Who knows what lies ahead before you but God. You can be a risk taker by walking up to the door, opening it and walking through. Standing there won’t do much.
Faith without works is dead.
Like Esther, we can choose to do something about a situation we are faced with whether it’s good or bad.
Stepping out into unfamiliar territory can be scary. Even fearful. Ok maybe out of sheer laziness you just don’t want to do it. How about you are simply procrastinating. Raise your hand if I’m taking to you! (I raised mine.)
For a time such as this you may be called out to reach out to an enemy to bless them and pray for them.
For a time such as this the Lord may be calling you out to do a home Bible study, start a mens/womens ministry, go into the mission field where it may be dangerous. Thinking about giving up on love after a messy divorce? He can restore that calloused heart back to one that’s softened to one day bless with you that future spouse that was meant for you.
I can list a number of scenarios but the question that remains is: will you do it? Will you step forward no matter the cost? If God has called you to it He will equip you to get you through it. The Lord had a friend speak into my life many of times about some things and I kept brushing them off. I began to get the same things spoken into my life from others who didn’t know. The Lord even began to speak to me through devotionals.
I was like “Are you serious?!!”
I thank God that He’s loving, kind and patient. He won’t give up on you and the purpose for why He chose you.
God can do all things but fail. Trust Him even when you can’t see what will happen next. It’s not faith when you can see it. Step forward even if you are afraid to. If I can you can too.
Obedience is key. We will never know the impact that can be made in someone’s life if we choose not to move. I encourage you to move forward even if you have to do it afraid .
Blessings to you,
While it is an uncomfortable thing to think about because we know that one day it will be us inside of a box/ urn (or whatever choice is made as to where our body will lay) , while flashbacks come to the front of our minds of a loved one leaving us, while tears and heartache choke us up…….
Life and death are occurring every day right here on earth. A spiritual life and death to be exact.
Which will we choose? People are dying a spiritual death around the globe near and far.
Have our thoughts become synonymous to seeing a lifeless body in a casket while going through the ritual of saying our goodbyes all the while not thinking that one day it will be our turn and that our eternity will be in heaven or hell?
I don’t mean to come off as being insensitive. Believe me because I have had my share of mourning loved ones. I have a heart for people in general and it hurts me to the core when I see and hear about what’s going on in the world knowing that innocent people are dying.
But for those of us that are still alive and breathing we are at times unknowingly walking around the dead. Those that are spiritually dead. And if we belong to Christ we need to ask ourselves what are we doing to help others go from death to life.
This is such a sensitive topic. Death. But it must be talked about. It must be acted upon. Even through the hardest circumstances I can’t help but wonder if a person has salvation. I can’t help but wonder and literally pray that they have received Jesus Christ into their lives.
None of us know the day or hour that we will leave this earth. Question remains is will we be ready to go? One way or another we will be leaving this temporary dwelling.
Earth is just a pit stop for me. My eternal address and home is up in heaven. I pray that yours is too as well as your loved ones. I pray this for the entire world of mankind. I don’t know you but I am praying for you. I am praying for your life while it’s still here on this side.
You may or may not believe in the One True God, you may or may not choose to receive the love and freedom in Christ Jesus but believe me when I tell you that there is no in between. There is no other way to heaven except through Jesus. There is no reincarnation, there are no levels you must pass to receive enlightenment, empowerment or whatever you have come to believe. These are lies of the devil. I’m not sorry to say it. He is the father of lies and will use anyone and anything to trick you. Do know this. Satan believes in God and he knows that he is only a little god. With that said he loses in the end. Actually he has already lost but will continue to do what he does to grab as many lost souls as he can before his time is up.
Forgive my rant. I just can’t stand him. I can’t sit by without speaking the Truth (Jesus) to you in love. If you have a relationship with Him , if you have accepted Him into your life through the gift of salvation I encourage you to keep pressing on and don’t stop. We have a call on our lives to go into the world and make disciples.
If you do not have salvation in your life and have welcomed Jesus into your heart know that it’s not too late. Today is your day. Tomorrow is not promised. Make up in your mind if you want true life in Christ beyond the physical body which will perish one day. Jesus can and will give it to you. Just ask Him!
