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Matthew 10:37-38
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Another way we can make Jesus first in our lives is by simply making Him first- by doing His will rather than what we want to do. As I was growing up my mother always said, "Actions speak louder than words." God knows our heart more by the things we do than the words we say.

About a year ago someone asked me if I was going to take a class our church was offering. I told them no because my husband John was not attending the class and I wanted to stay home and be with him. I thought about what I said after a few hours had passed. What was I REALLY saying? How did I make God feel when I said those words? Basically I was saying, ya, I will go take that class as long as John goes with me. I want to learn about God so long as I don't have to be inconvenienced. After I answered those questions (what was I REALLY saying? How did I make God feel when I said those words?) I decided to take that class & did not even ask John if he wanted to go with me.

How do you know someone REALLY loves you? By the way they treat you of course, right? Every time you make God first in your life you are telling and showing God you love Him!

Now, I am going to say some things, and I may not be speaking about every person who reads this, but there are some people who will identify with this. Sometimes we let other people take first priority in our lives before God. Maybe you have compromised because you want approval by someone, like a coworker. You know God would not want you to do or say something, but they are doing it, they are saying it, and it is just easier to go along rather than to be different. You don't say what you really want to say or do what you really feel you should do. But don't you see, at that very moment you are telling God, well God, right now, THEY are more important. You get by with your compromises because you don't even think about God while these decisions were being made, and if you did you think about God, you think, well, HE understands, He knows I am not perfect. But does He? Does He understand and know that you are not perfect? Ya, God DOES understand ....all TOO well.

Matthew 10:37-38
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

Listen, I used to not even think about God while I was compromising. Hey, I didn't even know I was compromising. All I can do is think back and be grateful I am not the way I used to be.

There are times when I find myself STILL compromising. I try not to, and it doesnít happen very often at all. However, when it does I correct my behavior and try harder to do better the next time.

Do you want an example of putting Jesus first in your life? This is me and my life and how I try to put Him first before want I want to do. Many months ago God told me not to watch movies with violence. Let me tell you, this has not always been easy. I happen to be married to someone who LOVES action movies. There has been many times when my husband and I have taken a lot of time just trying to find something that does not have violence in it. There have been times when we find a movie we both want to watch, it isn't even an action movie and it has violence in it and stopped watching it. Other times it just had a minute of violence so we fast forwarded that part of the movie. Really I feel bad, 'cause I am making my husband miss the dialog, and I think, what if John resents that he is now fast forwarding through this scene, but won't admit it to me? Then I think, this has violence in it, I am not watching this part, is this good enough? I guess I am going to have to ask for more help from God. I need to talk to him and ask Him if fast forwarding is cheating.

When God told me that He wanted me to not watch violent movies I thought, why doesn't He tell John the same thing? Why is it JUST ME.? I mean, He could make it a lot easier for me if He wanted both of us not to watch them, or He could tap John on the shoulder and give him a clue.

But you see, every time John and I take the time to look for a movie to watch that doesn't have violence in it we are putting Jesus first. It isn't easy sometimes, but don't you think it makes God feel good when He knows we do things not because it is easy, but because we love Him more than we love those other things?

Put Jesus first in your life today and you will be blessed in a very special way!


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11/15/10 11:16 P

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Hey everyone,
I just read everyone posts. I love reading what you guys write. I have not been on this team since Friday. Just took a couple days off.

I hope i have not disappointed anyone. I intended to write more often when I started this thread.

I just want to say some prayers before I write about how to make Jesus 1st (which will be in the next post).

Dear God thank you for such wonderful team members which you have brought us. They are all dear to me, and feel like a second family. They are always there to pray for me and show me love when I need it. Thank you God for doing what you do here. I want to ask you to help Diana's family. Enlighten the doctors and take the pain away from her son Sebastian. Also please pat Kathy's husband's heart about going to church on Thanksgiving, as well as the rest of the year. Lord we know that through you all things are possible, and that you want us to come to your with all of our needs. As we ask you for these things we know that you always give us the things we need. So in your time God we believe that you will give us what we need when we need it. In Jesus name we pray amen.

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Good Morning Ladies!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Thank you so much for all your prayers for my DS. Here is the update.

He is feeling better, but not normal. At this time, we are just waiting for the results of the X-Rays which were taken on Friday. All the bloodwork came back normal, so we are just waiting at this point.

Have a wonderful Monday!

God Bless!

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Amen!!

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Amen!

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Heavenly Father

I come before you in Jesus Name and I stand in agreement with my sisters for their husbands and for Sebastian. Lord, who are we that you are mindful of us.

