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CB050125God’s Word
Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 6:4

Encouragement Shared:
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 When ever I read Psalm 6 it always brings to mind God’s unfailing love and faithfulness, also God’s willingness to strengthen our hearts When are fully committed to him.  That’s his promise to us.   It also brings my mother Martha Clark to mind, this is one of her favorite verses.  As I look at her life in Christ, I see the commitment, the strengthening occurring in the difficulties that life brings.  Her faithfulness to Christ allowed her to care for my Grandfather during his last years of his life, it also allowed her to care for her mom when she became terminally Ill when she was a teenager.  It was during my very own chronic illness that the peace of God that reigned in her home with my step-dad Vincent.   That brought encouragement, through the time I was able to spend with God in His Word, that time in their home fostered healing through the love of Christ living within both Mom and Vincent’s heart.  Yes, as I think of my very own mom I see that she commits those prayer needs to Lord and yes it strengthens her.

CB050112Christ is the joy of the Lord:
Today I received a note card from my step-dad Vincent, he is in he second phase of treatments for his cancer.  He too exhibits the strengthening of the Lord as he begins week three of his treatments.  Yes, he is a man of God that is an encouragement; he truly lives out Nehemiah 8:10:  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  He is undergoing treatments every week day… Monday through Friday and it is remarkable how both of my parents remain strong and courageous through the power of Christ in them.  They have sought the counsel of God and committed to God the Father
all their concerns.

Submission and Commitment brings deliverance:
In order to receive the deliverance and the victory over our circumstance we must be willing to submit and commit… Delight and trust because
The High and Holy God the creator of the heavens and the earth is truly in control. [Psalm 37:1-6 ] One of my favorite verses;  My flesh and my heart
may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26  The encouragement, what ever
your struggle is, your marriage: Commit it fully to God. Your children your teenagers: Commit it to God, Your finances:
Commit it to God…What ever it may be bondage to sin; physical sickness within just commit it all to him and you will see
The deliverance because he brings us through like refined gold, from glory to glory and yes victory!  Yes, we have the glory
Of the Kingdom within us through Christ and The Holy Spirit. The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I thank God for the godly example my parents Martha and Vincent are displaying through the joy of the Lord, and their willingness to commit all things
to God the Father in faith and in trust that God is truly in control of all things. It is an encouragement to all looking on.


Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your faithfulness… We thank you for your mercies fail not-great is your faithfulness in all our circumstance… We thank you Father for the gift of Jesus; we also thank you for your deliverance from death to life.  Thank you for the newness of life through the power of Christ in us.  It is in Jesus name we pray…Amen!

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

Recommended Reading: Psalm 6; Psalm 116


God’s Word
…because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.   Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:21-23 (NKJV)

Encouragement Shared:
God drew this picture through Jonathan my son in one of his beautiful letters written to me. 
I love it!  It demonstrates, love, freedom from the chains of BONDAGE we so often are bound by…
My son in this season of his life  that he drew this picture  was  bound by the lies of the enemy,
enticing him with the things of this world that are temporary. 
God used this season of Jon’s life to show himself faithful and true through the word of truth spoken to Jon’s heart.
We can only pray that our children can trust in the Lord with a pure heart, and know our savior in a up close and  personal way. 

Word of Promise for God’s Children;
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.   Deuteronomy 7:9

Micah the prophet shares – Micah 4:10
       Be in pain, and labor to bring forth,
      O daughter of Zion,
      Like a woman in birth pangs.
      For now you shall go forth from the city,
      You shall dwell in the field,
      And to Babylon you shall go.
      There you shall be delivered;
      There the LORD will redeem you
      From the hand of your enemies…

Verse for Today:
He is your kinsman-redeemer! 
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; Job 19:25

Glory to God in the HIGHEST!

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

Heavenly Father,
How majestic is your name upon all the earth…You called everything into being.  You knit us together in our mother’s womb.  We thank you for the gift of liberty through Christ… Through Him we can do all things because it is through him you give us strength.  Your daughters will lift those authority in prayer; those men and women that have also served our country so that we can move forward from bondage to liberty.  We thank you for the word of truth, that reveals, restores and rives us by faith.  In Jesus name we pray…AMEN!

Recommended Reading: Psalm 116; 146


God’s Word I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:25


Encouragement Shared:


In the midst of our troubles we need to remain  joyful through out; we  are also to  pray continually in faith; and be devoted to your heavenly giving thanks in all circumstances, the Bible states this is God’s will for US  in Christ Jesus. The one whom call us out of darkness is faithful to exceedingly more than we can ask, think or imagine. Continue to seek his divine presence in midst of your troubles and “Praise” his Holy Name…


 Heavenly Father,
We thank you for love and faithfulness,
Thank you for Christ, he lived a sinless life and die for me.
May we submit under your will and authority and commit all things
to you.  Your daughters  will praise you, O LORD, with all their hearts;
 before the “gods” they will sing your praise.
Your faithful ones will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
or your love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
Direct our lives through the written word on hearts,
that we may trust and believe all that you have written
When we called, you answered; you made your daughters bold and stouthearted.
Thank you for the godly counsel of your word, may we stand firm
May all the kings of the earth praise you, O LORD,
when they hear the words of your mouth.
The king heart is in your hand father you direct it like a watercourse as you please
May your daughters sing of your ways LORD,
for your glory Father is great.
Though you LORD are on high, you look upon the lowly,
 but the proud you knows from afar. Thank you Father for the answer to our prayers in Christ name I pray…Amen!


Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

Love in Christ, Jennifer Pettiford~