Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Plans


         

Proverbs 19:21New International Version (NIV) 

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.


                    I seat here wondering about all the plans I had and have laid out for my life and I have to admit they haven't always lined up with what God has had planned for me. Several scriptures come to mind first being Proverbs 19:21. Which states that we may have many plans but the plans that God has prevails. So no matter what our plans are if they do not line up with what God wants for us, things may not happen as we desire/plan. 
                    Jeremiah 29:11 is another verse that talks about plans God has for us and it says, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This verse reminds us that God already has plans made for us and that they are for our benefit and not to harm us.  Imagine our life is already planned we just have to trust the Lord with it.  Psalm 20:4 says May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Which lets us know that he also plans to give us the desire of our hearts as well. Job 42:2 I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted. Is the final verse we will look at and it tells that no plans of God will be thwarted. Meaning that His plans cannot be prevented.
                So there we have it God has plans they are plans for our good and not to hurt us. He also as stated above gives us the desire of our hearts and the plans he has will not be prevented because they are His Plans. Wow, God is an awesome God and gives us all we need. We just need to be still and hear His direction for where He wants us to go.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Still I Survived






It was a struggle from the beginning of my life.
But I survived.
Thrown to the wolves beaten and bruised.
Still I survived.
No one to listen to my cries in the dark.
Still I survived.
Put away for what felt like forever and a day.
Still I survived.
Thought I was safe but made a mistake.
Still I survived.
Shuffled from place to place to place.
Still I survived.
Eager for love but only received hate.
Still I survived.
So, lost and confused from not knowing the truth.
Still I survived.
Finally, Jesus comes to me giving me peace.
Helping me to truly survive.
No longer a victim living a lie.
Because I survived.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How has Christian Living Changed Your Life?

                   


                     How has christian living changed your life? Is a question I have ponder many times. First one would have to think what is exactly considered christian behavior. The following is what christian living look like in my life;

                    Living as a christian has changed my life by changing the outlook on life. Has given me a purpose to live and love for all people, though not done easily, I even love those who would be deemed unlovable. I seek joy in my daily life even when going through trials. I have hope that only comes because of God. I have peace that surpasses all understanding. I try to live my life in private as I live in public. I reach out to others helping them with a servant's heart. I try to live so others can see the Jesus in me. It has made it easier for me to forgive. I stay in constant communication with the Lord through prayer and staying in His word. And I live to share the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
                 
                    All in all the best way to live life as a christian is to live as it says in the bible or simply thinking WWJD (what would Jesus do). And also remember the following from Zig Ziglar, "Look back for forgiveness, Forward in Hope, Down in Compassion, and up with Gratitude" 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

No Complaints

                   


                     Recently I was thinking back to when I meet a humble, peaceful, and precious lady named Mary. It was 2014 and it was during the Alive Festival (A Christian Music Festival in Ohio). It was the beginning of the festival for us and we were setting up camp, As I was doing so I was complaining about this or that and Mary made a simple comment that brought me back to reality of what I was doing . Instead of being thankful for what I had, I was complaining with a discontent spirit.

                    Now she didn't point it out or say it towards me or anyone else. She didn't even realize how much it affected me at that moment. Now I have heard it many times before, but it was this particular time that stuck with me.

                     She also said that God provides all we need and we should Thank Him. This all seems simple enough but a lot of us seem to forget to do it (even me). As I wrote this particular piece I was blessed with the following verse at the bottom of my journal, 


Galatians 2:20(NIV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.
                  This reminds me that I should live as Christ lives in me meaning for me that I am joyful without complaints. Just content with life no matter what it throws my way. And it also makes me realize that in all situations to have faith in Lord and will be well. So though she didn't intend to Mary caused a stirring in my heart and I thank her.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Closer to God

                   


                    There is no unique formula or list of rules to get closer to God and sometimes it can be a struggle to get closer because of what you do to get there,                  

For example you can...

  • In His Word (the bible) on a daily basis. In doing so you get to know Him and His promises that He has for us. 
  • You also should try to have a rich prayer life. Meaning, you just talk to Him daily pouring out your heart. 
  • You should have love for Him and His people. 
  • Meet with other Christians in fellowship.
  • Journal to God. Pouring out your heart in your writings.
  • Serve in an area where you help others that are in need. Putting what you are learning about God into action.
  • Go to church. Because the bible tells us that we should get together and fellowship with other believers.
  • Worship God. Thinking more than just music, think attitude towards God as you listen to the music. 
  • Give to God.
  • Share the Gospel to others.
                    This is just a few things you can do to draw closer to God. In doing them there is no perfect way to execute  them but it is a matter of your heart and where it is as you do them. The point is to get closer to God.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Modern Day Miracle

                    God may not be parting the Red Sea but He is definitely doing modern day miracles.

