Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

Our faith comes from believing God and remembering His promises and all He has done in the past! God is faithful and He never stops working on what He has planned and the promises He has given! I would encourage you to read this entire chapter of the Bible if you are wavering in faith today for your situation. God wants you to believe Him and to expect Him to work in your life.

The best way to increase your faith is to remember all He has done and this chapter tells of some of the mighty miracles He did throughout the Bible. Think about the faith that Noah had to have in order to spend almost a hundred years building that massive “boat”, seems more like a cruise ship for animals, when he had never even seen rain! It had never rained on the earth before the flood so people had a reason to think Noah was a bit out of his mind, they couldn’t comprehend rain let alone a flood.

What do you have in your life that seems so overwhelming that you cannot figure out how God could possibly “fix it”? Read this chapter and remind yourself that you serve the same God they did back then. Nothing has changed as far as what God is capable of doing. Hold onto your faith and hope in God, He isn’t finished with you or your situation yet! Maybe you are at the place where you are feeling that because of a loss in your life of either a relationship or a job or finances or all of the above that nothing will ever be as good as it was, but God is always moving forward so just as Job believed God could restore everything to Him you need to believe that as well! God has a plan!

James 2:24 says, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” Put some action to your faith by believing Him for victory in your life! Stop thinking your best days and relationships were in your past, move forward with confidence that God has better days ahead for you! God is faithful who has promised!

Quote: “You become what you think about.” Earl Nightingale

Proverbs 11:16a A gracious woman gets honor.

So, are you truly gracious? Let’s first take a look at the definition: “Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy. Characterized by tact and propriety.; example – responded to the insult with gracious humor.” Hmmmm, well my sister Jean and I have had this conversation about our Mom because that is truly the way our Mom is and we both wish we were more like her! She is in a Nursing home and everyone loves her because no matter what my Mom is going through she is so kind and gracious. She is the most genuinely sweet, gracious woman I know. She is never fake, her graciousness comes from her godly heart!

Have you ever wondered what kind of ‘old woman’ you will be? Are you going to be one of those who says whatever comes to your mind because you can because you are old or will you be kind and gracious to those who have to care for you? A good way to figure that out is to think about what kind of woman you are today. Are you genuinely kind or do you fake it? Sorry, but woman to woman; we can all spot fake graciousness and kindness a mile away. In fact I would rather someone spoke their mind than to fake being kind to me or just ignore me all together if you must but don’t insult me by being fake. I think most of us feel that way but as women of God we should make it a goal to be characterized by kindness, warm courtesy, tact and propriety. Godly character should ooze from us because our hearts are filled with Him!

Graciousness is an issue of the heart. Now, let’s face it; there are times it is appropriate and necessary to speak your mind and stand up for what is right and there are times that isn’t kind but we can find ways to do it with tact and propriety. Choose your words carefully and be sure to maintain your godly character in those situations. Don’t feel it is necessary to confront every situation and person that comes your way, pray and ask God for His timing and words for those situations. Godly women are called to stand firmly for the things of God but it does no good if we do it in a way that isn’t pleasing to God!

I would like to challenge each of us today to ask God to show us areas that we need to be more gracious in. Ask Him to show you any areas of your heart that you need to give to Him so His character can shine through you. Let’s all work together to make a difference by being examples of godly character and graciousness.

Quote: “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs

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Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

It’s a new day, in fact it is Spring and one of the reasons I love Spring is because it seems like a fresh start, a new beginning in every area of life!

Take a moment and think about Spring cleaning, I am not crazy about the process but I sure do love it after it is finished and everything is sparkling clean and organized again. God offers to do that for us on a spiritual and emotional level as well, all we have to do is ask: Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” See, all we have to do is ask!

Get excited about it! Think for a second; today is a new day with no mistakes in it and God’s grace is new and fresh every morning so if Satan is trying to beat you down from past mistakes tell him to take a hike and walk in the confidence that it is under the blood, you are forgiven and this is a great time for a fresh start!

Get excited about it! Those frustrations you’ve had with your circumstances are closer to being resolved than they were yesterday! You are much closer than you think to your victory! Don’t allow Satan the opportunity to make your faith waiver, tell him to hush and move on knowing that God is moving and will bring all that He has promised to pass! Hold on to your hope and faith in Him and thank Him today for the victory and blessing He is about to pour out on your life!

Find a new song this morning, stop playing that song that keeps you in your state of despair and find a song that shouts of the victory God has for you and your future! You serve a living, loving and faithful God! Hold on to your faith and hope in Him and get excited as you thank Him and praise Him for Who He is and all that He has done and all He is going to do in your life! Don’t hold onto the defeat you have felt, today is a new day and it is time to shine!

Quote:
“Wherever you choose to go, go there with all your heart!”

Psalm 34:18-19
The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but The Lord delivers him out of them all.

Is your heart broken? Do you feel worn out by all that life has thrown at you lately? Do you sometimes feel so stressed from it all you can hardly see straight? God hears your prayers and He sees your tears and frustrations. He will come through for you! He will carry you to the other side if He has to but you will make it if you will just put all of your trust in Him.

God’s desire is always for our good. It is so important while you go through this to keep your eyes on Him and do what you know to be right. Hold onto your hope in Him. There are times in life when we don’t know “why?” Sometimes we lose a job or a relationship or you fill in the blank but we can know that as the Bible says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Even if Satan means this for your harm God can turn it into something amazing in your life if you let Him!

I don’t know what you are facing or feeling today but the One who can do something about it does and His love for you is immeasurable! Pour your heart out to Him again and know that He’s got this and He is already working on what’s next! The best is yet to come!

Quote
“Some people find fault like there is a reward for it”. Zig Ziglar

Ephesians 6:12
Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord.

