Safe in the Storm

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I cling to the cross when the storms roll in and the dark clouds try to distort my vision. The work Christ did and completed on the cross is my anchor.

When the waves tempt me to row in the opposite direction, Jesus calls me to the stern and He tells me to rest.

I have no need to fear when the One who created heaven and earth and speaks to every storm (even the waves obey Him) holds me in the palm of His hand.

My eyes do not have to see what my faith believes.

He is andI find my being.

Be Free & Stay Free 

 

 

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Lily of the Valley

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I am sitting at my laptop and wanting to write a post to inspire and encourage. You ever have those moments where your thoughts are being so consumed with the love of God and you want to share it? Such love can not be contained.

I can not put my thoughts into a single coherent post, but I know there is someone out there who just needs to be reminded how much He loves you.

I submit this to you and I hope as you listen to this, you allow yourself to meditate on our One Hope and Redeemer and Lover of our souls.

 God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.

Colossians 1:27

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Why pray?

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“Hey, how is your prayer life?” This is a question my friends and I would ask each other. It was the best question we could ask each other, there is accountability and encouragement in this question.

Do you have a friend you call when you are having a bad day, got a bad report, your kids are in trouble, your finances are coming in short, your heart is breaking, or even if you just got some great news and want to share it with someone? Unless your friends response is, “Let’ pray,” I am afraid, although you may receive momentary comfort, the conversation will not result in change.

God, the Father, sent His Son, Jesus, to give Himself up for us so that we may be reconciled back to Him. He is a relational God, His heart is for us. He never leaves us, He is always present, but are we?

Prayer does not have to be viewed as a “chore.” My goodness, what a horrible feeling if someone we love only comes to us because they feel they have to and not because they want to. It is an intimate relationship to be able to come before His throne of grace and pour our hearts out to Him. To share all we have need of and to thank Him for all He has and will provide.

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The more time we spend in His presence through prayer, the more we are changed and become like Him. You will know this is happening when your prayers become less “self” centered, and more for others. You will know you are falling more in love with Him when your prayers include more listening to what His Spirit says; when you are no longer talking “at” Him, but with Him.

This is a short teaching by one of my favorites, Jentezen Franklin, about prayer. I pray it encourages you and challenges you to focus more on building and strengthening your relationship with Christ through prayer.

Jentezen Franklin, Clean Your Mind to Pray, CLICK HERE

In Light of Eternity

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Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]—
From where shall my help come?
 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

Jesus emptied Himself for us.

Yet, we keep trying to get more. More stuff, more stuff, more stuff…

When we take our focus off the world, then we can truly put our focus on Him, the Good Shepard, and then we shall not want, because He supplies all our needs, according to His riches and glories.

Desire more of Him. Shift your focus.

Be Free & Stay Free 

Does God Know You?

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There are many who claim they know God. Jesus, Himself, said in Matthew 7  Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’

How do you know if you love Him? Jesus saidIf anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.  One who does not [really] love Me does not keep My words. And the word (teaching) which you hear is not Mine, but is the Father’s who sent Me.”

We are known by love. Do you love? Does His heart beat in you? Do you care for the widows and the orphans?  Do you love even when they hate you? Can you lay yourself down for the sake of the Gospel? Are you burdened for souls? When you look at people, do you see them as souls, someone Jesus thought worthy of dying for? Are you more concerned about being right, rather than loving someone? With all the knowledge we think we have, if we do not have love, we have NOTHING.

I ask you, does God know you?

But if anyone loves God [with awe-filled reverence, obedience and gratitude], he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved]. 1 Corinthians 8:3

I plead with you, do nothing else until you know God knows you and then Go and introduce Him to others through your love. Let every good word and deed point others to Him, the Christ in you.

Be Free & Stay Free

Give Me The Power To Walk Away…

I could write a post, but I think this song and lyrics speak it all. I do hope you listen to this and it ministers to you.

There are times I cry out to God, “Save me again! Rescue me!”

He says to “Speak to it, Stacey. You have all authority through My Spirit.”

I find when I am feeling a little empty, or confused (and knowing confusion is not from God), when I can’t speak, or pray, I turn on music that glorifies Him. When we magnify Him our problems seem to get so much smaller. Suddenly everything is in perspective.

Enjoy!

Give Me”
(feat. Mali Music)

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Mali, let’s go get ’em![Mali Singing:]
Give me that joy I can’t explain
Add extra peace that’ll ease my pain
I want that love that’ll never change
Give me that, Give me thatGive me that power to walk away
When another God wants to take your place
As much of you as I can take
Give me that, Give me that

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Anybody ready

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Ready for his glory

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
If your a seeker for life

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Let me tell you this story

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Every place that’s dark

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
He will bring it to light

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Hypocritical hearts, back sliders, liars time to get right

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
See I include myself

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
I cast my own stone

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
I’m the man in the mirror ya’ll

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
I can see my wrong

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
But I’m here by grace

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Through Christ by faith

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
I had to make that choice, I had to open up my mouth and say

[Mali:]
Give me that joy I can’t explain
Add extra peace that’ll ease my pain
I want that love that’ll never change
Give me that, Give me that

Give me that power to walk away
When another God wants to take your place
As much of you as I can take
Give me that, Give me that

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Anybody tired

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
You want the show to end

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Get the actors off stage, and let the church begin

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Do you want a revolution?

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
You wanna hear new songs?

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
God is cleaning up house

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
And first he’s starting right at home

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
No more miracle water, prayer cloths for money and fame

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Everybody gotta title, but do you know your name

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
If we humble ourselves, people

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
Fall on our face

[Choir sings:]
Oh oh oh

[Kirk Franklin speaking:]
And ask God everything in me that’s not right take it away

[Mali: x2]
Gimme that joy I can’t explain
Add extra peace that’ll ease the pain
I want that love that’ll never change
Give me that, Give me that
Ohh I want the power to walk away
When another God wants to take your place
As much of you Lord as I can take
Give me that, Give me that

[Mali:]
And I choose you today, cause I need you today
I can’t get away
See, there’s no escape
See what you done to me
I’m not the same ol’ me
You took away everything
Now you’re my everything

[Choir sings:]
I choose you today, (yeah)
Cause I need you today (yeah)
I can’t get away (I can’t run from you)
See, there’s no escape (see what you done to your boy) (there’s no escape)
See what you done to me (I’m not the same old me)
I’m not the same ol’ me (you took everything)
You took away everything (now your my everything)
Now you’re my everything

[Mali:]
Give me that God who breathes life into the nostrils of man
A sovereign God who predestined creation before time began
I want a God who with brilliance and elegance decorated darkness with stars
The God who orchestrates the future, at the same time He knows where you are
Give me that God who supplies my needs ’cause he owns all the cattles on the hill
And He’s the God that wipes my tears, and provides enough to pay all my bills
Gimmie me that God, that’s the God I’m talking bout
Gimmie me that God, that’s the God I’m talking bout
Give me that, Give me that
Give me that, Ooh ooh o0h

[Choir: x2]
Gimme that joy I can’t explain
Add extra peace that’ll ease my pain
I want that love that’ll never change
Give me that, Give me that
Give me that power to walk away
When another God wants to take your place
As much of you as I can take
Give me that, Give me that

Gimme that joy I can’t explain [x2]
I’m at a loss for words now
I’m so happy, you make me happy now
Gimme that joy I can’t explain
Add extra peace that’ll, Add extra peace that’ll ease the pain
I want that love that’ll never change ya’ll
Give me that, Give me that, Give me that…
Oh oh oh oh yeah