Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

It is what is in your heart that matters!

Don’t allow all that is going on around you to rob you of your peace. If you have the peace of God ruling in your heart then you will be able to face all that is brought your way. Satan loves turmoil, and he loves to cause unrest but you don’t have to allow Him to have that victory over you.

As it says in Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” So, just as those wicked things come out of your heart, so does peace, love and mercy. Our mouths reveal what is in our heart so it is our heart we need to work on when there is a problem spiritually in our lives. As we draw close to God all of these other things come together. If you want peace, you don’t need to have it all around you, you need to have it in your heart. There will never be some heavenly bliss and peace here on earth so your peace must come from within.

How can you find the peace in your heart that Paul is talking about in this verse? It takes spending time in God’s Word and allowing all that He has to say fill your heart and mind. Whatever you are filling your mind with is what will consume your heart. God wants to consume your thoughts and when He does He will fill your heart with truth, honor, excellence and things worthy of praise and it will cover all of those evil thoughts of slander, anger, murder, sexual immorality, obsessions and addictions. Victory is yours but you also need to make the effort to consume yourself with God and the things of God in order to find it!

Search your heart today. Is there peace there in your heart and godly thoughts consuming your mind or is there more turmoil than good going on in there? You do have a choice you know, you don’t have to live consumed with fear, anger, obsessions and addictions but you must make the efforts necessary to have the victory you desire. “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 about these things.” Philippians 4:8

And, take the time to be Thankful, not just this week, but every week. Be Thankful for all God has done and all He is about to do in your life!

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” James Allen

rp_janetwow-150x150.jpgLadies, I am so excited to share with you that we are just $100 away from our goal. The money that is being raised is to help launch the new Chocolate and God website.  The new site will have new features including “Prayer Works” a place where you can go and post prayer requests and also have other ladies praying for you.  Our community is growing and your help is so appreciated.

For nearly six years I haven’t asked for help financially.  My goal was this was my gift to you.  It’s hard to believe 2,000 Bible studies later God is still growing this ministry.  We are at a point were other ladies are needed to be part of the team both in prayer and financially.  I want to personally thank each one of you ladies that have helped toward this project.  I would really love to see this goal met by the end of the week.  Our goal is to launch the new website shortly after Christmas.

Would you consider doing something to help launch this new website and prayer room?  We are just $100 away.  Perhaps you are able to do the whole thing or part of it.  Thank you so much for joining the team.  Together we can reach more women for Christ and provide the encouragement that they need on a daily basis.

Your gift is tax deductible and you can give online by CLICKING HERE.  Your gift will be used to encourage ladies in over 70 countries daily.  Please know how grateful I am to see you joining the team.  If you have any question just EMAIL ME.

My prayer is you’ll have a wonderful week.  God bless each and everyone of you.


Janet Scott

Psalm 16: 11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

If you are lacking joy today take the time to wrap yourself in the presence of God. Spend some time with him listening to praise and worship music, reading His word and just soaking up everything about His presence. If you are lacking joy you may be too focused on your struggles instead of Him.

Ladies, we all get so busy trying to do and keep up with all that we need to get done and let’s face it, it is easy to lose your joy at that point. We are busy on a normal schedule let alone the closer it gets to the holidays. As the time gets closer and the kids are out of school and you have to find something to keep them busy so you can get the extra baking, cleaning, shopping and cooking done and then if you have relatives coming in, you want to be sure you have everything in order for them to be comfortable, the list could go on and on this time of year! Let me encourage you to pause today for a moment and recapture your Joy! It’s the time of year to focus on Thanksgiving and Joy, not just a time to be a frantic wreck, hoping it is all over soon!

Take a look at your list, pray over it, ask God to make known to you what is important and maybe what you need to let slide this year or delegate to someone else! (That is for home, church and at work) Make sure that this year you don’t get so caught up in the doing like Martha in Luke chapter 10 that you miss out on sitting at Jesus feet like her sister Mary and soaking up His goodness and joy! Take this time of year and truly make it a time to focus on Him and all of His goodness and you will have the joy you were meant to have for the seasons and all year around!

“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take, integrity is taking it.” M.H. McKee

Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

I have heard this verse used several times in regards to relationships but this verse is telling us to guard our hearts from so much more than that! If you guard your heart like it tells you to in this chapter your relationships will be in line with all else God has for you.

Keep your heart or as one translation says to guard your heart. What do you need to guard your heart from?

I would suggest that the first thing you need to understand what to guard your heart from and how to guard it is the wisdom from God that we find by reading His word! The more time you spend learning about God and who you are in Him, the more wisdom you will have for life. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Ask Him to give you the wisdom you need for any situation and He has promised to give it to you!

Guard your heart from Satan’s lies! He is so set on keeping you from all that God has in store for you so He attacks with lies from Hell to keep you from fully grasping who you are in Christ! God created you with a purpose and Satan will do everything He can to keep you from that! He will tell you that you have messed up too many times in order for God to ever use you ~ replace that lie with these verses: Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I Press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” There’s nothing you could have done that Jesus blood couldn’t cover so ask for forgiveness and then take His direction to become all He created you to be! He will tell you that you are not qualified, but the more you read His word you will realize that everyone He chose seemed to be the least likely to be chosen; Moses, David, Esther, Rahab, Paul, Peter, the list goes on and on. As the old saying goes, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!”

Guard your heart by filling it with God’s word: Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” And, Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Allow God to lead you in all that you do.

Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness blasphemies.” Guard your heart! Find your peace in Him! Reject Satan’s lies and hold on to the truth of God! Allow Him to fill you with His truth and guide you in all that you do!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD; shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Are we there yet? Sometimes that is how I feel when I am waiting, I feel like that little kid in the back seat with the non-stop question, “are we there yet, are we there yet?” I can only imagine there are times God feels the same way some parents do “Don’t ask me again, we will be there soon.”

Trust me; you are closer than you think! Ask God today to renew your strength so you can make it around the bend to the promise you have been waiting on! Who knows it could be today or maybe next week. Maybe you are waiting for the right man to come along or maybe a new job or for your finances to turn around, whatever it is ask God to give you your second wind today!

God has a reason for His timing because He can see the big picture of your life so as difficult as some days can be while you wait it is imperative to trust that He is holding off because there are some details of your situation that are just not ready for the answer. Ask God if any of those details are things in your life. Is there an area of your life that you need to grow in that could be putting it on hold? Just ask God to reveal anything in your life that could be in the way. If your answer involves other people it could be they aren’t quite ready yet so pray for them.

The best IS yet to come, I believe that with my whole heart so don’t give up yet, renew your strength in God and be encouraged that it is coming! Get excited and be prepared God hasn’t forgotten you!

Quote For The Day:
“When there is no hope in the future there is no power in the present.” John Maxwell