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Godly New Year's Resolutions

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JESUS my Lord and Savior
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Making and Keeping Godly New Year’s Resolutions

Though we realize nothing supernatural actually occurs on January 1st, we none-the-less like the idea of and opportunity for new beginnings that come with a new year.

I have not found anything in the Bible that specifically speaks for or against New Year’s resolutions.

However, Philippians 4:13 declares: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

John 15:5 proclaims: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

And, Psalm 37:4 promises: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

These scriptures remind us…

  • It is God who empowers us. He grants us favor, and fulfills our inner most wants and needs when we joyfully abide in Him.
  • God sustains us. We are completely dependent upon Him and truly productive only when we remain connected to Him, our source.
  • We are able to accomplish everything in accord with God’s divine will, plan and purpose…when we submit our will to His.

A resolution is a determined decision in the form of verbal or written goals to make mental, emotional, physical, financial, or spiritual changes for the better.

New Beginnings!

What kind of resolutions

do Christ-followers make?

Are we making resolutions to change habits about smoking, drinking, weight lose, addictions, finances, family, relationships…or are we making vows and promises to God to increase our spiritual relationship with Him?

Even among Christians, the majority of New Year’s resolutions are mostly earthly, not spiritual. However, as you may expect, many Christians do make resolutions to attend church, pray, and read the Bible more often. Though truly wonderful goals, unfortunately, they are often broken as quickly as non-spiritual resolutions.

Whether earthly or spiritual, New Year’s resolutions have no value without having right motivation. Therefore, we must ask ourselves, why we want to make the change, and if the result will glorify God.

Stand close to God; with Him center in your New Year’s resolution. Be connected to the source of His perfect will for your life, spiritual growth, and earthly success in this coming new year.

  • Pray for Holy Spirit wisdom and guidance in choosing Godly resolutions.
  • Pray for discernment, knowledge and understanding in keeping your resolutions.
  • Trust God’s strength and read His Word for encouragement.
  • Seek a prayer/accountability partner who will come-alongside and encourage you to keep your resolutions with hope, faith  and joyful expectation.
  • Accept that you may have setbacks in keeping your resolutions, but a setback does not have to mean failure.
  • Give God the praise and glory in all things.

May you have a joy-filled and truly blessed New Year. Travel ‘Light’ my dear friend.

Lovingly, in HIS name -Anastasia

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Seasons of Hopelessness…and God’s Promises of Hope

JESUS My Lord and Savior

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Everyone experiences seasons of hopelessness now and then…

We have all had times when we looked at the circumstances of our life…and sighed in hopelessness; not knowing what tomorrow would bring. Or, knowing what tomorrow would bring…and not being able to change it.

Either way, the dread of our hopelessness over-shadowed every thought, invaded our sleep, and consumed every waking hour. No matter which way we turned…the outcome was dire…and appeared totally hopeless.

When was the last time hopelessness was your closest companion?

Was it in a broken relationship, financial disaster, natural disaster, a negative health report, a lost job, a lost home, a lost love, or an over-powering addiction? Perhaps it was in grieving a death or impending death of a loved one, an unwanted change, broken boundaries, being controlled and manipulated by others, or perhaps…when you just didn’t get your way!

Hopelessness comes in all sizes, shapes and colors; to the old, young, rich and poor; obscure and famous. Hopelessness offers everyone an equal opportunity to feel its pangs in the tragedy, trauma, and drama of every day life.

So…what do ‘you’ do when hopelessness knocks on your door?

The list of possible negative coping devices is at least as long as the reasons causing your feelings of hopelessness.

Do you create more chaos and hopelessness by swallowing a pill, indulging in destructive sexual contacts, complaining, crying, drinking too much, over-eating, accusing or blaming others, running away, angry outbursts, or attacking, swearing, or sleeping all the time…etc, etc, etc?

Or, do you turn to prayer…and place your hope in Him?

Times made for the foot of the Cross!

This is not to say we must wait for hopelessness before we turn to Jesus. However, we often tend to put off taking it to the cross until we feel desperate…or at least broken enough to lean on Him.

Let us all remember to take our hopelessness to the foot of the Cross of Jesus Christ. He can, and will, give the hope we seek…covered with His perfect peace.