                    The day was September 9, 2015, it was a 90 degree 100% humidity type of day. No air condition to speak of. Sweat pouring down/out of places that you didn't even know could sweat,
                    On this day Me and my son went to Wal-mart to grab a few items. As we raced through Wal-Mart I felt fine no idea that there was anything wrong. As we walked out of Wal-Mart my world went black for a moment. I remember vaguely talking to two gentlemen as I lay outside of Wal-Mart, to the paramedic in the ambulance, and then vaguely to the ER doctor before my world went dark for approximately 48 hours.
                    When I woke up I did not realize how serious what happened was until the doctor came in and said "We are surprised you are awake" which was shocking to hear. He then told me I was in multiple system failure (heart, kidney, and respiratory).
                    I knew immediately that God had performed a miracle by allowing me to wake up that day. I felt revived and alive and my life would never be the same. I have such peace since this time. I am proof as many others are of God's miracles. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Patience and Temper


                      
                      Most of us have had them a situation in which we have to use patience to get through to said person in the situation or it would turn ugly.

                      I remember once when I had been praying for patience and help to handle my temper, and boy did I ever get tested. It came to head when I was the center of a situation in which I had to be even tempered and patient.

                     The other lady in this situation was she extremely upset and was not ready to listen to reason. She keep yelling at me more and more especially when I refused to join her in the yelling match. When she saw I was not going to give in she calmed herself and we were finally able to resolve the situation. Had it not been for me being able to stay calm and patient with the help of the Lord, the situation would have been ten times worse than it turned out to be.

                     During this time of prayer for patience and temper control I was not only in the situation above but others that did not fair so well. But keeping Proverbs 15:18 in helped me get to the point in which I was able to be even tempered and patient. I still have to work at it but it has become easier.


                   

                                           

Wednesday, February 1, 2017



Hold Your Tongue

When words are many, sin, is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19

          I have learned that words can really rip a person apart. Words can hurt a person worse than something physical. This is because words stay with you longer than any physical injury does, most of the time anyways.

          I remember several times in which I did not 'hold my tongue' and just let the words flow like water from a faucet not caring how the recipient reacted or how they were hurt by my words.
      
          That is until one day I verbally lashed out at a former supervisor of mine and as a result I ended up suspended from work without pay. And for the longest time I felt I was justified in all that was said. That was until God convicted me an spoke to my heart, showing me the error of my ways. 

          Sometimes there are things that are better left unsaid, especially when it is not beneficial to the person who is on the receiving end. You should also speak the truth in love and speak words to build a person up and not tear them down. So remember ;hold your tongue' and speak love.   

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Being what God wants us to be to draw others to Him and His kingdom

 
God made us different to draw others to Him and His kingdom.
 
          We spend so much of our time in this world trying to fit in being and doing what others think we should be or do and as a result of this we spend our life unhappy because we are not doing what God wants us to be or do.
 
          In a bible study I did entitled When women say yes to God. It was said "God made us different so we could draw others to Him and His kingdom."
 
          This made me think about how long I have spent doing what I and others wanted or thought what God wanted me to do in my life. As a result I have missed many opportunities to bring others to HIs kingdom and have also missed out on the blessings God have had for me and others in my life.

          The past few years have been showing me that I was not living and doing as He wanted for my life, which resulted in my inability to draw others to Him. And He also showed me that one of the main reasons that this was occurring was because I was hung up on pleasing the world by living the way that was accepted by others and doing what was the easy way out. During this time the Lord has been showing me through the following scriptures that I was not living as I should.


Galatians 1:10 ESV          
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
 
.1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV         
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
 
Titus 2:7 ESV          
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
 


          So what have I learned through all this? That pleasing others (seeking their approval) so I or yourself is not the easy way out. You end up missing out on blessings and you do not model yourself to bring others to His kingdom. So I have challenged myself and now challenge you as well when you think it would be easier to go with the flow, instead go the route the Lord would want you to go and be that example for others.
 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Being Still


