tHe Darkest hOur oF the Night comes Just bEfore the dAwn.

Galatians 6: 9AMP “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap if we do not give in.”

I am thinking of a specific person in my personal life, this lady is hard working and really goes the extra mile.  I just feel sorry that she has been influenced by someone in her own personal life.  This lady has the ability to be friendly, stay kind and is normally very generous.

The funny thing is this person was always doing good deeds and never trying to receive accolades and cheers of greatness until the person she knows started pointed out that she is not getting these important accolades.

My dear friend doesn’t lose heart and do not grow weary and do not become discouraged in doing good, for you will receive at the proper time and you will reap if you do not give in.  Life can be trying at times and it isn’t easy but I think God wants each and every one of us to get up and dust ourselves off.  Do the good we can and never stop being kind and loving.

Time moves fast and before we know it, the time has run out for all of us.  The thing is we are all growing older and older each and every day.  We have to do what we can and it is expected that we do our best all the time and if not our best we should strive to do our best.  This business of giving up isn’t allowed in our lives.  We have to continue and never ever give up, these words must not come out of our mouths.

We all are God’s precious jewels, He bought each one of us with a price, the Life Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Come on people, lets us never give up on God or people!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give us the strength to stay focused and never grow weary or become discouraged in doing good.  Lord, we need Your strength and we need You to help us face each day.  We cannot do this on our own we love and worship You with all our heart, body and mind and soul in the lovely name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Amen

 

How Do I know when I am hearing from GOD?

GOD’s Word Translation Colossians 3: 15 “Also, let Christ’s peace control you.  God has called you into this peace by bringing you into one body.  Be thankful.”

Many people I have met want to know ‘how do I know its God speaking to me.”  I believe that the word of God is my guide, and we read here in Colossians chapter 3 verse 15 that “Christ’s peace controls me.”

You may be facing a difficult situation and need some kind of answer, you actually need to speak to God, and how can you do that?  In humble prayer, this is our connection to God.

If you are unhappy and feel frustrated and uncomfortable you know without a doubt that there is something wrong.  You are not happy with what you are experiencing, there is no peace.  Then you aren’t in God’s good and perfect will.  Sometimes we fall into His permissive will for our lives but we are far from His perfect will.

The apostle Paul reminds each of us that in Romans chapter 13 verse 8 (GW) “Pay your debts as they come due.  However, one debt you can never finish paying is the debt of love that you owe each other.  The one who loves another person has fulfilled Moses’ Teaching.”

Come into agreement with the people around you, love them and try and understand them with mercy in your heart.

Prayer

Lord You know my circumstances, times, when I feel frustrated and uncomfortable and unhappy, is because I am not in Your will.  Today, please help me to learn how to stay in Your perfect will.  I am listening and reading Your word and I accept that You have given me peace and are steering me into another direction for my own life.  Guide me, help me and show me the way forward, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen

Word Fast:  Criticism

James 1:26 If any man thinketh himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man’s religion is in vain.

How well do you know me?  If you truly know me, you will say that I am very judgemental and probably a critical person.  I was thinking about this and truth be told you are right with your answer.  Sadly I am so sorry for my bad behaviour and I have asked the Lord God to forgive me for being so judgemental and seriously critical.

So today in all humbleness I confess I am judgemental and struggle with a critical spirit.  I also confess that I am not one that actually bridles my tongue and this has brought me enough trouble.

1 Timothy 2: 1 – 2 I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.

Today I want to pray and dedicate all kings, and people in high places, that the Lord God will guide them and help them from becoming judgemental and critical.  A spirit of this magnitude can just be detrimental to all other people.  May the Lords love and grace surround them, softening their hearts, souls and minds.

So there, our fast today is on being critical, let go of the past and stretch you forward to a new being.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

The Challenge is on.

Matthew 13: 34 “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

This is so true, I have come to realize that my heart is literally dry, I have truly become so negative that when I open my mouth I will speak negatively.  So for the past couple of weeks, I have literally become aware of my speech.  My words and my thoughts; I am taking my words and thoughts captive to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I know someone, this person has really got a vulgar attitude.  This person really cannot speak edifying words whatsoever.  I can see what is in their heart just by listening to their talking.  The bad thing is I believe that it will rub off on other people.  Something I also noticed is not many people like this person because of their vulgar mannerism.

Proverbs 21 verse 23 reminds us that “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.”  Now, this is food for thought wouldn’t you say?  Yes, so in the meantime, I have made it my business to watch my thoughts, I also have made it my business to watch my words.

Psalms 19 verse 14 reminds us to “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”  On this point, I truly have been going out of my way to check my words.  I have decided to pray about my attitude and to bring it into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I not only want my heart to change but also my attitude and most of all my mind, heart and everything about me.  I desire to become a confident person, with words spoken which look like golden apples.

Psalms 141 verse 3 says “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”  This is on my mind constantly because I have been struggling with major negativity.  I really have to watch my words, my lips spring open and words roll out like thorns and sharp knives especially when I am angry.

I hope that this will be of some encouragement to you, as I share my journey going forward with my words and my attitude.  Life is too short for a negative view and I want to live a positive life, with great dreams and a wonderful future.

Thank you for joining me, you are a blessing.

Today! Stop your grumbling!

Just thinking about this past couple of weeks I do believe I have been grumbling all the time, I am like a growling dog.  In Exodus 15 verse 24 we read “so the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?””  Because life this past couple of weeks have really been trying and difficult I have been walking around with a stiff neck, and a headache too.

