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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Hebrews 13:15
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

How many sacrifices have you ever made in life that didn’t cost you something? Typically the word implies that a sacrifice is something that “costs” you or it isn’t really a sacrifice. What is your response to a bad day, ill health or maybe a bad job or even a bad relationship, do you feel like praising God over it? In the natural our typical human response is to grumble and complain to God and ask Him “why” life is so miserable but the best thing we can do in those situations is offer up the sacrifice of Praise to God! The God who can give you the strength to persevere, the God who is so much bigger than any problem or “situation” we may have that we don’t have to worry He can handle it, the God who created everything and most of all the God who loves you beyond your comprehension. He already knows what you are going through, it hasn’t escaped His notice and He is eager to help.

How much more do you think you move Heaven and Earth with your praise to God than you do with your grumbling and complaining? The Bible is clear that if we didn’t praise God that even the rocks would cry out with praise to Him, so even the earth is waiting to hear you praise God! It isn’t that God doesn’t want to hear your heart, He certainly does but along with that we need to praise Him for all He has done, does and will do. God always deserves our praise! We can always trust that if He has allowed it in our lives it is for our growth and sometimes that growth could just be to learn to praise Him and trust Him completely.

Search your heart today and if you are struggling to praise God turn on some praise and worship music and let it fill your heart and mind. Maybe some Christmas music would help today, as it reminds you of His love for you. Ask God to give you a spirit of praise today and take it one day at a time. Remind yourself each morning before you start your day, even if it is while you wait for your alarm to go off one more time, how Mighty your God is and praise Him for every incredible detail about Him that comes to your mind! You will be amazed at the difference in your attitude and your day!

“It’s in the struggle itself that you define yourself.” Pat Buchanan

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

Psalm 100:3-5
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

My prayer today is that you have multitudes of things to be thankful to God for. I know that the holidays can be tough due to losses that seem to stand out with empty seats at tables and changes in locations, changes in jobs, etc. Please let me encourage you today to stop for a moment and take a look around and see what God has blessed you with.

We can spend the holidays wishing and mourning those things we don’t have or we can take today and recognize all that God is doing in our lives and all we are blessed with. Just like there is always someone who has it “better” than you there are many people in the world who have it much worse!

God deserves our praise today! We need to take the time, as the Pilgrims did years ago and remind ourselves of all we have to be grateful for. They had suffered major loss before that first Thanksgiving day. So, I am not trying to get you to make light of your loss or your struggles I am just asking you to focus on the goodness of God today instead. Bless your family and those around you that you come in contact with today with your gratitude for all God is and all He has done! He loves you so much and His best for you is still on it’s way, He has a wonderful plan for you and He will bring it all to pass. Take today and honor Him by entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with your praise!

I pray you have an incredibly blessed Thanksgiving Day!

“Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses.” Anonymous

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