You Are Cherished

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It is my prayer that you have had a blessed week, thus far. As you continue in your week, I want to share something to encourage you. I want you to know that you, child of God, are chosen (John 15:16)!

God loved you before you loved Him (John 3:16), and He had a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11) before He created you.

“Before I formed thee in the belly, I have known thee; and before thou came forth from the womb I have separated thee, a prophet to nations I have made thee.”

Jeremiah 1:5

Honestly, you are always on His mind (Psalm 115:12-15). He never stops watching over you, listening to you, or caring for you.

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To Him, you are a treasure and a jewel. You are rare and one of a kind (Psalm 139:14). There is nothing that you can’t talk to God about. Nothing is too hard for Him to handle.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

Because He loves you, He will always have your best interest in mind (1 John 5:14). Because He loves you, He won’t always allow you to have your way. Still, He will always see to it that you have what you need (Matthew 6:25-27)!

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Child of God, never hesitate in coming to Him when you are tired, disappointed, or afraid.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16

Nothing is too small or insignificant for Him to intervene. He cherishes you.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

Feel His love. Know that it is always there and available. In the middle of the night, early in the morning, or in the middle of your day, He will answer.

“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”

Isaiah 65:24

Isn’t it good to know that you are loved like this? Like no one else in this world can or will, GOD cherishes you!

“Give thanks to the God of heaven! His loving devotion endures forever.”

Psalm 136:26
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I hope you can feel it. Feel cherished and loved today. Blessings!

Be a Restorer

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“Praise the Lord: praise God our Savior! For each day, He carries us in His arms. Our God is a God who saves. The sovereign Lord rescues us from death.”

Psalms 68:19-20

“The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Proverbs 11:25
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Well, it’s another blessed morning, and I want to encourage you in the Lord! Here goes.

God is your daily bread. He restores you day by day. It feels good doesn’t it?

Since He does this for you, how about you doing this for someone else? Are you daily restoring someone the way that God daily restores you? Who are you feeding into or investing time in?

Believe me, I am constantly attempting to get better at this, myself, too. It is my mission, each week, to visit, text, or call those God has put on my heart to impact and motivate by the Word of God. I do this daily, with some individuals. With others, it is weekly or even monthly.

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The point is to do SOMETHING. Invest in a younger family member, neighbor, or a struggling friend. This should be the desire of all Kingdom people (Ephesians 4:12).

Even if it is just one person that you reach, you are impacting the Kingdom of God in a mighty way! As you are led to, invest in the hearts, minds, and spirits of those around you. There are no rules to this, except to be Spirit-filled and Spirit-led when we serve God https://biblehub.com/colossians/3-17.htm.

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Just stay in the mind of Christ.

Follow “the mind of Christ” and His example by, simply, having a love for humanity and taking an interest in others. He has equipped us to restore others:

“so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:7
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While we are not Christ, we should be reflecting Him daily (2 Corinthians 3:18)! This means not limiting our outreach to just what we do corporately. While serving in a church or church-affiliated organization does have an impact, you are the church too (1 Corinthians 12:27). Your individual gifts, testimony, and love for God can also be used to restore someone’s life on a personal level!

Okay. This brings me to the end of my post. It is my prayer that something I have said touched you, recharged you, or at least gave you something to ponder and pray over.

Have a blessed Sunday in the Lord, everyone!

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Come Worshiping

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

Psalm 95:6
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Good morning. I woke up this morning thinking about yesterday and the whole week. It blows my mind thinking about how faithful God is!

Because of how good He is and Who He is, I can’t help but worship Him.

For some, worship is music or singing. It is, but it can be so much more! Worshiping God is loving others, serving in your local church and community, ministering to the needs of others…The list can go on.

Ultimately, our lives should be worship. Prayerfully, God sees us giving honor and reverence and showing thanks (to Him) with our lives! Definitely, worship is not confined to four walls:

“Woman.” Jesus replied, “Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.” John 4:21

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23

“God is a spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

Today, I want to encourage all of us to worship God and to be thankful for the gift of Jesus. With that, it is important to know that we should worship God with all that we have. We should also worship Him with all that we are.

This means giving of our time, sacrificing our plans, and abiding in Him. Being still and quiet with Him. Not just when we have time or a few seconds. Instead, He deserves more!

Praise God for His patience with us! He waited and loved on me to maturity in Him. Day by day, I am understanding that we must be more concerned about one thing: salvation and discipleship. To be saved and have relationship with Christ is the greatest achievement a person could obtain in this life!

Now, more than ever, I surrender all of my plans, time, money, and future to God. My life is His to do what He will. My hope is in Him alone.

Once, my hope was in myself and my ability. Nevermore. Now and forever, I humbly bow before Him. My prayer is that you have this same realization!

Have a blessed weekend!

“Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.”

Psalm 5:7

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Hebrews 4:16

Everything Good About You Is Because Of Jesus

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Praise report! I just finished a nice Pilates workout and am sipping on a cold drink. Needless to say, I am feeling much better than this time last week! Praise the Lord.

For my post today, I am sharing what God spoke to my heart early this morning. Here is some of it:

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

Luke 6:45

“but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

James 3:8

Recall, when Jesus encountered the “Rich Young Ruler”. During their conversation, the Ruler called Jesus a “Good Teacher”. Well, Jesus corrected him (in love) and said that only God is good https://biblehub.com/luke/18-19.htm.

