Inspiration Words Of Encouragement | The Bond Of Brothers

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 15-11-2010

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Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Scripture says there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. This friend is Jesus. When one considers the closeness of brothers, brothers biologically, brothers in combat, brothers in tragedy, a bond is realized that lasts for a lifetime. This is the bond that Jesus wants to have with each of us. He gave His life to do away with the separation between man and God, to close the chasm, if you will.

He brought us the dispensation of grace, the new covenant, and man never has to feel separated from God anymore. For His grace covers all our sin, past, present and future, and His love is eternal and unconditional. We only have to believe Him and receive Him into our hearts today and as we walk with him and fellowship with Him, faith leads us to our divine purpose and ultimately our heavenly home.

Dear friends-If you don’t know Jesus, I invite  you to take a moment right now and ask him into your heart. Let Him be the Lord of your life, give him first place in everything. You’ll begin a journey to last a lifetime that is full of life and love.

In His Love,

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Inspiration Words | Weeping May Endure For A Night

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 11-11-2010

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Darkness Before Dawn

Darkness Before Dawn

Psalm 30:5 – For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Dear Friends-It may not be this morning, or tomorrow morning, but the joy of the Lord will return to your  heart and your circumstances will turn around for your good if you continue to seek the Lord. Don’t give up and don’t turn back. You’ve come too far to drop out of the race now, continue to run for the prize. Too much of you has been invested in Him, and He has invested His Son in you. His hand is outstretched still. In His favor is life, and that more abundantly.

Scripture says in Psalms 29:8a – The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness. There will come a day when the sorrow will end. This wilderness experience has been only a season, even if perhaps a prolonged season, for soon the voice of the Lord will be heard in your ears and you will be able to praise Him with a song, though life is not always fair and as humans we struggle to understand really painful situations.

But there are times, beloved, when it hurts so deeply that trusting God is the only way to find life again. The 6th Psalm is a deeply touching Psalm, charged with emotion and a stirring passion for the Lord’s help in overwhelming circumstances. Psalm 6:2-7 – Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord,  how long? Return O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary of my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of mine enemies. We can relate to the human experience in this Psalm. We can identify with being weak, being in physical and emotional pain to the  point that we become weary of hearing ourselves groan and complain. And there are the tears, many,  many tears. Yes we cry out for mercy sometimes and the heavens seem silent. Sometimes this season is lonely and dark. The long, dark night of the soul seems to never cease, and the heart cries out to God for mercy, for help that can come only from Him. There can be such a turmoil going on inside and out, fightings and fears, cares and concerns, that it seems almost like a smothering sensation.  We can only glance toward the heavens and meekly ask, “How long, Lord, when will you come and rescue your child?” We even feel as if we might die in the very pit that has become our existence so we feel we must remind Him that the grave cannot praise Him, in case He somehow forgot that?

How often have you found yourselves in that very predicament. You see we’d like to think that once we come to Christ, once we ask Jesus into our hearts and choose to live for Him, that life will somehow be mountaintop experiences from that day forward. Friends, I can only speak from my own personal experience when I tell you it is not a mountaintop experience all the way, but when He takes you to the mountaintop there’s nothing else like it in the world. But choosing between living life with God or living life without God, I’d rather have God by my side every step of the way. For once the weeping has ended and His joy comes in the morning, there is no experience that compares to that. The more life hurts, the more I’ve learned to lean on Him and trust Him. In the face of failure I submit all the more and allow Him to get the glory, allow Him to use for good what the enemy meant for evil. When pain and rejection become more than I can bear I am reminded of Jesus, and what He suffered so man wouldn’t have to. For scripture says in Isaiah 53:3-6 – He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. What a beautiful Savior!

Scripture says in Psalm 5:12 – For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield (or crown him). If you have asked Jesus into your heart and made Him the Lord of your life, then you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. This scripture is speaking words of healing and encouragement to  you. The journey may seem long but He is with you all the way. When you can no longer walk, He will lovingly carry you. When  you can no longer speak, can no longer find words to even pray, He knows your heart and holds you that much closer. For scripture says in Isaiah 54:10-11 – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. To feel afflicted with no comfort, tossed like the waves of the sea, behold, your foundation is being laid with sapphires. That’s reason to celebrate!

