Am I not good enough?

“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage”, right? (Maybe not the baby at age 52…my age now lol) Or at least this is what you’ve been taught since you were a little girl.

In your mind you know something is not right. He is fully committed to you, he says he loves you and wants to be with you only. So why can’t he take your relationship to the next obvious level?

He doesn’t want to get married. He doesn’t want to get married. Yet. And at some point you can’t seem to think about anything else.

He Doesn’t Want to Get Married. WHY?

Does he actually love me like he says he does?

Is he waiting for a better option?

Am I giving my heart to someone who will eventually break it?

Am I doing something wrong?

Am I not GOOD enough?

Before You Know It, These Questions Start Destroying Your Relationship.

I know, because I’ve been there, and it almost killed my relationship with the love of my life.

I was so in love. I knew this was the only man I’d ever want to be with and I was sure he felt the same way about me. But when the marriage proposal didn’t come, I couldn’t help myself and asked him what’s going on. He told me he wasn’t ready for marriage yet.

He had many excuses – His career, not knowing what he wants to do with his life, fear of getting hurt and what not.

He asked me to wait. To stay with him because he loves me so much and “everything will be o.k.”.

I agreed and swore to myself to put it aside for a while.

But I couldn’t. The more I tried to stop thinking about it, the more I became completely obsessed with him not wanting to get married.

I analyze our relationship to death, trying to figure out what could be missing for him. I analyze myself to death, trying to figure out what’s missing in ME. It has broken my heart and it broke my spirit for a moment.  I was convinced I was just not good enough – For him and maybe for anyone else.
Don’t allow this to happen to you please! I finally said “No More! I matter! I am God’s beloved” You can say the same too! Talk to your mountain!

Jesus is the only one who loves us the way that fufulling and complete.  God will then in turn complete you on earth with the companion of His choosing! Be patient to wait on God’s best!

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Your identity now resides in His love!

Good day fellow believer!  I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on that heartache and pain is part of life. It can either bring us closer to the One who can transform the difficulties of life into fruit, or it can make us bitter, angry, and full of resentment. For many  they chose the latter. They have no peace in their heart, or patience, faithfulness and self-control, for that matter. They let the hurts of the world define who they were and what their heart would produce. I hope and pray this encourages you and brings you close to God during the difficulties of your life.

“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!” Galatians 5:22-23

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But God can change all of that. If you’re a believer you are a child of God because of what Jesus has done for us. He came as one of us, in the flesh, to die for our sins, shedding His own perfect blood as the sacrifice for all time. He has given us the right to be His children and heirs of His Kingdom. It is in His unfailing and unending Grace (undeserved, forever faithful love) that we find our true existence: forgiven, redeemed, and beloved.

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Your identity now resides in His love—His perfect, unconditional, and forever faithful love. It is only through Christ Jesus that your hurts from this world can be transformed into fruit of His Spirit. It is through Him alone that you can know you’re loved and that you are able to love others.

Are you finding your identity in your relationship with God or in the things of this world?  Identify anything that is preventing you from truly receiving God’s love deeply and passing it on. Ask Him to remove any fear, bitterness, and pain you’ve been carrying and to instead give you His Spirit of truth so your life will become more fruitful.

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Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence.

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Where does my nourishment come from?

I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on. I like this verse below because it always causes me to think about where I receive my nourishment. I’m not talking about actual food and drink. That’s for my physical body. But where do I go to receive nourishment for my mind and soul. This verse directs our focus to the true “Bread of Life” and the “Living Water” that keep us spiritually alive. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence receiving your nourishment form the Lord. Love you all.

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“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

What Jesus is saying here is that if you come after Me, you shall never feel hungry. If you believe in Me, you will never thirst. If we pursue Jesus as if He would fulfill our emptiness from natural nourishment, He would fill us with His spiritual nourishment which lasts for eternity.“ Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)

Everything on this earth is temporary. “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV) The visible world is passing away. The unseen world is what is most important and most real. If we put our trust and faith in the things of this world, the things will eventually all die away. Then what do we have left? We are left with emptiness and a need to look for something else to fill the void. And if we continue to fill the void with things of this world, the cycle of emptiness is not broken. But if we place our trust and faith on the things that are eternal (the unseen world), these things will never die away. If we hunger and thirst for truth and hope and the answers we are looking for, and we eat and drink from the truth and hope and answers of the Lord, we are given eternal nourishment. And God promises we will never go hungry or thirst again. Where will you place your trust and faith?

