Friday, November 6, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (PEACE)

 

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

"When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well (it is well)

With my soul (with my soul)

It is well, it is well with my soul..."

by Horatio G. Spafford

This well-known hymn was birthed out of the writer's tragedy (loosing four of his daughters in a boating accident).  Even before this accident, he and his wife were not strangers to tragedy.  Although maybe not as great as what Spafford and his wife experienced, I am sure we have all had our share of tragedies...it comes with this thing called "LIFE"!  So how do we get to a place of peace, a place where in spite of what life brings our way...in spite of a pandemic...we, too, can say "It Is Well With My Soul".  In all honesty, I cannot say with confidence that  I would have had the intestinal fortitude to pen such words as Spafford did during that time.  BUT, I do know that I must trust God's word and believe His promises.  His promise of peace comes with context about what we must do -- do not be anxious...pray with thanksgiving about everything.  Then, and only then, are we able to take hold to the peace that will transcend our understanding!  It's a supernatural peace that will bring calm as well as guard our heart and mind, in spite of the chaos and turmoil going on around us.  So I encourage you, Ladies, let us take hold of this peace TODAY by placing our full confidence in God and being thankful in every situation!

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts, your minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (POWER)

Ephesians 3:20 -- Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us

Do the circumstances you're facing in life right now have you feeling powerless?  Life "happening" has a way of making us feel powerless...I know it does sometimes for me and I'm sure that I am not alone!  Well, I've got good news for us from the mouth of God Himself.  His word tells us that the moment we accepted Him as Lord over our lives, we also received the Holy Spirit -- it now indwells (permanently present) us!  The question is, are we activating that power or are we just sitting on it?  No matter how great our challenges, God's power -- the power inside of us is greater.  No matter where we are or what is happening in our lives, it's not just power in and of ourselves, it is His power operating in and through us, BUT, we have a part to play..a decision to make -- will we activate this power or just let it lie dormant inside of us?  We must empty ourselves of ourselves in order for God's power within us to take control.  His power empowers us to be transformed...to be an overcomer...to be more than a conqueror and so much more.  So let us "be renewed in the Spirit of our mind" (Ephesians 4:23)..."be strong in the Lord and the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10) and let us not "give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27) -- don't let him steal or in any way usurp our God-given power!  Ladies, let's purpose today to walk in power and live our lives as the powerful women of God that He created us to be!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (PRAY ALWAYS)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for us.  Let us be diligent in prayer having a grateful heart in everything that we face:

PRAY instead of worrying
PRAY instead of stressing
PRAY instead of panicking
PRAY instead of overthinking
PRAY instead of assuming
PRAY instead of controlling
PRAY instead of wondering
PRAY instead of getting angry

In EVERY situation...JUST PRAY!!!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (NOT FORGOTTEN)

Ladies, we certainly are living in a time of unprecedented events, a confusing and frightening time for many.  Amid all the fear, panic and worry, there is still encouragement for us as children of God.   OUR GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US!  Charles Spurgeon shared this,  "He who counts the stars and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own children!  He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made, or the only saint He ever loved!"  Remember my dear sisters in Christ, God still has a plan.  He never sleeps nor slumbers and nothing catches Him by surprise.  We need not worry about tomorrow because God is already there.  He tells us that we do not have to fear and instead offers us peace and hope in Him.  We must continue to feed our faith in order to starve our fears and not allow anxiety to fill our hearts.   So keep calm and pray, pray, pray!  Our God is in control and He is able to grant us peace that surpasses all understanding!  Be encouraged, because our God has the final say!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (NO MATTER WHAT)

Recently, I had to ask myself this question -- "Do I love the Lord, no matter what?"  This of course led me to think of other questions and I pose them to you today.  "Do we want to take time from our busy lives to really see, hear and know God?  Do we really want to spend time pursuing God?  Do we really want to be the Lord of all of our life?"  These are some hard, thought-provoking questions -- some things to think about.  If we cannot answer "yes" to all of these things, then can we really say we will trust and love the Lord no matter what the outcome of situations in life.  One writer said, "He must be Lord of all, if He is our Lord at all"!  It's a journey, ladies and I can't say I have mastered it, but I invite you to join me on this journey -- let us settle our hearts and declare that we will love God no matter what (e.g., during/after coronavirus and other illnesses, loss of loved ones, loss of job, in the mountain top experiences and in the valley experiences).   Let us make the minute by minute choice to let our souls rest in God...to love Him with all our heart, soul and strength...to trust His plan, no matter what!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Monthly ❤To❤ (Positioned for Victory)

Without a doubt, our adversary, Satan, will attack!  He seeks to destroy us by any means necessary!  Just as God pursues us, so does the enemy.  His pursuit is relentless and he will use every person (family members included) and situation in your life to hit you where it hurts.  BUT, there is good news...God has already equipped us with what we need to be victorious!  We have to daily put on our armor (Ephesians 6:10-18)...STAND and PRAY ALWAYS!
“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”  Sun Tzu

Prayer, my sisters is what makes our position unassailable!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Monthly ❤To❤ (HE REIGNS)

Do you ever have those days where you feel like situations or life is more than you can handle?  Well, you are probably absolutely right.  It is in those overwhelming, at the end of our rope times that we truly realize our dependence on God! More importantly there is nothing that happens in our lives that has not already been filtered through His hands of grace and mercy!  He cares about every detail of our lives and nothing catches Him by surprise.  He is working it all out for our good and His glory.  The enemy cannot thwart the plan of God for our lives!  He is subservient to our God which means he is under our feet by the power of God that lives in us.  Remember, no matter what it looks like...no matter what it feels like, GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE!