Our Father always amazes me. This morning I’m a little bit under the weather with a fever and chest congestion. I was beginning to whine and go into full pity mode. Then God spoke to my heart “Push through and press toward the mark.” Needless to say, I quickly changed my attitude.
Some people may say that when we dont feel well we should be able to complain, fuss and feel sorry for our circumstances. I am a true believer that our attitude(s) play a HUGE role in our latitude. Even though, currently, I dont feel my very best, I still know this fact to be true, because of His stripes, I AM healed! So instead of putting in the atmosphere what is wrong, I will put into the atmosphere what is Right.
New International Version (NIV)
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heartand my portion forever.
I love you all. I continually pray for your strength in the Lord. Be well today and be at peace. God already has “it” taken care of and handled. Just keep your eyes on Him. Dont faint and dont waiver. Lock your eyes on God and dont look away.
Some mornings, I cant wait to wake up, just so I can love on Jesus. Eyes open, arms outstretched with a heart full of praise.
Hallelujah God. There is none like You.
You alone are worthy of all the praise, glory and honor!!!
The Message (MSG)
8-10 There’s no one quite like you among the gods, O Lord, and nothing to compare with your works. All the nations you made are on their way, ready to give honor to you, O Lord, Ready to put your beauty on display, parading your greatness, And the great things you do— God, you’re the one, there’s no one but you!
6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
This is what was on my heart this morning, please hear me.
Sometimes in life, as Christians, we want to help change the world and make it a better place. When we look at the state of the world and our country, we question what we can do to make it better.
Making a mark in this world, for Christ, is a lot easier than you may think. Start small. The next time you speak to a person, do it with love. The next time you talk to someone on the phone, do it with love. The next time you’re pumping gas, or getting groceries, or driving, do it all with love.
The love of God radiates through us. We are God’s ambassadors and representatives. The more people that we encounter, they get to experience the Love that we have. Sharing and showing love may seem like a small task, but I promise you….IT MATTERS.
1 Corinthians 13
New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Happy Thursday to you all. I hope you are full of joy and peace. My heart is full this morning. God is so awesome. There is not a day that goes by that I dont want more of God.
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
28 “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth;
2 and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God:
3 “Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Happy Tuesday morning. I greet you in love and I pray that you are growing more and more, in Christ, every day.
As a business owner, one of the wonderful things I have the honor of doing is working alongside my husband. Our business, Sacred Journey Services, LLC, offers premarital counseling, wedding officiant services, baby blessings and dedications, house blessings, and mobile notary services. What I love, more than anything, is walking this journey with my husband, as we walk together with God. God knew that it would take both of us to bring His vision to life.
When we counsel couples, in preparation for marriage, it is so important that my husband and I are equally yoked and in agreement with what the Word of God says, especially about marriage, so that we may lead the couples in the correct manner and in order with God’s Word.
Why is being equally yoked so important. Equally yoked means you are of the same mind and heart in your faith walk with Christ. As Christians, it is important because being equally yoked allows you to grow and move together. Yes, there will be some seasons where one person may mature faster than the other, but the time period is usually short.
Being equally yoked, spiritually, is wonderful when both parties know how to come to God together in prayer, worship and unity.
Yesterday, my husband and I prayed, before and after we submitted some paperwork. Our desire is for good news, but our prayer was for God’s will to be done. We understand that we sit everything at God’s feet. Our Father wants to bless us exceedingly and abundantly, according to His will and the calling that is on our lives. God also wants the same for you as well.
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This morning, I just feel like dancing, clapping, and giving glory to King Jesus. There is no other name in heaven, on the earth, or below the earth, that as much power and authority.
New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Jesus
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,lemasabachthani?”(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
This morning, I’m screaming our worship chant!!!! I cant stop crying…
Y’all, God didnt have to love us this much, but he did. He did it because he wanted Relationships with us.!!!
This morning, I just let today’s worship song pour over me. While I sang, along with the song, the Holy Spirit whispered in the background this scripture passage:
Living Bible (TLB)
11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Today’s worship video is entitled, “Not Lucky, I’m Loved.” The words reiterate that God has such an amazing love for us. We are loved and blessed by God, not by mere circumstance, but because we are His.
The blessing, of God, truly begin to pour out when begin walking in a place of surrenered obedience. Whenever we let go of something that we are in bondage to and we turn our hearts back to God, He quickly comes in and says,
“I am so glad you decided to call me, to help you get free from that person, place or thing that was pulling you away from me and my dwelling place. Now that you are free, I have so many things that I want to show you and bless you with. I’ve had a plan for you this whole time. I created you just so that you could fulfill this part of my plan, but it only works if you stay close enough to me to hear my voice. Come up here, in the divine thinking, kingdom-minded, realm and look what I have to show you.”
Now family, we have heard verse 11 quoted like the above scripture, standing along by itself. However, if you read the chapter and verses before verse 11 you will get more clarity of the full picture and it goes in line with what God spoke to my heart this morning.
The Message (MSG)
10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
12 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
13-14 “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”God’s Decree.
“I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.
I hope this Wednesday morning finds you well and refreshed. It is Hump Day!!!
How are you spending your summer?
A lot of people and families are on vacation right now. Students are out of school and enjoying the break. A great deal of students, whether entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, elementary, middle school, high school or college, are facing a change, with the coming new school year. The new school year could bring several new things like new friends, new classes and maybe even a new school. I know some of us older adults, we may also be transitioning to something new. It may be a new season in life like a new career, retirement, a new baby, a new relationship or maybe even saying goodbye to one.
I know that change can sometimes be a little scary, because of the unknown and newness of it all. As children of God, we know that God walks with us every step of the way. So trust that as you seek God and seek His heart that he will always lead you in the right direction. All we have to do is Follow…
New International Version (NIV)
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Today’s devotional song was my theme song from my late teens to early twenties. Listen carefully to the words and enjoy Rich Mullins’ interpretation of today’s scripture reading from Psalm 63.