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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Romans 14:11
For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Every knee shall bow to Him! Every one! What struggle are you facing today? Remember the verse in Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Your battle has already been won!

Every knee shall bow so claim your victory today, what are you waiting for? We struggle because Satan has sent his messengers out to destroy us on a daily battleground that so often we dismiss and try to ignore. How much easier is it though to defeat something if you face the reality of it. Satan knows he is doomed but he is out to keep you from realizing that your marriage has victory if the TWO of you will realize it and reach out to God, you have victory over your addictions if you just give them to Jesus, that person that frustrates you absolutely to death is struggling against the same things you are, help them to realize that – lead them to God.

Let’s face it though, not every battle can be one with only one person fighting. A marriage takes two to win and there are always going to be people that cause problems for you, but at least take a moment and realize that one day……. EVERY knee will bow to Jesus! The almighty God, the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and it is that Jesus that has your back! He loves you and He will bring you through whatever you are facing today! Don’t let Him down by giving up or by losing your testimony in the battle. He won’t let you down and one day He will put everyone in their place. Let Him help you through today! Let Him guide you and give you the peace you need today, one day at a time allow Him to help you have all the victory you can have in Him! He alone is mightier than anything you may be facing so rest in Him and know that He already has this war won! He will protect and keep you and help you get through whatever you are facing today! Give it all to Him!

“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.” J.C. Penney

Numbers 14:4
And they said to one another “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

How quickly we seem to forget sometimes. The Israelites came to the “Promised Land” and I am not sure if they were expecting to just walk in and for there to be no battles or what but instantly they wanted to go back to their slavery. In Exodus 3:7 it says, “Then the Lord said, “ I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, I know their sufferings, and I have come to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians.”

God delivered them from all that they were complaining about in Egypt and took them to a land that was blessed with abundance all they needed to do was follow Him and trust Him to clear the land of their enemies. How often are we like that? God has a plan and it will not be without battles and there may be giants in the land that He has taken you to but if you will just allow Him to lead you and if you will just remain faithful and obedient the abundance of the land He has brought you to will be yours! His plan is as it says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Trust Him. The Israelites spent another 40 years in the wilderness wandering around because they didn’t trust that God would do all that He said He would do.

What are you facing today? Are you feeling as though it was easier before you began this journey? What has God given you to do and you are wondering if you should have just stayed in Egypt? Has He delivered you from an addiction of drugs, sex, anger, or something else that Satan was using to hold you back and now you are thinking it would be easier to go back than to face the struggles or battles ahead? Has He given you a call on your life that you are now facing wondering “why?” Are you facing struggles with your children or spouse that seem too overwhelming to face? Please let me encourage you that the true blessings of God are on the other side! God will fight your battles for you if you will just trust Him and allow Him to guide your every step. He is not sending you in to allow you to be defeated, He is sending you in to show His mighty hand and to bring you through to the other side stronger, more faithful and better than you were before. He wants to show you great things but you have to trust Him. Don’t see this as terrible see it as a chance to watch God work in and through you in a mighty way!

The land (your call) may look frightening, there may be giants but He has brought you here for great victory in every area of your life. He knows what lies ahead and He is faithful and that is all He is asking you to be. Trust Him, hold on to His promises, put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:12-14), don’t believe Satan’s lies and walk in the confidence that God will deliver all that He has promised and truly the best is yet to come so hold on!

Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and best.” R. Turnbull

Are You Under Attack?

October 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

It is as important now as it ever was maybe even more important to make sure that we are fully equipped for Satan’s attacks. It isn’t a matter of whether or not he will attack it is just when will he attack. Satan is subtle and is always looking for your weakest moments to pounce so it is vital that we are in our Bible’s every day, listening to good music and memorizing scripture.

Bill has a book he wrote called The Day Satan called and it is about his experiences years ago when they were trying to help a lady involved heavily in the occult and witchcraft find deliverance. I was talking with a friend one day not long ago and she told me shocking things that she went through trying to help save some people from the occult in her hometown, in her case though these individuals wanted nothing to do with deliverance they only wanted to find out if she knew “too much”. Satanism is very real and he is involved on every level trying to drag as many people down as he can. It is rarely as dramatic as either of those stories but that world does exist and it is best to stay away from it and it is best to discourage young people that you know or love to avoid any type of association with it. I know they have glorified the vampire world but there is nothing truly attractive about it and it is real – not in the way they portrayed it, but it does exist.

Now ladies even though I am sure the majority of you have never and hopefully will never experience anything on that level you will still experience Satan’s attacks whether it is on your marriage, your self esteem, your children or maybe your testimony at work. Be prepared! Stay on your toes by being in your Bible, drawing close to God and when you feel “off” listen to praise and worship music and if you are in the heat of the battle take the time to memorize scripture! Ask God for verses that you can apply to memory in your struggle and then read them over and over until they are embedded in your mind. The battle is already one if you will just hang on to God’s hand, as it says in 1 John 4:4 “You are of God little children and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”

Hold your head high, be clothed in His armor and know that the victory is already yours!