The Bible offers hope in the midst of our hopelessness…

The divinely inspired Word of God is overflowing with scripture to guide, inspire, encourage…and promise hope in our seemingly hopeless situations.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4


Scriptures of Hope…


You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. Job 11:18

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5

May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. – Psalm 25:21

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:28

For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. – Psalm 37:9

But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. – Psalm 39:7

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:11

I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. – Psalm 52:9

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. – Psalm 62:5

You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. – Psalm 65:5


May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.- Psalm 69:6

For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. Psalm 71:5

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. – Psalm 71:14

Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. Psalm 119:43

Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.Psalm 119:49

May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. – Psalm 119:7

My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. – Psalm 119:81

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. – Psalm 114

Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. – Psalm 119:116

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. – Psalm 119-147

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.  – Psalm 131:3

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God. – Psalm 146:5-

The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.- Psalm 147:11

The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.- Psalm 10:18

The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath. – Proverbs 11:23


Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death. – Proverbs 19:18

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:18

Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 24:14

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. – Proverbs 26:12

Anyone who is among the living has hope —even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! Ecclesiastes 9:4

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” – Isaiah 49:23

You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. – Isaiah 57:10

Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.Jeremiah 14:22

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water. – Jeremiah 17:13

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. Jeremiah 29:11

So there is hope for your future,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land. Jeremiah 31:17

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.Lamentations 3:25

Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope. Lamentations 3:29

There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. Hosea 2:15


But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. – Zechariah 9:12

In his name the nations will put their hope. – Matthew 12:21

Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. – Matthew 17:20

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope. – Acts 2:26

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” – Romans 4:18

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. – Roman 5:5

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. – Romans 8:25

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:22

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” – Romans 15:12

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. 1 Corinthians 9:10

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. – 1 Corinthians 15:19

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us. 2 Corinthians 1:10

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. – 2 Corinthians 3:12

But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. – Galatians 5:5

In order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:12

I Pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. – Ephesians 1:18

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called.Ephesians 4:4

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. – Philippians 1:20

The faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel. – Colossians 1:5

If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:23

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:3

For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? –1 Thessalonians 2:19

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13

But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. – 1 Thessalonians 5:8

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16

(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:10


The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.1 Timothy 5:51

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. – 1 Timothy 6:17

Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. – 2 Timothy 2:25

Faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.  –Titus 1:2

While we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13

That, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.Titus 3:7

But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. – Hebrews 3:6

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. – Hebrews 6:11

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. – Hebrews 6:18

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.Hebrews 6:19

(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:19

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23

[By Faith] Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1

[Praise to God for a Living Hope] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:3

[Be Holy] Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:13

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:21

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15

Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. – 1 John 3:3

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From Darkness to His Light

Walking Out of the Darkness Into His Light

God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is filled with wisdom and encouragement for we who grieve. That is all of us. For, everyone will share in the bitter taste of losing a loved one or coping with a tragic loss…yesterday, today, or tomorrow. Many will drink from this cup of broken-heartedness time and time again. However, and thankfully, His Word is true and never changing. These divinely inspired scriptures will lift you from the depths of your sorrow and heartache when you drink from their sweetness; allowing their precious healing balm to restore you.

I pray in the name of Jesus for those who are steeped in grief…that the following scriptures will give you divine counsel and assist your heart in moving from grief in your loss to glory in Him. May you be blessed and restored by the reading of His Word.

For I will turn their mourning into joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.  John 16:20

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.  Psalm 126:5-6

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them; let those who love Your name be joyful in You. For You O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor. You will surround him as with a shield.  Psalm 5:11-12

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Restore me to the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:12

You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.  Psalm 4:7

So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.  Isaiah 51:11

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.  Psalm 16:11

Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. John 16:22

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed  Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:1-3

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid; nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9

…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!  Psalm 27:14

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 43:5

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble. Psalm 20:1

…You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.  Isaiah 30:19

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you don’t know.  Jeremiah 33:3

You will make your prayer unto Him, He will hear you…  Job 22:27

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’  Isaiah 58:9

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity.  Jeremiah 29:11-14

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.  Isaiah 65:24

If God is for us, who can be against us?  Romans 8:31

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  Psalm 46:10

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us — Eternal life.  1 John 2:24-25

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. And that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:40

“Whoever drinks of this water will never thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:14

