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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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Hold On To Your Faith

April 15, 2014 — 2 Comments

Isaiah 7:9b   “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.”

If you were to measure your faith today, on a scale of one to ten, where would it be?

It can be easy to get discouraged when it seems as though life just throws one thing after the next at you and you don’t feel as though you even have time to catch your breath.  Believe me, we have had some overwhelming days, weeks, months and even years when we just felt as though it was just one thing after the next until we hardly knew which way was up any more.  It’s times like those that we really need to focus in on God and who He is in order to maintain our faith.

When we focus on God and who He is it makes what we are facing seem small.  If we lose sight of God in the middle of what we are facing we lose perspective on the entire situation and that is when we become overwhelmed and fearful.  God does not force Himself into our situations but He is always waiting and willing to help us when we give it all to Him.  Where there is no faith, there is no hope.

Hebrews 11:6  “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  We cannot please God if we don’t have the faith to believe that He is able to take care of anything we are facing whether it is your health, finances, marriage issues, children, your job, whatever you are facing today God can handle it if you give it to Him!  God is always good so trust Him today to do what is best for you and your situation.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you are lacking in faith today, ask God to bless you with more faith for your situation.  Write down these verses and keep them with you.  Know that God cares and He will bring to pass all that He has promised.  Hold on to your faith and hope in Him and remain faithful to all that He has called you to.

Quote:   “Wherever you go…. go there with all your heart.”  Anonymous

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Ecclesiastes 9:10  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

What are you putting off?  Procrastination can be one of our biggest enemies if we allow it to be.  Is there work you need to do that you are dreading so you put it off, is there a project that needs to be finished, maybe there is a change that you need to make in your personal walk with Christ, whatever it is; just do it!

The longer you wait, the harder it is do it.  I read a book on procrastination and it compared putting projects off to eating a frog.  One point they made was that if you have to “eat a live frog” the longer you wait the harder it is and if you have to eat more than one, eat the biggest one first.  In other words; stop putting it off and take on the worst task first so you can get it done and move forward.

Satan loves to get us to put things off and he loves to encourage our complacency in the situation because it will keep us right where we are in life.  There is nothing worse than having some looming task hanging over your head haunting you day after day until you can just wake up in the morning and not even have a clue why you feel miserable but it is just that “thing” that needs to be taken care of and finished that has worked it’s way under your skin so it can annoy you without your even thinking about it.

Start today, make a list of any of the things you know need to be done or addressed and start plugging away at them one by one.  Get that ugly one out of the way first and you will feel so much better as you move down the list.  The shorter your list gets the better you will feel and that heavy burden you feel sitting on your shoulders will lift and leave you free to move forward accomplishing new and better things.

Quote:  “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that  that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”  Mark Twain

Prayer Requests

April 13, 2014 — 2 Comments

Prayer Requests:

1 Samuel 12:23  Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you…….

 

Please pray for my daughter and her husband who are struggling with her getting pregnant.  L

My brother and sister in law lost their baby boy during childbirth Saturday night. Needless to say, it is a very difficult time for our family right now. There are lots school age cousins who are questioning why God let their baby cousin die and we are praying our way through this trial.

If you would be so kind, I would truly appreciate your prayers for our whole family.
With thanks and gratitude!  Joelle

Please pray for my family as my mother-in-law is in the final stages of cancer. Also for my marriage to be restored in Gods  hands. Especially pray for my appeal  to restart my graduate program for OT.I also ask that from all the mess I created that God will be glorified and make new anything I have been holding from him.Please pray so we can find my daughter and grandkids that being missing since October 23,2013. Also for the only person that know we’re they that he can speak up so we can find them. Also pray that God continue giving me strength to go thru this. Thanks Felicita

I need you to pray for Dahlia my cousin and myself so that we get married . both of us are over 30 now and we feel lonely and need to meet our soul mates . Dahlia also is suffering from depression please pray that god fills her with his joy.  Thank you, Mary

My name is Lori. I request prayer for my family as we are struggling financially. I was in school full time( I took a leave because of unexplained headaches which I’m having an MRI for Saturday) My husband works full time but it is just enough for bills.. There doesn’t seem to be a way to get extra for Christmas for our 5 kids. They understand, and we know what the season is really about and I want to believe God will provide a way… Thank you and bless you for your devotions, I look forward to them every day!!!

