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You Are; Simply YOU ARE!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

You are, Lord Jesus, the bright and morning star. You are the reason that I live. You are the One that I adore, that I lean on, cling to, rely on, and trust in. You are everything to me; my life, my breath and my reason for living. You are the One that I look to for the answers to life's questions. There is none above You or beside You. It is through You that all things were created and they are held together by the word of Your power. You are the greatest, most awesome person in my life. You are; simply YOU ARE!

“My Child, you are the object of my affection. You are the reason that I went to Calvary. Yes, I looked down through the ages to when you would be born and I knew you would need a Savior; that you would need a Healer; a Deliverer; One who would rescue you from the kingdom of darkness. It is true that I had you on My mind when I went to that cross. You and the millions of others that have gone before you and that will follow after you. I died that all people might have life. But so many reject Me, Child. They have turned their backs on Me and gone the way of the world around them. They are like sheep without a Shepherd; caught up on the world's pleasures that only last for a season. My heart is grieved over the loss of even one little one. I long for them to come into My sheepfold. They are lost sheep, Child. Who will tell them of My salvation? Will you tell them, child? Will you share the way of salvation with them? Will you spread the good news that I died that they might have life? You are My mouthpiece; You are My example; You are My hands and feet. You are; simply YOU ARE!”

My friend, if you have never received Jesus in your heart, may today be your day of salvation. He died for you that you might be spared from an eternity apart from Him; separated and alone. He died that you might live! Won't you give your heart to Jesus today? If you desire to make Him your Lord and Savior please pray this prayer with me and sincerely mean it in your heart:

Father, I come before You this morning recognizing and acknowledging that I am a sinner; both by birth and by choice. I need You in my life. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for me and was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit. I believe that He is alive today and sits at Your right hand in heaven. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and I invite Jesus into my heart to be my own personal Lord and Savior. I vow to live every day of my life for You, Lord Jesus! I receive You into my heart and I thank You for saving me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”


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  Oh what a beautiful word. Thank you Avanell for sharing the love of Christ with us. emoticon

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DIDMIS 9/23/2012 10:26PM

    emoticon and so true. I believe and preach it.

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RONALANA 9/23/2012 3:25PM

    Giving my life to Jesus and choosing to accept HIS free gift of salvation was the most important decision of my life! HE freely offers it to whoever will believe, repent and confess HIM as Lord and Savior! What joy and peace floods my soul!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/23/2012 3:02PM

    I focus on Him as if my life depended on it.....Some times my attention is taking away but I try to move myself back into my relationship with Him.

God bless Avanell & let's go!


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EDITOR 9/23/2012 12:59PM

    He is everything you have said He is. And we are all asked to tell others of Him.

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GABY1948 9/23/2012 8:28AM

    This is certainly what it is all about! The invitation for one to become His and for Him to become their Savior AND Lord! Best day of anyone's life, when that person accepts the invitation and means it with all their heart! Thanks, Avie, for your faithfulness in following the Lord's Word!

Have a Blessed Sunday and week!

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The Secret For Life's Journey

Saturday, September 22, 2012

“There is a secret to being content and satisfied in whatever state you are in, Child. It is found as you come to Me seeking the sufficiency that you need to meet the circumstances in your life. The ability to succeed in all things lies in Me and I will infuse you with the sufficiency to meet and exceed all things in your life. I will pour My strength into you as you come and rest in Me. Do not be afraid of what lies ahead of you. Just know that when you need strength I am here to full you up with all that I have. I will not let you go through life with insufficiency. You will have whatever you need to be content.”

“Do not worry about tomorrow for I have already faced your tomorrows and prepared for your sufficiency in them. I see your life from the beginning to the end in one full picture. You only see the past and the present, but I go before you into your tomorrows. I have already made provision for what you have need of. So when you get there just come to Me and I will fill you with the strength to meet the challenge. Do not try to meet life's challenges through your own strength or ability. Come to Me and be strengthened. I will help you conquer all fear, doubt and unbelief that comes against you for you are My child, the apple of My eye. Do not fear what the enemy can do to you. Am I not much bigger than any foe that would come against you? Keep your eyes focused on Me for I am your help in the time of trouble. I will be with you; I will strengthen you and harden you to difficulties so they will have no power over you. You will be like a strong oak tree swaying in the breezes of adversity through My strength and power. You are My child; I have called you by Your name. I will go with you and help you. You will not be overpowered or defeated by life's challenges. I am with you!”

