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REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS

REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Scripture is filled with reminders of consequence of disobedience, God’s blessings upon his creation and embracing the concept of discipleship.  All instructions and examples are written and explained for your own growth and direction as you seek to become diligent workers and followers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us open our hearts and minds to what the Lord has to say and his great expectations. Now the Lord spoke… (Exodus 12:1); then preparations for the journey to the Promised Land commiserates, thus following consequences of disobedience.  “He, who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 2: 7; NKLV)

Remember our history and be warned, all our ancestors were led through the wilderness under the mighty hand of God, fully protected; but, just experiencing God’s wonder and grace didn’t seem to mean much—most of them was defeated by temptation during hard times and God was not pleased. Today as Christians we must never try to get God to serve us instead of us serving him. We must be careful not to stir up discontent and strife among one another because we are just as capable of messing up as they were. Don’t be so naïve and self-confident, you’re not exempt. Just as they felled, you are subject to fall likewise, so, it behoove each of you to forget about self-confidence; it’s useless, cultivate God-confidence.

When you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. You don’t reduce Christ to what you are; he raises you to what he is. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace. In him we have obtained an inheritance… in him you also trusted, after you heard the truth, the gospel of your salvation… (Ephesians 1:7-14)

It is God’s expectation that we learn to live in obedience and harmony with love for one another. You are to encourage the weaker ones in the faith, for all are saved by the grace of God. Whatever your goals are, your purpose, work to perfect that which lives in you with all diligence.  For the scripture says, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Lord, and there are diversities of activities, but the same God who works all in all (1 Corinthians 12:4-6), so grow in grace, love and peace.

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EMBRACE CHOICE OF FREEDOM:

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Oh, Lord, you will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand and pleasure forevermore (Psalm 16: 11; NKJV).

Today is a day you’ve yet to have had the opportunity to become an active participant as you arise to the glory of a new dawn. There are those among you who have been stripped of the worldly elements that had them bound, and they have decided to come clean before God—relinquishing their spirits completely to the will of God. My friends, what you have received, the anointing of God’s grace and power now place you in line with God’s plan and purpose for your life—believe and accept it in faith.

There is much to be learned as you prepare for significant change in life as you once knew it because for you all things become new. You have made the choice to be obedient (submissive), now walk in the newness (freshness) of life. For the scripture says; being made free from sin, you become the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:22).

You will discover that life will seem even more difficult as you make decisions and choices to shed some things, even some “friends.” Know without a doubt—trials will come, so, beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trail which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. Rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when his glory is revealed you may also be glad with exceeding joy…for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you (1 Peter 4:12-14).

As you prepare for transformation of your life, accept Christ as your strength, rock, fortress, deliver, shield and stronghold and you shall be equipped to endure the race. The scriptures say, …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). Jesus said, “In the world you may have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Now that you desire real life, treasure it by growing in Gods’ grace and wisdom, study his word and integrate his teachings into your life as you fulfill your created purpose.  This day is blessed especially for you, peace!

THRUSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

CONSIDER THE MIDSET OF GODLY TEACHING:

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Focus on your thinking and take time to learn how to apply Godly teachings in all situations. No one is in a struggle or battle alone, but if you make the choice to eliminate the way God has planned your life you may never come to the knowledge and understanding of your purpose. The bible teaches you this way: Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God…taking the form of a bondservant…being found in appearance as a man, humbled himself and became obedient to death…(Philippians 2: 5-11; NKJV)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed…shun profane and idle babblings…for their message will spread like cancer (2 Timothy 2: 15-17)

Know this, in the last days perilous times will come: men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Finally: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time…be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may destroy…resist him…(1 Peter 5:5-9)

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil…depart from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it (Psalm: 34: 14-16)

 

 

JOY ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

THE KEYS TO JOY IN LIFE:

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Are you fully engaged in life as you experience each day in its own and what it has to offer? Life is to be lived with meaning in which you learn to embrace what is in the moment, the present; some may say that’s easier said than done. Every day brings many challenges large and small that tend to side track the process of peace we all seek. Once you are able to open your heart to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you’ve discovered the key. The three keys that guarantee joy in this life; wisdom, grace and prayer, also enhances your quality of life. Before beginning to absorbed the true meaning and purpose of who you, are you must have faith, believe and confess Jesus is the Son of God.

