Only God Can

We all have stuff. We all need prayer. Both are processes we must walk through as God creates opportunities for change.

God created everyone different. We’ve had different life experiences. There are things only God can change. Free will to choose still causes challenges among us.

Some have wounds so deep only God can heal. Some are angry and only God can deliver them. Some are in unloving relationships only God can give courage to talk about. Some are grieving over a failed marriage, broken heart, death of someone they loved and only God can heal the hurt or feeling of abandonment.
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Some have trust issues only God can resolve. Some have been controlled by people for so long only God can set them free. Some wear so many masks to hide shame only God can give self esteem and self worth back. Some can’t forgive or forget _________, only God can mend and heal hearts.

Some criticize or belittle others that only God can build confidence back. Some don’t know love or mistake love for bargaining–if you love me, you’ll __________; only God can give unconditional love without bargains. Some think to accept God, they can’t __________.

As published in the category–When you know, who you are–, God is in the people business. It’s about showing love and kindness to those in need. It’s about reaching those who don’t know Him and that He loves them. It’s about loving one another in spite of our “free will to choose”. It’s about showing Jesus to a lost world. It’s about saving souls.

Christians are in this world but not of this world. We are the “salt and the light”–giving all the glory to God–They will know us by our fruit and loving actions. When we know God, through his Son, Jesus Christ, we are so rooted and grounded in love, our actions speak for us and God gets the glory!

Bottom line, whether we agree or not, we have to respect a persons choice to choose differently and pray about it. Speak life into stuff, instead of speaking negative stuff. Keep in mind, everybody is not ours to fix. God is in charge, and he knows what each of us need to keep moving forward. So pray and be specific in your prayer.

God is the only one who can change people and things. As God creates opportunities to share our personal–once upon a time, God _____________ story–this is what sharing the gospel is about. Most folks are visual, talk is cheap. This is where actions speak louder than words. (smile)

Scriptures for your reading pleasure:
Matthew 6:9-13 – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 11:29-30 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Philippians 4:5-7 – Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:1-17 – This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

1 Peter 4:6-8 – For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Love From A Distance

God always knows what is best for us. God never gives us more than we can bear. God gives us courage to love from a distance. Sometimes we must stand in faith, trusting God, by taking our hands off of situations that He knows we can’t handle. We are not God. God is the only one who know the reasons behind a why.

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Hurting people hurt people. Remember “power of words” and “free will to choose”–trying to interfere when God is working–gets our feelings hurt.

Once upon a time, someone loved us from a distance. The best thing we can do is have patience and keep them lifted up in prayer. Trust God to walk them through. Drop a {{smile}} or {{hug}} in a text or email to let them know someone is thinking of them. Keep moving forward, even if there is no reply back. Remember God is in charge of the situation.

Meditate on Romans 8:28–And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We thank God, for his continued protection, even when we don’t know or understand why. There is power in prayer!

Hebrews 11:6, But Without Faith

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

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Let us keep moving forward by faith, knowing that God is in charge and has prepared us for the blessings of this day!

A Shout Out To Friends

This is a “shout out” and “thanks” to all of our friends–old friends and new friends, who do what you do for us. 😀

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Thank you Lord, for the friends, you placed in our lives, to listen to us, hang with us, cry with us, laugh with us, sing with us and love us, when we are going through stuff.

God bless our friends!

Love is

Love is a commandment. Mark 12:30-31 says “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”.

We love God . We love thy neighbor as thy self . Whoops a 🚩 on the play–some of us don’t like ourselves 😰 which hinders love. We have listened and told ourselves, so many things, that we want this or need that to ______________. Some of us are looking for love in all the wrong places (another song to add to our repertoire) 😜 when all we need is Jesus. This is where the rubber meets the road for us and our choices. We sometimes forget, once upon a time, we didn’t know love. Sow love and God will water.

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God loves us! Until we love ourselves, it can be quite difficult for those who love us. Thank God for the power of prayer🙏 and the leading of the Holy Spirit–for those of us in relationships where one expresses love so different that we feel compelled to pray more, hang in there, God is in charge and will give us grace to love as he loves and keep moving forward.

