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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

hi janet.. im ana.. ive been following your page for quite a while now.. and i thank God that most of the time, the devotion you posted helps me a lot.. i wrote to you so you can help me pray for wisdom whether to migrate to other country or to stay where i am right now.. thank you so much. God bless you and your family.
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My heart is heavy and weary for a man who has been in my life for a multiple of years. He has chosen to walk away from his family and God to continue down the path of destruction that is a dark hole. While I wait patiently upon The Lord I will continue to pray for him as he wonders in the desert. God has placed in my heart the desire to love him unconditional. Trust me my humanness does not want to do this. Our family is hurting. Please pray for all of us. I am hopeful! Thank you.
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My husband, Andre, has a potentially career ending hearing today. Please pray for the Colorado Medical Board for wisdom and for Andre that he may be humble and present his case well.  Thank you so much,  E.
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Pray for Ruth, a little girl waiting in Africa for her paperwork to go through, hopefully this week, so she can come to America with her adoptive parents who are leaving today to go see her. They have been years in the process and little Ruth has been beaten at school by a teacher and has lived many rough days in her short lifetime. The prayer is for a miracle for her to finally be able to come home, but God can do this!
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Could you please add my sister Erin and cousin Lexie to your prayers.  Lexie is 29 and was a brain cancer survivor until yesterday when she was told there were more tumors growing, they give her 3 to 6 months if she does no treatment and possibly a year with.  Erin has cervical cancer and was told she needed surgery, chemo and radiation. She found this out weeks before her wedding. She wants to avoid chemo and radiation so right now is looking for alternative treatments and hasn’t started anything. I trust Gods path for both of them However I do pray that they are saved.  Thank you   Christa
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My daughter Amanda and her husband need to find a church so they can be fed. They both need good jobs, at this moment neither is working.   Sharon
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I have a prayer request please: I’m dealing with a lot of emotional/heart issues. My marriage is on the rocks. My husband is not saved and I am though at times, I admittedly am stubborn and willful. My husband seems unwilling to move forward and wants to quit. I don’t know where God wants to take me in any of it. At times it seems as if things wax worse and worse. I have a stronghold and a sinful desire/situation I’m dealing with that involves my love/passion too. I know God is supposed to be our number one and yet I struggle with the fact that he also created us and knows our desires and dreams and passions, he created us to be physical beings with certain needs/desires and that I seek to have those in the right way but yet I wonder why I was awakened to so much in the way it was done! My heart is broken and in distress. I”m lonely and envious of what others have. I feel no hope for any of it. I pray for God to take me from this world so often. I have lost faith, hope. I am angry at God and wonder where He is at times. Why have you brought me here God???Thank you!   Christine
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I need prayers to trust God with all disappointments and hurt of life. God is not the most important to me, currently I can’t even find the strength to seek him. Mariam
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Please pray for me.My name is Lothunglo. I’m a stroke victim, rather, a stroke survivor. I’m a 33 year old woman in India. I’m recovering from a second stroke. It has been a little over a year now and I’m trying to get my life back. I had suffered a massive haemorrhagic stroke last June. When my brain continuously bled without any sign of stopping, God stepped in and stopped it in an instant. The situation was so bad that everybody feared that I would be brain dead! God is good. He wants me alive and delivered me.
My right limbs have been effected. They have gone paralyzed. I’m working hard on getting the movements back.
I’m a pianist and I miss playing so much. I miss walking. I miss normal activities. 
During this slow recovery, sometimes in all my confusion, anger, self-pity, remorse, regret, impatience, your writings give me hope and strength. I thank God. Indeed, He knows what I need.
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Please keep me in your prayers, that I would stay strong in faith and I won’t give up. I know He means for me to be completely healed and working actively. Working For Him, I’ve realized. He has chosen me for Himself. Pray for my quick recovery.
