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.

Dont Lose Heart Hope Faith Patience

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

You are Loved,

Laura

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Facing ‘Monumental’ Challenges

We all face numerous and various challenges throughout our lives. Some as devastating as suffering the loss of a loved one to death, losing a job through a layoff or shutdown, deciding if the person you are in love with is “marriage material” or even accepting a job promotion. While making a marriage proposal or accepting one does not sound like a challenge, we have to be careful that we are not “blinded” by love and offer or accept a proposal that could lead to an unhappy life. And while accepting a promotion could mean more money, there could be other issues – like more responsibility that could take you away from church and family, even demands on your integrity or moral stance.

The Israelites faced a dangerous challenge in 2 Chronicles 20:1-29 when they were faced with a huge number of Edomite warriors coming against them. King Jehosaphat realized his only option was to seek divine counsel from God, so he called the people of Judah together to fast and seek God for help. He prayer in (v 6):  “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.”  In v 12b, he prayed:  “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

The Lord heard Jehosaphat and told him to appoint a choir to march in front of the Israelite army, directing the worshipers to sing “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (v. 21)Keep Calm He Shall Give. When the Israelites began to sing, the Lord confused the opposing enemies and they began to attach and destroy each other.

The Lord is no less able to do the same for us when we are facing the enemy in our daily lives. We serve the same God that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Before creation, He was! We have seen time after time throughout the Bible God’s provision and protection of His children. We are of no less value to Him and our challenges are no less critical to us than any of the saints of old and what they faced.

When you don’t know what to do, look to the Lord, let’s march into our challenges worshiping God is spirit and truth, praising Him for what we know He is already doing in our lives and knowing that we have the MONUMENTAL VICTORY through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Be Encouraged My Friends, 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

 

Spiritual Maturity

Ephesians 4:13 [CEV] tells us: “This will continue until we are … mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.”  For me, that means I can stop ‘beating up” on myself when I falter or stumble; I can stop hitting myself “up side the head and chastising myself so harshly when I feel I did not do something “perfectly” in the Spirit. I’m not saying that I won’t repent of those stumbles and side steps but in my repentance not do them again. And with the help of the Holy Spirit – I won’t.

When I was a younger, I would look at the way other Christians would praise and worship Him in church. I would see they were filled with the Holy Spirit and their tears and shouts of hallelujah or dancing were genuine … I wanted to be that way and do that, too. I think, in a way, I thought they were the “perfect” Christian. Don’t get me wrong, even then I knew there is none perfect save Jesus Christ himself. I felt they were closer to God than I was.

As I grew in Christian maturity and in my relationship with the Lord, He helped me to understand that I am right where I am supposed to be with Him … at that time [and now]. That all He wanted from me was to be obedient, trust Him, to give Him my praise and to acknowledge His power and might in my life.

He gave me an earthy, “life-long” teacher to help me along the way: my Mother. I could see so much wisdom and maturity and spirituality in her; she was the epitomy of what a Christian is to be more so than anyone else I knew. She was exemplary in what she taught me and my brothers and sisters. An example I learned from and emulated. She always told me it was not her, it was He who lived in her.

Mom finished her work for the Lord and He called her home in 2008. I miss her a lot – especially when I come across notes she wrote when she taught Sunday School, when she was a participant in Sunday School, from Sunday Sermons and from her own personal Bible Studies.  Even seeing where she wrote in her Bible, gives me a sense that she is still teaching me things. God be praised!

I understand now, that my perfection in spirituality will not come until Jesus’ Second Coming. When I will be like Him; when I will see Him just as He is; when I will sing Holy, Holy, Holy with the Angelic Choir. I realize that there is still growth in every area of my Spiritual life: humility, faith, wisdom, righteousness, being spiritually minded …. and I’m a willing student.

If you ever feel like you are not worthy as I still do sometimes, understand that God is transforming us to be like Him. We ARE worthy because He ordained us, called us, convicted our hearts, saved our souls and now we are a part of His Holy Family. Keep studying God’s Word, surround yourself with other Christians, strive to all that the Holy Spirit directs you to do …. until His purpose in our lives in complete.  And remember, you may stumble or stray even, but because of God’s love for us and our eternal place in His Kingdom, we can repent, be forgiven and get back on the right track: it’s a Growth Process.

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