Be an Eagle!

When you are sitting in the storm, when you have been praying and feeling as though your prayers are hitting the ceiling, don’t give up! I can’t stress this enough! DO NOT GIVE UP! God has a way of teaching us things we need to learn during that storms and as hard as it may be to endure the storm, it is the faith we have, the praise we give, the trust in God which we rely on that helps to get us through that storm and I can promise you – that storm will end and if you continue to endure as God would have you endure it, you are becoming more than a conqueror. You become stronger through Christ who strengthens us. We are weak but He is strong. Then the next time that storm rolls around you now are stronger, wiser and more able to see that you are more than a conqueror; so much more than the last time which helps you, but it also makes God proud and smile at His child to see how much you grow each time a storm comes around. Stand strong and believe in yourself and rely on God and DON’T GIVE UP!!! It is called perseverance! When all other animals run and hide in the storm remember the eagle who spreads its wings and waits for the storm winds to come and he is lifted and he soars. We should be like eagles and soar knowing that God will be carrying us.

When storms come we know some animals are sensitive to this, such as chickens who run for the hen house, dogs run for cover, but EAGLES!!!!…. Eagles spread their wings and wait for the approaching storms with their wings spread and once the storm arrives they are lifted up high and soar! Eagles are what we should be. Knowing that the winds of the storm that lift the eagles are really our faith and our belief and trust in God and that we should always rely on him during the storms to take care of us… you know what I mean? I want to be an EAGLE! Don’t you?

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Dare to dream bigger!

I heard a story about a little frog that was born at the bottom of a well. Just a small circular well like you might see on a farm. This frog and his family that lived down there and they were so happy, so content to swim and splash in the water all day long. He thought, “Life is good. We’ve got all the water in the world to ourselves.” As he got a little older, he noticed the light at the top of the well and wondered what was up there. One day, very carefully, he climbed up the side of the well. With great caution he looked over the edge and the first thing he saw was a pond. He couldn’t believe it. It was thousands of times more water than what he and his family had. He jumped out of the well and started hopping until he came to a lake. He stood there in amazement. He had no words. He hopped a little more and came to the ocean and as far as he could see was water. He began to realize how limited his vision had been. He thought he had it all but all he really had was a drop in the bucket compared to what was out there for him to enjoy.

Friend, God’s dream for your life is so much bigger, so much more rewarding than you can imagine. You haven’t even touched the surface of what God has in store. Why don’t you stretch your faith and dare to step outside of your well. In other words, step out of your comfort zone. Let go of the limiting mindsets. Turn away from small thinking and, like that frog, go a little further than you’re used to. Break out of your box and look out over the horizon. Dream bigger, think bigger, see bigger, and embrace the oceans of blessings God has in store for you!

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Why Life is so difficult.

Everything seems to be a battle. Nothing is easy. The fact is, life is difficult. So, why is life so hard in this world? The Bible says rebellion against God broke everything. It all started back with the first couple, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. When God created the world, everything was perfect. It was paradise. And Adam and Eve had no problems, suffering, sadness, temptations, or troubles. But one day Adam and Eve decided that they wanted to do what they wanted to do. God told them, “You can do anything you want to in this paradise except one thing.” And what did Adam and Eve do? The one thing God told them not to do. 

Why Is Life so Difficult?

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own.” ~~Isaiah 53:6 

You might be asking why did God even give them a choice? Because without a choice, they couldn’t choose to love God. If you’re forced to love God, then it’s not real love.

Adam and Eve weren’t the only ones who made that choice. I’ve made it, you’ve made it, and everybody else in the world has made it. We have all said, “I don’t want to do the right thing; I want to do the easy thing.” We’ve all said, “I don’t want to say the truth; I want to say what’s convenient.” We’ve all said, “I don’t want to be what God wants me to be; I want to be what I want to be.” We’ve all done this.

We have all broken God’s laws. We have all rebelled by sins, transgressions, and iniquities. And that’s why nothing works correctly — your marriage, your health, your finances, your body, your relationships. Nothing works correctly, because sin broke everything.

When you understand why life in the world is so hard, you’re no longer going to be surprised by it. You’re not going to be surprised when things don’t go your way. You’re not going to be surprised when plans don’t pan out. You’re not going to be surprised when things actually go bad. And you will be able to handle the hard times of life much more easily. So why is life so hard? Why do we suffer? Why is everything a battle? The answer is that rebellion against God broke everything.