Overall my message to you is that we need to see beyond the natural eye and the routine that we do of sending a loved one away at a funeral to truly realize that it’s time to get our lives in order, to stop playing Russian roulette with time because we have no control of when we leave this body. Only God has time in His hands and we all have an appointment. Each of us have been given an appointed time of living. May we do our best to live it in Him and not in vain.
Until the sweet day that I will stand before my Lord I will keep praying for you. I will keep praying for myself and this dark world we live in. Times won’t get any better so we need to live it in love and in Christ Jesus until He comes back.
Choose wisely for life and death stands before us all. God bless you dear heart. From my heart to yours I pray you receive what has been written in love and truth for the sake of winning souls for the Kingdom. In Christ we can do all things for it is He who sustains us day to day helping to getting through the ups and downs that life will bring.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying— a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
I Timothy 2:1-7 NKJV
Choose what you will but remember that each choice will either help, hurt or hinder you from growing. I Choose Joy and His name is Jesus. My life, my happiness, all that I am and do is found in Him. No one or nothing else. People will fail you because we ALL make mistakes and are far from being perfect.
Life happens and can change from one minute to the next. Today is a gift from the Lord even if it started off bad for you. You are alive and breathing, right? You have a roof over your head, clothing on your back, food in your mouth and obviously a phone/laptop/computer to read this message. Someone is mourning a loved one who didn’t wake up to a new day, someone is stressing how to make ends meet, someone is worrying over a child who didn’t come home last night.
With all that is within you, I encourage you to choose Joy today while blood is still running warm through your veins. You can walk, talk, and live in the truth. You have more than some in this world. You are blessed even if you don’t see it or realize it.
Jesus and the gift of salvation that He paid the ULTIMATE price for us all is the best thing that I could ever attain. Without Him I could not write something positive even when I am going through a hard day. Without Him, I cannot be the best wife, mother, friend and neighbor to the best of my ability.
Many are about self but I am called to be selfless and to help others and love on them and to let them know that they too have the freedom of choice.
Choose this day how you want the rest of your day and life to be. It’s not up to anyone else. You have the power and control to filter what goes in and out of your life.
God bless you this day and all that He gives you for tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.
🦋 Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11 AMP
🦋 Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
Proverbs 27:9 NKJV
That’s a whole lot of forgiving on a daily basis. 70×7. Just think about how many times we sin against the Lord and He forgives us. How dare we not forgive others who wrong us. Forgive and be forgiven. We all have faults and shortcomings, our faith walk levels vary one from another. I know it’s a hard thing to do.. believe me. But we must do it.
“Hmm. 70 x 7…. really Lord?!! Geez. I dunno about all that. I mean that’s a LOT of forgiving _______. I don’t know if I can do it.”
Now look at what Jesus had to say in this conversation:
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV
Dear friend, I know that forgiving someone for a repeated offense can really take a toll on you. I really do. But I say that it is better to forgive and release than to walk around in an emotional imprisonment when that person who offended you has already moved on. Let it go. You will not forget what happened or what was said but you can be freed from holding on to something that is contaminating your spirit.
You can be set free from emotional bondage. The enemy always has a plan to keep you offended. It’s a choice to either allow the Lord to help you let go or to continually be a puppet of the adversary who is on the battlefield of your mind. Thoughts will come in but you can take those thoughts and cast them down. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Don’t worry about what others will think if you keep forgiving someone or even allow your own thoughts to trump the Word of Truth. In Christ we will not fail.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be encouraged and stay prayed up. God bless you always,
*I thank my Pastor (Al Brice ) for speaking such a great word of truth and encouragement to me and those who were soaking up the Word given to him by the Lord about forgiveness.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
2 Corinthians 5:1-9 KJV
*In honor of my beloved Mother-in-law Ruth who went home to be with the Lord April 16th, 2016. I thank her for being a woman of virtue who not only loved the Lord but walked the walked and not just talked the talk. She played a very important role in my life for the 21 years I was her daughter-in-law. I’m honored by the love, prayers and lessons she taught me in word and deed, her honestly and selflessness. One day I will see her again and what a joyous occasion that will be.
My life means nothing if I don’t have Christ and am not living as if I’m His.
