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A Bondservant of Christ Jesus Is Never Complacent

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We should all strive to be satisfied and content with the provisions provided by God, but not at the risk of spiritual degeneration. When one becomes too comfortable in life, there is a serious danger of growing complacent. With complacency, self-satisfaction rules the heart. And because of this smug attitude of being pleased with ourselves, we loose interest in growing more like Christ. Thus, we hinder any further transformation God has designed for us.

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”                      1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NKJV)

 

Any time “self” enters into an equation, we must pause and consider whether it should be present at all or completely stricken. A bondservant’s focus should always be on his master and his desires. What pleases the master will in turn satisfy and please the bondservant.

Therefore since we are called to be the *bondservants of Christ” (1 Co 7:22), we need not worry about finding our personal joy through selfish acts of pleasure. For if we set our focus on pleasing God, we will experience the inexpressible joy that only comes from serving the One who loves us beyond all comprehension.

To say God will never bless His children with wealth or gifts is wrong. However, we must always remember that nothing we possess is actually ours. EVERYTHING we have…. Finances, family, education, talents, beauty, intelligence…. Comes from God and belongs to God. We do not possess these things because of our own doing for God has given us the ability and grace to obtain them. To say otherwise is to loose sight of God’s dominion and His loving desire to provide and bless.

Furthermore, we ARE TO USE our God given gifts to glorify His name and bless others. We should not hide or bury our talents and then expect interest or growth. If a bondservant had a special musical ability, it would please his master to hear this gift. How would it please the master if his bondservant only sang or played his instrument in solitude and out of earshot?

Woe to the servant who is aware of a gift or talent but refuses to use it, for it was given for a reason and a harvest is expected. We must cultivate that seed God has provided. He expects interest. There is a purpose for the gift(s) you have received.

With a contented heart praise God for the many blessings in your life. Do not compare your riches to that of your neighbor. God has a reason for blessing some with financial wealth and others with less. We may not know the reason but it has nothing to do with God having favorites. He is impartial and loves all His children equally. Be sure to use your gifts and remember, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:8 (NIV)

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REFLECT ON THESE SCRIPTURES AND ASK GOD TO STIR THE GIFTS WITHIN YOU. CONSIDER WHETHER YOU ARE LIVING YOUR LIFE AS A BONDSERVANT FOR CHRIST.

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.  Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25:26-30 (NKJV)

*A synonym for bondservant is slave.

“The description of a Biblical bondservant of is one who chooses to serve his Master till death. He will forever wear the mark of this Master. He accomplishes all the Master’s will for his life because of a love called “agape”. Exodus 21: 1-6 http://www.christsbondservants.org/Home_Files/Bondservant.html

For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.” 1 Corinthians 7:22 (NKJV)

Trials Are Full Of Hidden Blessings

 

*Joseph

When a trial comes your way, do you groan and think of it as an ordeal to muddle through? Is your first reaction fear and dread, or do you see each new struggle with more positive eyes? The love of Jesus can shed light on your difficulties and bring about a change in your perspective. Trials are actually opportunities chock full of hidden blessings.

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.”  – Anonymous

Consider the story of Joseph. He was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery. He was forced to live in a foreign land without family.

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.  The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.  So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.”  Genesis 39:1-4 (NKJV)

One might think Joseph had suffered enough by this time and that God would continue to bless him in the home of Potiphar. Maybe Joseph was content with his position as his master’s overseer. But God had bigger plans for Joseph, a bigger house for him to oversee, so He continued to test and refine him.

Joseph caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife, who aggressively pursued him and asked for sexual favors. Unwilling to lie with her, he ran from temptation. Because of Joseph’s righteousness and unwillingness to sin, he found himself in the middle of a new trial. Although He had been kidnapped, made to live as a slave in a foreign land, was absent from all family support, he was sent to prison …. But the Lord’s favor followed him.

“So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, ‘Your servant did to me after this manner,’ that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” Genesis 39:19-23 (NKJV)

So once again Joseph found himself in a position of leadership and authority with responsibilities he never asked for or expected. God was using difficult circumstances to sharpen the spiritual gifts within Joseph. Leadership requires the ability to gain the trust of others. Adversity will try to rob us of our hope but Joseph persevered. He gained wisdom from living through his struggles, and because of his perseverance and faith, he later became a man many would follow and respect.

After some time in prison, Pharaoh called Joseph to his throne room to interpret a troublesome dream. The Lord provided Joseph with insight and was given the Pharaoh’s favor. After years of slavery and prison life, Joseph was given the unexpected honor of overseeing the Pharaoh’s entire house. He was only 30 years old.

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Genesis 41:39-40 (NKJV)

The Pharaoh’s dream spoke of 7 years of feast and 7 years of famine. Joseph was placed in charge of collecting grain and storing it for the lean years ahead.

