Quotes for Christmas

Merry Chirstmas my friends. I wish you peace and joy and new birth of all new things.  God came into the world, to do what we could not do for ourselves. Emmanuel, God with us. He is such a good, good Father.

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Quotes for Christmas

  • “Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” -C.S. Lewis
  • All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” -David Jeremiah
  • “Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man – His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God – when we present our bodies a living sacrifice.” – Vance Havner
  • “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.” – C S Lewis
  • “Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.” – Charles Spurgeon
  • “For unto us a Child is born,
    Unto us a Son is given;
    And the government will be upon His shoulder.
    And His name will be called
    Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Of the increase of His government and peace
    There will be no end,
    Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
    To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
    From that time forward, even forever.
    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” – Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV
  • “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ― Charles Dickens
  • “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift. ” – John R Rice
  • “Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.” -George F. McDougall
  • “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold,an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:8-14 NKJV

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7 quotes on Moving Forward

Ready for a new beginning? Me too. Let’s move forward together into this new season!

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7 Quotes on Moving Forward

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  1. “Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  2. “The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the…

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Why Jezebels and Narcissits Spoil Every Holiday and How to Keep Your Peace

You may know one – or have known one. The Killjoy, the Jezebel or the Naracissit who consistantly ruins every holiday. It may be a birthday, a Thanksgiving, or even Christmas.  Every year they make a scene – to be seen. It’s almost like they are on steroids. All those criticizing, belittling, and blaming behaviors come out in stereo. Loud and proud as they cut down everyone and everything in their way. But why? Why do they insist on the drama every Holiday? And more importantly, what can you do to keep your peace?

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Why Jezebels and Narcissists Spoil Every Holiday and How to Keep Your Peace

  • Jezebels and Narcissits have a self control problem. They have none. So they create drama all around them so they feel important. It’s all about them. They want to be the star of the show. So if they cut you down, they think they shine.
    •  It’s a pretty dull sparkle if you ask me. Don’t react. Let them be stupid all by themselves.
  • Holidays bring crowds and they love to be the star of the show. Once again, you don’t matter to them. They have no real heart. It is cold and closed. More people mean a bigger audience for them to play their leading role.
    • They are a legend in their own minds.  Too bad it’s the size of a pea, lol! They think they are God and everyone should bow down and worship them. Don’t do it. Don’t put them on a pedestel, or cater to their whims. There is no throne for that type of behavior. It’s abusive.
  • Jezebels and Narcissists are insecure –  only they don’t want anyone to know about it. They often overreact to the dumbest things. They will blow a gasket at the drop of a hat, over anything. They are maniupulaters and blamers. In their mind anything that goes wrong is never their fault. They think they walk on water.
    • They will blame whoever is in their way. This way they feed their own ego. You can almost see their head blow up with their own hot air. When the blaming starts, take a deep breath and don’t belive them. Whatever comes out of their mouth is not true. They lie to cover things up all the time. Half of the time they do not even remember all the lies they tell.
  • Jezebesl and Narcissists  love to stir up drama. Have you ever noticed how they will poke and prod and gossip just to get someone upset? It makes them feel in control. They love to get other people angry.  I really think anger is fuel to them. They thrive on it.
    • Don’t play. Don’t react. Let their words fall to the ground.  Just because they said something doesn’t mean it is true. Sometimes this makes them even angrier, be prepared. It’s healthy to walk away, take a break, leave the room. You don’t have to watch them crash and burn.

Keep you peace this Holiday. If they want to be a jerk, let them. We have no contorl over other people’s bad behavior. It is not our fault they are jerks, that is their choice. What we can control is our reaction to it.

“Don’t feed the Jezebel or the Narcissist – they will only get uglier.”

Remember to put on your full armor and stand strong. Let it go, God will deal with them just like He did with Jezebel. Keep your peace. Don’t play. Pray, ask God to intercede. He will, and watch the Jezebels fall!

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Breaking the Spirit of Poverty

I have been poor. I have been homeless. It was not fun. I thought at that time that God was mad at me and I had earned my poverty. I was wrong.  I believed the lies of the Enemy for a long time – and stayed broke. It was not fun, not one bit.

