Words Of Inspiration | Truly Blessed

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 20-06-2011

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Jesus’ Love

 

Psalms 18:46 – The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

TRULY BLESSED

Let My Light flood darkened mind.

In My Love release you’ll find.

Let My touch heal brokenness,

patiently with gentleness.

Rise above the sin and strife.

Feel the new abundant life.

Dream the biggest dreams you dare,

and find I’m always, ever there.

Soar with Me to heights unknown

and step out of your comfort zone.

Let faith surround your inmost heart

and know the joy True Love imparts.

A Rock in times of unsure steps

awaits your call in turmoil’s depths.

A Fortress tall where you can run

and find a shelter from the storm.

Yes, dear child, I’m all of these.

I hear your every desperate plea.

In this one thing you can be sure,

My Love for you will most endure;

My Love for you outshines the rest,

and in My Love you’re truly blessed.

 

In His Love,

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Words of Inspiration | Beauty For Ashes

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 20-06-2011

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Beauty Fair

Isaiah 61:3 – To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. 

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

I will take the ashes turn them into beauty fair.I will take your hurting soul and heal it with My care.I will take the weariness from trudging uphill milesand turn it into restfulness with strength for every trial.I will take the saddened face and tears that flow like rainand paint a smile with joyous stroke, in Love allay the pain.I will take confusion’s grasp, put wisdom in its stead,and I will set you free from fear, anxiety and dread.New paths I’ll lead you on and doors I’ll open just for youthat you may know I am the Lord of all you seek to do.I’ll hold your hand, if you’ll allow, if you’ll believe in me.I’ll always walk close by your side, now and eternally.You’ll never have to be alone, we’ll fellowship in prayer.Yes, I, the Lord, have spoken and will keep you in My care.For I’m your Savior, Jesus, and I died that you might live.Call on me in faith and I will all your sins forgive.Your life will be like flakes of snow, no stain or spot to see,For I will cleanse you inside out if you’ll believe in Me.

In His Love,

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Words of Inspiration | Lead Me to the Rock

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 03-04-2011

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“He Is Not Here, He Is Risen”

 

EARTHQUAKE VS HEARTQUAKE

by Coleman Collins on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 12:02pm

The world watched Japan confoundedly

As the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck

Caused by sudden energy release in the earth’s crust

Creating seismic waves from the hypocenter

It was not just the earthquake that caused problems

But its rippled effects, triggering Tsunami

The unstoppable waves roared into the towns

Damaging EVERYTHING along its path

It triggered yet, another evil

The exposure of harmful radiation

More dangerous because it’s invisible

Yet heavy doses have lethal effect

I set my mind to consider another type of quake

Just as destructive as the earthquake

I call it HEART-QUAKE

What a coincidental synonym!

Major events often happen to us

Causing our hearts to ‘quake’

Rippled effects of this quake may occur

Adversely affecting every sphere of our life

 Dear Friend,

 Loss of a dear one, failure in business/exams, disappointments from trusted friends, job loss or financial distress can often make our hearts to quake. It can be very devastating OR it can be a blessing (if viewed with a telescope of faith).

Just as the inhabitants of Kamaishi in Japan ran to higher ground elevations when the 10 meters high waves of Tsunami flooded the town, as believers, there’s a similar advice from the scriptures as a rescue from HEART-QUAKE

Psalms 61:2 – ‘From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my HEART is overwhelmed and fainting; Lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I.’

Grace and Peace

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The above article was written by Coleman Collins. He is a truly anointed brother in Christ and I wanted to include his article on this blog as I felt it was so powerful. The recent earthquake in Japan has had a lasting impact on people around the world, not just those in Japan, but worldwide, and has brought literally millions to their knees in prayer, seeking God’s wisdom, His counsel, His love and protection.

I was truly touched by Coleman’s analogy in comparing an earthquake to a heart-quake, for truly the shaking and breaking the human heart is called to endure is in so many ways similar to an earthquake, the disorientation, shock and disbelief, panic at times, overwhelming devastation and destruction.

Beloved, the pain in your heart may be so great at times you feel you will not surely survive. The circumstances may be so dire, so critical and desperate, you may wonder can our God fix this, will He show up in time?  For a heart-quake is many times greater than life’s minor disappointments or distractions. A heart-quake will take hold of every aspect of your existence, every fiber of your being. Every cell in your body will be crying for relief for you feel as though you cannot hold on much longer, you cannot continue in the ocean of agony. This is a time when you need God as you perhaps have never needed Him before.

Yes it’s the depths of despair, this heart-quake we feel at times, it’s the smothering feeling of hopelessness, the darkest of hours, the longest of days. But be encouraged my friends, for when your heart is overwhelmed, when you’re feeling weak and faint, when all seems lost, call on the Lord with all of the “beautiful creation” that is you. Call on the Lord knowing He is touched by your infirmities. After all, He knew you when He formed you in your mother’s womb. He will hear you when you call and He will answer you. He will gather you as a hen does gather her chicks under her wings. He will come to you and not leave you comfortless! Trust Him. Trust this Rock that is higher than we can imagine, able to deliver us and care for us in any and all circumstances. For in all actuality, when life is viewed through the telescope of faith, we are made aware that only God can save, deliver and heal. Only God can, and most assuredly He will!

