Monday, May 30, 2011

Transcending Peace

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
{James 3:18}
In order for me to be a peacemaker, I must lay all my cares and concerns at the foot of the cross. I must cultivate inner peace. I do that by humbling my self before the LORD. Casting all my cares upon Him because He cares about every detail of our lives. He gives PEACE which surpasses all understanding. He says Ask and you shall receive. We receive anything according to His good will. He is the Prince of Peace. We are blessed in being obedient. We are called to LOVE and to love Lavishly because He loves us Massively. He is true to His Word, we can rely on Everything He says. We can be filled with His Peace and extend His Merciful Grace and Peace to all those around us in this dying and hurtful world. Let His will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.

Dear Lord,
I surrender all. I give you, my LORD and Savior my anxious thoughts, all my cares and concerns I give to You. Teach me Your ways continuously. Show me how to Love the way you Love O LORD. Help me to sow peace, for You said in doing so I shall reap a harvest of righteousness. Pour Your Holy Spirit upon me O LORD lead me and guide me. Please fill my heart with Your Peace and Love, enabling me to be a Peacemaker for You, My Glorious KING.

Let us be filled with peace and show this world what LOVE really is. Let our lights shine so bright that they see the LORD and Give Him all the Glory.
"Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

His Strength

 To know God, is to know His unfathomable Love, His endless Grace, His Merciful Kindness. He is always there no matter what challenges or obstacles we may face in this life time. His Promises are endless, His Love and His Precepts, indescribable. To put your Trust in Christ; gives Strength, Peace, an everlasting Joy. Yes, we go through painful moments in life but He is always there. He has made countless promises that He will never Leave us nor Forsake us. He promises: “Anyone who trust in Him will never be put to shame.”  He provides all that we need, in every detail of our lives. Even those times when it’s hard to see Him and hard to see hope and light in a situation. But the Good News is we can think the unthinkable, believe the impossible because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” {Philippians 4:13}
we have God’s Glorious Word to believe and penetrate our hearts and minds. We are not alone in this journey. Let us press on and believe God and His countless incredible promises.

Dear Lord,
 strengthen me each and everyday, prepare me for all that is ahead. Help me Lord to always take a step of faith, believing your every word. For Nothing is impossible with You and nothing is impossible for You O LORD. {I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.}
"With God's help we will do mighty things"...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Beauty that Radiates

What matters is not your outer appearance- the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes- but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.
{1 Peter 3:3-4} THE MESSAGE
While most of us, our faces will never grace the cover of glamour magazine, and while Millions of dollars are spent advertising on Fashion and Beauty. God's precious Word tells us over and over again, that Beauty is fleeting, Beauty is vain and Beauty does not last. The true Beauty that radiates is what comes from within. The glow of a beautiful heart. The joy and radiance of pleasant words beautifies the soul. It starts inwardly shinning through outwardly. A pleasant tone and a smile, the LOVE of GOD shinning through one's soul. {Loving God is what True Beauty is.}
Let us except the unique way God made us, let Him Beautify our souls.
{The Beauty that does not fade}

... Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
{Psalm 29:2} 

Monday, May 23, 2011

He Reminds Me

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
{2 Corinthians 12:9}

My circumstances sometimes seem impossible but that is when God reminds me that with God nothing is impossible. My faith sometimes feels so weak but that is when God reminds me in my weaknesses that is where I am made strong. Sometimes everything that I see tells me to believe that my situation is hopeless but that is when God reminds me for we Walk by Faith and Not by Sight. Sometimes I feel like I can't make it another day But that is when God reminds me" Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to Your OWN Understanding in all His ways acknowledge Him and He WILL direct my paths. Sometimes my situation seems bleak, but that is when God reminds me "Forget not all his benefits..." Sometimes I feel fear tries to creep on in but that is when He reminds me "The Lord is my strength and my Shield; my heart trust in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults Him, And with my song I shall thank HIM. Sometimes I feel I can't Love the unloving another day, but that is when God fills me with His compassionate Love, Mercy and Grace enabling me to Love in brand new ways. All I can say is God is so worthy of all my Praise.

Let every breath that I breath whisper I Love You Lord, Let every Heart beat that beats skip a beat unto thee. Let every Word that I speak be pleasing to thee.

Lord, everyday I surrender to thee! Shape me, mold me, conform me, transform me into all that you have intended me to be. I seek thee Lord, I need thee Lord. I Love thee Lord with all of my mind, with all of my heart, with all of my soul, and with all of my strength.

Each day that I shall live, I give myself to thee.         

Monday, May 16, 2011

Take my Brokenness

My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

Penitent; feeling regret for sins: expressing or feeling regret or sorrow for having committed sins or misdeeds.

