Today’s Inspiration

“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

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“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”

― Corrie ten Boom

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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

Today’s Inspiration

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6

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“The more you go with the flow of life and surrender the outcome to God, and the less you seek constant clarity, the more you will find that fabulous things start to show up in your life.”

– Mandy Hale

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!

Today’s Inspiration

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

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“He sees the perils that are in our path that we cannot see. He speaks to us in mercy and grace and He builds us up to meet the dangers and be prepared to receive the things we could not wisely use today. There are many things which we can employ tomorrow that we cannot wisely use today.”

–A.A. Conrad. God is faithful! 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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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

Chasing After Happiness

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We are living in a difficult time.  Now more than ever, we are desperately seeking peace, love, friendship, appreciation, contentment, success and most important HAPPINESS. After all, who doesn’t want to live a happy life? The problem is, the places we search for happiness time and again will not lead us to real happiness. We have the wrong conception that “if only we had what that person has, or if only we lived in a different country, or if only we had more money or a different job” we would be happy. We tend to forget about the legitimate source of happiness, instead we concentrate on temporary streams of it.

We desire bigger houses, new relationships… and with every new acquisition, new “items” will be added to the list. We are never satisfied with what we have. We buy stuff that we can’t afford to impress others, to feel valued and to have the false sense of happiness. Steve Furtick says that “the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel”, the same can be said about comparing our happiness to everyone else’s happiness.

We want a friend, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a husband/wife as if they are responsible for making us happy. Yes, a meaningful relationship/friendship can contribute to our happiness, but we have to remember that they are not responsible for making us happy and vice versa.

We sell ourselves short in relationships and professionally because we are too afraid of passing the opportunity that is staring us in the face. After all, we don’t know if another opportunity will become aavailable. So we settle, convincing ourselves that this might be the only chance we will have to achieve our dreams.

In the midst of trying to find happiness, we need to remind ourselves that there is only one source of true happiness, and that is God. In the book The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer, he says: “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.”

I hope that in your journey to finding happiness you discover that God is the only source of satisfaction, pleasure, and joy.

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By Your Grace…

WHAT YOU BECOME

Many churches teach a gospel that is so hard to follow. ..

And when we struggle to stay on what they say is the right path…

We feel ashamed and end up staying away from the most important relationship we have, our relationship with God.

When I became a Christian, I felt so much pressure to get involved in church, to participate in ministries, to go to most of the services, go out and evangelize, even though that was very uncomfortable to me. It was like, now that you are a Christian, you have to get involved, and if you don’t, perhaps you are not a real Christian. That is how I felt for a long time, however our salvation is not based on our work:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast”

–  Ephesians 2:8-9

I felt that If I didn’t get involved, or participated in some of the activities at Church I would be letting God down, I would be less of a Christian. It took me some years to realize that this is not how God wants us to feel. He doesn’t want to pressure us into getting involved, and there is no list of good deeds that will make him love you more or less.

Attendance to church and participating in a particular ministry are not the most meaningful aspects of being a Christian, the relationship we have with the Father is! We don’t have to feel pressure to participate in any of the ministries at Church, we don’t have to feel guilt for missing a service. I believe that each one of us has a purpose in life, and we just need to figure out what our purpose in life is.

““What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

– Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

Dear God, please show us your purpose for our lives. It is our desire to be closer to you, to honor you with our work. Please show us which path to take, show us the desire of your heart. Amen

 

 

Dreams & Reality

I was reading Douglas Malloch’s poem “Be the Best of Whatever You Are” (read below) the other day and it made me think about our dreams and expectations versus the reality of our lives.

We all had, have, and will have many dreams throughout life, but many of these dreams will not become a reality. What should we do when our dreams do not come true? Should we give up and become mad at the world, mad at God or mad at those we expected to help us in achieving our dreams?

I like to think that the best way to deal with a failed dream is to accept our reality, accept the life we have and accept who God created us to be. No all of our dreams can and will come true, we need to learn to make the best out of what we have. God can, and will use you! Your life does not need to be perfect, by the way, what is a perfect life? My standards of a perfect life might be totally different from your standards, therefore do not measure yourself against others. Do not let your past hold you back, the past is the past, and God can make all things new. He wants to use you right now, right where you stand. So let Him do that. Be the best that you can be, be a blessing to those around you, be the friend to offer a shoulder to cry on, be there for those in need, and do it with joy, do it knowing you have a purpose in life, knowing that you are standing right where God wants you to stand.

“Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world where you’re going.”

–  Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Be The Best of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch

“If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley–but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway some happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass–
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail–
Be the best of whatever you are!”