To be continued….

Ezekiel 36:26 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Mark 12:30-31 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV) – 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Matthew 7:20, Wherefore By Their Fruits

Matthew 7:20 – Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Let us thank God, we are not where we used to be. Fruitless. 😀 Once upon a time, we had no fruit. 😨 Once upon a time, we built someone up or torn someone down. Ah, to look back and remember gives glory to God that we can be witnesses of Christ today because our fruit (🍒🍇🍊🍏) is evident because we are doers of The Word.

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People make the world go round. We can thank God and the people in our lives that help us grow and keep us moving forward. 😀

Waiting On God

Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams.” ~ T. D. Jakes

Change Something Today, To Keep Moving Forward

Let us change something today, by faith, to keep moving forward 😀

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What could we change today to keep moving forward?

Inquiring minds want to know 😜 God bless!

John 16:33, Peace

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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Living in these times is a challenge. Things happen, good or bad, it will always be God’s will be done.

We have free will to choose–a positive or negative moment. The choice is ours to make. So let us, praise God, and keep moving forward 😃. Some of us, may need to “sing a song” and just “roll with it” to move forward today. 😛

Philippians 4:13, I Can Do All Things

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Praise God, we’re blessed to see another Monday. Let’s choose to smile and keep moving forward because God loves us, we walk by faith, and we believe Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Have a great and blessed Monday 😃 God is always in charge 😃

When You Know Who You Are

We love The Lord!! It’s a beautiful thing when we are rooted and grounded in the Word of God and know God through his Son Jesus. (smile) Trust us, when we say, there is freedom, when you know who you are in Christ. (smile)

It shows in the way we carry ourselves, the things we speak about–when we trust in God, we know – Romans 8:28-39 –

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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God is in the people business. It’s about showing love and kindness to those in need. It’s about reaching those who don’t know Him or that He loves them. It’s about loving one another in spite of our free will to choose differently.

It’s about showing Jesus to a lost world. It’s about saving souls.

Christians are in this world but not of this world. We are the salt and the lightgiving all the glory to God–They will know us by our actions and speech. When we know God deeply, there are things, we just don’t do because our actions speak for us. (smile)

Can we get an Amen and keep moving forward (smile) God bless us all (smile)

Matthew 10:32-33 – Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 25:1-46 – Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Mark 8:38 – Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

1 John 5:1-8 – Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Choose To Praise, Trust and Thank God

Starting today, let us choose to Praise God, Trust God, and Thank God, as we crawl, walk or run, through the thing, that we are going through–remembering–Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

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Sometimes, God just wants us to walk through the thing by faithtrusting Him–because it is already done–We just have to wait on the manifestation of the thing. Let us also remember God will never leave us or forsake us; God is present everywhere; and God is in charge. This is more than enough to keep us moving forward.

Please feel free to add your thoughts 🙂

Psalm 139:7-12
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Thank You

Today marks 1 month that I’ve been blogging through WordPress and posting to Facebook 🙂 I am grateful and thankful to God, through His Son Jesus, for giving me the courage and the gift to sow words that He waters.

I stepped out on faith when I created afriendofjesus2013.com Blog, the Facebook page Friendsofjesus2013 and Twitter @afriend4ever to share the Word of God and my faith walk with Jesus. 🙂

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Thank you all for following afriendofjesus2013 and God bless you all 🙂

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Always 😀

Ann

Roll with it and Sing A Song

Wahoo! Thank God It’s Friday 😃 Let’s just “roll with it😀 and “Sing A Song” 😃 Bring earplugs!

We are really blessed and God really loves us! Keep moving forward! 😃

Free Will to Choose (Con’t From Words Have Power Part 1)

This is the continuation to the “Words have power” post. We surrendered to the Holy Spirit in preparing this word of the day 🙂 God gives us free will to choose. He made all of us different. So we express things differently. Some of us like to argue, find fault about this or that, sing the woe is me song, ego issues, pride issues, bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts, selfishness, the key is to adapt and love anyway until we choose Jesus.

The Word of God tells us in Matthew 7:1-5–Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Which brings us back to adapting to the differences whether we like or agree and accepting our free will to choose.