Thank You, Father, for Your strength to help in the time of trouble. You are my stronghold; my high fortress and my deliverer. You are my help in the time of adversity. You are the great I AM; the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You are more than enough for all that I need. Thank You for going before me into every situation that I encounter. Thank You for making provision for me and for strengthening me for my journey through life. I will not fear because You are my God. You are bigger than anything that I would encounter in this life and You are with me to help me. Thank You, Father, for watching over me; for protecting me from my enemies and for providing for my every need. To You be all the glory, honor and praise! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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ANHELIC 9/22/2012 11:56PM

    Thank you Avanell for your great lesson. Yes, God goes before us and we have nothing to fear. He knows our tomorrows and we only know our present and past. We will never succeed dewelling on th past. Lot God go before us and ease our tomorrows. I have a poster on my bedroom door that says,"The Lord and I make a great team. I know where I have been and He knows where I am going." How true. God bless you for sharing God's message with us.

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KALLIE1958AR 9/22/2012 3:29PM

    I loved this ... is awesome .. I thank you ... for sharing this was needed today for sure .. going thru some things nothing new lol .. seems to be my life but helps to read when you read such a uplifting post ... emoticon

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RONALANA 9/22/2012 2:47PM

    I agree with Editor - you should compile your blog posts into a book. This is the first blog I come to when I get on Spark People. Thanks for sharing!

-------------------------"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7

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GABY1948 9/22/2012 8:40AM

    The Lord's Words are always so comforting...this world needs comfort so badly now and I pray that the Holy Spirit draws more to teachings such as yours that will bring in the harvest that I know is coming! Thank you always for your teachings and for your prayers that guide us how to pray!

Blessings to you, Avanell!

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EDITOR 9/22/2012 7:53AM

    My spirit says a book published one day is warranted Don't rush it. He is never in a rush, but keep these thiings held in your heart, Avanell, and keep on sharing as the Spirit of God allows. I destroyed my first book I wrote because I didn't understand how few the genune listeners there were. Nevertheless, I will reach a generation, as you will, because God speaks it and His words cannot fail.

Lord, only You can see the future and what it holds. Help us to learn from the past, live in today, and bless our future generations as You see fit through us. We are a vessel for Your use. Let us grasp that and be molded day by day as You see warranted. Bless those that will read here and those that will hear tomorrow as this beloved child of yours listens with her heart and not her head. And lead us not astray. In His Name and for his glory. Amen.

I would rather listen than talk!

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Life's Fulfillment

Friday, September 21, 2012

Acts 17:24-28 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, “Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'”

Father, I thank You for living within me. Thank You for leading the way each day for me. I pray that You will forgive me for the times I've chosen to go my own way and have ignored Your directions. I know that You created me for Yourself, that You might fill me with Your thoughts and desires so I might fulfill the plan that You have for my life. Please help me to choose Your ways over my own. Thank You for filling me with Your very presence. It's in You that I live and move and have my being. I was made for You to inhabit and I thank You for filling my spirit with Your Spirit. May You be glorified in me today, Lord Jesus!

“My child, My children seek all kinds of things to bring satisfaction and contentment into their lives. And all that is needed for them to be happy is for them to look to My Spirit within them. I live in each one of My believers. I inhabit their innermost being. It is in Me that they find life and that more abundantly. It is not in the things that they possess or the places that they go. They are looking for Me in all the wrong places. You must connect with Me to have the abundant life that I provide. Look unto Me and live fulfilled and satisfied. Look unto the world and continue to long for Me for the world does not offer anything that even remotely resembles Me. You can only have contentment through knowing Me for I am the life-giver. Look unto Me and live. Look unto the world and continue to be hungry!”

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/22/2012 2:30AM

    We have Him to thank for all that we are, have and do. Thanks for sharing!

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ANHELIC 9/21/2012 11:42PM

    Thank you Avanell for a great lesson. We don't have to look anywhere but to the Lord for our happiness, help, and comfort. He will direct our footsteps in the right direction for a full life. I like your quote that Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil. What a wonderful point you made. God bless you for sharing God's word with us.

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KATCHATTEAM 9/21/2012 3:51PM

    This a wonderful Blog emoticon

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GABY1948 9/21/2012 2:26PM

    How true! Each day I think you can't outdo the previous day for the Lord...and yet the next day you do!!!! I especially love the first Picture Quote...Life Without God Is Like An Unsharpened Pencil...There is No Point! God Bless you, dear friend!

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RONALANA 9/21/2012 1:58PM

    When we have Jesus, we have EVERYTHING!