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I’m writing to ask for prayer and direction .I’m a single mother of 2 and I’m having trouble controlling emotions. I feel so lonely at times and it just causes a downward spiral of toxic emotions am I pretty, will anybody ever want me,will I be alone forever. I just want to have peace in this valley of loneliness.  N. R.
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Thank you for the offer of prayer. I am struggling right now, as I never truly allowed myself to grieve, after the loss of my husband and life partner seven years ago. Since he was killed in an auto accident, I’ve lost so many people – mother in law, step daughter, uncles, aunt, pet cat and dog, and it is really hitting me hard. I pray for strength, and know and believe I will make it, but my heart is so heavy; my soul is burdened; I have no peace of mind. Thank you for your prayers – I appreciate any and all support, to help guide me through this darkness.  Yours in God,  Diane
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My prayer request is unspoken but relates to my family. If you will please pray with me for complete restoration and healing. God knows what is needed and I truly appreciate your dedication to pray for others.   Thank you again, P.
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I would covet your prayers, I need The Lord’s guidance concerning which path I should follow in regards to my job, please pray that The Lord would touch my daughters eye so that she will not need surgery, please pray for my other daughter as she goes in for a follow-up at the doctor this week. Also for my husband that The Lord would free him from smoking, and that he would one day come back to church. I go to a small church, we need to see god work in our church in mighty ways, for the finances, for revival, and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I pray god would bless your ministry as you have faithfully answered the call he had laid on your heart.   Sincerely,  Melissa
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I’m asking for prayer for God to help me as I start new chemo medicine.I just finished 11 cycles of chemo and now I’m going to be taking the pill form this summer to give my body a rest.They have had very good results so please pray I will also with no side effects.I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with stage 3c ovarian cancer and have been fighting ever day since :) Please pray God will heal me completely where I can be a Blessing to Him and give others encouragement on this path. I also will be moving back to my hometown in the fall to be closer to my family ..Please pray God will direct and show me His will and way as I prepare for this move.Your posts mean so much to me and are so full of Hope.Thank you so much for all your prayers Sandra
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Please pray for my husband who is a functioning alcoholic and has not been saved. Please also pray for my son who is following in his father’s footsteps with the drinking. He is saved but has fallen away from God and doesn’t believe in the Bible anymore. It just breaks my heart. I love both of these men and know that God can change them and that prayer really works. Thank you so much!! Betty
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Thank you for these gentle reminders today; as always, a blessing. I would like to request prayer for a Mr Pike, who recently lost a much beloved wife. He is a customer of the company I work for and he shared his despair with me over a phone conversation. My heart has felt heavy over his loss. Mr Pike shared how lost he was feeling and said he did not know how he was going to live without his beloved wife. I will be praying for Miriam and Saeed as well. Thank you for this opportunity to share prayers with each other. It helps to bring us together which is always a great thing! Blessings to all..
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I believe prayer is essential. It is our duty to pray for others. Often we can be very self centered in our prayer life and we need to branch out and include those inflicted with such pain and hardship, those who do not know the Lord and desperately need our prayers. We are intercessory prayer warriors! With that, I would like to ask for prayer for my children’s father who does not have an intimate relationship with the Lord. Sadly, he divorced me a year ago and has someone else in his life. It hurts the children beyond words. I adore him to this day praying that God will miraculously bring him back home to his wife and children who unconditionally love him. What a growing time this has been for all of us. As painful as this has been, I have been blessed. God bless you and thank you for your prayers. Sarah
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I have no one I can ask to pray for me and my family unfortunately but I am looking for a breakthrough. I feel as though everything that could possibly keep holding us back is doing so and it has got to stop. This cycle has been going on for years and I can not take it anymore. I am at my wits end. I have cried out to God and just don’t know how much more I can hold on. Tanya
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Please pray for my daughter and her husband who are struggling with her getting pregnant. L

