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Relationship Strategies (Overcoming Despair)

 SHATTERED BUT NOT BEYOND REPAIR

SHATTERED BUT NOT BEYOND REPAIR (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

SHATTERED BUT NOT BEYOND REPAIR (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES   

How often do you find your-self moving from place to place, person to person looking for love; love that always seem to be just beyond your reach?  Sometimes we allow our hearts and spirit to become “play toys” in the hands of those who take pleasure in wounding and maiming others, we then find ourselves Shattered but not beyond repair. When we find ourselves hurting, disappointed and even lost, we must not allow despair to become a controlling factor in our lives. The One we need is there to catch and cushion the fall; we are gently loved and cared for.   Maybe the very circumstance you’ve just came from is a lesson learned to get you to where He has purposed you to be; you may be shattered, but not beyond repair.

If you are looking for someone else to carry your burdens in a relationship, and things don’t exactly work out as planned, you may find yourself Shattered but not beyond Repair. Remember that whatever you are going through; Jesus has said, he would never leave nor forsake you. What you must decide to do is look beyond your present circumstance, focus on where God wants to take you, lift your head high and with determination follow the path he has designed for your life, hold him close to your heart, for you are never alone.

When we awake each day with great anticipation of what the day will bring; it is not a time to allow dread and feelings of defeat to become the major player in the process. We are in a position to take our shattered lives, and place them in the hands of the Master Potter. He carefully planned our existence; therefore, when we find ourselves in a state of confusion and chaos, shattered but not beyond Repair; remember, He is able to mend the broken pieces.

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble (Psalm 20:1 KJV), may he grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose (4); may he fulfill all your petitions (5). When you find yourself is a state of “shattered but not beyond repair” may you find safety within the arms of the Lord, where all your needs will be administered in LOVE.  

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We pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul and that you will use it and bless someone else this day as it is purposed.  Click on the link below and visit our home page for some additional studies.  You can also click on our Categories Section and stroll down to Relationships and read all our Relationship Strategies.

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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (You can make it if you try)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY

Trials and tribulations are truly a part of our daily lives.  How we deal with them in each moment of the day defines our strength and weakness, which helps us to overcome and continue to push forward, or knocks us down, makes us feel weak and sometimes in capable of getting up and moving forward.  The devil knows our every weakness and has no regard for our strengths.  He does not like strong soldiers on the battlefield, therefore, he will do everything in his powers to knock you out of the battle early in the fight.

But know this; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”  The Lord has prepared you for moments such as this.  He has equipped you with all the necessary tools to fight this battle and win.  The most important thing we can encourage you to do this day as the devil throws everything in the kitchen sink at you is to: A.  Stay focus and keep your eyes of the prize, B. Be strong in your resolve, C. Be courageous in your forward movement D. Never give up and never give in, because; “YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY!”

On this Monday Morning the Lord, your God wants you to be Encouraged in His Word, be not dismayed and Fear Not as His Words speaks volumes of truth to power in this powerful passage of scripture which says, “I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.  I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. (Isaiah 41:10 MSG)

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Sunday Worship Service 131 (Fruit Bearers)

CHURCH WELCOME MESSAGE 01

Good Morning Children of God, if it is Sunday, it is time to rise up, stand up, look around, lift your Holy Hands towards the Heavens, and say out loud, “Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus, you brought me through another difficult week, where I had to face many temptations, trials and tribulations.  I can truly say, I have come this far by faith, leaning and depending on you.  I know it was nothing but grace.  It was your grace that picked me up when I was falling down, stumbling all around, and could not find my way out of darkness.  Satan had come and stolen my joy, I had lost all hope of ever being able to turn my life around, but I kept hearing that voice saying, “You can make it, if you try.”  You can make it, I know you can!  I lifted my head up and looked all around, and said, “Thank you Jesus, I can do this!  This is a brand new day, and as far as me and my family is concern, we are going to serve you, praise you, and worship you Lord, praise you in every way, every day, with everything in my soul, I will praise you this day and for the rest of the days of my life. Because Praise is who I am, Praise is who we all are, we are your Children, and we have gather together to Praise and Worship you like no other time.  Thank you Jesus for allowing this Worship Service to begin…

