Anointed By The Father (Guess Blogger)

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“You have been given an anointing, a special touch from the Holy One. You know the truth…Let the good news, the story you have heard from the beginning of your journey, live in and take hold of you. If that happens and you focus on the good news, then you will always remain in a relationship with the Son and the Father.” 1 John 2:20 & 24 The Voice Translation
There are many days that I feel damaged. Furthermore, I feel like I don’t measure up. I hear the lies on repeat like a broken record not good enough, unworthy, and unlovable. Life is chaos. I start my day well meaning and focusing on God, but somewhere along the way I get side tracked. Before I know it, I am consumed with anxiety and overwhelmed to the point of tears. In those moments God can feel so far away. How do you handle moments like these?

You were compassionately and thoughtfully created by your Holy Father. He anointed You for a calling unlike anyone else’s on the earth. He has confidence in you to complete the calling on your life with His help. He anointed You, sweet sister setting you apart as His daughter. Jesus traded heaven for earth to suffer an incomprehensible death so that you could be with Him for eternity.
He called You good the day He created You. In Him you are righteous, sanctified, and holy. You have received a special touch, a kiss from heaven, from the Holy One. He sees the beauty He placed in your heart. Beloved. The apple of God’s eye. Forgiven, He has made everything You know the truth, moreover, you know the good news. Allow it to continue to grow in your life. Let the roots be strengthened and be made new. This will be evident to all. Life in Christ isn’t easy, as you know, but it is worth it. He will equip you for the journey providing for you in each moment.
Guard your heart against the enemy and His lies. Be intentional in strengthening Your relationship with Christ. Never forget where your identity lies.
Abba, Daddy,
I feel inadequate to serve You. Unworthy and unequipped. I can see the lovely gifts You have graciously given others, but I struggle to see my own. You know I am damaged from living in a fallen world. I feel like my flaws are listed on my forehead at times. I desire to keep You first in everything I do yet I quickly lose focus.

I feel inadequate to serve You. Unworthy and unequipped. I can see the lovely gifts You have graciously given others, but I struggle to see my own. You know I am damaged from living in a fallen world. I feel like my flaws are listed on my forehead at times. I desire to keep You first in everything I do yet I quickly lose focus.
My heart’s desire is to serve You though I feel as though I have nothing good to give. I surrender my little gift knowing it is more than enough in Your mighty hands. Equip me to serve You in amazing ways. My confidence is purely in You. I know You are faithful. You are the source of all I need.
Help me to take time to pause. To breath in the chaos and simplicity of everyday moments. Enable me to give the people in my life the very best. Help me to invest in others. Allow me to bring them closer to You. Allow me to freely give as I have freely received from You. Help me to love when it is inconvenient for me. Mold my heart to reflect the beauty of Yours.

I cherish Your living and holy Word. It is more valuable than money or earthly pleasures. Sweeter than the finest cuisine. Help me walk in the way you commanded. I desire to be obedient. Please give me a deeper understanding of Your word. Let me desire Your Word more day by day.
All Honor, Glory, and Praise belong to You now and forevermore.
Amen.

 

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Sunday Mornings (Guess Blogger)

I would like to welcome back Crystal Russell back as our guest blogger today.

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Sunday Mornings
On Sunday mornings we have a special time of prayer before everything gets started at church.

A group of women gather together to pray.

We pray over the Word that the pastors will bring, the Sunday school teachers, and everyone who will be attending that day.

“for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” – Matthew 18:20

Promise from Jesus
I often think of this verse when I think of our prayer time.

We can (and should) prayer on our own but I also think that is important to gather together for prayer as well.

We have this promise from Jesus.

Why would we not gather together. He tell us He will be with us in a special way when we do.

The prayers of the early church opened the doors of a prison for Peter (Acts 12:5-10).

It makes in difference in our lives today too.

One of the blessing of learning to pray with another is the rich friendships I have gained. My most trusted friendships are with friends that pray with me.

A Challenge
I challenge you to spend time in prayer
alone, with a friend, with a group.

Prayer is our most powerful weapon.

We need to use it.

