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Aug
31

God’s Word
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The LORD is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:8;9

Encouragement Shared:
His beauty surrounds the earth- As I read Psalm 145 the first thing that comes to mind: – The LORD is FAITHFUL to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. Psalm 145:13
As we grow in “Faith” we must be active in the faith that has been given to us when we accepted Christ into our live. It is through Christ that we can trust and believe that if God is for us. who can be against us? Regardless of the outward circumstance before us; job loss; grief of a life loss; broken relationship; illness … etc. etc. We must be faithful to pray over any and all these issues trusting by faith that the victory is ahead. …Sucess, reconciliation, restoration and supernatural recovery… Christ has over come the hardship through the shedding of His blood on Calvary.

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


Psalm 145

1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The LORD is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD,
And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.[c
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14 The LORD upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The LORD preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.

Aug
30

God’s Word on Friendship… there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

 
Encouragement Shared:  The bible states- A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17  It’s one of those verses that I have sitting on my dresser so that each time I stand before the mirror as I get ready for the day it is visible to me.  The verse is written on my heart and at the top of my mind.  It’s one that we all need to practice each day.  Sisters, we need to love one another deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.[1Peter 4:7]   I am the only child born to my mother Martha Clark, and when I was growing up in New York City, being an only child was a rarity.  The first perception of an only child, they are a lonely child.  The next perception of an only child, they are spoiled-selfish and manipulative.  Well the truth is we can all be that way regardless of our backgrounds or size of our families.  I recognized at an early age that friendship is important and of great value.  Growing under God’s grace and love the bible instructs us that we must be clothed in love.   Yes, sisters it always comes back to how do we love?  Do we love with a pure heart? Do withhold good from those who deserve it?  Do we dishonor others? Do we keep records of wrongs?  I know for myself there are many areas of love that God is pruning in me.  There are issues of pride and impatience that gets in the way.  It creates anger, resentments and dis-fellowship among the body of Christ.  Before we realize the friendship dissipates into nothingness and it becomes
a polite hello, a courteous exchange of words, or sometimes just a nod or a wave.  Yes, there are times that we are in a person’s life for just a short season for God’s purposes and reason.  Then there is a friend who sticks close than a brother. My encouragmente is that you go love on those special friends today…Via phone call, email or a note in a card do it in the name of love through Christ!  My prayer is that I [we] can discern those seasons of friendships and put on love. 

Prayer for Friendship:

Heavenly Father, 
You are love, we love because you first loved us.  Help us to find our way in love through your unfailing love and faithfulness through our Lord of lords, and King of kings Jesus!  Father your word instructs us -The end of all things is near. Therefore, your daughters   seek your wisdom to be clear minded and self-controlled so that we can pray. We will seek above all,  to love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  We will offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Father I pray that Each one of your daughters would use whatever gift she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone of your daughters speaks, that she should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone one of your daughters serves, that she would do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To you Lord be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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Aug
29


For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time Management … Are you a good Stewart with you time?

Encouragement Shared: Time is a precious commodity that we make great use of. The first thing that is named
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
In this area of scripture; it is speaking of tithing … Being a cheerful giver and giving what we decide to give not reluctantly or under compulsion.

How reluctant are you at the start of things?

• Example 1: The start of the school year?
• Example 2: The start of the work day?
• Example 3: The start of a new season?
• Example 5: The start of a new job or project?
• Example 6: The start of anything that involves giving of your time.
• Example 7: Do you find yourself late to every even?
Because you were distracted by missing socks, nothing to wear or perhaps missing keys or missing wallet?
• Finally : How often do you find yourself under compulsion creating explosive moments just preparing for the day?

Being a good time manager is not something that we wish for… it is something that we must decide to do, then make the commitment to actually do it.
It’s just like that famous slogan we all know… “Just Do It!” let’s not just talking about getting organized lets work on actually doing it. At the start of the new school year we want to make the transition from summer to fall simple and stress free for everyone in our home. I personally was not one of those kids that forgot my text books. Or I forgot to do my special homework assignments unless I just did not want to do it… My stresses are about being prepared for every situation that could possibly occur. I had the blessing of living with a family member in my late teens and I observed that each morning was stress filled, yelling match … and I intervened by posing a question- How do you think the beginning of the day with the high level of stress each morning sets up the children for their day in school? Once I posed that question to my beloved family member she made the vow to change how she managed her time in the morning and was successful in the changes.

Setting The Tone:
Truthfully… I shared; I grew up with the same type of stress; yelling; rushing and feeling discouraged

even before I arrived at school. How we behave sets the tone for our children’s behavior… Beloved, consider those issues in the remaining days this week, in your quiet time journal those things that Seem to add anxiety … stress and emotional tirades at the start of each day… It could be something as simple as a pair of missing socks or homework… Write it down for the next three days.
We can then review those areas of your day that seem to make emotions go astray.

Next Week:
We will look to implement the skills to undo the morning stresses or for some of us the constant stresses throughout the day … And put on our Best.
• Pray
• Prepare
• Prioritize
• Peace will abound~
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundantly,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

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