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November 21, 2015 — Leave a comment

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says…I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Ann Radmacher.

God’s word is full of people that showed great courage.  Here are some words to live by as you face those everyday challenges.     

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14, NIV)

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you, In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalms 56:3-4, NIV)

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”  (Psalms 31:24, NIV)

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who give me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13, NIV)

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)

I’m “Thankful” I’m never alone. ~Deb

Discovery

November 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Have you ever watched a butterfly struggle to free itself from its cocoon?  It takes a very long time.  I’ve always wondered why and discovered that as the butterfly struggles to free itself, nature is forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so it will be ready to spread its wings and fly.  If this process doesn’t occur the butterfly would be weak with shriveled wings and unable to fly.

Sometimes struggles are just what we need.  God allows obstacles in our life so that we don’t become crippled and weak.  He wants us to spread our wings and fly! 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1, NIV)

So when you ask for strength and receive difficulties, wisdom and received problems, prosperity and are given an ability to work, courage and receive obstacles, love and receive someone to help through troubled times, favors and receive opportunities.  Thank the Lord!

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13,NIV)

He knows just what you need!  Deb~

 

Sunflowers

November 13, 2014 — 1 Comment

I just love Sunflowers, don’t you?  They’re so bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable.

The leaves are heart shaped; they stand proud and strong, faces raised as a reflection of God’s love.  Did you know that there isn’t much that can stop a sunflower from growing?  These bold flowers are very persistent.  I’ve seen them take root and push through cracks in concrete.

This unique flower also draws impurities from the soil and still blooms into a beautiful creation. 

As you live day to day, know that there will be obstacles and If you push through and allow God to sift away the impurities, there are seeds of hope awaiting you.

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV)

Just as the sunflower is drawn by the sun, we are sought by His Son!! ~Deb

 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NIV)

 

 

Quality Stone?

November 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

1 Kings 5:16-17, tells us of the building of the temples foundation.  The stones were huge and perfectly rectangle in shape.  Scripture says the stones were moved to the temple in a quiet manner out of respect for the Holy site.  The foundation was constructed of “quality stone.”

If your foundation isn’t strong everything else will fall beneath it.  “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (ICorinthians 3:11, NIV) 

The need for a quality foundation is a lesson we must all take to heart.  What types of materials are we using?  Are we rebelling against God which causes a weak foundation or are we building on the integrity and stability of Christ Jesus?  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain come down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it do not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25, NIV) 

Hearing, knowing and doing…If we aren’t doing then we aren’t building on the right foundation.  “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:26-2,NIV)

Listen to the voice of authority, Christ Jesus and build that firm foundation!  Deb~

Charlie Brown

October 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

1234471_603795452996489_1016307001_nCharlie Brown is a character created by Charles Schulz; a wonderful American cartoonist.  Nothing ever seems to go right in Charlie Brown’s life, even though his heart is in the right place.

There are times of frustration, disappointment and heartache, but Charlie keeps going with his child like faith.

“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4, NIV)

Oh, that we might learn a lesson from Charlie Brown! ~Debra