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May 31, 2011

"Acceptance Now"

Day # 151 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "People may make plans in their minds, but the Lord decides what they will do." Proverbs 16:9 NCV

TO BE CONTINUED...

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Who Deserves the Credit?"

Day # 150 - (WEHOO!) 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "But God, who comforts the humble, comforted us..." 2 Corinthians 7:6 HCSB

I love it whenever it says 'but God...', it shows we were, for examplein this case, lost in sin and conflict, and there was no way out... BUT GOD... Wow! Thank you Lord, for You do deserve the credit. BUT God, He always intervenes, as He doesn't want to see us lost. He is the God of 2nd chances for sure, BUT we don't always take them unfortunately!

'Give credit where credit is due.' An old saying, that proves true for Papa God. Everything I do (to be praised for) is from the Father, so I try to continually give the praise back to Him. When asked where I got my talent, my Mom always used to say 'from her father', and then she would say 'her heavenly Father'. I have kept that 'slogan' and have been quick to thank the Lord for the MANY talents He has give to me. For sure I know that God comforts the humble, but in another verse it says that God gives grace to the humble. "God opposes the proud but favors the humble. So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:6-7 NLT He gives grace to those who are humble enough to receive it!


...to be continued! <3

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

May 29, 2011

"The Peace That Passes All Understanding"

Day #149 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Peace, peace to you, and peace to Him who helps you, for your God helps you." 1 Chronicles 12:18 HCSB

A peace that passes all understanding... a peace that comes amidst a storm. Jesus can offer us that peace. It's not just the happiness and flight peace that the world offers but a true rich peace that comes from inside of us through the power of God, through His Son and Holy Spirit. When all around us is in turmoil or terror, war or raging battles we can remain at peace because of our trust in the Lord.

Did you know that PEACE is one of the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" (NLT) Peace is a gift given freely by God, but of course being a gift we have to accept it, open it, and utilize it! It is our birthright!

What can we do with this PEACE we have been given? If we accept it & live out our lives with it, others will see and observe us, and they will want it too... and we can show them how to receive it through Jesus. We can share the peace that we have (same as the other gifts we receive from the Father). If we set our minds on things above, and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-4 "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.")


...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!






May 28, 2011

"The Futility of Worry"

Day #148 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Worry is a heavy load..." Proverbs 12:25 NCV

"Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength." (Corrie Ten Boom)

This is so true... worry is a futile thing. There really is no reason to be anxious or worry in the true sense of the word. Now don't get me wrong, we can get a little anxious for example, while watching Game #7 in an NHL playoff series that allows the winner to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs... as my husband and I did last night during the game against Boston & Tampa Bay. I wasn't so much as anxious as my husband (who is a strong Bruins fan)... but I did want the Bruins to win as well for him. As you watch the game, you allow your emotions to take over, and you get worried or anxious regarding the players, the defense, the refs calls, the offense and the possibility of goals, the injury of players (on either team) (such as what happened to Stamkos getting a puck in the nose - I can still feel the pain for him, which certainly isn't the same amount of pain he felt). This is the same with life, each experience that comes our way, we can allow our feelings of worry to overcome us, and get us anxious about every little thing that comes our way during and after the first surge of worry.

Worrying is actually just silly, once you look back and see how God brought you through, but obviously in the middle of it, we don't see the 'silver lining'. With the hockey game, my husband was a little less anxious and allowed feelings of happiness to come in when his team scored the goal --- however, because there was still time left in the game, feelings of anxiousness were still there because the other team could have scored. We worry ourselves too much with the 'if only's' and the 'could happen's', and we don't focus on the 'now'. As Corrie Ten Boom commented, we spend too much time wasting today's strength, and not fully receiving what God has for us. God is in control, and we need to trust Him fully with our lives (and those around us as well). Trust Him and have the faith to believe that He is and will always be what He says He is; That He will do what He says He will do.

There will always be things to 'worry' about, but we need to cast those cares and worries at the feet of the Jesus. (1 Peter 5:7) He took ALL those to Calvary with Him for us, and we don't have to be bothered by them anymore. We do have the victory through Him! We just need to walk in the freeness, and the fullness of that truth! The enemy likes to lie to us and decieve us into thinking that we have to bear all those burdens, but we don't! JESUS IS the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE (John 14:6) and through Him we can receive that life to the fullest! Don't let the enemy deceive you or trick you any longer -- it says in His Word, that 'even the elect will be deceived'. (Matthew 24:24)

"Jesus answered: 'Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains... At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come... Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time'-'So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it." (Matthew 24:4-26)

"At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone." Titus 3:3-8 NIV

Another example of this kind of 'worry' placed on us by the enemy, is the 'END OF THE WORLD' comments made by certain religious groups. May 21st was supposed to be the 'end of the world-judgement day' according to one man (& his religious group). They put up posters, billboards, and had slogan after slogan on the internet telling people the end of the world would be May 21, 2011. They quoted a bunch of Scriptures, so that people would believe them, but they failed to mention one very important Scripture found in Matthew 24:36 - that no one will know the time when He returns. "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." If only the Father knows, and the only way we as humans can get to the Father is through the Son, then there is NO way that we as humans would know when that day is... especially if JESUS himself doesn't know. There were I'm sure people that were very worried, and were very anxious until 12:01 AM on May 22nd... same as there were people worried about the Y2K scare on December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. When they & we look back now, it was futile to get as worried as they/we did or may have done, and we see that we need to trust God more for sure, and not fall into traps laid out by humans through the work of the enemy. The group now claims that they were indeed wrong in their calculations, and that the end of the world is now in October 2011. So do not be deceived or tricked by them again. Place your life into the hands of the Father, and allow Him to control the future.