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  Jude 1:20-21

Most assuredly, I say to you, he that believes in Me has everlasting life. John 6:47

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”  John 10:27-28

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means  precede those who are asleep. For the LORD Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

“Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” For we know that if our earthly house, this tent is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  2 Corinthians 5:1

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.  John 5:24

“Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.  2 Corinthians 6:18

When you will lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.  Proverbs 3:24

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37:7

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.  Psalm 3:5

For we walk by faith, not by sight… 2  Corinthians 5:7

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  2 Chronicles 16:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who live according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  Romans 8:28-30

When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me — until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.  Psalm 73:17

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25-26

How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.  Psalm 36:7

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Philippians 4:4

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Heaven Sent Rocket

Prayer is a Heaven-Sent Rocket from Your Heart to God’s Ear

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I was in complete awe when I took this photograph…and even more so when I developed it. For, to me…this was instantly a visual representation of the trajectory of our prayers. We talk to God with words, pleas, thoughts, shouts, whispers, and groanings called our prayers. Then, when we are ready to let go of them…we release and send our prayers up to Him. He listens all the while…but patiently waits for our ‘let go and let God’ release.

We have great difficulty conceptualizing how far our prayers might travel and accepting how long they will take to be answered. That seemingly empty space between releasing our prayer and God’s answer…is our time of  growing in faith, as we wait for HIS perfect will and His divine answer…in His perfect time.

The star burst above the waiting place is our prayer – received, ignited, and being answered through His divine action. Never give up on your prayers…or your heavenly Father. His ways are not our ways. Therefore, His answer will most likely come in ways, means and timing that are not within your limited expectations. Trust Him and give Him praise in the midst of the storm…while you are waiting for His perfect answer to your prayers.

Prayer is our earthly opportunity for direct communication with God. Our Heavenly Father loves you. He is waiting to hear from you about all of the circumstances of your life. May you be blessed with lots of daily two-way conversations with Him. May your relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ grow as you draw nearer to Him.

God is our Abba Father…or Daddy Father.

Many of us had or have difficult, unsafe, or no relationship with our earthly father. Many of us lost trust in – and respect for – people who were supposed to protect and love us. It is important to know that it is safe to go to Abba Father with all of our questions, concerns, heartache, joy, hurt, pain, sorrow, fear, stress, addictions, anger, brokeness, frustration, passion, hate…and everything else that affects us daily.

Our Abba Father is wise, tender, gentle, honest and truthful. He is the only one who can truly give us the unconditional love we all seek. My earthly father died in the hospital during an open-heart surgery when I was seven years old. I felt alone and abandoned. It took me a very long time to trust, in faith, that God would not also abandon me. However, it was when I absorbed the concept that my Heavenly Father would never leave me- or forsake me – that I was finally able to pour out my heart to Him in prayer.

I do not know your life circumstances at this moment. You may be a blood bought believer child of God. Or, this may be your first exposure to Christianity and the concept of having an Abba Father who knows and loves you – right now, today…in the midst of your sin.

You may or may not have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Therefore, I will take this opportunity to invite you to know Him who went to the cross for you. He is the door to eternal salvation. His word in the Holy Bible tells us that if we open the door when He knocks, He will come in. This may be your time to open that door.

If you choose and are ready, please repeat the following prayer:

Dear God, my Abba Father, I come to You because I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ was born, died on the cross for my sins, and was resurrected so that I may have eternal life through Him. I repent of my sins, and accept that Jesus’ shed blood and crucified body was full atonement for all of my sins. I submit my life and all of my works to You dear Lord. I trust, in faith, that You will make me over into Your blood bought child, and I will never be alone or fatherless again. These things I pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear ones, it is my honor to agree with you in prayer that your Abba Father will meet your every need in His perfect time.

Father, I come before You so humbled in Your presence dear Lord. You, who knew each of us before we were formed in our mother’s womb…and before the foundation of the world, care more deeply for us than we can possibly understand or imagine. I ask dear Lord, in the name, power, and authority of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that You meet each and every need presented here according to Your will. Father, I pray You will touch and inspire Your children through the power and guidance of the most Holy Spirit to minister to one another – in love, with mercy and hope.

I also pray Your words in Jeremiah 29:11 over all who are visiting ‘JESUS…My Lord and Savior’: For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father I pray that each of these – your children – receives and accepts Your loving plan for them…in name of Your Son, Jesus I pray. – Amen

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“Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Temptation surrounds us at every turn!

In these days of brazen exclamations promoting political and moral freedom of choice, we are continually enticed to lose touch with the blessings of purity and holiness. Unholiness and impurity manifests in every possible way in this prideful ‘Me-first’ world.

Our passion nature is the connecting tie to all unholy manifestations.

Indeed, the biggest life struggle each of us has is between our passion nature (what we want – even to our detriment) and our spiritual nature (following God’s will for us). Therefore, anything we desire more than our relationship with Jesus Christ can draw us into an unholy and unbalanced alliance. Anything? Yes, anything: power, perfection, food, money, shopping, sex, drugs, alcohol, relationships, career, love, family, position, beauty, possessions, fame…etc, etc, etc.

God bestowed the uniqueness of personal free will upon each of us to set us apart from all of the rest of His creations. Thus, allowing us the option to choose Him, over anything the world can offer. Now, that is truly moral freedom of choice.

We are our heavenly Father’s blood-bought children.

His call is for all of His children to be pure and holy. He set a family standard for us to live up to in all areas of our life. Opportunities to turn from His standard surround us. The unbalanced nature of impurity and unholiness starts in our heart, flows to our mind, grows in our imagination, alters our surroundings, and changes our speech…then manifests in our actions.

If God set a standard, He must have also provided a way to attain and maintain it.

The Bible reminds us that we have not because we ask not. We often do not ask because we choose to hold onto the things and habits that bind us. To balance your passion nature with your spiritual nature, be honest before God.

Ask Him for His mercy. Ask Him to show you what has drawn you away from Him, how it has manifested…and what you must do to change. Ask Him to cleanse you from anything that draws you away from your walk with Him.

Ask God, who is holy, to purify your heart…to make you holy as He is holy.

Make it part of your daily prayer that you will become holy and pure, as He is – in the thoughts of your mind, the words of your mouth, and the actions of your body. Believe in your heart that through the process of sanctification, He will purify you in all things; for this is His will for you.

You may think a pure and holy life is boring and not worth the effort.

Fortunately, you are wrong. Living life as our Creator intended actually brings balance, joy, harmony, and abundant life to our passion nature and the chaos of our daily existence. This allows us the ability to prioritize our life with God at the head of every compartment, which in turn, brings everything in our life under submission to His perfect will for all of His children. In doing so, the fruits of our passion nature glorify God, while we experience the blessing of being in His will, and walking a closer walk with Him.

Is it easy to submit our passion nature to God, in an effort to become holy, as He is holy? No…not hardly. If it were, everyone would be walking this narrower spiritual road. However, it is wisdom for every Christ-follower to seek to submit ourselves to His divine will for guidance on the path toward holiness in all things.

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)

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Never underestimate the power of prayer

The Bible declares the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. The source of that power comes from God; the Almighty creator of the universe who spoke everything into existence…not from we who pray.

The next time you are broken and discouraged, remember that God releases that same unlimited power He applied to creating the universe when we approach Him in prayer to heal the sick, to change hearts, habits, and circumstances; to give wisdom and understanding; to overcome enemies; to conquer death, and to defeat demons.

Fear not as you pray…give it all to Him

Although His answers are not always yes, His will is always for our ultimate good. God always responds in His power. God listens, and moves powerfully in response to prayers that communicate with Him, heart to heart, in obedience with His will. He desires that we trust Him fully and understand that we are partners in prayer. We initiate prayer, and He completes it in His power.

His unlimited power

Just as we have humbly acknowledged that we cannot save ourselves, we must also humbly acknowledge that it is only through His unlimited power that our prayers are answered.

It doesn’t take fancy words to talk to God

Contrary to what many believe, it doesn’t take fancy words to talk with God. The Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ model of how we should pray to release God’s power into our circumstances, and when we intercede for others. In it, He shows us how to acknowledge God’s sovereignty; praise, trust, and glorify Him; state our need, confess and repent of our wrongdoings; forgive and ask for forgiveness; receive protection; then praise Him again in thankfulness for all He has done, all He is doing, and all that He is going to do in and through His divine power.

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