For Thy Maker Is Thine Husband

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For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. Isaiah 54:5

This scripture was written by God to His beloved Israel, but I believe that we who are single, divorced or widowed today can also use these same verses as God’s promises to us.

May you read and reread this beautiful chapter and let it bless you as it has blessed me so often.

If you are waiting for a godly man to come into your life? While you are waiting let God be that Man. He wants to be the one that you depend on and be your Provider, Protector, Comforter, and Friend.

He is, after all, the Only One on this earth who is truly able to say “I will never leave you” (Hebrews 13:5). He is the Only One who is able to say to you “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3)

Hallelujah! Isn’t that good news!

God is a Friend to the friendless, a Father to the Fatherless, a Husband to the husband-less, a Parent to the forsaken.
Let God be your Husband and take care of all your needs. Trust in God and He will take care of you.

 

Love The Lord With All Your Heart

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Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

God created us with a heart so that we would love Him wholly and absolutely. Today, however, our hearts love many things besides God.  The good news is that we can change that at any moment! We can turn our hearts to the Lord Jesus by praying to Him and spending time in His Word. These simple practices can restore our fellowship with the Lord and rekindle our love for Him. We don’t have to remain passive toward God. We can turn our hearts to Him at any time. He will revive us and bring us back to Himself as our first love.

The love in our hearts is determined by wherever we find valuable and is our greatest treasure.

Matt 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”

In order for us to love Jesus completely, we have to treasure Him above ALL else. Our affections are the outcome of what we treasure. When we truly encounter the Lord in His glory and worth, loving Him with all our hearts will be the end result.

For the Apostle Paul, Jesus was THE treasure of his life. The loss of everything else was nothing compared to gaining Christ.

Phil 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

Eph 3:8 “…this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”

We have to diligently decide to pursue Him. To get to know Him and His character. Pray to the Lord: “Jesus, I long for You to be my ultimate treasure.”  Spend time with Him.  He delights in you. He wants to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He enjoys you! Set time aside to be with Him only.  If you do this daily, you will see your heart begin to love Him more and more.

Jeremiah 29:13 say’s You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

1Chronicles 16:11 says Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Isaiah 55:6-7  “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Psalm 119:10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 

Psalm 34:10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

God Has A Plan For Your Life

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for all our lives, God loves you – each and every one of you – His plan for you is good and not evil. He has plans to prosper you and redeem you and lift you up whenever you are down. His plan of love for you is beyond your wildest imagination.

Not only does God direct our steps each day, He has also promised that He would make us new from the moment we begin to follow Jesus.  How amazing it is to know that God has a purpose for our lives!

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” –Philippians 1:6

When God leads the way, His Word becomes a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Only God knows the plans for our lives that will lead us to fulfillment in Him. His plans are always best for us.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 

If you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about relationships rather than just religion. And so you must cultivate your relationship with God. You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.

You can begin cultivating that relationship by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and bible studies, and small group opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

But the real message is that life isn’t easy. Having a relationship with God doesn’t mean we won’t suffer.  The difference is that God promises to be with those who trust in Him. Psalm 34:19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” That doesn’t mean life will be easy, but that we will have help overcoming difficult times.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 1 Thess 4:13

Even if you do not feel Him near, God is there. He promises to never leave you alone. Therefore, wherever you are, where ever you go, God is there. Even in times of trouble, He is with you before, during, and after the storm, never losing sight of you or your suffering. Even as you wonder how you will begin picking up the pieces of your life, God is there … loving you beyond understanding, holding you up, and making a way where it seems there is no way. Reach out for Him today. He is a very present help in times of trouble.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.

 

Today I know who I am and where I am going!  Do you?

Maybe you know about Jesus, but you’ve never given Him your heart. Why not start Today to let that Plan of God be real in your life! It’s so simple all you have to do is – ask Jesus to come into your heart, repent of your sins and become a completely committed follower. Following His plans will grant you everything you need for life now.

Follow this link for more information on following Jesus and giving your life to Him:  https://thejoyfulchristianministry.com/2017/01/26/prayer-of-salvation/

God Cares

 

god-cares-for-youIt is important to remember that you are not alone! In the midst of every emotion, there is one thing you can count on. God cares and is with you! God cares deeply about every emotion swirling around in our hearts. If you are on the mountaintop and feeling like things couldn’t be better, God cares for you and is with you! If you are currently experiencing hurt, struggling with disappointment in your life, remember this, God cares and is always with you! He’s close to you when you cry when you feel all alone. He’s close to you when you wonder how you’ll move forward. Pour out your pain to God, and move towards Him. The best news is, especially for me! emotions are fleeting. We can choose how we direct our thoughts and energy. Instead of nursing our pain, we can find freedom in choosing to cling to our hope in God.

Be His Hands and Feet

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The one thing I know for sure is, God has a plan for you, and every time he allows you to go through trials and difficulties, he is building you up to launch His calling for your life.  He is making you stronger, and adding a depth to your character that only God can give.  He is giving you compassion and empathy for people in situations similar to yours, and someday He will use your tough experiences to help others.  Be ready for that day, and remember that His power is the greatest in our times of weakness.  Think about it what a privilege it is to partner with our Lord Jesus Christ to comfort His people in distress.

I do believe that while God can use any method He wants to comfort us, restore us, and make us strong, He uses the people that He puts in our lives – divine appointments as I like to call them – to be His healing hands and feet on earth.  I remember the night my son passed away and the nurses surrounding us, holding us and one praying for us.  During his entire last hospital stay we were never without some sort of comfort from the staff.  I believe that the Lord sent those nurses and a Christian Doctor to comfort us at a time when we needed them most.

We all have our own unique stories in which God has comforted us in a trial, sent angels (without wings) to be His hands and feet, to comfort us and used them to draw us closer to Him.