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A Hope & A Trust

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Blessed, being sacred, with God.

Hope and trust. Our Christian faith hinges on these two. They are synonyms. Hoping is believing with faith, a confidence, and trusting God to carry out His plan for our lives. Without these two we are lost.

I have days like this. I lose sight of my faith in God. I forget that He is in control. Mentally, I run amuck. Isn’t that the human condition? We think we can handle life. We step away from our faith for a minute thinking we got it under control. Then, boom! I get knocked off my feet. I then look around to see if anyone is watching. You know when you trip and check out of embarrassment if anyone saw you? Yeah, like that.

I then realize how dumb a move that was. I reach up to God and seek His forgiveness and allow Him to have the control again and just trust Him in hope knowing He’s got this! That’s being blessed!

What does being blessed look like for you? Comment and let’s chat. Bless others with your story!

Happy Reading and/or Writing!!

 

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Day 6 – Story – FMF

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Typewriter Photo by Florian Klauer & Colorful lights Photo by Karl Taylor on Unsplash.com. FMF image by Kate Motaung

We all have stories. Our individual stories and stories of others. I love stories. Stories make up the fabric of our lives. It’s how we remember our culture. It’s how we remember important people in our lives.

In legal cases, people tell their side of the story to the court to convince the powers that be of innocence and conviction.

In the scripture above, Micah 6:1-8 The Lord reminds the people through the story of where they came from. The Lord tells the people to “Get Up!” Plead your case in front of the mountains; let the hills hear your story. The mountains and foundations listen. The Lord queries the people about what He did for them. He reminds them of how He brought them from slavery and freed them. The Lord is trying to convince the people that He does what is right.

We must remember that the Lord does right for us. He will never lead us astray or do wrong to us. We mustn’t believe the lies of Satan. Satan would go to the ends of the earth to convince us that the Lord doesn’t care for us and will leave us and hate us.

Who are you listening to? How does your story play out in regards to what the Lord has done for you?

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Day 3 – Create

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Create. I love to create. We all create something every day. We create memories, outfits to wear, art, and food dishes. You name it we create it.

However, we need to look further back past ourselves. We were created; by God. The very first line in scripture from the Bible, Genesis 1:1 says, In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. Then in the next chapter of Genesis 2:7 scripture says, Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

We’re alive because Yahweh formed us from the dust of the ground. He created us from dirt! Well, technically, the woman was created from Adam’s side, from a bone. But, since Adam came from dust, so did woman.

Yahweh put creativity in us. Seek Him and He will guide you. Be obedient to Him and the creative spirit will flow from you.

Some people say they’re not creative. That’s a bunch of hooey. We all have the creative instinct.

What have you created lately? Comment and share a story about what you like to create.

Me: I create all sorts of things everything. I create art, food, memories, whatever. I just love to create. Don’t you? If not, why?

The second part of the scripture image is Psalm 51:10.

In life, things get messed up. People’s attitudes go awry and people become mentally stuck. Our hearts get hard toward people and Yahweh. David asked Yahweh this: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Because of our fallen state, I think we all find ourselves in this place from time to time. Sometimes we encounter people in this place. We need to seek Yahweh and ask for a clean heart and renewed and steadfast spirit within us.

I think we all find ourselves in this place from time to time. Sometimes we encounter people in this place. We need to seek Yahweh and ask for a clean heart and renewed and steadfast spirit within us.

When we don’t, eventually, we run amuck. How’s that working for you? Leave a comment on where you are with that.

Me: Yes, I seek Yahweh regularly to clear out the cobwebs of muck and mire to renew my heart and spirit.

Happy reading!

Day 2-Jesus Tells

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Let’s talk about forgiveness! Jesus even talked about it. He tells Peter about it.

Peter came to Jesus and wanted to know how many times he should forgive a believer who sins against him. In the scripture image above, Jesus tells Peter that he must forgive more than seven times. You must forgive him even if he wrongs you seventy times seven. That’s a lot.

Jesus tells a lot to His disciples in scripture. Forgiveness is a big one. Because like in previous devotions I’ve written forgiveness is key. Without forgiveness, we live in torment and pain.

I love these quotes that say this:

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” -Anonymous

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes

What anger are you holding onto? Why? Let it go and forgive. Not letting go and not forgiving is only holding yourself a prisoner.

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Day 1- Worship

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Day 1-Worship imageWhere to begin!