As you strive for the prize remember the value of:

Wisdom:

The instructions of a father: My father taught me and said to me, “Let your heart retain my words, keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom and understanding, do not forget or turn away from the words of my mouth. About wisdom: do not forsake her and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom and in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4: 1-7; NKJV) Wisdom is a virtue many seek to understand because it taps into the inner being and life experience. Throughout the process of one’s lifetime what is learned, experienced and shared touch the life of other human beings. The process is continuous because that is the plan of God and by his design.

 

Grace:

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. God’s grace abounds through all avenues of your life when he favors you.  As you open the door and let him into your life the very struggles you thought would not go away suddenly become manageable, because he gives grace in times of weakness. Ask God to give you strength by his spirit that Christ will live in you as you open the door to invite him in. Become learners and doers of his word so that you will be able to experience the extravagant dimensions of the love of Jesus as you choose to follower him. As the scripture reveal, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14).

 

Prayer:

Jesus was praying in a certain place when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us how to pray…” he said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins. For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:1-4)  Life lived without prayer is no life at all because prayer is what connects you to the source of your strength, power and joy. Prayer is a way of releasing to God cares and concerns for yourself as well as everyone else. There is a magical and mysterious connection when you learn to live in faith and rely on God to hear your prayers from the heart. He patiently waits for each of you to tap into the fountain that constantly runs freely.

Listen to me you who follow after righteousness…lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath…my salvation will be forever and my righteousness will not be abolished.  (Isaiah 51: 4-6; NKJV)

Understanding the keys to joy in life brings you in line with the promises of God,  so, be content with such things as you have; for he himself has said, “I will never leave you nor  forsake you.” (Hebrews 13: 5) Remember to add wisdom, grace and prayer to your character as you seek to live out your intended purpose.

UNDERSTANDING WHOSE YOU ARE

YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES: This weekend brought about celebrations of fathers where many families share thoughts of love and gratitude. Now today is Monday and the start to another week. Can you say that you are eager to begin the journey into the unknown in which you embrace what has been purposed just for you? With your minds and hearts lifted in prayer and thanksgiving allow this to be a moment in time you set aside time to commune with your Holy Farther, the one who will sustain and meet every one of your needs. You must be a diligent seeker of peace found in the Lord.

When you came to the knowledge that you awoke this morning and has been given strength to move forth, be thankful. Remember your creator, giver of life. For the scriptures reminds you this way, O Lord you are our Father, we are the clay and you are the potter, we all are the work of your hand (Isaiah 64: 8; NKJV). Meditate on these words, allow them to mold and shape your attitude throughout the day when face with adversity, challenges, decisions and choices; most of all remember, YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING, he will abide in you as long as you are faithful and centered in him.

For you formed my inward parts, covered me in my mothers’ womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret…your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed; in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them (Psalm 139: 13-16). What other evidence do you need to know how truly blessed you were to open your eyes this morning to begin this journey in time.

The Lord knows everything about you, when you’re sitting down and when you’re rising up. He knows your thought and motives, good or bad. Nothing is hidden in secret that has not already been planned. So, today, live life in joy and peace, he will be your voice when you find it hard to respond in situations and circumstances that threatened to interrupt your flow in the moment. Say to yourself, I will praise God and I will worship in his presence at all times; because YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING, embrace the moment.

