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Inspired Every Day!

I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound.
In everything and in all things I have learned the secret
both to be filled and to be hungry,
both to abound and to be in need.
I can do all things through Christ,
who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:12-13 ~

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end.
~ Lamentations 3:22 ~

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Glory Abounds

Life has ups and downs
Yet the glory of God abounds
No matter the storms that rage
Peace can be found in any stage
Sorrow may come and tears may flow
Hope remains with a new tomorrow
Depression and disappointment may thrive
But through grace I can survive
Life has its ups and downs
But God’s love always surrounds

God is Greater

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

grace

God is greater
Larger than the obstacles you face
He knows your past and your sins
Yet offers you limitless grace

Hold tight to His truths
For in His arms you can stand
Know He is with you
Guiding you with His mighty hand

He sees your pain and shame
His heart bleeds for you
Let it go and surrender
For His promises will see you through

May the obstacles you face be merely a speck in the scheme of life, and may you always know that God is with you through it all, with a promise to bring you good, to prosper you, to bless you abundantly more than you can ever imagine! May this new year bring peace and joy despite the storms that rage around or in you!

All my love ❤

New Year Equals New Opportunities (Beckah Shae~Life)

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New Year equals new opportunities, new outlook, and new chances! I love the beginning of a new year as it provides a chance to start over with a clean slate and positive outlook!! Just as each day provides a clean slate, so too does each new year. This year…expect the best, prepare for the worst, love boldly, laugh out loud, cry deeply, hope eternally, and live fully!! You never know when your life or the life of a loved one will be taken for none of us are ever promised tomorrow! Each breath is a gift! Don’t waste this year spending your life in anger, envy, strife, conflict, blame, guilt, shame, anxiety, or bitterness for they take away the joy and beauty of each day and take a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional toll on the quality of your life.

1. If you are angry, pray for peace and surrender to the Lord your anger.
2. If you are envious, try being thankful for what you DO have, for many others have much less than you.
3. If you are in strife or conflict with someone, apologize and make things right….even if you aren’t the one
who made things wrong (after all God forgives and makes things right with you everyday, even when
He was not the one who sinned or made things wrong!–just saying’).
4. If you are spending time blaming others for where you are and who you have become, decide to take responsibility for yourself and the direction of your life for only you have the power to change it!!
5. If you are stuck in a life filled with guilt and shame, pray, seek counsel, change your ways, and surrender it to God– it was Christ’s sacrifice that has covered ALL your guilt and shame with love, mercy, and grace at the cross!
6. If you are filled with anxiety about whatever you are facing, be it finances, family struggles,
employment, death, health, or anything else out of your control….rest in the arms of God.
Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you (more than you may ever know!!).
7. If you hold bitterness towards someone who has wronged you…let it go!!
It doesn’t hurt the other person, but it destroys you from the inside out!
Forgive and find strength in God to show mercy and grace, just as he has so freely given it to you.

Strive to make this year a GOD centered year, instead of a ME centered year and look forward to all that you will be blessed with! When your focus is love and peace, the world is so much better off….and so are YOU!

All my love ❤

God’s Hand

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.
~ Psalm 90:17 ~

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God’s Hand

I stand in amazement at the way God moves
His beautiful hand stretched out
Grace and mercy falling all around
The courageous hearts He fills with His strength
Lives touched to overflowing
Evidence of divine intervention

I stand in awe at how others respond to God’s call
Drawing power and valor from Him alone
Determined to make a difference
An outpouring of compassion and generosity
Given freely as He gave to them
Sacrifices of pure love

I stand in wonder at the work of His hands
Moving and weaving each and every life
A melodic whisper deep in the soul
Creating as symphony of service
Bringing change in a bitter world
Hope for a magnificent future

Hope in Front of Me — Danny Gokey

When life appears dim, and circumstances are beyond your control, there is always HOPE!!

HOPE in God
HOPE in change
HOPE in beauty
HOPE in kindness
HOPE in grace
HOPE in mercy
HOPE in forgiveness
HOPE in tomorrow
HOPE in faith
HOPE in love
HOPE in Christ

Harmonious Duet

I know not what others turn to when dealing with life’s journeys–be it celebrations or sorrows, happiness or trials.  As for me, music is a large part of my life’s journey.  It inspires, renews, encourages, strengthens, and fills the heart to overflowing.  It brings tears, comfort, joy, and peace.  It can draw you away from God or pull you so close you can feel his touch and hear him speak to you.  Music touches the soul, expands thought, and heals the heart.  Thank the Lord for such a beautiful gift as music and take some time to immerse yourself in its powerful sound!