Psalm 8:1-4
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

You uphold and sustain all the heavens and the earth and yet at the same time you know us intimately, every hair on our heads and you died on the cross so that we can have not only knowledge of you but intimacy with you before we get to heaven. What an AWESOME GOD you are that you love us that much to hear every prayer and answer them. To meet every need, every hearts desire and every want we have. You truly are the one and only God there is no one like you. So we lift up our hands in praise and thanksgiving for answering this prayer and we give all the Glory to you Lord. Thank you for loving us and wanting to have a relationship with us. I truly love you Lord with every part of my being. In Jesus Name I Pray Amen.

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Father, I lift up the husbands of our sisters in Christ. I ask in Jesus' name that you raise them up to be men of faith who are so in love with you that the world, sin, the flesh hold no interest for them, that they see only you in all of life's encounters and situations. Build within them a foundation of truth and love that only your hand can construct. Breathe within us as wives a prayerful spirit, a praise-ful heart, that we may uplift and exhort and encourage our men. We give you the glory, the honor, and the praise.

I stand in agreement with a hearty AMEN to Bobbie's prayer on Sebastian's behalf. Please let us know how he's doing.

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Father God, I claim Sebastian pain free and all reasons for the pain to be gone, healed and no trace of whats so ever in the name of Jesus Sebestian is healed and pain free by the stripes of Jesus and this is now established into this earth in the name of Jesus. Also the wisdom and peace of God will reign over all of this situation and I bind and cast out all confusion over this situation in the name of Jesus.



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Hi Ladies!

Thanks again for all the inspirational words and helpful scriptures.

At this moment I would like to ask all of you to please pray for my son. His name is Sebastian and he has been in pain for a little over a week now. I just took him in for his 2nd appointment in 6 days and it is looking like his appendix is more than likely going to have to come out. Please pray that his pain will ease and the source of it will be found soon so he can begin to heal. His name is Sebastian and he is 15 years old.

Thank You and God Bless!

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emoticon I really needed to hear that!! I am so lonely every week at church, going alone. Right now it just makes more sense (to my husband) to stay home w/ the baby as that is her nap time, but there is a nursery at my church. I bring my 4 yr. old and she goes to the Kids Ministry and loves it. We're having a Thanksgiving Eve celebration and I asked hubby to go and am praying he will. That would be too sad to go alone to. Also our church has house churches and I would love to go to one, but that's something I really feel we would need to do as a family...so I am praying diligently about that.

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LAST NIGHT I WENT TO CHURCH WITHOUT MY HUSBAND.

Why I mention this is because I was so lonely and it just didn't seem the same without him. I loved the worship,teaching and I got so much out of it, and after we had lovely fellowship time.
Seem strange? No! Many wives go week after week faithfully wondering when God will answer their prayer and husband and family will be there in church with them.

DON'T GIVE UP!!! For many years, I went to church alone or off and on times with hubby and children when they were young. I am talking basically 30 some years out of 44!

DON'T GIVE UP! Last night I felt so lonely because the last couple of years my husband and I have been going together. Our fellowship is getting sweeter all the time. We discuss Bible and I know he prays more faithfully than I do. He loves the Lord and I appreciate him so much and I appreciate what the Lord has done for us over all these years.

DON'T GIVE UP!
Last night hubby went to help our son with a problem with his furnace. I rejoice that as a Dad he had the ability to help and know this was an important assignment in love. (only one of our four children is a regular church-goer now; but "DON'T GIVE UP! as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!"
God knows the desire of our heart and has made marriage as an example of what Christ is to the Church. He never gives up on us His bride and waits for us too. He waits with love, patience, mercy and longing.
HE DOESN'T GIVE UP!
I sat there in church last night thinking how much I missed my husband being with me. How blessed I was to have him there because I had known so many years when we were not together. So blessed because God is so good and forgiving.
Let me also explain I did not sit there meekly many of those years waiting in prayerful faith. No, many times I was angry, hurt, and made his life very unpleasant for not attending. I didn't have the right attitude at all! Sometimes I just gave right up and didn't even think about him ever coming with me and on occasion that he did I could be extreme; floating on air, upset because it had been a fight to get him there, or "it was about time attitude".
GOD DIDN'T GIVE UP! He sent JESUS!
The Lord is good! He is faithful! He has a good plan for our lives. He is working all things together for the good! I praise Him!
I sure did miss my husband being in church last night for all the right reasons. DON'T GIVE UP!
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Thanks for sharing such a great message! I am so excited to be a part of this team.