THURSDAYS SCRIPTURE FOR WISE PARENTING

PROVERBS GUIDE FOR WISE PARENTING:

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Traditional parenting seems to be conforming toward more flexible ways of parenting. Today’s discipline discourages spanking and stress using some form of reverse psychology, such as the points system. It is a fact that children are going through a growth process at different stages as they grow and develop; therefore, defiance and control becomes tools used to get their way much of the time. The question is, “Are we successful at child rearing or has the process become one of rearing more focused independent children?” The future generation will be leaders, teachers, and so much more; will they be effectively equipped to step into their designed purpose for life?

Proverbs Wisdom teaching is not outdated but should be a part of the process in healthy growth and development. For the scripture reminds you this way; God has no use for the prayers of the people who won’t listen to him (Proverbs 28: 9; MGS).

Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them (Proverb 19:18; MGS)

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… (Proverb 1: 7; NKJV)

Children are a heritage from the Lord… (Psalm 127: 3)

Children who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and disgrace (19:26)

Point your children in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost (22:6)

Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline (22:15)

Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones, a spanking, in fact might save them from something worse than death (23:13-14)

As parents, children are entrusted to your care for a while in which molding and shaping their lives becomes your responsibility. It is wise to examine the scripture for guidance while applying your daily teachings and instructions in the process.

 

 

A FATHERS ROLE AND LEGACY

A FATHERS ROLE AND LEGACY

FATHER:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Throughout scripture you can always find fathers who lived up to their role.  They can be found as heads of household, leaders of clans and villages; and more sacred, the Father of all mankind. Jesus referred to the will of his Father in almost everything he did because that was the source of his strength. Because he honored God, God answered him; though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting obedience by what he suffered, just as we do (Hebrews 5: 7-10; MGS).

Fathers today come into the lives of children in many ways. Some gather strength from their fathers; therefore, are eager to instill certain values into their own children. Some take on the challenge and some walk away from the responsibility of nurturing their child (children) during the tender years. It is the design and plan of God for Fathers to be leaders and role models through each and every generation and if there ever was a need for them to step up—the time is now.

How do you define Father if you don’t understand their place in the lives of those depending on them for guidance and encouragement? A Father is a symbol of strength and endurance, they are eager to share in the lives of children and rises to the occasion when necessary without hesitation. A Father set rules and stand firm in molding and shaping their children as they grow. Much is expected of Fathers because they are valued for their wisdom and understanding.

As we approach a time of the year set aside to honor Fathers, let us look to them for the strength they embody and thank them for all they do to secure our future generations. For those who have yet to understand and accept their responsibilities as a Father, let us pray that they will seek to grasp the joy of fatherhood. Oh! Teach us to live well! Let your servants see what you’re best at—the ways you rule your children. Let the loveliness of our Lord, our God rest on us, confirming the work we do (Psalms 90: 12-17).

THERE IS REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

GOD PROMISED REST FOR HIS PEOPLE:

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There remains therefore a rest for the people of God; for he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from his. (Hebrew 4: 9-10)

As you read and study the Word of God you see the word rest in the beginning of creation: the heavens and the earth and all the host of them were finished on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had done and he rested on the seventh day…then he blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all his work… (Genesis 2:2-3; NKJV).

For as long, then, as the promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. If we believe in faith we will experience that state of rest that God has prepared and promised his people.  Setting aside the things of this world that requires so much of your attention requires a process; refresh, reflect and release.

Refresh simply means setting aside time each day to commune spiritually while centered and focused on the plan and purpose that lives within you. Take time to meditate, pray, and listen to what the spirit has to say. While refreshing yourself; your thoughts and actions, are they beneficial to your growth? Are you able to understand the growth process according to your goals in life?

Reflect on the good life, that includes your loved ones, community, those known and unknown throughout the world. We are all on a journey that will leave many footprints in time and through the process it is well that the memories you acquire will always be those you chose to reflect upon from time to time.

Release brings you to a place in which you no longer desire to hold on to negative thoughts, influences and people who hinder your blessings. You are not in control of actions that God has not allowed; therefore, by holding on to the very thing you need to release, you create havoc and misery in your own life, so, Release! Scripture reminds you this way; stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1).

While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow for you and me  to assure each of us that there remains rest for the people of God.

THRUSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

HE CARRIED OUR PAIN:

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He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away; we looked down on him, thought he was scum. The fact is, it was our pains he carried, our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us…he took the punishment, and that made us whole, through his bruises we are healed.

We’re all like sheep that have wandered off and gotten lost, doing our own thing our own way; God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong on him.

He was beaten and tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was lead off—and did anyone really know what was happening? (Isaiah 53: 2-9; MGS)

It’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself for an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it…God’s plan will deeply prosper through him (verse 10).

As you consider the sacrifice that has been made to secure your freedom; be reminded of the significance of such a gift of love, because Jesus carried your pain all the way to the cross.

 

 

FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS

FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS TO ENDURE THE RACE:

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FAITH and TRUST IS: A perfected combination for Christian growth. The question is do you really trust God if not are you able to say why?  The following virtues should help in understanding just how much power lies within your physical body powered by the spiritual.

Endurance:

Endurance requires determination to follow the plan Jesus laid out for each of you before he departed this earthly realm. His care, compassion and concern were that each of you listen carefully and be obedient to his call on your life. Therefore, in this world you are encouraged to lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…consider him who endured hostility…lest you become weary and discouraged… (Hebrews 12: 1-7; NKJV).

Patience:

We all experience moments in life that patience is a virtue we must tap into. Patience usually brings you to that place you’ve discovered that life does not go according to “your” plans, but in all actuality according to the plan of God. It is here we become frustrated, impatient, and sometimes even angry due to lack of patience. What you must remember is that patience is what Jesus displayed in dealing with this world and those who challenged him, we are no different. When you are able to come to the mindset that godliness and contentment is great gain…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on to eternal life to which you are called… (1Timothy: 6:6-11). Therefore my friends, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience; but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete (James 1:2-4).

Humility:

Meekness, absence of self, overcoming pride, arrogance

When you become self –absorbed, you become blinded to the needs of others. What is most important in this Christian walk is that you must remember, it’s not about you, but about the lives you touch in such a way change is experienced. We are all a part of something greater than we are as mere humans, so grab hold of the source of power that leads you to heights you’ve never experienced. Take on the attitude of “love” for one another while understanding that the Holy Spirit is directing your every move, thought and action. There is no greater joy to reach for or to become a part of because the scriptures reminds you, that “greater is he that’s in you than he that is in the world.”

Strength:

Your strength to overcome, endure and run the race lies in your relationship with God who inspires hope through faith and grace. God is salvation, refuge, helper, and mighty in power for those who chose to follow his plan; all things come from him, we are his instruments and can live life in expectancy for a greater day. The Lord is my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27: 1-2)

When troubles come remember that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

He gives power to the weak, and those who have no might he increases strength. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isiah 40: 29-31)

Strengthen your brother (Luke 22:32)

Integrity:

Reading through scripture opens the mind to all avenues of this earthly life; therefore, you are encouraged to seek knowledge and understanding that will guide you to and through your purpose. Titus chapter 2 describes character and how to encourage as well as apply those principles to ones’ own life journey.  As for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine (Titus 2: 1; NKJV). First addressed: guide older men in virtues as temperance, dignity, wisdom, faith, love and endurance. They are in return to guide younger men to live discipline lives; build up their courage; discipline them if they get out of line; do this your- self and lead by example.

As for older women, they should be reverence, non-gossipers, nor drunkards but models pf goodness. They are to teach young women to love their husbands and children; be virtuous and pure; keep a good house and be good wives. The older women are to lead by example as well.

You may ask the question why?

Demonstrating how to turn their backs on a godless indulgent life and how to take on a God filled, God honoring life, for the glorious day when our great God and Savior Jesus Christ appear; he offered himself as a sacrifice to free you. Your have a hope in knowing that whatever comes you will experience growth that often come when least expected.

