COURAGE

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God wants us to Take courage and TRUST God to provide.
— Be brave BOLD – CONFIDENT – and adventurous.

Approach your day, your problems, issues of life with BOLDNESS and confidence!

We can encounter danger and challenges with a FIRM foundation and resolve – knowing that God IS with us when we LIVE in FAITH to BELIEVE that He can do it on our behalf.
Pray, trust. know. Be in the Word of God – and let go to let HIM guide the path!

Proverbs : 3:4-6 Trust in the Lord
…So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…

Connect with God today

FEAR disconnects us from God’s VERY best.

God’s grace fills us up to OVERFLOWING!

The devil RIPS us apart and tears us down.

Worry and fear  are OPPOSITES of faith.

Who will you BELIEVE today?

God, or the devil ….

Speak Life over yourself and your family.     I AM BLESSED! Speak LIfe – Toby Mac

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PRAYER: 

Lord God, my Father,

Thank you for LIFE! You are my Creator!  You say in your Word that I am the HEAD and not the tail.  I am Above and not beneath.  I am a lender and not a borrower. I am strong and courageous, am a LIGHT sitting on a hill. I praise you because I  AM fearfully and WONDERFULLY made!  I speak life into myself and my family. Remove all doubt and fear, because YOU live in me God! Jesus is my Savior, in Him I breath and have my being!  I bless you Father, because you blessed me first!  Hallelujah and AMEN!  New life is mine each morning.

 

Character doesn’t happen overnight

Psalm 94:19 niv
Psalm 94:19 niv

Effort : the result of an attempt
If you want principle to take seed into your life,                                                                be certain to plant seed where you want.
If you desire to be respected, honored, with humility and grace, you must also be humble. You reap what you sow.
So, if you demand, throw fits, cuss, swear, or things of that nature, don’t expect others to treat you with dignity.
Place into your mind, thoughts of love, grace, others before yourself,                honor, care, and use these wonderful nouns as you would sow into a  garden.

          Cultivate positivity  into your everyday life or the opposite will run wild like weeds in and around your life.
Let your mind think of goodness and care. When someone you       encounter is  difficult, ask yourself why or what could be the matter in their                         life that they are   acting out the way they are. Something is usually amiss.                                                    Take time to nurture and grow trust and allow your caring ways to help them to become calm
Become a helper, not be part of the problem.
Let go of impure thoughts and frustrations.                                                                   Grace and mercy  overcome all things bad.

God gives us instruction to not let anxiety or worry or frustration rule our minds, nor to be discouraged.

Focus your mind,with God’s amazing help, in prayer, and surrender, take captive your thoughts so you can overcome the devil’s ploy to keep you living frustrated or in anger. But live in peace and love !!!

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Scriptures:
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2 Corinthians 10: 3-6
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.
http://biblehub.com/nlt/2_corinthians/10.htm

Philippians 4:4-8
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
http://biblehub.com/nlt/philippians/4.htm

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.

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Prayer:

Father thank you so much for your love and patience with me, I ask for a double portion of grace and patience when I feel frustrated. I welcome the Holy Spirit every day, and ask that You help me with living out YOUR WORD GOD. I need you every hour of every day. Your grace is always enough, and I praise you all day long for what you give me! ~ Amen!

God is so Faithful… always

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Key Scripture

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!

                                    Revelation 19:9
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This verse is timely, yet again. God’s Word opens up my mind and heart when I am tender to his teachings. Shortly before Brian died, we did a Banquet “play” at our church. He joined me, as I was “in” the short visual that was a banquet table and based on this verse, Revelation 19:9;)
As the ladies and I played out the message – little did I know at the time, that within a few weeks time, he would be walking on streets of Gold, with our heavenly Father. Just in time, as only God – our Father, would and could do. … The message was very clear to Brian, (after much guilt and do I dare say, condemnation from the Priest at his previous church),Brian yearned for acceptance from God – and this message, from Rev. 19:9 was what Brian needed to hear. He felt free (Brian’s words to me as we talked about the message over a few days time following that precious Sunday Service), and accepted by Jesus. Free to take communion,

knowing God’s love over his life was real. And it belonged to Brian as he accepted Jesus fully, and with out guilt.
Salvation is a free gift. Jesus died for your freedom. He loves you with an everlasting love.
Eternity awaits for YOUR decision to accept Jesus as your Savior. Accept Him today, into your heart. Mercy and Grace are yours, as you live in pure freedom as you trust God in and for your life.
If you have accepted him today, and want to acknowledge Him before others let me know, and I will send you a beautiful booklet I created to remind you Who you are in Christ! Send me a message at donna.dbpbd@gmail.com and I will send you this book today!