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Some of us, can find all kinds of distractions to keep from taking responsibility for our choices and refuse to adapt to others. Again, free will to choose. Let’s face it, we all think what we think regardless of what someone says. This would be the time to pray and give it to God. God is the only one who can validate the truth or open eyes to a thing. Sometimes, we don’t know any better, until we get tired of that same mountain and reach out to God. My BFF, likes to say “Look, I can go with the flow but if the flow is going in the wrong direction, I can’t go”. Courage, we need courage to speak up when necessary about the Gospel and share what God through his Son Jesus has done for us. When we are going through stuff, we get embarrassed or fearful of what others will think… So this is when God needs us to speak up and share that what he has done for us, he can do for them.

As Christians, we are watched all the time on the way we handle life. So until someone notices our actions are different, we choose to be doers of the word.

Many of us are comfortable with status qua; but God, through the leading of the Holy Spirit gives courage and boldness to us on what to say at the exact moment it is needed.

Hebrews 4:12 say “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Jesus is love and light. There is no darkness in him. Got fruit? 😀 We need to choose Jesus to have the fruits of the spirit and the Holy Spirit within us–this brings to mind, the scripture from Hosea 4: 6 –My people perish from a lack of knowledge. We must know God and what His word says for ourselves. We must be able to speak to situations in love and as children of God, learn to adapt to others, who may or may not agree with us and vice versa. How he or she expresses themselves is their free will to choose. We all have a story…once upon a time, we were the same way, until someone sowed words of love and showed us Jesus 🙂 Sometimes, we are not ready to change. The Book of Job is a good read to get a better perspective on loss and questioning God.

Living in the 21st century, with technology rapidly growing and differing ways to communicate, we must pray for ways to reach out to those living with fear, anger or guilt, not to mention those who are just plain lost and ready to believe the lies of the enemy because they think this is what they deserve; those who stay in a relationship because they are afraid to be alone; those with deep anger because their spouse left; or they lost their job. We have to educate our children, who are our future leaders, about character and morals, integrity and respect. As Christians, it must start with us. There are hurt folks all around us that we never see because of our own stuff. When we can love as Jesus does, we can reach out and show all of those someones who don’t know John 3:16–For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And let them know that God loves them. Although times have changed, God and his Word remain the same. In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Everyday when we know the Word of God for ourselves renews our minds, that change our thoughts that change our actions. As children of God, with the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) and guided by the Holy Spirit, we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us, by the way, we respond to challenges–-and distractions– God gets the glory.

Choose to sow kindness to those around us–-and trust that Gods will be done.

We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God! He is awesome in every way and worthy to be praised. 😀 Keep speaking the word and keep moving forward. 🙂

As always, we welcome your comments 🙂

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame, but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 12:24-25 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 25 Heaviness in the heat of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turn away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Mark 12:29 -31 And Jesus answered him, (Moses) the first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shall love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandant. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

John 1-1:14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe to in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quicken; the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 7:17 :18 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 – He that speaketh of himself seek etch his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

John 8:23:24 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

John 8:31-34 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as The Lord our God shall call.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Galatians 6:6-9 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 2:7-10 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 6:11-18 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of The Lord, and from the glory of his power.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

1 Peter 3:15-17 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

1 John 2:15:17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God hearth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

1 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Today, I am Thankful….

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Today, Heavenly Father, each of us will comment on one thing, we are thankful for–we are thankful that You blessed us with another day to be a blessing to others while we move forward.

Be blessed and add your one thankful comment to ours 🙂

Let Go

Have faith to let go, and let God keep us moving forward.

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2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Courage

Today, someone needs Jesus, let us have courage to speak up, by faith, and keep moving forward because God remains in charge.

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:12-14
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mark 16:14-16
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 1:1-3
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Mark 13:9-11
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Acts 20:23-25
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Romans 1:8-10
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

Romans 1:15-17
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2-4
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Opportunities

Every day is a opportunity to know the Word of God for ourselves. This helps to renew our minds that eventually changes our thoughts that eventually changes our actions. As children of God, having the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) we have opportunities to show Jesus to those around us by the way we respond to challenges–that thing or that someone who likes to bait us with distractions–let the Holy Spirit guide us in what to say or do and God will get the glory.