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Wow, I really needed to hear what you've had to say on this too, both Missy and Shelley - my husband is a believer, but he doesn't "believe" in going to church. LOL. Ok, a bad joke, but it's difficult. So I feel what you're going through, Diana. Those verses are really comforting, Missy. Thank you for posting them!

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Hi, Diana! I am so thankful that God has sent you to us. God has a promise to you that you can take to the bank, new friend: 1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. Isn't that an enormous comfort?! Shelly could not have put it better. Surely the Holy Spirit directed her words. You live the life of love and joy and peace that Jesus gives us and those around you will hunger for what you have. This is your promise concerning them: Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Be honest with your husband about your need for Jesus and your commitment to Him and ask him to respect that. Assure him that you will respect his spiritual journey, as well. Then let the Holy Spirit do the convicting and convincing. He is so faithful to do that! I have such an excitement in my heart for you and your family. God has GREAT things in store!

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We are soooo glad to have you here!!! I have found that more than anything else your example of how you live will speak volumes! When other people see what you get from God they will get hungry for it. When your life is falling down around you, yet people can see and feel the peace which God has given you they will wonder how you do it. There may come a time when someone will ask you, how do you handle so much, such awful things are happening to you and you are still ok...how do you do it? That is the perfect time to tell them it because of your relationship with Jesus that you are able to have peace as you worst nightmare unfolds. Stay with us, I invite you to read my blogs on my page. Ask us questions and keep reading things this on team page, and keep writing your comments. I have found that the more active you are on this site the more you get out of it. As long as you make time to exercise and plan your meal and such, good things will happen as you completely rely on God.

Dear Jesus Missy and I prayed for your dear child to come to us and this team. Now that you have brought her here, please help us to guide her and support her in the ways she needs it. Help her to overcome the things at home, and bring about what needs to happen through her reliance upon you in her everyday life. I ask you to show her ways to become closer to you and do remarkable things through your love, power, and grace. In Jesus name I pray amen.
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You will do just fine and all it takes is just one person in s family to be born from above and the entire family will be swept into the kingdom of God is one of the promises of the Lord. emoticon emoticon



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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Allow me to formally introduce myself. My name is Diana and I began my journey with SP in September after I traveled to Nevada to meet my granddaughter for the first time. I had a very difficult time on the plane and accessing my daughter's apartment which is a 2nd floor apartment.

I decided that I need to get healthy so I can live to see my grandchildren grow. Although I have always prayed, I have never really devoted my life to Him nor did I ever really take the time out of my busy life to try. It wasn't until last year about this time that I found a church I wanted to call home and I attended regularly for several months. Due to increasing pressure from my husband (who does not have a high opinion of any religion and actually does not acknowledge Jesus or our heavenly father at all) I stopped going. I figured it was easier to just give in.

Well, after reading your posts for a couple of weeks and praying and listening to the Holy Spirit, I returned to my church this week. I am praying that my husband and the rest of my family will follow because I cannot give up my faith and I truly want to learn as much as I can and nurture my relationship with the Lord and his son.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome and I am looking forward to learning and continuing this journey knowing that I am not alone.

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Welcome to this group! Thank you for sharing and posting what you have been doing through. We give all the glory to God and are grateful for the love which you experienced this past Sunday at church. There were times in the last 6 years when I too took an absence from church. I am not mad at God or anything, but there were situations within the church that took us away. I am grateful to God that He brought us back to our loving church. This was many years ago, and it was necessary to leave for a while. I believe in going to church, but it doesn't make you a Christian, and never will. It is what you do and think outside of church that contributes to your Christian life. I am glad you found you way back. I have been doing to church regularly for many years now. and my church is like a second home to me.

Missy and Griff, the 3 of us all open our eyes and spend those first breathes of air with Jesus, my spirit is filled with comfort as we spend the 1st moments of the day together. How God can change your life as you decide to make Him first in your life in simple little ways like this!


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Missy I love the way you put that "we are his bride" thats just how I feel. Jesus is the lover of my soul and there are days where I just want to go home to be with him wrap my arms around him and never let go. But I know there is a lot of work to be done for the advancement of his kingdom and I am a willing humble servant who gives the Lord all the Glory for everything and everyone in my life.

Damser Im so glad you are here what a blessing you are. Jesus longs to spend time with you he waits for you to tell him about your day and how you are feeling he longs to spend time with us. Sometimes I dont think we give much thought to how the Lord feels about spending time with us. I know he enjoys when we put him first and take time out of our day just to talk to him about everything going on in our lives.

