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Holding On To Hope.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Having hope isn’t always an easy task. It’s in the situations when we really need hope that it’s easiest to lose it! Hope is so necessary to live our best lives possible. Hope brings freedom. When we lose hope, we live in anxiety and fear. We lose our joy and our center. Hope lifts the shackles of worry off of us. Hope protects and preserves–when we lose hope, we lose faith in the thing we hoped for! If we are no longer hoping, we might miss it when what we hoped for comes along!

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To the world, remaining in hope sometimes seems crazy. But, we serve an awesome God! He’s a way-maker, a miracle worker, a promise keeper…Jesus Christ came as a human being to earth, this painful, messy, confused place. Then He died and actually rose from the dead for you–for your eternal JOY! HOPE is what God offers!  

In finding your dream job, or a job…Have hope! Maybe there are still some stepping stones before you get there, so that you can do the BEST job possible! Or, maybe God will reveal something even greater to you along the way!

As far as meeting a suitable spouse…Have hope! Being hopeless isn’t going to attract the person you are waiting on! Have HOPE in God’s promises and goodness…Even if the timing is not what you wanted or what the world thought was reasonable!

In any situation…Have hope! You never know how the situation will turn around! In my life, I remember a time when I had been job searching for months…I had interview after interview…But no job offers (except retail). One day, out of the blue, I had an email from a supervisor at an organization where I had volunteered a few years back. They were starting a new program–and my qualifications literally fit perfectly with what they were looking for! Basically, it was my dream job due to the different elements of it. I got the job almost automatically! Believe me, I never would have expected that to happen! But GOD. Faith and hope sustained me throughout all those closed doors!

Find hope! It will add increase and strength to your life, as well as to the lives of those around you! An attitude of hope is, well, hopeful! If you’re struggling with finding hope…Pray for it! Believe me, it will be granted, sometimes in ways you never expected! I love all my readers and I pray that each of you has an outpouring of hope as you read, in whatever situation you need hope!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Mind and Heart Power.

Today the second reading was from Philippians. If we followed St. Paul’s advice, we would have a lot more peace in our lives! We would learn to dwell on God instead of cluttering our lives with worry. Our minds would be so much more inspired and pure as well. Soak in this powerful passage and let’s start off the week in a great way!

“Brothers and sisters:

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Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9

The Tools We Have.

Jesus was the Son of a carpenter. He would have, then, followed in the footsteps of His (earthly) father. The time between the beginning of His ministry and His death and Resurrection was 3 years. Jesus likely began carpentry at a young age and assisted Joseph

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for many years in this trade, until the time His ministry began. Thinking of our lives, He’s given us many tools to use. These tools may not be a saw or a hammer, but they are what He’s given us to use as we build our lives alongside Him. These tools help us in various ways as we work out our salvation with “fear and trembling.” These tools help us to navigate our lives. Because Jesus was a carpenter, it seems fitting that He works through so many circumstances in our lives by various tools.

This life is a difficult journey. There are seasons where we can feel the grace and sunshine on us moment by moment. Other seasons? Not so much. Other seasons are dark and we struggle constantly. We may feel helpless sometimes. Thankfully, our Father hasn’t left us alone.

What tools has He given us to navigate and build our lives?

  • His Word-His word provides consolation, comfort, conviction, guidance, and anything else we could ever need.
  • His Holy Spirit-After Jesus ascended to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us forever, to lead, guide, and console us!
  • Prayer-We can connect with the GOD of the universe wherever we are! How amazing is that? Even better, there are styles of prayer to suit every personality, from silent and meditative prayer to belting out in praise!
  • Other people-We can receive encouragement and confirmation from others. Others can provide wisdom and strength that we need. The Lord did not create us to be alone–in fact, we can’t make it alone through life. Human love can teach us in a small way about the love our Creator has for us.
  • Counselors-These trusted people help us walk through the broken pieces of our life and into more whole versions of ourselves.
  • Books-Good books teach, heal, guide, and inspire.
  • Nature-Nature is a great way to connect with our Creator and de-stress. Nature teaches us so much about our Creator and His ways.
  • Art and music-Like nature, these gifts of beauty show us Who our Creator is. They can be very healing for many people.
  • Writing-Pouring one’s heart onto paper is very helpful for many people.
  • Prophets and the prophetic-These experiences can confirm what the Lord is speaking over our lives.
  • Laughter-This gift helps us to relax. It helps us to connect with others and is positive physically and emotionally.
  • Tears-Tears are the words our hearts speak when life seems too much for us to carry. Tears are a release for our body and our emotions. Sometimes they are also a supernatural gift from the Holy Spirit.
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What other tools has the Lord given you as you work through life?

Choosing the Better Part.

Lately I’ve been learning the lesson that Jesus taught Martha about choosing the better part. And it’s a lesson that I will need to continually learn as my life evolves.

As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman

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named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”~Luke 10:38-42

Before I’ve written about how difficult it is to balance my job, school, and all the other aspects of my life at this point. I’ve learned without prayer, it all falls apart. Without Jesus as my Pilot, I crash. Sitting at the feet of Jesus fills me up. The Living Water fills me up to pour out to others and into my callings in life at this time.  It is all about relationship. When I neglect my other relationships, too, things do not go well. Community brings a sense of peace and focus to me that I lack on my own. I need time with Jesus, and I need time with others who love me and encourage me (while I do the same for them). 