Why am I bringing this up? Because, I don’t want you to miss that Jesus wants us to reverence the Father like He does!

For my unsaved friends, you must acknowledge that you need a Savior (Romans 10:9). Then, you will become saved by accepting Jesus. Next, you must be willing to allow Jesus to become your Lord https://biblehub.com/jeremiah/32-27.htm.

Once, we all do these things, we have access to God’s goodness and light. Like a horse to water, we must drink! We must be willing to be less like ourselves (our sin nature) and take in more of Jesus https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5%3A22-23&version=NIV.

Note: I am saying “willing” because being saved doesn’t equate to being Christ-like. Though it might seem like pressure, relax! God knows that you won’t always be willing to reflect His Son (Galatians 5:22-23).

Still, there is good news! This is where God’s goodness and grace works in our lives (through the Holy Spirit). He (the Spirit) will teach us how to be more willing to be like Christ and to allow His Fruit to be more relevant in our lives https://biblehub.com/john/14-26.htm!

However, dear friends, even when we reflect Christ, we can’t pat ourselves on the back about any of it. Instead, we should thank God for living on the inside of us https://biblehub.com/john/15-5.htm. We should stay humble and be willing to give others the grace and patience, to reflect Christ, as well. After all, does that not reflect God’s forgiveness of us and the Fruit of His Son?

This brings me to another point. Be careful of what “your idea” of being “Christ-like” looks like. That can become dangerous, because we can, easily, start leading ourselves instead of following God. Keep in mind, we don’t have to prove how much we love God with lots of “good deeds” or earn His love with our actions. Jesus paid it all for us, and because of Him, God’s children already have His love (John 3:16).

“Would the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

Micah 6:7

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

    and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 6:8

Well, it is Friday. I pray I helped to remind you that we don’t need to seek to be “good” because we can’t be. Not by ourselves. The goal is to seek a daily relationship with Jesus, so that He can show us what is “good”, and the Holy Spirit will help make sure we are listening to and following God’s instruction!

Have a blessed weekend!

Women On Fire For God

From feeling all of His love, I am really excited to share a message of His love with, you, women of God!

In fact, I want to remind you that you are loved by God: single, divorced, and widowed women. As I am sure you know, His love is SO far from ordinary! You are special to Him because He made you (Genesis 1:27) for a great purpose.

Know that you have all of His best at your disposal, and should always expect nothing but the best, from Him, now and in the future (John 10:10) (Isaiah 65:24). Likewise, I pray that you keep in mind that it is all about by His will for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). This is something I also remind and encourage myself about.

Along with this message, I also want to pour into you that you are not your job, your looks, your possessions, or your skills and talents. You are not who does or does not like or love you. You are more than this to God. He will ALWAYS love you! Only get validation from the Creator (Galatians 2:20).

Remember, these things don’t define you. God does (1 Peter 2:9). Should material things or people change, come, or go, life will still have meaning in the Lord. God’s love for you will never change. God will always be consistent when life is not (Malachai 3:6)!

That being said, I also want you to know that being a person of standards, careful selection, Christian morals, and spiritual conviction is not a bad thing. It is to be embraced and celebrated as you make your way through life. Thank you for shining your light for Jesus! Others will be blessed because of your positive influence.

Though it may not be always popular or may be looked at as outdated, you have set your pathway to a blessed life (Psalm 1)!

Even when others can’t handle God’s love in your life and your love for Him, hold on to it. Don’t forsake it. Don’t compromise it for people, places, and things.

Yes, being a woman with Christian standards is what protects you, shields you, guides you, and will elevate you higher and higher to the place that your Heavenly Father intends for you to be (Romans 8:28). Especially, to the never-been-married-women, know that your time is precious to God and so is the future of your life (Psalm 139:17-18). Being single is not wasted time, unless you allow it to be and choose to live it that way!

Where you go, who you hang out with, and how you present yourself to the world matters to God. He wants you to live a life with His standards for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Know that He wants nothing but the best for you. Continue showing others how to live for Jesus.

With you, God is well-pleased (Matthew 25:21).

This is why you can ask what you will. Boldly, ask Him for what you want (Hebrews 4:16). Even if it is a husband, there is nothing too hard for God. Yet, don’t fixate on it. Remember your purpose, and always desire God more than anything (1 Peter 3:17-18)!

Above all things, pray that you continue to be faithful to God and that His will be done in your life always (Luke 22:42). In the meantime, just keep doing what you are doing. Keep living for God (Matthew 6:33).

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31: 29-31
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Do What You Can

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Hello there. I hope and pray that you had a blessed weekend. Today’s post will be a shorter one.

For those who follow my blog, you know that God has helped me to have some pretty great testimonies with my health these last few weeks. Obviously, last week’s flare ups were not expected at all. It’s okay! God’s got it!

Though I had intentions to get lots done (including blogging), it didn’t go as planned. Guess what? God has a greater plan (Jeremiah 29:11). No, He didn’t cause the flare ups last week, but He allowed them. I still thank Him because I had help.

He sent people to my door and to my phone to check on me. God is good! He provides.

We just have to remember that our lives are always in God’s hands. We are not walking through life’s situations alone. Whatever needs to get done, God will make sure that it will get done.

When we need help and support, God will send someone who can help us. He will send someone who is willing to help you carry the load. Thank God for His help and the love of friends and family!

Whether you have health issues or not, we all need to be good to ourselves and to cut ourselves some needed slack. Take it easy, this week. In Jesus’ name!