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A Night Of Hope

For all those struggling to understand, filled with fear and seeing their lives turned upside down…it’s ok to ask God questions. We don’t have all the answers or completely understand what is happening around the world but there is one who does.

This incredible band got together remotely to encourage us to love one another, stand tall against the unknown and know that our God is in control. I highly recommend everyone watch, sing along and know that you are in amazing, mighty hands…our Heavenly Father! We stand from a position of victory through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Love and blessings to all. May God protect and keep you strong through the battles of today. May we all come out stronger on the other side. God Bless!!

Clear The Clutter

stressed_outOver the past decade relationships and families have really suffered. Technology has become such a huge part of our daily lives and we simply think we can’t live without it. Televisions, DVR’s, Facebook, Twitter, email, selfies, chat rooms and cell phones have all become second nature. You hear stories about people breaking up through instant messaging, you see commercials with families texting each other at the kitchen table; the madness of it all is quite overwhelming. So how in the world are you to keep first things first and determine what truly is a priority and what is just cluttering your life?

Hey, I’ll be the first one to say…technology can be fantastic. I use it everyday myself. But, the world we are living in is draining us dry. People are so eager to post a selfie or tell us everything going on in their lives via Facebook or Twitter; you have to stop and wonder how in the world does anybody get anything accomplished anymore?

Heck, there was a time in my life where I wore two cell phones, a pager and a laptop everywhere I went. I was always on call. The stress and pressure of it completely drained me. Even with all the technology, I always felt like I got nothing accomplished. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without carrying one of my phones with me. I honestly felt like I was going to miss something. Does that sound like you?

What I did next might not be for you but I had a choice to make. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t worldly. It wasn’t popular. But I knew that I had to do something drastic to break the cycle and clear the clutter in my life. I dumped my cell phone. I stopped carrying my laptop. I stopped checking Facebook, Twitter, and emails every day. I decided to take my life back.

The most important thing we can do is clear the clutter from our daily lives and determine what is important. For me…I wanted closer relationships where I could actually have real conversations not just an LOL tweet. I wanted people to know that I really cared about them and what was going on in their lives; but in a real, meaningful way…spending quality time with them. I wanted to hear God’s voice clearer and know His direction for my life, so I started devoting my first few minutes to Him every single morning.

Was it easy to make the change? Absolutely not. Was it worth it? Absolutely, 100% Yes!

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It wasn’t until I made these drastic changes that God started using me. It wasn’t until I made a choice to spend the first few minutes of every morning with Him that He decided to take me on an amazing journey.

Technology is great but I had to make a conscience decision and effort not to allow it to be first in my life. Once I did that, things started changing. I noticed that I was sleeping better. Waking up with energy to burn. I wasn’t so stressed. I could remain calm under pressure. And I was able to get much more accomplished in 24 hours than ever possible.

I’ve never been happier and God has used me in ways I’ve never dreamed of. His dreams for me are so incredible that I don’t want to miss a single moment. But not only that, I have true relationships with people I love. I can honestly say that God has made a major impact in my life. Not just with Him but in everything that is truly important to me.

So why don’t you clear the clutter and start putting Him first in your life. You don’t have to do anything drastic like I did. Every morning when you wake up take a moment to say Thank you Lord, I’m in your hands and this day is going to be awesome. Start giving yourself a nightly break. Set a time where all the electronics are shut down and spend that time with people you love or reading your Bible or taking a walk around the block or volunteering as a family.

Just by taking these small measures could begin your amazing journey too. What comes next is worth much more and the rewards are far greater than you could ever imagine. Peace, joy, happiness and contentment are within your grasp! Don’t miss your moment…take that first step today!

Referenced Scriptures

Matthew 6:31-33: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Proverbs 16:3: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Note: you can replace the word “money” and enter “technology”, “addictions” or anything else that has a hold on you.)