     Be still...how hard that is for us? To be still. Always on the go, from one activity to the next. And God just wants a little time with us and yet He is the last thing we get to sometimes or just a fleeting thought in or busy schedules. 
     With it being the beginning of the year most of us are going to make the dreaded "resolution" that the majority of us are going to fail at repetitively because we make some unobtainable and superficial goals. Ones that are self focused that do not hit the core of our being/soul. Ones that are based on what society thinks we should have or how we should be in this rat race of a world. Continually, trying to keep up with the newest trend/fad. 
     One thing I have learned is to slow down and not to be so hasty with my time. To look at this time of year to reflect on the past year and to learn from it. To not be quick to make a empty "resolution", but to Be Still and to listen for what God wants me to do for this year. To not focus on the world and self, but to focus on Him and others. To not let the crazy business of this world to take my focus off of Him and what He wants for me. Recently, I almost let this world devour me and actually contemplated suicide. All because I took my focus off of Him and focused on this world and my current circumstances, getting caught up in the craziness around me, instead of being still and focusing on my Abba daddy. 
     So for me, I am slowing down and making Christ first and letting everything else fall into place as He wants it for my life. And I will do this by being still and listening for His sweet sweet voice. 
     So I challenge you and myself to stay the course and Be Still this year and live a life full of Christ's desires for our lives this year and if you slip and get caught up in the rat race, step off and start over again. 


Thursday, April 26, 2012

God in Our Life

God is so many things into our lives and always gives us what we need. The piece below came out of one of the times I was dwelling on God's prescence in our lives.




Through all the stress and turmoil,
all we have to do is call out to you,
Our Abba Father, Jehovah-Rophe, Jehovah-Shalom,
and Jehovah-Shamma.
So many things you are to us, you fill us,
soothe us, carry, provide for us,
heals us, and gives us great peace.
All we have to do is come to you and lay it all at your feet.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Loving Others


          Loving each other, is what the Lord calls us to do. Not an easy task. Especially, when the person you are called to love has hurt or wronged you.

          The Bible has several scriptures on this; Leviticus 19:18 says, "Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself...", Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." Matthew 5:44 says, "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,", and John 13:34 says, "I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another."  

          The above scriptures tells us how we are to love each other (and be an example for the generations to come) and as I said before it is easier said than done. I believe most of our problem is that we want to 'feel' love but that is not what love is, after all we are all sinners and have more than likely been on the opposite end of being the one who has hurt or wronged someone. We tend to expect others to love us when we do wrong but are we able to do the same? It is a two way street. I for the longest time did this, I expected people to forgive my behavior and forgive and love me but I was not being very loving in return. I would act loving to those that were easy to love but those that drove me nuts or wronged me in my life I was "nice" to but not very loving. I even wished that they would "get what they deserved" which was not extending love, grace or mercy to them.

           I have learned through many of these relationships that I needed to extend love, grace, and mercy to them. It has been an amazing experience seeing the change in my relationships as I extended love (even when it is not deserved) without expecting anything in return. Also I have learned that love is not a 'feeling' but an action.

           As we live this way people and our younger generation sees this and learns through our example. We as humans will slip up but God offers us love, grace, and mercy which we do not deserve due to our sin nature. So we should extend this to each other being the example loving regardless of what we 'feel' or 'get' in return. 


























Thursday, January 12, 2012

You are God's Sermon

      

     Made in God's image and we are His Sermon. What does that mean? A while back I had listened to Paula White speak on this topic and was intrigue as to what it means.

     On my search and through scriptures she lead us to I found that anything the enemy meant for bad God turns to good.
  
20You tried to harm me, but God made it turn out for the best, so that he could save all these people, as he is now doing. 

Genesis 50:20(CEV)

     So what did this mean exactly? I have found on my journey to becoming 'A Woman After God's Own Heart' that all the things that I was mad at God for where the catalyst to me actually recommitting my life to Him. The abuse (all kinds), the broken relationships, and just all the hurt and shame from my past. These things, yes these things with all there hurt and sorrow. These things that I have cried about a hundred times or more and the pain never seemed to go away. They were what have brought me home to God's Kingdom, they are what makes me want to glorify Him with all I say and do. I realized as Paula was saying 'I am God's Sermon', little ole imperfect me. All my weaknesses, baggage, and all of my past, was God's sermon. Our lives, our story, our testimonies are God's sermon. That is how others will see the Kingdom of God at work and it may be the only Jesus they get to see, that doesn't mean we are perfect or that we are better than anyone else. We are human and falter but, our relationship with the Lord is the difference. It is a heart issue and us going to the Lord and laying our mistakes and sins at His feet with a humble and contrite heart. It is the fact we say I was wrong, that will be a testimony to the Lord's Kingdom.

