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[05/21/20]   I WANT YOU TO KNOW how safe and secure you are in My Presence. That is a fact, totally independent of your feelings. You are on your way to heaven; nothing can prevent you from reaching that destination. There you will see Me face to Face, and your Joy will be off the charts by any earthly standards. Even now, you are never separated from Me, though you must see Me through eyes of faith. I will walk with you till the end of time and onward into eternity.

Although My Presence is a guaranteed promise, that does not necessarily change your feelings. When you forget I am with you, you may experience loneliness or fear. It is through awareness of My Presence that Peace displaces negative feelings. Practice the discipline of walking consciously with Me through each day.

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” ~John 10:28–29

#Jesuscalling

[05/14/20]   I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting in My Strength. ~Jesus Calling

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
~Deuteronomy 31:8

[05/12/20]   Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ❤️
~Matthew 11:28–29

[04/11/20]   You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~1 Peter 2:9 nkjv

🙌🙌🙌

[04/04/20]   After the President’s news conference was over, one of the reporters made the observation that for the first time in our nation’s history we won’t be celebrating Easter. Well let me tell you one thing, he’s dead wrong. We might not celebrate what Easter has become in that there may be no new clothes bought for that Sunday. We might not hide and hunt eggs in mass quantities. We may not travel home to attend church with our family. We might not see some folks at our worship services that we haven’t seen since Christmas, but we’re going to Celebrate Easter. As a matter of fact, every Sunday is Easter Sunday. Every time we assemble for worship we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Pilate couldn’t kill a Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. You think the Coronavirus is going to stop Easter. More people this year will hear the gospel than any other Easter before.

Easter is not just about special programs, although we will still have them at our church. It’s not about the trumpet call or the mass crowds. It’s the fact that we serve a living Savior who is still transforming lives today. Easter is not only about His resurrection, but our ability to rise with Him. Easter is about the hope of tomorrow and the gift of everlasting life. Yes indeed, we will celebrate. We’ll celebrate what God did for all of us at Calvary. How? By remembering Him. By loving Him. By worshipping Him. By praising Him. Easter for us is everyday. Let the celebration begin. Sing with me:

I serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today
I know that He is living, whatever men may say
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer
And just the time I need Him He's always near
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Christ Jesus lives today
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life's narrow way
He lives (He lives), He lives (He lives), Salvation to impart
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart

Yes, this FB friend said it so well and it so resonates with me that I just had to copy & pass along!

Happy Easter my friends!

Ps. 37

[03/20/20]   THANK ME FOR THE GLORIOUS GIFT OF MY SPIRIT. This is like priming the pump of a well. As you bring Me the sacrifice of thanksgiving, regardless of your feelings, My Spirit is able to work more freely within you. This produces more thankfulness and more freedom, until you are overflowing with gratitude.

I shower blessings on you daily, but sometimes you don’t perceive them. When your mind is stuck on a negative focus, you see neither Me nor My gifts. In faith, thank Me for whatever is preoccupying your mind. This will clear the blockage so that you can find Me.

Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
—2 Corinthians 5:5

~Jesus Calling

[03/16/20]   IT IS GOOD THAT YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR WEAKNESS. That keeps you looking to Me, your Strength. Abundant life is not necessarily health and wealth; it is living in continual dependence on Me. Instead of trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the lookout for what I am doing. This mind-set will free you to enjoy Me and to find what I have planned for you to do. This is far better than trying to make things go according to your own plan.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. Lighten up and laugh with Me. You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about? I can equip you to do absolutely anything, as long as it is My will. The more difficult your day, the more I yearn to help you. Anxiety wraps you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive My help. Focus on Me, and you will find Peace in My Presence.
~Jesus Calling

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
—Philippians 4:13 amp

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
—Proverbs 17:22

[03/11/20]   WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. As you take steps of faith, depending on Me, I will show you how much I can do for you. If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength but Mine, which is limitless. By walking close to Me, you can accomplish My purposes in My strength.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
—2 Corinthians 5:7 nkjv

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
—Galatians 5:25

Jesus Calling

[03/04/20]   “I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do. ” ~Corrie Ten Boom

I share this story in the “More Than Lipstick” bible study. I love this illustration. There is beauty in our brokenness when we allow God to restore us. 💖

BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN!
We can create something beautiful with our brokenness.
Kintsugi is a Japanese method of pottery repair using a tree sap lacquer then dusted with powdered gold.
Once repaired the pottery is considered more beautiful than before because of it's unique brokenness and how it was given a second life & renewed purpose.
Brokenness, in one form or another, inevitably enters every life – broken dishes, broken bones, broken dreams, relationships, hearts, spirits.
Psalm 147:3 assures us that our Father "…heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
Also, Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted & saves the crushed in Spirit."
Depending on how we view our brokenness and healing, we can come to see ourselves as more beautiful and stronger than if they'd never happened.
Kintsugi is a beautiful representation of our own restoration process ~

#MoreThanLipstick #beauty

[02/14/20]   To all those who are joyfully celebrating this day and to those whose hearts are aching, know you are loved every day - truly and deeply loved. Not for what you do, but because you 'are'. You are priceless. You are treasured. Loved, most importantly, by the One who created you and longs for your company. ❤️🌹🙌

[02/07/20]   It is better to be slow-tempered than famous; it is better to have self-control than to control an army. Prov 16:32

[02/06/20]   May I be an instrument of peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

ryanafrench.com

Should We Still Dress Our Best for Church?

The reasons why people stopped dressing up could fill a book. Yet Fulwiler offers one explanation that’s seldom mentioned – lack of gratitude.

#dressmatters #respect #gratitude #honor #FinalTouchSchool #morethanlipstick

ryanafrench.com I’m a millennial and I still think it’s best to wear our best to church. Recently my brother (Jonathan) and his wife (Vera) launched an online tie store called French Thread (shameless …

[02/04/20]   The intelligent person restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent, discerning when he seals his lips. ~Proverbs 17:27-28 HCSB

[02/03/20]   Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions? Not at all—they don’t even know how to blush! ~Jeremiah‬ ‭6:15‬ ‭

[02/03/20]   I Hear His Whisper . . .
I will love you into victory.

My love for you is endless. It endures beyond the days of your life and finds its completion in eternity. My love has stepped out of heaven and rested upon your life. As you seek more of me, I will intensify your experience of my love. Is there something in front of you that looks impossible? Are the hearts of others unyielding to me? Is your family surrounded by difficulty and stress?

The burdens you carry must be laid down. Exchange them for my easy yoke and learn of me. Let faith remind you that all things are possible with me. Allow grace to refresh and empower you as you worship in my presence. Watch as my omnipotence floods your impossibility and rearranges your circumstances. I will enrich your soul, enflame your heart, and give you greater joy. I will do the impossible for you, for you are the focus of my attention and the apple of my eye. I will love you into victory. ❤️

Whispers written by Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez

[02/02/20]   When your motives are right
your heart is light.
❤️

[01/27/20]   Money enables us to do many things, but money can never break down the walls in a human heart. Money cannot be substituted for genuine love, for the power of prayer, or for a moment in His presence.

#priorities #transformedheart #whatdoesyourheartdesire

[01/22/20]   Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5–6

[01/20/20]   Let His peace be greater than your understanding.

[01/12/20]   LET ME PREPARE YOU for the day that stretches out before you. I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about it. You would like to see a map, showing all the twists and turns of your journey. You’d feel more prepared if you could somehow visualize what is on the road ahead. However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today: Spend quality time with Me.

I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will thoroughly equip you for the journey. My living Presence is your Companion each step of the way. Stay in continual communication with Me, whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts. Thus, you can walk through this day with your focus on Me. My abiding Presence is the best road map available. ~Jesus Calling

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
~Exodus 33:14

[01/11/20]   His grace to me was not without effect.
1Cor. 15:10

[01/09/20]   I Hear His Whisper . . .
Do not be influenced by negativity.

Your enemy knows how to wound you. He will even come through the voices of those you love the most. But I want you to be alert to my voice, more than any other. I have taught you to follow my voice. You know what it sounds like and feels like. Now I want you to stand strong and not permit the voices of negativity to matter.

My voice sounds like peace. My voice explodes with hope. My voice is encouraging. It’s full of wisdom. It imparts confidence. It infuses you with expectancy and optimism. It reminds you who you are and how beautiful, worthy, and strong you are. Though the enemy tries to silence truth, you are powerful enough to embrace it. Though society may measure you by what you do and how you look, that is not how I measure you or how I want you to measure yourself. Always measure yourself by my grace—the grace that was poured out for you, because you are worthy. Don’t be influenced by any other voice but mine. ~Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez

Psalm 85:8
The Passion Translation

I’ll listen carefully for your voice and wait to hear whatever you say. Let me hear your promise of peace—the message every one of your godly lovers longs to hear. Don’t let us in our ignorance turn back from following you.

[01/03/20]   “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33

Your face, Lord, I seek.

#Jesuscalling #MoreThanLipstick

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