In His Love,

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Words of Inspiration | Endless Praise Poem

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 22-02-2011

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Endless Days

1 Peter 5-7 – Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

ENDLESS PRAISE

Who can know the pain of one’s own heart when rejection’s bitter sting has wrought an aching deep inside man’s innermost part and a longing for relief that just cannot be bought?

Who can know the sorrow felt when others turn away or say they just don’t understand your making? How can one so lost in life reach out, what words to say to those once true, now seen as loves forsaking?

Only God, through Christ, His Son, can feel our deepest need, and make a life alive with love and steadfast care. Only God can take a soul, with tender manna feed, to bring us out of sorrows’ grasp, heal shattered hearts laid bare.

As a clock-maker so delicately, intricately seeks to mend, with patience so few men ever attain, though diligently they strive – our precious Heavenly Father does His Holy Spirit send to enlighten our darkest, most dreadful paths, our spirit to revive.

Nothing is left unturned, untouched. His light bares every soul. So completely are we known by Him, perfect love, perfect light. And every fear is calmed as in resignation we let Him mold. Our very lives are changed as blind eyes receive His sight.

This change is often painful, most men don’t want to go this far with God, our own wills dead and cast aside. But there is such reward at last, when Christ we’ve come to know. And life goes on when life is gone, with Jesus we abide.

To think, forever we’ll be at His feet, no more rejection’s fear. Everyday to spend in songs, rejoicing in heaven above. No loneliness will cloud our days, no nights of darkness drear’, just endless days of endless praise ‘midst never-ending love.

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upone thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num 6:24-26

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | Be Still My Child Poem

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 01-12-2010

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Be Still And Know

Psalms 77:1-2 – I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered God and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

 BE STILL MY CHILD

My precious child why do you doubt the love I have for you. Your troubled soul, the weary mind, each day begin anew. You cannot seem to grasp my hand or feel my warm embrace. You will not let your eyes meet mine or gaze into my face. The pain you feel in tortured thoughts, and life’s rejections sore, begin a downward spiral as you pace upon the floor. Reasoning and questioning with answers seldom found, have left you broken, wounded, lying helpless on the ground. Your spirit now is overwhelmed as darkened paths you trod. Those troubles may seem large to you but I’m a great big God. Though nights are long and restless spent, and midnight seems as dawn, you can’t find peace, you cannot speak, for comfort how you long. But my sweet child I’ve come today from someplace faraway. I’m knocking now at your heart’s door, don’t turn and run away. For I am all you’ll ever need so dry the many tears. I love you without measure, child, there is no need to fear. For what you thought was hopelessness and sorrow without end, was just your Savior, Jesus, asking you to let Him in. Put down your pride, forsake the wrath, and throw earth’s weapons down. You will not need them here with me all decked in robe and crown. I died for you, my lovely bride, and rose to give you life. I rose to cleanse each part of you, give peace instead of strife. Look to me and learn of me, let Love become your Guide. Receive the greatness that I Am, from others this not hide. For when I made you, darling child, I knew you were the best. Everything about you soon will glow above the rest. My strength I will pour into you for times when you are weak. You’ll feel it surging through your life as more of me you seek. For I am He that called you forth, I knew you in the womb. And though you’ve felt so all alone, I’ve come to comfort you. I’ve come to rescue you, dear one, and save your pining soul. I’ve come to make my home in you, your heart a new abode. Just ask me in and soon you’ll see the greatest Love of all, was waiting ever patiently until you heard my call. And yes my lovely bride I see you clothed in glowing white. There’s no more scarlet anywhere, sin’s stains are gone from sight. The failures, doubts and fears you felt have all been washed away, by Jesus’ blood at Calvary, you’re all brand new today. Yes, baby girl, your days will now be sweet and filled with peace. I’ve given you a new song in the night to help you sleep. So come each day and talk to me, I’ll fellowship with you. And you will grow so close to me, you’ll not find love so true. Yes we will have communion that will stir your soul to fly. You’ll soon be mounting up with eagles, soaring in the sky. I’ve given you my kingdom, it’s tucked deep within your heart. And this I promise you, beloved, it never shall depart. In summer gaze upon the sun and feel its presence warm. At night you’ll marvel darkened skies with stars like glitter blown. In springtime walk the garden lane, the roses’ scents inhale, for all earth’s beauty I have made, though to your beauty pale. In autumn see the many hues, the yellows, reds and gold, and know I painted every leaf for your eyes to behold. Yes winter’s one more time of year that sparkles ever new, for all is covered white and soft with snow as fresh as dew. So know my child the greatness of your God and all He’s done, to save you and to bless you in the person of His Son.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all!

In His Love,

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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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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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Words Of Inspiration | In The Flesh Or In The Spirit?

