Monthly Archives: January 2014

Strength in God

Have you ever asked God “Why Me?”

Have you ever thought, “I don’t have a clue how to get out of this situation.”

Or just summed it up, “God you have to perform a miracle to make _______ happen.”

Well I have been there, done that. I’m at the place now of waiting and needing endurance while sitting in this waiting room.

The word says, For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT) This lets us know that everything is possible and not to draw on ourselves to get through. I like to visualize God as that extra battery pack. He has the full charge to get us through. God wants to be the battery pack so that we remember to worship and share his glory. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. (Psalms 23:3 NLT)

There are traits you want to have to tap into this source: trust, humbleness, and a seeking heart. God wants us to depend on Him and he will provide for us. We just have to be willing to come.

Seek–Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. (1 Chronicles 16:11 NLT)

Humble–He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29 NLT)

Trust–But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

Once we have accomplished these traits and hand out situations over to God we gain a sense of peace and calmness—-just by trusting and loving The Lord.

I love you, Lord; you are my strength. (Psalms 18:1 NLT)

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Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

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So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? Galatians 4:9

As a continuation of the call of action our congregation had last month to study a chapter of proverbs a day. I began studying Galatians as a follow up. As I state on my About me page Galatians 1:10 was one of my first scriptures I memorized, so that’s why I chose it. The word states: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This scripture is so powerful! After getting more into the book of Galatians I realized it is kind of like a mirror. You know I’m saying that a lot these days after reading my book. (That’s what I call the Bible).

Paul writes to us (the Christians) in this book letting us know that we are delivered by our faith. He shares what the earlier law stated about sacrifices and doing works for salvation and then he switches gears and tells about how we don’t have to be bound be that old stuff! He shares again, as the Bible continually does, that because Jesus died for us we are free! We live in remembrance of Him through believing. He compares how life was before the covenant and what it is like after.

Galatians is another declaration for us to keep moving forward into the light. We can remember where we were prior to God and our thoughts of who He is now. I don’t know about you but that is reflection. He is definitely bigger and has more depth in my eyes and life. I had…..well have hang ups that are still being worked on but studying this book helps me to remember the price that was paid. I think about all of the things the old law said and I am relieved that God loved me soooo much He wanted a one on one relationship through Jesus with Me! Galatians helps put everything into perspective.

It’s still like a double edge sword because I see where my focus should be and my actions are swayed to go another way. I was a people pleaser that hated confrontation. I tried to avoid it at all costs. I know as Brothers and Sisters in Christ and with people of the world “iron sharpens iron” but shoot I like to think I’m iron but realistically I’m more like silly putty. I even had to go back and change the tense of the earlier sentence because I know my Father is working on this. I know this is where God wants me to turn away from my old self and be more like Him.

I can sense God is telling me “Keep straight stop turning around. Do you see where turning around and the old way has gotten you? Try my way.”

What is God asking you to turn away and focus on? What are you doing that may not be pleasing Him but is pleasing for someone else? What is your “old” that needs to be replaced with a new?

New Year, New Beginnings, New Life

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Happy New Year!!!!

—–I pray for a prosperous year for all of you, that goals are completed, dreams are fulfilled, and new positive relationships are formed.

Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog. This is one of the many accomplishments of 2013 and in 2014 there are so many planned and unplanned events. I will share a few of the typical “resolutions” and ask that you share one just so I know I am not talking to myself.

2014 New Year’s Resolutions

1. To self publish my collection of poetry by the summer

2.To lose 25 pounds

3.To become more financially literate by saving and investing

4. To become more organized and productive

5.To learn my gifts from God so that I may share them with others

What is just one of yours?

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