Matthew 10:32 tells us: Confessing Christ
32″Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33″But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Rejoicing happens as we praise and acknowledge Christ!
This is the best reward and gift you can ever receive. Like Brian, who has been in Heaven for 19 years this week, I /we rejoice in his total freedom, today and always. What a precious gift, as we were obedient as a congregation, as a wife, and Brian, who came to church that day- for that time. I thank you Jesus. You are indeed, a Good Good Father!
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From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Nineteen, Day Three
The Name (of God)

God is not content to be known merely as Creator, Lord, or even Father. Incredibly he reveals himself also as Bridegroom or Husband. The Hebrew Scriptures contain numerous allusions to Yahweh as Israel’s divine Husband, and the New Testament presents Christ as the church’s Bridegroom. He is the Holy One who did not cling to his divinity but left his Father’s house to dwell among us, calling us to become one with him in the most intimate way possible. To all of us, male and female, Christ offers himself as our provider and protector, the one who has forever pledged himself in faithfulness and love.

Here is Chris Tomlin, singing Good Father

a beautiful song that expresses His love for each of us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA

 

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Prayer: Thank you Father God for Jesus’s life, the sacrifice of pure Love so that we can have salvation and eternity with You one day, when you call me home, I am secure and loved by you. Your grace and  mercy extend to all who seek You. Each day is a sweet gift that you give us,and we  PRAISE your Holy Name for the love you have for me, and my family. 

GRACE

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4783 Rose

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the gift of blessings.

Do I deserve grace? No.

How about God’s Grace? No! Not at all!
Do I desire God’s grace – a resounding yes!

What a relief, that in the midst of all my err’s, wrong thought processing, mistakes, and at times a lifestyle that doesn’t quite measure up to God’s best. Oh, the list is long, with so many things I do that break God’s heart. Like the time (oops, many times) I was impatient with my kids. How about the time I gave “the LOOK” to the girl at the checkout because  she got the order wrong. Oops (got busted by my high school son on that one, checkmate).

How undeserving  I am  to enjoy the fruits of our / my contrite spirit, and a head bowed to  the King  of Kings who  knows my heart and wants to bring me close to Him.  I surrender.  Father forgive me for I have sinned against you and man.  And when I go to that sweet place of not pushing my way, or ignoring my short fallings,  he embraces me, and forgives me. He knows my name, he knows my heart and everything that I do – before I do it. Which makes it so much easier to run into his safe arms, as he offers me grace, and mercy. He will do the same for you! Will you pause break, reflect on somethings that you might need to let loose of in your life, maybe it’s  a big sin, maybe it’s a bad habit, could be a temper that needs to be tamed. the list can  go on for pages. God loves you. He desires to hold you close and cleanse your heart and soul, as well as the nature of your being that needs some changing.

Prayer: 

Father, thank you for your sweeet love for me.  You never give up on me, but seek after me, even when I run my own way. I have to remind myself daily, that before I get my day on, and each night before I go to sleep, I need to come into your safe arms, and talk to you about what happened, along with all my concerns. You care. You help. I need you, every hour of every day! I praise you for  your mercy and grace, and am so glad to   have you as my Savior and my Daddy. 

 

Grace Scriptures (NIV)

2 Corinthians 12
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Romans 3: 20
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Living in Faith

The just shall live by faith.
I shall not change my lifestyle because of the current times we live in. My faith keeps me from wavering too and fro, like an unsteady tide.

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No need to muster up faith once disaster strikes, because I already live by and in FAITH.
God moves mountains, and stills the waters, when life’s problems arise. So, I hear the Word, therefore, I live in faith (not by fear that the world stirs up).
Victory comes in the unwavering faith that I stand on. I am an overcomer. I BELIEVE I am an overcomer. I take what is mine, I have the victory over the world. I have faith in GOD, who delivered me out of darkness and bondage and into the marvelous light in Jesus.

Father, thank you for adopting me into the family of righteousness. You are a good good Father… it is who you are. Good, full of mercy and unfailing. I cling to You, you are my safe place, my refuge and my rock. I love you Jesus!

Hebrew 11

1 John 5:4-5

Galatians 3:11

Habakuk 2:4

Romans 1:17

Proverbs 4:8

1 John 2:10

John 14:21

Pure as snow

The branches hold the snow like a softball. beaty at its best.
The branches hold the snow like a softball. Beauty at its best.