So in the most painful times of life, think of Jesus and what He did for us because He loves us unconditionally and eternally. I can’t understand it sometimes, such a great love and willing sacrifice. Surely this is mercy and grace in its most basic and purest form. One can’t dress it up. The cross experience was ugly. Yet His sacrifice for us is just that, the Supreme Sacrifice. One can’t try to do good works, maybe to tip the scales in their favor once in a while. Nope, the gift is free, we have only to receive it. Believe it and receive it, it’s a life-changing decision.

So no matter what you are facing today, take it to the Lord, cast the care of it onto Him, and know that because of His mercy on you His kindness will not leave you and His peace shall not be removed. They’re yours if you can only believe. Life will throw curves on a good day, it will get really ugly and painful on a bad day, and the bottom may drop out, but underneath are the Everlasting Arms. Trust them today and find healing for your soul. Scripture says in Psalms 29:11- The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. I pray He blesses each of you this day.

In His Love,

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Inspiration Words Of Encouragement | The Meaning of Friendship

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 02-11-2010

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Colors Of Friendship

 

THANKS FOR MAKING US FRIENDS

Among all the colors that stretch from sea to sea,

I find my friend sitting somewhere between blue and green.

Her heart is full of passion of the likes you’ve never seen.

Her laughter is contagious and her smile a mystery.

She doesn’t understand how beautiful her touch.

I wonder if she knows she is loved so much.

 She doesn’t really see all the colors she paints for me,

 but that just makes her more precious… you see.

 On the canvas of her life she splashes her many shades,

like a hug around your shoulders or a whisper of grace.

What a wonderful heart, I’ll hold to the end.

What a talented artist… my friend.

Thank you for making us friends Lynda- By Jon Freeman

Dear Friends-I want to give credit to Jon Freeman, a facebook friend, who sent me this beautiful poem and it is with his permission that I now share it with you. To me it is a beautiful allegory of how God sees us, all bright and beautiful, full of God-given talents. The many colors of His love we passionately share with others.

We strive daily to be the best we can, usually finding fault with ourselves, feeling as if perhaps we failed in some way. But this poem relates to me, just as if the Lord were sitting in my presence speaking one on one to me, that we have no idea the good we bring to others lives when we are submitted to Christ. We usually never know unless someone like Jon comes along to open our eyes to see the beauty that is Christ in us.

To me, this is true and Godly friendship. We never know when something we say is going to encourage someone in their daily lives to hang on. We seldom have advance warning in emergent situations as to what we shall say or what we shall do. But friend to friend this is not a struggle, not even a consideration. For friends that are true friends, aren’t spending a lot of time worrying if they might offend us or drop the ball in some way when we feel they’re needed most. True friends are just that. They are free to be themselves and we love them for it. They speak the truth to us and we applaud them. They show us the error of our ways without crushing our spirit, and they stand with us when the bottom drops out of our lives, or just sit and cry with us, never condemning, never judging, just faithfully there and willingly loving till the storm passes over.

This type of friendship is rare today but a treasure when you find it. Iyanla Vanzant in her book “Until Today”, and I paraphrase, speaks of the unconscious efforts we make to avoid compliments from people in an effort to remain humble. But in essence we are negating all the beautiful things God is trying to tell us about ourselves and our lives. We must not run from this very good and pleasant gift but accept it graciously. It is one of God’s ways of speaking His love to us, why would we not just open our arms wide and ask Him to fill them up and send the more. There’s an infinite supply from His throne of grace, and His arm is never shortened that He can’t help us.

In His Love,

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Inspiration Words Of Encouragement | Even The Angels Must Wait

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 02-11-2010

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Wait On The Lord
Daniel 10:12-13 – Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer…but for 21 days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way.
 
EVEN THE ANGELS ARE HINDERED AND MUST WAIT AT TIMES.

