“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” -Hebrews 11:1-2
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” –James 1:2-8 (ESV)
O You are the God in whom I trust,
You’re the God in whom I trust,
And You are the Solid Rock,
Upon which I stand;
I’m hidden in the Cleft,
Your Child I am.
You prepare a table for me,
In the presence of my enemies,
And they will not triumph over me.
I’m determined to do Your will,.
And drink deeply from the Well.
I shall trust in You, My Lord and My God,
As I walk this narrow road
The path of victory-
You have placed me on.
I will trust and obey,
Following Your ways,
Determined to do Your Will,
For it does not matter what man may say.
I will proclaim,
“You are my God my Rock,”
For I am safe in You,
And You shelter me.
LEGEND IN YOUR OWN MIND
Written By Linda A. Knowles
You are a legend
in your own mind
and you can’t
even seem to find
not even a drop
of the dirt you threw at
who dared escape
your vicious claws
and all this time
that one would continue
to drag behind.
That you are
and your conscience
and the one
flies high and free
above the trees
to mountain heights
having mounted up with wings
like an eagle
through the air
upheld by His powerful hands.
“Jesus clearly understood the reason for His coming to earth and never allowed popularity, success, opposition, threats, or even dissention within His ranks to distract Him. He remained steadfastly focused on that mission, though not without due care for those around Him. He worked hard to make the truth plain. He often repeated the invitation to embrace the truth. But He never allowed the failure of others to pull Him off course.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Walk With Jesus: A Forty-Day Journey to the Cross and Beyond)
I am so thankful nothing stopped Jesus from completing His mission.
Where would you be without the love of Christ? Without the love of Christ, I do NOT even want to think of where I would be today. I am grateful Jesus has given us life, that He paid the ransom in full (Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45), no longer bound to sin (Romans 8:12). And out of the abundance of thankful hearts, let us not forget to give all glory and praise to Him who has redeemed us (Hebrews 13:15), loving Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” -Hebrews 12:1-3
Nothing distracted Him from His mission, and so let us not get distracted but each of us should continue doing whatever task God has set before us to do. Do not look to the right or the left. Do not get caught up in the temporal. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and with grateful hearts, press forward and do that which you have been called to do. The grace of God will sustain you. His love will uphold you, and His mercy will not fail you.
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” –Matthew 7:15-20
Much Love To You All,
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou
When we give of ourselves to help those around us, we demonstrate the love of Christ; and in the Gospels, when we see our Savior being moved with compassion, we also should be moved with compassion as we follow His example and help those around us.
May we always remember to be His hands extended.
Much love to you all,
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” -Luke 6:38
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” -Hebrews 6:10
“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” -Hebrews 13:16
Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have clothes on your back? Food on the table? Do you have family… friends? Did you wake up this morning?
IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OR ALL OF THOSE QUESTIONS, YOU ARE BLESSED.
Put a smile on your face. Count your blessings. You have been given another day, a fresh start, another chance. Rather than focusing on yourself or all things negative, DO SOMETHING nice for someone else. Look for opportunities to commit random acts of KINDNESS. Believe it or not, those opportunities to commit random acts of KINDNESS happen quite frequently. Extending yourself to help someone else will help begin the mending of a broken heart or a crushed spirit.
The most miserable people are those who have not learned to be content with what they have and not learned to be grateful. Develop an attitude of gratitude; it will carry you through good and bad times
Much love to you all,
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” -1 Timothy 6:6