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Nov
04

God’s Word: He gives us grace and glory. Psalm 84:11

Wisdom Shared:

The Bible states; “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”  It is through God’s magnaminus glory that we can do any good thing.  Remaining in Him allows us to pour out loving faithfulness and kindnesses to others.  Remaining in Him being renewed day by day allows us to grow in faith, wisdom and knowledge.  Keeping our eyes in Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  We have this cloud of witnesses …     let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [ The Discipline of God ] For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls….

The Race for Grace:How often does the worldly race for life interfere with the focus on Christ who gives us new life ?… Strength for the journey.  How often do we give thanks for all circumstance remaining joy filled and thankful as commanded in the book of 1 Thessalonians 5  Life goes pretty quickly and before you know it we are in a new stage where we become tired, beaten down.  There is a need for relationship with the Father through power of Christ interceding for us.  There is enrichment for life through the word of God to renew, restore with its redeeming grace.  Giving  God the glory for every good thing he puts before us.  Looking to God’s grace and truth gives illumination to reveal the journey to true freedom in Christ, to finish the race through grace well.  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
My prayer for you today saints may his GRACE abound in you as you continue to put you trust in him…
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 84:5-9
Those who put their strength in you are truly happy;
pilgrimage is in their hearts.
6 As they pass through the Baca Valley,
they make it a spring of water.
Yes, the early rain covers it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength,
until they see the supreme God in Zion.
8 Lord God of heavenly forces,
hear my prayer;
listen closely, Jacob’s God! Selah
9 Look at our shield, God;
pay close attention to the face of your anointed one!
PRAYER:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your great grace for the race to end in your glory… Thank you for Christ in us that fill us with your beautiful presence.  Let your daughters/sons move through our day leaving behind us the shame and looking to your glory that fills us with your unfailing love.  You Father are our sun and shield no good thing will you with-hold from your righteous one.  We will sing songs of thanksgiving for your deliverance through the tough journey we find our selves in.  We will sing of your marvelous works … Thank you Father, for the love you pour out in us, thank you for the love through the body of believers … We give you our praise and glory as we move through the day!  In Jesus name-AMEN!

Jan
28

God’s Word: In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. Psalm 18:6

Wisdom Shared: This morning on the Today Show, one segment spoke about the impact of cell phones , they rob our interpersonal relationships and skills. A professor at MIT did a study, and it showed that without that face to face connection it is difficult to show empathy, and to be intimate in our relationships. Yes, technology is great for staying connected, but truthfully are we really making connection with one another without the face to face? The study showed that we are dividing our attention in conversations via technology. The study also found that we are constantly checking our phones, out of boredom, the technology is robbing the opportunity to be creative, especially in children. Seriously, did we really need a professor at MIT to tell us this? …

Intimacy in Relating:
God wants our undivided attention, at all points during the day. Yet, we seem to text, post, and snap chat our way through the day, finding the time in between our work, family and daily responsibilities. In times of trouble, we reach out to God taking him off the shelf because of need, but what about the intimacy? Spending time in the word, studying, prayer and just writing those verses on the tablet of our heart. Seeking after God in all our decisions through out the day… It is an important part of growing in godly wisdom instead of worldly wisdom. Why do we then find the need to post, text or snap chat to our friends about our issues instead of first seeking the Father’s will to be done. Sharing is good, but seeking God through prayer and fasting brings on the better result. Especially in times of trouble, God is our rock, our deliverer … Our strong hold! Beloved, do not allow technology to rob you of the precious experience of intimacy with God and just as important intimacy with our family, children and close friendships. Recently I was out with a friend, and 60 percent of the time was facing the phone.
It brought an awareness to me, divided attention is not good in any area of our lives.

Take a personal challenge to make a change in this area. I know I will be taking serious inventory on my very own technology habits.

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

Psalm 18

1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

Oct
09

31 Days in Proverbs ~


God’s Word: Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 9:11

Encouragement Shared: The Jackson 5 Tune is stuck in my head… I’ll be there… Just call my name and I’ll be there… to comfort, protect and love you… That’s mentioned over and over. When I was just a girl I use to run to the radio each time I heard that song. I’ll be there – The truth is we can depend on the one and only true love to bring us salvation, restoration … Yes, our one true love brings us love and protection. His name is Jesus… He brings us … Honor and power to empower us in super natural ways. Yes, beloved, we sing praises to the name of the Lord because of all the wondrous deeds.

Prayer:
Yes, Father you have mercy on us, yes you are the lifter of our heads and you lift us up from the gates of death, … that we may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation. We thank for your mercies that fail not … great is your faithfulness. We thank you for your loving kindnesses. In Jesus Name … AMEN!
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Love-Excellently~

Psalm 9
1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The LORD reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
13 LORD, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The LORD is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.[c]
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, LORD, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, LORD;
let the nations know they are only mortal.