Shout and be filled with Joy (by Pastor Davis)

Shout and be filled with Joy (by Pastor Davis)

LET US PRAY:  Eternal God, our Heavenly Father; we enter into your presents on another Sunday Morning with a song of praise in our hearts and prayer on our lips.  We humble ourselves before you today just to say thank you.  For our souls are blessed this day for so many wonderful reason, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be able to express our heartfelt love for our brothers and sisters all over the world, many of them who do not yet know you.  But Father we are reaching out this day to those that are in need of a blessing, that our prayers for them will open doors that will allow them to walk in and rest comfortably in your tender,  loving arms of mercy.  In Jesus name, we pray, AMEN!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Pastor Davis delivers today’s Bible Study Lesson via video pod cast; the lesson is title:  “CALLED TO BE FRUIT BEARERS.”  Please click on this video and let today’s Bible Study begin.

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to,“BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

OUR CLOSING PRAYER:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,  to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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Forgiveness Friday (Forgiveness Calms the Spirit)

DO YOU HAVE A CALM SPIRIT?

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is good for the soul, body and mind.  When we learn the art of forgiveness, we learn a truly good thing, and the very first thing we will notice, is the calmness of our spirit, and how peaceful all things become in our lives.  Jesus taught us the art of forgiveness, now let us study this lesson and learn from the Master himself.

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In Luke 7:47-50 Jesus spoke these word, “Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.

If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Now learn the art of Forgiveness and you will experience the joy of real peace unlike anything you have ever experience before in your life.  We leave you with our peace that your soul will be blessed with everlasting joy in the name of Jesus.  Amen!

Thursday Scripture of Encouragement (Wise Parenting)

PROVERBS GUIDE FOR WISE PARENTING:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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.

What are your views on parenting in these trouble times?

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Wednesday Inspirational and Motivational Service (You are the Universe)

TODAY’S MIND REALITY THOUGHT:

MIND REALITY THOUGHTS

You are the Universe and the Universe is living through you…We might think that we are doing our own thing when we try to walk a different path that the universe wants us to walk. But we are not really doing what our true selves wants to do. It is because the universe is not something outside of us telling us what to do. The universe is us!

THE UNIVERSE IS LIVING THROUGH YOU

Good Morning my brothers and sisters, it is Wednesday Morning the middle of our brand new week, a moment and time for us to be inspired and motivated while allowing our thoughts to grow as we prosper and come into the full understanding of who God is, who we really are and who we are in God as we live in this physical world and allow our thoughts to reside in the spiritual ream of the Universe.

Now listen to what Jesus told us and be enlightened, He said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.”  (John 15:5 MSG)

MAN AND THE UNIVERSE

MAN AND THE UNIVERSE

Therefore, let us understand that the universe is one gigantic being and we are all parts of the same being. The universe is living and expressing itself through all parts of itself. We were created as part of the universal work that is in operation. Therefore the work that we came to do is not our own but the work of the universe. Everything we need to experience a life full of joy, fulfillment and abundance is present when we walk the path that the universe has for us. It is only when we walk our own path that we experience lack, frustration and fear.

We might think that we are doing our own thing when we try to walk a different path

THE UNIVERSE IS LIVING INSIDE OF US

THE UNIVERSE IS LIVING INSIDE OF US

that the universe wants us to walk. But we are not really doing what our true selves wants to do. It is because the universe is not something outside of us telling us what to do. The universe is us! The universe is your true self. You are bigger than you may realize. In the larger scheme of things, you are just a portion of the bigger you which is the universe, and you are here to do what the total you has purposed for you to do.

You and the universe are one, and when you know that, you will understand the true meaning of what it means to be in divine harmony with all that is. Everything you do has an effect on everything else that exists. There is never one thought or action of yours that is insignificant no matter how small it is. Think of your thoughts and actions as the thoughts and actions of the universe itself. Every single thought and action you make affects the whole universal you. You will never again think small about yourself.

The universe is unlimited and infinite. When you know that you are the universe, you will know that your true nature is unlimited and infinite. We only experience limitation and lack when we separate ourselves from ourselves. A branch that is cut off from the vine loses its source of supply and therefore it withers and dies. Since the universe is abundant and unlimited, all we have to do is to go with the flow and we will experience the joy of being provided in every moment and transcending limitations that we face.

