Hello everyone…I hope that you are enjoying your day! I wanted to stop by and let you know that I may be away from the ministry until Monday. Yesterday I went grocery shopping…and I praise God for what He brought me through; but I’ve been feeling a little sick from the pain and the pain hasn’t been good at times…so it’s time for me to let the body rest.
Before even coming on here this morning; I questioned God, as to what He wanted me to do…and then He reminded me that there were even times, when His Son, Jesus Christ needed rest...so He could once more be renewed in the spirit, for the journey ahead; so this is what I’m feeling the need to do once more.
While I’m gone, I’ve posted a few links below…where you can read God’s inspired writings of hope…and I want you to know; that while I’m away from the ministry…you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
I pray that the remainder of your week will truly be blessed by the One, who can do all things…no matter the circumstance! Have a great day…and I will see you on Monday!
Many…many blessings on the remainder of your week!
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Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I sure hope that your day is off to a good start! Well…today is grocery shopping day for me; so I’m starting a little earlier this morning. Lately, I have been trying to do things a little bit different…due to the pain that I have been recently experiencing…so today; I will be trying to store up for a month. Don’t get me wrong…I love to be out and about; but the legs don’t seem to always agree; so for a while, I’ve decided to try things a little different.
As we begin our time together, I have also posted another one of my graphic quotes for you to enjoy today. I thought that since my day was going to be a little different…and maybe even a little busier; then I would also do something different for you too. I just love this graphic quote…and it has been a great reminder to me; that the storms of this life don’t last forever…for a time does come, when the storms pass and lead us into a brand new dawn.
As I was looking through some Bible verses today; God led me to a beautiful verse of hope, in Luke 1:78, which reads… “A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.”
We must remember that the One who died…out of so much love for us…didn’t ascend into heaven to forget us or abandon us; but through verses such as these…He promises a new dawn…a time when everything can be made new.
When I get up each morning; the first thing that comes to my thoughts, as I look out the window; is that this is truly a brand new dawn…and even though the trees appear to look the same and everything around me does to…the day is different…and why? Because it’s not the landscape that has changed, but rather, its life’s experiences that change. In other words…we have the greatest opportunity, to experience something brand new. Maybe yesterday failed us; but as we awake to another new dawn…new possibilities stand before us. In a similar way…the storms of circumstance that we go through, can make us feel as if the storm will never come to an end; but just as a rainy day gives way for the sun to shine again…so to, will the storms of this life.
The thing I’m thinking of today; is that we need to quit allowing ourselves to become caught up in the storm…because when we follow after the storms of circumstance; then there is a greater chance of believing what it conveys to us, which only weakens us in spirit.
Maybe we are struggling to see a new dawn; but I know One who stands on the other side of the storm…One who is already experiencing the sunshine of a new dawn that He has in store…just for us; and if we are ever going to experience what’s on the other side of the storm; then we must continue to press on, until God walks us through the darkness of the storm, into a time of new beginnings…moments when the sun does shine again…praise Him!!
Well…I don’t know about you; but I have been encouraged, to keep pressing on…and I know that these thoughts will uplift me and keep me closer to God, while walking through the storms within my own life.
I truly pray that you will come to see the hope that God is offering you today…and that you will have a very special day! Take good care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow!
Many…many blessings on your Wednesday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a good start…and even more, I continue to pray that you will experience the powerful presence of God, especially during the difficult moments of affliction…Amen!!
As we begin our time together, I thought that I would just share my heart with you today. The past few days have been rougher than usual with my health. As I look out my window and see the darkened sky, with the sun still shining through it all…moments like these make me even more homesick for heaven; but these moments also have become a reminder to me; that no matter how dark the storm…the light of God’s presence can still penetrate the moments…that can sometimes seem so hopeless and dark.
As I have been experiencing more pain and tiredness…there is one thing I have come to see…and that is how easily we can get sidetracked in our thinking…especially when we watch others around us having an easier time at life. I don’t know about you; but times like these can cause me to forget where I’m headed with God…but that’s when I cry out and say, “Help me Lord…help me!”
