Colossians 3:14

We can only love God because HE first loved us. Love starts and ends with God.


'We love because he first loved us.' 1 John 4:19 (On Love and Fear {GROW in His Word})

These verses are great reminders of how we are to love.

If you don't feel loved today, remember this:

{John 3:16} <3 "Greater love hath no man than this; that He lay down His life for His friend." <3

Jesus loves YOU. Period.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow...Snow...Snow...



I can only say that we had a dusting of snow while my friends up north are experiencing a blizzard. Cities are shut down, schools closed, grocery store shelves empty and here in the south, schools are closed, I can only assume the bread and milk are gone, but to our defense, we do have some icing and slick spots and we are just not used to driving on it.

To our northern friends, we look foolish. :)  It makes me laugh. We make me laugh. I love living in the south.

On a serious note, my heart goes out to those dealing with coastal flooding and high winds. That is nothing to joke about.

The plus side to a winter storm is the chance to be at home with your family and it's good every now and then to be able to do this, be with family, cook some good food, read, play games etc...

I love the beauty of snow.  That is the blessing. It's  pretty on the trees and on the mountains.

I know there is a flip side to a winter storm, I lived in upstate New York and lived through several snow storms. It was just a way of life and nothing shut down where we lived. It was tough on this southern girl.  Anyway, I like to think about the good side of a winter storm. Some times, we who live in the south and who  don't see much snow just want a snow day every now and then. Even the dog.













Enjoy your day! Blessings. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Encouragement...Dream Big

Good Morning! have a blessed and warm day! ♥

I think this picture is  appropriate today because of the blizzard in the Northeast.

We had a nice weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend,  It snowed a few hours on Saturday morning and it was pretty but only lasted a few hours and it was gone. We did all our grocery shopping and I was excited to get it all done and put away and back in my pajamas by three.

We all needed a weekend like this. I am very grateful for the Lord blessing us this weekend.

Our verse for today:  1 Corinthians 2:9:


“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

One thing I sense coming up over and over again in my prayer time is Dream Big.

We have a big God who can do anything and yet a lot of the times we are so timid in asking Him for the things that are really on our hearts and we settle for asking Him for things we think He will give us.

The thing is, God knows our hearts and He knows exactly what we are keeping to ourselves that He wants us to share with Him.

God wants to do so much more through us because His Spirit lives in us.

I wonder what I, you, would do if we weren't afraid of dreaming BIG or asking for BIG things from God?  I wonder what we would do if fear was cast aside and we decided to trust God OR if we are afraid but we choose to do it anyway?!

So Much More...  These are the words that I am thinking of this Monday morning. SO. MUCH. MORE.

I think if you find yourself in a season of searching or struggling that God might be stirring up a new dream we would never think of on our own. Which is why, I love this week's verse. Keep asking God, He will reveal it to you in His time.

That's another thing I am learning: Embrace your place. Enjoy where you are at while waiting on God to move you to another place or season in life.

The season may be hard, dry, but even in the wilderness times, God reveals Himself and blesses each of us with beauty  and provision. Some days, I have to look harder for it but it's there.

Blessings.