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Sometimes its not about us. God creates opportunities for us to sow a word, a smile, our time, a meal, any act of kindness to those around us–because we don’t always know or understand the why of it; we must be obedient and trust in God. As he blesses us, we are to be blessings to others.

We are the light of the world and they will know us by our fruit. Its about being a witness for Jesus. Praise God and keep speaking the word and moving forward.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also willI give you, and a new spirit willI out within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:15- 18 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bring etch forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring etch forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, breathen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Thank You For Being A Friend

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Theme song from Golden Girls

Thank You For Being A Friend

Thanks BFF for remembering this short but great song…

Be A Friend

Let us be a friend to someone in need today.

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There is lots going on in our lives. Today, let us set aside our stuff for that someone who has lost a love one; someone with nothing to eat; someone with no place to stay; someone who does not know that God loves them in spite of what their mind is telling them. Today, someone needs us to just be a friend. We can move forward in our stuff tomorrow…if The Lord says the same.

God bless us to being a friend to someone in need today. {{{hugs}}}

Rolling Down A Mountainside

🎶🎶Losers and winners
🎶🎶Everyone must play fair
🎶🎶All you beginners know
🎶🎶That you’ve got to start somewhere

🎶🎶(So) Whether you’re saints or
sinners
🎶🎶(Smile) Smile and share
🎶🎶(Sun) Sunlight as well as shadows
🎶🎶While you learn that everyone cares (Everyone cares)
🎶🎶Everyone out there (Everyone out there)
🎶🎶Has a cross to bear (Has a cross to bear)
🎶🎶And we’ll never dare to live alone

🎶🎶’Cause we’re not stones rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶We all count and we’ve got strength and we got pride
🎶🎶’Cause God is on our side (God is on our side, God is on our side)
🎶🎶Mmm, hmm, God is on our side, 🎶🎶hmm, hmm

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🎶🎶Winners and losers
🎶🎶Fight when you know you’re right
🎶🎶You’ll get some bruises but
🎶🎶Some fool see the light

🎶🎶(So) So when you talk confused, yeah
🎶🎶(Keep) Keep your pride
🎶🎶(Smile) Smile and you’ll make them listen
🎶🎶While you teach, then we’ll be
alright (We’ll be alright)

🎶🎶Birds will stay in flight (Birds will stay in flight)
🎶🎶Day will follow night (Day will follow night)
🎶🎶So keep the truth in sight But no, no, no
🎶🎶’Cause we’re not stones rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶We all count and we’ve got
strength and we got pride
🎶🎶’Cause God is on our side (God is on our side, God is on on our side),
🎶🎶God is on our side (Ooh, ooh,
ooh)
🎶🎶I said (God is on our side, God is
on our side) we’re not stones, no, no
🎶🎶(Ooh, ooh, ooh)
🎶🎶Hey, baby, hey (God is on our
side, God is on our side)
🎶🎶Mmm, hmm, mmm, hmm (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
🎶🎶God is on our side (God is on our
side, God is on our side)
🎶🎶Hey, we ain’t stones, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
🎶🎶Givers and takers (God is on our
side), whoa, you heart breakers 🎶🎶(God is on our side)
🎶🎶We could break or make up, 🎶🎶God is on our side, yeah
🎶🎶Come on, mmm… hmm… hmm…
🎶🎶Come on, yeah, yeah

🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside
🎶🎶Rolling down a mountainside

Hang In There

Hang in there! We are all dealing with something or somebody. Sometimes, we just have to dig real deep in our faith and say many prayers to see that thing or that someone differently. It’s during these times that the fruits of the Spirit–patience and long suffering are tested the most.

Sometimes we just have to walk through the thing or pass the someone knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Usually in time, that thing or someone does not bother us any more 🙂 Sometimes, we just have to stand and allow God’s will to be done by that thing or someone.

Sometimes we just have to praise God when we don’t understand why.

