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May
03

God’s Word

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
you who have done great things.
Who, O God, is like you?
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once again.
Psalm 71:19-21

Encouragement Shared: 
As I meditate on this verse, in my very own life I can share that God’s righteousness is un-ending.  My troubles were many, and yes my soul bitter.  God restored my life again through his love and comfort.  I was drowning in sorrows of self-pity; disparity and depression.  Outwardly all appeared to be well; inwardly I was lonely and afraid.  My life was not what I had hoped for;  sad marriage that led to divorce.  Singleness with two children over-whelming; one child with special needs out of control and a relationship I so wanted was not going as well as I hoped.  The combination of all these things kept my eye on all the wrongs in my life; the sin and the strife over-whelmed my life.   Through my acceptance of Christ as Lord and savior it was through the word the truth about the lies were revealed.  God’s word has truth, power; revelation and it shows us the consequence of our sin.  Regardless of where we are spiritually if we recognize that Christ is our Lord or not, if we acknowledge the “FACT” that Christ is way the truth or the life. [John 14:16]  We will reap the godly benefits of a relationship with God through Christ.  The word directs us to cast our anxieties on him because he cares for us.  Today, it is only through the love of God through Christ that my life has been restored to a better no longer bitter place. Thank you Lord! more…

May
01

God’s Word – O daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you— if you find my lover, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love. Song of Song 5:8

Encouragement Shared:
God’s Love is Faithful! ~
As I read the verse in Song of Song, it is a plea of a bride searching for her missing groom.  It is a picture of us being separated from Christ.  In our sufferings we must cling to the cross, consider the trials as joys that is blessed hope of Christ working in us increasing our faith, refining us through perseverance, character, and hope. [James 1] As we go thorough trails, joys are not at the top of our minds. As we go through trials we must remember to search our hearts and ask; Is this really a trial or is it a consequence for sin?   So often the pride of our heart decieves us and brings us low. Obediah 1;3-4 Pride  hides and lies to us keeping us in blindness.  Sisters, the scriptures state; We must go through many hardships before we enter the kingdom. [Acts 14:22] Our faith is exercised by our reaction through our actions in the midst of our troubles.  The Psalmist writes in the midst of our troubles you [God the Father] preserve our life. Psalm 138:7

All Sufficient Grace:
His grace is sufficient in our moments of weakness if we seek the Lord he strengthens us.  Cling to the promise of God’s word through Christ.   Seek his for his strength continually.  God is Love; we love because he first loved us. [1 John 4] Sisters let us not forget that God is “Faithful” in all he does.  We are going to move forward in Praying through God’s Word through The Faithfulness of God.

Introduction to Forty Days of Prayer- Faith – God’s Faithfulness-
The one who calls you is faithful! [1 Thessalonians 5] So as we enter this journey through his faithfulness, sisters write those verses that speak to you personally on the tablet of your heart.  Let God’s love and faithfulness never leave you.  Bind them on the tablet of you heart.  Let the Holy Spirit come in and lead you through counsel of God’s Word that is truth.

Each day we will visit the following: Monday-Friday
• Verse on God’s Faithfulness
• Encouragement
• Prayer through scripture
• Recommended Reading

Prayer:
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the victories that come through your word of truth, we know that your word is truth. We thank you Father for washing us clean through your word of truth.  We thank you Father for word that came to life that is Christ.  We desire your Holy Spirit to show us your ways, show us your paths, and teach us your truth on you we will wait all the day long.  Thank you for your fogiveness of our sins.  May you God, the God of peace, sanctify your daughters through and through. May your daughters whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Your word teaches us the one who calls you us faithful and will do it. And that is you Father, thank you for increasing our strength, increasing our faith and wisdom through the power of the word.  In Jesus name we pray…Amen!

Recommended Reading for Today:
• Hebrews 11 – The Faith Chapter;
• Psalm 89 – God’s Faithfulness

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

Oct
27

God’s Word

The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail
Isaiah 58:11

Encouragement Shared:

My Dearest Sisters in Christ,  There are seasons in our life that God puts us through the fiery furnace of affliction- Isaiah 48:10 -See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction… It seems like you are in a dry and weary land.  If we are faithful to seek the Lord through his word, it is in those times we are refined and redefined as daughters of the Most High God!  It becomes so overwhelming; the encouragement  is not to be in a hurry for the furnace of affliction to move quickly… It’s all God’s timing; when we are so intent in moving quickly to the other side we miss the precious lesson that God has for us in that season.  His will be done; His plan has purpose; His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path that leads the way we are to go. The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock, my Savior! 2 Samuel 22:47- Let the word of God richly dwell in you!  Blessings to you sisters…

 

Prayer Psalm 27

 The LORD is Your daughter’s  light and her salvation—
       whom shall Your daughter fear?
       The LORD is the stronghold of Your daughter’s life—
       of whom shall she be afraid?
 When evil men advance against Your daughter
       to devour her flesh,
       when her enemies and her foes attack me,
       they will stumble and fall.
 Though an army besiege Your daughter,
       her heart will not fear;
       though war break out against Your daughter,
       even then will Your daughter be confident.
 One thing Your daughter asks of the LORD,
       this is what she seeks:
       that she may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of her life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
       he will keep Your daughter safe in his dwelling;
       he will hide Your daughter in the shelter of his tabernacle
       and set her high upon a rock.
Then her head will be exalted
       above the enemies who surround Your daughter;
       at his tabernacle will she sacrifice with shouts of joy;
       Your daughter will sing and make music to the LORD.
 Hear Your daughter’s voice when she calls you, O LORD;
       be merciful to Your daughter and answer her.
 Your daughter’s heart says of you, “Seek his [b] face!”
       Your face, LORD, she will seek.
Do not hide your face from Your daughter,
       do not turn your servant away in anger;
       you have been her helper.
       Do not reject Your daughter or forsake her,
       O God my Savior.
 Though Your daughter’s father and mother forsake her,
       You LORD will receive Your daughter .
 Teach her your way, O LORD;
       lead her in a straight path
       because of Olg’s oppressors.
 Do not turn Your daughter over to the desire of her foes,
       for false witnesses rise up against her,
       breathing out violence.
Your daughter is still confident of this:
       She will see the goodness of the LORD
       in the land of the living.
Your daughter will – Wait for the LORD;
       be strong and take heart
       and wait for the LORD.

Mercy, peaece and love be yours in abundance,

Love in Christ ~ Jennifer Pettiford

Recommended Reading: Psalm 27; Psalm 46 and Isaiah 58