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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

 

 

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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

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

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.

THURSDAY SCRIPTURES PREPARING HEARTS AND MINDS FOR MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

THURSDAY SCRIPTURES PREPARING HEARTS AND MINDS FOR MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Yes CHILDREN OF GOD, Mother’s Day is upon us, but in actuality Mother’s Day Celebration should be for us an everyday celebration. However, the world has set aside this Sunday as an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate our Mothers, therefore let us begin this day by preparing our HEARTS AND MINDS FOR MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION.

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do; and don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems they’re strong on opinions but weak in faith. Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is.

So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.

Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your belief and behavior are coherent; if you’re not sure, if you notice that you’re acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

Eventually we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God, read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” Romans: 14: 1-23 (MGS)

 

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