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Harmonious Duet

Melodies of the heart
Rhythms of peace
God’s word inspires songs within

A sweet duet of love and grace
Play harmoniously in the soul

Precious notes of dissonance
Chords of life strung together
Beautiful harmonies filled with strength

A sweet duet of mercy and joy
Play harmoniously in the soul

Life’s symphony plays on
One instrument at a time
Songs of praise to the Lord our God

A sweet duet of hope and faith
Play harmoniously in the soul

Simple, yet True…God is with YOU!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

God is glorious, victorious in all.   He provides grace sufficient to cover the worst of sins (2 Corinthians 12:9).  He constantly shelters those who trust and seek him (Isaiah 25:4, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 28:7).   He builds the nations up and burns them down according to his good and righteous plan (Ezekiel 36:36, Proverbs 15:25, Acts 17:26).   He is the be all, end all (Revelation 1:8, Revelation 22:13).   He is Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1), the maker of every human who walks the earth (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 45:12).   He knows you by name, every hair on your head, and the number of days set for you (Isaiah 43:1-7)!   He knows your thoughts before you do (Psalm 139:2, Proverbs 15:3)!   He thinks of you more than the grains of sand that exist on earth (Psalm 139:17-18)!   You are the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8, Zechariah 2:8)!   How special and dear you are to him, so much so that he rejoices over you (Isaiah 62:5, Zephaniah 3:17)!

A thought to always hold tight to–you were created on purpose for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10).   There are no coincidences in this world, only orchestrated events that lead each and every heart through God’s good and glorious plan!

Have faith, hold tight to peace knowing God has you always and will never let you go..for you are His and He is yours.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

God bless and keep you always and may your trust in the Lord draw you closer to His presence and glory! All my love ❤

Walking Contradiction

Everyday is a battle, be it small or large, whether against others, circumstances, challenges, or your own flesh. The war rages between right and wrong, just and unjust, worldly and ethereal. Scripture asserts that you fight not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). The flesh is of this world, and leans toward carnality and sinfulness, but the spirit is attentive to the things of heaven, and thus the dissention continues: the spirit seeks the things of heaven, but the flesh pulls it in a totally different direction (thus I do what I don’t want to do, and don’t do what I should to do).

All through the battle though, God is there. His power, His might, His wisdom, and His protection are constantly guiding, holding, and winning the war. Ephesians 6 continues to remind you to put on the full armor of God that you will be able to stand against the forces of evil that come against you (Ephesians 6:11 and 13-17).

Keep fighting, stand strong in the Lord, and trust in Him to see you through the battles. Even when you fall, fail to stay the course, or flat-out sin….stop, turn your eyes to the God of heaven, and cast your sin upon Him. Give it all to God (the bad, the ugly, the wicked)and with great love, mercy, and grace He will lift you up, give you strength to get back to the path of righteousness, and fill you with hope for a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is good! God is faithful!
Trust in Him, and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! (Proverbs 4:26)

All my love ❤

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand.
For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
Romans 7:14-15

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Walking Contradiction

Lord I feel you
Know you are directing me

But still I struggle
Who am I?
How do I know?

Shame and guilt still reside
My heart cries out

I want not more pain
I want to live in you

I am a walking contradiction
In a love-hate relationship with myself

I know Satan wants to use me
Beat me and destroy my hope and future
He wants me to fail
Constantly he banters
You are carnal
You are not worthy, hopeless and lost

Indeed that is true
A sinner I will always be

But You gave Your all to set me free
Why can’t I let go?
What will it take?

Garments of Grace

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. ~ Psalm 51:7

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Garments of Grace

Fabric of flesh
Covered with a lace of lies
Embellished with deception and desire
Torn with pride and arrogance
Ragged and dirty from daily sins
Worldly fabric of the flesh

Garments of grace
Covering the heart and soul
Decorated with mercy and forgiveness
Mended with love and selflessness
New and clean from Christ’s sacrifice
Spiritual garments of grace

Merry Christmas! (Haiku)

The best gift to give at Christmas is the promise of hope and salvation for those you love.  Christmas is not just a holiday, but rather is a celebration of the most significant birth that was and ever will be–the birth of Christ.  He came, the one and only Son of God Himself came so that He may save the world from the sin that separates them from everlasting life with God.  Through Christ’s birth, came His death, that saved all those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.  Indeed, it is the gift we are meant to share, the gift we are to give freely, the gift we are to hold near and dear to our hearts.

May the Spirit of Christmas be with you now and always, and may the Lord bring you clarity, discernment, and the words to speak so that you too can share the beauty of Christ!  All my love and Merry Christmas!!!

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.” ~ Matthew 1: 21

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Rejoice all nations
Today the Savior was born
Hope for all mankind