God does not give us a spirit of poverty. We were made to be blessed. We are the most blessed poeple on the Earth. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. I had to reject the lies that I had believed and embrace the Truth. God did not make his kids to be broke and wanting. God is a good, good Father and desires to bless us.

 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” –  1 Timothy 1:7 KJV

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Jesus has already paid the price to destroy the works and lies of the Devil. It is finished. Reject the lies. God does not want you to live in want. He desires to give you the desires of your heart. God is for you, not against you.

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John 3:8 KJV

God made you to have life, and life more abundantly. He made you to bless you and to prosper you. Our Daddy is not broke and He does not withold any good thing for his kids!

 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” – 3 John 1:2 KJV

Don’t abuse the blessing. Don’t start asking people for money and airplanes. Stand on the Word and watch what God will do. One thing I have learned is that you don’t have to chase the blessings. They will come to you – because God desires to bless you!

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you bewhen you go out.

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.  Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.  And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.  The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.  So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” – Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 KJV

 

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Radical Faith in High Heels

This is still true – I have danced, I have somewhat run, and I have worn sort of high heels – thank you Lord for healing my leg!

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Prayers and Promises

There comes a time in every believer’s life that we must choose – to believe or not believe what God says. There comes a time where we will challenge the Word and the Holy Spirit. I had a moment this morning. In the natural my ankle is killing me. I overdid it unloading a trailer and making room in the garage for our temperamental van. I am part Bionic Woman now with a Titanium leg bone. I wrote about what happened here – THE WORD HEALS

But in the Spirit – I see myself dancing. And teaching kids to praise dance. That would be fun. Yeah, makes no logical sense. I have been to PT – 3 times now. In the natural I have a hard time standing for more than 30 minutes at a time. I haven’t had a job in almost 3 years. Yet, I want to dance.

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Thankful Quotes for Thanksgiving

Thank you Lord, for family.  Thank you for your peace and your presence and the gift of life. Thank you for love and joy and laughter. Thank you for all the blessings you have given us this Thanksgiving and forever.  What a mighty God we serve! He’s a Good, Good Father!

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Thankful Quotes for Thanksgiving

  • “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
  • “Genuine thankfulness is an act of the heart’s affections, not an act of the lips’ muscles.” –John Piper
  • “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • “Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
  • “Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” – Thomas Goodwin
  • . “A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer’s trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer’s heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord.” –John MacArthur
  • “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8
  • “If I do not feel a sense of joy in God’s creation, if I forget to offer the world back to God with thankfulness, I have advanced very little upon the Way. I have not yet learnt to be truly human. For it is only through thanksgiving that I can become myself.” – Kallistos Ware
  • “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” – Psalm 136:1-3gratitude
  • “Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord, Who delivers us from sorrow and sin.” – Thaddeus of Vitovnica
  • “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” –Billy Graham

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Doors of Opportunity are Opening for You

There is an appointed time for you. You are here, now, in this place because God has decided these are the times and places where you would live and carry His light into the darkness. There are doors of opportunity opening for you.chosen

Don’t look back, look up. God is calling you to arise and walk forward with Him. He has gone ahead of you and prepared the way. He is the Way. He will give you His dreams and visions for you as you seek His wisdom. He will meet you in the morning and walk with you through the day. He will be the last one you talk to before you sleep. He will watch over you in the night. He will never leave nor forsake you.

Opportunites are opening for you. There are open doors are all around you. Ask the Lord which one to walk through. He has a greater vision for you. He has a better plan than right here right now. This is not all that there is. There is more, greater vision, greater territories and greater revelation are coming.

What God has ordained no man can stop. You have been appointed. You have been commissioned. You have been given the authority to bring Heaven to Earth. You will see the miraculous. The blind will see, the lame will walk, the deaf will hear, the dead will rise. You were born for such a time as this. God will do amazing things – through you!

Arise my love…new opportunities await you!