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Question: “What does it mean to honor my father and mother?”


Answer:
Honoring your father and mother is being respectful in word and action and having an inward attitude of esteem for their position. The Greek word for honor means “to revere, prize, and value.” Honor is giving respect not only for merit but also for rank. For example, some Americans may disagree with the President’s decisions, but they should still respect his position as leader of their country. Similarly, children of all ages should honor their parents, regardless of whether or not their parents “deserve” honor.

God exhorts us to honor father and mother. He values honoring parents enough to include it in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12) and again in the New Testament: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Honoring parents is the only command in Scripture that promises long life as a reward. Those who honor their parents are blessed (Jeremiah 35:18-19). In contrast, those with a “depraved mind” and those who exhibit ungodliness in the last days are characterized by disobedience to parents (Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2).

Solomon, the wisest man, urged children to respect their parents (Proverbs 1:8; 13:1; 30:17). Although we may no longer be directly under their authority, we cannot outgrow God’s command to honor our parents. Even Jesus, God the Son, submitted Himself to both His earthly parents (Luke 2:51) and His heavenly Father (Matthew 26:39). Following Christ’s example, we should treat our parents the way we would reverentially approach our heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:9; Malachi 1:6).

Obviously, we are commanded to honor our parents, but how? Honor them with both actions and attitudes (Mark 7:6). Honor their unspoken as well as spoken wishes. “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1). In Matthew 15:3-9, Jesus reminded the Pharisees of the command of God to honor their father and mother. They were obeying the letter of the law, but they had added their own traditions that essentially overruled it. While they honored their parents in word, their actions proved their real motive. Honor is more than lip service. The word “honor” in this passage is a verb and, as such, demands a right action.

We should seek to honor our parents in much the same way that we strive to bring glory to God—in our thoughts, words, and actions. For a young child, obeying parents goes hand in hand with honoring them. That includes listening, heeding, and submitting to their authority. After children mature, the obedience that they learned as children will serve them well in honoring other authorities such as government, police, and employers.

While we are required to honor parents, that doesn’t include imitating ungodly ones (Ezekiel 20:18-19). If a parent ever instructs a child to do something that clearly contradicts God’s commands, that child must obey God rather than his/her parents (Acts 5:29).

Honor begets honor. God will not honor those who will not obey His command to honor their parents. If we desire to please God and be blessed, we should honor our parents. Honoring is not easy, is not always fun, and certainly is not possible in our own strength. But honor is a certain path to our purpose in life—glorifying God. “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20).

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For all mothers~~~~

LET THIS SCRIPTURE FROM THE WORD OF GOD SINK INTO YOUR HEART FIRST THEN READ THE REMAINDER….

Philippians 2:1-11~ Be Like Christ
2 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any [a]affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete [b]by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing [c]from [d]selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude [e]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [f]grasped, 7 but [g]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death [h]on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Children are a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5). As a result, motherhood is a great honor and privilege. Yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are nursing a baby late at night, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.

Sometimes this constant serving can be exhausting and even discouraging— particularly for a first-time mother. But you can take real encouragement from Jesus. One of the best examples of gracious servanthood is found in John 13:3-16. By kneeling to wash His disciples’ feet, the Lord showed that the key to genuine leadership is humility. And it is humility that leads to eternal reward.

Unless you are willing to stoop down and get your hands dirty, you will miss the real riches of motherhood. By dying to your own desires and pouring your life into someone else’s, you become like Christ and create a godly legacy that will carry on for generations to come. What greater blessing could one hope for? Of course, the motivation for serving others should not be to reap benefits, but when we follow God’s plan for our life, that’s what happens.

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for the sake of others—to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.

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Prayer~ I hope you will join with me and pray!

Prayer builds our character & maturity — In turn, our character & maturity boosts our prayer life! So, let be prayer warriors at all times to pray for the world to turn to GOD & for each other to persevere in strength & faith… to grow in Grace & stay true to GOD, for GOD & by GOD forever & ever…Amen✟

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May God hear us as we pray…✟

We lift up families to You O Lord. This day I have seen the hurt that so many are experiencing. Families that are filled with hurtful words that leave scars. Families where the members are so overwhelmed by stress and grief that they can see nothing but pain. Families that are filled within the world dysfunction from many causes. Families where one spouse turns their back and leaves a home broken and hearts ripped apart by confusion and pain. We see families riddled with addiction…families falling apart because God is not the center of the home..families in despair because of death, disease and disability. Families falling apart because of the stress of special children…Lord, the list is endless.

