Ephesians 4:17-32

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This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Our walk with God and others is so important. We as a child of God are to become a new person when we accept Christ into our lives. We are to no longer walk as the old person of sin did with our hearts blinded by our fleshly desires and weakness but we are to put away from us all lasciviousness and uncleanness, greediness, corrupt conversations, and deceitful lusts. We are to put away lying, always speaking the truth with others because we are part of one another and God said though shall not lie. If we are angry we are not to sin, or give in to the devil and his devices. We are not to steal from other but to labor with our hands that we may have to give to others in need. We are to have no corrupt conversations but our words are to be used to edify and lift others up so that it ministers grace to those who hear our words. We are not to be bitter and have wrath, I am going to get even mentality, we are not to speak evil of others but we are to put away malice and anger instead being kind to one another, being tenderhearted and humble, forgiving one another even as Christ forgives us. We are to live our lives with a clean new heart showing other how a true person who loves Christ lives a live of love and compassion for others.

This is my prayer today and everyday!

Psalms 51:1-12

 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen and Amen

Trying Times

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Our God is an awesome God and I am so thankful we have Him to lean on in these trying times we are all facing. Darkness is over our land right now but the Lord is our strength and our comfort. Thank You our Lord and Savior for always being with us in the bad times and in the good times.
Psalms 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

Be with us Lord, give us strength, heal this land and bring peace to our hearts through the power of the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross and the stripes that You took for our healing.We give you all the praise and honor and glory that is Yours and Yours only. In the name of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

This entry was posted on April 19, 2020. 1 Comment

A Still Small Voice

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A Still Small Voice

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to suddenly loss your physical hearing: to go from one minute hearing to the next not hearing at all?

Almost a week ago I suddenly lost all my hearing in my right ear. I have suffered from an illness called Meniere’s Disease for at least 16 years now. In the course of the illness I have suffered fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues, along with sensitivity to sounds and bright lights. Yet with all the issues I had faced I was not by any means prepared for the loss of my hearing.

We take so much for granted in this life, waking up in the morning, looking at our surroundings, seeing the people in our lives, hearing the sound of the morning birds, our loved ones voices, simple ever day sounds we take so easily for granted. Yet each one of these things and so much more is a blessing from the Lord, a source of joy and peace to our minds, hearts, and spirits.

When tragedy strikes us we can choose to be angry with the situation we have been dealt or we can choose to learn to listen to the soft still voice of our Savior, Jesus Christ just as Elijah did when He was faced with fear and trials. The day my hearing left me I believe the Lord carried me outside onto my back deck. I was in my office working from home and the intense feeling kept coming over me to go outside. So I finally got up from my chair and walked out onto my deck. Just as I walked through the door an eagle flew straight above me with that shrill call they make. I looked up into the blue sky and saw the beautiful bird as it sailed straight over my head. I remember saying to the Lord what a beautiful sight as I thanked the Lord for allowing me to live in a place where I could see an experience such beauty. I remember looking around me and telling the Lord that I needed His peace in my heart because I had been worrying over some things I did not have the power to change. Within three minutes of my coming back into my office I had lost my hearing. I believe the Lord carried me outside to see and hear that beautiful eagle to encourage me that He would have me covered as I went through the trial I was about to face.

Some part of me wants to ask, “Why Lord?” but so much more I want the Lord to just whisper His sweet peace to me in His quiet still voice. I know without a doubt I am never alone for He walks with me, he hears the voice of my heart and understands me in ways I cannot even understand myself. There is no one I can be closer to than the Lord because He is with me every second of everyday. He knows every thought and fear, even the things I am not conscience of myself. When sadness comes to overtake me He strengths me and dries my tears. When I face ear injections and the side effects of the oral Prednisone He is there giving me strength. When my hope wants to fail me He is there holding me up and saying to my heart, “Don’t give up, we will overcome this together!” I cannot even imagine what my daily existence would be like without the Lord in my life. Without a doubt it would be empty, void of any peace or abiding hope. Yet in Him I can find all of those precious things that I need to carry me through each day.