What are your motives? We are all, at times, self-centered but we are called to be God-centered. We need to do an inward check at times to see what our motives really are in all that we do. Are we doing it to gain someone else’s attention or favor or are we truly behaving in a godly way to please Him? Sometimes we can get so caught up in what we want that we are missing out on God’s best because we are too focused on ourselves.

Pastor Bob Barnes in 15 Minutes Alone with God for Men shared the following prayer that is applicable to men and women:
“Father God, search me and show me my motivation for what I do. Forgive my selfishness. Give me a pure heart that joyfully and energetically serves You, the Author and Giver of life. Help me serve with my eyes on You and not on other people, hoping they’ll notice what I do. And thank you for the gracious and generous rewards You promise even when our motives aren’t pure and our service is imperfect. Amen”

I would encourage each of us today to take a look inside ourselves and ask the question; “what is my deepest motivation in all that I do?” Am I living for God, myself or others? Ask God today to give you the insight and the strength to change any motivation and attitudes that don’t line up with His. The most satisfying life we can have is one that is focused on God in all that we do, to bring honor and glory to His name, not our own.

Quote:
“It’s not the things you get but the hearts you touch that will determine your success in life.”

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Job 28:28 And he said to man, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”

We can never have too much wisdom! I find myself constantly praying for more wisdom because there are constantly situations that arise that need more wisdom and understanding than what I would have in the natural. How about you ladies? Do you ever wish that you had handled something differently after the fact or do you ever look at your children or marriage and wish you had more wisdom to be a better Mom or Wife? Maybe it’s your finances or your job – whatever it is, we all have areas that we can use more wisdom.

The “fear” of the Lord does not mean we walk around quaking in our shoes, it is to have an overwhelming respect and constant consciousness of who God is and what He can do. If we really stop before we face a problem, temptation, or situation that could get tense just pray and think about who He is and how mighty He is to work in your circumstances we would find we would have more wisdom and integrity in those areas. Once we have the wisdom to know what to do and say this verse is clear that good understanding of that wisdom will help us walk away from saying and doing the wrong things. I have been reading the book of Job and I am going to go back through and read it again and this time I am going to focus on all Job has to say about who God is because he truly had a grasp on knowing God.

God is so amazing and so far beyond our comprehension that I think at times we become a bit complacent when it comes to thinking about who He is and that is not only a disservice to Him and who He is but it means we also miss out on all that He can do in our lives because we lack faith at that point.

Spend some time today and focus on all that we know God is and allow your mind to really soak it all up. Dwell on Him instead of what you are facing. Ask Him to give you wisdom in and for all things. Allow His peace to cover you today knowing the best is yet to come!

Quote: “Wisdom is knowing the right path to take, integrity is taking it!”

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2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.

I love Spring with everything fresh and new, the grass is green again and the flowers are starting to bloom. I think this year, more than ever, everyone across the nation has been eagerly anticipating Spring! With Easter coming up it reminds me of the same feeling I have about Spring. Jesus death on the cross was a chance for everyone to have a new beginning. Because of His death we can have a fresh start, a new beginning with no mistakes in it and everything is fresh and new. When your sin is forgiven it is behind you ~ leave it there and grab ahold of that fresh, new start! Don’t allow your past to hold you back from your future!

As you do your “Spring cleaning” this year I would like to encourage you to ask God what you may need to clean out of your life on a spiritual or personal level. Ask Him what new things you may need to add. Maybe it’s time to start that Bible study you have been contemplating, maybe it’s time to begin a new ministry reaching out to the elderly or single parents in your church. Maybe it’s as simple as adding time to your evening to read and pray with your children before bed if you aren’t already doing that, maybe it’s time to start having devotions with your spouse. Whatever you may need to add or get rid of, do it and don’t allow another year to go by just continuing on doing the “same ol’, same ol’” thing! Take advantage of that fresh start today.

Maybe you know of someone who hasn’t had that “fresh start” in life and they don’t know God. Sunday would be a great opportunity to ask them to go to church with you, a lot of people will go for Christmas or Easter that will not go any other time so you might as well take advantage of asking them, you never know.

God loves you enough to have sent His son to die on the cross for your sin and to give you that new beginning, don’t allow Satan to throw your past in your face any more ~ you are a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new. Be all you were created to be in Him!

Quote: “We all find time to do what we really want to do.” William Feather

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Acts 12:12-16  So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.  And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.  When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”  Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.

The blessing and answer to prayer was standing at the gate and the people praying were arguing because they just knew it couldn’t possibly be true.  Is your answer to your prayer banging on the gate of your life while you stand there thinking that the answer couldn’t possibly have come?  This must be where the line came from “for Pete’s sake”  open the gate!  There are times when the answer is so obviously right in front of someone and everyone can see it but the person praying because they are too busy thinking!  Ouch!  I sure have been guilty of this myself lately!

What blessing of health or maybe finances or maybe even answers to relationships are you waiting for and it’s waiting for you but you just can’t seem to grasp God’s answer as being truly from Him.  I know of people with health issues that refuse the obvious and continue to be ill because they can’t seem to find the answer, there are too many people with marriage issues that will do anything other than receive counsel, there are too many of us that struggle with finances in America because we can’t accept the answer of “no, don’t buy that right now.”

I would encourage each of us today to ask God if that is His answer waiting at the gate and if it is, “for Pete’s sake” open it today and start moving forward!  Stop arguing about it and accept God’s answer.  Sometimes we don’t fully see the blessing of God until we open the gate and start moving forward in what He is showing us to do.  You could be suffering needlessly simply because you aren’t listening.  Ask God today to make His path clear to you today – what are you waiting for?

Quote:   “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Martin Luther King

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