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Nov
03


God’s Word – The Lord—he is our God.
His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
God remembers his covenant forever,
the word he commanded to a thousand generations,
which he made with Abraham,
the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac. Psalm 105:7-9

Wisdom Shared:

God’s justice is everywhere the earth  is full of His unfailing love.  When times are filled with gloom and doom rest faithfully in the promise Beloved, the earth is filled with His unfailing love.  There are seasons of hardship that come in like waves of the sea … The other day a friend called and shared with me that her prayers were answered the hardship is behind her.  As I listened on the other end of the phone… I thought of my very own life, filled with hardships and strife.  Filled with hopelessness and yes, even depression… Recently, the battle for joy has been ongoing … as of late, there seems to be conditional occurrences that have spun out of control.  If I do not focus on the Almighty God and his word it can cause me to slowly slip into an even more difficult place.    God’s promises fill us with hope – faith – love.   Let all the earth sing … the rivers will clap their hands; the mountains will sing of your glory… Beloved set your minds on things above, and do not lean on your own understanding. God’s plans are always best, so as long as you remain in HIM it through the promises of the word we can rest. Do not dwell on the past, move forward and know like you know your name… There is a strong tower and it is Christ in us. Just call to Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and the word of promise states he answers us when we call. The Bible states: “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 91:15  Beloved, do not forget all the wonderful works of the Lord in your life…  Do not grieve; the joy of the Lord is our strength.  He has eternal blessing waiting for you … He is our strength and our joy in times of joy, in times of sorrow there is always tomorrow – to start new again.  Be encouraged and encourage one another through good works through God’s unfailing love poured out in you.  Sing worship songs of praise through the Psalms … it will lift you up to a level of joy that will empower you.

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

Prayer Psalm 105

Heavenly Father -

We will faithfully give thanks to you our Lord; we will call upon your name;
We will make your wondrous deeds known to all people!
Yes, … Let us –  Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord;
dwell on all your wondrous works!
Let us give praise to our God’s holy name!
Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord! We will pursue the Lord and his strength;  and seek your  face always!
When times are difficult we will remember the wondrous works you have done, all your marvelous works, and the justice you declared—For all your sons and daughters, who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones.  You show mercy, justice through your unfailing love.  We will onto the steadfast love our strong tower Jesus Christ! Thank you for your advance answers to our prayers and for the wondrous works in and through us. In Jesus name- Amen!

Jul
21


God’s Word: “See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks  and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. Obadiah 1:2-4 (NIV)

Encouragement Shared: “The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes — openly bad and secretly bad.” Henry Ward Beecher

I often think about that quote by Henry Ward Beecher. Truthfully, the cynic spews lies that divides relationships … The cynic speaks reckless words that create brokenness. Sadly, I have had my share of these personalities in my life.  But it is the love of God and loving saints in the body used by God that have been empowering me through the Bible, the word that has delivered me personally. Praise God I have been delivered from this brokenness of reckless words resounding all around me.  God so faithfully removed those toxic relationship out of my life, leaving just me to forgive them and pray for them. But I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

The word of truth states;   Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing… I am of the mind set if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.  Whatever happened to if you have nothing good to say … Don’t say it!  Why can’t we wait on God, and pray over things first before we speak our minds. Sometimes the greatest lessons learned are through failures.   Truthfully, the greatest gift is just to offer a listening ear, wipe away a tear, and just pray for love, guidance and protection.

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

Recommended Reading:
Psalm 139:13-24

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Jun
06


God’s Word ~ Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:4 NLT

Encouragement Shared:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 There are days, there are even seasons in our life that a good word of encouragement are needed. As I prepare for the day, spending time with God, reading the bible and in prayer is .ost important. Be strong and courageous – is a timely word. I have been through a rough season with my health, God has victoriously delivered me and restored me. Preparing for the day includes reflecting on the word, it gives sustaining strength, joy through the presence of the almighty God. There are days I experience challenges creating days filled with exasperating results. I work in retail and you are only as good as your last good day. The blessing I work for a great company and excellent management staff. However, I am exposed to people with a realm of emotions, attitudes thoughtless words. This can create a platform of fear to come in. Through Christ I can accomplish the task to exceed the expectations to the customers, my co-workers along with the management team. Investing time in bible study, prayer and reflecting in the word of God equips us for life’s circumstances.
In whatever your life circumstance I say, Fearful Hearts be strong, the Lord will be there fighting for you, daughter of King. [Joshua 23] The Bible states; It is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves- the battle is not ours but the Lord Almighty. [1Samuel 17-16] It is through the promise of the word spoken to us that equips us for every good work we are called. It is the power of the word that strengthens us in our weaknesses.

The Power of Christ:
Only God is able to do abundantly more than we could ever ask, imagine or pray for. It is not any profound action we do on our own. It is through the power of Christ along with the Holy Spirit in us that truly reveals those truths that set us free to live the “Joy” The joy of God’s Presence with eternal pleasures at our right hand. He has made known to us the path of life [Psalm 16] Jesus is our “JOY” beloved.

Verse for Today: Joy of the Redeemed the desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:1-4
Inspired by the Holy Spirit~

Reommended Reading: Isaiah 35

Prayer: Psalm 5
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your unfailing love, your protection, and your strength through Christ.
Your beloved daughters/sons will take refuge in you. Father, let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love. We thank you for the answers to our prayers. In Jesus name, Amen!

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