Currently, I am reading through Exodus with the commentary of Matthew Henry.
Henry wrote i.a. that "if we work for men only, our works, at furthest, will die with us; if for God, they will follow us" and "Those whom God designs for great services he find out ways to qualify and prepare beforehand."
“Christ is the Good Physician. There is no disease He cannot heal; no sin He cannot remove; no trouble He cannot help. He is the Balm of Gilead, the Great Physician who has never yet failed to heal all the spiritual maladies of every soul that has come unto Him in faith and prayer.”
I’m sure most of you have heard that the Bible is a living document and that is true...but is one thing to hear someone say that and yet a completely different thing to experience it first hand for yourself. ✨
These past few months have been very hard on my family and myself. I try my best to read His word daily and allow Him to guide me through each day but I will admit, I haven’t been as consistent and I should be and those days have been the hardest ones to endure! ✨
I was 3 days behind on my reading and I just got caught up and the last thing I read was this highlighted passage in Romans! (Romans 5:3-5) I have been asking God why this is all happening and he gave me an answer (to clear out all the clutter and things I have prioritized in my life, in place of Him) and of course me being human, I kept asking for a more detailed reason why I keep struggling and once again He gave me my answer!! ✨
This is such a wonderful feeling! Being loved so much, even though I am completely undeserving of it...if call to Him, He will always answer! And that is very comforting to know that among the trials, and storms, no matter how bad it is, He will always be right there to save me and guide me through it all! And he will do it for you too if you just allow Him to ❤️
“Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;”
What are you thankful for this week? Let the Lord know! 🌾
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
1 Timothy 1:19 NLT
‘We are either moving forward in our Faith Journey, or moving backwards, there is no in-between.’
This is something Mark Sayers said recently, and it’s a very profound quote. Agreed?
What are we doing to grow our Faith?
Are we reading the Bible daily, digging into the Word?
Or are we “too busy”?
This is misconception, because we can’t be too busy to make time for God, and if we are, there something seriously wrong!
We can make time to scroll through Instagram, you make time to read this post. So are we really too busy?
Because if we aren’t spending time in the Word and time with God, how can we grow our Faith?
The simple answer is, we can’t just sit down and stop there in our Faith Journey to pick up on it later, we will start sliding backwards, which is not what we want, or what God wants...
We want grow our Faith so that when the hard times come (which they will), we can stand firm in our Faith in God, and not be shaken.
But, we live in a world where the enemy is at work trying so hard to derail us and shipwreck us in our Faith.
So what do we have?
We have a Hope!
We have a Hope as an anchor that will help us stand firm. That Hope is in Jesus Christ, who conquered death and sin, for us sinners, so that we can have a new life with Him! And we have a Hope, that He will rescue us, and help us get through the day.
That’s my Hope! What’s yours?
☕️ Feel free to add your thoughts below!
another way to ask ourselves, is if we are being 'fruitful' which is defined as producing good or helpful results or being productive.
we have to make sure that our Christian life does not just stop at being saved, but extends into doing what the Lord tells us and being productive with those instructions. we should try our best with every opportunity we get to do this, which gives glory and honor to God! so tell me babe, are you even producing any fruit??
"when you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored."
JOHN 15.8 CEV [contemporary english version].
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Today you might be aware of your weaknesses. They’re standing there-blindingly obvious. You might feel crippled by them-like a massive weight on your shoulders. They might be whispering lies that you aren’t good enough. Yet, for every weakness, for every shortcoming, for every mistake there is transformative, forgiving, and beautiful grace. Consider Paul who said in 2 Corinthians 12 that he was sent a thorn in his flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass him. He pleaded with God three times to remove this thorn. But God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So Paul replied that he will boast all the more in his weaknesses-so that the power of Christ may rest upon him. Our weaknesses, our failures reveal our need for Jesus. They show us how incredibly weak and human we are-and push us towards the only One where true strength is derived. Are you struggling with something and getting frustrated because of failure? Have you looked at your weakness through the lens Paul had? Let’s use our sin, our failure, our mistakes as a springboard to worship Jesus more, to see Him as ultimate, to see Him as strong, to see Him as the only fount of living water which we must constantly drink from. #truthtuesday
Which are you living by, the Spirit or the flesh? I love how the amplified version says ‘set their minds on.’ As you can see in this scripture people of the flesh and people of the Spirit have 2 different mindsets. One focuses on their selfish needs while the other focuses on God’s will. Which mindset do you think is going to have the better outcome?
I restarted my read this morning... from the beginning
“Having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord...” What a statement! Seeing many afflictions and still having the sight of being favored by the Lord. How many times do we go through trials and think, “Wow! I even in my trial I know how much the lord loves me!” It’s hard! It’s hard too see past what we are going through RIGHT NOW! It’s hard to see that things can and will get better. It’s hard to realize that all things come from the lord, our trials AND the strength we need to overcome them. He has said he will “make weak things become strong” (Ether 12:27). We are those weak things sometimes. We need to seek him in our weakness. We need to be able to see his hand in our lives daily. We need to be able to see that even in our afflictions we are highly favored of the Lord. He loves us despite our weaknesses. Despite our short comings, our trails and our failures. He is ALWAYS there for us!
