God

Obedience; Dying to Me

“Abraham did as God told him to” Genesis 17:23.

Each day we have a choice to make–follow our own desires or listen to what the Lord has to say. I will be the first to admit it’s easy to fall into the trap of being led by emotions–knowing very well they tend to leave me torn and broken. Praying for the strength to be different and make the right choices. Help me Lord to walk in obedience to you and die to me…may you look down from heaven and with my walk be pleased.

It’s not easy to move on when you feel defeated and ready to quit; it’s not easy to forgive when the memories are impossible to forget; it’s not easy to love when how they treated you was evil & unjust–but if I claim to be your child I must believe your love enables me to do ALL things. Not in my own strength but in my weakness is when you are most glorified through me…..

“Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible” Matthew 19:26.

❤️His love is enough! ❤️

God

Great is His Faithfulness!

“Although your former state was ordinary, your future will be extraordinary” Job 8:7. 🦋

As I sit and reflect on the goodness of the Lord, all that He has done for me and where He has delivered me from–I am in awe of His goodness & faithfulness.

Thank you Lord that you do not call the qualified–you qualify the called! You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. You elevate and raise me high–as you lead me deeper into the unknown. Where you lead I will follow, attentive to your voice never fearing tomorrow. With many followers or none, this race I will continue to run–believing you at your promise that, “My best is yet to come!”

Lord, may I receive according to what I believe… ohhh you have been so, so good to me! 💙

God

Jesus…all I need is you!

“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine” Psalm 4:7, NLT.

Here I am again Lord–once more, knocking on heavens doors. Unable to allow even a day to go by without seeking your face and feeling your presence by my side. This agape love is deep, unlike any other love I’ve known before. No longer holding onto the rejection and pain of the past. If people chose to leave, let them do so–where the Lord leads not everyone can go. Time to let it all go and focus on all that you have called me to do. Even if I am left standing all alone–all is well, because Jesus…all I need is you!

God

Not looking back!

“On the way, Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt” Genesis 19:26.

God calls us to be different, to live holy and sanctified lives. A people willing to let go of anything (or anyone) in the pursuit of holiness and to glorify the name of Christ. Where He leads–I will follow, never doubting or fearing what was left behind. For I have seen the goodness of the Lord, He has been faithful and all that He has promised is already mine! Pressing forward–never looking back–all in His perfect time. 🦋🌵🎍

God

Vengeance is for the Lord

Do not say, “I’ll get even with you!” Wait for the LORD, and he will. Proverbs 20:22.

I have no room to worry—I have no room to doubt…He has shown himself faithful on multiple accounts.

In you alone Lord I place all of my trust and hope, believing that you feel my pain and know my heart. Please vindicate your daughter, I patiently await for you to do your part. Please keep me from repaying evil with evil, in my anger do not allow me to sin. Please extend towards me a hand of mercy and grace—my greatest desire is to finish this race well and receive my crown when I meet with you face-to-face! 👑

Thank you Lord—for you have already won the battle and the war! 💙

God

I once was blind…

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By: Lillian Madera

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” Hebrews 13:5

When God has a plan for our lives, He does not give up on us. Many times it is tempting to flee from God because its easier to run away from what God wants us to do or we may not like what He wants for our lives. But running away from God and His plans will only lead to pain.

During a season of storms in my life (one that I battled for many years) I was lost, broken, hurting. It had become the norm in my life but that was all I knew at the time. I remember crying and praying to God often to help me through it and to change this person that was hurting me and to reveal the truth to me. God spoke and told me what I needed to do and revealed the truth to me in more ways than one. But, to me, that wasn’t enough. I was in denial, I was blindsided and I was disobedient. Why? Because it is not what I wanted. What I wanted for my life is not what God wanted for me so I chose to flee from God. It was easier to follow the way of the world and difficult to follow God.

God brings pain into our lives to wake us up and get our attention. All we need to do is listen. Even if its not what we want in life, just listen.

My Father never gave up on me even through my disobedience. God spoke “someone is waiting for you on the other side of your disobedience”. All along when I was praying for God to change the person who was hurting me, someone was praying for me and I was praying for my future husband without knowing. God had a plan for me and He has a plan for each one of us. A plan better than the one we have planned. It is going to be a painful walk at times and may seem as though you cant go on but at the end everything will be better if you just trust in Him.

Obey what God is asking from you. Obedience is the key to blessings. I had to take a step of faith; one that did not make sense at the time but God spoke and I listened. The devil was fighting hard to keep me but he lost that battle because my Lord kept fighting for me. He brought me out of my misery and changed my life for the better. He brought my husband. And has shown me to follow His will, not mine all the days of my life. We may give up on God, but He will never give up on us.

Romans 8:18-“the pain youve been feeling, cant compare to the joy thats coming”.

God

Speak-Life

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” Proverbs 12:25.

Sometimes all that we need is for just one person to believe in us and in our dreams.

Lord,

We thank you for calling us to be different and setting us apart, to speak words of hope & encouragement into broken and hurting hearts. Please help us remain compassionate, gentle, loving, wise and kind. That the lives of others may be changed & transformed by the testimony of our lives. Thank you always for all the wonders that you do. Less of us Lord–and more of you! 💜

God

Because love always wins…

“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14.

Love is patient and love is kind. Love is powerful and life-changing; love endures the testing of time. Love challenges you to place the needs of others above your own. Love pierces and transforms hearts in ways we’ve never known. No matter how difficult the situation you may find yourself in, do not grow weary in doing good, remember–Love always wins! 💝

“We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19.

God

Positive thoughts only, please.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8. 🕊

Joyce Meyer said it well, “The battlefield is in our minds.” If the enemy can rob us of our peace, he can easily creep in and hinder God’s plans for our lives. But if we will do as the Bible instructs and focus on all that is pure, noble and true–there is endless possibility of all that God is able to do.

Heavenly Father, please help us to keep our eyes fixed solely on you! 💜

God

Never give up!

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” 1 Cor 16:13 NIV.

Even if you fail a thousand times, dust your self off and get back up; we only fail when we quit trying. And whenever past mistakes begin to replay in your mind, pause for a moment and remember all great things take time. Speak to the impossible and remind yourself who you are in Christ. Thank you Lord for your promise to never leave our side.

In my own strength it is not possible but, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. 💕