Today’s Inspiration

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

1 Peter 5:10

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“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.”

– A. W. Tozer

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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!

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!

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

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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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God Never Disappoints – Quotes

NEVER DISAP

“Faith brings clarity. You stop asking why, and prepare for when. You accept that life’s biggest disappointments can become the greatest blessing; when one door closes, another opens. When it does, step through fearlessly! If you walk in faith, you will not get lost.”

– Carlos Wallace, Life Is Not Complicated-You are

“In the darkest of nights cling to the assurance that God loves you, that He always has advice for you, a path that you can tread and a solution to your problem–and you will experience that which you believe. God never disappoints anyone who places his trust in Him.”

– Basilea Schlink

“All the help that we need to succeed in life lies in God’s hands. Luckily for us, He is the only Man that never disappoints. However, you must do your best to not disappoint yourself on your own part.”

– Edmond Mbiaka

“If your hope disappoints you, it is the wrong kind of hope. You see, hope in God never disappoints, precisely because it is hope IN GOD. This means that hope placed in any other thing will always end up disappointing.”

– Paul David Tripp

“You are loved by the One who knows you best. God’s love will never disappoint you and never give up on you.”

– Rick Warren

When I Am Afraid

PSALM 563

 

“The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.”

Max Lucado

Hope you have a wonderful day today! Don’t let the fear you might be feeling today become a resident in you life. Trust God, He will guide you.