Sometimes we have to remember that this too shall pass and to count it all joy that God can use anything or anybody, in our growth process, as we keep moving forward.

Your thoughts?

It’s Roll with it Tuesday

It’s “roll with it” Tuesday 🙂 because we know by faith and trust in God, at the end of this beautiful day, God’s will be done. We have grace and mercy for any challenge. We have security that He loves us. We have His Word to guide us should we need to speak to a situation. We have His ear to hear our prayers. We have His wisdom and knowledge to be brilliant on our jobs.

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We have joy because it is my strength. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are called according to his purpose. We know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We know we have the full armor of God to stand against the wiles of the devil and we have His protection.

We can Praise The Lord as we keep moving forward whether we laugh, smile or cry today because God is in charge and has provided for our needs. So smile, laugh or cry and “roll with it” 😀

Your thoughts?

Sing A Song

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🎶🎶When you feel down and out
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make your day
🎶🎶Here’s a time to shout
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make a way
🎶🎶Sometimes it’s hard to care
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make your day
🎶🎶A smile so hard to bear
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make a way

🎶🎶Singasong
🎶🎶Singasong
🎶🎶Singasong
🎶🎶Singasong

🎶🎶Bring your heart to believing
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make your day
🎶🎶Life ain’t about no retrieving
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make a way
🎶🎶Give yourself what you need
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make your day
🎶🎶Smile, smile smile and believe
🎶🎶Sing a song, it’ll make a way

🎶🎶Singasong
🎶🎶Singasong
🎶🎶Singasong

Thanks Jesus 🙂 We can face this Monday singing a song 🙂

Smile Anyway

We are blessed to see another Monday 😃 Ugh, we procrastinated about x, y or z again 😀
no one liked our blog article 😀 sometimes we just have to 😃 anyway because right, wrong or indifferent….

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Each day brings a blessing, we just have to 😃 sometimes to see it 🙂

😃because God is always with us as we keeping moving forward 🙂

Words Have Power

Words have power. Throughout the generations, from childhood to adulthood, words spoken to us (to include the people who raised us and the people who raised them) helped shape our perceptions about ourselves, relationships, life decisions and God.

Words have the power to build up or tear down; words leave scars, shattered hearts or broke spirits. Young or old, to experience anything, not of love, results in emotional problems; bad behavior; wrong decisions; hating ourselves; immaturity; envy; jealously; anger; rage; lack of trust or respect; control issues; low self esteem; insecurities; fear; shame; abandonment; manipulation; selfishness; and substance abuse–the list can go on and on to include pride. Some hurts are so deep, there is cement around the heart; masks are worn to hide what is really underneath.

Throughout the generations, to include people in the bible, everyone has a story that they could tell. The bible is a blueprint for life. God love us first.

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Bottom line, issues that come up in relationships stem from words spoken to children who grow into adults speaking the very words spoken to them. We can’t give what we never had. Everybody wants to be loved. Depending on the words we carry within us, that are not of love, every relationship will force us to take responsibility for our choices. When we run or leave–instead of walking through the process, we will continue to attract that person who has our same issues and ugh, it is not pretty.

All of us have baggage or brokenness in some area of our lives until we choose Jesus. The lies we grow up believing is that we have to be perfect. We have to look a certain way for someone to love us. We usually end up settling for less than God’s best because everybody else has someone and we don’t want to be alone.

Nobody is perfect except Jesus. The folks who raised us did the best that they knew how and like us today, just “didn’t know any better.” Things happen–our marriage becomes strained; we’re about to be divorce again; we’re stuck due to a death of a loved one; we’re paralyzed by something or someone–these same things happen from generations before us and continue to this day, to include more because of the technology in the 21st century and things are evolving.

The truth is–we just don’t know any better until Jesus shows us how. God has a plan for each of us. When we’re ready, He opens our eyes and ears and He speaks to us.

God has always been in charge, in John 16:33, He says “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. So fear not, because by faith, it is already done. 🙂

His Word is the truth yesterday, today and tomorrow and the day after…His Word never changes.