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TODAY IS A GIFT

TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE:

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Scripture reminds you that, the power of God…has saved us and called us with a holy calling, but not according to his own purpose and grace…revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immorality to light through the gospel…(2 Timothy 1: 9-10; NKLV). You must therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3).

We all begin each day in search of something because we have hopes and dreams; when we place all of our cares in the master’s hands we will be able to accomplish what is purposed. From the God who cares more than you can even begin to imagine, today is your gift, yesterday is past, tomorrow is a hope, but the moment you’re experiencing now is yours.

Sharing encouragement, spreading laughter and joy nourishes your own spirit and what you release to the universe comes back to you.

For this day, this moment in time, allow it to be well spent in acts of gratitude and thanksgiving because it is a gift.

As you journey, remember that the day is filled with possibilities, take time to explore those areas of life that encourages growth, strength, and courage, determined to fight the good fight of a soldier well trained in godly living and principles that are sure to bring you in line with all possibilities. TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE!

THURSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGMENT

 

GATHERING SOULS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Deciding to become a follower of Jesus requires self-evaluation, commitment and obedience. There are many today who seem to be less concerned with value of a relationship with the Lord; therefore, chose to seek their own way. Consider a blueprint and how it’s designed to produce a master piece, if there are any discrepancies in the plan it will not serve its desired purpose. Reaching out to the lost is a responsibility that’s not to be taken lightly without following the blue print laid out in the word of God.

In your quest of gathering souls for God’s Kingdom understand the process, and move forth. Scripture reminds you this way: How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? How can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? How can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?  (Romans 10: 14-17; MGS) as it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, which bring glad tidings of good things.”

Jesus went about the cities and villages, teaching…preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. When he saw the multitude he was moved with compassion because they were weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9: 35-38; NKJV)

Consider the world you share each day as children of God, as kingdom builders working to reach human experiences in every corner of the world. Now, take a look at the blueprint, is it sufficient to perfect God’s plan and purpose for which you are chosen? Do you share compassion as Jesus did when he was about his journey which was focused and purposed? God’s Spirit lives in you; therefore, you possess power for kingdom work—think about it

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GOD IS IN CONTROL

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INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGTH BUILDING:

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My friends know this one thing and have confidence that, God is in control and what he has set forth in your life no one can dismantle no matter how hard they may try. So nurture your inner spirit through calmness and being mindful. It is inner assurance that keeps you…holds you together when…and brings completion where complexities of life seem overwhelming.

God’s everlasting grace (favor) toward you is a gift of love and admiration for what he has created for his purpose. You are here to produce and show gratitude for that show of love because he cares about everything that connects you to him. Aim for perfection in bringing about unity within your family, community and the world. God’s light shine bright within you to display the inner beauty he has instilled from your beginning.

Darkness looms in the corridor of your soul waiting for the one opportunity to discover your weakest point. When you take your eye off God, you are subject to fall. Remember Peters’ walk on the water; be reminded of what happened when he took his eyes off Jesus. When Peter grew afraid and lost focus, he cried out “Master save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate, he reached down and grabbed his hand and said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:26-31) He patiently waits and encourages your heart as well.

For scripture reminds you of the plan of Satan, his intended purpose…therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5: 6-8; NKJV).

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGHT BUILDING; so, when life seems to bring chaos and confusion look to Jesus who is waiting to gently guide you through your purpose and to your planned destination. Grace and Peace!

GOD IS IN CONTROL

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGTH BUILDING:

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

My friends know this one thing and have confidence that, God is in control and what he has set forth in your life no one can dismantle no matter how hard they may try. So nurture your inner spirit through calmness and being mindful. It is inner assurance that keeps you…holds you together when…and brings completion where complexities of life seem overwhelming.

