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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm Safe

Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I trust!

Dear Friend:

In life you can catch yourself walking around asking yourself “what should I do about my circumstances.” Or what is the most effective way to talk to my daughter, son, husband or co-worker? You’re going along and just making it up sometimes. There are probably times when you even remember to shoot up prayer to God about your circumstances. But you still feel unsure about things.

I believe the words above written by David are a powerful reminder to just take the time in life and compliment God. To put your thoughts and concerns aside and just reflect on the goodness of God.
Do you agree with what David is saying about the Lord? He is your refuge and fortress, someone to lean on and rely on. Don’t just think about it, but say it to him.

God you are my refuge, I trust in you and I’m safe! You have rescued me from…….. (List what he has rescued you from) and you will rescue me again. I am thinking of the times someone hurt me and I thought they are never going to recognize what they did and apologize. I pray about it and miraculously a person does apologize and ask for forgiveness.

DECLARE WITH ME: GOD I AM ALWAYS SAFE WITH YOU! YOU ARE GOOD AND YOU HAVE A GOOD PLAN FOR MY LIFE. YOU ARE ON MY SIDE AND I CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT OF ME. I DO NOT HAVE TO BE OVERWHELMED. IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY. AMEN.

Declaring God’s faithfulness,
Elaine

Monday, May 17, 2010

Relinquish

Jonah 3:10 (New International Version) 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned (relinquished) from their evil ways; he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.


Dear Friend,

I want to tell you this story about a young male adult. This man had an assignment to do and knew he should do it, but did not want to. So instead of doing the job he starts to make plans to runaway and go to a place where he thinks he can get away. As he is going to the place where he thinks is a better place for him there is trouble all around him. On his journey there is a great storm and his life is in danger. He gets with a crowd that questions who he is and they don’t except him at all and threaten to kill him. Their attempt to kill him is not successful. This attempt on his life causes him to evaluate the past years of his life and question whether he was going in the right direction. But things would be getting tough, so he tries to go another way. Upon realizing he was to get out of doing what he was called to do, he needed to turn around and make it right.

Stop!

Is this story familiar to you? It’s the story of Jonah and the fish. Can you identify with Jonah? Have you had things to do that are hard and procrastinate doing them? When you are stuck and things aren’t going right, do you realize that you know the way to go but just don’t want to listen? Did you ever think you are not cooperating? That is where your storms in life are coming from? Pride, stubbornness, not listening is all part of human weaknesses that we have and we need to allow God to change in us. The cool thing about Jonah is he finally obeyed and that obedience allowed him to go to Ninevah and ask the people to repent or turn from their ways. With God’s help he saved many people from doom. I realize that the people listened after one warning and made changes immediately and that God forgave them. Jonah was the lucky one because if you study other prophets they warned on and on for years and the Israelites never turned from their sin. Turning from sin and making changes doesn’t always happen that quickly, but the true character of God shined. God-slow to anger, compassionate and abounding in love.
Experiencing God’s forgiveness is so amazing! Our job is to just relinquish our lives to God.

Relinquish= give up, surrender, renounce, resign
What do you need to relinquish today?
Let’s pray: Thank you for helping me to understand my stubborn ways. Thank you for not bringing destruction on me but abounding love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Love from Above,
Elaine

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pass It On

2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Dear Friend:

Do you have people in your life that influenced your faith? Paul says the influence brings you out of the darkness and into the light. Knowing Jesus as your Savior and the hope you have for eternity with Him in heaven. Timothy had his mother and grandmother as his spiritual influence. With Mother’s day just past us, I thought I would jot a quick note to you encouraging you to take the time to remember important people in your life that helped shape you spiritually. You may want to jot them a quick note of thanks.

I believe that everyone needs encouragement. Maybe this person can use a boost today.
This influence of sincere faith now lives in you! How wonderful!

Let’s pray: Father in Heaven thank you for _________(name the person) who helped influence my spiritual life. I pray that I to can influence others the way they influenced me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Pass it on,
Elaine

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You Decide

Ephesians 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

Dear Friend:

Do you notice the words used in songs, text, face book, and twitter are full of slang and slang abbreviations? If we look up slang words in the dictionary they are used in a context that is negative. With that said the above verse brings up choices you have to decide. Is it right to use the words or wrong? You decide!

GOD SAYS: THESE ARE IMPROPER FOR GOD’S HOLY PEOPLE.

Let’s pray: Father in heaven help me to stay clear of things that would not please you. I want to be an example for you Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

Sincerely,
Elaine

Monday, May 10, 2010

Perfectionist

Matthew 5:48 be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Dear Friend:

Have you ever put pressure on yourself to be perfect? Maybe being the perfect Christian, wife, husband, father, mother, friend, artist, musician, writer and worker is your goal. In the verse above, God is flat out telling you to be as perfect as Him. What pressure!

For all the perfectionist, perfectionist wanna-bes, and those who want other to be perfectionists, here is the word for you today: This side of heaven we will never be without sin. We can grow-up however and gain likeness of Jesus. We can pray for others but we can’t expect them to be perfect. Those expectations are a snare to us growing up in Christ.

Let’s pray: Father in heaven, help me to grow-up in the likeness of you. Help me to stop putting pressure on others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
We can grow-up in our maturity of being Christians and reflect more of God, but we can’t expect to be a perfectionist.

Peace,
Elaine

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ingenious

Colossians 1:16 we look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.

Dear Friend:

We can’t see God. That makes it hard to sense his presence, especially if our lives are busy and crowding out the things of God. God is asking us to pause and breathe deeply and remember why you are even alive. Why absolutely everything you touch today was brought about because of Jesus. All of the angels that you have asked to guard yourself and family is from Him. Every bird that is out singing today finds its purpose in Him. He put the beautiful blossoms and flowers everywhere to show us how awe inspiring He is. I pray today that you will find your purpose in Him. He is ingenious and you are part of him.
Let’s pray: God I see your original purpose in everything created. Absolutely everything got started in you and finds its purpose in you. Help me today to recall this truth and keep my mind on you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Inspired,
Elaine