“There is only one way to succeed at anything and that is to give everything.” Vince Lombardi

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

The other day Bill and I were in a restaurant in California and there was a child on the other side of the restaurant randomly screaming it’s head off throughout our time there. Any more that seems to be a common thing so it wasn’t too difficult to ignore, but then the hostess sat a young couple down in the area we were sitting and it was just them and us sitting in the inclosed patio and they had 3 young children obviously all under the age of five and it was impossible to ignore them! When we were done with our meal and we were getting ready to leave I asked Bill to just give me a second and I walked over to their table to say, “I am so impressed with your family and your beautiful children. It is so obvious that you are spending time and training them and caring for them, you seem to be great parents and I know how much it blesses my daughter every time someone points that out to her because it isn’t easy being a parent these days. Keep up the good work, you will be glad you did!” Their children were so quiet Bill didn’t even realize they were there and yet they were playing and coloring with their parents and their parents were relaxed and carrying on a quiet conversation all they while they were there.

It starts at home, with children being taught at home and being raised in an atmosphere where they know they are loved and there are boundaries to give them security. Content, healthy children tend to fuss less. Yesterday when I was in the grocery store I heard an all too familiar sound, “mom, mom, mom, MOM, MOM, MOOOMMMMMMM! AUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! Hmmmmmm……. I wonder if it occurred to “mom” to take a moment and answer that child or at least hold up a finger and say, “wait just a minute.” I taught my children and now my granddaughters that when they need to talk to me about something that if I am on the phone or in the middle of a conversation to just put their hand on my shoulder to let me know they need me and as soon as their is a break in the conversation I will acknowledge them in order to avoid rude interruptions and to avoid their getting frustrated because they don’t know how to be heard without getting in trouble.

My sister Josie has a great program for churches that she developed to help Moms and to draw more people into the church, called “It’s4U Mom”. That would be a great program for your church, but there are also things I think we can all do to help the newer generation of parents survive. If you are a new parent, maybe you should start a group of young Moms from your church and circle of friends and find some great books on parenting so you can support each other and get some great input from some great writers out there. My daughter Candace attends a group similar to that and she has told me about some great books they have read with some incredible things that I wish I had heard of when I was raising my children. I will ask her for a list of them and will post them later this week. If you are older and your children are out of the house, maybe you can be a mentor to a younger Mom or if you know a single Mom who is at her whits end, offer to watch her children sometime so maybe she can even just do her grocery shopping alone or she can go have lunch with a friend. Think about what your contribution today could be and ask God to give you direction. He cares about each of these little ones and He cares about their frustrated parents as well. This Bible study today is not meant to slam today’s parents it is meant to be something to encourage all of us to help instead of just standing by to criticize. As members of the body of Christ it is all of our responsibility to see that children are trained up for Him!

“Do what you can with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

Proverbs 31:21-22
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Ladies, drop what you are doing for just a moment and think…… when is the last time you did something to just bless yourself and take care of yourself?

It is easy to get caught up in taking care of your household and working at your job and trying to juggle everything that comes your way, but don’t lose yourself in it. I have to remind myself all of the time to try to do something for myself to take care of myself. Right now we have 10 people living in this house due to adult children with families moving back into the area, trying to get settled and find a place of their own. There are a 3 year old, (2) 4 year olds, an 8 year old, a 17 year old, a 25 year old, 26 year old, 29 year old and well…… in light of their ages you would never believe how young Bill and I are! Yeah, right….. anyhow, it is very busy around here and I still have all of my usual and unusual every day things to do, it is easy to get caught up in the stress and forget to even just take time to relax! “Relax?” you say….. “what is that?” Well if you have forgotten too then it is time to set aside some you time!

The only way to be a good Mom, Wife, Employee or friend is for you to take care of you! Maybe you are single and you are thinking that I am just talking to married people right now, but that is clearly not the case! I know some single women who have crazy busy schedules too and they still struggle with the same issue with finding time to truly do something for themselves! You owe it to yourself and those around you to take care of yourself in order to be the best you that you can be.

If you want to be able to truly fulfill the call of God on your life then it takes taking care of yourself. I am speaking to myself as well as anyone here right now! I find it very difficult to take the time to take care of myself sometimes! I have caught myself even going to the grocery store and forgetting to put any make up on! Good grief! What is up with that? I remember an old preacher once saying, “ladies, if the barn needs painting…. Paint it!” His comment was directed toward married women because he was preaching on marriage and keeping the ‘spark’ alive in your relationship, but you need to do it for yourself as well. I am much more confident if I feel I look good than when I feel like I look like I just crawled out from under a rock!

Ask yourself today, what do I need to do for me? It may be something as simple as taking some time tonight and lighting some candles in the bathroom and taking a nice warm, quiet bath. Maybe you need to sit down and read a good book (Lynette Eason has some amazing fiction books out there that you can hardly put down once you pick them up!) If you have children, tell your husband that you just need a half hour to yourself. If you are a husband, it may serve you well to go home this evening and suggest this yourself, you could be amazed at the brownie points you rack up!! (There’s nothing more pleasant than a relaxed, happy wife!) Whatever it is that you need to do, do it soon, stop putting it off telling yourself that you don’t have time, you need to do all you can do to be all you can be for God!
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” Barbara Bush