John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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Fear Not

Don't be afraidWhen you look around, everything seems to be going crazy right now. Everyone is buying up supplies. Store shelves are going bare.  Pandemonium every where. What’s worse is that the news is feeding the fear. Just a brief moment watching the news, you would think we are all going to die today. Right now, it’s extremely easy to become fearful or begin to wonder what is going to happen next. Stay calm and hear the good news!

YOU ARE PROTECTED BY ALMIGHTY GOD!

 “Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go.” (Psalm 91:10-11)

When you feel overwhelmed, just claim this truth. When you feel fear creeping in, tell it to go for it has no place in your life. God has made it a point to protect you. There is absolutely no weapon that can be formed against you that God won’t handle on your behalf. God absolutely loves you and will do everything to protect you. Whether that is in your finances, your family, your health, your business, your comings and goings…whatever “it” is that is trying to attack you…YOU ARE PROTECTED!

But God doesn’t stop there?

Fill our barns with great harvest, fill our fields with huge flocks; Protect us from invasion and exile – eliminate the crime in our streets.” (Psalm 144:13-14)

See, our God is so loving that He doesn’t want to just protect you from any evil…He wants to eliminate the crime and see you prosper in every area of your life. He wants you to be so blessed that you can’t help but be a blessing to someone else. He wants you blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed in your finances, blessed in your business, blessed in your family, blessed in your health…blessed…blessed…blessed!

So the next time you have a weak moment of doubt or uncertainty, claim God’s amazing truth. There is absolutely nothing that can happen to you for God is right there with you, every step of the way. He will never fail you and He will always know the best way to provide whatever it is you need; even before you know yourself. For He knows the end from the beginning.

Don’t let the devil scare you. Keep your eyes on Jesus!!! God did not give us His only begotten son, just to let the wiles of the devil overcome you. You have a purpose and destiny that God wants to see come to pass.

SO WALK BOLDLY TODAY AND PRAISE HIS MIGHTY NAME! GOD IS BIG ENOUGH TO HANDLE ANYTHING THROWN YOUR WAY!

Do you know Jesus? If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, invite Him into your life right now. Say:

Dear Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for me and rose from the dead. You defeated death, hell and the grave. Forgive me of my sins. Wash me as white as snow. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. May my name be written in the Lamb’s book of Life from this day forward. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, Welcome to the family! Your enemies are defeated and you are now in God’s mighty hands. Rejoice and see the salvation of the Lord!

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God Loves You

God has really placed on my heart to share my story again, as most people don’t know. As hard as it is, I know the importance of what I’m about to discuss and we are all at a very critical point in life. Many of you have been fighting and wrestling with your own self-worth. In doing so, you tend to look back over the course of the years and see all the pain, the loss, and the suffering but not your true worth. Let me explain…

As a child, I was sexually abused. It led me to feel worthless and unloved. For so many years, I wrestled with the pain and suffering in a very quiet, lonely manner. In protection of my family, no one was aware of the situation. So I continued to deeply hurt all by myself, weeping silently while the shame and guilt consumed me.

For years afterwards, I felt like I didn’t deserve happiness. So, I dated all the wrong guys, lived well below my talents, lived rebelliously; and quite frankly, just never believed that I could be someone lovable or better than what I was living. Needless to say, I lived a very self-defeating lifestyle and learned how to push away others when they showed me what real love was. I simply couldn’t understand why they cared about me. I was broken. I allowed people to hurt me and, in turn, I hurt others as well. Until God called me, showed me how much he loved me and I learned what I’m telling you today!

For those of you who have been hurt, abused, shamed or felt neglected and lost…I HAVE GREAT NEWS!

YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE WORTH TO GOD AND YOU DESERVE HIS BEST!

Throughout the Bible, God used murderers, prostitutes and very evil men to show His amazing glory. So, no matter what has happened to you in life, no matter what people have said about you, no matter what you think of yourself…God sees someone beautiful and blessed.