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 26-05-2010

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The Peaceful, Restful Arms Of The Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:3 –  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Dear Friends – The love of God is so all-encompassing in one’s life. There is nothing we can do, think, say or feel that is hidden from Him. And if we are seeking Him and desirous of a more intimate relationship with Him, His presence becomes even more evident in our everyday lives and circumstances. Scripture says in Luke 17:21b the kingdom of God is within you. Beloved, I say to you, when the kingdom of God resides on the inside of you your whole world is going to change. Where once you walked in hopelessness and despair, the word of God brings hope and glory. If you live in darkness and isolation, the Holy Spirit will come alongside to comfort you, and the Lord shall enlighten your darkness. There is no greater love this side of heaven, no truer friend, and no greater promises than God’s promise to us of eternal life through faith in Jesus, His Son, and the finished work of the cross.

Dear ones, today we must ask ourselves are we operating in the flesh or in the spirit? It seems like a harmless enough question. Perhaps it seems hardly worth considering if we are doing our utmost to be the best we can be for God, for others, and allowing God to transform us with the beautiful light of His love. But I recently had a first-hand experience with how easy it is to end up in the flesh and not even realize it.

I had been experiencing deep emotional pain for some time. I had been relationally injured but truly had sought God’s will in this. Earnestly prayed for help and guidance. Ultimately under the weight of the pain and turmoil, I went to speak with a dear pastor friend of mine in another city, followed by a phone conversation at a later date. I had not seen him in quite some time but our meeting was as if it had been divinely orchestrated, and in retrospect, circumstances told me it was. I always greet him when I see him as “the man of God”. He always smiles at me when I say this,  but this greeting hardly does him justice. For he always has just the right “word” for any circumstance. His words are sharper than any two-edged sword and able to divide asunder between flesh and spirit for his words are always God’s words, aiming straight for the heart and never missing their mark. Sure enough after a few moments of explaining my dire circumstances, he told me I was in the flesh.

Now wait a minute, I had been doing all I knew to get right and stay right, how could I have slipped into the flesh? I reiterated the pain and all the circumstances of how I wasn’t fighting with anyone else, just myself, thinking maybe he had misunderstood my first dissertation, and looking for some sort of empathy. But alas, he simply said to me again I was operating in the flesh. Yep, after explaining 1 Corinthians 3:3 to me it was as if I had never read that scripture before. Suddenly my eyes were opened and my heart understood. I might have been beating myself up for it but I was angry and my emotions were out of control. Yes I was trying to be stoic, perhaps even robotic, but this isn’t the life God desires for us, and isolating oneself in painful situations is hardly profitable. The battle was within me, the turmoil was simply a refusal to accept a hurtful situation, deal with it, and move on. For in isolating ourselves we create divisions, and divisions in turn create strife and the list goes on. So if you are struggling in any area today, ask yourself could it be you have slipped over into the flesh, gotten out of the peaceful, restful arms of the Spirit, and created an atmosphere of strife and division in your life? May these words of inspiration encourage you that there is a way back. If you are seeking God’s help, trust that your “man of God” is on the way. It may come in  another form but it will be the answer  you have been seeking from a true and faithful God.

So be encouraged today my friends. Understand that life hurts sometimes and sometimes life hurts unbearably. But God will make a way of escape. God will see you through your darkest hour. The greater your suffering, the greater will be the blessing when He brings you safely through and gives you a new song to sing. Remember this verse of scripture 1 Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | Pressed Out Of Measure

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 13-05-2010

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2 Corinthians 1:8 – For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired of even life.

Dear Friends – There are times in life when situations and circumstances become overwhelming. Perhaps you’ve been praying and standing in faith. You may have even felt a tug in your spirit that everything would work out okay if you could somehow  just be patient a little longer. Beloved, these are hard times, pressing times. These are times when endurance is put to the test and we may begin to look around for a way of escape. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

So first of all know, no matter what you are going through it is a common malady of the human race. But grasp the most important phrase of that verse of scripture “God is faithful”. Yes God is faithful to help us in all circumstances. He is aware of our human frailties, weaknesses, and sometimes even our own stupidity. But for all that we feel we lack, whether in endurance, wisdom or faith, God still loves us and His grace still covers all. He understands that life’s problems can become debilitating and life’s frustrations can bury us in a sea of emotional turmoil. If we are seeking Him He will not allow our circumstances to destroy us or become a load greater than we can bear. Yes there are times when we think we have reached the end of the road. There are times when we feel we can not bear situations and circumstances one more minute, but these are our feelings from our perspective in a somewhat weakened condition. The truth is God is faithful, and the reality is He will make a way of escape. He will be faithful to come and deliver you.

But I believe we are allowed to linger in negative circumstances to allow God time to show us just how much we are capable of with His help, and just how much we really can endure when we are rooted and grounded in His love. He is wanting to lead us into  a more intimate and trusting relationship, a closer walk with Him, and sometimes the only way to accomplish this is through hard times. We don’t like it of course, but in the end, on the other side, we are usually grateful for the learning experience and the new wings that now allow us to soar where we once could not even stand, and take us much farther than before.

