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Fresh Hope For Your Day!

September 1, 2014 — Leave a comment

Lamentations 3:22-24
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is they faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

Oh I just love it when I get up in the morning and it turns out to be a beautiful, sunny day, everything seems so fresh and new and it just sort of fills you with a new hope for the day. I wish I could wake up every day and feel that way and that it was sunny and beautiful but that just isn’t reality! Life is the same way in a sense; every day isn’t going to be sunny, there are rainy days, snowy days and stormy days and sometimes you just begin to wonder if you will ever see the sun again!

Where are you today? Are you facing such overwhelming struggles that you feel as though this storm will never pass? Do you feel so weighed down by the burdens you are carrying that you can’t even find the strength to look up any more? God wants you to know that His compassions will not fail, they are new every single morning so hold on to your hope in Him! Don’t allow Satan to lie to you trying to get you to believe that somehow God doesn’t care, He does care, He loves you and He is faithful to deliver you and to bring you through all that you are facing to the other side!

Do you need God’s mercies today because of things you have done? You know God still has a plan for you, right? He still believes in you and knows all of the strengths and gifts He put within you to do great things, He won’t let that go to waste if you will just allow His mercies and grace cover you today and leave the past behind so you can start fresh today! Today is a new day, fresh with no mistakes in it! Rise up, get excited, this can be your new beginning! Allow God to do a fresh work in you today! He delights in you!

If you are needing strength for your day I would like to encourage you to remember, 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” God will show Himself mighty in your situation and in your life if you will just seek Him and glorify Him in all you do! Hold on to the words in this verse and know that He has promised to come through for you! God is faithful, so if you have been feeling as though everything is hopeless lately know that you can put all of your hope and faith in Him. The best is yet to come!

Quote:
“Hope never dies where faith is strong, and faith grows strong in the presence of hope.” Chad Witmeyer

image001-2Today is the official launch of Reality At Home, a weekly podcast that Bill and I will be doing.  You’ll be amazed at the guests that are going to join us.  It’s all about building a better family.  Behind close doors things can be a challenge at most homes.  Lets talk about those challenges and learn to get victory for our families.

Our first podcast is ready to roll.  You can listen at iTunes and subscribe to receive it if you CLICK HERE.  You can listen on your computer or phone by CLICKING HERE.

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The SECOND FAVOR is please share this with others.  So many families are hurting.  Together we can give them encouragement.

Below is what our first podcast is about.  We would love to have you listen and get your feedback. Everyone Monday a new podcast will be waiting on you.

 

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COMING PODCASTS:

  • 09/02:  Getting Real At Home (5 tips for your marriage) - Bill and Janet Scott
  • 09/08:   How To Be The Good Husband – Randy Zachary
  • 09/15:  Growing Up Social  (How to help your kids deal with technology) – Arlene Pellicane
  • 09/22:  Boundaries (How to protect your marriage) – Bill and Janet Scott
  • 10/06:  The Smart Step Family – Ron L Deal
  • 10-13:  Why Being An Imperfect Parent Is WAY MORE FUN! – Dr. Joshua Straub
  • 10/20:  The Perfect Marriage – Mark and Nance Giles
  • 10/27:  Halloween (The Day Satan Called) – Bill and Janet Scott

Other guests include Dr. Aaron Tabor who is often seen on QVC for his diets and skin care.  Dr. Greg Smalley and others will join us weekly.  Thank you ladies for helping us launch today with a listen, review on iTunes and sharing about the podcast.

God bless,

Janet

 

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

How much better would every day be if we started it and ended it with this request?  I don’t know about you, but just everyday things can sometimes really take its toll on my attitude, in fact sometimes I can wake up and wonder what is wrong. Have you ever just woke up and realized that you are grumpy at the whole world and you don’t even know why? That’s when you truly know you are going to have to choose your attitude carefully and ask God to give you a right spirit about your day.

You notice he first asks for a clean heart, that is the first step to a right spirit.  You cannot have a right spirit and be practicing sin in your daily life.  Once you give Satan a foothold, he’s in and he will work on your daily attitude and weaknesses every step of the way, so begin by asking God to forgive you for any sin that may be in your life. Pray for Him to give you the strength you need to live victorious over the sins you struggle with.

As Dennis Waitley once said, “First we make our attitudes, and then our attitudes make us.”  How true that statement is!  What you think about you become and it is what we think about that forms our attitudes.   In verse 12 of this chapter he says, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit.” That is the best and most freeing thought process we could have on a daily basis; to be held up by His free spirit and there is no greater joy than when we first get saved and know we have that relationship with Him and it is available to us every day if we choose!

Start today, no matter where you are in life or where you are in your day and ask Him to cleanse your heart from any sin and to renew a right spirit in you.  We can always have a little more joy and a better attitude in our personal lives if we fully give it all to Him.