Today…I ask you to release all the pain, hurt, anger, frustration and suffering of the past years and look forward to your amazing future that God has for you. (Philippians 3:13-14) Ask Him to restore all that you have lost. (Joel 2:25) Ask Him to fill you with His incredible love. (Ephesians 3:19)

You are one-of-a-kind. So, be brave and bold; walking out in faith to the most amazing journey of your life. With God, all things are possible (Mark 10:27). So, let go and be truly free! Give Him your cares, worries and doubts. (1 Peter 5:7) Watch Him bring you the most amazing and wonderful life He has in store for you! His amazing grace is upon you, He loves you and this is going to be the most amazing time ever in your life!

Believe it and Receive it! It is your time to shine!

Work in Progress

 

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Unleash Your Potential

God's PlanEver feel like you are going in circles? Just when you think you are heading in the right direction, you seem to hit every road block there is or something happens in your life that makes you second guess yourself. It never fails that when you are spending time with the Lord and you are stepping out in faith, things seem to come against you in a fury.

According to Jeremiah 29:11, God has an amazing plan for every single one of us. A plan that is far greater than anything we could imagine. However, as God’s plan starts taking shape, you will find that great adversity comes your way too.

God’s plan should give us great hope for our future. God’s plan is so incredible that most people will not understand what you are doing or where you are going. God’s plan is filled with peace, love, joy and prosperity…but as you step out towards that plan, there are many things that will come against you. It is during those times that your faith is being tested.

When you find yourself in adversity and everything that can go wrong ~ goes wrong…do you allow yourself to wallow in the pain, hurt, frustration, anger and lack or do you come running boldly to the Throne of God to place it all at His feet, speaking HIS WORD into the situations?

God has unlimited potential for your life but we need to cooperate with God and His plan. We need to break the barriers of contentment, pain, frustration, hurt, and anger while continuing to learn and grow through it all.

Every day is important. Every day we need to be spending time with God. This is the only way He can help develop us into the person He knows we can be. However, if you do not take the time to develop and understand God’s ways then your ultimate plan may get off course or never materialize. We have to stay the course and allow God to direct our footsteps. Without Him we can do nothing…oh but with HIM…all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Don’t settle for contentment or feel the need to fit in. God has a specific plan for your life and it needs time to develop. Let God show you your God-given gifts and talents. For when you allow Him to take control and step out in faith, He will open doors that no man can shut and shut the doors that no man can open.

Don’t waste another single moment! Reach out to your Lord and Savior today! No matter how you feel, no matter who talks badly about you, no matter what you see in your life…God wants the absolute best for you and is willing to make it all come true. But you need to cooperate with Him by meeting Him first in the morning. Let God be God in your life. You will never know what you’re capable of until God gets involved. It is because of Him that you have unlimited potential and unlimited grace that comes upon you.

Be that one light shining on the hill that no one ever has seen until today! God will make a way when there is none. God will provide when you can’t see how. God will give you peace in the middle of any storm. No one and nothing can do what God can do! He is the great physician. He is the great peace. He is your strength when you are weak. He is your friend when all others fail you. He is closer than a brother. He is all this and more. So place all your cares upon His shoulder and allow Him to do all the heavy lifting.

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Be encouraged to seek His plan above all else. Seek His wisdom for it is finer than gold and silver. Seek His presence through all your difficulties. He promises to deliver you and fulfill the plans He has for you!

Unleash Your Potential Today!

YOU WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN THE END!

 

 

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What the heck is LOVE

Well, if we look at the world’s way…love is conditional.  You do this, I’ll do that.  You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.  Most of us have looked for love in all the wrong places.  Just look at the reality shows on TV.  Sex before marriage is the norm. Heck, statistics show that young kids are having sex by the age of 12 and they know more than adults, in this capacity.  Look at the Porn industry.  It’s huge.  Quite simply, it is an addiction to lust, sex and one-night stands; which is killing the very essence of our families, our society.  This isn’t love!

One of the most important things we need to realize is that the lack or void we feel can not be filled by things or people.  Nothing external can fill the void that is deep within ourselves.  Most people think that if they find a mate, life will be perfect.  Or they think, if only I had more money, I would feel happier. Nothing could be further from the truth.  For we can not expect someone or something to make us happy. If we are unhappy within ourselves, then how could they possibly make us happy.  It just isn’t possible and we are setting them and ourselves up for failure.