Just think of it the creator of the universe wants to spend time with us isnt that AWESOME!!!! He wants us to get to know him and he wants to hear everything going on in our lives all our wants, needs and our praises to him. Its mind boggling to me sometimes and it just makes me love him more and more each day.

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Griff, it's that first breath of the day that I offer to our Beloved, too. Much like newlyweds would share intimate loving before starting their day, we, Christ's bride, should minister to Him with praise and adoration, whispers of our love and devotion for Him. Oh, how precious He is!!

Damser, I rejoice over you!! The Word will work the victory within your life. No doubt about it!

*hugs*

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I just want to pop in and let you know that I am so blessed I found this group. I have been reading your messages for about a week and they have been extremely helpful to me.

I had not been to church for about 4 months or so due to family issues and I wrongly put those issues and "conveniences" ahead of my spiritual awareness and growth.

It was through reading your posts and positive affirmations that I was prompted to return yesterday. The message I received was so profound and beautiful (as it always is) that I felt so loved and blessed.

I want to continue on this journey not only for my physical health, but for my spiritual health as well.

Thank you again for having this group!

God Bless!

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I woke up this morning thinking of our Lord and I started just praising him and thanking him for who he is. It was such a great time in the Lord and a great way to start my day.

Lord Jesus
How we truly love you there is no one like you and we give all praise to you, not for what you do but just for who you are. Your love for us is so amazing it leaves me speechless and all I can do is lift my hands up in praise to you. Thank you Lord for your gift of salvation, thank you for saving us from hell and thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Let us always be in your word so that we are ready to tell others of how magnificent you truly are. Give us the strength and the courage to go out into this world and witness for you, to be your hands and feet because we know in Proverbs 20:24

A personís steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand their own way?

I love your word for it is truth and life to me. I cherish it as I cherish you Oh Lord. Thank you for choosing us to be your children we love you Lord.
In Jesus Name Amen

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This week I will continue to have my daily reading of the Word (generally 3-5 chapters) done before my feet hit the floor in the morning, starting my day by loving on my Beloved, listening to His words of love and hope.

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I love what you wrote, it is very true! Many people call a friend or talk to a family member before they talk to or ask God about the same thing. emoticon Been there done that, and still do at times, but less and less often. You see, I have realized that God wants me to turn to him before ANYONE else, even my husband. Jesus 1st is EXACTLY THAT. We are to put Him above ALL others. It tells us this in the bible, which I will be writing on later this week.

Thanks for you comments, so glad to see you here. Also thanks for writing on my page, meant to write ya back, will do so soon. emoticon emoticon

Missy
That was a very nice prayer, I pray with you on this and agree in God's name that this ill be done through Christ. emoticon

Bobbie & Griff
So great to see you both here. Thank you both for taking such an active role here on this thread. Love you two so much! Love you what both of you wrote. emoticon

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I think that jealousy comes in all forms to disguise itself to try and trick us into being jealous and not even knowing it.



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I am glad that through God you came to a place of peace as a result of reading what I posted. I give all the praise to God! It is hard when there is jealousy at work. I have been fired twice, I know this seemed unreal, but it happen to me twice and was backed up by people confirming that I was fired due to jealousy...both times because of how I looked.

The first time I was an administrative assistant to the C.E.O. I was working there one day and his wife came in and the next week I was let go. It was obvious that my boss was having a very hard time firing me, and at the time the reasons seemed to revolve around the economy, so I believed him. He made it clear it was due to no fault of my own. Later I learned from a friend that she overheard a conversation with my boss and his wife. Due to what she had heard, his wife told him I had to be fired. It came to a shock to me! Many years later a few girls were jealous of me, but I wasn't even aware of it. I had been set up to take the fall for something which happened in the office. After I was fired (due to a lame reason which did not even make sense) I was crying while talking to a friend I had met just before I was let go. He told me the WHOLE story, and said it was just awful what they did to me. It is amazing what happens due to jealousy.
When I was growing up I did not like the way I looked. If someone would have told me I would be fired due to my appearance I would have thought it was because I was too ugly- NOT too pretty!!!

I know your situation is different. I didn't mean to write about all of this! emoticon It just reminded me of it.

Dear Jesus please continue to help HOPE4THEBEST each day to represent your love, kindness, and good will to all those that she knows. As she is at work help her to remember, no matter what it looks like, no matter what people say, and no matter what she may think, you got her back and you will keep helping her. As the days go by please give her new things to think on which will help her while she is at work. In Jesus name I pray amen.

