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Prayers continue for Irene.
Sending another card today.
Thank you, Marcy!

Choose wisely what we do with our bodies ! Make good food choices and move often as possible! we will be rewarded with better health
Thank you God for our blessings!


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Me too Pat

Praying for a speedy recovery for both Irene and Marsha

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My prayers are for a speedy recovery for both Irene and Marsha
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Amen, Pat

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“Father, today I release to You all that I am and everything that I have. I invite You to flood every part of my being and use me for Your glory. Thank You for using what is in my hand in Jesus name. Amen.”

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Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture
“Then the LORD said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’...”
(Exodus 4:2, NIV
What’s in Your Hand?
Do you ever feel inadequate for what you are called to do? You’re not the first one! So often, when we think of Moses, we remember him as the great spiritual giant who led the Israelites out of captivity. But did you know that Moses doubted himself, too? He didn’t feel equipped. In fact, he was even self-conscious because he had a stuttering problem! God simply said to him, “What do you have in your hand?” In the next few moments, God showed Moses that it didn’t matter what equipment he thought he needed. The God of the universe can take what you have and turn it into whatever it needs to be in order for you to accomplish what you’ve been called to.

So what’s in your hand today? It may not seem like much, but God wants to use it. He wants to take you to places you never dreamed. He wants to pour out His blessing and favor so you can live the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I release to You all that I am and everything that I have. I invite You to flood every part of my being and use me for Your glory. Thank You for using what is in my hand in Jesus name. Amen.”

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Bella I just wrote a blog that answers your question. Thank you for your response on the devotion.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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Irene you always seem to be speaking to me.
As I was reading your post I was reminded of some thing I was told as a teen (A Long Time Ago))
As a teen I went to what was called Newmen club at my church (why it was called that considering it was for boys & girls I never did find out )
The priest said if we ask God our prays will be answered. Maybe not the way we want, but in Gods time and the way he chooses. We were told to only ask once, That God hears us and He will decide when and how.
Funny that after all theses years I still remember that.
Hope you are feeling better today
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Keep Waiting—God is at Work

by Max Lucado • June 25

I’m convinced the Sabbath was created for frantic souls like me, people who need a weekly reminder that the world will not stop if I do.

In one of the most dramatic examples of waiting in the Bible, Daniel prays for people who had been oppressed for seventy years. He abstained from food and drink for twenty-one days, as he labored in prayer, persisted, pleaded, and agonized. No response. On the twenty-second day an angel of God appeared. He revealed to Daniel that his prayer had been heard on the first day.

From an earthly perspective, nothing was happening. But from a heavenly perspective a battle was raging in the heavens. God was working! What if Daniel had given up…lost faith…or walked away from God? Consider these better questions: What if you give up? Lose faith? Walk away? Don’t! God is at work. Keep waiting!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Bella if it would only last.

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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I get this Irene. I always have. I always try to see the lesson to be learned. I feel it's a shame that a lot of people only turn to God in times of trouble. I remember when 911 happened . I live in New York City it was a horrible day. I attained a special mass my church was holding. To my surprise the church was packed.
Farther Barry welcomed all of us saying he was glad to see all the new faces and hoped to see them all again throughout the year.
I truly felt sad that it took this tragedy to bring theses people to church. As I thought about it later on in the day when we held a candela, prayer gathering at our neighborhood park( again about 200 people showed up,) I then felt at least al the people are coming together and praying.

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God’s Doing What’s Best for Us

by Max Lucado • June 23

God is at work in each of us whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not. Lamentations 3:33 says, “He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.” He doesn’t delight in our sufferings, but He delights in our development. It’s what Paul pointed out in Philippians 1:6, “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.”

Don’t see your struggle as an interruption to life but as preparation for life. No one said the road would be easy or painless. But God will use this mess for something good. This trouble you are in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. God is doing what’s best for us, training us to live God’s holy best!

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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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emoticon Bella for reading the devotionals

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Hi Cheryl - Will pray for your family and you too emoticon

I think our lives go in a cycles. The bad times make us stronger and the good times make up happy and get us ready for the next lesson to be learned.