I usually write a daily devotion/daily message for the ministry God has placed on my heart, Trinity Digital Ministry.

I’m going to spend the month of October writing on this blog for the Five Minute Friday 31 days of a writing challenge.

The Five Minute Friday Host has put together 31 word prompts to guide us each day.

Today’s word is in the image in this post.

Let’s see what I can come up with.

In scripture the first instance of worship mentioned is this:

Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

The dictionary defines worship as expressing a deep respect for a deity. In my case, the deity is Yahweh, my creator.

We are commanded to worship Yahweh and no other god in Exodus:

Exodus 34:14 for you shall worship no other god: for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Worship is expressed in physical ways, audibly and physically. We sing, we bow, we raise hands skyward, we pray, and sometimes we do all of these things, not just one of them.

What does your worship look like?

Me: I do most of them. I don’t bow so much, as in getting down on my face, I have physical limitations.

Join in the writing challenge. Go to my main 2017 write 31 days page to see where to go and connect.

Comment what your worship looks like, or you can contact me below through the form:

Selfless In A Selfie World

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Philippians 2_5-8 imageDo you know who the most selfless person in your sphere of influence is? If so, who? Think about that.

I know of a couple of people who are selfless, but not 100%. Only when it suits them. It’s kind of fake.

When we meet people who are 100% selfless, we’re drawn to them.

Sometimes selflessness isn’t natural to us. Maybe, hopelessness is? We live in a culture that promotes selfishness.

Suzie asks:

How do we develop selflessness in a selfie world, and why would we?

First, read the scripture image above. It says why we would be selfless.

We want to look like Yeshua (Jesus) to the world. We will, the more we are selfless.

It’s as plain as that.

Suzie quote: “We talk a lot about Jesus, but the world needs to see Jesus in us.”

Borrowed from Suzie:

Jesus emptied himself and he served. By doing so he changed the world forever. He served a demonically oppressed man, and chains were broken. He sought the lost lamb, and it was restored to the flock. He noticed a woman caught in sin, and she was restored.

In each of these, he wasn’t self-focused. He saw. He heard. He responded. The world stood back in awe. It was different. Faith had never looked like this.

Right now, our world, our children, our marriages, our churches, our faith desperately need Jesus in the lives of those who follow him.

And how?

Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own. Philippians 2:3-4

It’s as plain as that!

We are loved by Yahweh. That’s all we need.

We are still who Yahweh made us to be. We have our personalities. Only with a twist because, the Holy Spirit resides in us. He influences us, when we allow Him to, in what we say and do.

“The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

From Suzie:

Day #14 of Living a Life of Thank You

Let’s take a break and just chat today. I want to hear how you are doing.

Did you join the 24-hour “No Complaint” challenge? How did it go? I wrestled for awhile with what a “no complaint” day might look like, and finally settled into it. I like it. There were a couple of times when I started to say something, and felt a gentle check in my spirit.

Is God showing you something that you want to share?

We have only 7 more days in this journey. What are you asking God to do in our remaining time together?

Me: I did participate in the 24 hr “No Complaint” challenge. My experience was like Suzie’s above. Only, with some crankiness because weariness of prepping for moving, etc.

The only thing I can I can tell in what Yahweh is showing me is that I need to stop making everything about me. I didn’t realize I was until I started this devotional.

In this last 7 days of this journey I’m asking Yahweh to show me where I need to change and how to better be like Him to the world.

Your turn! Comment your responses. Let’s chat.

No Complaining

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The no whining poster borrowed from Benjamin Gray here:
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We’re going to join Suzie for the next 24 hours for a no complaints challenge.

Throughout scripture, Yahweh continued to tell the people to stop complaining, grumbling and generally whining about things in their lives.

Today’s scripture explains it great. Yeshua [Jesus in English] said, all the complaining prevents you from going to Yahweh. Bickering, complaining, whining, grumbling, all put up roadblocks to Yahweh.

Let’s change the conversation.

As Suzie says: “Let’s break down the barrier of complaining so that we can greater live a life of thank you.”

You can go directly to Suzie’s blog or to this blog. It’s up to you. My challenge to you is to keep track of your conversations. Throughout the 24 hrs, come back here and comment your experience.

From Suzie:

Living a Life of Thank You Day #12

Join in the challenge. Don’t give up if you slip up.

Me: I’m right in here with all of you. My husband has mentioned to me before that he thinks I complain a lot. Let’s see how this goes. Join me, please.

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