I just want you to know I understand what you are going through. I had another story to share, but this is getting quite long. What I wanted to write about had more to do with your situation. At times in my life I have let my feelings, thoughts, words, and emotions dictate what my reality was. I have learned since that the only reality is one which is between you and God, and with your faith you watch that reality come true! God bless you. I will write you down in prayer book, please keep in touch!
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I too Lord stand in agreement with my sisters. Now is the appointed time to go out and preach your word. All the signs of the rapture of the church are here let us all be ready for that wonderful day and witness to as many as possible so that they wiil not be left behind. All Glory to our Lord King Jesus!!!!

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Thats an excellent prayer for her Missy, I stand in agreement with you Missy for Cheryl, in the name of Jesus we declare the light of love from within abound outwardly.



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Cheryl, I ask for God's supernatural favor upon you, that His very nature of love will flow through you at work so that your coworkers see the peace and love and joy of our Lord alive within you.

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I love your post because that is the only thing that truly does work for me is seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, His way of doing things and then all things are given to me in the name of Jesus



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As I have been talking to people everyone seems to be going through. Many of them not in the Lord and so I give them words of wisdom. Do you not know, have you not heard that this battle is not yours it's the Lord. All you have to do is surrender your all and all to HIM and the battle is already won. Anyone who would die for my sins can get anything he wants from me. When you seek to you seek HIM, when you knock is it His door your beating down, When you ask do you ask the Lord who can provide everything you need. We ask to many of the wrong people who can't steer us in the right direction but leads us into more misery. SEEK YE emoticon the Kingdom of God and all HIS righteousness. How great is our GOD, come and see HOW Great is our GOD.

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Thank you for this verse and the explanation. It was meant for me. I've been going through some 'things' at work. I work with someone who constantly baits me and tries to get me to lose my cool (he wants my job). So far it hasn't happened, but I work retail Customer Service and as the 'season' progresses there is a good possibility that I will snap at him(please God, don't let me snap). I've been dreading going to work every day for months. Just after reading your post I have a feeling of peace. The situation has been really frustrating for me because I try to do my best there every day. Now I'm just going to surrender and let God take care of my enemies. He can do it better than I.

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His word is our life, if we get numb to His words than we get numb to our lives whether we know that or not. His words are meant to be spoken forth into the earth and muttered and mediatated all day and evening long and we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to make this a doable way of life for us because if the new and better and ever lasting covenant. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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November 4th

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Prior to this Psalm what is being written about is how God is known for His greatness.

Psalm 76:4-3

He broke the bow's fishing arrow's the shield and sword, & weapons of war. Seith. (Pause & think about that.)

I was reading this today and I want to share my thoughts with you. Something happened inside of me after I read these words. I believe God spoke to my heart.

These verses talks about the fact that in Salem (Jeru) was where the tabernacle was. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and His dwelling place. Put in plain English, a tabernacle is a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus. It was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence of God from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. It is important that you know and understand this because it gives great meaning to what I am about to write.

In this dwelling place of God mighty things happened! Sometimes I think we read these verses and we are just reading, at times you can become numb to these verses, but God never wants us to be numb about His words. In the dwelling place of God, God himself broke the bow's fishing arrow's the shield and sword, & weapons of war. God crushed their enemy!!!

You see, I believe this is saying as we dwell within God he not only loves, and cares for us HE destroys our enemies!!! Such a powerful verse, can you wrap yourself around that? He broke the bow's arrows- He stopped the action, HE crushed their shield and sword- HE defeated the enemy's defense, and HE abolished the weapons of war- The ended the fight and made HIs children victorious!!!

How powerful IS THAT? In His word God is telling us stay within me my child and I will completely fight for you in your time of need. I will bring an end to your fight, your sadness, your illness, your lonelinss, and your cause. Come and rest within me and I will make you triumph over the fight that is to be won!!!

I praise God and His name. I thank you God and bring attention to your magnificent words in the bible. Thank you for giving me this today Lord. I love you and want to give honor and praise to you alone!

Let my words be His words, and let you see him in me and not me at all. In Jesus name I give it all to Him.

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*** For future reference- Anytime I post new information regarding this goal I will mark it with this emoticon . Anytime I leave a comment I will not. This should help people know when I have added an action step, or am just commenting about something.

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Thank you Missy for letting us know about KLove on net. I can not receive the radio signal at home. 5 miles up the road and 3 down they can or in my car but not here. emoticon Last night our Pastor challenged us for one week to keep track of the amount of time we spend in the Word, listening to worship etc. Glittergirl this kind of fits right in with the put Jesus first challenge!