As always emoticon Irene

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Today’s Pop Quiz

by Max Lucado • June 22

Each day has a pop quiz. And some seasons are final exams. Brutal, sudden pitfalls of stress, sickness, or sadness. What is the purpose of the test? James 1:3-4 says, “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”

God hasn’t forgotten you. Just the opposite. He has chosen to train you. The Hebrew verb for test comes from a word that means “to take a keen look at; to choose.” Dismiss the notion that God does not see your struggle. On the contrary, God is fully engaged. He is the Teacher; we are the students. Trust His training. You’ll get through this. He can make something good out of your mess!

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Again I say emoticon Cush. There is a scripture which says "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house". When I read that I stood on it for years until I saw them all come in.

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Hi ladies,

Tonight's reading continues to be an encouragement. I also have family members that I would like to see serving the Lord. Reading your stories gives me hope. Thanks for sharing.

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Irene I don't belike this I wrote on your fathers day blog before I read your post here and as you can see from my response it fits in with this post.

I just wrote on Irene's post " My Dad wasn't a church going man. He was a believer and would give anyone the shirt off his back if need be. He said he didn't have to go to church to pray that God heard him no matter where he was.He did make sure us kids went though. I once asked him why we had to go if he didn't ? He said we weren't old enough or wise enough to make that choice. "

My husband and I went to church with our sons.and sent them to a catholic school. For a while as young adults they both pulled away and it didn't seem like they were going to return to church. I am happy to say they have returned to God and are doing the same for there children now.
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Irene - Just finished reading you blog about your dad. Loved it wonderful story. emoticon

Pat -Thank You emoticon

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They are Watching

by Max Lucado • April 23

Seekers may not understand all that happens in a house of worship. They may not understand the meaning of a song or the significance of communion, but they know joy when they see it. By the way, wouldn’t the opposite be equally true? What happens when a seeker sees boredom on your face? Others are worshiping and you’re scowling? Others are seeking God’s face while you’re seeking the face of your watch?

As long as I’m getting personal—parents, what are your children learning from your worship? Do they see the same excitement as when you go to a baseball game? Do they see you hungry to see the face of your Father? Or do they see you content to leave the way you came? They’re watching. Believe me…they are watching! May I urge you to be just like Jesus…and prepare your heart for worship.

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emoticon Cush. I appreciate your reading the devotions and commenting on them.

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Yesterday was so good I came back for more and again I would also like to pray the prayer.

Thank you for providing the words for me to say exacly what I want to say.

“Father, thank You for ordering my steps. Help me to see clearly the plan You have for me today and every day. I submit every area of my life to You and trust that You are working behind the scenes for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”


Thanks again

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Thank you Bella! Wonderful tribute to the Dads in your life!
Pat

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Thank you Bella. I wrote a blog about my father. Quite a story. The good and the bad.
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Thanks again Irene

“Father, thank You for ordering my steps. Help me to see clearly the plan You have for me today and every day. I submit every area of my life to You and trust that You are working behind the scenes for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

You visited my blog and ask who everyone was. Didn't know where else to post this so you would see it


1 - My Dad (Mom and son)
2- Husbands Dad
3 - Daughter i laws father (my grandson)
4 - My first huband ( died when my son was two)
4- Hubby (my son)
5- Son ( my grandson)
6 - Grandson ( my Great Grandson)


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Joel Osteen

Today’s Scripture
“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”
(Proverbs 16:9, NASB)

He Directs Your Steps
What are you doing to bring your dreams to pass? Are you getting prepared? Do you have clear direction? Are you taking steps of faith? Success is intentional. You may not know what steps to take right now, but God has a good plan for your life. If you’ll do your part to seek Him and begin to make plans to succeed, God will guide you. He will direct your steps. You don’t have to vaguely go through life. God wants to show you His plan. He wants to pour out His blessing on you and see you living a life of victory.

