Archive for the Category »Living Hope «

Jul
23


God’s Word on Love:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not havelove, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy andw can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. … 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Encouragement Shared: Without the love of the Father we can do no good thing. Yes, Beloved this is a tough word. As Christians we are recognized by our love toward one another. It is love that compels us to do the right things in faith and in acts of obedience. Through our faith and willingness to be obedient we can triumph the power of the God in us through his faith, hope and love poured out in us.

Birthday Love:
Yesterday was my Birthday… and this year was quite special just as all the other years I have celebrated. It has been a month long celebration through love and creating new memories. Two weeks ago, my son Jon and his family came to visit from North Carolina… My parents came down from New York … My Brother and Sister in Law joined us from West Palm Beach, Florida where they live. Even my ex-husband and his lovely wife came with my son.
It started out as a visit to meet my daughter’s 6 month old baby boy JC. But quickly it tuned into a family reunion, a fun time for everyone. Having my all of my grand-children here was the best. It really wasn’t anything formal; we did activities, saw some sights, hung out at the pool and went to the beach and ate a lot. The most special part is that I even got to be with my Mother, just her and I for an afternoon just talking, laughing and reminiscing. Now, that is the; Birthday Love; Family … Nothing, better than family time. I treasure it, because most of my family lives in New York … My son in the Carolinas … that leaves just my daughter and I to celebrate usually just the two of us, and now there is three of us with her infant son JC. Those special times serve as a reminder that love is the most excellent gift we have to offer one another.

Love Deeply:
It is not always simplified, because after all there are differences, which can lead to conflict. I have learned through my journey of faith to this point, that nothing is more important than just love and acceptance. Disagreements can be done in love and most certainly in respect. The Bible states; …Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22 Beloved it by our love we can inspire others through love and good deeds [Hebrews 10:24] …that is love in action.

The Word for Thought:
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

I am thankful for God’s love in my life, and the blessings of family and good friends he uses to bless me through love and good deeds.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently~

Jun
11


God’s Word: Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. Psalm 138:6

Encouragement Share:
Psalm 138 one of my favorite Psalms …it brings God’s truth through affirmation. It starts out with praise to the Father along with declaring that God exalts his word of truth more than his name. Just another promise of God that reminds us that there is power in the word of God which is the bible. Yes, beloved there is power in HIS name… He preserves our life in the midst of our troubles bringing us from strength to strength – glory to glory. This Psalm is an uplifting inspiration to the promises of God. My prayer be inspired by the word of God bring you to victory in every circumstance.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Love-excellently~ Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 138
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.

3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.

4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.

5 May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great.

6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.

8 The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.

Aug
13


God’s Word: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
Encouragement Shared: I like the former translation of the NIV best- reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. It is often an oversight that words have a great value and can uplift or break someone’s spirit. The power of the tongue speaks life or death. So I ask beloved, Do you speak life with your words? Do you speak death?
I often have personally experienced the person whom speaks reckless words. The sad part is that often these people even though they are fully aware of their actions are just so set in their ways, along with airing their opinions and of course they are absolutely correct in everything that they say and do. They give unsolicited advice, have no regard, empathy or compassion for people. They are an absolute authority in most things … which by the way is not true. They are incapable of loving from a pure heart. They are often judgmental, critical and unawares of the havoc their reckless words cause. It takes much prayer and constant submission to God the Father to forgive these people and love them. Do you recognize this person? Is this person you? Or… Are you at the receiving end of this verbal attacks? In both scenarios this needs much prayer.
Beloved, regardless of our intellect, talent or abilities if nothing is done in love it is futile. So we need to submit those bad thoughts to God… love one another deeply from pure heart that is Christ Jesus.

Knowledge puffs up … Love builds up!
We need to pray over our words we speak to one another. We need to pray for Christ to intercede on our behalf so that our reckless words do not damage or destroy. If you find your self on the receiving end of reckless words, continually being beat down verbally. It is time to clean, clear and let go of the toxic relationships from your life and especially if they profess to belong to Christ. Pray hard for these broken souls continually.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 140 Prayer from Evildoers…
Heavenly Father,
1 Rescue your daughters, LORD, from evildoers;
protect them from the violent,
2 who devise evil plans in their hearts
and stir up war every day.
3 They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips.[b]
4 Keep your daughters safe, LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
protect her from the violent,
who devise ways to trip your daughter’s feet.
5 The arrogant have hidden a snare for her;
they have spread out the cords of their net
and have set traps for your daughters along her path.
6 We say to the LORD, “You are our God.”
Hear, LORD, our cry for mercy.
7 Sovereign LORD, our strong deliverer,
you shield our head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, LORD;
do not let their plans succeed.
9 Those who surround your daughter proudly rear their heads;
may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them;
may they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
may disaster hunt down the violent.
12 I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
and the upright will live in your presence.
Thank you for the advanced answer to this prayer and all our prayers.
In Jesus name … AMEN!