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I emoticon this challenge! Thanks Shelly and Missy for helping us make Jesus first in our lives, and I really appreciate the links to Christian music.

I try to make Him first through a daily bible reading and devotional reading, then at work I'll put on KLove to listen to Christian music online. I also go to bible study once a week, but I am always looking for more ways to make Him first in my life, so I am looking forward to this challenge!!



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thats an excellent idea



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I love dancing in my house to Christian worship - exercising my body and my faith at the same time is just awesome!

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Griff, you have helped me to figure out how to explain which is Jesus is firt in my life because He gave me life, His life and without Him I do not live so of course He is first in my life and He is my only life. I keep the word playing in my home 24 hours a day and seven days a week, I sleep with the word and I awaken with the word, and I function all my waking hours with the word. He is more then first He is my all, my ALL IN ALL. He is my life and my breath.



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What can I say about Gods love other than it is truly AWESOME!! I am so undeserving of it yet he loves me in spite of myself and all my failures. He is not only a God of love he is a God of compassion, kindness, grace, patience, faithfulness and goodness. He doesnt wait for me to become perfect he excepts me just the way I am.

During this journey of weight loss he has help me to grow, to change the way I think about myself to see things through his eyes. He has given me wisdom and a faith to know that no matter what Im facing or going through he will never leave me or forsake me. I am so thankful to him for bringing me to a place I never thought I could get to. To lose over 200lbs when I thought there is no way Im too far gone God got a hold of me and said

"Am I not a God of miracles and answered prayer? Have I not been there for you through every storm of your life? I am a God who can do the possible when everyone says its impossible"

I have been living Jesus First since I started my weight loss journey and Im here to tell you its been magnificent and wonderful. Through all the ups and downs of denying this flesh, through all the mistakes and plateaus of weight loss putting Jesus first has not only made this journey of weight loss successful but it has drawn me so close to him.
Closer than I ever could imagine Ive grown so much and I am eternally grateful for all that the Lord has done. Jesus I give you all Glory for all you have done with me, you have changed me from within and helped me to grow and mature as the woman of God you want me to be...Its all about you Jesus, you are my EVERYTHING!!!

Heavenly Father you have shown me how magnificent you really are when we place you first in our lives. To trust in you and allow you to work in our lives you bless us with not only our hearts desires but you bless us with your amazing and awesome love I am truly thankful. In Jesus name Amen.

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you know, ever since you have been starting this make Jesus number one in your life. Now, I finally have it together to respond, Jesus is my life, Jesus is my next breath, Jesus is the first word in my life, Jesus is the last word spoken in my life, again, my life is Jesus, Jesus is my life. I am not me the one who was born on this earth I am Jesus and who He makes me to be and how He is continually transforming me just by listening all day and all night to Holy Spirit speaking into my life. Without Jesus I would have no life. I would not even be here. I am here because of Jesus, He is all in all to me number one to the most infinite number anyone could ever imagine. If I have more to communicate I will on this matter. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Hope, if you go to www.klove.com you can get the same radio broadcast we get on our radio right there through your computer. They play awesome music that exalts Jesus!

For me, reading my daily reading plan before I get out of the bed in the morning is a big part of making Jesus first. If I get up to make coffee, I see cleaning that must be done, or my computer with Sparking to be done, or the washer with laundry to be done and my private time with my Beloved gets pushed aside. No more. NO MORE! I start my day listening to His words of love to me in the Bible, discussing what I read with Him, seeking ways to apply His word to my everyday life.

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Many people tell me the same thing you just wrote
HOPE4THEBEST. It literally brought tears to my eyes! emoticon for it is God who blesses this team, and continues to bless so many! Tahnk you Jesus, thank you God of high!

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Thank you for the links. I can't get radio at my home (too many rocky mountains - lol), but I can sure listen to music online.

I like "All That Matters" by Addison Road too. There's a line in the song that says 'My love comes from the one that made the stars and brought the Son. He loves me more than these...' Some days I cling to that thought.

Thank you again! This team is such a blessing in my life. Just wanted to let you know that.

Peace,
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If you want to save these songs/videos just clink the save tab beneath this post (at the bottom of this page)

Sunday October 31st

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First of all I want to point out to you that you can make Jesus first in your life in many ways. Don't get suck in a rut. Don't think that the only way you cap centralize Jesus into your life is by going to church and reading the bible. God wants us to enjoy Him in many different ways and I believe there are countless ways to enjoy God in your life!

I want to point out again that I suggest praying and asking God to help you get closer to Him and make Him #1 in your life, and to help you to put Him before yourself in the ways that you think, talk and act.

Does this goal confuse you? Are you stuck on how to do this? Well, I decided to help you with this goal by creating a thread which will be here for a little while. Come back to it while you are working on your goal. Leave any comments you would ike this thread was crEated FOR YOU!

HOW DO I MAKE JESUS FIRST IN MY LIFE?

When considering how to make Jesus 1st in your life I want you to consider a few things. What do you like to do? What are your hobbies? You can make Jesus 1st by doing things like your hobbies by incorporating Him into them, buy it must be done carefully. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea. Jesus must be the main focus while doing what you enjoy to do. For example, you can sing praises to God. You see, you are singing AND praising God.

HAVE A JAM SESSION WITH GOD

We are to praise God with our minds, lips, heart and actions. In verse 135:3 it tells us,"Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant."

Have you ever thought about worshiping God through listening to christian music, singing, and praising his name? You can make Jesus 1st right now right here by singing praises to God. Click the links below, and if your speakers are not in don't forget to turn it up! Below are links to christian music videos I have selected for you.

Music I listen to:

3RD DAY
Wonders of God
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CBNE25rtnE

Born Again
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aley9_d8vrE

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Slow down
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htpql2kounE

This one is sooo good too!
Cry Out to Jesus
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song w/ lyrics- Cry Out to Jesus
www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3yCod-IfjY

Revelation
www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=8e
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Your Love
www.metacafe.com/watch/sy-900833395/
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Show me Your Glory
www.tangle.com/view_video?
viewkey=c0c3e9cd89a0ae87c281


I believe
www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLnJwl5Jwo&
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You Are Mine
www.youtube.com/watch?v=969M5BuOrq4

Blessed Assurance
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTQDkK43ohk

Born Again
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m_dP2n-5W8

TUNNEL www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=85
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NOT INTO ROCK MUSIC?

Here are some other kinds of music I found that I also enjoy.

Christian Karaoke
Praise Song Psalm 3 worship youtube video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc5yKbeNkq0

Come, Now is the Time to Worship
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPWq8eM4lu8&
p=
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All to Jesus I Surrender
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x2IpLSfqp8&
p=
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Chris Tomlin
Amazing Grace ( My Chains are Gone)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyFxArMeRDI&
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Yes, I agree with Bobbie for sure ALL the way. I don't have more than one or two verses memorized, and don't ask me where they came from in the bible. It is more important to live The Life than quote anything. It is more important to KNOW THE BIBLE than to quote the bible. The important thing is to have the bible in your heart!

I will start suggesting ways for you to do this goal, now that I have given people time to read the mass email I sent out about this goal. I will start writing Oct. 31st or November 1st.

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it doesnt matter if you did not get it word for word, you got the meaning and the spirit of the words into your heart and thats what matters, the spirit of the words. God loves you whether you get the words exactly right or not. Hey, He made you and loves you just the way you are.



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Thank you for this new goal. I really have been falling off my exercise plan lately. I loved the idea of asking God to help me loose weight right after the Log In and tracking it. I need to start the day this way. I Can't Do This On My Own and I have forgotten to put the Lord first in this goal. I do ask sometime during day but too often it is at the end of the day. This may seem like a small start but "do not despise the day of small beginnings". (I hope I quoted that right)

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How exciting! There is NOTHING like serving our Risen King!!

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What beautiful and heavenly words these are straight from the Lord Himself, and I am in full agreement yes and amen in the name of Jesus.



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Heavenly Father
As always I come before you in Jesus name lifting up my team members and laying them at your feet. Lord you know every need, every struggle and every storm we go through please remind us that you are always in control no matter what is going on.

To keep you first in our daily busy lives because you deserve our undivided attention. The grace and mercy you pour out to us each and everyday is so undeserving and yet you show us all the time how much you love us. Lord you are worthy of our praise and Lord I just want to take the time to thank you and lift my voice in worship to you for all you have done for us.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain Holy Holy is he. Sing a new song to him who sits on Heavens Mercy Seat. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is, and is to come with all creation I sing praise to the Kings of Kings you are my everything and I will adore you.

Come on everyone sing praises to our Lord!!!!

We love you Jesus you are our EVERYTHING!! In Jesus name I pray Amen


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Thank you and God Bless for this I was just thinking about it today before I read your message to the team I want to pray more and make time with the Lord I make time for everything else.

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This is a really great one - we all need this! Me, for sure!! Thanks for putting this up - I think I am going to work on prayer and the Bible reading. I need to pray for my home group day,pray for Salvations and Church growth.

