IT GETS BETTER…WITH TIME

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HOPE

… is a seed planted in our hearts.
Sometimes watered by tears,
it can grow into a glorious
tomorrow.

FAITH

… is knowing that in time,
in a few tomorrows, this painful
ache will fade to become
just a memory tucked away
in your heart.

LOVE

… embraces you in comforting
arms. May our Heavenly
Father hold you & those you love
safely in His tender care.

JOY

… will soon be back in your life.
Before long this difficult time
will be behind you & your days will
be filled with cheerfulness & delight
once again.

PS. I do not take credit for this poem…I noted it down a few years back and when I came across it I knew I just had to share.

Good morning, Lord!

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Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.

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Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spirit—with prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.

Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.

As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.

I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus.

In your precious name,

 AMEN.

YOU’VE WON MY HEART

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I can’t do this alone

I know how this ends

If I face life as a one man army

When I don’t know what I am doing,

When I don’t know where I am going,

When I feel I am used up,

Hold back the rain

Hold back the wind

Hold back the enemy

Save me again.

My heart had become a burial ground

But you’ve revived my very being

Triumphantly I shout

You’ve won my heart,

Unshackled my chains

When I get sick and tired of being sick and tired,

Hold back the rain

Hold back the wind

Hold back the enemy

Save me again.

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THE FIGHT IS ON

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There is always a time when we find ourselves in the wilderness. Sometimes you find yourself wandering in the wilderness year after year after year. It feels like you are going around the same mountain over and over and over again. This is because you truly are like a hamster on the wheel.

A wilderness is defined as a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.

The Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 years yet it was a 3 day journey from the Red Sea to the Promised Land. Why did it take so long for them to get to their destination? (Numbers 14:33)

John the Baptist’s mission was right in the wilderness as called to all those who would hear, to make way for the Lord. (John 1:23)

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and after fasting for forty days and nights the tempter came to Him with various temptations. (Mark 1:12-13)

Wilderness seasons are brutal. They wipe out every single fiber of resolve and drain any source of joy. They are humiliating, lonely and deafeningly boring.

Just like the Jews, you may arrive at a new destination (career, relationships, financial security, life purpose, etc) settle, develop, begin to feel at home and attempt to assimilate into the majority culture and society. Suddenly, everything collapses. A mighty and unforeseen wind uproots you after “centuries” of living there and you are forced to move.

The wilderness is a scary place. We never know what’s coming around the next bend. We never know what lies ahead despite how through we are at planning out our days. Life has its fair share of surprises. Get used to the fact that you can’t control everything around you. But that doesn’t mean you go with the flow. No! Do your part and everything else will fall into place.

Being in the wilderness should not be all gloom and doom. Its unchartered territory and it’s yours for the taking. Have fun exploring the unknown, within safe limits but have fun with it. Each season comes bearing its fair share of gifts and lessons that nurture and mould us into better versions of ourselves. This only happens if we break out of our safety nets and snug cocoons and try something new.

For too long you’ve have accepted the status quo in various facets of your life. You’ve been okay with how things have turned out and you never fight back. You’ve chosen to be lackluster in your responsibilities. Your notion has always been if no one complains, then it’s all good. You’ve given in to the bareness of the wilderness not knowing that it’s meant to shape and mould you.

However that’s not the case today. Not today, no, not today. Today, you fight back. You choose to thrive and not merely exist. You choose not to be the wall flower that’s barely noticed and is instantly forgotten. You choose to fight for your share and step into the unknown.

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DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?

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Sometimes we are so settled in our hopeless conditions that we are afraid to change. Health and wholeness bring responsibility and effort that most of us who are physically, emotionally or spiritually exhausted may choose to avoid.

The paralyzed man by the pool of Bethesda was full of self pity; he complained but didn’t ask for help. There are times that you too, have a sickness, struggle with sin or face an injustice that seems to have no end. You may feel that no one care or is there for you when you need help.

Do not lose hope. Jesus is seeking you out and drawing you out of the seemingly hapless situation you are in.

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When was the last time you obeyed a seemingly impossible command from God? The Lord’s command has 3 parts, each full of spiritual significance for us today as it was to the paralyzed man by the pool way back when. 38 years is a long time to sit on your mat. Every day is the same. Waiting. Watching. Hoping. Not much changes.

If you are “lying” helpless, overwhelmed by sin or resigned to impossible circumstances, choose to:

GET UP: this is a call to action. This means having faith and trust in God and getting rid of every dead weight and hindrances that are besetting us and preventing us from walking and embracing God’s gifts and calling for us.

PICK UP YOUR MAT: roll up and get rid of your excuses. The “mat” will always tempt us to do the easiest thing. Human nature leads us to remember why we had the mat/bed in the first place so we roll it out and go back to lay down and nurse wounds of the past, disappointment and hurts, while some of us , too overwhelmed with the challenges, fall off to sleep wallowing in self pity.

WALK: move from where you have lain for so long spiritually to where He calls you. Put forth your efforts in obedience to the command of Jesus Christ.

The question remains; Do you want to get well? Our loving God does not keep score of the many times you’ve crawled back to your mat. All He is asking of you and me today is; Get up, pick up your mat and walk.

Take a breather.

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The fast paced, relentless duties of life often cause us to say with a sigh, ” I need a breather.” Medical researchers have discovered that for virtually every person who does any type of work, performance level improves when a person breathes properly.

Good breathing is defined as being regular, deep, and slow. It supplies oxygen to the blood stream, which is vital for the functioning of all bodily organs, especially the heart and brain.

The scriptures tell us that God breathes His life into us physically and spiritually. Jesus breathed upon His disciples to impart the Holy Spirit to them. (John 20:22). The early church experienced the Holy Spirit as a rushing mighty wind-a manifestation of the breath of God (Acts 2:1-2).

Today an  of God working in our personal lives is often experienced as a “breathe of fresh air”, one that cleanses and revives us in every part of our being. We need a “breather” in the Lord’s presence so that He can even out the rhythm of our lives. Our spirits will be deeply refreshed and renewed.

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Pause to receive from the Lord, and see if you don’t find yourself slowing down and releasing the tensions of fear, frustration, and futility. You will be able to think more clearly, God’s love will flow more freely, and creative ideas will begin to fill your mind. Inhale deeply of His goodness, strength and love.

 

Worry Wednesday!!

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Do you ever worry if you made the right decision yesterday or will do the wrong thing tonight or what tomorrow holds? One woman decided to set aside one day each week to worry. As difficult situations occurred, she would write them down and put them in her worry box. Then, on “Worry Wednesday” she would read them. To her amazement, most of the things had already worked out.

American poet Ellen M. Huntington Gates described God’s perfect rest for those with weary hearts in her poem “Sleep Sweet.”

Sleep sweet within this quiet room,

O thou, whoe’er thou art,

And let no mournful yesterdays

Disturb thy peaceful heart.

Nor let tomorrow mar thy rest

With dreams of coming ill:

Thy Maker is thy changeless friend,

His love surrounds thee still.

Forget thyself and all the world,

Put out each garish light:

The stars are shining overhead

Sleep sweet! Good night! Good night!

As a child of God, you can rest in the knowledge that you are surrounded by a loving Father who cares for you. The same Creator who placed each star in the sky, is watching over you.

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