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He keeps us humble

"God is most glorified in us when we are most dependent on Him."- Pastor Justin Buzzard
"Your weakness is an asset. God is attracted to weakness."

'The things God showed me were so great. But to keep me from being too full of pride because of seeing these things, I have been given trouble in my body. It was sent from Satan to hurt me. It keeps me from being proud.
8 I asked the Lord three times to take it away from me. 9 He answered me, “I am all you need. I give you My loving-favor. My power works best in weak people.” I am happy to be weak and have troubles so I can have Christ’s power in me. 10 I receive joy when I am weak. I receive joy when people talk against me and make it hard for me and try to hurt me and make trouble for me. I receive joy when all these things come to me because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 'even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' (NLT)

For a woman to enjoy relationship...

"For a woman to enjoy relationship, she must repent of her need to control and her insistence that people fill her. Fallen Eve demands that people 'come through' for her. Redeemed Eve is being met in the depths of her soul by Christ and is free to offer to others, free to desire, and willing to be disappointed. Fallen Eve has been wounded by others and withdraws in order to protect herself from further harm. Redeemed Eve knows that she has something of value to offer; that she is made for relationship. Therefore, being safe and secure in her relationship with her Lord, she can risk being vulnerable with others and offer her true self." -- Excerpt from the book, "Captivating".

Now put your name in the place of Eve. This cuts right to the heart of us women. Let's walk in the redemption and grace of Christ in us.

Encouragement & worship

♥ Relationships. I'll be learning until the day I die, when God's work is complete in me.

This song is exactly how I feel. I sing this to God in my quiet place. It is so beautiful! I hope it encourages your heart!

Billy Graham's Prayer for our Nation

Billy Graham's (age 93) Prayer For Our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable... We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free. Amen!'
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called 'One nation under God!'

Administer Mercy

Into Her Pain - Proverbs 31 Ministries

"A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man'scondition, his heart went out to him." Luke 10:33 (MSG)

We inhaled the muggy evening shrouding the back porch, too warm to even rockin our chairs. Not a slight breeze of mercy murmured. The quiet moment urgedme to be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

Knees kissed her chin, her eyes pleaded, "I need someone to crawl in my pitwith me. Someone to help me out of the pain."

A lump in my throat responded to her grief. Circumstances had beaten herdown; left her half-dead on the side of life's road. Uncomfortable empathywarned, press the escape hatch quick, before awkward mercy takes over.Obvious quick fixes lunged at me:

Time heals all wounds.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

God's timing is perfect.

To everything there is a season.

I wouldn't disrespect her loss with a walk-by. Wouldn't slap thoughtlesswords into her pit as I stepped over her pain. A word aptly withheld is oftenbetter than a word care-lessly tossed. Be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

I try not to deal in slick mercy if possible. You see, slick things don'tstick. Instead I plastered a cast of mercy on her broken heart. Comfortdoesn't come in clichés. It is delivered in a still presence, a listeningear, a merciful hand. Comfort ushers in healing when the truth of the Word iscoupled with merciful deeds. Into the pit we're called. Into silence we wade.Be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

He gave him first aid,

disinfecting and bandaging his wounds.

Then he lifted him onto his donkey,

led him to an inn,

and made him comfortable. (vs. 34 MSG)

The Good Samaritan did more than throw a nickel, blanket or splash of water. He leaned into, learned of the need, loved the broken with what resources hehad. He was the first in a line of others who attended to the man, aided himin getting up and getting well. The Good Samaritan stopped, stooped andsecured additional help.

That humid night with my friend, her journey of healing began. I didn't havemuch, but a meager offering from a willing heart: it is capable of greatthings. My arm lingered still, touching hers-a reminder life begets life. Listened to her hope levels, refilling when low. Administered mercifulpossibilities of trusting again, believing once more. Others counseled,covered in prayer, spoke truths. We tucked arms under my friend, lifted her up and out. Onward to healing.

In the morning he took out two silver coins

and gave them to the innkeeper, saying,

'Take good care of him. If it costs any more,

put it on my bill-

I'll pay you on my way back.' (vs. 35 MSG)

Years later, my heart cracked open, pieces clattered out like marbles from ajar. Flailing about, I slipped headlong into my pain.

My friend crossed the road to me, leaving convenient clichés of "chin up" and"better to have loved and lost" on the other side. Toward my pain she leaned;still, listening, administering mercy. One temperate morning on the same backporch, the breeze stirred slightly. The only thing between us, two mugs ofcoffee.

"You'll be whole again, you'll heal. Once more you'll believe He's alwaysbeen good; has plans, a future; never left you."

With a wink my friend glimmered, "Someone once told me that and she wasright. I believe again; I trust." Mercy nodded at her and together, theywrapped their arms on either side of me. Ascending out of my pain. Time to leave; time to heal.

"Now which of these three would you say

was a neighbor to the man who was

attacked by bandits?" Jesus asked.

The man replied, "The one who

showed him mercy."

Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go

and do the same."(vv. 36-37 NLT)

Dear Lord, thank You for Your healing mercy. Thank You for sharing inmy pain when You died on the cross. Please give me eyes to see those hurtingaround me, and teach me to be still, to listen, and to administer mercy. InJesus' Name, Amen."

Writing and learning, learning and writing

"One does not write what has already been written. One writes out of the storehouse of fresh revelation and personal knowledge gained through the painful experiences of growth. You will cease writing if you cease learning. You do not learn as you write but write as your learn." says the Lord of Heavens Armies.

Sometimes you have to go through something really hard to realize just how strong you are.

Cuddling with him tonight :-)

Cuddling with him tonight :-)

Perspective. Thank You God!

Me (in a tizzy) : God, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late,

GOD: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,

GOD: Okay....

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait

GOD: Hmmmm..

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call

GOD: All right

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well let me see..... the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road

Me (ashamed): ............

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work

Me (embarrassed): Oh.....

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me (softly): I see God

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.

GOD: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good and the bad

Me: I WILL trust you God

GOD: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

GOD: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.

Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13
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My Obsession

Do my decisions bring us closer like lovers?
Are my intentions pure, in love with you for who you are?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Does my compassion show honesty and purity?
Will my existence be known for simplicity?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Are all my intentions pure? In love with you for all you are?
Does my compassion feel honest and real?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Fall Afresh- Jeremy Riddle

Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken first love, come awake
And do as You did at first
Spirit of the Living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul
Pour in me to overflow, to overflow
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade