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Apr
27

God’s Word – “There is no fear in love.  But perfect  love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18

 The encouragement:   “ There is no fear in LOVE.”…  Jesus washes away shame!  Yes we must live in full confidence through the confidence that God has poured in us.  [Hebrews 10:34-39] Yes beloved sisters your confidence  in Him will be rewarded.  Trust in His word and be a woman who is bold and stout hearted for the “Faith” through the word of God spoken to you.  The anointing of God and our love, trust and obedience to him and our love toward others takes away the shame,  pain  and the offense.  Jesus took on the scorn and shame for us-at the cross at Calvary.

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Apr
22

God’s Word –  The Sign of the end time: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:12-14

Encouragement Shared:
A local Pastor Posted on  his Facebook status- Airline security is getting pretty personal. How much privacy do we have to give up to feel secure and protected?  It got me thinking:  Privacy Rights? Hmm, it’s not just at the airport – Privacy has become a thing of the past unfortunately. It’s the season we live in it’s a result of terrorist acts that compromise the safety of many.  It is also the result of individuals acting on emotions that lead them to merciless acts of wrath through their rage.  As I go about my day in the usual business of living this ordinary life I see there are cameras peering everywhere we go; stop lights, schools, shopping malls. I’m beginning to question the fitting room mirrors at the department store. The line between protection and privacy is a thin line- But as Christians we know it’s the sign of the end time [Matthew 24]… This brings to mind what the writer of Hebrews reminds us: Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Shine Our Light Bright:
It was three months after 911 occurred, my daughter Jessica and I were on our way to Raleigh Durham North Carolina for Christmas.  At the airport security check I sounded the alarms.  It was my port to my dialysis access.  Well those security people were on me, when they passed the hand device and saw a bulge under my coat.  I immediately said, “It’s my port for my dialysis access.  I am a dialysis patient.”  Well they moved me to a more private spot I had to show them the port I removed the tape and showed them the bulge in my shirt was my port connected to my arterial vein.  I was little nervous because I had nothing to show other than my port that I was in end stage renal crisis.  I ask the Lord for favor and strength!  They looked through our bags, my purse then the woman going through my stuff saw my meds and the authorization documents for me to receive dialysis in a center in North Carolina.  She then showed me some kindness and empathy and said, “Ok your clear to go.”  She confiscated my medical tape because it was not allowed.  At first I wanted to get upset that tape is quite expensive.  But then I remembered God is in control of all things.  Jesus encourages us… People do not light a lamp and place under a bowl, Instead they put it on its stand…Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deed and praise your Father in heaven.  [Matthew 5:15;16]  Even in this season we are living in we must not be alarmed such things must happen.

Verses to focus on: “You are the salt of the earth. …You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13;14

Recommended Reading: Matthew 24; Mark 13 and Luke 21

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

Apr
17

Preparing For Moving Day…
God’s Word – Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5

 

Encouragement Shared-
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 29-30  This is all that I hear the Holy Spirit saying to me… as I prepare to move for the 10th time in a decade.  Moving is rated high on the list for reasons that cause stress.  Stress can cause us to be depressed because we become self-reliant and overwhelmed.  

Making Way For The New:

There are a lot of new and exciting things that come from moving… purging the old and making way for the new.   Making new friendships that will bring years of blessings… on the job or in the neighborhood.  Finding your favorite spot to eat or that place to shop for the groceries…  It’s a season of change and new things that God is calling us to.  I must confess I can be a creature of habit.  I go down the same road to work, I do the same things during the week, I am a stickler about time, so I am constantly planning ahead.   A new season is ahead and it’s time to purge some old things and look forward to the new.  To trust in Him and not lean on my own understanding [Proverbs 3:5-6]   it’s time to commit all my plans to the Lord and his promise is; that they will succeed. [Proverbs 16:3]  His word says, cast your anxieties on HIM because he cares for us.  [1 Peter 5:7] 
As we move once again our tenth time in less than a decade,  we will keep our eyes on the prize- Jesus!  The author and the perfecter of our faith…  Looking forward to the new plans God has in store for us. My prayer is the same for you beloveded in Christ that however God is moving you that you would find strength in Him through Christ!

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