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Nov
02

God’s Word – “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 NASB

Encouragement Shared:
The Bible states; God will make known to us the path of life; In HIS Majestic presence is fullness of joy; In HIS right hand there are pleasures forever. [Psalm 16:11] Yes, beloved in the joy of his presence we are to give our love and thanksgiving to Him. In the midst of our troubles he preserves our life, through giving us a future and hope. Our God is the God of eternal hope in all circumstances of life. There is no other hope than glory of his presence in our life, going before us ; showing us the path of life that is joy, that is also great peace. Beloved it is through that great joy and peace through the word that enables us to move forth in his strength.

There are times that our circumstances do discourage; dissuade and seem daunting leading us to be stagnant in our faith.  I know first hand that feeling of emptiness and disappointment that can some how come in and be all consuming with out a hope in the world.  I can see through the victories yet, they seem unattainable.  I see through the everlasting hope – then an overwhelming presence comes to mind that I am not worthy of the promise.  It is ineffective thinking that mind set is not godly vision but worldly dissatisfaction.  God is the strength of our heart, mind and spirit…it is through the promise of His word that he can lift us up when we feel discouraged, fearful and alone in our hardships.   If we hear his voice we can not harden our hearts, it is through the presence of the Holy Spirit poured out in us that leads us to the promise of victory, joy and peace through  the storm.  It it in those times that I can attest to you Beloved, that boldness – strength – courage become the shield that is Christ with us.  He is our strength and our joy… Let us sings songs of thanksgiving and praise in the storms of difficulty and encourage one another from the deceitfulness of sins grip.  Let us move forward, learn the lessons of hardship to increase our faith to living testimonies to encourage and inspire the wonderful presence of our God.

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

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for your awesome word that empowers your people to seek you … to seek you with all their heart, mind and spirit. Forgive us of our sins Father those of omission and commission …that we would repent and stand firm in your word so that the enemy would flee. We are confident that in the midst of life’s storms only you can preserve our life. Father, let the wicked forsake their wicked ways…because we know; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; … Thank You God, because you have anointed Your sons and daughters With the oil of joy above all. … Give your sons/daughters the wisdom through your word to discern the works of the wickedly evil ploys set against us… May your word be on the top of mind and the tip of our tongue, and that those who plot what is evil in your sight the heart to repent and be restored; without repentance that they would suffer the consequence of their wicked and evil plans. Empower us through the joy of your presence so that we can rest in your peace without any anxiousness. In Jesus Precious name …Amen!

Jun
18

God’s Word: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Encouragement Shared: When it comes to friendships we must be merciful, compassionate, loving and humble before our Lord… It was Thanksgiving, and I attended dinner with the family of a new friend … I just recently met Her and her husband at a new church that I was attending. It seems that my new friends were extremely generous because they had also invited two other single mom families that were also attending the same church fellowship. As the evening went by one of the single mom’s felt that it was necessary to invite her self to speak about my daughter and her reluctance to be social. At the time my daughter was 15 years old, and yes…extremely shy. I never pushed her to be social, I always figured God would some how work it out through her. The truth is my daughter was always by my side, she served in the children’s ministry since middle school. – During this Thanksgiving dinner of the single moms felt it was her job and duty to speak and critique my daughter’s character traits… without an invitation to do so. What possessed her to be so bold and intrusive? It took much fasting and prayer for me to forgive her intrusiveness, because she continued to do so repeatedly. The grievous part of all this was her attitude was with out love; Basically it comes down to this one point; it’s not what we say to one another it becomes a matter of the heart.- [1Corinthians 13] Are we loving, patient and kind; are we counting wrongs; are we behaving arrogantly; boastful…Peter stated; love covers a multitude of sins…I shared this with a good friend, I believe that God used her words as confirmation to the fact without love we can do no good thing…It’s hard to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Fasting to Forgive:
The truth is beloved, fasting and prayer brings results…
It was my heart that needed change. It was my heart that needed to display grace… for the face remains it is for the grace of God that I have received salvation. In that season of fasting for my heart and attitude, I was led to 1 Thessalonians 5- Final Instructions 3 times in one day. The only that matters is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:6- Love is patient, love is kind-1 Corinthians 13:4 I am not a patient or kind person so I must rely on Christ for those attributes with a host of others-In looking at the Final Instructions as written by Paul through the Holy Spirit; It breaks down to this point; In order to speak in someone’s life we must love and respect-one another before speaking through the joy of Christ in us. It is through the joy of the Lord that is our strength-Nehemiah 8:10. Being thankful to God the Father in all our circumstance and prayerful over the words of our mouth that bring power of life or death-From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. Proverbs 12:14 It took a long time for me to forgive that sister in Christ, I never did confront her, because I was so angry that I was not sure that I could contain my words. I trusted in God to work within her to bless her and show her the way to go …and know that He is faithful to do so.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Sep
24

God’s Word: Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, … For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12

Encouragement Shared:
The storms of life regardless of how prepared we are, often take us by surprise. One single thing that remains a constant; Jesus is on the throne interceding for us. So do not grieve beloved, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10 When pressed hard from all sides, Jesus is there! When we are in distress Jesus is in the midst … When our health fails us, you can rest in confidence beloved Jesus is there. He answers us when we call… He will never let His righteous ones fall. All he does is complete perfection and our hardships are transforming us to a new level of excellence that comes only through Him and the unfailing love God has for us.

God’s love for us is unchanging… Just look to the cross and recognized the sacrificial love for us.
His love is the same yesterday, today and forever more.

Godly Prospective to Prosper:
See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted.
Isaiah 52:13

God’s Victory Over Our Sin:
I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.
Isaiah 53:12

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiord

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
I give thanks to you for Jesus Christ that died on the cross for each of us…
I give thanks for your Holy Word, that is shaper than any doubled edged sword that is your word, that penetrates and divides the soul and spirit, joints and marrow and it judges the attitude of the heart. Nothing is hidden from you Lord. That we may seek you through your Holy Wore… Draw us closer to you Father… We will take instruction from your word; we will meditate on them day and night so that we will experience the godly perspective to prosper according to your will for us in all we do. That we will desire to live according to your will, filling us with wisdom and knowledge to bring us your victory along with your favor that only comes through you. Thank you Lord for the advanced answer to this prayer and all our prayers. In Jesus name…Amen!