Let’s take a cat or dog, for an example.  Say you have been gone all day long and you finally make it home.  You open the Heart 2door to find that loving pet; excited to see you. Whether they are jumping up and down or jumping into your lap, they trusted you to come home and they are excited to show you how much they love you.  It is completely unconditional.  They are just happy to see you.

Well, that is how God loves us.  We can’t earn God’s love nor do we deserve it.  He simply loves us!  It is unconditional. (Ephesians 3:14-19)  He doesn’t care if we are short, tall, overweight, skinny or have pimples; He loves us RIGHT NOW, NO MATTER WHAT!

See, when we start realizing God’s love for us, we can then start feeling love for ourselves.  This in turn, fills the void deep within.  I’m not talking about an egotistical love for ourselves, thinking that you are better than anyone else.  What I’m talking about is having a deep love rooted for God, through God and into our own heart.

When we start experiencing this type of love, then and only then, can we begin showing love for others. This kind of love doesn’t depend on if the person deserves our love or not, we simply realize that God loves us and He loves them.  Nothing can take God’s love from you! (Romans 8:37-39)  THIS IS TRUE LOVE!

Love 1So, EMBRACE YOURSELF!  Look in the mirror and say “I AM BEAUTIFUL, GOD LOVES ME”. Repeat!  “I AM BEAUTIFUL, GOD LOVES ME”.    For when you really begin to feel God’s love for you, it will begin to create the most incredible, amazing, loving relationships that we all desperately crave!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone. You are loved today and forever.

 

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Let The Transition Begin

God’s Word for 2020 is all about FREEDOM! Freedom from depression, freedom from lack, freedom from addictions, freedom from financial stress and worry, freedom from family difficulties, and freedom from whatever it is that’s holding you back from God’s best for your life.

No matter what your current situation is, He wants to make the entire transition smooth and easy; however we must participate to let that happen. We must be willing to let go. Let go of things that no longer are needed. It could be as simple as a piece of clothing or as difficult as saying goodbye to a long-term friend. Whatever God leads you to let go of, be willing to step out in faith and let go!

This is an amazing time that we are living in. God is moving bigger than ever before. Just when all things look lost, an unexpected flip of the coin will happen and your life will move in amazingly new directions.

One thing to remember during these transitions is that God is never trying to take anything from you but is always trying to bring something better into your life. As the Bible states, “all things work out for our good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28)

When we are faced with difficult situations, it is very hard to let go of things when God is prompting you to do so. Whether it’s our weak faith, not enough confidence that God will provide, or we like to feel we’re losing control…it will always rear itself in the worst of times and you’ll find yourself struggling against the very thing God wants changed.

Maybe your situation looks completely hopeless. Maybe you or a loved one received a terrible diagnosis and the doctors are not giving you any hope. Maybe you’ve hit rock bottom and there’s no way out. Maybe you have friends or family members who are saying negative things towards you or mistreating you. Whatever you are facing today, there is hope. You are not alone. And you are loved very deeply. God Himself made you before you were ever born and He knows exactly where you are in life.

Quit struggling to find the answer. Rest in Him and meditate on His amazing works in the Bible because you are unique and beautifully made. You don’t have to struggle anymore. God will make a way when you don’t see one. He will make sure you have friends that are positive and uplifting even though you may find yourself alone right now. He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out such a blessing that you will not have enough room to contain it where you become the lender and not the borrower.

Whatever God’s plans are for your life, you can rest assured that He will bring it to pass and it will be far greater than you ever imagined. Everything you’ve gone through up till now will look like peanuts compared to God’s greatness shining brightly in your life. Your transition and situations are moving into your favor. Your FREEDOM is about to burst forth! Hold on because it will be the most amazing time in your life if you’re willing to believe and trust in Him! Accept His peace today and let the transition begin!

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