When we reach a point of despairing of even life, dear ones, and absolutely no strength with which to continue even if we wanted to, God is still faithful and still in control. Scripture says His strength is perfect when our strength is gone and so it is. You get a beautiful revelation of His love and care for  you when He is all you have. You can grasp the beautiful picture of God literally carrying you in His arms because you are too weak to walk. Yes the way may be difficult and the toiling seems much too long. But hang on to the phrase above “God is faithful”, and He will make a way of escape for you.

So be encouraged today, feel renewed in your mind and spirit. If you feel you are at the end of yourself and ready to give up, take heart beloved. You may seem to be lacking whatever is needed to be delivered, but God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we could ever ask or think.   It is my prayer that these words of inspiration will motivate you to take hold the hand of God, rise up in the inner man, and allow your hope to be renewed as you allow faith and trust to lead you on a peaceful path and give you rest. If you are looking to God and are at the end of yourself that is a most blessed place to be. For when God makes a way of escape the journey is not soon forgotten, and the blessings will far outweigh the pain.

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | Closeness With God

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 19-04-2010

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Closing The Gap

2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Dear Friends – Do you desire a closer walk with God? Do you desire a more intimate relationship with Jesus? May these words of inspiration lift your spirits today, and these words of encouragement comfort your soul as you realize that that is God’s desire for us as well. He longs to have fellowship with us, longs to hear us call on Him that He might show us His goodness. His desire is to have fellowship with man and show us the depths of His loving kindness and tender mercies. His word says to call on Him in the day of trouble and He will hear us (Psalms 50:15); acquaint now ourselves with Him and be at peace, thereby good shall come to us (Job 22:21); and ultimately, I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies (Psalms 18:3). If your enemies outnumber you and you have not the strength to continue in battle, call upon the Lord in prayer and praise,  in faith and trust allow Him to save you, my friends.

If our relationship with God seems strained at the least, and distant at best, it is most often we who have moved from the position of closeness with God. When we are overcome with the cares of this world, when we become weary of our own efforts, disgusted with the failures, and troubled with fear, it is easy to forget how much God really loves us. Once our focus becomes clouded with much worldly concern and busyness we often lose sight of the things in life that really matter. His word says where sin abounds, grace does much more abound (Romans 5:20). When we are weak in the midst of human frailties and errors in judgement, if we are trusting Him His word says then are we strong because it is His grace that carries us through and the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all wrong, all wrong feelings, wrong emotions, wrong actions, wrong anything. Every excuse we can make to distance ourselves from God is covered by His grace. And when we awake one day and feel a distance for no apparent reason, still He has not left us or forsaken us in any way. If you feel you have been in a vise grip for an extended period of time, God is probably up to something in your life. He is perhaps preparing you for greater things in life, richer blessings, and above all, a closer walk with Him if you will trust Him.

But it takes a disciplined heart and mind to think on things above and not on things beneath, to think on the things of God and not on the things of this world. God’s word says to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things, these things we have need of in our activities of daily living, will be added to us.

Jesus told His disciples in John 15:15 – Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. What love is this to be called friends of God? And He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).  He is a friend that laid down His life for us. He is a friend that will save us from our enemies. So be encouraged my friends. Let these words of inspiration be a reminder to us that if we acquaint ourselves with God we can be at peace. Once peace with God is established in our hearts, then knowing we are the righteousness of God through faith in Christ Jesus will follow. And thus we can most assuredly feel close to God knowing that by His mercy He saved us, not by works of righteousness on our part, but simply by faith – we need only believe my friends. Closeness is only a prayer away!

In His Love,

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Words Of Inspiration | Broken To Be Made Whole

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 17-03-2010

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Psalms 34:18 – The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Dear Friends – These words of inspiration are written to the broken in heart, the crushed in spirit, the wounded soul seeking healing, or the captive soul looking for escape. Life is full of unexpected tragedies and often unspeakable pain, but our God is able to make something not just beautiful, but awe-inspiring, out of any circumstance and any life that is yielded to Him, no matter how broken it may seem.

All of us at one time or another need some encouragement when we are down.  Most of us need a little shove in the right direction, perhaps some type of motivation to move forward if we get stuck. But many can identify with the times in life when nothing seems to help. There are times in life when one feels almost paralyzed and powerless to escape or even survive an overwhelming situation. I believe this is why so many give up and walk away from God or walk away from life. I can bear witness to the depths of pain that stops ones daily activities and leaves one unable to cope without divine intervention. There are those times when only God can lead us out or bring us through.

The above scripture says God is near those that have a broken heart, and saves such as have a  remorseful or penitent spirit. My friends – It is hard to express in words how very near God is to those who have such a broken heart and broken life as we spoke of in the earlier paragraph. God always has a plan for His children to prosper, to learn and grow, to give love and receive love. And  as we  grow closer to Him we are given the wisdom to turn and help others in similar situations. To the life that is yielded to Him, to the soul that is trusting in Him, waiting patiently for His help and His way, He will be faithful to deliver you. He will come and save you and you will see the depths of His love for you.  Then like me, perhaps you can relate to the scripture Acts 2:28 -Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Friends, when you are so wounded in heart and spirit, when your life seems broken beyond recognition, that is when God can come and pick up every shattered piece of your life and put you back together, not just as before, but together the way He always knew you could be. He can put a life back together that is yielded to Him and trusting in Him in such a way that all things feel new. Perhaps you didn’t recognize your own life before because of its brokenness, but if you allow God to do a work in you,  through faith in His Son Jesus, you will not recognize the new life He creates in you because of its wholeness.