I am requesting a prayer for my mother Olga who needs prayer for a job and financial breakthrough. I pray for peace in my workplace. I pray for Brent for blessings on studying for a new position and journey in life and his music.  And health and happiness for my children. For myself I pray for job security and financial breakthrough.  And for family issues to be put to and end.

My prayer request is for my son.  He is 19 years old and has been consumed by video games.  He went off to college, where he did not get into drugs or drinking like so many college students; I thank God every day for that.  However, he did continue his addiction to online gaming.  He is a bit better since we have made him come home after his first year (and continued prayers).  He has a job, but then spends all other time on the computer.  I pray that he will be freed from this strong hold and begin to make better choices for his life.  He is planning to re-enroll in the local college, but has not looked ahead far enough to know how he is going to pay for it.  He is a wonderful boy who gave his heart to Jesus when he was about 10.  He has strayed and does not attend church with me and his brothers, but does help out when he is needed for the kids programs.  Thank you so much for all prayers!

My prayer is I had a real bad fall 09/14 and 6 days later had a mammogram (schedule)  When I fell the impact was on my right breast, and the test showed in that breast the radiologist is calling them cysts two 5mm and 6mm.  However, he did say he cannot say they are from the fall, only they were not there last year.  I am scheduled in 6 months (March 31, 2014) to redo the test.  I asked if they could be broken blood vessels and he did say that was possible.  Please pray that the test will show all is gone and clean.  In the name of Jesus, I claim it and receive.  I believe in prayer warriors..  Thank you!!!!!  Sincerely,  Betty

Please pray that I will commit my life 100% I know I’m a Christian but I struggle daily with doing devotions. This is not what I want and I know god is disappointed in me.

Requesting ongoing prayer for my nephew, who has turned from his dad.  Not for any specific reasons, just can’t seem to rekindle the love and respect for his dad.  His dad had a drinking problem when he was young, which led to a divorce. Basically, he has grown away and now lives quite a distance away.  There is communication, but very little.  Mostly, just courtesy calls to his dad.  Thank you, Opal

I have been made redundant and am struggling with life! Feel no excitement or happiness at all. Feel that I have been abandoned!  Jo

Please pray for Gods leading in either the restoration of or dissolution of my marriage. I am praying for healing and restoration but if God has a better plan I pray that is the direction he leads me.  Jodi

PERSONAL PRAYER  from anonymous:  in every area of my life I want to glorify God

Thank you for sharing all of your prayer requests and for praying for each other!  I will be praying for you all!  Please continue to pray and please keep us updated on any answers to prayer!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

Praise

April 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Revelation 5:11-12    Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Praise for God and who He is should always be on our lips.  We cannot praise God enough for all He has done, is doing and will do in our lives and the lives of others.  The more we read about Him, the more we praise Him the more we will want to praise HIm.

I remember as a little kid hearing about being in heaven and how everyone was going to spend eternity praising God and I remember thinking, “how boring, when will we get to play?”  1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child……”  There is a time though, when as the rest of the verse says, “When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”  The way we mature in Christ is to spend more time with Him, the more time we spend with Him the more we will learn to speak, reason and think like someone who is more mature spiritually.  I am sure when we get to heaven our desire when we meet Him will be to continuously praise Him and there will be more we are to do as we are forever in awe of Him.

God deserves our praise everyday so don’t just save it for Sunday.  The more we praise Him and acknowledge who He is the more we will increase in our faith.  When God asks us to do something it is always designed to bring blessing to those who obey Him.  Think about it:  when we are struggling and we praise Him we are encouraged in our situation because we are reminded of who He is and that He has the power to make a difference.  When we choose to obey instead of sin we don’t have to live with the consequences of that sin.  He  always has our best on His heart.

I would encourage you to take the time to praise Him everyday.  That doesn’t mean you have to necessarily break out in song, but you can spend time in prayer thanking Him for who He is and all He has done.  Honor Him with your praise!

Quote:   “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”