Joseph married and had children. He saw how God had blessed him but there were even more blessings to come. The drought was affecting his homeland and his brothers went to Egypt seeking resources. Joseph recognized them and was able to help. God restored his family relationships and also blessed him with position, wealth, and honor.

The Word calls a man blessed, if he can remain steadfast under a trial (Js.1:12). By withstanding the test in front of him he will receive the crown of life. This crown is promised to those who love God. It is rewarded to believers who endure suffering and remain faithful to God, even to the point of death. There are eternal rewards for remaining steadfast in faith.

We do not know all the twists and turns in our spiritual journey but God does, and He has a very good plan on how to use us. Joseph did not know the reasons for all his trouble but he remained faithful. As a child, the Lord gave Joseph a hint of his future position but never any details. Through tests and much suffering, God refined Joseph into a man of integrity and faith.

Why not take your present adversity and consider it as a stepping-stone to a hidden blessing from God? It took God some time to prepare Joseph for his position. Your refinement will take time too. Have faith in your Lord. There are blessings in each day and in your future. Above all, glorify God in good times and bad times, just like Joseph.

“I can do all things through Christ[ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you willhave tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (NKJV)

“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)

“The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.” ~ Chuck Swindoll

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The Great Commission: Patience Required

*Fruit:Patience

This is a devotional from my next book FACING STORMS: A DEVOTIONAL FOR THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

We have a great commission in life. We are called to make disciples of all the nations, including our own country. So, the rude co-worker and obnoxious neighbor is part of our assignment. God loves His entire creation and wants every person to accept Him as his or her Lord and Savior. This is every Christian’s most important calling and mission in life.

“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbor.”   ~ Martin Luther

No, this appointment is not an easy one, but neither is loving a people who falls so short of God’s morality. Thankfully, God refuses to give up on us and throw in the towel. He perseveres in demonstrating His love daily and in every moment. He longs for our fellowship and makes Himself available at all times. He creates incredible sunsets for our enjoyment and gives pleasure in so many different ways. His heart and passion belongs to us so, to model Him, our passion should be for the lost…. Be they ever so challenging.

People who rub us the wrong way are the means God uses to sand off our rough edges. They are placed in our life for OUR benefit. For by having them near us, we soon see our shortcomings and identify the weak areas in our character and spiritual walk.

Are you an impatient person? Ask for patience and God will surely send someone your way that challenges your temperance. Only by God’s blessed grace will you see a righteous gift of compassion birthed in your heart. Your self-control and forbearance will astound you. The sincere love and affection you are meant to feel for this person will deepen over time. So profound will it become, if you practice it daily, you will find yourself perplexed at how you ever saw them as a thorn or irritant in your side.

Will you choose kindness over selfish actions of rudeness? Will you overlook an offense and remember the many times God has forgiven you? Through simple acts of love, you can change a stony heart into a softer one, a heart the Creator can easily fashion and mold into something new.

Discernment will be given for the sake of intercession. Do not gawk at their sin or find pleasure in fault-finding. The Spirit will guide you as you pray and witness to them. Once hard to love (only because their wounds had made them fearful and prickly) they will drop their thorns and rest in your company. Reckless words will cause much damage but wise words of encouragement bring much fruit. By establishing trust, they will share another side with you, one only a precious few have witnessed. It will be an honor to behold.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go thereforeand make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15 (NKJV)

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”Luke 19:10 (NKJV)

“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.” ~ A.W. Tozer

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

If God Opens A Door…..

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“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelations 3:8 (NKJV)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 

“Meet Your Fears With Faith”  – Max Lucado 

When God opens a door, He asks us to walk through it holding our faith.  The future ahead may be unknown but every believer knows that God is faithful. Time and time again, God proves His promises to be trustworthy, incorruptible, sound, and true. We just have to let go of our fears and trust Him.

We are told in Hebrews 13:8 that God is, “The same yesterday, today, and forever.” This means that He is never going to change.  He is all goodness, righteousness, and love. If He provided for you in the past, He will not only provide for you today but also in your future and then into eternity.  

Can you think of some adjectives that define God? Did you consider peace giver and faithful Father? He will meticulously care for your every need.  He has, will now, and will always do so throughout your existence.  He never changes and will never ask you to do something beyond your equipping. 

So, if God has opened a new door and is asking you to pass through, even though what awaits you is a mystery, why hesitate? Jeremiah 29:11 instructs that His plans for us are not filled with harmful intentions but rather, they are plans filled with His precious love. His plans are to provide us with a hope and a future.  

Is it a fear of the unknown, or the possibility of pain that causes you to drag your heels?  