Blessings for us all to grow in Christ and shrink in size! Sharon

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Shelly, Yes I am in agreement with your prayer and for restoration of all people back to Father God by Jesus, in the name of Jesus.



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Thank you for your replies. I am going to give people time to think about how they want and need to make God a bigger part of their lives. So now is a time for prayer and reflection. I will start suggesting ways to help you make Jesus first in your lives by adding to this thread on Monday November 1st. I will continue doing this until God tells me this instruction has been completed.

Dear Jesus I thank you for leading me and putting this goal in my heart. I am asking to you change people's lives permanently through this wonderful goal which you have created for us. Help me Lord, and help all of us to grow closer to you and make you first priority in our lives. In jesus name I pray amen.

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AMEN!

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
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Definitely we all need prayer in many ways.

physical, emotional and in guidance.

Thank you all for prayers and I will be praying for you all also.

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The more time I spend with God, the easier all of my challenges, including this journey toward a healthier me, become. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

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Im starting to take control of my life today. I will take care of me, love my self., be good to my self, I am strong, i can do this.


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Shelly, Missy I am standing in agreement with your perfects prayers to bring honor and glory to the Father by our relationship with the Son Jesus and let Him and Holy Spirit over flow till when we are put under pressure all that squeezes out of us is love and grace and mercy and forgiveness because we are made in His likeness and image in the name of Jesus we declare this for all the team and the body of Christ, yes and amen



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Father, I ask in Jesus' name that you lead Shelly and I in all we do in leading this team toward a stronger, more powerful relationship with you, a more positive relationship with ourselves, and a healthier relationship with food and with our bodies and relationships. Lead our words, our thoughts, our actions. Help us to never miss an opportunity to share your love, your truth, your grace. Guide us in your paths, for your name's sake. We are listening, Lord!!

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I will give more instruction as the week progresses. Now is a time for prayer. Please pray for me and your team members. I ask that you pray for God to guide me as I instruct you through this important goal, and pray that your team members become strengthened by Jesus and grow closer to him.

Dear Jesus this is you working through me and I want no one to see anything but you in this goal. Let your words be seen through me Lord, and may you take all the glory! I honor you and praise you now, my dear friend!!! I love you and I know people will be changed as you work through them in their lives. Thank you dear God!

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About this goal:

I know if I don't spend enough time with God I get week. I believe that is one of the reasons the devil tries so hard to keep us busy. We must do whatever it takes to keep God in our lives every day.

Just as it is necessary to create a healthy lifestyle to lose weight and maintain weight that we have lost, and the muscle we have gained, we must also do this with our relationship with God. And of course this relationship with God is so much more important than our bodies. You see, I feel that this lifestyle that we create will fill you so much that at times because you have become so filled with Him everything you are trying to accomplishment in your life can become effortless at times. You will still have to work hard at it, and with God's help it will become easier. You will still have to be committed to the task at hand, but with God's help it will be less frustrating. With your stress in life it is the same, it is not our strength or correct up bringing which helps a person deal with life, it is only God which helps a person when their world is falling down around them.

The beauty of creating a lifestyle with God centered in your life is this, once you have placed God as a central factor within your life you donít have to try as hard to keep Him there, He just becomes a bigger part of your life. Just like doing those sit ups, walking on the tread mill, eating the right kinds of foods, it was hard when you started to do all that wasn't it? I know it was hard for me. Well, when you start reading the bible on a regular basis, pray for a certain amount of time, whatever and however you decide to make God a part of your lifestyle, it will be hard at 1st. Let me tell ya, the devil will try his best to make it harder than it should be, so that in itself will make it hard. But whenever you try to change your behavior it is hard. It will take effort, but once you have developed habits it will not be AS HARD though. It also becomes easier when you pray and ask God to help you create a lifestyle with Him being the center of it.

I was talking to God one night and He told me something, He told me that just like as I lost weight and gained muscle my mind was renewed about food, He renews my mind as I grow closer and closer to Him! That did something to me as I heard His words. It was like...oh, how can I even describe it? I can't, but I felt so good, and it was so clear to me what kind of power God gives us when we fill our lives with Him, and make Him centralized within our lives. We resist it at first, but as we emerge ourselves within Him the beauty which He covers us with is something to be desired far more than anything or anyone on this earth.

His Holy Spirit will completely change your life. He will give you what you know not, and He will complete you in ways that you did not even know was lacking.

I hope someone reads my words and it completely changes their life. Let my words not be seen but God's words be seen, for He is the one who must be glorified!


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