Struggles that Strengthen

14 Sep

God’s WordPsalms 119:121-128ducks struggling

God’s Attribute: Teaches us through the textbook of life!

God’s Message to me:

Is your life going as you would like it to go?  Did any student love everything about school and their studies?  It has been said, “no pain, no gain.”  As in school, so in life—the struggles make you strong and able to help others who go through the same struggles.  I give you comfort in times of trial so that you can share that comfort with others in their time of need.

My instructions for life are embedded into the very fabric of your life.  As you weave My Word into your life—you strengthen the fabric of your life.  The strength of your fabric dictates the strength of your resolve to keep on keeping on—whatever the odds.  Yes, whatever the odds, for I am with you.

As My Word is woven into your life I am there with you.  I become your strength to go through the trials and discouragements and always—I give a silver lining to every cloud.  Make it your aim to search for the silver lining instead of focusing on the dark clouds of gloom that seem to surround you.

God’s Question for me

Will you choose to look for the silver lining instead of begrudging the darkness?

God’s Promise to me:

When My Word enters your life, it brings with it strength to face all your tomorrows in victory.   

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To look for the silver lining instead of the shadow.

My voice: To speak positive energy into every situation.

My heart:  To allow Your love to flow through my life into others.

My body:  To serve others as unto You.

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New Every Morning

17 Aug

read bibleGod’s WordPsalms 119:113-120

God’s Attribute: His Word renews (to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection)

God’s Message to me:

As My child, every day I give you a clean slate, restore you to a new & fresh hope, vigor and perfection in My sight.  The problem is you so often ignore this fresh start I give to your life and anguish in the mistakes of your yesterdays.  That is excess baggage that brings nothing of value into your life.  Leave it behind!

Each day look to My Word and you will discover NEW revelations I will give you, insights that will thrill and delight you.  There in My Word you can retreat and be renewed.  It will give you so many benefits and open so many doors of opportunity you will be blown away.  Yes, no matter what your circumstances, in My Word are hope and renewed energy to face your day and be victorious.

Embrace My Word and I will embrace you; give you hope and encouragement to keep on keeping on.  Not just keeping on but rejoicing in whatever the future holds.  My renewing power never ceases for those who look to me through My Word.

God’s Question for me: 

Will you read My Word today and let Me renew your spirit and give you victory?

God’s Promise to me: 

I am with you.  I will never leave you or forsake you.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To allow Your Words to bathe my mind in joy and hope.

My voice:  To speak Your encouraging Words to others.

My heart:  To beat in tune with Yours.

My body:  To serve others as unto You.

Follow the Light

10 Aug

God’s WordPsalms 119:105-112

God’s Attribute: Lightens our path of lifeFollow the light (2)

God’s Message to me:

My Word (the Bible) was given to light up the path of your life so you can see clearly.  The more you read the Word, the more light you have.  There is no need to stumble through life when I am eager to share My light with you.  When you feel like your life is falling apart you will find the guidance you need in My Word to put it back together.

The stories, sayings and rules found in My Word are there to guide you into the happiest life you could possibly have.  They are not given to hinder but to free you.  Truth frees!  When others try to throw you off track, the truths you have gleaned from My Word will keep you strong and help you see the path of your life clearly.

My Word is a book on living and it is yours forever.  My Word never changes and My promises never fail. This is My gift to you and includes with it joy unspeakable.  When you focus your life on My Word and live according to My guidelines you will experience a peace that passes understanding–no matter the circumstances of your life.

God’s Question for me

Will you follow the LIGHT of My WORD so I can light up your life with peace and joy?

God’s Promise to me

There is no night so dark that My Word cannot bring a glimmer of light and hope.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To continually feed on Your Words of life!

My voice:  To encourage others with gems from Your Word.

My heart:  To be devoted to following You with my whole heart.

My body:  To serve as Your hands and feet to those around me.

Never Give Up!

24 Apr

cat hangingGod’s WordPsalms 119:89-96

God’s Attribute: God’s Word and Truth are dependable

God’s Message to me:

Today I challenge you to never give up.  I will never give up on you.  My Word and Truth are dependable, will never go out of “style” and will carry you through whatever your tomorrows hold.  Hard times will come but I will never leave nor forsake you.  Everything human has limits and boundaries but My love and forgiveness are limitless.  Even in the hardest of times I will give you moments of unspeakable joy and peace.  Just keep hanging on. 

And not only hang on but rejoice and share the joy and peace that you receive from Me.  It is there in abundance through the darkest of times—but it lies dormant until you open the eyes of your heart and let Me lead you into My fields of delight.  And once you have had a taste of My deep joy and peace you then you will become a channel of that joy and peace into the lives of others. 

As my Word and Truth are dependable, I call you to incorporate those truths into your life and be there for others.  You be the one who others can depend upon in their times of trouble.  You are My ambassador to share My Word and Truth with those whom your life touches.  Unless you share—others may never know. 

God’s Question for me: 

Can I depend upon you to never give up sharing My Word and Truth? 

God’s Promise to me:

What I say goes, and stays, as permanent as the heavens.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To remember as I treat others I am treating You.