Pain and affliction are tools used by the Master Sculptor to sculpt His creation into amazing works of art.  He sees us as we will be, and not as we are now. Our transformation occurs while we journey through this world.  Chip by chip He refines and perfects His unique masterpieces, until we are pleasing to His eye and perfect in His sight. Do we aspire to be vessels of honor or dishonor? The temporary discomfort we might suffer is not worth comparing to the glory soon to be revealed in us once we have reached our eternal home. 

Do not let fear cause you to hesitate.  If God has asked you to step through a new door, He has already prepared you for what lies ahead.  You have the gifts and tools needed to accomplish the task.  Even a momentary hesitation, if you are sure of God’s will, is considered rebellion in His sight.  Don’t let a lack of faith keep you from the work God wants to achieve through you.  With His grace, which is always sufficient, you will succeed in your endeavors.  You serve a God who can do the impossible.  Nothing is beyond His reach or ability to execute. 

When next you see an open door before you, remember that your heavenly Father is holding your hand and walking beside you as you pass through.  He will not give you anything beyond HIS ability to accomplish through you, and HIS ability and power is endless. It is by His might, and not your own, that His plan shall be completed.  Any pain you may face will be bearable, for He will give you the supernatural ability and strength to endure the suffering.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WORDS DURING YOUR TIME OF REFLECTION

“You never know which door will lead you towards your dreams, until you have the courage to walk through it.”   ~Unknown

“For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”       1 Corinthians 16:9 (NKJV)

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”             Philippians 2:13 (NKJV)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

“Open doors are simply green lights designed to move you along in your spiritual journey to your eternal home.” ~Unknown

Are You Wearing The Joy Of The Lord?

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There are many scriptures that mention joy.  John 15:7-11 reminds us, “If we abide in Him and His Word abides in us, we should ask whatever we wish, and it will be done for us.”  We are then told to abide in His love.  It is important to note that if God’s Word abides in us, we will pray according to His will.  Therefore, anything we request in our prayers must be aligned to the will and purposes of God, if we expect them to be answered. This is a joyful hope and worth some meditation! 

Do you regularly meditate on the wonders of God, His blessings and kindnesses, His faithfulness and provisions?  What a wonderful way to slip into slumber; remembering the faithful acts of love God has demonstrated throughout your day/life! What sweet sleep you will enjoy, and what peaceful dreams!

“My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, 
I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.”  Psalm 63:5-7 (NAS) 

We serve a God of eternal hope who fills us with joy and peace.  Why? So that we overflow with hope…. And serve as His reflection.  We are His representatives, ambassadors of Christ. With hope, and the grace of God, we can do all things. Hope enables us to journey down unknown and dangerous paths with a song of joy in our hearts. Hope has the ability to spur us on to do good works and push us through the darkest of times.  Joy, praise, and unspoken feelings of joy are one way we, His creation, can give Him the glory He deserves. 

Unfortunately, It is easy to loose joy when we are suffering a pain or sorrow.  Should depression or despair be your companions of late, it is most likely your focus has moved to something other than your Savior’s face. Jesus, because of the joy awaiting Him, endured the cross.  He looked beyond His present circumstances of suffering to the eternal glory He would soon partake. 

Can you look beyond your present circumstances and rejoice with a joyful heart, knowing that what you suffer now is not worth comparing to the glory soon to be revealed in you?  Can you maintain joy in your valley and sing of it to your Savior? This would be a beautiful sacrifice of praise and a witness to many. 

Let the joy of the Lord be your strength at all times. CHOOSE to be joyful.  Make a decision to see the positive blessings that are to come, or that are all around you. We have been gifted with an inexpressible joy, thanks to the love and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you open His gift with a decision to sing, speak, or even whisper His praise. You will find your joy grows and matures when you praise Him in your valley. 

“There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.” ~Amy Carmichael

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

God Rests, Do You?

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“I said to myself….

RELAX and REST. God has showered you with blessings.                                               Soul, you’ve been rescued from death.                                                                                 Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; and you                                                                     Foot, were kept from stumbling.” ~Unknown

God was busy when He created the universe.  For six days He worked on establishing heaven and earth, light and dark, water and dry land, and designing all living things. However, after He finished His work He RESTED.  Many of us have such a hard time resting.  We are busy with our family, career, ministry and so much more.

“And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” Genesis 2: 2-3 (ESV)

So when a free moment does come along, we might feel uncomfortable or restless. A guilty feeling may stir inside of us. We might even fret over our short intermission. As they saying goes, “The show must go on,” but there is a time given to audiences to stand up and take a short break before the story/plot continues.

Have you ever needed to give yourself permission to slow down? Rest? Relax?  If you have a list that needs your attention how can you justify a break? How can you possibly excuse a time for fun or just being still? If you are honest… the list never ends, right?