Consider this passage of scripture – Isaiah 66:13a,14a – As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.

The grace of our Lord be with you all.

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Words Of Inspiration | Weathering The Storm

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 12-03-2010

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He Maketh The Storm A Calm

Isaiah 25:4 – For thou has been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Dear Friends – The storms of life take many forms as most of us are well aware. There are the storms from Mother Nature, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, and yes, tornadoes as pictured above. There are storms raging in the economy and many are without jobs. There are storms in our personal lives, perhaps sickness, disease, emotional turmoil, relational collapse and family dysfunction. Yet in all these things there is but One God. And this our God is still on His throne, still in control of the world He created. We may live in a fallen world but we do not serve a fallen God.

When the psalmist David in the Bible was in much distress and turmoil he prayed a powerful prayer to the God of his salvation. He poured out his heart and every emotion to the God he knew was well able to comfort him and save him. In this prayer in  Psalms 55 he says if he had wings like a dove he would fly away and be at rest, he would wander far into the wilderness, and ultimately he would hasten his escape from the windy storm and tempest. That is an excellent description of how most of us feel in the storms of life. We just want to fly away somewhere, anywhere to get away from the perhaps overwhelming problems and distresses we are facing. Like David, we want to wander off somewhere, perhaps where no one can even find us, just hurry up and get past the pain somehow. Yes, these are human responses to “pit-dwelling” but let us not remain in the pit. Let us call on our God to save us and deliver us for we too know God is well able.

Beloved, God wants His people to dwell in peaceable habitations, in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places (Isaiah 32:18). We do go through times of upheaval, times of trials and tribulations, times of turmoil and unrest, but God is our rock and our fortress. He alone will see us safely through. He can make a way where there is no way. He did not say we would never face times of suffering and heartache, but He did say He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Whatever storm you may be in today, know that God is right there with you. Call upon Him in your time of distress for He will not leave you comfortless.

Scripture says in Psalms 142:3a – When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. If you are weathering a storm at this moment then take heart,  for God knows what you are going through and He knows that path you should take.  Let these words of inspiration encourage you to call on Him with confidence and wait patiently for Him to show you the path of escape.

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Words Of Inspiration | Finding Stability In An Unstable World

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 11-03-2010

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The Planting Of The Lord

Isaiah 61:3 – To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Dear Friends – Are you feeling unstable in today’s world? Are you being tossed about with waves of discouragement, disappointment, anxiety or fear? I write these words of inspiration and encouragement today to tell you there is a better way. There is a Rock that can anchor your soul. There is a constant source of stability available to you and His name is Jesus.

Acquaint now yourself  with Him and be at peace. For His love for us is unconditional and scripture says it is good that a man should both hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:25). His compassions and His mercy are new every morning. We can trust His faithfulness in caring for us. We can trust His promise to deliver us and give us victory because we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. Through faith in Jesus and His finished work we walk in victory right now. Believing Him and receiving Him allows us to live with a spirit of expectancy and hope in His goodness and grace.

Yes, my friends, God can give you His beauty for the ashes of your life. Think of all the implications that one verse of scripture carries. We can make such a mess of our lives, even with good intentions, and bring ourselves to a state of utter disgust when we finally realize things just aren’t working and we need a better way. If our focus is not on the Rock of our salvation we can quickly sink in turmoil and ever-increasing stress. So give God place in your life, allow Him to work on your behalf, and scripture says your gift (God-given) will make room for you and bring you before great men (Proverbs 18:16).

Take a deep, cleansing breath and allow yourself a moment to begin to meditate on all the blessings of your life. Our thoughts can keep us in the pit of despair if we don’t get a grip on the negative and begin a real soul search for the positive. There are overwhelming situations and circumstances in our lives but we must not let our feelings dictate how we approach solutions to these issues. God loves us and His word tells us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts; for His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). We often see ourselves in a negative light. We look at our frailties and failures. God sees our strengths and successes as His dear children. God sees us as all He created us to be, made righteous by the shed blood of His Son Jesus.

In our human experience we tend to view life as we see it or feel it. We allow our senses to have priority in our lives and thus we become sidetracked and discouraged in negative circumstances. We forget that God in all His loveliness has a plan for our lives that  is greater and higher and more fulfilling on a personal level than we can even imagine. So stand today, not on how you feel or what you can see in the natural, but stand today on His precious promises, be still and know that He is God.

My friends -If you are mourning and sorrowful He longs to comfort you and give you the oil of joy. If you are in heaviness and despair put on the garment of praise. Give Him your life today and become a planting of the Lord, a tree of righteousness, that God might be glorified.

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Words Of Inspiration | Peace With God

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 08-03-2010

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May these words of inspiration encourage you today that Jesus is our Peace. He made a way to Peace with God through His sacrifice on the cross. We have only to believe it and receive it.

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto  you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Dearest Friends – Having peace with God for many people seems an impossible task. It is so easy in today’s fast pace to forget that peace with God is a state of being to all who believe in Jesus and His completed work for mankind.  And the peace that Jesus left to us is not just a state of peace with God but an actual state of wholeness. This peace is not a matter of trying to obtain it through some formula or good works and deeds. This peace is free to all who will receive it. Just as we receive grace to help in time of need, and mercy from the throne room of God, so peace is given to us through faith in Jesus.

In Philippians 4:6-7 scripture says we are to be anxious for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving in our hearts, making our requests known to God, and in this we will have the peace of God that passes all understanding which will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. It is a very powerful passage of scripture and yet we must not miss the simplicity in its understanding. For to humble ourselves and pray, to seek God’s face in any circumstance, to have an attitude of thankfulness before Him, and to receive great peace in return is most assuredly a cause for rejoicing.

Scripture goes on to say  in Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. What a treasure to have peace with God!  The peace the world gives is unstable and fleeting at best. We remain fearful and troubled if we look to the world for everlasting and life-changing peace. But once we are at peace with God, once we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, what joy awaits.

We must allow His peace to envelope our hearts. We must allow this peace to calm our fears and drive out our anxieties. Precious ones – you may be in heaviness at this very moment. You may be struggling with many of life’s perplexing issues, but look up and see our Jesus seated at the right hand of God, ever living to make intercession for His people, and know that you are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).

Friends – Our God is for us and not against us. He promised He would never leave us or forsake us. Jesus came not into the world to condemn the world but that we might have peace and that the world through Him might be saved. His word says in 1 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. And this He did because of His great love for us! Open your heart to Him today. Let His peace have rule and reign in your life. We are made perfect and upright by our faith and trust in Him and scripture says in Psalms 37:37 – Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

The grace of our Lord be with you all.

In His Love And God Bless Each Of You!

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Words Of Inspiration | Praise And Worship

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 25-02-2010

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The Heavens Shall Praise Thy Wonders

Habakkuk 3:3b – His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Dearest Friends – Today I write these words of inspiration and words of encouragement to remind us all of the importance of praise and worship. Praise is the highest form of worship to God.  His word says to enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and to enter His courts with praise, be thankful unto him, and bless his name (Psalms 100:4). When you rise up in the morning, when you enter your time of prayer during the day, when you pray before sleeping, take time to praise Him. Take time to thank Him for life and the beauty of it all. Lift your hands toward heaven and allow yourself to sense His presence and nearness to you as you pour out your heart to Him. And in the moment of this closeness give Him praise, honor and glory for that great grace by which He has saved us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

His word says if we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to us (James 4:8). You have but to reach out and touch Him and believe He’s heard your every prayer, and has received your praises as a sweet smelling sacrifice. And how can we not but praise the Lord who is so gracious, full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy (Psalms 145:8)?

Beloved, I do not write these words of inspiration and words of encouragement lightly. I’ve been in the furnace of affliction for an extended period. I  have been in the refiner’s fire. I have had painful circumstances  that were so intense I despaired of even life. But I persevered in seeking God. I sought His face daily and kept the lines of communication open, though I must confess at times I felt I was only talking to myself. I praised Him in the darkest moments of life. I believed His word and knew that He who had begun a good work in me would be able to complete it to the end. And I learned the real meaning of praise. I ultimately learned that the Fourth Man was right there in the furnace with me. I’ve come to know God in ways I never thought were possible. When you reach a point in life where God is absolutely all you have it is a life-changing experience. It is a most painful process but the most richly rewarding experience there is in life.

For to strive to know God as we are known changes everything. You will soon realize as you delve into the really deep things of God that you cannot put Him in a box. His plans for our lives are far above all we could think or ask. And all He requires of us is to believe on the name of Jesus, God’s son, and trust Him, commit our way, commit our dreams and desires to Him, and trust Him.

So it is my most sincere prayer for each of you today that you will accept these words of inspiration and words of encouragement as such, and know that our God is truly an awesome God. He will comfort you if you are in distress. He will provide for your every need. He will give you a love that is unconditional and everlasting. Just fall into His arms today and be at rest in your soul.

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Words Of Inspiration/Joy Comes In The Morning

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 03-02-2010

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Psalms 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.

Beloved – I have been meditating and studying on the contents of this article for some time. These words of inspiration are just that, words to inspire any reader to hold on in the night seasons, hold on when weeping has clouded your vision. In God’s favour is life. It is always His will for us to persist and not give up for He is persisting in the situation with us. His word instructs us to search for Him will all of our hearts, then to see victory and overcome anything and everything that may have caused our feet to be turned out of the way, and to overcome every obstacle in our path through our faith and trust in Him.

