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Encouragement

Saturday I was privileged to enjoy the company of some dear friends while we all worked on different crafts and chatted. I love these dear ladies...each one of them for different reasons.  They are all special and unique...but we are all one, in that we love the Lord Jesus with all our hearts.  That is the tie that binds us together.

For several years now, one of these sweet ladies and I have been leading women's Bible/Book studies.  We have walked through many books together and seen God work in many lives.  What a blessing.  One day, only 4 appointed women were in attendance.  It was ordained by God so that we could minister to the heart of a fellow sister.  She was hurting for her son...for her other children...and longing for Godly direction.  We prayed over her and listened and as we all looked to scripture for answers and Godly wisdom, my sweet sister soaked it all in.

This was about a year and a half ago, and although I see this friend, we have not been able to really talk about the situation.  Supermarkets aren't always conducive to heart to hearts...sometimes even the phone isn't appropriate.

This weekend, I was able to talk with my friend and she told me all the wonderful, miraculous, fantastic...only God could have done...changes that had happened in her family.  This once tight group was now tight again and filled with Joy over their sibling's changes and life.  It was such a joy and blessing for me to hear.  My eyes welled with tears as I watched the Joy on my friends face as she spoke of her son.  What a miracle...what a blessing...what and AWESOME, living God we serve!

I tell you this as an encouragement.  I am attacked so many times...thinking that what I do is pointless and meaningless.  I try wholeheartedly to follow after Christ in my live, but I still hear doubt and unbelief creep in. Their words telling me that it's just ME and my vain imagination thinking I need to lead/facilitate these studies. But you see, that IS the lie.  God is truth and when we share the TRUTH the word says that His  words never return void. He is mighty to break down the strongholds in our lives. 

If God has called you to move...don't stand still and question His him over and over...MOVE!  If you are already walking in obedience...take courage!  Be encouraged and know that even if you never hear the outcome...even when you think you are not making headway...even when it looks like you are "preaching to the choir"...God is using you! 

I am thankful that God is full of love and compassion. That he knows every hair on my head.  That he is faithful.  That when we come to God and believe that He IS...he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Press on...Press in...and know that He will do a great work in you!

Love to you all!

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There IS Hope...

I love the Biblical accounts of Mary as she was being filled with the Lord...her journey...her obedience...Josephs obedience!  What an awesome testimony and heritage she left for the world...being found righteous in the sight of the God Almighty. God had an Awesome plan laid for Mary and Joseph's life.  He has a plan for each of us as well...each one just as important as Mary and Joseph's, for it is the same.  The call to follow Him...to show His Love and Grace to those around us...to teach our Children about His great Love and Sacrifice...to be Obedient in walking after His ways, with His character and His heart of compassion.

 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."Jeremiah 29:11-13

I am not always obedient, not even in the little things sometimes, but I know that God is merciful, and if I am seeking Him, He will change this heart of mine into a willing and obedient heart, that He may find pleasure in my actions. Meanwhile, I thank the Lord for the 'hope and future' that He has orchestrated for me, and YOU, as followers of Christ. This year, I am being intentional to enjoy the Christmas Season.  I have a wonderful family around me, whether immediate, extended or my family of friends and I am rejoicing before the Lord for the Symphony of people he orchestrates in my life! 

Take time to thank the Lord for being Jesus (Saviour), Emmanuel (God With Us), today.  Even when Life is difficult and despairing, he IS with us. It's WHO and WHY He IS.

Merry Christmas to you all!

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Zeal For ALL!

I just read a friend's blog and it has lit a fire in me.  I am so appalled that older, more mature Christians discourage so many!  You heard me...DISCOURAGE!

As believers, we are supposed to be growing in Christ...not becoming complacent and judgemental of those that are diligently seeking after God's will.  The Lord didn't call his disciples to follow him...until they were in their 50s-70s. NO!  The disciples followed him unto death AND old age.  WAKE UP!

We must have mature Christian leadership.  The Bible warns about putting new (not Young in age) Christians in leadership.  It puffs up their ego. 1Timothy 3:6. So who is supposed to be leading? Seasoned, wise, committed Christians...no matter their age!

When we become complacent and unwilling to follow Christ with our WHOLE heart.. we are hardened.  No one wants to hear that. but the scripture warns us not to let our hearts become hard to His voice...

"For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,  Harden not your heart, Psalm 95:7-8; Hebrews 3:15; Hebrews 4:7

"The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock." 1Peter 5:1-3

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5

If you are in your 50s-?...get a move on!  God's not finished with you...he has SO much he wants to do with you and through you.  Your age is not an excuse for no longer having zeal...that my friend is a CHOICE...Choose you THIS DAY whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15). Will it be your flesh...or God?  Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Ask and you shall receive...

My final challenge comes from Hebrews 10:22-24

"22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works"

Love to you all...may your hearts be full and zeal return to those sleeping...

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Prayer For You

We serve a Powerful, Loving God!  This morning my heart is praying for each of you that reads my blog, and for others that are "fighting the good fight of faith". Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday...seeking His face, His presence and His will, enjoying family and friends, and basking in the richness of His love for each of us...for we ARE His children.

"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:16-21

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