You know those feelings of abandonment, being left out and disappointed and feelings of uselessness and not being able to stay focused or even function properly?  These are all that I have been dealing with the past couple of days.  Then this morning I am preparing for a Sunday School lesson and it struck me that I should stop my grumbling immediately.

Looking back now made me realize that I have so much to be grateful of and yes I find myself in an almost impossible situation but why should I allow all these negative feelings to overwhelm and take hold of my life.

The truth of the matter is I am not in control over everything in my own life and because I cannot control lives events, I must remember and trust and believe that the Holy God of Israel, my God, the  God of Lights is always in control.

It is imperative that we grow spiritually and by growing we are also being pruned many times, I do believe that I am being pruned and it is painful and I don’t enjoy the discomfort but because I am faithful and trust and believe in the Lord I am sure that His words will not come back void to me.

I am reminded in Isaiah 46 verse 11 that “I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass.”  God isn’t a person that He would lie to me, and I can trust and believe that He will come through for me.  I don’t always understand my circumstances and I am not sure I understand why things work out the way they do.

Now I need to find God’s promises in my own life, look for the conditions and persistently pray over them believing that the Lord God will keep His word to me.  My struggle is being patient and now it is time to learn to be patient.

May I ask you as my Blogger friends please keep me in your prayers today, help me deal with my circumstance and help me focus on the Word of God.  You are a blessing to me.  Thank you for letting me share my life with you today.  In the Holy name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  Amen

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Thank You Lord Jesus Christ

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’

This past couple of days has been hectic in my own life and that of the lives of my family.  My mom and oom Frik have been under presure to move and needed somewhere to stay.

Bless Andus in his work today, give him supernatural favor with each and every person today, Lord blesses him in all his work.  Lord guides him and protects him.  Let no harm come to him.  I plead the blood of Jesus Christ over his life.

Praise the Lord our God for open the right doors for them to move into a big beautiful flat.  God is so gracious and He is constantly looking out for our wellbeing.

I believe with my entire heart and mind that my God hears my prayers and I just need to learn to trust Him more.  I bring You all the Praise, worship and adorations I can think of Lord Jesus Christ.

Father thank You for open doors, open hearts, and open lives, Thank You that You are in control over our lives and that You have made a way for all of us.

We praise You and worship at Your feet.  Love You, with all my heart, body and soul.  Amen

The mind of Christ

“We have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2: 16

I have been focusing all my time and attention on God’s word these past couple of days and I must tell you that I feel so exhilarated.  I find that I can see things clearly and my focus is there.

The way I think isn’t necessarily the same way you think and we have different points of view concerning our thinking.  To write something I need to have a topic of discussion and then put my thinking cap on.  My creativity is not as great as most people I find I have to stretch myself each time I have something on my mind.  My words don’t just pour out and I have to really stay focused and tuned in to write something that will be of value.

Then I am learning to ask people for their advice and see what it is that drives them and their thinking, it is really interesting because I really don’t think anything like them.  My biggest problem is not seeing the big picture but understanding why other people miss the big picture.  They can frustrate me at times and I want to run away.

Sometimes it is required that I must be realistic but I thank the Lord my God for common sense because you need to have common sense to be realistic at time.

As you ponder over what I have written, how is your thinking?

Prosperity in all things and be in health

3 John 1 – 4 (KJV)

The elder unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 Today as you sit reading my thoughts, I do want to challenge you today to live your life to the fullest.  Let us honor the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

John was so impressed the reports he received from Gaius who was speaking the truth to the people around him.  It sounds like Gaius was a living testimony of the Lord Jesus.  He lived, spoke and behaved like someone that knew and loved the Lord Jesus.  John felt so good about it that he wished Gaius prosperity in everything he did as well as being healthy.

Are we as Christians in our day and age able to make the same association as Gaius?  Gaius truly lived the truth of God.  John said the reports he received was a confirmation of how dedicated Gaius was.

As a woman of God, it is my heart’s desire to live my life as someone that strives to live the truth of God.  The truth of the matter is I don’t always do that and many times I miss the point.  Do you live your life to the fullest for the Lord Jesus?

I wonder how many of us would get such a beautiful report?

Thank You for reading my thoughts, you are a blessing.  I bless you today in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

How to live a positive life

Something I have come to realize is that we all are struggling with something personal. Life can through you a curve ball and things can change within minutes.  What can we do to change that?  How can we live a positive life?

I believe that many times it’s our “Attitude” that determines our outlook on life.  Some people are just positively charged and nothing but nothing will get them down.  Others struggle with a negative view and cannot always see the positive side.  My advice is to think about the positive side of a matter.  Let me give you an example:  I was doing the laundry and my goodness I forgot the tap on.  Water was running over the washing machine and the laundry room was flooded.  Initially, I would freak out.  This time I took a deep breath and though, oh well may it will help me wash the floor.

It is also important to improve on your game if you are good at what you do.  Strive to “be better” and then after a while, you should be “excellent.”

Something else which happens a lot lately is that I “cry” about everything.  Then my daughter told me that crying is a way for our bodies to let things go.

My husband’s favorite saying “The “decisions” you make today affects your tomorrow.”

Something else to consider is that you probably see things from your point of view and not really as they are.

So let me recap:

*  “Stay positive by checking your attitude.”

*  “Excel at what you are doing.”

*  “Cry it is the best way to relieve your stress.”

*  “Your decisions – affect your tomorrow.”