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My friends, I don’t know what you are facing or where your struggles lie, but if you are seeking after the world for a solution, know that the solution grounded in the world has a life span and will die someday. But Jesus Christ offers you an eternal solution and that is grounded in His grace, His mercy, His love, and His salvation for you. I’m asking you. What choice will you make? If you choose Jesus, it all starts with a prayer. A prayer that believes that Jesus died for your sins and that You desire to have a personal relationship with Him. His love, His Mercy, and His grace await you. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love and desires to spend eternity with you.

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Good morning everyone! I was led to this message for everyone to reflect on. When you and I overwhelmed by emotions, we have a place to run to. God  is the Towering Rock, Safe Refuge and Fortress where the enemy cannot reach us. We can take our cares, burdens, and worries straight to His Throne coming boldly (Hebrews 4:16) before His Throne and getting the answers we need to go on. He will remind us with His Word and by His Spirit as He confirms His Promises and lifts us above our circumstances so peace is established in our heart and mind again.

“O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!” Psalm 61:1-4

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As we learn to live in His Presence and wait on His Way, we will be at peace and satisfied with our life so there is no need to be angry or resentful because we know He prefects that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8) and He is making every detail work out for our good! (Romans 8:28) Why? Because He loves us. You see God knows the end from the beginning, so His Primary Concern is that we make it to the finish line of faith to receive the prize. When we are overwhelmed with any emotion, the Lord promises to show us what to do with those feelings and which way to go. (Psalm 142:1-3) He’s a Good God! He is for us not against us. There is no need to be mad – He is working this out for our good!

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Are you mad today? Are you angry or frustrated? Get rid of it. Do away with it in your life. Be free to accept all that God has for you and let His Peace rule your heart and life now and forever more. He will guide you, direct you and never leave you. He renews, restores, and redeems.

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Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence. Love you all.

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How to tell your personal testimony

Every time we tell our story (our testimony) we give honor and glory to God, and He is pleased with that. Why? Well, our story is actually the story of how God rescued us . . . saved us. It’s our eye-witness (or “I-witness”) account of how our lives have changed. It’s the story of His pursuit of a lost soul (you!) and the dramatic rescue to tear you from the clutches of your mortal enemy and bring you safely into His eternal kingdom. It’s the stuff movies are made of. And that retelling of your redemption highlights His character. That’s what we call “glorifying God:” it’s giving Him the credit and acknowledging His work.

I like to think that because it’s our story, we don’t have to put any effort into telling it. We were there when it happened, and we’re living it now. But it’s easy to get jumbled up, flustered, off the point, and onto a tangent that can distract, bore, annoy, or confuse your listener. We want to glorify God and be listener – friendly. That’s why a little planning and practice are so valuable.

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There are five basic parts to “Your Story:” the opening, your life before Christ, how you came to Christ, your life after Christ, and the closing. You should be able to talk through all five parts clearly and succinctly within 3-5 minutes. Let’s take a look at how to put it together, section by section.

The Opening. Identify a theme. What did your life revolve around that God used to help bring you to Him? Try to illustrate your theme with a word picture that your audience can identify with.

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Your Life Before Christ. You want to paint a picture of what your life was like before you came to Christ, but don’t dwell on how bad you used to be or glory in past sin. Share only the details that relate to your theme, and give enough detail to show your need for Christ. This is not the time to give your resume.

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How You Came to Christ. Ah, this is it. Make sure you speak in such a way that the person you are talking with, and anyone who overhears you, can understand how you became a Christian, and how they can become a Christian, too. Give only the details that are important to communicate why and how you became a Christian. As you begin to work on it, consider what your life was like before you trusted Christ or you really began to see change. This is an educational aspect to your story, so that even if your listener is not interested right now, s/he’ll be able to make that decision down the road because you’ve equipped them with the right information.

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Your Life After Christ. Share some of the changes that Christ has made in your life as they relate to your theme. Emphasize the changes in your character, attitude, and perspective, not just the mere changes in behavior. And be realistic. We will struggle as Christians. Life is far from perfect, isn’t it? But what makes it different for you now? Be honest, and God will use your personal experience regardless of how “unspectacular” you may think it is.

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The Closing. Close it out with a summary statement that ties your story together according to your theme. You could close with a verse, but only if it’s meaningful and relates to the story you’ve just told.

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HELPFUL HINTS

Write the way you speak—make the testimony yours.
Choose a theme and carry it throughout the testimony.
Don’t be overly negative or positive. Be truthful.
Don’t criticize or name any church, denomination, organization, etc.
Time limit should be 3 minutes.
Practice it over and over until it becomes natural.

