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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

We often use this verse in reference to dating or marrying or choosing friends, but what about your walk with God? Are you in agreement with God? Does your life, your walk your talk reflect what God has to say or is it your opinion that shines brighter?

Let’s start with your opinion of yourself! What do you say to yourself about yourself everyday? When you make a mistake do you call yourself an idiot and say hateful mean things to yourself? When you look in the mirror what do you say? When you see another woman that you feel has it more together than you do what do you tell yourself? It is not humility that makes you say ugly things to yourself and it is not honoring to God. Stop being mean to yourself and get in agreement with God on who you are: God created you with a godly purpose – find it, God made you beautiful – let it shine, be proud of who you are and the talents He gave you. You will not become all you were created to be if you are busy tearing yourself down. Stand up tall, sit up straight and hold your head up for starters, present yourself to the world as the gifted beautiful woman God created you to be!

Now, what about your spiritual walk with God? Are you in agreement with God on your lifestyle? Are there things you do or say that you know are not pleasing to Him? Get in agreement with God! We cannot expect the blessing of God on our lives to the degree He would like bless us if we are living in rebellion by not taking control of our mouths or actions! I know there are areas we can struggle in and areas we have weaknesses in but seriously it is time to give it to God and walk in agreement with Him, quit with the excuses and claim victory in your life today. If you know there is an area you struggle with don’t wait until the situation arises to ask Him for help, ask Him before you get out of bed in the morning and every time He brings it to your mind throughout the day, He knows the situations headed your way and He wants to equip you to handle those situations right.

Satan would love nothing more than to hold you back from God’s true blessing on your life by getting you to agree with him instead of walking in agreement with God. It really comes down to just that; you are either walking in agreement with God or Satan. Don’t allow Satan’s negative garbage to play over and over in your mind until he has the victory, fill your mind with how mighty the God is that you love and serve, ask God to reveal to you who you are in Him. Ask God to show you what areas are not lining up with Him spiritually so you know what areas you need to work on. Ask Him this morning too, to show you what talents and gifts He has given you that you may be overlooking. Ask Him to reveal the beauty inside of you so you can see yourself for who He really created you to be! Ask God to show you His purpose for your life so you can serve Him and then run with it!

God created you to do mighty things, what are you waiting for? Start walking in agreement with Him today!

“A compliment is the lift in the elevator of life.” Sue Cox (Give yourself one today! – Janet Scott) :)

Jeremiah 36: 3
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”

Throughout the generations we have all loved to hear the positive messages of having faith and everything turning out great and wonderful on the other side and those are good messages to have and are always my favorite but there are times when God has a different message. Kings used to kill prophets at times when they brought a bad word and other times they would tear their garments and repent and God would bring healing to the land. What’s your response?
God had told the Israelites over and over that if they would do as He said and follow His lead everything would be great and He would be their God and they would be His people. He almost begged them to ask for forgiveness and turn from their sins so He wouldn’t have to continue with the disaster He was bringing on them but they were hard hearted and wouldn’t listen, they would rather die and have their children die. Sad to say there are times when some of us are like that today, we can know what we are doing is wrong but we justify it by blaming someone else and claiming that God is a god of grace so it will be alright. God is a god of grace and He loves us and wants to forgive us and move us forward into all that He has planned for us but He is still a holy God and He will not allow us to rebel and not confess and face what we have done wrong. You can choose to live in “the light” or God can and will shine His light on how you live!The consequences of not bringing to light on our own what we have done or are doing and repenting and turning away from it and getting the help we need are much worse than anything we could possibly face from the people around us. God is God and He still hates sin! If we want His blessing and favor on our lives then we must stop being complacent Christians and we must strive to be more like Him. Don’t wait for Him to reveal what you have done.


Have you ever watched a child in the grocery store that wants something and when they don’t think they are going to get it they throw a fit expecting that to help them get what they want? I believe there are times when we seem to want God to overlook anything we are doing wrong and give us what we want and it doesn’t work that way. Trust me God would love to bless you even more than a parent wants to bless their child but He wants you to live right first.


It is God’s love for us that requires His discipline. Over and over He pleaded with the Israelites to repent and follow Him and when they did He was eager to forgive them and bless them. His desire was always for their good and to bless and He hasn’t changed, He feels the same way about you!


Maybe this message isn’t for you today, maybe it is for someone you know instead. I would encourage you to pray for them and ask for God to show mercy on them and those they are affecting. Restore people when they are ready for restoration and forgive those who sin against you as well. Don’t allow Satan to have victory in the situation on any level!


