Praise God in the hallway
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Discouraged and don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore? This is what we do…

Praise God in the hallway
Praise God in the hallway as you wait for answers to prayer.

 

There comes a time, in our lives, when we just don’t feel like “praising in the hallway” anymore. We become discouraged during our trial, and we begin to wonder if God sees us.

We’ve done everything “right”: prayed boldly, waited patiently for an answer, praised and praised some more, and nothing’s happened.

What’s the right thing to do?

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Find true freedom in Christ.
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Want true freedom? Find it in Christ.

 

Find true freedom in Christ.
Find true freedom in Christ.

 

As we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, I cannot help but think about the freedom that we have as followers of Christ.

We are no longer slaves to sin. We know peace, love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, mercy and so much more.

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” Romans 6:20

That emptiness that I felt is no longer present because I have Jesus in my heart. He fills that void, that for so long I tried to fill with shopping trips (expensive ones, may I add!), people, jobs, etc.

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?: Psalm 42:1-2

Now, I have an identity. I have Jesus. I am free in Christ.

Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38-39

Do you long to fill that void in your heart? Want to be free today?  It’s up to you to take that step toward freedom.

It’s simple. Ask Jesus into your heart.

Pray the following:

“Heavenly Father, I come to you at this time to ask for forgiveness of my sins (Luke 24:47). I recognize that I am a sinner (Romans 3:9) and I believe that you sent your only Son(Luke 3:22), Jesus, to die for my sins (Galatians 2:20). I believe that He was crucified and resurrected (Matthew 28:1-10) so that I can have eternal life  (John 17:3). Today, I accept you as Lord and Savior, and I humbly ask that you write my name in the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).”

 

If you recommitted your life to Christ or accepted Him as Saviour for the first time, please send me a quick note. I’d love to pray for you.

God bless you,

Ivette

Trust
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Trusting the Lord during trying times

Trust

It is easy to tell someone to trust the Lord during their time of difficulty, but what happens when we’re the ones going through a challenging time?

Meditate on that for a bit.

Not easy to trust, huh?

Instead of stepping out in faith and trusting that God will take care of us, we tend to do the opposite. At times, we fall apart.

What we should do is get closer to Him–delve deeper into scripture, pray harder and trust Him more.

Are you going through a tough time?  If you answered, “yes”, read the scriptures that follow. These are a great reminder of why we should trust God. (Oh, and you are not alone!)


 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7

 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13

 

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

 

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8

 

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

 

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

 

I pray that these verses will bless you as much as they blessed me.

 

God bless you,

Ivette

Woman Running
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Keep pressing forward

Woman Running

Recently, I learned that even when the going gets tough, we need to keep pressing on. The end results will be worth it.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on a no-carb diet. I have eliminated sweets from the menu also. Contrary to what many have said about a no-carb diet, I haven’t struggled much with it.

What I am struggling with is exercise. Last night, as I was working out on the elliptical, I found myself getting very lazy. I didn’t want to work out! It was hard, and I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to give up!

I kept lowering the recline level and resistance. Oh, yes I did! I struggled; however, I persevered and managed to get in a 20-minute workout, and I burned a few calories.

It’s better than nothing, I think.

As I struggled on the elliptical, I thought about how, at times, we struggle spiritually, and we want to give up.

Our prayer life becomes stale. We don’t make time for Bible study or quiet time with the Lord, etc. It becomes quite a challenge to find the time to be with the Lord.

It’s even harder to press on when we are surrounded by “Christians” who aren’t encouraging. Everything that comes out of their mouth is negative, gossipy, and rude.

Where’s the love? Many people say that they love, but their actions prove otherwise. I know its’ cliche, but it is true, “actions speak louder than words.”

Our behavior (verbal and nonverbal) says so much about who we are. The manner in which we approach a situation, how we say things and our reaction to adversity reveal our real character.

Let’s take a good look in the mirror. We aren’t perfect, and it will be a long time before we achieve perfection. However, that isn’t an excuse to continue to sin.

I hear this often, the first step to healing is admitting that we have a problem. In this case, we need to confess our sin to God.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV

Hebrews 12:1-3, reminds us of a few things:

1. Let go of anything that is weighing us down (sin).
2. Run the race with patience.
3. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.
4. Remember all that Jesus endured on the cross for us.
5. Perspective! Jesus suffered and persevered until the end. We can too.

The past year has been a hard one for me, spiritually. I’ve been under spiritual attack. The best part is that I’ve learned many lessons. The greatest one is that God is the only being who is trustworthy.

We can pour out our hearts to him. As my former pastor says, “He listens, and He cares.”

Many times we allow people, who we think are trustworthy, into our lives when we should be seeking God every single day.

He is the One who cares.
He is the One who has our best interests at heart.
He is the One who keeps our secrets.
He is the One who loves us unconditionally.

It seems simple, but not easy to do:

Keep praying. Keep reading. Keep fasting. Obey God. Have faith. Have mercy. Love.

We should often think of all that Jesus had to go through for us. It’s the only way to keep pressing forward.

 

God bless you,

Ivette

 

 

Faith

God’s will be done?

We pray fervently for our hearts desires and we say, “thy will be done”, but do we really mean it?
Meditate on that for a bit…
Oftentimes, God answers our prayers and it’s not what we expect. Instead of being thankful, we complain. Then we continue to pray for a different outcome.
Why bother praying if we are seeking our own will?
No one knows us better than God. He is a merciful and kind God who knows what we need before we ask for it. He sees the dangers that lie ahead and He wants to keep us safe. Whether that “danger” means that we will backslide, fall into the devil’s trap, or turn our backs on God, He knows. It’s up to us to stand firm.
Instead of getting angry because the Lord didn’t answer in our will, be glad that it is His will.
I am sure we’ve all heard of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
 
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
It says, “Thy will be done”, which means God’s will be done. When we pray, we ask the Lord to make His decision for our prayer request. We trust God enough to ask Him for His help; therefore, we should trust Him with the decision that He makes.
Although some answers may not be what we expect, we should be humble enough to accept God’s response to our prayers.
Let’s take a look at how Jesus prayed:
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

Luke 22:41-43

He asked God to spare Him from having to go through pain and suffering, but He only desired God’s will to come to fruition. Jesus prayed that God’s will be done.
Jesus is a great example of how we should pray and react to God’s will. Next time we pray, let’s remember Jesus’ prayer.