Monday Motivation: The POWER of Prayer

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At certain times in our lives we’re bound to feel helpless.  Whether it’s over a personal tragedy, or mourning with the nation, it’s that feeling of  “there must be something more I can do”.  We want to help where we can, give what we’re able to, and display sincere support to those who need it most.  Our hearts desire is there, but what happens if we don’t have the means and opportunity to make the impact we hoped for?  The circumstances may be complex, but the answer is simple, really.  Before, during, and after these types of situations, we must always turn to God in prayer.

James 5:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Did you know that there is TREMENDOUS power available through prayer?  This is because The One we pray to is almighty in EVERY WAY!!! In the natural and earthly realm we may recognize certain limitations and that our hands may be tied, but in the spiritual realm we have all that we ask for if we line it up with the Word of God!

1 John 5:14-15 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                          

14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

 I get the frustration and discouragement that comes with this perceived notion of helplessness.  I really do.  But I encourage us to relish in the promises of our Lord and Savior and the fact that we get to have face time with Jesus!!

Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                            

16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Amen and Amen!!!  God has direct knowledge of all we long to do for others, and what we’d like to happen for ourselves.  So don’t be shy, talk to your Heavenly Father.  In coping with burden, frustration, sadness, and anger, go to Him with confidence!  Do you believe that He hears you?  If so, then before you let your shoulders droop and your mouth turn into a pout, remember that if prayer is ”all” that’s left it’s more than enough!!!  For this I thank Him, and I pray that we all take a moment to do the same! 🙂

Mark 11:24 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                      

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

John 15:7 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

7 If  you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

John 14:13-14 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                           

13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son. 14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].

HAVE YOU PRAYED TODAY?

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Monday Motivation: You’re Always at Home in Him

John 14:2 (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                           In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

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My Parents’ House

Today is our final day of vacation, and it’s a bittersweet feeling.  I’ve had an incredible time with my family, (and friends ;)) and my mom and stepdad bent over backwards to make their house a home for us.  I barely spoke to my mother over these last 8 weeks, because her days and nights were spent painting, sanding, organizing, installing, repairing, and a host of other DIY projects she was determined to complete before we arrived.  I told her repeatedly that all of these preparations weren’t necessary, and as able-bodied adults, my husband and I could help.  I encouraged her to put us to work, but she refused to listen.  “It’s your vacation.” she would say, “I’m the mom and I want my children to be able to settle in and be comfortable.”  I’d roll my eyes on the other side of the phone, because I didn’t like the thought of her stressing over us.  I thought she was being stubborn and trying to “do too much”, but the truth is, she was simply being a wonderful mom.  For her it wasn’t about bending over backwards, late nights, or those pull-your- hair- out moments.  It was about giving us a place where we’d always feel welcome.

Over these last 12 days my mom has seen her dream realized.  Her house was the gathering place for our 25 guests on Thanksgiving, and our room looks as well-lived in as it does at home.  🙂 It’s a joy to know that my parents would go to such great lengths for us, and I’m reminded that the Lord goes “all out” for us each and every day.

He will welcome you into His presence, His company, and His love.  He is our Father and our friend, and His home is waiting for our arrival.  As He prepares for us, let us also prepare to be with Him, and thank Him always for His care.

Psalm 23:5-6(NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

Are you at home in Christ?

Love For One Another

 

It’s a beautiful day today and I hope your Sunday has been full of love, hope, joy and smiles. 🙂 We all face ups and downs, but through thick and thin remember that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and our actions and words should demonstrate a sincere love for one another!  We are to express our love as a reflection of God’s love for us, striving to live peaceably among all men, and seeking to be positive examples to the world at large. I love you all in Christ, and pray that you are abundantly blessed!!!

John 15:9-17  (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                       
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
1 John 4:20  (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                        If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
John 13:34-35 (AMP)                                                                                                                                                                                                      I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.  By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

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My Unspeakable Joy

A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. John 16:21 (NKJV)

My Darling Alexandra Simone,

3 months have passed since my last letter, and I’m in utter shock and disbelief that you’re 6 months old today!!  Baby girl, I can’t believe how much you’ve grown! It seems like only yesterday that your daddy and I would get excited at every chance we had to see your eyes open, and now we can hardly get you to close them because you don’t want to miss a thing!! My inquisitive little dear, it’s no wonder that you’ve mastered the roll and the scoot, and grabbing any and everything is your new favorite hobby.  You view everything with fresh eyes and being around you helps me to do the same.