"Submit each day to God, knowing that He is God over all your tomorrows." ~ Kay Arthur

W.O.R.R.Y -- Whatever Oppresses, Restrains & Restricts You
J.E.S.U.S -- Just Everything Supernaturally U (& I need) Sufficiently

Cast your 'Worries' to 'Jesus' today and see what happens to them... and to you! Be RELEASED in JESUS' NAME!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Walking With God"

Day # 147 - "A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!" Psalm 128:1 HCSB

"You can't walk with God and hold hands with satan at the same time." ~ Anonymous

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"BE TRANSFORMED"

Day # 146 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
(and May 26th is my husband's Birthday - happy 40th babe and may you always walk a transformed life in & through Him.)
Verse: "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove that what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2 NKJV

"In the midst of pressure and the heat, I am confident His hand is on my life, developing my faith until I display His glory, transforming me into a vessel of honour that pleases Him!" ~ Anne Graham Lotz

... to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"A World Filled With Temptations"

Day # 145 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil." Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Spiritual Gifts"

Day # 144 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts." 1 Corinthians 14:1 HCSB

"Faith Tip: Each person possesses special abilities that can be nurtured carefully or ignored totally. The challenge, of course, is to do the former and to avoid the latter."

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

May 27, 2011

"If He Returned Today"

Day # 143 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.... Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found in peace without spot or blemish before Him." 2 Peter 3:10,14 HCSB

...to be continued!

"Getting Past the Regret"

Day # 142 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "And don't be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God's place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there." 1 Corinthians 7:17 MSG

"We will always experience regret when we live for the moment and do not weigh our words and deeds before we give them life." ~ Lisa Bevere

...to be continued!

"Pray Without Ceasing"

Day # 141 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Anyone who is having troubles should pray." James 5:13 NCV

The choice of verse today is unusual for the title/topic for today -- pray without ceasing, means pray ALL the time, in good times or in troubles. Anyone who is having troubles is not the only ones who should be praying... even when things may seem to be going well, you should still pray prayers of thanksgiving. I have been teaching my Children & Tween's (and those t'ween them) about the 'Armour of God', and we have just spoken on 'prayer' being an important part of the armour we use when we wage battles against the enemy.

Prayer is the key to heaven, yet it is our faith that unlocks the door. We need to have faith and believe that God will do what He says He will do when we pray. We need to consult God on a 'more than hourly' base... without ceasing, means never coming to an end. Meaning we can 'talk to God' all day long, every moment of the day. It doesn't have to be a long, drawn out prayer including all of the children in Africa and Russia every time... just a simple 'thanks God' for the beautiful sunrise, for the lack of rain/or for the giving of rain, etc... will do. God just wants to be in 'communion' with us -- 'communication' by definition according to the Online Etymology Dictionary is;
late 14c., from O.Fr. comunicacion (14c., Mod.Fr. communication), from L. communicationem (nom. communicatio), noun of action from communicare "to share, divide out; communicate, impart, inform; join, unite, participate in," lit. "to make common," from communis

Communion - late 14c., from O.Fr. comunion "community, communion" (12c.), from L. communionem (nom. communio) "fellowship, mutual participation, a sharing," used in L.L. ecclesiastical language for "participation in the sacrament," from communis (see common). Used by Augustine, in belief that the word was derived from com- "with, together" + unus "oneness, union."


Prayer - (according to Dictionary.com)
–noun
1. a devout petition to god or an object of worship.
2. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
3. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.

God just wants to share a spiritual communion with us, He wants us to share with Him and He desires to share things with us. We need not be afraid of talking to Him, and every prayer doesn't have to include ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

"The best reason to pray is that God is really there. In praying, our unbelief gradually starts to melt as God moves smack into the middle of even an ordinary day." ~  Emilie Griffin

May 21, 2011

"Worship Every Day"

Day #140 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Everyday I will bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever." Psalm 145:2 KJV

...to be continued!

"Wait for Him"

Day #139 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord." Lamentations 3:25-26 NLT

...to be continued!

"Unchanging Laws"

Day #138 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "God's law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God's law will be alive and working." Matthew 5:18 MSG

...to be continued!

"Life Triumphant"

Day # 137 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth. SErve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs." Psalm 100:1-2 HCSB

"Honouring God"

Day # 136 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty." Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV

May 16, 2011

"God's Armour"

Day # 135 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV

Wehoo! What a timely verse... today (the 15th - am writing on the 16th) is indeed a Sunday, and for the past few Sundays we have been studying 'The Armour of God' (yes added 'u' being Canadian). Today was technically the end of our 'armour' lesson, because it was ending at verse 18, with prayer. One of the most important parts of our armour. Most people stop at the sword of the spirit for the last part of the armour. I taught the children/tweens in my class that prayer is the most important (after their salvation of course).

In this crazy world, there are a lot of 'schemes' of the devil, and I wanted our 'kids' to be ready for battle. They do not wait until they are older, God wants them to be a part of His mission now. I (as their leader) want to see them become 'mighty boys/young men & mighty girls/young ladies of God'. The more truth we instill in them now, can and will stay with them as they grow and are faced with many more temptations and obstacles. With the armour, God is also with us all the way. HE never ever leaves us alone to fight our battles -- unless it is our choice, and we walk away from Him. His Spirit lives and dwells inside of us, and with the power of the Spirit, and the power of the Armour through God we can battle the wiles of the devil.

We must remember that WE ALREADY HAVE THE VICTORY through JESUS. Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, which means He is the ONLY way to get to God. Through the precious BLOOD of Jesus, God has made provision for us to have the SAME authority here on earth. Jesus took the keys back from the devil, and the devil only has the power that we give to him. Stop empowering the devil with his lies, and start empowering yourself with the TRUTH.

So put on the ARMOUR of God today, and get out there... maybe not on the frontline right now... but at least TAKE A STAND. The frontline is actually worshippers & fighters -- intercessors & warriors! Take your stand as a SOLDIER of the KING!

"He is within and without. His Spirit dwells within me. His armour protects me. He goes before me and is behind me." ~ Mary Morrison Suggs

Here's a song I've always enjoyed, 'The Warrior is a Child':


HALLELUJAH! BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

May 14, 2011

"His Grace is not Earned"

Day # 134 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift -- not from works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9 HCSB

*warning - the following clip contains pics from 'The Passion of the Christ' which may be a little graphic for some viewers under 18 (& of course over as well). It is put to the song 'Grace Like Rain' by Todd Agnew. Sad part is, is that it is probably not as graphic as what really happened to Jesus that day on Calvary. Think of what He has done for you, and that is why you can receive the grace of God -- it is not through anything that we can do, but what His Son has done for YOU.*



...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"His Perfection"

Day # 133 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "For I will proclaim the Lord's name. Declare the greatness of our God! The Rock -- His work is perfect; all his ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true." Deuteronomy 32:3-4 HCSB

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"The Commandment to Forgive"

Day #132 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6:36 HCSB

"Don't put a question mark where God has put a period." ~ Anonymous

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Mountain-Moving Faith"

Day # 131 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea', and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." Mark 11:23 HCSB

Mountain-moving faith indeed... making the impossible possible... seeing that which is not as though it were. WOW~

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

May 10, 2011

"He Doesn't Fail"

DAY # 130 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my victory. He is my God, and I will praise Him." Exodus 15:2 NLT

~Meeting expectations
~Isaiah 40:31

"Never yield to gloomy anticipation. Place your hope and confidence in God. He has not record of failure." ~ Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

"The truth is that even in the midst of trouble, happy moments swim by us every day, like shining fish waiting to be caught." ~ Barbara Johnson

... to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Living Courageously"

Day # 129 - "A Woman of Faith" Devotional
Verse: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 NIV

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

May 8, 2011

"Making Quality Choices"

Day #128 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "I am offering you life or death, blessings or curses. Now, choose life!... To choose life is to love the Lord your God, obey Him, and stay close to Him." Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NCV

'To be or not to be, that is the question!' (Shakespeare) Decisions... Decisions... some of them are easy, yet some of them are more difficult, as the case where you may make the wrong decision and have to suffer some uncomfortable consequences. But really, Shakespeare's quote from Hamlet 'to be or not to be' is really the question. God is giving us choices, He desires that we choose life, that we 'be'. If we choose to 'not be' a part of His family & His eternal kingdom, then we must suffer (and I mean suffer) eternal damnation & separation from God.

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!
(PS Today is May 8th, 2011 and it is MOTHER'S DAY around the world, so Happy Mommy's Day to you and may you be blessed beyond belief! If you are not a physical Mommy to anyone, you just might be a Spiritual Mom to others -- they are always watching! Be the example to follow - the example of the LOVE of Jesus! Make the right choices, as there are younger generations behind you following your lead.)

"His Compassion"

Day #127 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous..." Psalm 5:12 KJV

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Asking Him for Strength"

Day #126 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching and you will find. Keep knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8 HCSB

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Acceptance & Peace"

Day #125 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Come to terms with God and be at peace; in this way good will come to you." Job 22:21 HCSB

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Focusing on His Blessings"

Day # 124 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them -- the Lord, who remains faithful forever." Psalm 146:5-6 NIV

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"The Source of Strength"

Day #123 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "Have you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength." Isaiah 40:28-29

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Service & Love"

Day #122 - 'A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "We know we love God's children if we love God and obey His commandments." 1 John 5:2 NLT

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

"Repentance & Peace"

Day #121 - ' A Woman of Faith' Devotional
Verse: "They should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance." Acts 26:20

...to be continued!

BE BLESSED & BE A BLESSING!

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