Repost: It’s Been A While, But Never Too Late

Sometimes we allow people and situations to drive us into the proverbial “dark place” of depression or a state of complacency that does nothing but keep us weighed down with unnecessary worry and doubt (ouch). It’s not criminal, it’s human and it is detrimental to our relationship with the Lord.

I was reading from Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s “Life Principal” workbook and was immediately spoken to by the Holy Spirit. That is why I am sitting here now. It’s not like I have not been reminded before to come here, I was stubborn, okay rebellious (double ouch). I’d like to share just a little of what Dr. Stanley wrote from Life Application #24, “To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.” When we do that, we will experience all of the peace, joy, confidence and assurance that are rightfully ours in Christ Jesus.

Everything that concerns us is Christ’s responsibility to care for and not ours … we are simply to obey Him. David’s Psalm, 138:7-8 says “Though I God Has Allwalk in the midst of trouble – Your right hand will save me. The LORD will accomplish what concerns.”

We serve an awesome God. He IS able to accomplish what concerns us because He has all power to defend us, wisdom to direct us, mercy to pardon us, grace to enrich us, righteousness to clothe us, happiness to crown us and love to save us. There it is, everything He promised and is readily available to us …… All we have to do is ask, believing and trusting.

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You are not far from my thoughts and prayers. Remember …..

You are Loved,

Laura

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Teach Us How to Pray, Lord

Paul’s prayer in ColossiansOswald Chambers is appropriate for every person   and every situation. Because it fits perfectly with God’s will, we can make these requests in confidence – both for ourselves and for others:

PRAY to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding: Not only do we need to know God’s plan for our lives; we also require discernment to distinguish His guiding voice from our own self-directed notions

PRAY to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all ways: Our lives should be patterned after the One we follow, with a goal of glorifying and delighting Him

PRAY to bear fruit in every good work: Instead of being wrapped up in our own jobs, possessions, pleasures, and plans, we should be contributing to others’ lives.

PRAY to increase in the knowledge of God: By reading His Word, applying it to our lives, and observing His ways, we will gain a deeper understanding of the Lord

PRAY to be strengthened with His power so we remain steadfast: The Christian life can be lived only with the Holy Spirit’s power

PRAY and joyously give thanks for all that He has done for us: Believers should be characterized by joy and gratitude

Too often, the focus of our requests is on “important” temporary needs and we miss seeing the deeper spiritual work God wants to do. Keep Calm Prayer Changes ThingsTake a moment to think about and consider how effective our prayers will be if we shift the emphasis of them to the Lord’s desires. God will transform you and the people we intercede for.

Dear Lord, thank you, yet again, for showing me how to pray. Forgive me Lord if my requests have been focused more on temporary things instead of those things that are eternal – your will and your kingdom. Holy Spirit, please come into my prayers and “fix” them so they are in line with the will of God, His work and they will be acceptable in His sight. In Jesus Name, Amen

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura

Note to Self

I have no excuses to offer; only an apology and a request to forgive me to those who chose to follow me and to those who viewed my blog but I was not here to extend the encouragement that I was assigned to give. The following “notes” are for myself, reminders and encouragement of the love of a faithful God and what I must do to live holy and abundantly in Him  …. TRUST HIM. I pray someone else will find encouragement in them as well.

 

Trust God and Believe     Trust In The Lord

Thank God For What You Have    If You Are Praying

It’s all about the establishment of total trust in a God that always listens, always answers, always keeps His promises and never fails.

~ Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

Laura

Let Your Prayer Exalt God

When David was in his greatest distress, in this Psalm it is when Saul is pursuing him to kill him; he did not pray and seek out his own petition for rescue. Instead he prayed to God to glorify himself and his own great name.

“Whatever becomes of me and my interest, be thou exalted, O God! above the heavens, be thou praised by the holy angels, those glorious inhabitants of the upper world; and let thy glory be above or over all the earth; let all the inhabitants of this earth be brought to know and praise thee.” Psalm 57:5

If God’s glory lies nearer our own hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned for it, than for any interests of our own? Like David,  we face distress, struggles and uncertainties in our own lives, should our first inclination be to pray that the Lord will exalt us above all those trials that lie before us?

When the Son of David’s soul was troubled as he faced eminent crucifixion and death and he prayed, “Father, save me from this hour,” he immediately withdrew that petition, and presented instead “For this cause came I to this hour; Father, glorify thy name,” John 12:27.

Be Exalted O GodOur best encouragement in prayer is taken from the glory of God. The first petition in the Lord’s prayer sets the standard and directs all the rest, “Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Luke 11:2.

When we glorify the Father, He will extend His glory to us and respond favorably to our petitions.

I pray that God’s glory will extend grace, love and mercy to you until we meet here again.

Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

~ Laura

 

O LORD, Be Gracious

OH LORDO Lord Be Gracious

*BE GRACIOUS TO US*

Believers are to call on the name of the Lord every morning that he will be gracious to us, that we will be renewed and invigorated in our spirits for the day. We call on His merciful kindness whereby God exerts his holy influence upon us, turns us toward Christ; keeps, strengthens and increases us in Christian faith, knowledge and affection. While God is Holy, Sovereign, Omniscient and Omnipresent, He is a loving Father too. He pours His love out to His children in ways that only He can. He favors us, is benevolent and merciful to us. He wants to bless us, give us the abundant life He promised. He is standing at the door with open arms waiting to bestow His grace on us …. all of the time, every where, for anyone.

*WE LONG FOR YOU*

Our hearts should long for the Lord. We should seek after and desire to be in His presence and desire that He is ever-present in our lives. I know that God is omnipresent, what I mean is [an example] … when I am struggling with a life decision, or it is hard to deal with some people or the job is getting to me … whatever it is, I call on the name of the Lord and tell Him that I need him at that very moment. I pray for His presence that I may actually know He is there. There have been times that I would feel a presence, an aura around me; I would almost surely feel a touch on my shoulder or the small of my back. It is so reassuring that I immediately know that it is God. Are there any witnesses out there?

*BE OUR STRENGTH EVERY MORNING*

We pray such a prayer as Isaiah 33:2 because we know our own strength is not sufficient, neither can we bring anything to pass; only God strengthens us [Genesis 49:24], for He himself is our arm of strength. So we should depend on the strength of His arm every morning,  we must commit ourselves to Him and move forward in His power to get through day and do the work that we have been called to do. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore [we should] boast all the more gladly about [our] weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on [us]. Seek the Lord grace every day, trust in His will and the power of his might, call on, trust, depend and wait on Him and He will give you what you need to live. He will equip you to do the work for which you have been called. He will be your strength.

*OUR SALVATION IN TIME OF DISTRESS*

Believers should not be shocked, surprised or amazed at the atrocities, devastation and evil that is going on around them. One has only to read the newspaper or listen to the radio to find out the “horrors” of the day. People killing strangers in schools, in malls, in places of employment; tycoons and moguls lying to and stealing peoples’ life savings; hatred and bigotry being spewed against the leader of our country and from under nationally recognized hate groups. It really disturbs me that a country that was supposedly founded on Christian beliefs has resorted to such unchristian behavior. But, it’s like I mentioned earlier, we should not be [and I am not] shocked at these things. They hurt us, yes; they may even cause concern for the safety of our families. Again, when we call on the Lord in time of distress, the Lord our God is our salvation. He comes to the aid of His  children. He is our ever-present help in time of trouble.

Praying always that God’s Grace abounds in your lives.

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

~ Laura

There is ALWAYS a Way Out!

I am so grateful to be a part of the heavenly family of Jesus Christ … even before I was born, He was the way out for me from a life of sin that could only lead to spiritual death and separation from God. I often wonder, who am I that he should have even considered me worthy enough to be called a Child of God.

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I get overwhelmed at such love and compassion, forgiveness and redemption, grace and mercy. And yet, it is always there to provide a way out of life’s temptations and trials … it is eternal favor for which I did nothing on my own to deserve.

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Have you ever had to make a decision between doing what’s right [that, in your mind won’t yield the best results quick enough for you] and what is wrong [which you perceive will get you where you want or where you want to go faster]? God has made a way out by giving His children spiritual discernment, the ability to understand and judge wisely and objectively; therefore making a decision that is in the will of God.

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When we are faced with a temptation that we know is a detriment to the health of our relationship with the Lord, it is at that very moment that we call on Jesus, for even He was tempted, for deliverance. Don’t be led astray by anyone with empty philosophies and grandiose nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. Colossians 2:18

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 23:2

You are children from God and have overcome them that will lead us away from Him. Remember that is it because of the one who is in you, that is greater than the one who is in the world. Romans 12:2

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Remember too that you can do all things through Christ, that gives you strength. Philippians 4:13

Be Encouraged – You Are Loved

~Laura

Delight Yourself In The Lord

God‘s Word says that He “delights in” those whose ways are blameless; in the people who are trustworthy; in those who fear him, and who put their hope in his unfailing love.

But, His Word also says “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delight in him.

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Our daily lives should be all about “delighting” in the Lord. Grateful for how He blesses us. Humbled by His thoughts towards us. Faithful in our service to Him. Content for the things He has given us. Thankful for the mercy He shows us and the joy that is new to us every morning.

When we praise the Lord, sing songs of worship to Him; when we acknowledge His power in our lives and tell others of His goodness through our own testimonies – we are delighting in the Lord. When we say thank you for protecting you from the wreck on the interstate that you just passed, or hallelujah for the good report from the doctor – we are delighting in the Lord.

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Every day, every hour there is something there is a way to delight yourself in the Lord. There is so much that He has done for us, that He has surrounded us with and that He wants to give and show us. The Lord desires our praise. I encourage you to lift up your voice, raise your hands and your eyes to the heavens and give God your loudest, best, wholehearted, fervent praise and worship.

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When we delight ourselves in the Lord, we begin to see things happen in our lives, we begin to notice changes in our outlook on life, love in our relationships with others and with Him. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will delight in you.  Because when the praises go up, the blessings come down!

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved

Laua