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EDITOR 9/21/2012 1:45PM

    What a joy the Lord is! How He loves us! Anyone reading this message today must surely realize this!
Thanks for goodie and note with updates, Avanell.

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SLIMLEAF 9/21/2012 9:31AM

    Father, you're quite right - I keep looking in the wrong places for comfort, strength and help. I try to look for you and you know I ask you to help me but I'm obviously not very good at listening or seeing yet because often you don't seem to answer. I know you're there all the time and that you love me. Please help me to keep looking to you for all I need and to find you. And please forgive me for when I look for you in the fridge or in a chocolate bar or, worse, in the 'comfort' of self-harm.
Yours always

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The Umpire Of My Life

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

“You were called to live in My peace, Child. The decision that you make will either bring peace or unrest into your life. Learn to seek Me before making decisions and allow My peace to rule the decision making process. You will know which way to take by the the peace or lack thereof. If you do not feel at peace about a situation do not do it. That's My way of explaining to you that it is not the right direction for you to take. I will give a check or uneasiness within your spirit to indicate what you should do. You must pray and seek My will before making these decisions as I know which way you should go. Allow Me to lead you and I will guide you into peace for I have called you to live in harmony in your relationships; both with Me and with your fellow believers. Allow My peace to rule your heart and you will not experience the heartache that comes with making wrong decisions. Let Me lead you and guide you in the way you should go!”

Father, I thank You for Your peace. I know, Father, that You lead and guide us by peace in our hearts. I pray that I might always follow the way of peace in my heart so I won't get into situations that are not in Your will for my life. Help me to overcome the temptation to make decisions based on my emotions which go against the peace or disharmony that I sense at times when I am not supposed to go a certain direction. You know what is best for me, Father, and I trust you to lead me in the right way. Please forgive me for the times when I have not followed Your peace and made unwise choices that affected the quality of life that I was living. Show me the way that I should take in these times of decision and give me the courage to follow Your peace in each one of them. Thank You, Father. Amen.

Peace – Greek word eirene – Strong's #1515 – menas a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It generally denotes a perfect well-being.

Have you ever made a decision that you just felt uneasy about within your heart? That's the Spirit of God within you trying to say “don't do that”! There have been times when I have made those decisions and then there have been other times when I followed the lack of peace within and made the right decision. It was at those times of correct decisions that, as I made them, I would feel God's peace sweep over me and a huge load was lifted off my shoulders. If only we would learn to follow that peace all the time then our lives would be much less complicated.

What does it mean when it says “let the peace of God rule”? Well, I think of it as being like an umpire in a baseball game. What He says goes! If he rules that ball as a strike even though the batter didn't flinch when the ball passed by him, it is a strike! The players are lead by the umpire's decision. That's how God wants us to live; ruled by His peace. We are called to live in peace. When our emotions are involved we will not always have peace in our hearts because we are pulled one direction or another by how we feel. I am learning that I cannot trust my emotions all the time. But if I allow peace or the lack of it to direct me then I will experience a peaceful lifestyle.

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RONALANA 9/21/2012 1:57PM

    I have certainly made decisions without seeking the Lord - and not been able to sleep at night after making them! I'm learning with each passing day that it pays to wait on the Lord! The photo of the waterfall you posted looks so much like the Iguassu Falls here in Brazil! Thanks for your inspirational posts!

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ANHELIC 9/20/2012 11:19PM

    Thank you Avanell for an awesome lesson. Yes, we need pray for the Peace of God. I remember times I have made a decision tht went wrong. I did not pray for guidance from God. I learned a hard lesson those time. Now I pray before making choices and ask God to guide me through these situations. This lesson was really well done. I am keeping it for myself to re-read it. What an awesome reminder. Sending you God's richest blessings. Thank you for the comments on my blog.

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CIERAPOET 9/20/2012 4:59PM

    Amen! The Peace of God Is Never Wrong! So many Christians' Lives Would Be So Much of A Better Quality If They Would Simply Follow The Peace of God For Every Decision. I've Made Many Mistakes By Not Following The Peace Or Non Peace In My Heart. And You're Right About the Holy Umpire. I Let The Peace Of God Rule and Reign In My Heart In Jesus' Name!

Thank You For This Great Teaching! Many Blessings To You!
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GABY1948 9/20/2012 8:58AM

    Avanell, thank you so much! I pray that others learn to heed that inner voice. Like you, there have been times I didn't listen to that inner voice myself, early on in my walk with the Lord. EVERY time I didn't heed it or understand it, I was sorry afterward. I always call it a "glitch" to dh and I never miss those "glitches" now. It makes life so much easier and richer!

God Bless your faithfulness to us! May your blogs reach more and more, in Jesus name, in these harsh days!

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EDITOR 9/20/2012 8:25AM

    The umpire is sometimes wrong. The crowd boos but he is paid to call 'em as he sees them. Often we call them wrong, but His peace guides us and encourages us to hit a home run next time around.

To live in harmony is always our choice, but because we sometimes get a foul we cannot always predict. I am not a sports nut, but I know God is touching hearts today as we move from one sport season to another.

Peace He leaves us and may we whether first, second, third base find ours. May we be unbiased in our discernment as He is with us. There is no 3 strikes you are out.

This was a very good blog and may others hear the call of the Ultimate Umpires voice.

Also thanks for the goodie and note yesterday.

Please keep hearing His voice. It is the only thing I respond to and it is doing a cleansing work in those that believe He has been silent for 2000 some years.

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  Wonderful teaching. Thank you for sharing emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 9/20/2012 8:10AM

  awesome thanks for sharing

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Living By The Spirit

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Oh Father, I come before Your throne this morning to hear Your voice, to spend time with You; to come to know You more. You are my God. There is none beside You. It is from You that I receive the words of life. I yield to You this morning. Have Your way in me today. Calm my anxious soul and speak hope and direction to my heart. For You are the One that I praise!

“Do not let your heart be troubled, Child. Look unto Me for I am your hope of salvation. There is no other way but Mine. Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me. I am near; closer than a brother. I am within you. Follow and I will lead you. Do not look to the right or to the left. Look only unto Me. You are My child and I will lead you by My Spirit within. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust in Me. I know all things that will transpire in your life. I know the road ahead of you and what obstacles you will encounter. Your best interest is in My heart. I will not leave you to walk that road alone. Lean on Me, for I am your strength and salvation. Trust My judgment for I know what is best for you.”

One of the hardest lessons for me in life has been learning to lean on the Lord and not on my own understanding. I was taught to be self-sufficient. If something was to get done it would be my responsibility to see that it is done. My life has been one that required hard work and diligence on my part in order to provide for myself and my children. So, it seems that at times I try to continue directing my own course, looking for my own thoughts and working under my own power and ability. Many times God has had to remind me of who is in control in my life. It's Him, not me. I get my orders from my Commander in Chief. He is the Great Shepherd of my soul and it's in Him that I trust!

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RONALANA 9/19/2012 3:19PM

    Trying to do things in our own effort - this has been a struggle for all since Adam tried to cover his sin by his own efforts!!

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ANHELIC 9/19/2012 11:25AM

    Thank you Avanell for another great lesson and your testimony. I think each of us have tried to do things on our own, knowing after all we have to rely and lean on the Lord. It is through Jesus that all things are possible and I too am living on my own and at times feel I can't handle situations. I realize it is through our wonderful Jesus and Holy Spirit that walk us through situations. Thank you for reminding us that we can't do it alone. I have a poster on my bedroom door that says "The Lord and I make a perfect team. I know where I've been and He knows where I'm going." I am relying on His leadership and guidance. God bless you for sharing. Thank you for your comments and goodie.

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CANDOSUE52 9/19/2012 9:12AM


Thank you, Avanell. I appreciate your God-breathed blogs.
They mean a lot to me!

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GABY1948 9/19/2012 8:57AM

    Avanell, another lovely teaching that I can certainly relate to...especially your own testimony in the last paragraph. This is me also...I have to stop and regroup and ask the Lord what it is that HE wants me to do or say.

Thank you for all your insight and teaching. We will all be learning until the day He comes for us or we leave the earth through sleep. THANKS so very much!

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SUNSET09 9/19/2012 8:03AM

  I had gotten so tired of doing things on my own, I have learned to lean only on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and He will and has fought my battles. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDITOR 9/19/2012 7:44AM

    So lovely, Avanell. Please listen and share so others do not doubt the Good Shepherd leads His flock into green pastures and calls them by name. He is alive and gives us the same devotion as He did to His chosen ones when He walked the earth. The Holy Sprit is alive and well. Tell others of Him!

Thanks for the updates, goodie and note. I can't tell you how imortant this is to not only myself but others who might just be reading and not commenting.

May we always know who the Commander-in-Chief realyl is and we are in subjection, with respect, to Him!

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