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Relationship Strategies (Overcoming Relationship Fears)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

FEAR NOT (By Pastor Davis)

ARE YOU CAPABLE OF OVERCOMING YOUR RELATIONSHIP FEARS?

At some stage in your relationship,  fear in one form or another is likely to surface  and undermine your happiness.  Therefore, I ask you this simple question, “Are you capable of overcoming your relationship fears?”

Now Let us begin this discussion by taking a look at some of the most common types of fears that occur in our relationships and consider some possible ways in which to help you overcome them.  First lets watch this short video by Minister Terri as she speaks truth to power on this subject of fear. The title of her message is, “fear not, for there is nothing to fear.”  At the conclusion of Minister Terri’s message, please continue to read the rest of the story and then at the bottom of the page take a moment and post your own thoughts on how you have been able to overcome your relationship fears.

 

 

Recent studies have found that the most prevalent relationship fear is the fear of being rejected by or losing your partner.  When it first dawns upon you that you are deeply in love with a person and find them irresistible, it is difficult not to assume that everyone else must feel the same way about them too.  Therefore, your emotions of fears begins to rise and your thoughts tell you that “someone better” will entice them away from you.  Or, when you are about to make a commitment – say, when you are on the verge of deciding to live together, or you have decided to ask that person to marry you,  you fear that cementing the relationship in this way will somehow make your partner feel tied down and scare them off.  Or, when your relationship has stood the test of time and you feel happy and settled, you might one day suddenly be afraid that your loved one might just decide to walk away from the relationship.   Perhaps you might start thinking, what if that person becomes ill and suddenly dies?  Of course death is something that we all are going to experience at some point in time.

Take a moment now to reflect on your relationship fears, and write down your five worst fears.  Now, taking each of these in turn, ask yourself these questions: what would I do if this happen?  Who would be sympathetic?  How would life be a month later?  A year later?  Through these questions you are facing up to your worst fears; and by making contingency plans in case any of these fears is actually realized, you are taking away much of their power over you.

Remember, your fears are what keeps you stuck in yesterday’s situation.  It is hard for your relationship to grow and prosper when you are constantly thinking of your worst fears manifesting themselves into reality.

Another common relationship problem (almost the opposite of fear of loss) is fear of
commitment.  This can arise from a bad experience in a previous relationship, whether as a child with a domineering parent, or as an adult with a previous, overly possessive partner.  It may also stem from low self-esteem you believe that you don’t deserve to be loved.  The way to deal with this type ofcommitment fear is to probe through your past, try to pinpoint the cause and, again, face the fear. This can take courage, but it is well worth it, because once you can accept whatever happened in your past and move on, you will be free to be truly present in your relationship.  There is a third cause of commitmentfear—that, deep down, you think you might have made the wrong choice in partner.  If this is truly the case, you owe it both to yourself and to your partner to be honest, to admit your doubts and to walk away from the relationship.

A forth type of fear is trust.  Do you truly trust the person that you are with to do right by you now and in the end?  Is this person truly a person of their word?  Are they always honest with you are do they say one thing today and do another tomorrow, are still perhaps they give today and take back tomorrow?  When the chips are down and the future looks dim and all the opportunities are very slim, can you trust this person to stand with you are will they run back to their family?  These fears are real and you must face them now, and face them by confronting the truth in the reality of knowing that this person is the one person that you can truly trust to stand by your side when everyone else and everything else is against you.

A further type of fear that requires consideration is the fear of violence (not just physical abuse, but alsoverbal abuse as well, such as threatening behavior and shouting).  If you feel that your partner has a problem with violence, take a firm stand.  Demand that they take a course in anger management or undergo counseling to learn to control themselves.  If they do not agree to seek help, it might be best to leave the relationship until they do.  Love cannot survive in an
atmosphere of fear.

MY MAXAMIZE PRAYER: Father I thank you for allowing me to be in your presents this morning. I realize that I have fallen short of your glory, and I have done many things that were not always pleasing in your sight. But today father, I seek your forgiveness, and ask you for
strength to overcome the obstacles that are keeping my relationships from blousing into full bloom. Give me the wisdom to understand, the power to overcome, and the peace to enjoy all that is in front of me.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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