His Mercies Are New

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.   Lamentations 3:22-23

 We can start new every day.  God’s mercies and compassion are fresh each morning.  We can forget about the mistakes and failures of yesterday.  We can release the hurts of the past and begin again.  We can forgive and forget those who have wronged us.  Isn’t that good news?

The enemy wants us to believe that we have screwed up so badly that we are doomed to a life of defeat; that we have failed one too many times and God cannot forgive us or is mad at us.  We do mess up a lot, at least I know I do.  But, I choose to believe God’s Word.  It says that He loves me.  It says that He forgives me.  It says that He understands my plight.  It says that He is waiting for me to run into His open arms.  And for that I am so thankful.

Isn’t God amazing?  A fresh start every day!  How can we be defeated when we have  fresh start every day?  How can we be discouraged with His unfailing love surrounding us?  How can we be unhappy or sad when we serve the greatest God in the universe!

 

Dear Lord, I come to You now for fresh mercy. Thank You for your great faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Undivided Heart

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Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

An Undivided Heart

Lord, put in me a new spirit
Remove my heart of stone
And give to me a heart of flesh
That trusts in You alone
Oh, That I may fear Your name
Each day right from the start
Oh, Lord, please give to me
An undivided heart.

I want a gaze that never waivers
Or loses sight of the goal
To keep it’s focus on obeying You
With mind and body and soul
Help me to walk in submission to Christ
In whole and not in part
Oh, Lord, please give to me
An undivided heart.

I want Your joy to be my greatest strength
Your salvation my impassioned praise
Your holiness to be my way of living
For all the rest of my days
Keep me steadfast in doing Your work
And following the course that You chart
Oh, Lord, please give to me
An undivided heart.

Teach me to daily die to self
And to spend much time in prayer
That I may be discerning of those around me
And treat them with genuine care
I want to be totally true to You
To wear your righteousness as my mark
Oh, Lord, please give to me
An undivided heart.

I want to live the time You’ve given me
Committed fully to Your purpose and call
Lord, consume me with Your awesome presence
Cause me on my knees to fall
And bow to Your desire for my life
Let no circumstance keep us apart
Oh, Lord, please give to me
An undivided heart.

 Crystal C. Godfrey

Righteous God and Holy Father, please help me to have an undivided heart, one that seeks you as the first priority in my life. Forgive me, dear Lord, for letting other things distract my focus from you and interfere with my service to your Kingdom. Fill me with a holy passion and a consuming fire for you Lord, that I may be worthy of your calling. Help me Lord to serve you and others above all other concerns and interests. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The Love Of Jesus Is Deep

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…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ that passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.—Ephesians 3:17-19

Love Can…

Love can surely rescue
A heart in deep despair,
A heart that has given up
And no longer feels God near

Love can breathe new meaning
When there’s nothing left inside,
When there’s no feeling or emotion
Just dryness in our lives

Love can restore new hope
After it’s withered and died,
For hope is what will get us through
And love can be its guide

Love can run and embrace
The prodigal returning home
And the one that has come to the end,
Those hurting lost and alone

For God’s love is the answer
To our broken, empty lives,
As we come with an open heart,
He can dispel all the hurt inside

And He will heal our brokenness
And lovingly, He will bind
The wounds that have left us scarred
And bring soundness to our minds

So give it over to God’s love,
Our lives, and all that we are
Then we will know and walk in His love,
For His love shall dwell in our hearts.

Woman After God’s Own Heart

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“God-confidence comes as the Holy Spirit works in us. As we pray and when we make choices that honor God, the Holy Spirit fills us with His power for ministry. When we are filled with God’s goodness, we are confidently and effectively able to share His love and joy. As women of prayer open to the transforming touch of the Holy Spirit, we will find his divine life in us overflowing into the lives of others.”
― Elizabeth George

When a woman fears the Lord when her spiritual priorities are in place and she integrates God into every area of her life, she discovers within herself a strength, joy, and peace that will never run dry.  When a woman is connected to Christ, he renews her strength and her spirit day by day.

Lord, Make me a woman after your own heart.  Clothe me with your strength and wisdom.  May I be full of your love and compassion.  In all I do, let it bring Glory and Honor to you, Lord.  Amen

Real and Lasting Beauty

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You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1Peter 3:4

This is a wonderful and comforting verse for women of any age.  Looking back on my life, this is something I wish I would have fully understood when I was young.  I love what Peter is saying here, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.  This is not to say we shouldn’t be beautiful, but he’s saying we need to redefine our idea of what being beautiful is!

A women’s heart that is resting fully in the faithfulness of God is gentle and quiet; it is not stirred up with worry and anxiety.

This is something we cannot do on our own! We cannot even begin to develop a “gentle and quiet spirit” without totally surrendering our will to Jesus Christ and certainly not without the help of His Word. (Romans 12:1-2)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Rom 12 1-2

We also need the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the One who reveals the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23) That fruit will become much more evident if we feed it with God’s Word, prayer, and a lot of self-discipline. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5 22-23

Ladies, this is a beauty that cannot fade away. It’s a beauty that you don’t have to go through all kinds of cosmetic surgery or makeup routines to preserve. It’s something that gets sweeter and richer and more beautiful as you age.

I don’t know about you, but I want that kind of beauty?   A beauty that comes from God who is the giver of fruitfulness. Left to ourselves, we will never have the fruit of gentleness. That’s why we need to draw upon His sufficiency. He’s the giver of fruitfulness. He’s the one who produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

You see, physical charm, physical beauty those things are all an illusion. They’re fleeting. They’re momentary. They can lure, but they won’t last. The thing that lasts is a relationship with God. That’s got to be the number one focus and priority of our life if we are going to be the women that God made us to be.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to so trust You that we rest completely in Your goodness, grace, and guidance. Help us adorn ourselves with a “gentle and quiet spirit” so we can be precious in Your sight in all areas of our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Will you choose to please God today by maintaining that “gentle and quiet spirit.?”

Bread Of Life

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Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35

Jesus is speaking of himself. He’s speaking of the benefits of believing and abiding in him. Of consuming him, and making him a part of us, and us a part of him. Believing on Jesus is coming to him to eat and drink for our soul’s deepest satisfaction, a satisfaction that ONLY He can fill. He is the bread of life. He is the living water. Our souls were made for Jesus. The ache in our hearts is an ache and desire for Jesus in our life. This is how the soul lives on God. It lives on Jesus.

John 6:47, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

Pour yourself into His word and share your faith in Him to any that will listen. Just as he tells the people who he fed with the loaves of bread and fish, do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life. Jesus is the Bread of Life that we should seek to lift up and exemplify in our lives. Regardless of what the disbelieving world may tell you or how it makes you feel, know that you are enough for Him “Praise the Lord” Amen

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.