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Weekly Word- J

So, I (again) missed the last two weeks as things got busy and then I traveled home for family circumstances.  I’ll get us caught up over the next few weeks (expect 2 “Weekly Words” for the next two week).

All that said, it seems like for the past couple of weeks, I’ve mentioned how overwhelming the state of our country and our world can be (especially with our 24 hour news cycle and our level of connectivity through the internet and social media).  The more I hear (and continue to hear) of change upon change, whether it’s weather conditions or within our government, the more I appreciate consistency.  That said, this week’s verse is a reminder of that:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

While everything around me may be in transition, I can rest in the fact that Jesus is not.  He is the same–his promises are true, and He is faithful to do what fulfill that which He has promised.

In some circles, one might have you to believe that faith in God and His ability to cause things to act and move on your behalf makes you weak.  I believe that true faith is requires strength.  You have to be strong to believe beyond what you can see, knowing that God can (and will) move on your behalf while others may doubt.

As the old hymn would say, “On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand…” While it may be tough, I’m grateful for Christ and his faithfulness; his renewed mercies, and his consistent love towards me despite my inconsistencies.

Until next time…

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!

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Weekly Word- I

Happy Wednesday! Over the past week, I was able to scale back some of my news intake and spend more purposeful time with my family; which helped me to focus more on the joy near me, as opposed to the chaos out in the world. This week, I’m continuing with a memory verse that I find to be encouraging, despite everything that is happening in our world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

When I consider the state of this world, I can absolutely see (and sometimes feel) the trouble.  I need to spend more time focused on the promises of Jesus and the fact that He has already overcome the world.  It’s encouraging to know that through Him, I already have victory!

Reflecting on this verse for this week, also reminded me of this song.  These lyrics stood out for me:

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are, then every doubt I feel deep in my heart grows strangely dim. All my worries fade and fall to the ground, ’cause when I seek Your face and don’t look around any place I’m in grows strangely dim…

I’m challenging myself to focus more on His promises and His victory in this week as I reflect on this verse.

Until next time…

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word- H

There’s a lot going on in our world. I’m a self-proclaimed news junkie (I like being informed), but lately, I find myself overwhelmed with everything that I see and hear and feeling a little on edge.  This week, there’s a two for one with the weekly word, as I found that I needed more than just one verse to calm my spirit and rest in my soul.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

As I wrestle with everything that is happening, it is important for me to be able to trust the word of God and hold on to what I’m believing for this year.  Not only that, I need to remember that God keeps His promises; so beyond what I can see right now, He is at work to bring those things to fruition.

When I started this year, I made a promise to myself that I would be fearless; that I would move forward with bold confidence. It is important for me to take hold of the command issued by God  to be strong and courageous with the reminder that God is with me wherever I go.  I need to rest in the fact that there is no need to fear because I am never alone.  Ironically enough, when I try to operate in my own strength is when I find that I am most afraid.

Until next time…

Be encouraged!  Peace and Blessings!


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Weekly Word- G

Happy Wednesday!  On this Valentine’s Day, as we think about love and the essence of it, I’m often reminded that love, when demonstrated well, allows us to be our whole selves and lets us feel safe.  With that thought, this week’s verse is:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

The love of God is one that is compelling, but also one that is safe. We can truly find comfort and rest in Him, and in our weakness, He equips us with strength. I love that I can never escape the presence of God- whether it’s in times of trouble or times of joy.

I think we often utilize God has our place of refuge in times of trouble; however, I’d push us to think of using Him as a place of refuge even in absence of trouble.  We don’t have to be in trouble to “hunker down” and really spend time with God.  And it might just be that time spent “hunkering down” that helps to circumvent trouble.  I’m truly grateful that I don’t have to be in trouble to seek God or to experience His peace, help, or strength.

Until next time…

Be encouraged. Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word(s)- D, E, F

Soooooo…I totally wasn’t expecting to get behind so early in the year! It’s true though, we set resolutions and goals, and usually by February, we’re off the wagon and on to something else.  I had a week of travel, followed by being back home and trying to get caught up with life after a week of travel (#firstthingsfirst), and so I missed a few weeks.  But we’re back!  And that’s what’s most important.  Also, shout out to my cousin and my mom with gentle nudges for accountability!  But without further adieu, here’s the THREE verses that I’m focused on:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. – Isaiah 40:28

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

I get really excited when I think of these verses, because it reminds me of God’s power to work on our behalf, and that which He places in us through the Holy Spirit.  My gifts and talents should be used in service of others, giving me the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those I encounter.  And while I may face things that are challenging, I have no reason to fear, because His spirit in me is one of power, love, and a sound mind (in other translations, self-discipline).