There are so many things in my life that I wish I could have done differently, numerous mistakes and misdeeds I have done. The countless regrets, the countless tears and the countless choices that have torn my heart apart. I’ve lived a broken, humiliated, shameful life, searched for love in all the wrong places only to be more broken than I was before.
Proverbs 4:23 NIrV says: "Above everything else, guard your heart.It is where your life comes from."
Your heart, your life, your words, your purity, your body is worth more than diamonds. God's Word says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We belong to the KING of kings, The PRINCE of PEACE, The Great I AM.
I have learned in my brokenness, in my darkest hours, the shame that once covered me, the look that once destroyed me. The substances that once controlled me. The music that played out the scene’s of my life. My life was spinning out of control. When I could have wished my life would be over. I once Hated me and all that I did. But God’s Mercy and Grace found me, while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me “For the entire world” When I am broken and when I cry out to the LORD, His Love covers me, surrounds me, I am engulfed by a love that I cannot explain. His LOVE is unfathomable! He fills all the emptiness in my heart. He puts all my broken pieces together. He is a GOD of Redemption, He saves and makes all things Brand New. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!“ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Let God be the one who fills you and makes you whole. We don’t have to search any longer, We can believe His countless promises.We can search His Word and believe everything He says. We can count on His Unfailing Love, His Merciful Grace. 

"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}    

Friday, May 13, 2011

Merciful Grace

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You 

   I am So grateful that the Lord’s mercies are new each and everyday, So thankful for Christ (The Lamb of God) who takes away the sins of the world. As far is the east is from the west so God removes our sins and remembers are sins no more. What a blessing it is that we can call upon the name of the Lord in times of trouble, when we are struggling with sin in our hearts. I know I must do a heart check, search deep within my heart and let not, any root of bitterness, resentment, un-forgiveness, anger that turns to hatefulness; I must never let these dwell within my heart, I must give all my grievances to the Lord and lay my burdens down. More than often, I rather stuff them all away just to find theses feeling surface later on. It Drags me down spiritual because I have neglected to take all my cares and concerns and anxiety’s to the One who truly cares and waits so patiently; “our Glorious Heavenly Father.”

 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; And attend to the voice of my supplications.
 In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me. {Psalm 86:6-7}

Certainly, He hears us from heaven, He inclines His ear to our cry and fills us with His peace, strength, grace, mercy and love. Guiding us every step of the way. I know there are many times I need to learn to wait patiently for the Lord to help me through the tough times in life. The Lord is my Rock, my Redeemer, My Shelter, My deliver! I can dwell in the shadow of His Wings, trusting that GOD will work out every detail of my Life.

  “For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God.” {Psalm 86:10}


Saturday, May 7, 2011

His Lovingkindness, My Stronghold

The Lord’s Lovingkindness has carried me through every distress in my life. Being a Military Wife is an Honor and a Privilege. Military Lifestyle has it’s challenges and without the LORD in my life I would not be able to last a day walking in combat boots. I use that figurative of speech because I am constantly fighting in the battle grounds of my own mind. 

Philippians 4:6 says:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

When anyone cries out to the LORD, He hears the cries and the pleads. I have learned to approach God’s Throne of Grace boldly, taking my anxious heart and mind to Him because He cares for all of us. As Military Wives we spend many nights apart from our husbands. My heart often feels empty and lonely. My thoughts at night sometimes torment me. But the GOD of the Universe says gently to all of us:  “cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” {1 Peter 5:7 }

When I take every tear, every fear, every hurt, all of my brokenness and emptiness to the LORD, O He sustains me and fills this broken vessel up over and over again.

1 John 4:18 tells us:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

I must admit at times I am tormented with fear and fear grips me. The thought of my dear husband falling out of love with me or finding fulfillment somewhere else. But the devil is a liar and the enemy has only come to kill, steal and destroy. Then God reminds me of the perfect love He pours so graciously in my heart. I refuse to believe the lies of the enemy, I refuse to let my emotions control me, I refuse to disrespect my husband because of the delusional thoughts that try to creep in my mind and steal my joy. I TRUST my LORD and SAVIOR because all of His ways are Prefect and True, He leads me beside quite waters, He Restores my Soul. I am made Complete and Whole in Him alone. God is more than enough. My storms in Life may seem so big at the time but that is when I’m reminded “in times of weakness I am made Strong.” He pours His Strength, Mercy and Grace into my soul, therefore my soul Rejoices in GOD my Savior. His Word is my Daily Bread, His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. {Psalm 119:105}

LORD, Father GOD I thank You for Your Loving kindness, The GOD of Comfort, The Prince of Peace. Thank You for graciously pouring Your peace within my heart easing and casting away all my anxious thoughts. The emptiness that is within me, You fill me once more till my cup runs over enabling me to extend your Lovingkindness. LORD please keep my mind steadfast upon You. I need you every second, minute, hour all the days as long as I shall live. May I lay my life down and take up my cross daily and faithfully.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: {Psalm 103:2}


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