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Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

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In this life there will always be trouble. Pain and heartache will come to all those we know and love at some point, in some time, in some way. Despite the intensity and the despair that may come, God is always faithful.  For every pain, he will bring healing, be it in this world or when we get to heaven.  For every heartache, he will bring joy.  They may not come in our time, nor may we see the end of the tunnel in sight, but that is where trust comes into play.  Do you trust that the Lord is holding you?  Do you trust that he is bigger than the pain or heartache?  Do you trust that he will see you through and bless you with endurance and strength to make it through?  Do you trust he will rescue you and shelter you in the shadow of his wings?

O my friends, taste and see that the Lord is good!  Good indeed and full of mercy and grace.  He is with you and he will never leave you nor forsake you, and he will help you through all that he brings you to.  Ask and you shall receive.  Trust and you will believe!

Blessings and all my love ❤

The River ~ Jordan Feliz

Know you have the power of angel armies behind you! Claim them for your life and have peace in all that you face. May you find salvation in the hands of God, and ultimately eternal peace and joy despite the circumstances. Be changed forever ❤

Perfectly Imperfect ~Pretty Lies by Veridia

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what is the good, well pleasing, and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:2

As we approach New Years Day, it is common to make New Years resolutions. The only problem is that many, if not all, of the resolutions that are made by the majority of people deal with the external being–Losing weight, eating right, working out, getting outdoors more frequently, etc. These are focusing on the outside…the looks, the appearance, the body image. They are temporary, and who determines when you have lost enough weight, whether you are eating right, or if you are getting outdoors enough? When is enough good enough? Who sets the bar? Resolutions to improve the external shell are wonderful, don’t get me wrong! However, if it is society telling you to lose weight, eat right, exercise more, than your resolutions will not succeed for societal views of perfection can never truly be achieved (hence the reason why resolutions typically fail)! After all, if we were able to be “perfect” then why the need to airbrush/Photoshop ads? Why would we need to starve ourselves or exercise till we break if perfection could be obtained?

Instead of focusing on the outside this year, take some time to devote to the inside…the heart, the mind, the soul. The goal of life it not to be perfect, for we are “perfectly imperfect” beings! The goal of life is to be perfected through the blood of Christ, who was born and died for you! The only way to change the outside, is to first change the inside. You were created by God on purpose for a purpose and your body is not yours…despite how you may feel! It is the Lord’s. If you focus your energy on God, his commands, his love for you, his sacrifice for you, his never-ending grace towards you, and his endless mercy, then you will see that you are perfectly imperfect, which is just how it should be! It is in our imperfections that we are able to see our need for God. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need him!! When you accept that you are imperfect, you can accept who you are, where you are, and how you look and feel about yourself. When God is at the center, the external becomes a part of the journey. However, if the external is at the center, you will never be happy because there is always someone prettier, handsomer, richer, smarter, more athletic, and on and on it goes. You will never find happiness or true joy if you try to reach the illusion of perfection!

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So, rather than focusing on the external this year, shift your center to the internal. Find your peace with God and with whom he created you to be. Find peace with all of you–your looks, your job, your family, your life. No matter how imperfect, you are in God’s hands and he will work all things out for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose—that is YOU! Believe me, I know hard times and how hard it is to see yourself as beautiful when life tells you otherwise!! Remember, you are “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT” and that is breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!!!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10

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

And we know that God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

May you pray more, dive into scriptural truths, and spend some time listening to God’s still small voice midst the noisy chaos of life! I assure you that when you do, you will find true joy in who you are, no matter the circumstances.

All my love and blessings for a wonderful, fabulous, enriching new year! ❤

Christmas time—oh so sweet!!

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year!  There seems to be more peace, more camaraderie, more hope and joy as the days creep ever closer to Christmas day.  However, as a society, we often focus on the gifts–what we will give, what we will get, black Friday, cyber Monday, holiday specials, sales, coupons!  The list goes on and on.  Christ has been almost completely removed from Christmas, but not in my heart, nor my home!

Though Christ was not truly born on Christmas day, it is a day we celebrate his birth.  It was his birth that brings hope for a future, meaning to life, and joy midst the pain.  Through his sacrifice on the cross, we are saved when we claim him and fall obediently into his arms.  What a blessing to know that God is there, that he cared enough about us to send his only Son to be our salvation and our light!  What a beautiful thing to behold another human being laying down his life for those he loves!  What a miraculous event to be conceived through the power of God!  So as you trim your tree with decorations and lights, as you put up the evergreen decorations and bring out the Nativity seen….remember Christmas is about what Christ has done for us.  He has given us the most precious, priceless, and valuable gift…ETERNAL LIFE!

All my love and may the joy of the birth of Christ carry you through the days and years to come! ❤

 

8 Days of Christmas

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the LORD your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:6 ~

Peace and joy all year
This is my prayer just for you
To know God is near

22 Days of Christmas

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For the wages of sin is death
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23 ~

Gifts beyond measure
Freely given to us all
Hope, joy, peace, and love

The Gift of Christmas LYRICS:

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Who said that Christmas, yeah
Was only for kids, yeah

We may think it isn’t
But we all know it is

Don’t forget the sad ones
The poor ones and the rest

Let’s all come together
And make this one the best

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Don’t forget the child
When born was showered in gifts

How quickly we forget
Just what Christmas is

The wise men and the shepherds
They started up this thing

So long it’s been tradition
Make sure it doesn’t end

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Another child dies while Mama cries
Wise are the eyes that realize like sunrise
Keep growing and showing
And while the tears, they keep flowing
There never knowing where the other meal will come from
So we jumped off the rack to give back with a track
It’s so easy to help, and help is the fact
‘Cause while the turkey you’re carving could be a child starving
We all need a lift and love is a free gift

Now at Christmas time everybody will sing
Make all the children smile and grin
Some of them small, some of them look thin
All they need is a little loving
So all of the people just keep moving
Once a year you have to give something
Christmas time and it just now begin
Watch how the children start dancing

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

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