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The Power of Faith!

Jesus teaches us how to release our faith so that it can work on our behalf to bring about the things that we need. Jesus told the disciples that if they had faith, they could say what they wanted to see come to pass, and then they would have it. This means that we are to speak those things that we have the faith for; and then we should expect to receive what we have spoken. Our mouths have the ability to create… this is especially true when we confess with our mouth based on what we believe in our heart.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20

It’s amazing to me how faith can be so tiny, and yet be so powerful that if it is used effectively can move something as massive as a mountain. Nevertheless, that is exactly what Jesus said, and He didn’t exaggerate. This tells us that faith is powerful. Therefore, when we declare those things that we need to happen in our lives, we must stand in faith. Faith can move mountains!

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Furthermore, when we choose to respond to a negative report or a bad situation in faith, we are empowered to move forward to victory over the enemy that has attacked us. In other words, faith will help us walk “out of” problems that might otherwise try to hold us captive. Instead of accepting an evil report as the final word for this season of our lives, we must choose to stand on God’s Word in faith and trust in God’s plan to bring us through victoriously.

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If you’ve hit a seemingly impossible situation, and everything in your soul is telling you that it won’t pass, then make a conscious decision to stand by faith. Many Christians are living in bondage to past situations simply because they don’t know how to “choose to respond” by faith and walk out of the pit of hopelessness. If you see yourself as more than a conqueror through Christ, you will be more than a conqueror. Faith works, but you have to work it!

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Complacent?

Jesus created us to be untamed, to be wild, to be undomesticated for the cause of the King and His Kingdom. But we get into the cage of religion, and we start to assume this certain persona. We become safe, nice and domesticated like lions in a zoo contained amd maintained to an area. I don’t believe that what is wanted for God’s children. I believe I once heard Jesus tell me,

“I did not give my life and rise again from the dead just so that you can live a nice, little, safe, comfortable, complacent, ordinary life. I called you to live a faith adventure. Your latter days can be greater than your former days, and the best is yet to come!”

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Jesus Christ is calling me and YOU onward to a faith-filled adventure! What is ahead of you is far greater than what’s behind you!

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Frustration cure!

“Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

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Do you ever feel like your faith and trust in God begins to waiver? Do you feel doubt nibble at your heart and mind? It happens to many of us at one point or another through life. Frustration and discouragement are usually the result. When that happens you often begin to neglect praying, quietly wondering if it makes any difference after all. Sometimes gathering with other believers begins to slip by as well. God understands how fragile we can be and how our faith can waiver. That’s why He addresses it so specifically in His word, the Bible.

If we want your faith to be strengthened it is clear that you must not neglect God’s Word in your lives. A lukewarm heart toward God’s word and a doubting mind go hand in hand. Don’t let yourself drift away from God’s Word. Don’t let your Bible go unopened for days. Take some time and let God know the discouragements of your heart and ask Him to speak to you. Your faith will grow as you hear and believe the Word of God.

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Hear my Prayer oh Lord!

Hear my Prayer, oh Lord!

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When we pray, we are seeking God’s counsel and readiness to answer. That is exactly what this verse below is saying. O Lord, I am here and I need Your help. Hear me O God. Whether we are seeking Godly wisdom, or an answer to something not understood, or healing for oneself or a loved one, or prayers for deliverance from an addiction, you can call upon the Name of God.

“Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1

Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

When we call upon the Name of God we are demonstrating a dependence upon Him. Sometimes this is out of a sense of desperation. Sometimes it’s acknowledging who God is. And as intercessors, we call upon the Name of God as a function of prayer. In all of these cases, we are making known we need the power and the presence of God.

God promises to hear and respond to the prayers of His children (born-again believers, followers of Christ). And God expects His children to make requests of Him in prayer. ““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)

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So crying out to God in prayer is not something strange. Among other things, crying out to God in prayer should be central to a believer’s life. And prayer is a form of worship. When we call upon the Name of God we are demonstrating our dependence on Him. We are literally saying, “Only You, Lord, can take care of this.”

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God’s desire is that all people should seek after Him and find Him. Those who seek God with all their heart are rewarded. “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6 NKJV) So in times of need, times of trouble, times of sorrow, times of confusion, seek the Lord and cry out to Him. He will certainly attend to your prayer. And while you’re at it, thank Him for hearing you and answering you.

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Have a wonderful day as you call on the name of the Lord in prayer.

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