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Apr
29


God’s Word – Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character Proverbs 31:9

The Noble Wife ~ Is Blessed Her Husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value…Proverbs 31:11

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You are a Holy God; you are a Mighty God! With you ALL things are possible! You created the heavens and the earth, you called everything in existence by name. We love you Lord because you first loved us. Your daughters will rejoice in the victories you bring to our lives, our marriages, our relationships with our children, family and friends. Protect us Father from the evil one. Let us meditate and memorize your word as you Father write it on the tablet of our heart, so that we would not sin against you. We thank you Father for the forgiveness of our sin. Let us forgive others as you have forgiven us. Give us the boldness to run with perseverance so we do not grow weary and lose heart. Teach us to be the wife of noble character as you word defines. Your word teaches us; A wife of noble character is her Husband’s crown, her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. Your daughter will bring her Husband good, not harm, all the days of her life. We ask for godly wisdom as your daughter selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. That wisdom will follow her all the days of her life as she commits all her plans to you Lord. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. We thank you Lord for the gift of Jesus who dwells in us and strengthens us by the power of the Holy Spirit living within. Thank you for establishing the works of our hands to glorify you through faith, hope and love. We love you Father! Thank you for the answers to all our prayers in Jesus name we pray…Amen!

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

Things to Consider:
•A wife of noble character is her Husband’s Crown
•She is like the merchant ships; bringing food from afar
•She wakes while it is still dark
•She considers financial matters; with her earnings she is fruitful

Apr
24


God’s Word: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:16

Encouragement Shared:
Beloved be prepared to share the reason for the hope you have, but more importantly do this with gentleness and respect.
For the past few weeks the Lord continually putting this verse; – 1Peter 3:16 before me and all I here is Revere Christ as Lord. And as I continue to ponder those words especially as I read the entire chapter: 1Peter Chapter 3… <
All I hear the spirit stating to me is Revere Christ as Lord … Revere Christ as Lord! I hear this theme throughout the chapter. Truthfully beloved, is not as simple as it sounds. It’s not simple because in our hearts we revere more ourselves, our sinful and willful ways. The battle of the cross wages war within our hearts. We can witness this happening all around us. Especially in our relationships; in our marriage which is our first ministry of love, in our child rearing, in our relationships with family-friends-co-workers. We also witness this in the media, in the acceptable lifestyles especially those that is not pleasing or acceptable to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. In our work that consumes our minds and our time … Holding those who have committed wrongs against us we hold them in emotional hostage.

Watch the Transformation in All We Do:
Yes, beloved in all we do, in how we react, and in our thoughts and speech we must revere Christ as Lord. The benefit of this command and action … and yes it is a command and not a request. The command of revering Christ as Lord removes the opportunity of our flesh that leads to us to selfishness that results in unnecessary useless occurrences of events.
Instead revere Christ as Lord, and watch and pray. God will transform your life; your thought life, your speech and bring you the freedoms that come when we walk by faith and not by sight, as we tend to do. It will bring positive results to our everyday extra ordinary life in Christ. It will strengthen our marriages; it will empower us to walking in faith and not by sight. It will heal, and restore us to a better place. It is guaranteed to bring empowering results. We will be strengthened and empowered to every good work we are called in Christ Jesus.

Watch and Pray

Bring Christ in the midst of all that you do and God will move mightily in and through you. In doing so you will be prepared to give an answer to everyone and anyone who ask the reason for the hope you have as you move through your daily life. …but we must be prepared to do this in gentleness and respect. Beloved, the blessing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you in everything you do as you move throughout your day. More importantly: Revere Christ as Lord!

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

Recommended Reading: 1 Peter Chapter 3 – Marriage; Doing Good to All

Apr
23

God’s Word: Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:3-5

Encouragement Shared: The reality of life here on earth …

Trials Are Part of Life:
We are always going to face trials or perhaps consequences for our unwise decisions. It is how we handle the circumstance that determines how strong our faith is. We must rely on Christ and less on our own understanding. Faith comes by hearing the message and the message is through every word of Christ. Romans 10:17

How often I find myself in a circumstance that is out of my control. The key to faith is; knowing, trusting, believing that which is not seen will happen. [Hebrews 11:1]. Every now and then I find myself in a circumstance that is out my control and I am reminded of the fact that God is in control. When I stop take a breath and confess my distresses to the Almighty God we serve, he brings me back from my out of control thoughts that do lead to a whirlwind of unwise actions.

Faith in Action:
The faith in action comes by realization when we make the deliberate decision to stop, look and listen…
• Stop complaining.
• Look to God and in his word put your hope.
• Listen to prompting of the Holy Spirit as you meditate on His word and pray.

Beloved, it is important to also stop, watch and pray each day… We can easily slip into that emotional mode, but it takes deliberate actions to maintain an attitude of gratitude through the faith deposited in us. Trusting in Him continually and not our own understanding, remain joyful, and pray continually … most importantly give thanks for any and all circumstances. The word clearly states this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. [1Thessalonians 5:16-18] When we surrender those emotions to God, beloved you can rest in confidence that we will be empowered by living hope that is Jesus Christ, that always intercedes on our behalf. [Revelation 12]

Romans Chapter 12 ~
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In His Love,
Jennifer Pettiford~