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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
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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
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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 we barely have enough to pay our bills. Thank you and bless you for your devotions, I look forward to them every day!!!
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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.
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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!

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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
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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. Annonymous
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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
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I have been made redundant and am struggling with life! Feel no excitement or happiness at all. Feel that I have been abandoned! Jo
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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
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PERSONAL PRAYER from anonymous: in every area of my life I want to glorify God
Please also keep in mind all of the unspoken prayer requests that have not been mentioned.
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

The Truth Matters

August 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Prayer requests will be out later this morning so if you want to add something, email me janet@chocolateandgod.com, sorry they didn’t go up last night.

 

2 Samuel 1:16
And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

This story begins at the end of 1 Samuel when the Philistines went to battle against Israel and Saul was wounded and he told his armor bearer to kill him so the Philistines wouldn’t have the opportunity to kill or torture him but his armor bearer wouldn’t so Saul killed himself. This young man that David is talking with in this verse saw all of this happen and knew that Saul’s armor bearer took his own life when he saw that Saul was dead so this young Amalekite decided to “take credit” for Saul’s death somehow thinking that David would be pleased.

Lies bring death, maybe not always quite to this extreme but they bring death to relationships, to trust, to honor. The Bible says in Numbers 32:23b and be sure your sin will find you out. It is important for people around us to know that we speak the truth. Most people who lie a lot don’t realize that they really aren’t good liars and it is obvious when they aren’t telling the truth. I used to tell my children that if I asked them a question more often than not I already knew the answer so they needed to weigh out whether or not it was worth getting in trouble for lying on top of whatever else was going on.

The truth typically does set you free, we are called to be honorable and truthful and if we care about those people closest to us they ought to be the last people on earth we would lie to. If you will lie about little things no one will trust you with bigger things. I have watched as people have lied about something that I couldn’t figure out why on earth they would lie about, something that didn’t matter, but I knew that if it was that much of a habit to lie to me then certainly I couldn’t really trust them with bigger things.  The truth is more likely to set you free if you are the one telling it but if you lie and the truth comes out another way it just may come back to bite you.  Be careful with your words and always strive to be known for being honest!

This young man lied to David thinking it would give him honor and blessing and it brought him death. How honest are you? Let’s all pray today that God will help us to be honest in all that we do to bring Him honor and glory and to enrich our relationships with everyone around us. Let’s strive to be all we can be for Him beginning with honesty and integrity.

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“It’s not what you know or who you know. It’s what you are that finally counts.” Zig Ziglar

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Today I have just really felt impressed on by God that we need to take some time to pray earnestly for each other and for those around the world that we know are in need of God’s deliverance. If you have something you want to add or if I have missed anyone’s request, please send them to me and I will do my best to send out another blog this evening with those requests as well!

Prayer is such a tremendous privilege that we often seem to take lightly instead of fully grasping the concept of Who we are talking to and the incredible benefits for those who pray and those who are prayed for! God says in Hebrews 4:16 that we are to go “boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

List of things and people to pray for, please feel free to email me more at janet@chocolateandgod.com :

Let’s all pray for Israel today
Saeed – He needs to be brought home to his family and delivered from prison and ISIS
God’s protection and provision for Christians around the world who are having to hide and flee from their situations to avoid being killed.
Our Government officials to take a stand and move forward to defend the lives of those being threatened because of their faith in God.
Prayer for our churches and staffs

Now for some prayers in our Chocolate and God community:

I know some of you have lost loved ones lately, I am so sorry for your loss, we want to pray for you as well: Cindy lost her daughter and I can only imagine the heartache of that.
Many friends and loved ones have cancer and need healing!
Please pray for little Ruth, a little girl in Africa who is waiting this week to see if she can come home with her adoptive family ~ they have been around and around for years now with this adoption and the poor little sweetie has been beat at school and has had many other tragedies in her short years here on earth, she just wants to come home and her parents are in Africa trying to get it done once and for all this week!
Pray for the salvation of loved ones ~ there’s no time to waste!
So many marriages are struggling, we need to pray for God’s wisdom, grace and healing on our marriages.
Financial burdens seem to be plaguing more people than not, Bill and I certainly need prayer in that area and I am sure many of you are in need of prayer for release from the burdens of financial pressures as well.
Pray for our men and women in government, I know we all feel as though most of them are a bit crazy but they seriously need our prayers. God can turn their hearts to Him but we must pray for them.
Even though this is number 8 here it is one of the most important: Let’s lift each other up in prayer today for our spiritual growth! Let’s pray to become more like Him.

Let’s all pray for each other today that God will grant us His favor and blessing on our lives as well as His grace to see us through whatever it is we are facing! Pray for His strength for those who may be reading this today and who need God’s hand on their situation!

