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Never Say . . .

Another encouraging post by Yamina from Faith, Love, Soul. And I agree with her: “When you least expect it, God will help you, He will restore you, He will send you the people meant to help you through your journey.” So . . . Never Say [Never].

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

Never say that all the flowers are dead, the winter has killed them, they are gone.

No!  Although the winter has covered them with a white coat of snow, in the spring they will begin to sprout again and blossom even brighter than before.

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Never say the sun is not there just because the clouds have hidden it.

No!  The sun is still there, planning to shine for you once again.  It is planning on shining so bright, that the clouds will drop its rain and blue skies will appear once again.

Never say my troubles will never leave, no one understands me, my affliction is here to stay.

No! When you least expect it God will help you, He will restore you, he will send you the people meant to help you through your journey.  And once you get back up, standing on both feet,  you will rejoice and…

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DESIGNED WITH PURPOSE

DESIGNED WITH PURPOSE

by Laura Lee Harrel

From Proverbs 6:6 NIV:  “Go to the ant . . . consider its ways and be wise!”

Something caught my attention as I read outside the tent in our campsite. A white morsel moved steadily past me. Curious, I put my book aside and followed, hoping to discover the final destination of the potato chip and the ant that carried it. From his perspective, the course must have looked challenging as he climbed over rough terrain and large boulders. Traversing around tall grass and forging through lush foliage, he struggled to haul an awkward load, three times his size.

My vantage point in life is similar to his. I only see the things just before me. If the ant had seen his course from my perspective, the challenge might have discouraged him, causing him to set his burden aside. However, he didn’t seem to mind the difficulty or the length of his journey. He was on a mission and would not be dissuaded. His determination pushed him on. A driving force placed within, stirred him to persevere until he reached his goal. God created the ant this way—designed with purpose—filled with passion and tenacity.

Our heavenly Father designed us as well. He watches as we sojourn over life’s rugged terrain. His Spirit gives us the same ant-like determination to overcome obstacles in our path. We also have an inward strength that compels us to complete our journey. God created us in that way, with purpose, and when we reach our goal, He is glorified. Therefore, like the ant, we must press on.

Lord, when I face difficulties, help me to remember that You will accomplish Your purpose for my life if I persevere—for when I am weak, You make me strong. Thank You! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

—Copyright © 2008 by Laura Lee Harrel. Used by permission.

Faithful to the Fragmented

Those who have been broken by situations and circumstances will find spiritual encouragement in this author’s post.

A Necessary Pain

Putting refurbished praise to rest, I shovel through the negative emotions, deceptive devices of the enemy, laziness, and distractions and excavate authentic praise. God desires to flow through each of us. He instructed that we are as carboniferous limestones, in that we have permeability. In a spiritual sense, God sees us porous, readily available for Him to permeate through. He is shaping and forming our spiritual selves in the shallow but exceedingly deep waters of our lives.The Author of the Universe desires to flow freely through His people. Researching geology, I was intrigued with the uses and composition of these stones. Interestingly, limestones are comprised of dead aquatic life particles, namely the shells of tiny ocean dwellers.  God already knows that our beings are teeming with dead weight; however, He has various uses for us. These amazing stones are compressed, scorched, produced, and grounded for a myriad of purposes.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing Everyone a Merry and Blessed Christmas

Lately, I’ve been on an Immanuel journey of sorts (Matthew 1:21–23; Isaiah 7:14–16). According to Matthew, Immanuel refers to Jesus Christ. The Hebrew, עִמָּנוּאֵל‎, means God with us.

The O Come, O Come Emmanuel music video below is from Anna Hawkins’ latest album, Divine, filmed in the deserts of Israel and the streets of Jerusalem.

Anna Hawkins' Oh Come EmmanuelThis version is solemn, breathtaking, reflective.

Click on the picture to listen and enjoy.

Don’t miss His glory

So much grumbling and faultfinding going on today. Here’s a reminder on why to avoid it.

Beholding Him Ministries

exodus-16-10Exodus 16:9-36

Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

Just reading the Word today and will return to some life lessons…but did not want to miss this one. There is no blessing in grumbling. The people are busy grumbling and in spite of their heart condition, the loving, gracious, merciful, patient, kind and good God has Moses to call the people to come before the Him. Otherwise, left to themselves they would have missed the manifested presence of the Lord.  You know, it’s kind of hard to grumble and worship at the same time. No matter how tough the circumstance we need to move our eyes from the circumstance…

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But YOU…O Lord

A most encouraging post—and true. Take a read.

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Psalm 3.3

Psalm 3
Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”
But You, Lord, are a shield around me,

    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and He answers me from His holy mountain.

It is believed that David wrote this Psalm when on the run from Absalom, his son.

He begins by sharing with the Lord that the number of enemies he is facing is many. We should certainly relate to this because there have been times that life has pressed in on us and it seems like there is trouble on every hand. The trouble becomes our focus. The enemy comes in many shapes and sizes…if it is not this, it is that or perhaps both…

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You Are Not Alone

prisonerYou Are Not Alone                          

Read Genesis 37:1 through 41:57

Robbie waited his turn at the counter. A man there handed him two of everything. The khaki uniforms smelled clean but looked like hand-me-downs. Everyone staying here wore the same clothes—the colors drab, the look depressing.

He searched the hallway, hoping to make eye contact. One person smiled at him but with mocking intent. A lump stuck in Robbie’s throat; moisture filled each eye. He hated this place. He felt trapped, deserted, and afraid. Robbie lived in prison.

While Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden (Genesis 39:20, 21).

Prisons are not designed for hospitality. Some think of them as godforsaken places; rather, they are high on God’s list of ministry priorities (see Matthew 25:36). To God, prisons are places where God’s people can go to reach out to others with the message of His mercy, forgiveness, and eternal salvation.

Challenge for Today: Get involved with a visitation ministry. Those in prisons, nursing homes, and treatment centers need Christian encouragement.

Quicklook: Genesis 39:13–23
—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would enable Christians to speak the gospel with great boldness.

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