Decide today to make plans to succeed. Write down your goals. Make time to evaluate where you are in life. Evaluate your finances, your career and your relationships. Don’t go another week without having a plan for your future. Evaluate how you’re spending your time and money. If you’ll go beyond dreaming and start making plans to succeed, God promises that He’s going to direct your steps. He will lead you down the path of His favor.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for ordering my steps. Help me to see clearly the plan You have for me today and every day. I submit every area of my life to You and trust that You are working behind the scenes for my good in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you Cush. Your words meant so much to me as I feel most people do not read them.
God bless you;

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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Timing is so funny. I used to check in just to read your devotionals and have not done so in a long time. Today I read it and it could not have been more appropriate for me. Thank you for to continuing to post daily. emoticon


I would also like to pray the prayer.

“Father, thank You for making me a new creation. Thank You for empowering me to live as an over comer. I give this day to You and ask You to help me fully understand the plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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emoticon Bella I appreciate you reading the devotions. You are the only one who does I believe and it means so much to me.

Edited by: DIDMIS at: 6/20/2015 (15:04)
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“Father, thank You for making me a new creation. Thank You for empowering me to live as an overcomer. I give this day to You and ask You to help me fully understand the plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Thank you for posting this Irene, I needed this reminder. emoticon

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Today’s Scripture
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

New Creation
Everyone loves to get something new. But as a believer in Jesus, you’re not only getting something new, you are something new. You are a brand new creation! Your eternal being, the spirit on the inside of you, is re-created in Christ. The old is gone, the new has come.

The Bible also talks about working out our salvation. That means you have to retrain your body and mind to act, think, speak and live according to the new spirit within you instead of the old habits you used to have. Don’t ever get stuck in a rut thinking, “I’ll never change...that’s just the way I am.” No, the Bible says that the Spirit of God aids us in our weakness. He gives us strength to overcome. He empowers us to live as more than conquerors.

Is there something you want to change in your life today? Remember, you are a new creation in Christ. You are empowered to overcome. You are equipped to walk in the new, abundant life the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for making me a new creation. Thank You for empowering me to live as an overcomer. I give this day to You and ask You to help me fully understand the plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel Osteen

IRENE FROM TEXAS
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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So true Irene. Our troubles make us stronger and wiser. emoticon

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God is Not Sometimes Sovereign

by Max Lucado • June 19

This season in which you find yourself may puzzle you, but it does not bewilder God. He can and will use it for His purpose. God is not sometimes sovereign. He is not occasionally victorious. Jeremiah 30:24 reminds us, “The Lord shall not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the thoughts and intents of His mind.”

Case in point. Joseph in prison. From an earthly viewpoint the Egyptian jail was the tragic conclusion of Joseph’s life. The devil had Joseph just where he wanted him. So did God. What Satan intended for evil, God used for testing. If you see your troubles as nothing more than isolated hassles and hurts, you will grow bitter and angry. But, if you see your troubles as tests used by God for his glory and your maturity—then even the smallest incidents take on significance!

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IRENE FROM TEXAS
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Actions Have Consequences

by Max Lucado • June 18

Actions have consequences! In the book of Genesis we read how Joseph placed his loyalty above lust when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife. His primary concern was the preference of God when he said, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God” (Genesis 39:9)?

The lesson we learn from Joseph is surprisingly simple: Do what pleases God. Your co-workers want to include a trip to a gentleman’s club on the evening agenda. What do you do? Do what pleases God. Your date invites you to conclude the evening with drinks at his place. How should you reply? Do what pleases God.

You don’t fix a struggling marriage with an affair, a drug problem with more drugs, debt with more debt. You don’t get out of a mess by making another one. You’ll never go wrong doing what is right. Just do what pleases God.

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My heart and prayers go out to the families affected by the AME church shootings last night!
Evil still persists! Makes you wonder how a 21 year old could build up so much hatred!



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SHOW THIS TO YOUR FATHER, HUSBAND, SON, GRANDSON

Do What Pleases God

by Max Lucado • June 17

Years ago a friend gave me this counsel: Make a list of all the lives you would affect by your sexual immorality. I did. The list includes Denalyn, my three daughters, my sons-in-law, and my grandchild. Every so often, I reread it. And the list reminds me that one act of carnality is a poor exchange for a lifetime of lost legacy.

Dads, would you intentionally break the arm of your child? Of course not. Such an action would violate every fiber of your moral being. Yet if you engage in sexual activity outside your marriage, you’ll bring much more pain into the life of your child than would a broken bone.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asked the rhetorical question: “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?”

Actions have consequences. So what do you do? Do what pleases God!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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More Sponge, Less Rock

by Max Lucado • June 15

Make God’s presence your passion. How? Be more sponge and less rock. Put a rock in the ocean, and what happens? Its surface gets wet. The exterior may change color, but the interior remains untouched. Yet place a sponge in the ocean, and notice the change. It absorbs the water. The ocean penetrates every pore and alters the essence of the sponge. God surrounds us in the same way the Pacific surrounds an ocean floor pebble. He is everywhere—above, below, on all sides.

We choose our response—rock or sponge? Resist or receive? Hard hearts never heal. Spongy ones do. The Psalmist determined, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Open every pore of your soul to God’s presence!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Today’s Scripture
“...and his name shall be called...The Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

The Prince of Peace
Aren’t you glad Jesus is our Prince of Peace? He rules our hearts with peace. He gives us peace that passes understanding—which means we can have peace when it doesn’t make sense. We can have peace in the midst of the storm. We can have peace in the midnight hour. We can have peace when gas prices go up and the housing market goes down. We can have constant peace because we are connected to the true source of peace!

Do you need more peace in your life? Call on the Prince of Peace. Give Him your burdens and cares. The Bible says that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. When we are working and living the way God intends—full of peace and joy—we are carrying His “light” burden. We are working with His “easy” yoke. Don’t carry the worries and stresses of this life! Call on the Prince of Peace, and He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed. His peace will open doors for you that no one can shut! Walk in His peace and in the life of victory He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for peace that guides and protects me. I choose Your Word today which says that I can walk and live in Your peace. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace in my life today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Today’s Scripture
“This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
(Joshua 1:8, AMP)

Observe to Do
When you speak the Word of God, something powerful takes place in your life. That’s why this verse says to not let it depart from your mouth. In other words, keep speaking and confessing the Word of God—no matter what your circumstances seem like. When you keep God’s Word in your mind, heart and mouth, it empowers you to obey all of the Lord’s commands. Do you need strength today to overcome temptation? Do you need power to walk in love? Declare what the Word of God says about your situation. Declare that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Notice what this verse says will happen when you are walking in obedience to God’s Word: The Word of God is the key to having abundance and success in every area of your life. As you continue to speak the Word of God, you will be empowered in every area of your life, and you will live the life of victory the Lord has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your Word which gives me strength and hope. Fill me with Your power so that I can obey Your Word and walk in victory. I bless You and praise You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Today’s Scripture
“Do not neglect your gift...”
(1 Timothy 4:14, NIV)

Pursue Your Strengths
God has equipped each one of us with specific gifts and talents. It’s up to you to not only identify those gifts, but to be disciplined to develop those gifts. You have to learn to stay in your strength zone. What are you naturally good at? What do you enjoy doing? Take the time to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and as the Scripture says, give yourself to your gifts. In other words, don’t spend all your time trying to improve your weaknesses. Don’t waste valuable days pursuing things that are outside of your main gifting. Focus on your strengths.

There is something that you’re good at naturally—something you can do that comes easy to you. Step out into your area of gifting. Are you good with people? Are you good with your hands? Do you have a great voice? Find ways to develop those gifts. Know that your gifts and talents are a part of your divine destiny. If you’ll be comfortable with who God made you to be and thank Him for your unique gifting, you’ll not only enjoy your life more, but you’ll be ready to receive the abundant blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for equipping me with everything I need to be successful in this life. I ask that You show me how to develop the gifts within me for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen


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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Enjoy God’s Presence

by Max Lucado • June 12

You will never go where God is not. Envision the next few hours of your life. Where will you find yourself? In a school? God indwells the classroom. On the highways? His presence lingers among the traffic. In the hospital, the boardroom, the living room, the funeral home? God will be there.

Acts 17:27 says, “He is not far from each one of us.” Each of us. God doesn’t play favorites. All people can enjoy God’s presence. But many don’t. They plod through life as if their only strength was their own. As if their only solution comes from within, not from above. They live God-less lives. Lay claim to the nearness of God. Grip God’s promise like the parachute it is. Repeat it to yourself over and over. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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I am not afraid of death. emoticon

This reminds me of a song.- Be Not Afraid - John Michael Talbot
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The One Gift Troubles Cannot Touch

by Max Lucado • June 11

What do you still have that you cannot lose? My father had just retired. He and mom wanted to visit every national park in their travel trailer. Then came the diagnosis of ALS, a cruel degenerative disease that affects the muscles. Within months, the world, as he knew it, was gone.

Denalyn and I were preparing to do mission work in Brazil. I offered to change my plans. But Dad’s reply was immediate and confident. “Go, I have no fear of death or eternity, so don’t be concerned about me. Just Go. Please Him.” His retirement; years with his children and grandchildren; years with his wife—the loss was severe, but it wasn’t complete. “Dad,” I could have asked him, “what do you have that you cannot lose?” He still had God’s call on his heart! And so do you!

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Some just don't accept it. I feel for them as we have so much fun with God at our side.

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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We are all Gods children.
Just some of us know it emoticon
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His First Choice

by Max Lucado • June 9

You are God’s child. He saw you, picked you, and placed you! Jesus said, “You did not choose me, I chose you!” You are God’s child. Replacement or fill-in? Hardly. You are His first choice. The choice wasn’t obligatory, required, compulsory, forced, or compelled. He selected you because He wanted to. You are His open, willful, voluntary choice. He walked onto the auction block where you stood, and He proclaimed, This child is mine!

1 Peter 1:19 says He bought you, “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” You are His child forever. Your struggles will not last forever—but you will. The promise is in 2 Timothy 2:12: “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.” Believe it. Clutch it. Tattoo it on the interior of your heart! You are God’s child.

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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You are right Bella emoticon has no power over us just as he didn't have power over Joseph.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Satan does Not have power over me.
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Looking Upward

by Max Lucado • June 8

Genesis tells us, When Joseph had come to his brothers, they stripped him of his tunic. They took him and cast him into a pit. . .and they sat down to eat a meal. (37:23-25)

Joseph’s hands were bound, his ankles tied, and his voice became hoarse from screaming. It wasn’t that his brothers didn’t hear him. Twenty-two years later, when a famine tamed their swagger, they would confess, “we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear” (Gen 42:21).

You’re a version of Joseph. You carry something of God within you—something the world needs. If Satan can neutralize you, he can mute your influence. Life in the pit stinks! Yet it forces you to look upward. Someone from up there must come down here and give you a hand. God did for Joseph, and He will do the same for you!

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Love this post Irene emoticon

Yep In Gods Time emoticon

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God Redeems for Good

by Max Lucado • June 3

Have you wept your final tear or received your last round of chemotherapy? Not necessarily. Will your unhappy marriage become happy in a heartbeat? Not likely. Does God guarantee the absence of struggle and the abundance of strength? Not in this life. But he does pledge to reweave your pain for a higher purpose.

It won’t be quick! Sometimes God takes His time. One hundred twenty years to prepare Noah for the flood, eighty years to prepare Moses for his work. How long will God take with you? He may take His time. His history is redeemed not in minutes but in lifetimes. We see a perfect mess; God sees a perfect chance to train, test, and teach. We see a prison…God sees bootcamp! What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good!

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Nice Irene,
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Today I sat and meditated, let my mind rest in God and praised Him.

Then I picked up my Bible which was in my lap and read:

[Mat 11:3-5 NKJV] 3 and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"
This was his question.
John was in jail and although he had already seen the glory of God he began to wonder.