You know…I have come to truly see how easy it is to speak words…and even how easy it is to say… “I am here for You Lord, as You have been there for me;” but when the pain becomes an ongoing pain…and the tiredness wants to take me down to nothing; that’s when I begin to see how easy it can be, to believe the words that are being conveyed to me, through these difficult times…and once I choose to let these thoughts and words carry me away; that is when it seems to be that much harder to come back to the right place on the path, where I can get back on track with life and God.
You know…it seems like I talk with God so much; but nothing seems to change…so I continue to trust Him. I may not understand His reasoning for these difficult times in my life; but one thing I do know…He’s holding me up…and that means more than anything to me right now.
Many nights, I sit in bed discouraged…but as the light goes out…I say, “It’s ok Lord…I understand…You have a plan; so I will continue to keep trusting you, until it’s time for You to walk me out of these hard and difficult times.
You know…it can be so easy, to become drawn into a problem; that before we know it, we begin to think like the problem, while we weaken in spirit and allow the problem to dictate our lives. In fact, we can find ourselves thinking on where the problem may be leading us, rather than how the hand of God can lead us out of the problem.
You know…there are times in my life, when I just need to vent and write out my feelings. In this way, I am allowing God to empty out my heart…and the clutter that only seems to weigh me down…where I can easily become vulnerable to Satan’s ways. Even though the picture of my life still appears to be the same…these moments have truly brought hope back into my heart…and have reminded me of this one thing… “No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you.” John 14:18
Even though God hasn’t changed the picture of my life into something better; He is at work…sustaining me through it all…and I KNOW that when His work is complete; that is when the picture of my life will be made beautiful…for it says in Ecclesiastes 3:11a… “He has made everything beautiful in its time…”
Today, I want to thank you for listening to my heart! I truly pray that this writing will also inspire you to keep pressing on…no matter what you may be walking through…and I truly pray that you will have a very blessed day! Take care and I will hope to be with you again soon!
Many…many blessings on your Tuesday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! What a great day the Lord hath made; so let us rejoice in it…and even more, let us focus on the One who makes everything beautiful in its time…that we may be lifted high above the despair that Satan attempts to take us down with…Amen!!
As we start another new week, there may be moments where we just can’t escape the difficulties of this life…moments when we feel as if we are being bombarded by evil. I don’t know how you feel at times; but there can be moments, when it seems as if the problems of this life have a way of raining down upon my shoulders, which truly can make my life feel out of control at times. Moments like these can become darkened storms; that can make us feel hopeless and alone…even to the place, where we feel as if the sun won’t shine again.
Now isn’t the time to allow the darkness of these storms to overtake us; but rather, now is the time to bring darkness to light and expose the deceptive ways of Satan; that we may bring him to his knees and make him powerless and weak.
A Bible verse that has encouraged me greatly, during the darkened moments of my life is found in John 1:5…and we read… “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
I will never forget the past moments of darkness that I once walked through…a darkness that seemed as black as night; but on the other hand, I will never forget the moments, when Jesus brought me out of that darkness. In fact, I remember the time, when I found myself sitting hopelessly alone in those moments of darkness…ready to give up; that is until someone walked into those darkened moments…someone who was even greater than darkness. As His presence illuminated those darkened moments of my life; it was as if the darkness was now cowardly moving back, as its evil works were now being exposed. That day, I truly experienced a powerful presence, as I had never experienced before…and as Christ’s light shone brightly into the darkened moments that had attempted to take me captive…those darkened moments were now unable to overcome me…praise God!!
One thing I know for sure…we cannot have an attitude with Jesus; but we can have one with Satan…and the minute we choose to fight back and allow the light of Christ’s presence to step into these moments of darkness, rather than wallowing in them; that is when Satan will truly become powerless in our lives.
Today, can you say that you are being bombarded by evil, as one thing after another attempts to take over your life? If so, may I encourage you to not remain stuck in the muck and mire of that darkness; but instead…stand up and expose the works of Satan and let Jesus walk into these moments and bring the darkness to light; that you may be set free from darkness…to once more walk in the light of a new dawn…one that will keep you sheltered and protected by Jesus…Amen!!
Well…I have truly enjoyed this time with you today and I pray that we will find the strength through Christ, to always remain standing, during the difficult times of darkness; that we may continue to connect with the One, who can expose these works of darkness, while bringing Satan powerless to his knees…Amen!!
As we close our time together today, I pray that you will have a great Monday…and a great start to your week! Take good care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow!
Many…many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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