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“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord. – Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

Leave your captivity. Jesus has redeemed you by the blood of the Lamb. You are holy, you are righteous, you are free.  This world cannot hold you. You are a citizen of Heaven passing through this world, spreading God’s love and light.

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For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. – Phillipinas 3:20-21

 

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;  meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,  that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.  Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” – Colossians 4:2-6 NKJV

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

Every November 11th we remember the sacrifices of our Veterans, both living and dead. Thank you, for standing in the gap and protecting us. Thank you for your service, your courage, your sacrifice, and and your honor. We salute you today!

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

  • “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” — Ronald Reagan

  • “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” — Patrick Henry

  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

  • “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unkown

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” –H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  • “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” — Abraham Lincoln

  • “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” — Jimmy Carter

  • “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” –Joseph Rodman Drake

  • “This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

  • “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — President George Washington

  • “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham

  • Never was so much owed by so many to so few” — Winston Churchill

 

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6 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Chaos of Mass Shootings

We live in perilous times. Anger and evil are rising. There are so many psychos out there taking innocent lives. It can be sobering. We feel so out of control as evil people kill innocent victims. There is no reason. They are psycho. But how can we react in times of chaos and senseless violence? How do we overcome our anxiety in these days of shootings?

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6 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in the Chaos of Mass Shootings

1. There is good and there is evil in this world. There will be chaos and confustion. God told us ahead of time.  These are the beginning of sorrows. We are in the last days.

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will bethe sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” -Matthew 24:3-14 NKJV

2.  Whether we live or whether we die we belong to the Lord. Trust him with whatever happens next.

For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. – Romans 14:8-9 NKJV

3. Have faith that God will get you through these last days. Jesus has faith in you and your family and He will be with you here and in Heaven. This world is not our home. We were made for eternity and to live with Jesus in Heaven.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:1-6 NKJV

4. Our days are numbered in the Book of Life. Trust God that He knows when we are coming home to live with Him. He has put eternity in our hearts. We are citizens of Heaven just trying to make it through this world. We are only passing through. This is not the end, just the beginning.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. – Psalm 139: 13-16 NKJV

5. Limit your news time and phone time. Whatever you feed will grow. I know people who watch every news story and read every article out there. They feed their fear. The more you feed it the bigger it will grow. Instead, feed your faith. Read the Word, pray, meet with other believers. Strengthen yourself in the most holy faith.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

6.  In uncertain times, remind yourself of one thing that stays the same – God and His love for you. God is faithful. God is true. God will never leave you. God is true. God loves you now and forever. He will lead the way when it is time to leave this world and join Him in Heaven. Trust Him.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.  – Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV

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10 Quotes About Grief

It has been a hard month. Two of my friends lost loved ones this month. My heart hurts. I havn’t been very talkative this month. My friends and I are grieving and I know only God can heal our hearts.  I love them and it is so hard for all of us. I know that it is part of life, but it still hurts. Yes, there is life after death in Jesus Christ, but what about those of us who are still here?  I admit it, I don’t like it. I don’t like change. I want things to stay the same forever. Well, sometimes.

We have all lost loved ones. You can’t get through planet Earth without losing someone you love. I have been through this too. Lost my mom and mother in law in the same year. Grief is hard. It comes in waves. One moment you are fine and the next you are crying your eyes out. Smells still get to me. I will smell a cologne, or a flower, or a food and remember my mom. I still lose it sometimes. Grief changes and humbles you. I know God has a plan and they are in Heaven, but sometimes living life here without them just hurts.

All we can do is hang out together and love each other through it. We pray for each other and hold each other tight. We cherish each day and look forward to the day we can see out loved ones again in Heaven. We lean on the Lord who never leaves us, forever. Help us Jesus, and Holy Spirit, comfort my friends and their families during this difficult time, in Jesus Name.

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10 Quotes About Grief

  1. “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
  2. “You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” ― Anne Lamott
  3. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
  4. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psaml 34:18 NIV
  5. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
    The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  6. “In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  7. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 NIV
  8. “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
  9. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4 NIV
  10. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
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Journal Entries from a Former Domestic Violence Victim

October is Domestic Violence month. I came across this today. My journal entries from when I lived in the mess. Thank you Lord for devlierance!