I do not know what any one of you might be facing in your lives at this time but I want to encourage you to lean on the Lord. He is a source of strength we cannot find anywhere else on this earth. I would be lying if I said it is always easy but one truth I can tell you I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord loves each of us with a love our mortal minds cannot comprehend and with Him we can face anything this life can throw at us. So let us open our heart to Him today and hear His still small voice as He whispers His sweet peace into our hearts.

1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:  And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Isaiah 59:1 (KJV)

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Psalms 91:1-4 (KJV)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Matthew 7:12 Do Unto Others

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Matthew 7:12 (KJV)

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

I was sitting thinking about this verse this morning and I asked myself how often are we really thinking about this when we are talking to others or treating someone a certain way. We all want to be loved, honored, and respected. We want our family, friends and co-workers to be loyal to us but do we treat them that way? Would we want to be treated and talked to the way we treat others or be spoken to the way we speak to others? Would we want our friends and family spoken about the way we speak of other people’s family? It’s so easy to justify ourselves when we talk down to someone or speak bad about someone, or treat someone with disrespect but truth be told we all have issues that need work. Often we wonder what is wrong with our relationships when truth be told our relationships are only as good as the amount of work we are willing to put into that relationship. If we talk down to and are disrespectful to those we want to treat us with love and respect chances are we will not receive the love, respect and devotion we want from them. As we walk into a new year let us start to think about our words and our actions towards others. Let us be willing to put forth the effort that is needed to keep our relationships healthy. Hurts go deep and do not heal overnight so be willing to be patient and consistent in having a Jesus like attitude toward others in word and actions. Jesus knew what He was talking about, love and respect comes from being willing to love and respect others not just today but everyday of our lives.

God Bless and Happy New Year! Jeanette

Thank You!

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As I sat here tonight reading all the prayer requests it seems I can almost see the faces of the people and feel the spirit off of each one writing their prayer requests. My heart is full and my eyes overflow with tears as I read the requests and the responses from our Christian family. I would not know most of you if I met you on the street yet I feel I know your hearts and the love you have for your families and friends but most of all the love you have for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what country we are in. Some are all the way around the world from me yet they are here in my heart. It doesn’t matter the color of our skin or the language we speak because we all speak with the same love and care for each other and for those lost and hurting in the world. I try to pray for each of you each day, I may not call you by name because there are so many prayer requests but I ask the Lord to answer every need spoken and unspoken. As much as I (we) care our Father cares far more and He see and knows all things. I know in my heart He is there working all things to your good.

I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of you who are praying for each other and reaching out to comfort each other. You will never know how much those prayers mean to so many people.  

Remember~

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ( Hold to your faith our Father Yahweh-Jehovah loves you and is there in whatever your situation is and He only wants the very best for you.)

I Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. (Thank you all for the compassion, love and encouragement you give to each other.)

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (Your prayers are helping to work miracles in the lives of others)

John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (Thank you so much for lifting each other up in prayer! Your prayers and Word spoken will not return void. Is 55:11)

God Bless each of you my precious family in Christ!

~Jeanette

This entry was posted on December 3, 2019. 3 Comments

Giving Thanks

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I have been sitting this afternoon thinking about all the Lord has blessed me with this year. I know there have been sicknesses and other problems throughout the year, yet the one thing I know for sure that no matter what issues I have faced the Lord has always been there with me and I know He will always be with me no matter what I face in life. Often times we dwell far too much on the bad things that are happening to us instead of setting our mind upon the blessings that Lord rains down upon us daily. I know I am guilty of this far to many times.

Life is too short to let our days be taken up with the negative in life. So at this season of Thanksgiving let’s remind ourselves to always see the good and to always know from whom the blessings we enjoy come. I want to say, “Thank you Heaven Father, Lord of my life, for all you have blessed me with this past year and for all I know you will bless me with in the future.”

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

God bless each of you my dear friends. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanette

This entry was posted on November 26, 2019. 1 Comment

Guide Me, Lord

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Good Morning my family in Christ.

As many of you know I have recently been faced with some health issues. Those health issues have caused me to have to stop doing the things I love the most in life. I have always loved to teach and to sing for the Lord but with my health issues caused by the Menieres’ disease I have been forced to stop teaching Sunday School at least for awhile and it is becoming more and more difficult to be among the music without becoming extremely sick. Due to the changes I have been faced with I have become more and more depressed at times and faced with a feeling of just wanting to give up. I know you are probably thinking where is your faith? God does not want you giving up and you are right. God does not want us to give up. It is our faith in the Lord that keeps us pushing on through the hard times in life.