God’s everlasting grace (favor) toward you is a gift of love and admiration for what he has created for his purpose. You are here to produce and show gratitude for that show of love because he cares about everything that connects you to him. Aim for perfection in bringing about unity within your family, community and the world. God’s light shine bright within you to display the inner beauty he has instilled from your beginning.

Darkness looms in the corridor of your soul waiting for the one opportunity to discover your weakest point. When you take your eye off God, you are subject to fall. Remember Peters’ walk on the water; be reminded of what happened when he took his eyes off Jesus. When Peter grew afraid and lost focus, he cried out “Master save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate, he reached down and grabbed his hand and said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:26-31) He patiently waits and encourages your heart as well.

For scripture reminds you of the plan of Satan, his intended purpose…therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5: 6-8; NKJV).

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGHT BUILDING; so, when life seems to bring chaos and confusion look to Jesus who is waiting to gently guide you through your purpose and to your planned destination. Grace and Peace!

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY A TIME FOR THANKSGIVING

MEMORIAL DAY IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1; NKJV) A time of war and a time of peace (verse 8).

In remembrance of our arm forces, today is set aside to say we appreciate how you give of yourself unselfishly in your efforts to secure freedom and peace around the world. You accept your calling with dignity, courage and strength and move without hesitation when called. It is with utmost respect we say thank-you. We say thank you to your spouses, families and communities for sharing your gifts and talents in time of war and peace.

So we offer this prayer:

Most Holy and all wise God, we approach your throne (presence) with thanksgiving on the tip of our tongue and praise in our hearts. We know that war shatters many lives as our soldiers go into battle. We thank you for giving them courage and respect for the career which they have chosen in the name of freedom. Father we know that there are many battle scares to be dealt with, we ask that you touch each and every-one of them in a special way so that they’re able to live whole and productive lives. Give families strength and a sense of duty in time of need and encouragement. We pray that those whom have given their lives for the cause of freedom will always be remembered in the hearts and minds of our people.  This day set aside to pay respect is an honor and our way of saying thank you for the freedom we have because of so many sacrifices.

Amen, Amen.

As families gather, parades represent is grand stand, and the American Flag waves freely, let us lift up our eyes toward glory and thank God for being free. We are most thankful for all who have freely given of themselves with hearts of courage and sacrifice. Thank all of you for a job well done, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!DSCF8463

 

 

THURSDAY’S SCRIPTURE O SEE THAT THE LORD IS GREAT

THURSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGEMENT:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Oh, see that the Lord is great:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalms 90:1-2; NKJV).

O Lord, how great are your works! Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know, nor does a fool understand this (Psalm 92:5).

The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His works are honorable and glorious and his righteousness endures forever (Psalms 111:2-3).

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding has all those who do his commandments (111:10), his praise endures forever.

You alone are Lord; you have made heaven, the heavens with their entire host, the earth and everything in it…the host of heaven worships you (Nehemiah 9:6).

“I am Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelations 22:13)

Remember friends, God is who he says he is and he will see all things through to completion, in his own time and in his own way. May your day be blessed!!

 

BUILDING ON A SOLID FOUNDATION

RELYING ON GOD FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Life starts from some point and when you allow your soul to awaken to the living God you can breathe and taste true reality. Every human being comes forth with purpose and promise, which is the ability to envision goals and dreams. In order to live out your created purpose, you must be sure you’re building on a solid foundation. For the scriptures reminds you this way, for no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ…if anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward (1 Corinthians 3:11-14; NKJV).

Positive qualities in your life are there for a reason, to enhance growth. Before you can even begin to build on your foundation, you must seek God’s guidance over your life and change those qualities that are not pleasing in his sight. For the scriptures says, therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25).

A heart of forgiveness opens the door to understanding because your thoughts are not “bogged” down by hostility, anger, jealously, mistrust, envy and all other negative emotions.  Remember, Jesus was and remains an advocate for love, because he lives you share the same ability. Therefore be imitators of God…walk in love as Christ also has loved us and given himself for us… (Ephesians 5:1).