We’re at the point in the year where it’s easy to fall back into old habits as opposed to the new goals and resolutions that we had just a month ago.  I believe that if we truly lean in to God and His word, we will see the outcomes that we’re believing for this year.

Until next time…

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!

 


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Weekly Word- C

This week there’s a two for one with verses, because I really wrestled with which one spoke most to my heart and which one I wanted to hold on to.  Truthfully, I need to hold on to both, and since that’s the case, that’s what we have:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Far too often, I find myself trying to hold on to things that are beyond my control, when what I really need to do is bring it to the Lord.  When I truly trust that He cares for me, it is easy to bring my burdens to Him and rest in His love and promises.

Until next time…

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!


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Weekly Word- B

Happy Wednesday! As I shared last week, I’m trying a new way to memorize scripture this year by finding a verse each week that starts with a different letter of the alphabet.  With 52 weeks in a year, I should go through the alphabet twice; and my hope is that this will challenge me to grow in my knowledge of God’s word (as opposed to relying on the same scriptures all the time.  Here’s the word for this week:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. –Ephesians 4:32

When we recall the grace and mercy that God has so freely extended to us, and the magnitude of his forgiveness of our sins, we should be willing to extend that same forgiveness to others.

To be clear, forgiveness is difficult and messy. Forgiveness is a process.  Forgiveness does not mean that we excuse someone’s behavior, but it does mean that we stop holding grudges, and we actively pursue God’s healing so that we (and they) can be made whole.

In order to get where God is calling us, there are things that we must leave behind. Who do you need to forgive so that you can truly move forward?  I’m praying that in 2018, your heart won’t be burdened by previous hurts and wrongs, and that God’s strength and power will enable you to forgive and move forward.

Until next time…

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word- A

In the past, I’ve tried a couple of different methods to encourage myself to memorize scripture and really take hold of what the Bible says.  This past year, I saw that one of my Facebook friends does a weekly bible verse with her family based on alphabet- each week they memorize a verse that starts with a certain letter of the alphabet.  It seemed to work well, and I liked that it could encourage me to find/identify verses beyond the ones that I already know well.  That said, I’ll be trying that method this year, and posting here on Wednesdays for accountability (so y’all hold me accountable!).

This week’s letter is A, and our verse is from Matthew 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

I love this as a reminder for starting the new year.  Friends, what are you asking God for this year? What are you seeking? Where are you knocking? I pray that in your asking, seeking, and knocking; you are led by God down a path that leads you closer to His purpose for your life.

Until next time…

Peace and blessings.


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 11: Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Preacherman and I have been enjoying a wonderful Spring Break week with our little one.  And as usual, the time that we spend with her is going by entirely too fast.  It seems like there are never enough moments being shared, not quite enough memories being made, not enough pictures to hold us over until the next visit.  We view each of these times that we share with our little one as an opportunity to continue to pour into her, pray over her, and continue the process of molding and shaping her- just in person.  She is such a blessing to our lives.

Our time with her has inspired this verse for this week:

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” –Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT)

While raising a child is a huge responsibility, I’m grateful for the Lord’s wisdom and love to guide us on this journey.

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 10: Isaiah 32:17

I wish that I could say that every time someone has done me wrong, I have responded appropriately.  I haven’t.  And even now, years into being saved and growing in Christ, there are times where I WISH I could just respond to people “any kind of way”.  Preacherman is excellent about not being driven by his emotions, and he takes great care to make sure that he not only responds appropriately to situations and circumstances, but that his response is one that not only glorifies God, but also one that displays righteousness (being in right standing with God).

What I have learned is that I’m not accountable for how other people treat me, but I am accountable for how I treat them; which is why my response to situations is paramount. As I was praying about a situation that really challenged me this week, I kept hearing in my spirit something that I heard a fellow ministers’ wife say before: “the reward for righteousness is peace”.  That thought leads me to this week’s memory verse:

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.” –Isaiah 32:17 (Amplified)

When I reflect on this verse, I realize that I’d rather have the peace that comes with handling situations in a Godly way, than to have to worry about the effects and negative consequences for responding out of my flesh.  Furthermore, doing so can allow others to build confidence and trust in me, which is needed if we want to reach people for God.  If people can’t trust in me, how can they trust that what I say about God and who He is is real?

Things to ponder.

Be encouraged!  Peace and Blessings!