I just ask in Jesus Name for deliverance Lord. I ask in Jesus Name for Satan to be bound and families to be reclaimed. I pray for healing, emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially. I pray for Your Holy Spirit to breathe a mighty wave of revival and for people to come to a saving knowledge of Who You are and to make you the head of their homes. I pray for parents to love their kids with unconditional love and to build their children up with positive and affirming words. May they train their children in your ways Lord. Father, for all the kids that are being bullied whether at home or school we pray for safe havens for them and for help and deliverance from their tormentors.

Lord, for the marriages that are struggling…we ask for Divine Intervention. We pray for peace and restoration. We pray for kindness …for the golden rule to be remembered in homes…to treat others as we would want to be treated and to love each other as we love ourselves…let each mate love as unto the Lord.

We pray for those who have difficult family members who refuse to change their ways, their hurtful words and actions. We ask that you teach each person reading this how to set up firm, healthy boundaries. Lord, You did not call us to be anyone’s verbal, emotional or physical punching bags… show each person how to respect themselves and those around them.. For those who have lost their families to death or some other cause, we ask that no person would ever feel alone in this world again. I pray that you would help people to rise up and stand in the gap and be one in the body of Christ and reach out in that bond of fellowship that comes from being in your family. Help your church to step up and help each other more than ever Lord. Help us see the needs of those around…the lonely..the parent less, the childless, the divorced and the widowed..and let us love as Christ loved and let us change this world by fanning a flame of hope for those who need to feel loved.

Lord, we know in the end times that there will be division as you separate the wheat from the chaff and that can be painful as we watch those we love turn their backs on you and many are walking away from their families. For the families that have already fallen victim we ask for healing Lord. We ask for strength. We ask that you will step in and be the head of the household where single mom’s reside and we pray you will be the Father to the fatherless and the husband to the widowed and divorced. Please provide for the men as well Lord. They are not exempt from any of these things either. Lord, please be the provider for each and every household and person that is reading this.

We want to take back what the enemy is trying to steal from us. Let us find our moral compass. Help us to guide our youth in the truth of your word and your ways. Help us not to shrink back in fear and think “it’s too late” or “what can we do?” Let us remember our power in you and our heritage as your children….Lord, bring healing in every area as only you can and meet every need, spoken and unspoken we pray.

In Jesus Name…Amen

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Waiting…

I was reading Streams in the Desert the other day and read the scripture from Genesis 24:15, 26-27. “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder…Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, ‘Praise be to the Lord … who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness.’”
I couldn’t remember the whole story from that scripture so I looked it up and was reminded of the great story of Abraham’s servant being obedient and putting his faith in God to provide a wife for Isaac.
Before the servant was even finished praying his request to God, God answered the prayer! I was reminded, “When we ask in faith and in Christ’s name–that is, in oneness with Him and His will–it will be given you,” (John 15:7). Since God’s Word cannot fail, whenever we meet these simple conditions, the answer to our prayer has already been granted and is complete in heaven as we pray, even though it may not be revealed on earth until much later. When we believe God for a blessing, we must have an attitude of faith and begin to act and pray as if the blessing were already ours.”
Reading this was such an encouraging reminder for me that when I make a request to God, I shouldn’t pray and then say to myself, “I hope that gets taken care of,” or “I hope it works out.” I should have confidence that “even before I am finished making my request, the Lord has already answered it.” I just need to wait patiently!

“God is able”

This message is about how “God is able” This has to be one of the best and most accurate phrases in the Bible. But this time, it’s said about his work in you in me. He is able to do much more than we imagine to work through and in us. What can we say to that? Hallelujah!