Pray that your soul (mind, memory and affection) will remain at a healthy place so that your communication with the Father will not be hindered. If you’re seeking worldly wisdom and understanding your foundation may be a bit “shaky.” God will keep you in perfect peace when your mind is centered on him; therefore, while you’re searching and looking for meaning in life, look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Study for understanding, knowledge and wisdom, and then learn the key to building on a solid foundation, because the answer can be found in God’s Word.

OVERCOMING LIFE’S MANY OBSTACLES

ANCHOR YOURSELF IN GOD’S PROMISE:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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BE AN OVERCOMER:

Don’t allow worry to be the choice for your life, the decisions you make and the goals you inspire to reach. For Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1; NKJV). With all of your passion, suffering and tears learn to release and trust God for all your needs.

BE AN OVERCOMER by developing faith and waiting on God. Make a decision to get to know him personally because he lives within you. While you’re aiming for perfection, set spiritual goals, see opportunity and then the obstacles. Become a faith warrior and decide that living as such brings you into the presence of God because you depend on him, he will supply you with all substances necessary for a life well lived.

BE AN OVERCOMER by not being careless, apathetic and indifferent; learn the meaning of living in a calm state. In choosing to do so you will make better decision and choices. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God (2Corinthians 3:5).

BE AN OVERCOMER and value yourself because God sees value in you; therefore, be diligent in service with a willingness to work for what you need. When you’re moving forth in your purpose, he has promised to supply what you need to accomplish your goals. You are encouraged to be anxious for nothing but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6). Again I say, God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory and by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Today if you find yourself struggling with situations that seems far reached remember this, worry will not change your situation. Determine to accept where you are and keep moving towards your goal because life is filled with possibilities, BE AN OVERCOMER.

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THURSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGMENT

BEING THANKFUL FOR THE LIFE YOU LIVE:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

God in his entire splendor gives us seasons to enjoy and embrace the bounty of love and beauty. We share fresh fragrance of spring flowers through the scent of a budding rose. Rain drops fall to cleanse the air and supply seedlings and roots needed nutrients for growth. What seemed dead and dominant a few months ago has fully sprung to life, the air is filled with sounds of wonder and growth—God’s gift. Amidst all of the uneventful changes, you should be encouraged and strengthened because God does just what he says he will do.

He sends the spring into the valleys: they flow among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field…he causes grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man that he may bring forth food from the earth…he appointed the moon for seasons, the sun knows it’s going down; you make darkness, and it is night…man goes out to his work and to his labor until evening. O Lord…in wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your possessions…these all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. Psalms 104: 1-35; NKJV)

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever (Psalms 106: 1).

 

 

OH YES MY REDEEMER LIVES

EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile (Psalm: 94:11; NKJV). Futile is described in the dictionary as incapable of producing any useful result: pointless. So why do you waver against the authority in which God relates to your circumstance through his word. There is no one or nothing else that can bring your attention in focus to where you are and where you want to be. By learning to trust God in all that you seek to gain, your goals, dreams, hopes, allow his presence to be your guide, for the Lord knows your thoughts and intentions.

God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts; nor are your ways my ways” (Isaiah: 55: 8), those words alone are enough to let you know that there comes a time in this life that you need to EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER. For he says, “I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to carved images.” (Isaiah 42: 8-9) Through- out the scriptures your hearts and spirits should be energized as you live in expectancy of greater things for your life yet to be revealed.

Become uplifted and inspired, start to EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER, this is good news. For he says, “New things I declare, before they spring forth, I will tell you of them. Fear not…you are mine (43:1), every one called by my name…created for my glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made him (43:7).”

Lift up your wandering minds and humble yourselves before the Lord, learn to trust him and be obedient to his word, for your life is one of intended purpose. God lets you know that, “I am the last, besides me there is no God.” (44:8). Jesus says, “Come to me…I will give you rest.” (Matthew: 11:28)            EMBRACE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER, it’s well worth the effort.

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