In the original “plan” I would’ve been a month into a new school year at work.  However, God gave us peace in making the decision to have me stay home with you, and I couldn’t be happier.  Each day I awake wondering what new adventures are in store for us, and I feel blessed to be the one by your side as you discover the world around you.

When you laugh out loud you crack me up!!  How are you so funny?!  I never thought anything could match your gummy smile, but now that there’s a tooth in there it’s the perfect complement to your beautiful cheesy grin. You’ve become one with your booster seat and spoon, and your zeal for food is eerily familiar… 🙂 You love a cool breeze on your face, and when the toys on your jumper move just as you intended you light up brighter than the Christmas tree at Union Square.

Ahhh my sweet, sweet child, I have tears of joy thinking back on this time we’ve spent, but there’s some reservation too.  As much as I look forward to seeing you hit your next milestone, a part of me wants you to stay my baby forever.  You find comfort in me, you know I’m present and that I’m not going anywhere. I never want that to change. But wait a minute.  That’s the beauty of our relationship isn’t it?  No matter the age, no matter the distance, regardless of who may come and go, you will ALWAYS be my baby and I will ALWAYS be proud to be your mom.

I love you more than you’ll ever know.  Happy Half-Birthday to you!!!

Love, love, love you,

Mommy

Jesus is the Only Way

Greetings friends!!

Someone reached out to me recently and shared a post that a friend of theirs wrote.  This person had questions and wanted to know my thoughts on the matter.  What could’ve been a simple statement turned into a novel, which translates into a new article for me to share.  Sometimes the Word just flows. ;)To ensure that confidentiality is maintained, I will summarize the post in question into 3 main points and no names will be mentioned.  Here is the gist of what I read:

  1. Man created religion as a tool used to suppress and control the masses.  It’s manipulation.
  2.  All “Gods” are created equal.  Titles may be different but all higher powers are the same.
  3. We are deceiving ourselves if we think that what we believe is the truth.

Now I will share my response, pretty much word for word:

I know nothing of this person’s background or purpose in posting this, but I can say that I strongly disagree with their point of view.  I re-read this a few times to be clear and it seems to me that he/she is drawing the conclusion that religion is a tool of manipulation and there is no such thing as one true and living God.  Let me begin by saying that I’m not a historian and I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of other religions (an area of growth for me, but I can get you in touch with those who know more if need be), but the Word of God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit is clear!

  1. Yes, it’s true that some, you could even say many men, have used and abused religion, and misled people along the way.  Have you ever seen The Book of Eli?  While certainly not to be considered a Christian film, there were many Biblical undertones.  The bad guy (spoiler alert) made a statement about wanting to get his hands on the Bible because it would bring him great power and manipulation over the people who were “weak”.  Unfortunately there have been men throughout history with this mentality who abuse the Word, thus giving true believers a bad name.  Even more upsetting is that their actions have given Christ a bad name too.  But anyone who seeks after the Lord knows that he’s all about relationships.  The closer we get to Him, and the better we get to know He and His Word, the more our perception into His true character will change.  We have liberty in Him.
    Galatians 5:1 (Amplified) reads:

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

Doesn’t sound like shackles to me!

2.  There are numerous scriptures that support the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, he died on the cross and rose again (unique to every other religion/belief) and through Him alone we have access to our Father and eternal life.  John1:14, 10:9,11:25, 14:6, Romans 5:2 to name a few…

And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.  1 John5:20 (AMP)
 

Meditate on “Him Who is true”.

3.  I want you to remain encouraged and know that there will always be someone claiming conspiracy or trying to diminish who God is in some kind of way.  They can site “facts” and “history” all day, but that doesn’t change who Jesus is and what He did for us.  Continue to be in prayer for them and the many others who would agree with their position. If Holy Spirit leads you to intervene be sure you are doing so with His wisdom, being wise as a serpent and harmeless as a doveOtherwise, keep it moving (Matthew 7:6).  Without God’s spirit, we can’t possibly expect the world to have accurate knowledge and clear understanding of the Word of God.

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].  For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (AMP)

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.  He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:9-13 (NKJV)

Whew.  So that’s that!  Anything else you’d like to add Saints?  How do you know God is real?

Be blessed and enjoy these articles that came to mind as I wrote this:

What Can We Learn From the Book of Eli?

An Important Life Changing Question…How Do We Know God’s Truth

Invitation to the thirsty: Take me to the King

The Instruction Manual

Know the Truth and Stand Firm In It!