Today’s Inspiration

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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“Faith don’t come in a bushel basket, Missy. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.

― Lynn Austin, Candle in the Darkness

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The choice is always ours!

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“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”

― Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus

I came across this text today and it got me thinking….

How many times do we choose immorality instead of morality?

How many times we choose dishonesty instead of honesty?

How many times we choose prejudice instead of fairness?

How many times we choose bitterness instead of sweetness?

How many times we choose greed instead of apathy?

How many times we choose to trust ourselves instead of trusting God?

Yes… many times we choose the “dirt” instead of cleanliness.

The choice is always ours. But please remember, God has a better offer for us. Better than anything we could ever imagine! All we have to do is trust Him!

You Loved!

Dear Lord, today I just want to thank You for all Your blessings, Your faithfulness and Your love.  Thank You for everything you’ve done, for the things unseen and seen. Thank You for paying the price for my sin, restoring my faith and transforming my life. Thank you Lord God!

“To Know Your Name” 

“The precious blood of Jesus Christ redeems Forgiven I’m alive, restored set free Your Majesty resides inside of me Forever I believe, forever I believeArrested by your truth and righteousness
Your grace has overwhelmed my brokenness
Convicted by your spirit, led by your word
Your love will never fail, your love will never fail

‘Cause I know you gave the world
Your only son for us
To know your name
To live within the saviour’s love and He took my place
Knowing He’d be crucified
And You loved, You loved
A people undeserving!”

Songwriters: Matt Crocker
To Know Your Name lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
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Ambition vs selfish ambition

I am sure you have talked about AMBITION at some point in your life, whether it was talking about your own ambitions or ambitions of others, this word is most of the time associated with bad behavi…

Source: Ambition vs selfish ambition

Every Moment, Thank God!

“By remembering how much we have to be grateful for we remind ourselves how beautifully God is already providing for our current needs.”

– Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson, Waiting with God

Praise

“Oh God who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”

– William Shakespeare

 

Battlefield

 

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“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power to the weak.” Isaiah 40:29

“Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we’re not going to quit. When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: ‘I’ll never give up! God’s on my side. He loves me, and He’s helping me! I’m going to make it!”

– Joyce Meyers

Yes, we are bombarded with doubts and fears most days, but we need to learn to let go and  trust God. I know this is difficult, I personally struggle with letting go and trusting God . At night when I pray I say: God I trust in You, I know you will protect me, I know  you love me and I know you want what is best for me, but when morning comes doubts and fears try to take over, and most days I struggle to trust. I need to keep reminding myself that I am not in control, He is. I need to surrender to God not once but everyday, every time I feel the need to manipulate and control a situation and it’s outcome. I thank God for the battles in my mind, because with every battle there’s an opportunity to surrender, to get closer to God and to learn to trust Him.

God, I want to thank you for every opportunity you give me to get closer to You and to grow in faith. Amen.

Always With You

A friend of mine shared this beautiful song lyric on Instagram the other day – Blessings by Laura Story. Take a moment to read it, this song really spoke to me and I hope it speaks to you too. God Bless!

Blessings

“We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom,
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe ‘

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise” – Laura Story.

Here is the YouTube link for the song: Blessings – Laura Story

WITHYOUALWAYS

Get Up and Try Again

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“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“When things go wrong do not think that all your efforts were in vain. Maybe it was all for the better; so smile … and try again!

It may be that your apparent failure becomes a magic door that will lead to a new happiness that you have never known before.

You may be weakened by the fight, but, do not consider yourself a loser … This does not mean defeat.

It is not worth wasting precious time in tears and sorrow. Stand up and face life again … and if you keep in mind the most important goal, your dreams will come true …

Learn from your mistakes, reap experiences from your pain, so one day you will say :
– Thank God , I dared to try again!”

– Unknown author, “Experimente Outra Vez” Original text in Portuguese

“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”

– C.S. Lewis

Please God, give us the courage to get up and try again. That we may learn the best way is not always the most apparent choice. That we learn to seek you and listen to your voice, not only today but always. Amen!

You Are Here

i AM NOT ALONE

“You’re Always There for Me” by Joanna Fuchs

“When the world comes crashing in
And chaos rules my mind,
I turn my heart to you, Lord,
And pure, sweet peace I find.

You lift me out of trouble
You comfort me in pain;
You nourish, heal and cleanse me,
Like cool, refreshing rain.

In times of joy and bliss,
When things are going right,
You lift me even higher,
And fill me with delight.

You listen to my prayers;
You hear my every plea;
I’m safe because I know
You’re always there for me.”

Here is a youtube link to a beautiful song. If you have time, please watch this music video. God Bless.

Kari Jobe – I Am Not Alone

Knock Knock – Who’s There?

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God gives us innumerable opportunities… Have you stopped to consider the opportunities He is giving you right now? Maybe the opportunity is to start over, to leave behind any inadequate habits and start fresh. Moreover the opportunity might be for you to forgive someone who hurt you or maybe the person you need to forgive the most is yourself.

What choice are you going to make? How long are you going to mourn for something you lost? How long are you going to be stuck in the past, regretting the decisions and mistakes  you made? How about using every opportunity we have to grow, to learn, and foremost, to give ourselves the chance to turn the awful into the exceptional. If we decide to turn the page, we might find blank pages to write our future.

Knock knock!

Who’s there?

So when opportunity knocks are you going to open the door or are you going to walk away? The choice is always ours. Take advantage of opportunities in life, learn to use whatever it is that life is throwing at you to be a blessing in someone else’s lives.

“You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.”

– Phillips Brooks

“THEY do me wrong who say I come no more
When once I knock and fail to find you in;
For every day I stand outside your door
And bid you wake, and rise to fight and win.

Wail not for precious chances passed away!
Weep not for golden ages on the wane!
Each night I burn the records of the day–
At sunrise every soul is born again!

Dost thou behold thy lost youth all aghast?
Dost reel from righteous Retribution’s blow?
Then turn from blotted archives of the past
And find the future’s pages white as snow.

Art thou a mourner? Rouse thee from thy spell;
Art thou a sinner? Sins may be forgiven;
Each morning gives thee wings to flee from hell,
Each night a star to guide thy feet to heaven.

Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb;
My judgments seal the dead past with its dead,
But never bind a moment yet to come.

Though deep in mire, wring not your hands and weep;
I lend my arm to all who say “I can!”
No shame-faced outcast ever sank so deep
But yet might rise and be again a man!”

OPPORTUNITY by Walter Malone