Quote: “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”  Mike Ditka

Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God For christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

A young woman was waiting to board her airplane. Since she was facing a rather lengthy layover due to weather delays she decided to buy a book and head to the VIP Lounge. While she was purchasing her book she saw a package of Double Chocolate Chip Cookies that just looked too good to resist so she picked those up too, after all she deserved a little dessert after the way her day had gone.

With her cookies and a cup of Starbucks in tow she sat down in a leather arm chair to relax and read. She was so absorbed in her new Lynette Eason murder mystery/romance that she barely noticed the man when he sat down in the leather chair next to her. She was fully aware of him though when she reached over and pulled her first cookie out of the bag and he reached over and took one too. She watched in shock as he sat smugly reading his magazine and eating HER cookie! She felt irritated but said nothing.

With every cookie she took he would take one too! Unbelievable! The audacity of the situation overwhelmed her with every bite! She was so angry she could just feel the blood rising to her face. As if his boldness wasn’t enough his ignorance of coming between a woman and her chocolate almost got the better of her! She determined to maintain her poise and dignity even though she was furious. Then he did it, it was the last straw when he picked up the very last cookie and broke it in half giving her half and eating the rest! Was he insane? In a huff she stood up grabbed her things and stormed off to the gate to board her plane!

Moments later she boarded the plane and found she was still shaking in anger as she buckled herself into her seat. The nerve of some people! She decided she really needed to let it go and try to relax on this flight so she would be ready to great her husband and children when she got off the plane. She would just bake herself a nice batch of double chocolate chip cookies when she got home. She pulled her book out and retrieved her purse from under the seat in front of her to get her eyeglasses out and …… there was her unopened package of cookies! There they sat, unopened and untouched! She was wrong she had forgotten she had put her cookies in her purse when she bought them to save the clerk a bag.

She felt so embarrassed and ashamed. All the while she was stewing and angry with the bitterness of thinking he had helped himself to her cookies he was sharing his cookies with her! There was no opportunity to explain herself or apologize only time to feel humiliated enough to know she never wanted to feel that way again.

Some words and actions cannot be recovered. It is always important to be sure your actions and words are seasoned with God’s grace.  Show God’s love in all that you do!
Quote:
“The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.” Anita Roddick

Psalm 144: 15
Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

So, who is your God today? Maybe today would be a good time to take inventory and ask yourself a few questions:
1) Who and what are first and foremost always on your mind? (That’s your God)
2) When it comes to your priorities where does spending time alone with God fit?
3) Is it more important to have your own way or to follow God? (maybe you are your God)
4) If God takes someone or something from you will you still serve Him? (if not, that’s your God)
~who or what just crossed your mind in a flash when you read number 4 that you feared losing? Pray about that, we all tend to have that little fear rise up in us, give it or them to God.
Everyone wants God’s blessing on their lives, but maybe first you need to define who your God is! If The Lord isn’t really your God, then why would you ask Him for His blessing on your life? Ouch! The Israelites were forever being swept away by the ‘gods’ of the other people of the land they lived in, they were a bit fickle, but somehow when we make other people and other things, other than God in our own life number 1, do we see ourselves as fickle? The Israelites would get hauled off into captivity and would beg God for mercy and He would bring them back to His blessing. God would love to bring you back to His blessing as well, but maybe you need to see if you have really made Him your God!

As crazy as it may sound, it could be something as simple as an attitude that you are bound and determined to have! Maybe you are dealing with a lot of hurt from the past and instead of allowing God to mend your broken heart you have decided that you are going to hold on to that hurt and you are going to be tougher than you have ever been. If the church hurt you then you are never going back, not even to another one. If it is hurt you are holding on to, I would encourage you to give it all to God and allow Him to heal you and mold you into all He has created you to be. Don’t hold on to that poison, it will only make you bitter.

There’s so much pressure to be super Woman or Man these days that it is easy to get too busy to “fit Him into our schedules”. If that is the case for you then you are truly too busy and something needs to go! Learn to say, “no, I can’t do that right now, my plate is full” and walk away without feeling guilty if you are doing what you are called to do and need to do then there is someone else out there that can fill the need you are saying no to. Don’t neglect your walk with God for something else, no matter how important it may seem at the time, nothing is worth that!

God so wants to be your God today! Just because you have accepted Him as your Savior, if you have, doesn’t mean that you have truly made Him your God. How is that possible? Well, it happens when we allow anything or anyone else to take His place as number one in our lives! He loves you and He wants to be number one because then everything else in your life will fall into the place it was meant to be in.
I would encourage you today, don’t waste another day, to truly seek God and make Him your God! Don’t allow anything or anyone else stand in the way. True blessing will come from living a life that is filled with Him and allowing Him to mold you into all He created you to be, nothing else will fill that void!

Quote:
“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take… integrity is taking it.” M.H. McKee