4 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
1. Tell him what you hear (Spiritually) We have to hear the word spiritually before we
we can believe.
2. Tell him the things you see (spiritually and physically)

5 "[The] blind see and [the] lame walk; [the] lepers are cleansed and [the] deaf hear; [the] dead are raised up and [the] poor have the gospel preached to them.
THE LIST
1. The blind see (spiritually and physically.
2. The lame walk (spiritually and physically)
3. The lepers are cleansed ( physically and spiritual uncleanness as well)
4. The dead are raised up (physically and also spiritual dead are raised up)
5. And the poor have the gospel preached to them (The spiritually poor and the
Materially poor.

So many things in these 3 verses. When we meditate and wait on the Lord the Word means so much more to us.


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Yes, Irene! We are truly blessed with loving , caring DD's !
Thank you GOD!

Choose wisely what we do with our bodies ! Make good food choices and move often as possible! we will be rewarded with better health
Thank you God for our blessings!


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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thanks Irene! Wonderful prayer!
I agree, bitterness only hurts the one harboring it.
Love conquers all!
Pat

Choose wisely what we do with our bodies ! Make good food choices and move often as possible! we will be rewarded with better health
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Yes Bella, forgiveness is difficult but when we see how much Jesus suffered for us and how he forgave us can we do any less. You don't have to be best friends but you can get on with your life as that hurt and anger hurts only you.

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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Hi Irene.
I said the prayer and I hope God hears it because I truly have a hard time with this one. Most of the times I can forgive, but then there are is two situations that I struggle with.
I know there is nothing I can do about either of the situations so I put them in Gods hands. I just wish I could lose the hurt and anger.
Thank you for your post, I can see myself in most of them.
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Today's Word with Joel and Victoria

Today’s Scripture
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
(Ephesians 4:31, NIV)

Refuse Bitterness
Bitterness is an extremely destructive force. It can seep into the depths of your heart if you choose not to forgive someone. Scripture tells us that if we choose not to forgive others, it will even hinder our prayers. Thank God that He has empowered us to forgive and release bitterness! It all begins with a choice. You may have been through unfair situations, but it’s not over until God says it’s over. God always has the final say. He is a God of justice. He sees every wrong that’s ever been done to you and every unfair situation. If you will stay in faith and choose to forgive, God will make your wrongs right. He’ll bring justice into your life. Your attitude should be, “It may have been unfair. They may have done me wrong, but I refuse to get bitter. I know my time is coming.” Choose forgiveness, honor God and walk in complete freedom in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I refuse bitterness. I refuse to allow the past to keep me stuck. Right now I forgive those who have hurt me. I pray blessing on them, that they would come to know Your truth. Father, thank You for setting my heart free today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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So true Irene. We don't know Gods plan and sometimes we may not like his plan for us. But in the end it was what we needed at the time and things do have a way of working out.
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The Master Builder

by Max Lucado • June 5

Several years ago the state was rebuilding an overpass near my house. Three lanes reduced to one, transforming a morning commute into a daily stew. The project, like human history, had been in development since before time began. My next-door neighbors at the time were highway engineers, consultants to the department of transportation. “It’ll take time,” they responded to my grumbles, “but it will all get finished.” They had seen the plans.

In the Old Testament story of Joseph, God allows us to study His plans. Brothers dumping brother. But watch the Master Builder at work. He cleared debris, stabilized the structure. And the chaos of Genesis 37:24…They cast him into the pit..became the triumph of Genesis 50:20— life for many people. God redeemed the story of Joseph. Can’t He redeem your story as well?

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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I am thankful that according to my PT's I am making steady progress!

Choose wisely what we do with our bodies ! Make good food choices and move often as possible! we will be rewarded with better health
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The Master Weaver

by Max Lucado • June 4

In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good! Nothing in the Old Testament story of Joseph glosses over the presence of evil. Bloodstains and tearstains are everywhere. Joseph’s heart was rubbed raw against the rocks of disloyalty and miscarried justice. Yet time and time again God redeemed the pain. The torn robe became a royal one. The pit became a palace. The broken family grew old together. The very acts intended to destroy God’s servant turned out to strengthen him.

“You meant evil against me,” Joseph told his brothers, using a Hebrew verb that means to weave. You wove evil, he was saying, but God re-wove it together for good. God, the Master Weaver. He stretches the yarn, intertwines the colors. Nothing escapes His reach!

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The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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