     God has a plan for our lives, and we are what represents who Christ is in our lives. We do not have to preach the gospel, all we have to do is live it. Nothing is greater than Victory through Jesus.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Who am I in Christ

          

          Who am I in Christ? This used to be a question I had and still have sometimes as I have developed and keep developing a personal and deeper relationship with the Lord. You see, I thought my sins were too horrible to be accepted by God or fellow Christians. Also, growing up I was told things that did not exactly boost my self esteem very much, but I was looking in the wrong places to find out who I was let alone who I was in Christ. I actually was looking to others and not God for who I was and that just resulted in greater shame and lower self esteem.

          I have done many bible studies and thought I was getting to where God wanted me, but outside the bible studies I was not digging in the Lord's word. So I was not fulfilled, I still had a longing that was not being satisfied. I also felt that I was not "Who" God wanted me to be. He wanted me to be more than just someone who knew Him in bible studies. He wanted me to know Him up close and personal and wanted me to also know exactly "Who" I was in Christ.

          So who am I? I am beautiful and flawless in the eyes of my God. Song of Songs 4:7, 5:2,
I am chosen by God. I Peter 2:9, I am "holy in His sight without blemish." Colossians 1:22, I am God's masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10, I am "fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14, I am "strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10 and so many other things that I could not possible list them all.

          The point...as long as I am in Christ and obedient I am who He wants me to be. As long as I give all of myself to Him and not just some of myself I am who He wants me to be. No need to look to others but look to God and His word because He has all the answers.  



  

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Impossible


          Today at church we started talking about the 'Mission Impossible' that we think that God has us on. Life its self can feel like an Impossible Mission for some of us. I used to think that and think that my life had no purpose but how God has changed so many things for the good in my life. He has taken me to places I did not want to go (because they seemed to hard to do and it seemed easier to keep following the well walked path.), lead me from the lie that I was a victim and freed me from my bondage.
          Also during this sermon there were several verses that were shared that God has been bringing to my attention continually for awhile now. Those verses are Philippians 4:13 and Psalm 46:10. They remind me that I can do all things through Christ because He strengthens me and that all I need to do is be still and rely on Him and not me because He is God. As a reminder I have them tattooed on my leg and arm. These scriptures as they have been brought to me in many ways (through different sermons, people, articles, during quiet times etc...) I have obtained a deeper understanding of what they mean to me and my life.
          I spent so long trying to do it all on my own that I did not know how to depend on anyone but myself. I also depended on my own strength and not God's and guess what? I failed every time. There would be temporary success and gratification but they were just that temporary. What God showed me and what I thought was impossible has actually been a life line to me and I am able to bring that into others' lives as well.
          So yes life may seem impossible but God is a God is possibilities and so much more. He breathes life in things that seem to have no life. He also gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding. All we need to do is to be still and realize He is God and our strength is in Him. 




 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Made in His image





So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

          What do you think of when you read that we are created in the image of God? For me it is a WOW factor. I recently started reading a chronological bible and this verse has been running through my head since. This for me is God's first evidence of how much He loved us. He loved us so much that we were made in His image. No other thing/creation that He created did He esteem to the point that He made them in His image.

          Then He goes on in Genesis 1:28 and He gives us dominion over His creation, telling us to be "Fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it.". That is how much He loved us, enough to allow us to take care of His creation that He had taken His time making. This is just wonderful to me and I am humbled and in awe of His gift. His first gift, the best gift He gave us was Jesus but that is for another time. I want to focus on the first gift He gave to us.

          In reading this verse I decided to look up and see what comentators and theologians had to say about God creating us in His image and leaving us to have dominion over the earth. In doing so, I came across Barnes' Notes on the Bible and that is what I will leave you with today. Enjoy and bask in the gift that God first gave us and how He esteems us.

"The divine blessing is now pronounced upon man. It differs from that of the lower animals chiefly in the element of supremacy. Power is presumed to belong to man's nature, according to the counsel of the Maker's will Genesis 1:26. But without a special permission he cannot exercise any lawful authority. For the other creatures are as independent of him as he is of them. As creatures he and they are on an equal footing, and have no natural fight either over the other. Hence, it is necessary that he should receive from high heaven a formal charter of right over the things that were made for man. He is therefore authorized, by the word of the Creator, to exercise his power in subduing the earth and ruling over the animal kingdom. This is the meet sequel of his being created in the image of God. Being formed for dominion, the earth and its various products and inhabitants are assigned to him for the display of his powers. The subduing and ruling refer not to the mere supply of his natural needs, for which provision is made in the following verse, but to the accomplishment of his various purposes of science and beneficence, whether towards the inferior animals or his own race. It is the part of intellectual and moral reason to employ power for the ends of general no less than personal good. The sway of man ought to be beneficent."