Dear Friends – This scripture is such a beautiful reminder that when God seems to be delayed in coming to us in our time of need, or when we have done all we know to do and still no response, the seeming silence in the heavens could be due to the angels being hindered, held up in some way in bringing God’s answer to our hearts. We humble ourselves and pray for wisdom and understanding, but it’s easy to think we might have come to God in our time of great need and somehow asked amiss anyway. It’s easy to blame ourselves for a lack of patience perhaps, or maybe just a selfish request, when we gaze into the heavens and they seem cold and dark, enveloped in a strange silence our hearts can not even receive at first. At this point, one can bolt and run, or one can choose to stay with God knowing they’re in the best of hands, the safest place they could ever be, and realize that it is a journey to give God all the glory and share the testimony we receive in the end with a lost and hurting world.

Beloved, I have devoted myself to trusting God through it all. I have learned that delay is not always denial, and should it be denial it is always wonderfully good for us. It seems awkward now to say that a firm “no” from my God ends with praises on my lips thanking Him and giving Him the glory for His protection over me, His involvement in every aspect of my life. For the denials have taught me the difference between needs and wants. The denials have taught me that even the most sincere prayers can be selfish or looking for a quick fix out of a painful situation while looking at a failure head on. Ultimately in the silence, and through a dogged determination to seek God and His way no matter how much it hurt, I grew to love Him and depend on Him even more. I have learned to be patient in the delays knowing His way will always serve me best. And His way will also serve others best. For our dear Savior looks at our whole picture, those whose lives we have major influence over, and those whose lives we may not have even touched yet but soon will. He considers things I can’t even fathom, to the good will of all.

Yes, I have chosen to trust when it would be easier to skip the whole thing, just up and run the other way to escape the pressure and pain. But, I can’t find words to tell you how sweet it is to stay in the refiner’s fire until all the old dross, all the garbage and excess baggage we carry around with us, is burned away. We come out without even the smell of smoke, and we come out full of zest for life, full of passion to serve Him, and a love and compassion for the hurts and needs of others we might have otherwise never realized.

So fret not if the heavens seem silent to you at times. Don’t fall into worry and doubt if you’re waiting on God and He hasn’t showed up yet. Let the above scripture be an encouragement to you that your angels could be held up in the heavens as they are bringing God’s answer to you. And remember that God never leaves us or forsakes us. He is always only a prayer away. He hears the cries of our hearts but if we want to be a tree of life planted by those living waters we must submit our will and our way to His will and His way. Nothing else will keep us planted in Jesus but a blind faith and total trust in good times or bad.

 This total commitment then becomes your resting place in the Lord. Total commitment takes the pressure off. We don’t have to be so concerned about every decision we make, every stumbling block or hurdle we may otherwise struggle with. Give your life to Christ this day and begin a rest for your souls. The joy of the Lord will be your strength and His joy is full and lasting. His Word says, “whosoever will, may come”. Such great love, full of mercy and grace, is  only found in Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. May He bless you with His presence this day as you begin to seek Him with all of your heart. And may I tell you that if you have been praying earnestly about a matter, if you have been struggling under a load of care seeking God’s answer, the answers will come, and when they do your circumstances will catch up with your faith. The dark night of the soul you’ve been going through was just a season and don’t let anyone talk you out of your blessing. God will be faithful to you.

In His Love,

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Words of Encouragement | Heaven’s Reunion Poem

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 01-11-2010

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God’s Light Of Life

Isaiah 26:19 – Yet we have this assurance: Those who belong to God will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For God’s light of life will fall like dew….

Heaven’s Reunion

When loved ones die there’s so much pain.

Tears cloud the eyes and fall like rain.

You rise each day to greet the sun…

But only sorrow and missing one

You’ve held so close and loved so pure,

And wonder how long you’ll endure.

Your heart’s aware they’re safe with God

As through this life alone you trod.

But memories now are bitter sweet –

You cling to them, for comfort seek.

But tarry not in suffering long.

You’ll meet again with heaven’s throng.

Tenderly you’ll touch the heart

Of one so soon you’ve had to part.

And warm embraces will replace

The loneliness you’ve had to face.

Those tears of joy will freely flow

And once again your heart will know

The love complete you’ve so longed for.

No pain of separation anymore.

Just love and joy for endless days,

With angel choirs in endless praise.

Dear Friends – May these words of encouragement bless your heart today. May these words of inspiration relate to you that you are not alone in your time of sorrow. Accept the love and fellowship of family, friends, and loved ones. And may the God of all comfort comfort your heart this day and give you peace.

In His Love,

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