My voice:  May You encourage others through the words I speak.

My heart:  May Your love overflow from my life into others’ lives.

My body:  To use my body to honor you by honoring others. 

God’s Comforter

1 Apr

God’s WordPsalms 119:73-80

God’s Attribute: Gives comfort

God’s Message to me:

I knew you before you were even born.  Whatever the circumstances of your birth, I saw your life laid out before you, and provided opportunities for you to follow My path of victory.  But I gave you totally free choice to choose or reject My wisdom.  How I am honored and blest when you choose to follow Me.  Draw near to Me and I will teach you what is true and right.  My comfort will surround your life so you can live life to the fullest.  Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in—I am eager to be your Comforter.

When you fix your mind on My counsel, instead of buying into the worlds bill of goods, I will give you wisdom and a deep peace that passes all understanding.  When you walk with Me at your side you can hold your head high with confidence for you know victory is in store.  The world tries to make you fit into its mold of self-centeredness, but I call you to live a selfless life.  Receiving from Me and giving to others is what life is all about.  I give to you so you can give to others.

I give you love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control so you can give these same attributes to others.  In the same way, My comfort I give you, not just for you to be comfortable but for you to be a comforter for others.

God’s Question for me

Will you step outside of your comfort zone and extend My comfort to those in need?

God’s Promise to me:

To the extent that you comfort others—I comfort you!

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: May I always seek to be Your comforter to others.

My voice:  To speak comforting words whatever the situation.

My heart:  May Your love flow into others lives through my heart.

My body:  To be your vessel of comfort to the hurting around me.

God Guides

23 Dec

God’s Word:  Matthew 2wise-men

God’s Message:   (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

The Wise Men followed My star to find Mary, Joseph and Jesus.  Along the way, they encountered the arch-enemy of the child Jesus—Herod—the power-hungry king who even murdered his own sons to prevent them from taking his place as king.  “What?” Herod said. “There has been a new-born king?”  Herod pretended desire to worship this new king and told the Wise Men to let him know where He had been born.

An angel was sent to warn the wise men not to return to Herod.  Joseph too was warned by an angel to flee from Bethlehem to Egypt, because Herod was on the hunt for the child.  He obeyed and fled to Egypt.  Wicked Herod, enraged that he could not find the child, ordered all baby boys near Bethlehem murdered.  Joseph and his family remained in Egypt until after the death of Herod.  Once again, I sent an angel to tell Joseph it was safe to return home.

As I guided the circumstances around the birth and life of Jesus, I too am willing and eager to guide your life.  And I have a distinct vantage point that you are unable to see.  I can see the result of each of your choices.  Even though some of your foolish choices lead you down blind alleys—I will never leave nor forsake the one who turns to Me.  Instead of waiting until you are facing a brick wall—invite My guidance in your daily decisions.  My path doesn’t always lead through a rose garden but My daily presence in your life can give the bleakest of circumstances the fragrance of peace and inner joy.

God’s Question:  Are you happy with where your life is going?  Could you use a little help from Me?  I only come to help when invited.

God’s Promise:  The one who obeys the leading in My Word can be assured of My daily guiding presence.  Never will I turn from you.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for your promise of guidance and I give myself to You.

I am sorry I am so easily tempted to stray from your guiding wisdom.

Thank You for forgiving and accepting me back into Your grace.

Help me to look to Your Word and listen to Your guidance.

 

Jesus’ Family Tree

22 Dec

God’s Word:  Matthew 1jesus-family-tree

God’s Message:   (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Your family tree carries the history of your family but it doesn’t determine your destiny.  Each generation makes its own choices—for good or ill.  For the person who loves Me and looks to Me for guidance, even in their failures, I will make all things work together for good.  The family tree of Jesus was not made up of perfect people.  There were liars, cheaters, wife stealers, selfish people, and the whole gamut of sins.   Jesus did not let his ancestry determine his destiny.  He chose a destiny to live and die for others sake.

Joseph, the man I chose to be the husband of Mary, Jesus mother, was handpicked by Me, based upon the choices he made in life—not because of his heritage.  He was a good man that I knew would care for and train Jesus in His growing up years.  Joseph chose his destiny when he believed the angel I sent in a dream.  The message he received was not an easy one to swallow.  “His girlfriend was pregnant with a Spirit-conceived son.”

Rather than dismiss the dream, and Mary as his intended, he did just what the angel commanded him.  He married Mary but did not consummate the marriage until after Jesus was born.  Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin.  The angel gave Joseph the name for the baby—“Jesus—meaning ‘God saves.’”  Loved one—I orchestrated the writing of the Bible as the family tree of humanity.  As you read and heed, you will come face to face with Jesus, My Son, sent to bring you salvation.

God’s Question: What destiny are you choosing for your life?

God’s Promise: To those who choose to align their destiny with My higher purposes for life—there is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for giving us wisdom in choosing our destiny.

I am sorry that I often ignore Your wisdom and make foolish choices.

Thank You for Jesus’ forgiveness that covers the faults of my choices.

Help me to daily align my life with your purposes for living and live in victory, come what may.

 

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