         

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Waiting on God




                   Waiting on God when we feel we need to have what we want right now, is hard to do. We are not very patient people us humans. Especially, those of us that live in America. We want our way and we do not want to wait.
                             

I Want Everything My Way NOW!!

If Things Are Not Going Your Way & You Need Help We Are Here!

And of course Burger Kings "Have it Your Way!"

                The above ads/headlines are just a few in the many that are out there about having things our way. Since March 20, 2011 (when I fell at worked and ended up with 2 herniated discs) I have had experience with having to wait. It is not an easy thing and it tests where your priorities are and your faith. You learn that it is not all about you and what is really important in life. I will admit at first I did not want to wait, I did not believe I should have to, it all was cut and dry to me. I fell at work, got injured and should be paid accordingly but that is not what happened which I am grateful for now but not then. Along with the injury there have many other difficulties that occured, but as long as I stayed focused on the Lord everything was great and was taken care of in God's timing.

               Below you will find verses that deal with waiting and ones that helped me during this time in my life.

       
What does the Bible say about waiting on God? 
Ps 52:9 I will give Thee thanks forever, because Thou hast done it, And I will wait on Thy name, for it is good, in the presence of Thy godly ones.
Isa 49:23 And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.
Ho 12:6 Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.
Mic 7:7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Zep 3:8 "Therefore, wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up to the prey...

Ps 27:14 Wait for the LORD; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
Ps 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
Ps 37:7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Ps 37:9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.
Ps 37:34 Wait for the LORD, and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
Pr 20:22 Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Isa 8:17 And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
Isa 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.


                I still struggle with waiting, but the Lord has given me such hope for the future through His word. When I feel like I can wait no longer some of the above scriptures come to me and reminds me that God is in control and will take care of it all.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lies We Believe About God

 I am helping to co-facilitate a book/bible study on "The Lies Women Believe And The Truth That Sets Them Free By Nancy Leigh DeMoss". While I have once lead these book/bible study before it has been a much deeper experience for me. I believe, no I know, that it is due to the fact that I have a deeper relationship with the Lord and have a softer heart than I did when I lead it the first time. Which takes me to the chapter that we covered a few weeks ago. The lies we believe about God. Many women especially christian women would (and probably do) think that they do not believe any lies about God. But, we may believe them and not realize it at all, which leads us to deeper bondage because we are unaware of these lies we may be believing. The only way to get rid of the bondage is to get to the root of the problem and not just the surface issues. I mean those deep (I hope I can stuff it forget about it problems). Going through these particular lies this time around made me go hmmmmm? Do I still have lies that I believe about God? Well, the answer was yes, not exactly the lies covered in the book but parts of them at any rate. There are 6 lies that Nancy lists her book that we believe about God. The two in which I identified with were God is Not Really Enough, which manifests itself in my life as me trying to help God along instead of letting Him work in my life. Nancy in this book also gives us the truth to combat the lies we believe and the truth for this lie is God is enough. If I have Him, I have all I need. The scriptures Nancy references for this truth are; The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need. Psalm 23:1 NLT, Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26 NIV, and For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:9-10 NLT. The next lie I believed is God Should Fix My Problems which , manifests itself as me taking a victim mentality toward passed issues (abuses) and current ones. But I am  reminded of the truth which is, Life is hard, that God is more concerned about glorifying Himself and changing me than about solving all my problems, that God has an eternal purpose He is fulfilling in the midst of my problems, that He wants to use my problems as part of His sanctifying process in my life, and that no matter what problem I am facing God's grace is sufficient for me. The scriptures that supports these truths are; the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:21-22 NLT, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV, Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 NIV, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV, “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. Job 23:10 NLT, and even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. So what is the point to this my fellow woman (christian and non-christian)? First, I would like to recommend this book to you to explore what lies you may be believing that has you in the grips of bondage and second, ask the Lord to keep you heart soft and open and not like stone, so you can be set free from whatever lies that you believe and not be in bondage any longer. I have had such an eye opening experience leading this wonderful group of women and getting fresh insights from them that I may not have recognized due to my hard headiness no my stubbornness
no I got it due to my pride. I thank the Lord for what He has shown me this time around that I was not ready to see two years ago. I pray that you take time (as if any of us have a lot of it) to read or reread this book and if your heart is open you will have an amazing experience. I would like to leave you with Galations 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.