Be a Woman of Strength

“My friend, I don’t know what you’re going through, but look to see if God is trying to direct you, inspect you, correct you, protect you, or perfect you.”  ~Anonymous

Acknowledge the wonderful resources you have in the Lord and then bear down physically and mentally like a soldier, and calmly and determinedly, endure life’s challenges as they roll in and out.  Your attitude in prayer should not be to “give in”, “give up” or “quit”, but of forgiveness, endurance, hopefulness.  Be a woman of strength.

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Leah, the Unloved – An example for us today

Leah, the UnlovedWho wants to read a story filled with betrayal, deception, jealousy, polygamy and extortion?  These look like characteristics that would come from a soap opera or a harlequin novel.  But no, this comes from the Bible.  The focus of this story will be about Leah in Genesis 29.

Leah was the first wife of Jacob.  She was also the oldest daughter of Laban (Jacob’s uncle) and the older sister to Rachel, Jacob’s second wife.  The name Leah means “wild cow” or “gazelle” in Hebrew.  The only physical characteristic we were given of her is she was tender eyed.

In an act of deception, Leah was given to Jacob by her father, Laban, rather than Rachel – who Jacob was promised to marry.  Did Leah have any choice in the matter?  Perhaps Leah was being obedient to her father or maybe she also loved Jacob.  In verse 26, Laban defended his deception because of the local custom: It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born.  This was not something Jacob was informed of in advance. Especially after living there for seven years, Jacob would have been familiar with this custom, if there really was such; thus it may have been just a lie on Laban’s part. Nevertheless, for Jacob it was irony, since the issue of the firstborn and birthright now entered in as it did with him and Esau.
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The Thanksgiving Lord

 Thanksgiving Lord

God be gracious to us and ‍bless us, and ‍cause His face to shine ‍upon us — ‍Selah.  2 That ‍Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.  3 Let the ‍‍peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.  4 Let the ‍nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will ‍judge the peoples with uprightness and ‍‍guide the nations on the earth. Selah.  5 Let the ‍peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.  6 The ‍‍earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, ‍blesses us.  7 God blesses us, ‍that ‍‍all the ends of the earth may fear Him.” Psalm 67

Thanksgiving is a time to truly praise the Lord for his blessings.  It is a time to strengthen relationships we share and to reach out to others.  God’s blessings to us is not only for our own benefit, but He wants us to share and pass along the good gifts He brings our way. Continue Reading

Satan is Subtle and Seductive

Beware of Satans SchemesHalloween is always a tough time for Christians, especially for those with children. It is also a dangerous time for some who get involved with what may seem to be “harmless” events associated with Halloween – but they can also be “entry ways” for the occult and can prove very badly for those naive and gullible.

We need to remember, though, that there are two distinct kingdoms of the universe.

One is the Kingdom of God that is ruled and governed by God.  This is the kingdom of light, where righteousness rules and the result is having eternal life.

The other is the kingdom of the enemy that is ruled and governed by Satan.  This is a kingdom of darkness, where evil rules and the result is death.

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Have No Fear

1 Peter 4:12-13 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some No Fearstrange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

Peter tells us not to be surprised when fiery trials come.  Trust me, when I’m going through trials, I need to remind myself that I’m not the only person going through them.  Many people are going through trials – through persecutions, hardships, loneliness, and so much more.

I’m unemployed right now.  I was laid off three times in the past 2 years.  My mother, grandmother, and grandfather passed away during this time.  I was struggling so much financially; I had to move to my father’s home to get back on my feet.  Then, months later, I was kicked out because my Christianity “disgusted” my family.  Aaaah those fiery trials…..they aren’t fun.

We need to remember trials produce patience and maturity.   If it weren’t for trials, we’d be weak, obnoxious, narrow-minded Christians.  A trial is an instrument to accomplish God’s purpose for you.

James 1:3 – “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”  Can you see how God is using these trials to make you pliable?  He’s causing a stiff, unyielding person to become softened, sweet, loving – the way He wants you to be.

Remember, God wants us to know the blessing and the peace that comes from being steadfast and unmovable.  God desires that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – James 1:4.

Be strong my dear friend.  God will never leave you nor forsake you.

When in doubt, Praise God!

Remember GodThomas came with doubts, did Jesus turn him away?  No.  God never turns away the sincere heart. Tough questions do not stump God. He invites our inquiries. What concerns you?  What occupies your mind?  Talk to God.  Pray and read the Bible.  God can restore you.  He can heal you.

Doubt is a threat to faith – it leaves no room for the hope of faith that is rooted in the assurance of faith.

Here is some scripture to remember:

Praise the Lord for the glory of his name; worship the Lord because he is holy.
Psalm 29:2

Sing praises to the Lord, you who belong to him; praise his holy name.
Psalm 30:4

Come, let’s worship him and bow down. Let’s kneel before the Lord who made us,
because he is our God and we are the people he takes care of and the sheep that he tends.
Psalm 95:6–7

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God’s Word is a lamp to my feet

God's Word - Ink BottlePsalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

As we make our way through this dark and confused world, we should use the Word of God personally, practically, and regularly.  God’s Word provides light to walk without stumbling.  His Word reveals the truth to us. Continue Reading