Friday, May 27, 2011

So worth the time to watch...

Here is a video clip from Beth Moore about the old man with the matted hair. Beth Moore - The Hair Brush.

Let it bless your heart!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Calm All Fears...

Do you know any people that seem to spend so much of their lives seeing through eyes of fear not through eyes of love… fear of looking stupid, fear of being rejected, fear of letting people get too close, fear of being hurt???  How much better is it to live in love not in fear?  That was me not too many years ago; the sad part is I did not even realize it until someone showed me.

The opposite of fear is faith.  That is a true statement, so here is a new perspective to think about… faith that if I look stupid… people that know me still love me... faith that if I am rejected… those people don’t know what they are missing out on and I will show them love anyways... faith that God will bring great people into my life that I can be close with... faith that if I do get hurt by people… God’s love can heal all wounds. This was put on my heart not only for me, but hopefully for some of you too.

Perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18

As a precious child of God, the perfect love of Christ lives within us.  If we are living in that love from day to day… moment to moment there is no room for fear.  Think of how much Christ went through for you, for me, because He loved us so.  In those times when you feel like curling up in a ball and hiding from whatever is to come next in your life… find inspiration in the Words of our Heavenly Father.

"For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is mighty to save.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, He will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”  Zephaniah 3:17

Does this make you shout for joy?  His love will calm All your fears! Are you ready to hand them over to Him?  He rejoices with joyful song over you! Can you feel His presence? 

Take a moment to go to a place of just you and Him… let Him sweep you off your feet and hold you in His arms until those fears have dissipated.  What a powerful picture… what an incredible experience!  Open up more of your heart to His love and He will close the door to fear.

I pray that your faith will be increased with every new day and through every trial that comes along.  May you never forget all the troubling times your Savior pulled you through in the past.  He is always faithful… He will never leave you.  I pray you will not be shaken by doubts or insecurities the enemy tries to throw at you, because you have placed your faith in Him!  May you be His faithful servant. Step out in faith!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If anything you have read here has helped or encouraged you, please share it with us.

Rejoicing in Truth!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Take Heart...

I wanted to share with you the word "overcome".  I saw something on TV where they were talking about changing the way your brain thinks, like bitterness, unforgiveness, regret, etc. They were saying how when you dwell on those things it actually changes your brain matter, almost like leaving a “black hole” in your brain. The word, "overcome” kept coming to my mind as I watched this… my thought was, this can only be overcome by the power of faith in God. Then I opened my devotional and the title was “An Overcoming Faith”… so I asked God what He wanted me to see from this. He reminded me everything in my life that I have overcome has been only through my loving Heavenly Father.  
I heard Him speak to me in my heart that a true overcomer is one that keeps going, keeps trusting, keeps being faithful even when things aren’t the way we want or the way we think things should be. It is not being able to change the circumstance… it is just trusting that God knows what He is doing, that He is in control, that He has our best interest in mind to further His Kingdom. Think of what Christ went through, He overcame death and the grave, but the circumstance of how that had to happen; a horrible, humiliating death on the cross, was not the way He wanted things to be, as it says in Matthew, “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’” Matthew 26:39

The definition of "overcome" is - to conquer a problem, defeat somebody, to win or be successful despite obstacles. We cannot overcome anything in life without keeping our focus on Christ and the strength that only comes from Him. 

Are you feeling like you can overcome today?  Seek His face through His Word, through prayer... you have the strength to overcome if you are a child of the One who has overcome the world.  
“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

Praying you will hear Him... believe Him... overcome through Him.  Praying for peace and a vision of what your life can be and the way God sees your life.  His reality for your life is so much bigger than what your dreams can ever be!!!

Rejoicing in Truth!