As  Christians, we will have struggles and painful times. We will  have long nights when we just do not understand what God is up to. But friends, God is always up to something good for us. When the time of weeping is over, when the long night is turned into day, our joy returns and that joy of the Lord, which is our strength, propels us on to greatness. In His favour is life and Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

Often in very hard times it may not feel like abundant life we’re living. But God’s says His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, for His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Call unto Him in the darkness and night season of your life and trust Him to answer. His word says in Psalms 16:11 – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

He will deliver you from your strong enemy and draw you out of the waters that are overwhelming you; and He will deliver you and bring you into a large place because He delights in you (Psalms 18:16-19).

What a great love from an awesome God. And this great love was shown to us on the cross in that while we were yet sinners, God sent His son to die for us that we might live. I want this life that is lasting and fulfilling. I want to fulfill my divine destiny. I want to live my life with purpose and meaning, being the best that I can be, and looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. Beloved, there is no other name under heaven whereby this kind of life can be experienced. Jesus is the only way. Dearest friends – if you desire this for your life, He’s just a prayer away!

In His Love And God Bless Each Of You!

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Words Of Inspiration/When Loves Gives The Most/Inspirational Poem

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 26-01-2010

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1 Thessalonians 3:12a – And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another…

Give Love Away

Love is never love to keep,

though God sends overflow.

For love, you see, is not real love

till others love we show.

When love we give, God sends the more,

fresh from His heart each day,

knowing love will give the most

when love we give away.

Friends – How important it is to share God’s love with a hurting world. People are searching for significance. People are searching for the things in life that are real and that bring a sense of genuine value to life. God’s love is really the only thing in life that is lasting, peaceful, and unconditional.

What a great love He showed for mankind by sending His Son to die in our place. What compassion for the race of man that God who created the Universe can look down on our hurting hearts, messed up lives, and know we need a Savior, and knew the Savior we needed. As mere human beings, when we have love in our lives we tend to hold it too close to us, not wanting to lose it, not wanting to let any of it go for fear we will then not have enough for ourselves. But, alas, we find that what we try to hold on to too tightly becomes a burden for us. It becomes a struggle trying to maintain some imaginary standard to always be deserving of that love, or to try in some way to squeeze out more when we’re feeling unsure of ourselves, or fearful of losing the love we feel most completes us.

But God’s love is to be shared. His supply is infinite. The more of His love we give away, the more of His love we receive in return. This agape love is hard to understand until one experiences the joy of it firsthand. In 1John 5:1 God’s Word says, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. To love God and to love others as He loves us, this is the commandment that leads to a greater victory in our lives. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).

As you read these words of inspiration, my prayer for you today is if you don’t know this kind of love take a minute and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. He’ll give you a clean slate, a fresh pallet on which a new and wonderful life can begin to take shape. As you read His Word and begin to learn of Him you will find that He is meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls). And dear ones, you will find rest for your souls as the scripture says. Bless you on your life’s spiritual journey this day and every day.

God Bless!

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Words Of Encouragement/A Walk Through The Valley

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 26-01-2010

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A Spiritual Journey

Psalms 23:4a – Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow…

Life is a spiritual journey, long or short, and each one must walk out his or her own destiny.  On this road of life you will be on a mountain at one moment, perhaps enjoying all the best life has to offer, and in a heartbeat, in a twinkling of an eye, your circumstances change and you find yourself in the valley, surrounded by the cares of this world we each one try so hard to avoid.  And if in this valley you are not able to stand, our God will reach down and carry you.  He will send angels to bear you up lest you fall.  You will be led beside still waters, or through torrential rivers.  You will be in the  depths of turmoil and cares, trials and tribulations, but the floods will not overflow you.  For God is ever by our side, ever holding our hand.  And even to our old age He will carry us.  What words of encouragement for those seeking emotional healing and inner peace!

The 23rd Psalms says He will make us lie down in green pastures.  I question the word make as I wonder why man would have to be made or forced in some way to lie down in green pastures.  Are we not always looking for those proverbial ”greener pastures”?  I believe that God in His great love for us is literally at work in our daily lives manipulating our circumstances as we look to Him for guidance, changing our focus, opening the eyes or our heart to not only see Him but to acknowledge His goodness and provision in our lives. In the struggles of life today if we saw a green pasture on our journey wouldn’t we run to just collapse there, to smell the newness of the grass, to absorb the velvety softness, to rest in the cushy greenness, to run our fingers through every blade as we smile at the beautiful surroundings in which we would find ourselves? Would we not just totally surrender for that moment in time and turn again to thank God for it?  But man in his busy, hurried pace must often come to the end of himself, be reminded of his need of the green pastures, to be led beside the still waters, for it is in those moments that God in His goodness restores our soul and leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

My dear friend, if you are struggling in your spiritual journey in some way today, longing for inner peace and emotional healing, if the hardness of life has overwhelmed you and crushed you, take heart.  Our God is ever present for He is our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble. His grace and mercy is there for the taking.  In the hard places of life our character grows strong if we allow His sweetness and tenderness to enter into the situation.  In the hard places of life we are refined as silver in the furnace, and all of the unnecessary things in life are burned away leaving us with a lighter heart, a purpose in life’s journey, and a glorious destiny, ever being led by His Holy Spirit, changed from grace to grace as He gives us His beauty for our ashes.

