Truth Tuesday – Oh How He Loves Us!

Every now and then I think it does our hearts good to be reminded of God’s love for us.  His love is not based on our  performances, beauty, positions or abilities.  It’s not based on what we have done or should have done.  The truth is….God will never love us more or less…no matter what.  His love is complete and we are the object of His heart’s affection.

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Truth Tuesday – Let the Enemy Know Not Today!

Are you struggling with fear in any area of your life right now?  Perhaps there is a relationship that is causing you anxiety.  Or a difficult circumstance where there seems to be no solution.  Can I just speak honestly to your heart right now?  Satan wants you to be afraid.  While you are distracted with fear, the enemy is pickpocketing your purpose, crippling your courage, dismantling your dreams and blinding you to the beauty of God’s great plans.  Bu you don’t have to live in that place of fear.  You can stop right now and speak the name of Jesus.  Proclaiming His name brings power, protection and perspective that CRUSHES fear.  It is the name above every other name.

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Truth Tuesday – Are Your Words Gracious and Salty?

Words can make or break every relationship that we have.  Our words will either draw people to us, or they will push people away.  Words, written or spoken, carry great weight in our lives.

In today’s verse, God is encouraging us to let our words, “always be gracious and seasoned with salt”.   Let’s consider what salt does and then make some spiritual applications so that we can live out being gracious in our conversations.

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Truth Tuesday – Prescription for Peace of Mind

 

Perfect peaceWhen we face difficulties, or simply have a need to make a decision and are torn with which direction to take, it can be tempting to get carried away with focusing on the difficulties, or the decisions needed.  Before you know it, your focus is completely on the need to fix your situation, and your heart gets restless and unsettled.  When I have moments like these, one thing is noticeably missing in my thought pattern – peace of mind!

In reading Isaiah 26:3, I notice that there are two prescriptions we must follow to have peace of mind in our current circumstances:

1.  We must fix our minds on God.

2.  We must trust God.

First, we must fix our minds on God, on His promises, and on the truths of His character, regardless of how our hearts and emotions are making us feel. We can find these promises and truths by reading God’s Word.  As we read God’s Word, we must meditate on it, memorize Scripture, and discipline our thought patterns to agree and rest upon the truths revealed in God’s Word.

Secondly, we must trust God.  This means that we need to have complete and humble confidence in God, relying on Him to work things out in accordance with His good and perfect plan for our lives.  When we are trusting,  we don’t give into despair or fear because we are resting in the fact that God is in complete control.

When we choose to obey these two prescriptions, God blesses our obedience with peace! God will give us an inner sense of contentment and quietness regardless of our circumstances.

If you are not experiencing peace in your current situation, ask yourself what prescription for peace you are not living out at this time.

Wishing you grace full week of calm and perfect peace as you fix your minds on the Lord and trust Him!

 

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Gratitude Quiz

Gratitude is a life preserver, for choosing it can rescue us from drowning in a sea of runaway emotions filled with doubt, negativity, discouragement and anxiety.  It is a choice that requires frequent evaluating on our part, as it is so easy to get sucked into the undertow of life with all its busyness and demands.

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Truth Tuesday – The Power of Praise

I am off this week on a little adventure with my sweet mama and  my precious daughter.  With my mom’s age and health, this is an opportunity that doesn’t happen very much and one that has to be planned out.  I would greatly appreciate your prayers for a time of sweet blessing, laughter, rich memories and health as we travel.

Because I am consumed with putting all the final touches together for the trip, I thought instead of writing something this week, I would share an article I found almost a year ago on Crosswalk and saved it in my prayer journal notebook.  Since I have been writing lately on the importance of implementing gratitude into our daily lives, I thought I would share it with you today.  It has been a great reminder to me on the power that we have in praising God. Continue reading “Truth Tuesday – The Power of Praise” »

Truth Tuesday – Blah or Bless?

psalm-103-1-2I love reading the Psalms and seeing how open and honest David is in expressing his concerns and fears to God.   One thing that has stood out to me when reading these heart felt prayers is how David had a shift in his thinking…his concerns…his fears…when he remembered who God is and would begin to praise Him.

Let me share with you an example.  In Psalm 31:9, David says this, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress, my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and by body also.”  Then in Psalm 31:14-20, his distress turns to praise – “But I trust you, O Lord; I say, You are my God….Oh how abundant is your goodness”.

This morning, before I wrote this blog, I was feeling a bit down and discouraged.  I read my morning devotion and felt like I was just going through the motions and continued to feel very blah.  I knew it was time for me to stop and offer God praise for who He is and some of the specific blessings I have received from Him and others over the last several days.  My heart was lifted.

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Truth Tuesday – Gratefulness In All Things

eph 5 20My brother died when I was eight years of age.  He was seventeen years old and a healthy, robust young man.  During a basket ball game, he collapsed on the gym floor and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  During the days and years that followed, my parents modeled for me how to trust God during hard times.  Over the years, God has not just taught me to trust Him, but to also give Him thanks in everything as well.

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Truth Tuesday – Am I a Worshipper or a Whiner?

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Sometimes it is necessary to paint a contrasting picture to help us step back, evaluate and ask ourselves the question: which most resembles my life?  In chapter 5 of the book Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss helps us to ascertain if we have the marks of a worshipper or whiner.  This is well worth our time to read and then personally assess!  I have included some really thought provoking quotes from this chapter.

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Truth Tuesday – Why Choose Gratitude?

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In the day to day struggles – out there where feelings of disappointment and entitlement can lead us down paths where whining begins – why choose gratitude?  In chapter 4 of Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares eight reasons to choose gratitude, stating that personalizing and internalizing these should be sufficient in outweighing whatever it is that is tempting us to whine about instead of worship.

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