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” ~Ephesians 3:20

Life can be overwhelming at times. Given the perplexity of the times in which we now live, that statement has more relevance than ever before. Perhaps you have had, or you are currently facing a perplexing situation. Just this week, I have spoken with two people who are battling with this type of issue. They didn’t know how their situation was going to be corrected or when it would end. Whenever life hands us a problem that seems to be out of our power or control, we can simply turn to the Lord. At first glance that statement might seem like a clique’. However, throughout the Word of God, we are instructed to turn to Him when we are faced with various trials and troubling (hard to understand) problems. When we turn to the Lord in a trying season, it teaches us to rely on the strength of God. This is a good thing, because the fall of man has caused humans to become self-sufficient or self-reliant. Whenever we are faced with complex and long-term ordeals, if we will seek the Lord for solutions, He will open the realm of possibilities for an answer.  The Lord invites us to bring our cares, burdens, and concerns to Him in prayer so that He will be able empower us to confront our fears and defeat our enemy (Satan) through faith. As we seek the Lord in faith, we are also allowing the Lord’s wisdom an opportunity to be released to assist us in our understanding. Until we open ourselves up to Godly understanding and allow His wisdom to be released to us, self-sufficiency can cause us to see only one way of “unraveling our ball of yarn.” If you’re faced with a situation that seems to grow more difficult each day, then drop to your knees and begin to seek God’s wisdom and understanding. He will direct your path out of the fog and confusion.

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Peace I leave with You!

“Peace I leave with You, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Jesus told His followers that after He returned to Heaven God the Father would send them the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who would teach them all things and remind them of everything Jesus had said. He knew that His followers would need a Helper, an Encourager and a Comforter to keep them sharp in their faith and to fill them with this peace. He knew that they, and eventually us, you and I, would need to be reminded of the things Jesus taught and of the peace that He has for us. He gives us one instruction as He promises this peace. He tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” “Do not let ….” Here again it sounds like we have a choice to make … and we do. We can choose to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with this peace and we can choose to remember all Jesus taught us about living in His strength. We choose. Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space nor can peace and turmoil occupy the same place in our hearts. So if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, run to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to fill you with peace. Then daily trade in the fear that comes to rob you and daily you will receive the peace that the world could not understand. People may even think you are in denial of your problem. But rather you are simply living in the promise of peace that has been given to each of us as Jesus’ followers. And the world cannot grasp this kind of peace. Today if peace is short in your heart and mind remember that it has been given to you by Jesus. His Holy Spirit is there to remind you and to teach you how to live in that peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with it. When fear comes to nibble at your heart or rush through your door to trouble you – stop and remember that you can make a choice …. “Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” Though the trouble may remain the peace of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit pouring peace over your heart, will carry you through.

Father God, Today we need the help of the Holy Spirit in allowing Your peace to fill our heart and soul and mind. May we not live in turmoil but choose to trade in our fear and our troubled heart for Your amazing peace and strength. It’s a gift we receive from You by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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Nothing Can Separate You from God’s Love!

 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death, nor live, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today, nor our worries about tomorrow, not even the powers from hell can separate u from God. No power in the sky above or in the earth below, indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus.”~ Romans 8:38-39

 

 Heavenly Father, I love the fact that NOTHING can separate us from Your love.  What a wonderful and amazing promise that You have given us!  I don’t think anyone on this earth could give us such a hefty promise.  We all have been abandoned in some form or another – whether it is literal abandonment or even emotional abandonment – it’s not a good feeling to be alone.  Lord, there are many people who feel alone right now – maybe their spouse had left or a relationship or friendship ended or maybe they’ve lost a loved one or that they’ve moved far away from friends/family.  Either way, being alone or at least feeling alone is probably one of the worst feelings in the world. So for You to promise that You’d NEVER leave us nor forsake us is a HUGE promise and we need to lean on that more than we do.  The perception of being alone is so very deceiving because it’s really that we’ve walked away vs. the other way around.  When we don’t feel God’s love or feel that He is far away – it’s not that He has left or turned away, but it is we that need to turn back to God.  He is exactly in the same place and will always be there with open arms and we need to seek His face when we feel alone.  Only God can fill that void – no other earthly thing can truly fulfill the emptiness in our hearts because all else is temporary. I pray that when we feel abandoned, that we turn to You for comfort and love.  That we stop chasing things of this world to fill that void temporarily because it will never be enough.  No amount of money, or a huge house, or a nice car, or a good job, or a relationship with a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend will ever truly make us whole.  You’re the only One that can ‘complete us’. In Jesus name Amen!

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