Let us work on feeling favored in our trials, it might help them to pass quicker, lighten the burden and more importantly give us added to strength to get through it!
My prayer today: Break down walls of unbelief and doubt. So that I may open up and trust your promises over my problems.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” - Rev 3:20
Without realizing, I build walls to hide behind and self-protect. It’s easier to avoid and deflect pain and disappointments.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“The walls I build to protect myself become the walls of my own prison.”
Pray with me..
Fill me with your Spirit this morning. Give me courage to lay down my defenses. Give me wisdom to discern my fears and doubts.
Help me know I’m covered. Wholly seen. Wholly loved. Wholly known. Whole in Grace.
In Christ and through Christ, there’s perfect protection to come out of hiding.
I tear down my walls today and walk toward your promise. Your promise, your cross is my victory, and guarantees future victory!
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“Do you or do you not have a business that changes people’s lives?”
Those were the words that struck me the most as I listened to @joshcoats_pushcoach pour truth into us on our Monday night call. As I was listening to him speak to us about our coaching businesses, about health, and wellness, and fitness- all I could think about was Jesus.
I share a lot of words, and pictures, and stories with you all. I share the good days and the bad. The nutritious and the treats. The productive moments and the lazy ones. And I have a lot that I feel passionate about, a lot that I feel the Lord has laid on my heart to share.
But of all the things you see. All of the pre-workout chats with my favorite yellow drink and the sample moves and the superfood ingredients in my daily shake. Above everything, I hope you see Jesus.
I hope you see how He has shaped me and molded me and transformed my life. How He has used others in my life. How He has used coaching in my life. But ultimately, just that you see Him. His work. His goodness.
Because if I don’t start there, I might as well close up shop. Because if that’s not what you see first- if your soul isn’t touched first, if your heart isn’t reached- your body and your health, it is only temporary. Your heart and your soul? That is eternal. Seek Him first, sweet friends. He is worth it.
Journey with me, if you will, to the last time someone gave you a second chance you desperately needed. A second chance that changed your course in a big way. Maybe it was the teacher who believed in you when no one else did, or a friend who forgave you after a major slip up. Maybe your mom is your personal Queen of Second Chances, giving you opportunities you so badly needed but didn’t necessarily deserve.
That’s what happens to Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, in today’s gospel (Luke 19: 1-10). He was known as a governmental thief, using people’s taxes for his own personal gain. And when he tries to get a look at Jesus in this crowd at Jericho (tbt to yesterday’s gospel) Jesus singles him out and tells him (in front of everyone, mind you) "Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house." Boom. There it is. The Man Himself has invited Himself to dine with a tax collector. After given this honor and this very public second chance, Zacchaeus immediately turns his life around and serves Jesus and the poor.
So think of that second chance. Did you take advantage of it to the fullest potential? If so, thanks be to God! If you missed it, give thanks in advanced and don’t let that second chance slip away.
Starting this morning off right. Eating oatmeal while studying the scriptures. 💜
Today I read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 from @thesmallseed last devotional of their study guide. My favorite verses of this is 6-8 which says: “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and walketh by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.”
Verse 7 was something I really needed to hear. I can’t wait to get the advent study guide so I can begin to read through it! 💜
Today’s verse comes from James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
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Even though I may not feel like praising God in the midst of my pit, something starts to shift in my heart and in my attitude when I see blessings in the midst of burdens. Each thing for which I verbalize my thankfulness is like a stepping-stone out of the pit.
And this isn’t just my idea. It’s biblical. Look what happened when Daniel took this approach to the pit he found himself in.
Daniel had just learned that anyone, praying to a god besides King Darius would be thrown into the lions den. That’s a serious pit! But Daniel’s reaction is amazing. He went home, through open his windows, and prayed anyways. I’m not thinking he did this because it felt good. I’m imagining he felt like anyone would feel in overwhelming circumstances. But he rose above his feelings to make a courageous choice.
And do you know what he chose to pray?
Daniel prayed, Thank you, God.
Since Daniel‘s response is so opposite of the way most of us choose to react, it makes me stop and ponder. Our initial responses are usually a by-product of the rituals we’ve established in our lives. Daniel made it a habit to be thankful. Therefore, who God is and what God provides was front and center in Daniel’s heart– even in the midst of heartbreak. -Lysa Terkeurst
We can be thankful and content every single day of the year, but since this is the period of thanksgiving I seem to be more mindful in remembering how much the Lord has given me and how awesome it is to show gratitude and thank him throughout the day, when I’m out, when I’m alone, when I’m in bed! Thank you God for giving me beautiful rest each night so that I can be rejuvenated to enjoy the day you have made, bless others and bring glory to you 🤗