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Chinese Proverb

Luke 13:6-9
And Jesus told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

The vinedresser in this story is Jesus and He is pleading the case of someone who isn’t walking with God to the degree that there is no “fruit” in their lives to even show that they have a relationship with Him at all. Does your life feel a little like the fig tree, everywhere you turn things have been churned or dug up and there seems to be manure everywhere you look? Maybe God is trying to grow you up to be fruitful and effective for Him.

There are times when we are going through tough times because we are not walking with God and then there are times we are seeming to just glide along in our walk with Him complacent, not looking for ways to grow. God allows situations and people in our lives at times to help us to grow up in Him. Some of those annoying, crazy people in your life are there for you and until you stop praying for them to go away and ask God what you maybe need to learn from the situation, they are there! Now, understand as well that just because you see someone going through a tough time or maybe you are doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with you or them, it can also be because we live in an imperfect world and life happens, you know in your heart if it is you which it is.

I would encourage you to take whatever you are facing today to God and ask Him to show you if there is something you can learn from it, no matter why it is there and ask Him to guide you. His desire is for you to be all you can be for Him so trust Him to guide you to that!

“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

James 3:17-18
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”-

Those are some of the characteristics I would most often prefer the people close to me would possess and for the longest time I poured my heart out to God begging Him to change them. After all those are Godly characteristics so how could it not be the will of God to change the people I had to deal with on a regular basis so they could be more “godly”, it seemed to make a lot of sense to me that I was praying for their good, well, and mine if they would just change. Then one day when I was pouring my heart out to God and pleading my case, in that moment where I paused for a breath He asked, “what about you”? What? ME? So I tried to explain that if these other people would change and this circumstance would change then well, I probably wouldn’t need to because it would all be fixed.

Somehow God wasn’t buying all of that and He just really impressed on me that I can’t wait for everyone and everything else to change, That isn’t my problem! I AM!!! Once I started praying that God would change me instead of everyone else, and mind you I still have to do it everyday to this day, things started falling into place and some of the key people in my life were moving forward as well. No, not everyone around me has changed but my attitude toward them and the circumstances is changing! The key wasn’t in “fixing” everyone else, the key was asking God to create a clean heart and a right spirit within me.

I have to admit that it isn’t always easy because the human spirit in me just wants to feel justified and vindicated for wrongs said or done to me, but when I have that attitude it holds onto the anger and frustration of the situation. When I allow God to change ME on the inside instead I have peace and the situation doesn’t rule my day! If you have a situation or a person in your life that you just know needs to change I would encourage you to pray for that situation or person, not what needs to be changed in your eyes but in God’s eyes but at the same time pray that He will heal your heart and mind about it all and create a clean heart and a right spirit within you and then rest in His peace that He WILL take care of it all in His time! He truly does have your best interest at heart!

Quote: “Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.”  ~Francesca Reigler

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Are you happy with where you are, do you feel settled and nice and comfy? If you do then you are missing out! God never intended for you to reach a certain level and just sit there, he intended for you to continue to grow in Him and to strive for new heights spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I found myself restless every time I woke up last night asking God, what do I need to read, what else can I learn without having to go through some horrific trauma or catastrophe right now. I know life brings us all sorts of surprises and difficulties but if I am going to ask God for a lesson my first choice is for Him to show me what to look for so I can learn in preparation for those more difficult learning experiences.

One night Bill and I were walking into a conference he had been asked to help with and as we were walking up the steps to the building there were a few ladies walking down the steps past us. They were chatting “nicely” but I couldn’t help overhearing one lady say, “well, bless her heart, she just can’t help herself, that’s just the way that she is.” Well, bless her heart I beg to differ on that! Jesus came to die on the cross for those “just the way that I am” Christians! Jesus never meant for us to just accept that this is who I am and well, I am just unable to change. Seriously?

Ladies, God wants to give us life and He wants to give us an abundant life and that isn’t just a financial promise. We have so much more in life than money! There’s joy to be had in spiritual growth! There’s real joy to be had in emotional growth as well! Proverbs is full of the joy there is in wisdom! Don’t settle for where you are! You may not be some hateful, rotten, rebellious woman and you may truly be a great woman of God right where you are, but is it enough to stay where you are or are you eager to have more of God and His blessing on your life?

I want to be a wise godly woman who just never quits learning and growing until I see Jesus and can learn at His feet! My goal is to read more, to listen more and to seek Him more with every tool He puts in my path, I challenge you to join me. If you need any suggestions for some good books to read email me and I would be happy to share some of my favorites with you. God bless you today as you seek Him!

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