In the mist of all the emotional feelings I have been dealing with lately, the doubts, anger, extreme sadness, the wondering what my life from here on is to be like if God chooses not to heal me from this horrible disease, I have come to realize God has a plan for my life. I may not understand why these things are happening to me but I have to trust that God is in control and He still has a plan for my life. The Lord has brought Paul to my mind many times recently, as we know from the Word Paul was faced with some type of affliction. (II Corinthians 12:7-10) Paul said, “I will glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul had to come to the point where he said, “I am content in whatever state I am in and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13) I also want to have that same faith. I am praying everyday for the Lord to guide me in whatever direction He has for me. I may not be able to do the things I am use to do but I know with the Lord’s guidance I can find the path He now has for me.

I am sharing these feeling with you because I know there are so many others out there facing issues that test their faith. It is not always easy to talk about the things that trouble us deeply and I know for myself I hate to admit my weaknesses. Maybe by talking about some of the troubles and weaknesses I face I can help someone else in their journey and help myself when I am feeling weak.

I want to encourage any of you who are facing challenges in life, whether they are health issues, personal issues, financial issues, please know God is in control if we will just put our trust in Him He will guide us in the right direction. We may not understand and we may ask why in our weakest moments. Just know God hears, He feels our pain, He knows our sorrows. Because He loves us our pain and sorrow is also His pain and sorrow. In Him we can always put our trust for He is always working things out to our good.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Heavenly Father, We come to You thanking You for our many blessings You have so freely given us. We thank You for Your grace and love, but most of all for Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom You sent to this earth to be a sacrifice and a Savior to us all. Lord, we come to You in our weakness asking You to strengthen us and to guide us on whatever path You have put us on. Help us Lord to find our path and purpose in life and help us to always trust You in whatever state we are in. Help us to find comfort in our hearts in knowing we are never alone, that You are always with us, loving us and guiding us. Remember all those who are sick and hurting today Lord. Comfort them as only You can. We love you Lord and we give You the praise, the honor and glory that is only Yours. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen and Amen!

God Bless each of you. Love in Christ! Jeanette

This entry was posted on October 29, 2019. 3 Comments

Words In Red

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The Lord has so much compassion for those who are lost and troubled. He has compassion on those who are physically sick but He also has compassion for those who are spiritually sick. We as humans, even though we are Christians, at times think we are so much better than those we see around us in the world. Yet the Lord in all His grace and mercy said He did not come to save the righteous (self-righteous) but to bring those lost unto the Father. Let us pray that the Lord put that same merciful heart within us so we can lead others to Christ who is the healer of all things.

Father, We come humbly before You asking You to heal our hearts of all self righteousness and instill within us a heart of love and compassion for those who are without you. Father, let Your love go forth through each of us so those lost and hurting around us can know You through our love and compassion for them. Thank You for Your mercy to us. Be with us and guide all the days of our lives. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen

Teach me Lord!

God Does Not Bless What His Word Forbids

God does not bless what his word forbids

Secret sin shall be revealed. No matter how much or how many times we try to hide the sins we do in darkness (secret) God will at some point bring them to light and they will be know. We can think something we are doing is not a sin but if we are hiding it from others then we know in our heart it is sin. The bible says no sin shall enter into the kingdom of God. Luke 8:17: “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” We cannot blame others for our sins, our sin is our sin no one else is to blame. We make the choice to sin and we are the ones who will give an answer for it. Revelation 21:27, “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” When we have a weakness (a sin) we find ourselves giving into we need to become accountable first to God by admitting our sin, repenting and asking Him to clean up our heart. Luke 8: 14-15, “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Sin destroys our fruit) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.:” God will only bless those who have a good honest heart that are keeping His Word.

Once we admit our sin and ask the Lord to help us we then need to find a Christian person we can trust who we can become accountable to who will pray with us and help us overcome our weakness, only then will we find the strength to overcome those secret sins.