God Bless!

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Inspirational Words Of Encouragement/Our Place In God’s Tapestry

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Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 22-01-2010

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God’s Glorious Tapestry

1 Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the hearts of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Dearest readers – On this spiritual  journey it is easy to lose sight of the beauty in life. In trials and tribulations we tend to lose our focus on the things that really matter in life. Even when we are trusting God with all that we have and all that we are, during times of pain and discouragement questions will arise as to the why of it all. And these questions can lead us down a path that dulls our spiritual awakening.  These questions, if not kept in check, can cause us to lose sight of Jesus and to lose focus of the love and life He died to give us.

It is at these times that we need to look at the bigger picture. Our lives are like multicolored threads so lovingly and precisely being woven into God’s beautiful tapestry.  Our problem is from our perspective we can only see the underside, which is not generally appealing to the human eye and not embraced by the human mind.  But beloved, from God’s perspective, as He is looking down, He sees an overwhelming beauty in each one of us.  He sees us not as we are but as all that we can be and all that we are becoming in our daily walk with Him.

As the above scripture references, our eyes have not seen, nor our ears heard, neither can our hearts even imagine the loveliness and light He is weaving into our daily lives.  What love is this that man struggles to fathom? What grace and mercy so undeserved are poured into our hearts and circumstances without limit and without any works on our part? We simply have to trust Him.  We simply have to trust that He’s loving us and caring for us, and yes even in these uncertain times, that He is providing for our every need.  And when you trust Him, by faith you rest in Him, and ultimately you see parts of His tapestry that beforehand perhaps appeared dull and lifeless but  now the beautiful scenery is taking shape. Now through faith and trust the colors of your life are brighter, you approach each day anxious to see where this Divine Weaver will lead you next.

If your search for significance has seemed lackluster lately, if your spiritual growth and spiritual discernment have not brought you the joy you have been seeking, then submit to Him totally. If you are not happy as you are then what can you lose by giving all to Him? The price for our happiness was paid for at the Cross. The peace we so long for was Jesus’ gift to us at the Cross. It is not something we can in anywise earn by good works or deeds. We can receive it by trusting Him and Him alone.

If you have not made Jesus the Lord of your life today, I invite you to take a moment and ask Him into your heart. If you have already done this at some point on your spiritual journey, I invite you to rededicate your life to Him.  Rededicate your innermost desires to be the best you can be and receive of His best in ways you never imagined possible.

I pray these words of encouragement have spoken to your heart today and blessed you, but most of all I pray these words have inspired you to have a closer walk with God through Jesus.

God Bless!

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Inspirational Words Of Encouragement/The Disciplined Life

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

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On Discipline And Self Control

 

1 Corinthians 10:23 – All things are lawful for me; but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

My dear friends – Most of us today find ourselves exhausted trying to keep up with home, family, job/career, health, etc., the list is endless. And as long as our list is, so are our failed attempts at success in each of these areas when we don’t stop to consider the end result concerning the way we live our lives. It is said that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the older we get the more evident this becomes. Take our weight for example. When we’re young we can eat most anything with little effect, but as we grow older and our metabolism slows down we have to adjust to maintain any semblance of a “normal weight”.  So it is in the issues of everyday living. We must adjust to maintain balance in our lives, and this adjustment, if not given some serious effort, can become a major distraction in  both our physical and spiritual lives.

With some homes having single moms working at least one job, sometimes two or three to make ends meet, or homes that have two parents employed, both often find little time for proper nourishment of the body and/or the family unit. We don’t eat properly. We don’t allow ourselves sufficient time for rest or feel we can’t afford to get the rest our bodies need.  And at the end of the day we are often reminded of our lack of discipline and self control in the way we use our time, care for our bodies, not to mention our spiritual needs. As in the scripture above, everything is lawful for us to eat but all things are not necessarily needful for us or even a good choice. And in our spiritual lives, we can be so busy with “works” at the office, in the church, in the community, or in the home, that we don’t have time to enjoy the things in life that are the most important, to just rest and enjoy our families, enjoy a moment alone with God, a day at the spa resting and rejuvenating our own bodies, or some quality one on one with a good friend, or perhaps a good book.

Our God is concerned about every aspect of our lives. His word tells us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us (1Peter 5:7). He also wants us to be whole, spirit, mind, body and soul. In 3 John 2, God’s word says Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  We can exercise and eat right and do all that is needed for a healthy body but if we let our soul’s needs diminish what have we profited?  The same is true if we feed the soul but abuse the body. May these words of encouragement and inspiration be a motivating factor to anyone that needs to “stop and smell the roses”  as it were, to slow down the hurried pace and get back in touch with themselves, with God, and with all the good things He has given us through the manifestation of a thankful spirit and a grateful heart.

God Bless!

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