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I have not posted on this subject yet this month, but today I want to share a few entries from my journal.  Someone you know is most likely affected by Domestic Violence.  Last I heard DV affects 1/3 women and 1/6 men in the United States.  And I am sure these numbers go up in other places.

I have been in many abusive relationships. Not by choice. I didn’t want to live that way. But, thanks to God, I got the help I needed and my kids and I have been free from DV for about 10 years now.  Being as I have had more than one ‘psycho’ in my life, I will change the names and dates so they don’t start harassing me again.  This is one of the reasons I have not always shared. We do open ourselves up for more harassment…

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God is Looking to Bless You and Your Family

Sometimes I wake up really early.  Not by choice, my time clock just goes off. So what is a girl to do at 4:30 am? I don’t want to turn the TV on and wake up everyone in the house. So usually I read.  I meet with God and read His word to get some peace and direction for the day. Call me weird I guess. I know not everyone does this, that’s ok. It’s what I do to learn more about God and His ways.

So, the other morning I am in 2nd Samuel. Not like I knew where to go, it was the verse of the day in BibleGateway.com. I like that app. Sometimes I’ll read a new version to get spice things up a bit. So I went to the Message version. Remember, it’s 4:30 in the morning. Idk if I would get the King James Version that early. The coffee has just started flowing!

It’s a story about David and how he was looking for someone to bless. He asked if there was anyone in Saul’s house he could bless. Yeah, Saul, the dude who tried to kill him. And yes, Saul had a son. So David blessed him. He asked him to come on over to the palace and move in. He asked him to come and eat with him everyday from that day forward.

The Old Testament is like a shadow. To me this story of David is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. Jesus wants to bless even your enemies and your enemies children. They are invited to the table.  No wonder God says to bless your enemies and return good for evil. David was honoring Jonathan in this. 

GOD is so good He is looking for someone to bless!

This also tells me that God will hunt down your children and bless them, just because you have chosen to follow God and His ways. I have seen it in my life. Our children are blessed. Our children are provided for and have many opportunities that only the King of King could have provided!

You are invited to the table my friend, warts and lameness and all. God wants to bless you and show you His loving kindness. It’s not about us and what we do or don’t do. It’s His nature, ots who He is, He is Blessing! 

Come and eat!

God’s Word For You:

An Open Table for Mephibosheth

“One day David asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family? If so, I’d like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan.”

It happened that a servant from Saul’s household named Ziba was there. They called him into David’s presence. The king asked him, “Are you Ziba?”

“Yes sir,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there anyone left from the family of Saul to whom I can show some godly kindness?”

Ziba told the king, “Yes, there is Jonathan’s son, lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?”

“He’s living at the home of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

King David didn’t lose a minute. He sent and got him from the home of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan (who was the son of Saul), came before David, he bowed deeply, abasing himself, honoring David.

David spoke his name: “Mephibosheth.”

“Yes sir?”

“Don’t be frightened,” said David. “I’d like to do something special for you in memory of your father Jonathan. To begin with, I’m returning to you all the properties of your grandfather Saul. Furthermore, from now on you’ll take all your meals at my table.”

Shuffling and stammering, not looking him in the eye, Mephibosheth said, “Who am I that you pay attention to a stray dog like me?”

David then called in Ziba, Saul’s right-hand man, and told him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and his family, I’ve handed over to your master’s grandson. You and your sons and your servants will work his land and bring in the produce, provisions for your master’s grandson. Mephibosheth himself, your master’s grandson, from now on will take all his meals at my table.” Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

“All that my master the king has ordered his servant,” answered Ziba, “your servant will surely do.”

And Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, just like one of the royal family. Mephibosheth also had a small son named Mica. All who were part of Ziba’s household were now the servants of Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, taking all his meals at the king’s table. He was lame in both feet.” – 2 Samuel 9:1-13 MSG

 

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