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REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS

REMEMBERING GODS EXPECTATIONS:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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).

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