This is one reason I love snow… it really does slow people down, to relax and try to enjoy (even in the midst of the shoveling etc); but we have NO power to stop the snow.

We DO have power to enjoy the BEAUTY and freshness that white snowflakes offer as they fall on the dreary ground.

Which leads me to the love of Jesus, and how he has washed our sinful red nature (and ALL of us are indeed hot red sinners), pure and white as the driven snow.

What power snow has – it reminds us that we need redemption.

We need cleansing of our spirits.3183 Washed by the blood made white as snow

Don’t fight it. Relax, give in to the peace that is offered in the whole picture that the snow brings.

Next time the storms come, and we know they will, grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee, open up the window curtains, sit down, relax and enjoy each unique snowflake that forms into a blanket of sparkling white bliss.

DIGGING DEEPER: Scripture references with snow…

Matthew 28:3

And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

Psalm 51:7

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
Job 37:6

“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’

Proverbs 26:1

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

Proverbs 31:21

She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Jeremiah 18:14

‘Does the snow of Lebanon forsake the rock of the open country? Or is the cold flowing water from a foreign land ever snatched away?

Psalm 148:8

Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Psalm 147:16

He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.

Revelation 1:14

His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.

Do you expect a harvest?

Are you ready to receive the harvest you  planted? Be ready. God's time will show up, sometimes when you least expect it!
Are you ready to receive the harvest you planted? Be ready.  God’s time will show up, sometimes     when you least expect it!

Harvest.

Do you expect to give into your life and surroundings, (kids, spouse, job, volunteer efforts, household chores, gardening, gift giving etc etc etc), and get something in return?  That seems selfish, doesn’t it? But according to what the basics of life show us, what the Bible teaches us, we will get a return on  our actions. All of  them!

What you put into life- will come around to you. (Puts it into perspective, doesn’t it – to do GOOD, not evil!)

It’s like putting gas into your car – you are raring to go with a  full tank and have the assurance that you will be able to drive “X” amount of miles until you get close to empty again. You sowed gas into your car, and you EXPECTED to get mileage out of that fuel. You are rarely disappointed.

Cause and affect. Plant (fill ‘er up), and reap – full tank. Same goes for praying, and doing  and anything  and everything in your life.

If you keep working hard, unto the Lord, you WILL get promotion, raises, bonuses. Maybe not next paycheck, but it WILL come  to you. Do NOT get discouraged! Are you working hard on relationships with family, friends, co workers? Keep going! It will improve. Maybe not Monday morning, but possibly … dare I say…. NEXT YEAR??? Don’t be curt, nor loose patience. It is coming.

Will you offer kindness, patience, caring, grace, love – you may not see immediate return, but it will for certain come to you, somewhere in the future. Do not give up! Keep doing good. Keep working hard. Be diligent!

Wait, patiently, trusting GOD to make the perfect timing happen. Never give up. Always expect – not in a selfish way, but in a postive way.

God planned the circle of life, for us to plow into what we do. Whether we put half effort into it, or overflowed energy, we WILL receive into our life what we put out. Laziness breeds laziness. Hard work and honest effort brings reward.

So keep preparing, seek His wisdom so to know what to do, and when to do it. Keep planting. Be intentional in all you do. Expect a harvest.  And be sure to plant prayers. That IS the most important thing to do.

Be brave. Be courageous.

May this new year be a blessing to you as you learn to be diligent, and trust you will  have a grand return on  all you do!

Romans 8: 32 ESV 

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Isaiah 28:24 Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?
    Does he continually open and harrow his ground?

Ecclesiastes 3 :1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

1 Corinthians 3:5b  Servants through whom you BELIEVED, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

Philippians 4:15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.[a] (emphasis mine)

 

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Time for Prayer:  Father thank you for your teaching. Thank you for your guidance and wisdom that you will place into all who  accept your direction. Thank you in advance for all the tender gifts you give. Thank you for the prayers I prayed many years ago, long forgotten, and know you have and still are answering many of  those requests! You are the best Father. I  praise you for a new year and freshness to continue throughout this new year! 

New Year State of Mind~ 2016 Style

Here we are. The last day of 2015, and how did you do this year?

Was it a fun year?

Did you grow, learn or stretch? 

Were you laden with hardship or difficulties?