Yesterday was a hard pill to swallow. I can call it bittersweet actually. As I listened to hearts sing and share their thoughts about the life and legacy of a mighty woman of God I began to reflect a little deeper about my own life and legacy.
With so many attributes and titles I could say about such a woman who lived her life to the very end in Christ… Life and Legacy stood out to me.
Being in my early 20’s as a new wife and a year later a brand new mother, I was blessed into a family that I know deep within I longed for. Didn’t realize it at the time but little did I know how valuable life lessons as a woman of God would play in my young life. This woman of 12 planted seeds within me that I know and believe are still growing and harvesting to this very day.
Life & Legacy
What am I doing with this life of mine? What legacy will I leave when it’s my time to leave this earthly tabernacle? I speak not only of my children and their future generation but of those I come in contact with everyday.
Am I just taking up space and time? Am I planting seeds into the life of those around me and living a life pleasing to the Lord? What impact am I making? These are the questions that I am asking myself more often.
I desire for my life to be fruitful. Not just thinking about what I can do for myself but also for others. We are suppose to be the “hands and feet of Christ” right?
What about you? Do you think more about these things as the blessed days the The Almighty has bestowed upon us passes us by? I hope you are but if you aren’t I encourage you to do so. (whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
James 4:14 NKJV)
Tomorrow may never come for you or me. Our days are numbered. Life has so many things and people vying for our attention. For the good and bad. Are we having our steps ordered a little more by the Lord, are we giving up senseless things that will pass away, are we praying, fasting and spending more time on our face in His presence? We are all guilty of how we prioritize our daily living. Please don’t allow your own thoughts and rationalizing to deceive you. Satan is already busy and cunning enough as it is to keep our minds busy. Let us not give him easy access to take up residence in our lives with all that is going on in this life.
It behooves us to choose the better part. Nothing or no one is greater that Jesus.The life he lived and exemplified is of the greatest life and legacy given to us. One for us to mirror, to share and spread to the world.My mother-in-law did that. And for that I am ever so grateful. As a woman, I need and desire training and life application as a woman, wife and mother. To receive such from a loving, wise and God-fearing woman I am forever grateful for her pouring into me for the little time I had her here on earth.
We need not to waste such precious time with this present life we have for our days are but a vapor. Here one day and gone the next. I’m sure you want to stand before the Lord as I do to hear “Thy good and faithful servant.”
Life & Legacy. What will you do with the time you’ve been given? Make good use of it and leave the next person with hope for in Christ we can do all things. We can get through another day all because of Him.. our sure Rock of Ages. My mother-in-law had her share of storms and sunny days but had it not been for the Lord on her side where would she have been? Her love and dedication to live a life for Him though her prayer time and servanthood has bore good fruit. I see it in my extended family and in the community that came out to celebrate her life. She will be dearly missed that’s for sure.
With that said, I do not want her life and legacy to be seen in vain. I must take this time and life I’ve been given and do I’ve been called to do for the sake of kingdom building and most of all because I proclaim that I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, my soul, my strength.
May your heart be encouraged not only today but each and every moment that you have breath in your body.
With the love of Christ, I pray better days for you and yours,
On this day that we are now in my heart feels inclined to share a message of encouragement with you. Do you mind? May it wrap around your heart with gentleness and love as it has mine. God is faithful to supply when we call upon Him.
Warmest regards from my heart to yours,
Cling to the Lord even through the tough times. Wow. This was so befitting today. Change is hard but needed at times. Just like the butterfly which was once a caterpillar, time and people change. Seasons change too. You can’t move forward while still looking back.
Let go and let God.
Sometimes we hold ourselves up from new beginnings or a new season because we cling to the familiar.
Earlier today I actually saw 2 swallowtail butterflies each time I went out the door. Once out the front door and then the back door. Isn’t that something?!!
There are times when the Lord will use the smallest things in nature or what we may not really pay attention to to get our attention.
For me right now in this new day that I am experiencing all I can say is “Thank You Lord for showing me. I hear you and I see what you are saying”
Dear hearts…. sometimes the blessing will come through the change if you are just willing to let change take its course.
Be encouraged in this new day, season and change that you are facing. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV❤