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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Don’t Give Up Now!

December 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

There are a lot of things you could do in life I am sure but don’t give up on what God has called you to. Satan seems to be fighting every one I know harder than ever right now, causing depression, loneliness, frustration with finances and relationships, he is out to be as discouraging as he can be to try to get the people of God to quit.

Don’t give up and don’t ever quit! God has a plan and he will bring it to pass! You know He will, if He says it He will always come through! Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” If you wait on Him and remain faithful as it says in this verse in Corinthians your labor will not be in vain and God has promised to give you the strength you need to make it.

Claim victory over Satan and his lies today that he is telling you to cause you to be discouraged. Somehow, God will move that mountain in front of you if you will just hold on to your faith and hope in Him! You don’t want to fall like the Israelites did in the wilderness when they just gave up because they felt they had waited too long for Moses to come down from the mountain when He was meeting with God. They decided ‘ well, God hasn’t moved fast enough for us and we are tired of waiting so we will make our own god and find another way.’ How foolish and yet there are times we do similar things by not waiting for God to come through on our behalf.

Be encouraged that whatever it is God has asked you to do right now that it isn’t in vain, He has a purpose even if you can’t see it right now. Hold on to His promise in this verse that your labor is not in vain. Trust Him to always do what is best. He loves you and cares about all that you are going through and facing, the best is truly yet to come but it will be found in Him and nothing else!

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if needed. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” Anonymous

Show A Little Love Today

December 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

How do you love? Do you love God and others with a selfless love or do you love with the idea of ‘what’s in it for me’?

God loves us so much and Jesus was our example of total selfless love. He was willing to die for us even though we didn’t deserve it. He loved in a way that drew people to Him when they saw Him.

So often in relationships one of the biggest issues is that we love with the intent that we will get something in return. I have watched parents abandon their teenage daughters because they became pregnant instead of reaching out in love and guiding them in love because they were embarrassed. I have seen marriages where spouses don’t seem to show much love unless they want something from the other or they are so needy for love, they miss truly loving anyone else.

People are hurting all around us and sometimes something as simple as a smile or a ‘hello’ can brighten their day. I bet there are people you are close to that could use some love without anything else attached today, no advice, no conditions, just love. There are times to just reach out in love and their are times to correct and give advice, sometimes a day of love needs to come first.

Reach out today to someone in love. Show the love of Christ to them. Allow God to fill you with His love for others and seek to bless the people He puts in your path.

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

We Are Called To Rise Above

December 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

So, when someone does something wrong to you, what is your first response? Are you ready to get even or give it to God and let it go? I have to admit that I don’t always respond correctly in my first thoughts. Since I have moved to the South I have learned there are ways though to have those thoughts and yet sound like you don’t, “bless your pea picken little heart girl, you just don’t know better do you? Bless your heart” Translation being, “Girl, you are an idiot and I would like to slap a knot on your head!” I have a tendency to laugh when I hear things like that because, well, let’s face it; that is a pretty creative way to say all of that and not really sound mean. But, that isn’t what this verse is saying to do either!

We are called to rise above the standard others have when it comes to how we treat each other. Our natural human instinct is to lash back when someone is mean and hateful, but we are called to rise above! We are called to behave like royalty because we are children of the Most High King of Kings! God loves you, and he will take care of the people who are hateful and mean, in fact He certainly can do a better job of it than you can so leave them to Him! As it says in Romans 12:19, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Who do you really think is going to be better at settling the score; you or God?

If you run around trying to get even with other people all the time you don’t have time to focus on the things you really should be doing! There’s so much good you can do to show the love of Christ. Avoid those people who you know are just going to be hateful and push your buttons if it is at all possible and focus on good things! Don’t allow past ills done to you fester until you are at the boiling point and you can’t focus on anything and you are just worthless! Focus on God and His goodness and allow Him to use you to show His goodness to others! The best is yet to come!

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Psalm 18:1-2
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I think everyone I know right now is looking for ‘a fortress, or someone to deliver them, a rock and a place of refuge, a shield from everything coming at them, salvation from all they have had to face and all the mistakes they have made and a stronghold to secure them’. We all have difficulties and sometimes tragedies that we face and the only one we will truly find all we need in is God.

God wants to be all of this and more to you just as He was for David. David trusted God to the degree when he had the opportunity to take things in his own hands and kill Saul he didn’t, he trusted God to take care of Saul and keep His promises that He had made to David.

Are you fully trusting God with what you are facing today? I know I can leave a lot of things in God’s hands but there are certain things, like financial stuff, that I will give to Him and then take it back so I can worry about it for a while until I can’t take it any more and then I give it back to Him. How much more could He do if I would just give it up and leave it with Him. We need to give it to Him and stop wasting our energy worrying about something we can do nothing about. Do what you can and leave the rest to Him.

My prayer for you all today is that you will take one day at a time and that you will determine to allow God to be all of this to you. That you will be able to give Him all you are burdened with and leave it there. That God will give you the strength to hold on one more day as He works to bring all that He has promised to you. That God will bless you and give you all the faith you need. Trust Him today, what have you got to lose to give it all to Him and leave it there if you can’t fix it on your own? Give it to Him and spend your day getting what you need to do done, don’t waste another moment worrying. Let us all pray for victory today in each others lives!

“Real optimism is aware of problems but recognizes solutions; knows about difficulties but believes they can be overcome; sees the negatives, but accentuates the positives; is exposed to the worst but expects the best; has reason to complain, but chooses to smile.” William Arthur Ward

A Word Of Encouragement

December 15, 2014 — 1 Comment

Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety weighs down the heart but a kind word cheers it up.

Let me ask you ladies a silly question: have you ever known anyone that was a bit down?

So often when we have a friend that is down and out we think the best thing to do is take her side on whatever it is she is down about. We just want to make our friends feel better so sometimes we mistakenly think that if we just say the things we think she wants to hear then it will make her feel better. That is not always the case, for example; sometimes when I am frustrated and down it is because I have a misconception of the situation and the last thing I really need is for a friend to come along side me and get on the band wagon and encourage me on in my wrong thinking.

The best thing we can do for each other when we are true friends is to speak the truth in kindness and encourage in that truth. If she is right then encourage her in that but if you know that she is frustrated and down pray for the right encouraging words. It does no good to encourage someone down the wrong path they just end up more frustrated and down hearted.

On the other side of things; do you or someone you know constantly need someone to build their confidence or constantly need to be encouraged? I am talking in excess where in order to make it through the day certain people have to continuously reassure you or complement you in order for you to function or you get irritable and depressed? Don’t rely on other people to hold you up. Your self esteem and your confidence for your day needs to come from God and then everything that anyone else has to say will be icing on the cake. No one will ever be able to fulfill your needs emotionally, that void is there for God to fill, not your spouse or your friends and or children! There aren’t too many things that can suck the life out of our relationships with others more than someone expecting someone else to constantly fulfill their every need. Look to God and He will fill any void you may have in your life!

Take the time today to encourage those around you and lift them up with encouraging and affirming words, you will be amazed at how much it will bless you and if you are struggling needing to fill a void in your life, start asking God today to meet that need in your life ~ He is waiting to do it!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”