Let’s all pray today and believe for God’s Mighty Hand to be on our lives for deliverance, physical healing, for broken hearts to be healed, for marriages to be healed, for financial relief and for anything else God may lay on your heart to pray for others! Let’s look for God to do a mighty work, to show the world that He alone is God and may He be given all the glory for all that He does!

I will be adding specific prayer requests today in another blog! I know this is an unusual blog today, but please Ladies, let’s take this request from God seriously today and spend some time praying for Him to show Himself mighty today around the world!

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

Hey Ladies, Once again I would like to ask you to share Chocolate and God with someone else today, either by forwarding your email or maybe sharing on facebook.  Let’s grow our community to help others be all they can be for Him!

Psalm 16:8
“I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”

So, the question of the day: Where have you set God? Do you have Him on a shelf tucked neatly between what you want, your busy schedule and what your friends and family want, maybe needing a little dusting off? Is He stuffed in the closet so you can pull Him out when things get tough and you can pour your heart out to Him? Do you have Him hidden somewhere so only the people you want to know that He is a part of your life will know? (I am not talking about those people who have to worship God in secret in some of the countries around the world where they are not free to openly worship ~ there is a difference!) Have you forgotten where you put Him?

As silly as those questions may seem, where does God really fit into your life? Think about it for a minute. How important is He other than when you need something? Do you desire a close, personal relationship with Him? He desires a close relationship with you! He wants to be by your side in all that you do and all that you face. He loves you more than you could even possibly love yourself! His desire is to see you fulfill all that He created you to be and do!

If you want to have true victory in your life then He needs to always be before you! We need to set our minds on Him and allow Him to be the answer to our questions and our guide when we need to make decisions.

If we will truly set our minds on Him and set the Lord always before us then we will not easily waiver in our faith and in our beliefs. We live in a world where people want to believe there are no absolutes, there’s no real right or wrong, it is a “if it feels good and right to you do it” society. That goes against everything the Bible teaches us. We need to teach our children and grandchildren what the Bible says about those things. James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” The only way to truly have the faith we need and to live the life we are called to live is to always have “set the Lord always before us.” The Bible also tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, but I can guarantee you that if He isn’t at the forefront of your life your faith will always be lacking. Our faith comes from knowing who He is and reminding ourselves of that every day! He is the God of all creation, the Lord of all the earth, He is our heavenly Father, He created you as one of His masterpieces, He is the healer of broken hearts, He is the only one who can forgive our sins and make us new again, He is the provider, the lover of your soul……… our list is never ending!

Remind yourself of who He is today! Make Him first on your list of priorities! Seek Him with your whole heart, mind and soul! Ask Him to help you rearrange whatever you need to in order to set Him before you. Know how much He loves you and wants to be apart of all that you do and face! All of your answers will be found in Him today, so stop looking elsewhere!

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

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” 2 Peter 1:5
Writer Joel Sutton saw a sad sight in the woods of Arkansas. The foundation of a house was left unfinished. Instead of walls and a roof, weeds and small saplings had overrun the concrete slab. The initial phase of a dream project was complete, but nothing else had been done. It had been abandoned.
The Christian’s spiritual life is also a dream project. Our goal is to have an abundant life fueled by God’s wisdom and strength. Unfortunately, sometimes as believers we stop after laying the foundation of faith. We don’t add virtue or knowledge, building upon our trust in God. The foundation is left unfinished with nothing more than the basics in place, and the weeds of sin begin to grow and spread.  If you are still “here on earth” you haven’t “arrived” yet, you need to continue to grow in Him, keep pushing to be all you can be!
The apostle Peter told us if you want to have a more vibrant faith, you need to start building on top of your foundation. Put your faith into action by doing good works. Develop a deeper relationship with God. Study His Word and pray daily to add to your Bible knowledge. Build with diligence and grow.
Don’t get satisfied with where you are spiritually, pursue God with all your heart and become all you can be for Him. It can be easy to get so caught up in the business of our world that we neglect our spiritual growth. I remember one preacher as I was growing up saying that you cannot just sit in one place spiritually either you are growing or you will become like a stagnant pond and stink spiritually.
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“True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.” John Wayne