First, God is your role model so always look to Him and follow His example.  He encourages rest, although He also states the importance of working heartily for the Lord (Col.3:23).  He values balanced scales.

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.” Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

Since He knows your frame, He understands that your body needs sleep…. so take a nap if you need one.  Is your mind rested and at peace? If not, read the Word. Have a quiet time with the Lord.

We were built for relationships, so enjoy the people and animals in your life.  Play a game with your children, take your dog for a walk, or have dinner out with a loved one.  Most of all, be still and know that God cares about You. He values relationships and hopes you reach out to Him as well.

Reading your Bible, having a special prayer time, meditating on the goodness and faithfulness of God are all wonderful ways to refresh your spirit and build intimacy with God.  Ponder all of your blessings and remember the many ways God has rescued you from fears and trouble. Recount all the ways He has kept your feet from stumbling and then…. praise Him!

Feeding upon the Word of God is so important; it should be our daily spiritual bread. It builds us up and enables us to face whatever comes our way. The living Word speaks to us, if we have an ear to listen. It will guide and advise with sound counsel.

The living water quenches our thirst but also waters the work God has lovingly begun within us.  Is it not Wisdom who calls out to us, reminding us to irrigate our spiritual gardens? For then we will surely produce fruit, feed others in need, and give God the glory He so rightly deserves.

Therefore, you do not have to be the definition of perpetual motion.  Psalm 46:10 encourages believers to, “be still and know that I am God.”  When was the last time you intentionally sat still and stopped all of your activities?  When was the last time you cleared your mind of all your worries, agendas, troubles, and fears? 

Resting restores our mental and physical health.  If our personal wells are empty, we cannot hand out refreshing cups of cool water to others in need.  We are better servants of God if we take time to care for ourselves. 

As you take a moment to rest and meditate on God’s love, the enemy may come alongside you and whisper words of condemnation. He will most likely try to convince you that you are lazy and slothful.  He will serve up reprimands full of reproach and guilt in an effort to discourage or distract you. Plug your ears!  Lies!  He is the father of all lies (John 8:44).  Guilt is not of the Lord.  There is a difference between condemnation and conviction.

Yes, we are to serve others and work fervently in winning souls to Christ by sharing the Good News.  We are commanded to serve, encourage, and help others.  However, nowhere in the Bible does it say to work without any quiet times of rest or reflection.  Even Jesus took time out to spend time alone with His Father or go to a wedding.

We are not robots.  Sure, times are dark and there is an urgency to warn others that His return may be closer than we can all possibly imagine.  We are to pray without ceasing but our bodies require moments of stillness and rest.         

I don’t want to dissuade you from the work He has given you to perform.  I am simply reminding you to take time to refresh your spirit and build up your strength.  God is in control.  He holds the reins.  He knows your heart and sees your service.  He wants you to drink from His well so that your personal well is full of sweet cool water, available for those who desperately need a swig or two.

TAKE SOME TIME TO REST IN HIS PRESENCE AND MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES.

“And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”                    Exodus 33:14(NKJV)

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.                         For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.” Psalm 116:7-8 (NKJV)

 

 

 

Holy Sight

*Heart

In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”  Colossians 1:22 (NKJV)

I want to see with holy eyes,

And intervene for those in need.

For all the children who break Your heart,

Grant them mercy… do not depart.

My hope forever lives in You.

Be my strength. Be my guide.  Be my friend until I die.

I will no longer hide from You.

Your grace and mercy is my shield.

Remove my rags and wash me clean.

Forever Yours, this heart of mine.

No longer mine but forever Yours…..

This heart of mine.

This heart of mine.

Forever Yours, this heart of mine.

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“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”   Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.”  Zechariah 3:3-5 (NKJV)

My Prayer Garden

“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11

Angelface

God placed it on my heart to create a prayer garden full of roses. So, I ordered 18 English roses in February and put lavender in-between the bushes right after I put them in the ground. My first rose bloomed this week. It is a light lavender rose called ANGEL FACE.

My hope in writing this post is that you take some time tonight, or tomorrow, to reflect on how you are living your life. Are you caught up in the cares of the world? Have you been living a sanctified life for HIM, or are you walking off the path of life? Are you serving others and going to church? Have you spent time in the Word lately and how is your prayer life?

My prayer garden reminds me to meditate on God. I offer up prayers when I water the roses. I think of the many blessings in my life and how God has sent a comforter to lead and guide me. The Holy Spirit is my help. He is your help too.

I encourage you to praise God for the people in your life and for the path you are now traveling. There are no coincidences. You are where you are for a reason. The people in your life have crossed your path for a purpose.

Consider the many blessings in your life and rest in the love of God. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Take time to fellowship with Him today. He’s waiting!

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Prayers of Intercession

Prayers of Intercession

“If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.” 
― Oswald Chambers

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