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May 7, 2016 — Leave a comment

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?”(Matthew 6:26, NIV)

Are you a worrier?  I used to be.  I could work myself into a frenzy better than anyone I know.

I would walk around wringing my hands.  What am I going to do?  How am I going to fix this?

My first mistake was thinking I could do anything!!  Your Father in Heaven knows exactly what your going through.  If he takes care of the birds…don’t you think He can take care of you?

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27)

Lay it at His feet! ~ Debra

Faith Over Fear~

March 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

faith over fearEarly this morning, I stopped by Chick-fil-a to pick up some breakfast treats. As I waited for my order, I was drawn to their marquee.  It simply said, “Faith over Fear.”

I pondered what they were referencing and finally decided it must be related to our upcoming Presidential election. Many in the US are crying out to God for Him to save us from ourselves. We are desperate for Godly leadership.

These days bring incredible upheaval throughout the world and in our own home towns.  Even as we wring our hands and wonder what the future holds, we must again remember scripture.

Daniel 2:21 says:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

crownAlthough Daniel penned these words hundreds of years ago, our God has not changed. His wisdom and power stands, and He still raises up and removes “kings.”

In 1 Timothy 2, Paul urges us to pray for those in authority. And this is where we circle back around to Chick-fil-a in Abilene, Texas.

Our faith in the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Creator of everything must rise above our fear and uncertainty of the unknown in all things from a shaky job market to who will be elected President of the United States of America.

So, Love Heart, as you go about your day, give praise to the name of God and rest confidently that He’s in complete control. After all, He is the King of Kings, and remember to let your Faith rise above your fear.  Gwen~

Intentional Faith

March 12, 2016 — Leave a comment

cambodianI watched a mission video featuring a young Cambodian student from University of Texas Arlington.  She spoke of knowing nothing about God when she arrived at the university.  She was invited to visit a student group who shared the gospel with her.

She used the word “intentional” in describing how they approached her with the Good News.

Sometimes we beat around the bush – worried that we might offend. intentional - Copy Or worse yet, what if they ask a question to which we don’t know the answer?   We think if the opportunity comes up, we might say something about our faith.  But are we intentional or fearful?

Jesus spoke to His disciples in Luke 12:11-12 saying “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Holy Spirit will give us exactly what needs to be said.

Be intentional with your faith.  Speak the truth in love.  Don’t rely on yourself, rely on Him.  Gwen~

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raise him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, NIV)

 

Pass on the encouragement! ~Debra