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Mar
25

God’s Word: Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God. Romans 8:34

Answer the Call Today!

Wisdom Shared:
Today as we reflect on Good Friday… Let us keep at the top of our minds that He died for us all.
Christ’ ressurection is a call to action – Duty and faith … Wisdom and knowledge … Power and glory. He died and three days later
he rose again to sit at the right hand side of the Father. He has risen, he has risen and the power and the glory is within us.
Regardless of our position, if we are in Christ or not … The truth remains the same; DBR – Death, Burial and Resurrection occurred.
Christ died one Friday and three days later he rose again, to give us redemption from sins and hope of a new life in HIM. A hope of glory through HIM!

Rest in Confidence:

Beloved, it is a solemn day, but it is the beginning of a new life … The gift of salvation that will deliver us from dark times, hard times,
through the everlasting love that delivers us to strength to strength – glory to glory. Christ intercedes for us bring us to victory in the
battles of life. What ever circumstance you are walking through today spiritually, emotionally and physically rest in confiedence that
he [Christ] took on the punishment for you, for me, and all humanity so that we could keep our eye on {HIM}Jesus the author and perfecter of
our faith. Rest in confidence – God is for us and nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God.

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

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
May we reflect on the call of our lives … your call to relinquish our sinful self to be delivered into the richness of your glory.
Help us to remain strong, empower us through the living Christ that took on our pain, our shame, our fears and our sorrows, so that we
can be reconciled to you. The living hope of glory that preserves us in our troubles, and restores us to a position of wisdom,
understanding through the light of your presence, and the power of your word. Thank you Father for all you do to draw us near.
H In Jesus name, Amen!

Romans 8:28-39New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[b]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[c] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:

Romans 8:28 Or that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who
Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers

Mar
21

God’s Word: “May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12

Lamentations 3:22-24
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him


Wisdom Shared:
Because of the Lord’s Great, Great Love… we are not consumed, his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; GREAT IS GOD’S FAITHFULNESS…
It was through hopelessness that Jeremiah looked only to God to protect him in great time of distress. It is in our distresses of life that Christ intercedes for us, and leads and directs us to a place of strength not weakness. It is in our weaknesses that we are made stronger. It is in our weaknesses we draw near to the Father, the one who empowers us through the word of hope spoken to us. It is also in those times of weakness that there are lesson to bring us to our knees and rely fully on God the Father.
There are so many thoughts that come to mind as I read this area of scripture… but this one thought comes to mind. Do not lose hope beloved, your efforts will be richly rewarded…
The Bible states it this way; So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrew 10:35-36 … Yes, Beloved, God is faithful to lead, guide and be the strength of our hearts when we submit all our troubles to his throne of grace.
May your kind acts of obedience … richly reward you as you grow in
“His Grace”…

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

Psalm 146
1 Praise the LORD.[a]
Praise the LORD, my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
9 The LORD watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The LORD reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD.

Mar
15

God’s Word: I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:2-3

Wisdom Shared: I lift my eyes up to the hills… My help comes from the Lord, the maker of the heavens and the earth… Psalm 121
Today I was led to Psalm 121; it brought to mind the constant reassurance of God’s awesome word of hope, each time I read this Psalm I hear the song that my church worship team sings. It brought me much comfort to me during a hardship in my life early in my journey of “faith”. I had a car accident and the woman that I was in the accident with lied to the Police, and the lie was on the police report. It cost me hundreds of dollars in repairs, car rental and loss time and compensation from my job. The truth is she went through a stop sign and hit my car. She even mocked me for being upset. When the insurance claims adjuster came to inspect my damage, I told him what really happened. And yes, he agreed because the report did not match the way the damage had occurred. Three months later, the insurance adjustor sent me a note and check for all the money I put out and even the deductable. The truth always wins over the lie every time. I had meditated over Psalm 121 all day long, then when I went to church that evening, there was Leti, the voice of an angel singing that song during worship. God used that time to reiterate the truth and freedom from my grief.

The Reassurances are in the Promises:
Psalm 121 is a reassurance that God keeps us from all harm, in our coming and going always. Beloved, we can rest in the promises of God, it is yes, and Amen in Christ, halleluiah! … There is reassurance that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Regardless of our daily circumstances, he preserves our lives, he empowers us through his word [the Bible] spoken to us along with the awesome power of Christ in us and the Holy Spirit.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Prayer:
Thank you Lord Jesus … for watching over us both now and forever more… We will rejoice in your promises and rest in the assurance of mighty power in us. Be with your beloved daughter as she moves through her day…Bless her in her coming in and her going out, in her rest and in her waking hours… Continually bless and establish all the works of her hands as your daughter serves in her ministry of love, family through her position of strength and courage. Thank you, Father for the advanced answer to this prayer and every prayer place on your throne of Grace on her behalf. In Christ name – AMEN!

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.