Posts tagged ‘Christ’

JOY ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

THE KEYS TO JOY IN LIFE:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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).

THERE IS REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

GOD PROMISED REST FOR HIS PEOPLE:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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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PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

 

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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