Choosing the better part means choosing relationship over the tasks that “need” to be done.

I’m learning what it means to choose the better part. I want to set aside my “important” tasks and sit at the feet of Jesus. It is there where I gain all I need. It is the better part, and it cannot be taken from us, as Jesus Himself tells us.

National Freedom Day.

Today, February 1st, is National Freedom Day. This is the day that we celebrate President Abraham Lincoln signing a joint resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, which would end slavery in the U.S.

Yet slavery still remains all over the world, hidden and in places you wouldn’t think. There are different types of slavery, but today I want to bring attention to the horrific reality of children enslaved in sex trafficking-and an organization that is doing something about it.

About 2 million children are exploited every year worldwide in the commercial sex trade.

Today, I want to highlight an organization called Remember Nhu, which seeks to prevent child sex trafficking. I first heard about them because their founder is local to my area. I’ve fallen in love with the work they do & how they keep Christ at the center of their mission.

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  • They run homes for children, taking them out of situations that put them at-risk for being sold into sex slavery & placing them in homes with loving, nurturing house parents from their own country. Currently they are running 70 homes in 12 countries, and hoping to expand!
  • They have opportunities to sponsor a child (different levels of sponsorship for different budgets), which helps to cover basic expenses and more. Sponsors also act as a sort of spiritual parent and cover their sponsored child(ren) in prayer.
  • They provide education, and eventually vocational training. This gives the children/young adults marketable skills which can ensure they stay out of the sex trade and are not exploited with other types of labor.
  • One of my favorite parts of their story? The founder’s heart was stirred upon hearing the story of a young girl named Nhu, who had been sold to an older man. She was sold twice, the first time at age 12. Remember Nhu’s founder took six trips to Cambodia, and was finally able to meet Nhu! Nhu is now a grown woman, and last year was happily married! The founder walked her down the aisle.

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    Remember Nhu–Nhu on her wedding day! A beautiful story of God’s abundant grace & healing.

Are you ready to help with this great mission? Head over to their website to learn more! You can also simply donate. Let’s cover these sweet children & all who work with them in prayer today & every day! Do not forget to pray for victims of human trafficking; it’s more prevalent than you might think!

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Faith is Spelled R-i-s-k.

Recently, I heard a speaker assert that faith is spelled r-i-s-k.

There is much truth in that statement. When Mary said “yes” to the angel Gabriel, she knew her unwed pregnancy (by the Holy Spirit) would bring misunderstanding, and very possibly much worse. Simon and Andrew left their fishing nets, their very livelihoods, to follow Jesus when He first called! What a huge risk that was! How were they going to survive? What would their families think? Those of us living the Christian life today know that we also must take risks.

It’s risky to talk to someone about Jesus or offer to pray for or with them. It may open you up to rejection or persecution. You may lose friendships and even status due to your faith.

It’s risky to make decisions based on faith when they don’t make sense on practical levels. Sometimes (many times) the Lord asks us to sacrifice money, personal gain, and our own desires for humility.

It’s even risky to live your life as a Christian at all! We “walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) The world tells us we are foolish and throwing our lives away by basing our lives upon something unseen. Nowadays, more and more, living the Christian life is cause for being called “intolerant.” Everything except Christianity is tolerated!

Jesus asked Peter to step out of the boat. Peter did, and he walked on water! I think with us, too, He is asking us to do things we’ve never done before. It’s 2017, friends. We’ve been stuck for far too long. It’s time for us to step out of the boat. It’s time to take a risk. It’s time for radical faith.

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Choose Life.

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.”~Deuteronomy 30:19

Today marks 44 years since abortion was legalized in the United States. It is a solemn day to think about. It is estimated that close to 59,000,000 abortions have been performed in the United States of America since that time.

Death begets death. Abortion not only takes the life of a child, but brings other

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deaths as well. The women who have been left depressed and feeling lifeless. The mothers who now have difficulty parenting and attaching to their children, due to previous abortions. Mothers who lost their life due to a botched abortion. Women who have taken their own lives because they simply couldn’t deal with the pain.

The fathers who grieve for their child aborted against their will, and the fathers who will never know they had a child. The fathers who pressured a woman into abortion and abdicated the authority they were to have in the relationship. The fathers who now realize their sin and find it difficult to live with themselves. Siblings feeling an emptiness in their life and not knowing why. Grandparents with empty arms. The list goes on.

Despite the many problems with the new United States presidential administration, I believe that God will bless their decision for this nation to choose life. A nation that chooses death cannot live, in the physical or spiritual sense. This nation sets the precedent for other nations in many regards. The world looks to America for example. We praise God that it appears life will be chosen and promises will be kept good on.

 

Check out this prayer for all children. Please also pray for the women who grieve after an abortion or abortions. (Are you grieving after an abortion? Has your life never been the same? Find help! There is healing, forgiveness, and new life in Jesus Christ.)

Today, we look to the Author of Life for help in respecting and defending all life. We pray to be a people that is truly pro-life and for all life–beginning with the tiniest life, at conception.

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