My Prayer
Father, thank you for the privilege I have in prayer to come into Your Holy presence. I stand in awe of you as my God and Creator. If that weren’t enough, and it is, when I come before you I get to call you Father. You call me your beloved daughter. You hear every world I pray and when I have no words you know the cry of my heart. Thank you Jesus for your promise you gave us that where two or three are gathered you are with us. Prayer is powerful, may we (your church) be faithful to come before you and use it.
-Amen

Alone With God

Psalm 118.jpgCome along with me, grab your cup of coffee or tea, to that special quiet place, and the only one with you is God. The day is very early and the sun is just starting to peak over the mountains where I am sitting, and it is very quiet. I begin my mornings with scriptures and today it is from the book of Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Rejoicing in this new day of my life, regardless of what my happen, and be willing to follow Jesus wherever he is leading me.  Anticipate blessings as I journey with together with him. Since God has created this day of our life and presented to us free of charge. He wants us to received it gratefully. Your natural tendency when you awaken is to asses the day before you, trying to discern how good (or bad) it will be. You or I do this almost unconsciously, often basing our conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. God urges us to break free from this habit so we can be more receptive to him and his blessings.  A thankful attitude is immensely helpful. If we awaken on a dark and gloomy day, still do with a thankful heart. Having done so, you will be much likely to grumble about the weather. Also, remember that God has arranged the conditions of your day. So you can assume there is much good to be found in it. Rejoicing will help us find many blessings in our day. If your circumstances are looking rather bleak than be joyful in Jesus our faithful companion. He wants us to enjoy him and look for precious gifts he has placed long the path we are to follow. In faith, be on the lookout for good things both great and small. Also remember he is our teacher and our trusted friend.

 

Grace and Peace to You My friends

You Are Precious

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There comes a time in everyone’s life we need to hear from people we care about such as our family and friends how much we mean to them. It is human nature to know and understand how much we are loved by anyone. Their are also times in our journey of life we feel no one cares how we feel and even at times we may feel that no one cares if you live or die and what is the purpose of this thing we call life. If we open up the scriptures we will find many scriptures that can tell us how God tells us we are precious in his eyes.

2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Isaiah 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, While we were still sinners Christ died for us.

There are so many scriptures that can and does tell all of us how much God truly loves us and how precious we are to him. Here is a poem I would love to share with you that hangs on my kitchen wall.

You are the Apple of God’s Eye!

God knew you before you were ever born,

and there has not been one moment when

He has not loved you, He created you in His image,

And there is no one else like you,

You are special, You are the apple of God’s Eye!

The bottom line is this you are God’s child, you are special, what you may feel or think, God cares and understands who you are. So if you ever doubt at anytime now or any tomorrows to come, remember this you are the Apple of God’s Eye

The Purpose Driven Life written by Rich Warren, read when you can from his book. You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purpose. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Time With God

proverbs35.png   Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.   (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I always enjoy having a good cup of tea and different ones at that as well. So this morning as I begin to study God’s word I first make a cup of tea for myself, so my friend before you move forward in reading this post, grab a cup of tea, maybe a cup of coffee or whatever you may enjoy drinking in the morning to start your day. My daily devotions today was reading from the book of Proverbs in reference to trusting God each and everyday of our lives. Believe me, that one word trust is not easy for any of us can do alone in our lives. Especially when we have been hurt by someone that we came to trust over time. However as I re-read this story it brought me back to almost too summers ago. As I was in my dinner room on my computer I heard a bang at my picture window in my living room. At first I didn’t get up because you see I feed a stray cat I named Fluffy and I thought it was her banging at my window to get my attention to come into the house. For some reason I decided to get up from my chair and open my front door to my house. There on my deck was a tiny small bird flapping it’s wing, I was not sure what to do as of yet, so I walk over to the tiny bird quietly and I see that it’s tiny leg was caught in the deck and then I pick it up, in my hands. This little bird stay on my left hand for quite sometime, for more than an hour. As I was stroking it’s head all the way to it’s tale I realize that it was closing it’s eyes. What came into my mind was these words from the book of Proverbs: Trust in the Lord with all of my heart. I came to realize if this wild bird was trusting me as I help its tiny leg, I too needed to trust God in my life. When we have been hurt in our lives it is so hard for us to trust even God however I know that is what I need to do, not just today but everyday. When we get hurt by anyone we think we are not worth loving, and our lives doesn’t matter and no one cares. Please let me tell you how much God loves you, plain and simply you are his child

Just think                                                                                                                                          you’re here not by chance,                                                                                                                   but by God’s choosing.                                                                                                                           His hand formed you                                                                                                                             and made you                                                                                                                                         the person you are                                                                                                                                 He compares you to no one else—-                                                                                                      you are one of a kind                                                                                                                            You lack nothing                                                                                                                                      that His grace can’t give you                                                                                                               He has allowed you to be here                                                                                                             at this time in history                                                                                                                            to fulfill His special purpose                                                                                                                for this generation.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Grace and Peace To You My Friends