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Does it Really Matter Where You are Going?

Yes, we are in a new season. Welcome Autumn! The trees are turning, the air is getting crisp, and it’s pumpkin and apple season! Yeah! Do you like fall? I love the coolness of the air, and the chilly nights where you curl up in a blanket or two. I love fuzzy socks too!

But what about Spiritually? Are you in a changing season too? I know I am. The details don’t matter. The past doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t even matter where we end up going – as long as I am with My Jesus. He promised to go before us and lead us.

” And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

I know when God called Abraham out, He didn’t give him all the details either. But Abraham just trusted God and followed His lead.

 Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. – Genesis 12:1-4

That’s a great promise for all of us this new season. God will make us a blessing, He will bless those who bless us and He will curse those who curse us. What more could a girl ask for? You go God! I’m with You! Show us the way!

Besides, my plans didn’t work out so good anyway. I’m sure God has a better plan for each of us that is way bigger than we could have thought or imagined!

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I See You As God Sees You

One of the hardest things to do is look beyond our faults and the faults of others. Our human nature is to judge our behavior and others behaviors. This is not our job. God gave us the Holy Spirit to renew our minds. Let us see ourselves and each other as God does – forgiven, loved, chosen, and free! I see you as God sees you today – NEW!

We are all created new after being born again. Not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. His righteousness covers us and renews our hearts and minds.

Let go of the judgement my friends – and see each other as Christ sees us! Now that is freedom!

 

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 KJV

 

 

ALL THINGS NEW by Elevation Worship

 

Hear the sound of our chains
They come crashing down
There’s freedom in your name
The cross erased our guilt and shame
The past can’t condemn the ones
Who bear your name

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed

Hear the shout of your church
The rescued and redeemed Lord we are yours
Saved by grace by grace we live
Nothing separates the love you give

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

We found our hope in you
We found our hope in you

You make all things new, new life found in you
You restore the years that we have wasted
You make all things new, your love breaking through
There’s healing in your wake and we are changed
You leave healing in your wake and we are changed
There is healing in your name for us to change

God Went Ahead to Get Things Ready for You

Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, God promised to go ahead of you to prepare the way. I can’t tell you how many times I have depended on these verses. I started a new job this week. I’m back in the School District helping kids. That part is exciting. But can I tell you I was really nervous the first day. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s not always easy being the new kid on the block. Walking into a new environment with all new people. I was pleasantly surprised. The Staff was amazing. The Secretries in particular have made me feel at ease each day. And I am setting up my classroom, learning new equipment, meeting new teachers, and learning new things.

I asked God to show me if this was the right move for me. Can I tell you He answered? I felt His Presence in an amazing way on my first day at school. There weren’t any kids there yet, just teacher work day. No bells, no whistles, no trumpets from Heaven or anything – just a calm peaceful feeling and the amazing awareness of His Presence. God was there – He went before me and prepared the way. He was waiting for me to get there. I just didn’t know it yet!

Who knew such a good thing was right round the corner?Best path

What about you? What new things are you facing?

Are you a Mom with the kids going back to school? Are you starting a new job? Looking for a job? A student heading back to school? A soldier heading overseas?  Are you retired looking for your next adventure?

How can I pray with you today?

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deut. 31:8 NLT

“I will go before you and make the hard places smooth. I will break the brass doors to pieces, and cut through their iron gates.” – Isaiah 45:2 NLV

“But you will not go out in a hurry. You will not leave as if you were running for your lives. For the Lord will go before you. And the God of Israel will keep watch behind you.” – Isaiah 52:12 NLV

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

I thank you that You go first. Thank you  for leading us in the way we should go. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that you have put inside of us so we can commune with you anywhere at anytime. Thank You for confirming Your Word with Your Presence in our everyday lives, in Jesus Name.

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Brand New Start

Brand New Start

~Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen

Meet me in the way
Reveal Yourself as
I walk along my day
Even in silence
I hear You in my heart
Your Word transports me
into a brand new start

 

 

“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

(Isaiah 43:18-18 NKJV)

Small Beginnings

Small beginnings. A thought becomes an action. Today I start new. New thoughts. New actions. Like Pastor Jeff said – I want the Perfect Will of God in my life. Yes there is good, and yes there is his pleasing will. But I want all that God has for me here. I believe God, he says ALL things are possible to those who believe! So I’m starting with a thought, a prayer, a small beginning. Things can change. I don’t have to stay “stuck”. Thank you Lord for small beginnings!

Video is here: God’s Perfect Will

“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that… and I think I am fine.”
― Margaret Thatcher

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.(The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

Little but fierce“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.”
― Chris Guillebeau

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

“Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremble, a breath. Music begins with a vibration . . . And God created the whole universe from an atom no bigger than a thought.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It’s absolutely true that, “Wherever you go, there you are.”
― Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…”
― William Bradford, Bradford: Of Plymouth Plantation

“It all depends on you. If you want it to be different,it will be different. Don’t look at the world with your eyes but with your heart.”
― Avi, The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail

Try This New Robe On for Size

Do you have an old jacket or an old robe that you keep around? Even though it’s tattered and torn – it’s familiar. You have had it for years. It reminds you of where you have been or perhaps what you have lived through so far. Lots of memories – some good, some bad. Yet we keep it around.

Today I am asking myself why. Why do I cling to that old way of thinking like I hold onto that old pink robe? It doesn’t fit me. It wasn’t even a robe that I picked out. It was for someone else. They didn’t want it. So, why do I? Time to dump it I think.

Time to get rid of that old way of thinking. Take the old robe to the curb and leave it there. VICTORY is already ours. Jesus took care of it. Hey, let’s take off that robe of regret and shame. It didn’t fit us very well anyway. That is not who God says we are.

Here, let’s try on this new robe…

Source: scripture canvas.com
Source: scripture canvas.com

Need an Inspiring Word? (via Prayers and Promises)

Sometimes there are authors that just melt my heart. Max Lucado is one of my fav’s. I haven’t read everything He has written, but a few and I love how he brings light to the Word and helps me see things differently.  Here are a few of his words…

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