For me, this year is a year I would like to have disappear off the calendar history. Although I know when Christians pass away, they go onto GLORY, to be with Jesus. Being widowed for over 18 years now, I have been through the journey on a very personal level. But this one has hit me hardest. Liz, my sister by choice, best friend since a wee child, stood up to each others wedding, God mother to each others  children.

The best vacation buddies the two of us were. We always commented how well fit together as travel companions,  as we lounged on the beach, quietly.  We could sit for long periods of time and not talk.  Always finding creative things to observe, nothing ever passed us up, we saw everything!  We could People watched like none other. A cup of coffee together,  (of which I did not share in that indulgent beverage until 40!), and we could conquer the world. We balanced each other better than  anyone I have ever met in my life. We spoke often how blessed we were to have each other. Both being only children, we had that bond, which I do believe helped us to relate to each other, as we appreciated our sisterhood.

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As children we were very opposite. Her parents came over from Holland, in the 50’s, with what was on their back, some basics,  and a few dollars in pocket. Brave souls they were, to venture over to the Americas, where they would begin their “good life”. That they did. “Pa”, worked his own company in shipping and did very well for himself.  They were a handsome and well like family. Strong and full of energy, which taught me well as a child.

My parents divorced at a year old. They loved each other, yet just could not live together very well.  Mom and I lived with my grandparents, and a  very low budget.Financially we were in different worlds.

I was more quiet, and insecure, as Liz was a pretty bold one. But we balanced each other well. The commonalities we shared, were  that we were very compliant to our parents. Neither of us got into  trouble, nor did we want to.

She valued my patience, and I grew stronger and bolder.

There were so many other life occasions we shared, from the simple to the grand.Yet, I will miss the things in the future that we won’t share, while on this earth; the closeness we shared, I will miss, the unconditional love is and was a blessing from God. So grateful for her life…

We had a full lifetime of time together, which I value as a priceless gift, just as I do my kids.

Liz and I, dinner cruising Eastern way
Liz and I, dinner cruising – –  in 2004

Hug your friends,  and appreciate them by spending time together. Never take life for granted! That is my New Years gift to you!  Be strong and bold, withholding nothing.

Father, as we enter into a new year, we are thankful for your mercies that are new each morning. Thank you for bringing families together, friendships that last a lifetime; May we honor you with our lives each day this year. I hope everyone will find someone to befriend and share life together.

Who is my portion?

Do you struggle with your worth? Have you been caught up in abuse, lies, or entangled situations that you may have never imagine you’d be living in, or with?  Is life reeling out of control?

Do you yearn for living a peaceful life, and not a world of lies?  A peaceful, wonderful life can be yours. Today.  This very moment. It’s yours for  the asking.  It’s simple, very real and forever yours.  Jesus is the One that can renew your life. Simplify the craziness. Here is what he is for you:

God is strong and mighty. Isaiah 8:7b     – He  has defeated your enemies. It’s done.

His name is Wonderful Isaiah 9:6 There is no one above the name of Jesus.

He is my portion, my healer, my deliverer, He meets my every need. He will never fail you, (life may never be “perfect”, but he does perfect you in ALL situations, by  giving you strength that you need to live each moment of each day).

He is truth. He is not a man that can lie.

He gives me hope.  He longs to encourage you and lift you up. He brings you love, grace, mercy, patience and a desire for good things.

You can say with confidence: I am a VICTOR, not a victim. Because Jesus lives in you.

He makes me prosper.  He said to seek Him first, and he  will give you the desires of  your heart.

In Him, I have a dream, goals, vision and a purpose.  God formed YOU  and knew you before you were conceived in the womb. He is plans for you that are great and wonderful, if you only believe!

No harm shall overtake me, my household, my work, or anything I put my hands to. He keeps , my path from harm. He loves me. Oh, how He loves me!  He is our safety net –  his arms protect those who love him.

I am assured  that  His incredible GRACE is with me always!                                2 Thessalonians 3:18

Jesus never lets me down, he stays with me and protects me everywhere I go! The evil one has no place in my life!

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To receive Jesus into your life, and heart, it’s a simple  conversation… he IS your forever friend…. just say: “Jesus, I want to be your friend, I need you desperately,  come into my heart and live within me forever. I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life, I want to turn away from sinful desires, and live a life that is whole and pure. Help me to do this Jesus.”  Amen..   

You are now a part of a whole new world. Read  the bible, it will help guide you through life. Find a bible  believing church that will help you grow strong in Christ.   When you find things in life “getting to you”, pray. Pray when life is good, pray when things are tough. He will guide you and show you how to live a victorious life!

 

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