When we choose Jesus, God changes us putting the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith in us. Basically, He is replacing anything not of love and opening our hearts. Changing us from glory to glory. It’s a beautiful thing to love people like God loves us.

To be like Jesus is a life long process. We die daily to our flesh man and our inner spirit man grows stronger with the help of the Holy Spirit that resides in us. As God prunes and plucks, our outsides begin to shine because God is filling the holes on the inside. We shine like new pennies 🙂 We start to see life from His eyes. We can love as He loves. We can speak words that lift up, build up and encourage. We are able to broaden our perspective on everything, to include adapting to one another and accepting we may not agree but we can still get along. We become “doers” of the word. We speak life into our relationships and situations to break those still in bondage because they don’t know any better.

Things happen but we keep moving forward as God continues to show His presence all around us.

Your thoughts? 🙂

To be continued……

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turn away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

John 1-1:14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe to in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quicken; the flesh profit nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Mark 12:29 -31 And Jesus answered him, (Moses) the first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shall love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandant. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

1 John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God hearth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

1 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Things happen

Everyday things happen. Some “things” can make life interesting depending on our perspective. Free will to choose can make us or break us. We have to take responsibility for our choices and keep moving forward.

God can use anything or anyone to help us grow. We never know who is watching us to see how we handle things.

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Keep moving forward, God is in charge and He has what we need. 🙂

Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Keep Moving Forward

God has blessed us with a new day. His mercy and grace is sufficient for this day. If we have to look back on yesterday, last week, last month, last year, look back to learn from it, not as validation to remain the same. Change is a beautiful thing when we surrender to God. He cleans us up and we shine!

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God has plans for each of us, we are given opportunities to grow and keep moving forward 🙂

Choose to enjoy this day regardless of x, y or z and keep moving forward with a 😃

Share

Wahoo, it’s Wednesday and we’re doing something different today 🙂 Don’t be shy, all we’re going to do is share our favorite song 🙂 We’re talking the one that makes you not only sing it but dance to it too! You know the song, yes that one 🙂 Everyone of us has a song that makes you want to sing it loud and dance! (smile)

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So be you and share your song 🙂

My favorite to sing and dance is Sing a Song by Earth, Wind and Fire. Come on 🙂 post your favorite song below 🙂
We’ll build a play list 🙂

What are your thoughts

We will use this to discuss our thoughts 🙂 We can just keep the comment discussions going and everyone can join in 🙂 We will start with how Jesus changed your life until someone changes the discussion with a new comment

This is the second new thing we are doing today 🙂 We have faith that this will inspire others to participate 🙂

Let’s roll with this 🙂

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Jesus changed my life by blessing me with a new life filled with love, acceptance and speaking His Word to any challenge and believing by faith. He helped me to know Him better through His Word and spending time talking with Him. He is my best friend forever (BFF), my defender, my comforter, my rock. 🙂 Thank you Jesus 🙂

Your turn to share….

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Stuff happens. Plans change. We grow distant. The world seems cluttered and out of control. She said this, he say that. Someone does not like us. Someone else is holding a grudge. Life has challenges, no matter what we do.

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Keep moving forward because God is in charge 🙂

Be You

Be you because there is no one like you. God made us all unique. As we get older, we start to understand that things from the past (or people) can keep us from moving forward. We either don’t like this or that about ourselves; we worry, fret, stress, get angry all because someone said something about nothing. Sometimes we try to be like someone else, which is not being who we were created to be.

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As God is pruning us, (we feel like we’re somewhere in the wilderness doing time) He is molding and shaping as the fruits of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith become part of us. During the wilderness time, we come to understand the fruit known as long suffering while learning to count it all joy when there are trials and tribulations that helps us grow.

When we know the Word of God for ourselves, deepen our personal relationship with Him, God opens our hearts and eyes to see and love like His Son, Jesus. It’s a beautiful thing when we walk through the season of change and we can embrace all the attributes that make us who we are in Christ. When we know who we are, its easier to let things go and let God. God is the only one that can open eyes to see the truth.

So let us “be” the women and men, God created us to be 🙂 Wahoo, we look good for a Monday 🙂

Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.