Choosing Wise Friends

  
August, Friday 28, 2015
Choosing Wise Friends
Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
As a teenage we all choose friends that were not great influences, because we thought they were cool. Today I am a mother of a teenager and the thought of who she hangs out with scares me. I know the decisions they make, starts first at home. I have to make wise decisions of who I allow to influence me and my family. This is why having a church home and being involved in church with our kids is so important. Our kids will have friends who we will not be crazy about, and they will make bad choices. Our jobs as parents is to alway be there with a loving heart to help guide them with godly advice to make wise decisions. Our enemy the adversary wants nothing more than to destroy are kids lives, and he will start first with their influences. If we see that certain friends or situations are not good for our kids, don’t be scared to make the wise decision for them. 
Heavenly Father I pray for a hedge of protection around my children. They are at the innocent age where friends are a huge part of their lives. Lord I pray You will guide them and help them to stay focused on You and not this world. I pray they will be surrounded by Christian friends, and they will be the Christian friends others need. 

Victory IN Jesus

  
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Victory IN Jesus!
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our greatest victory in life is accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Throughout our Christian journey while here on earth, we will have many victories. Through Christ I overcame a 15 year addiction to drugs and have been clean for almost 5 years..what a great victory in Jesus! Every day we set out to achieve goals in our life as a believer. Goals in our marriage, with our kids, fitness, job, church..etc. We need to go before the throne room of God and lay our goals at His feet. Pray and search His Word out daily for Him to guide us and give us the strength, ability and the determination we need to accomplish goals we have prayerfully set. When we achieve a goal no matter how big or small, we need to send praises of thankfulness up to God, celebrating our victories in Jesus. One of Satan’s goals for us, is that we don’t overcome and have victories in Jesus. He will do whatever He can to cause you to become distracted and discourage. This is why we need to keep our focus on God and remember it is through Christ that we are victorious! 
Heavenly Father I pray that You will daily guide me through my goals and help me to accomplish each one I have prayerfully set. Lord I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I pray to stay focus on you Lord and send praise up to You in heaven when I am victorious in Jesus. Thank You for Your love, grace and mercy, I pray in the sweet name of my Savior, Jesus, Amen. 

Can’t Run Weighted Down with Sin

  
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Can’t Run Weighted Down with Sin
Hebrew 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
I am by all means not a runner! Matter of fact running is one of many things on my fitness journey I have had to give to God. In order to be able to renew my strength in Him, to physically run my fitness race I am competing with myself. One thing I have learned through my fitness journey, is it is best to run without weights, such as heavy clothing. A pair of shorts, a light t-shirt, a good pair of running shoes and some worship music is all you really need for a good run! Apostle Paul often used running and strength training in his writings, to better help us understand the importance of our faith race with Christ. Like our Christian walk we can not be weighted down with sin and run this race. Daily we have to come before God and confess our sins to lift the weight off us and place it where He intended and that is at the foot of the cross of Jesus. 
Lord I pray daily to come humbly face down before Your throne and confess my sins, so that weight is lifted off of me and I can continue on my course to the finish line. I pray to seek You for the strength I need each day to run my race of faith with Christ, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Open Eyes See With An Open Heart

  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Open Eyes See With An Open Heart 
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
I remember when I rededicated my life back to Christ, I had no former knowledge in the Bible. I pick God’s Word up and decided to read it from beginning to end, not knowing it wasn’t in chronological order. As I read each book, chapter and verse I did not understand some of it. I did however understand, (John 3:16,) “that God had sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, and that if I was to believe, I would live in heaven for all eternity. As my walk progress and I started going to Bible college 2 years into my rededicated through my church, I learn that in order to understand the Word of God, I had to pray for my Holy Spirit to guide me. The Bible is the number one book sold, but is also the number one book most misunderstood and misquoted. Why? Because at salvation we got all of Jesus, but we did not give all of ourselves to Him. We believers lack in allowing ourselves to be lead by the Holy Spirit daily, in prayer, the Word and our walk with Christ. In order to understand the wondrous things God has for us, we have to rely on the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to see with our hearts. 
Heavenly Father I praise You for Your Word, and I pray daily it will penetrate my heart through the Holy Spirit. I pray to have eyes that see Your heart as I read Your Word and become a reflection of Christ through the pages of the Bible. Open my eyes Lord to see all the wonderful things You have for me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Open Eyes See With An Open Heart

  
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Open Eyes See With An Open Heart 
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
I remember when I rededicated my life back to Christ, I had no formed knowledge in the Bible. I pick God’s Word up and decided to read it from beginning to end, not knowing it wasn’t in chronological order. As I read each book, chapter and verse I did not understand some of it. I did however understand, (John 3:16,) “that God had sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, and that if I was to believe, I would live in heaven for all eternity. As my walk progress and I started going to Bible college 2 years into my rededicated through my church, I learn that in order to understand the Word of God, I had to pray for my Holy Spirit to guide me. The Bible is the number one book sold, but is also the number one book most misunderstood and misquoted. Why? Because at salvation we got all of Jesus, but we did not give all of ourselves to Him. We believers lack in allowing ourselves to be lead by the Holy Spirit daily, in prayer, the Word and our walk with Christ. In order to understand the wondrous things God has for us, we have to rely on the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to see with our hearts. 
Heavenly Father I praise You for Your Word, and I pray daily it will penetrate my heart through the Holy Spirit. I pray to have eyes that see Your heart as I read Your Word and become a reflection of Christ through the pages of the Bible. Open my eyes Lord to see all the wonderful things You have for me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Spiritual Strength 

  
Monday, August 24, 2015
Spiritual Strength
Psalm 27:1b The LORD is the strength of my life
God has been laying strength on my heart a lot these days. I don’t think He is speaking of my physical strength, but rather my spiritual strength. We often look to our physical strength to get us through each day. We actually need to look at God for spiritual strength to embark on our physical things throughout the day. God reminds us in, “Romans 12:2,” that we are not to be conformed to the world, but transform by the renewing of our minds daily. Our goal should not be, to be physically fit for this world, but rather spiritually fit for the kingdom of God. Yes I believe we should tend to our temple, (body) and take care of it to live a long life sharing the gospel. Our renewing should not be just once or twice, but throughout the day for spiritual strength. “Deuteronomy 11:19,” states that we are to teach our children the Word, when we wake up, sit, walk or lay down. In order to teach our children throughout the day, we ourselves should be in the Word throughout the day, renewing our minds, spirit and heart. If your main focus is to build you physical body to be the strongest or faster; you are losing out on what you are able to do spiritually with your physical body for the kingdom of God. Make it your goal to be spiritually strong in order to physically do what God has called you out to do. 
Heavenly Father thank You for this message and reminder that I am to look to You daily for strength and not to myself. I want to tend to my physical body to live a healthy and long life to service Your kingdom; I pray to remember I can only do this through Your strength. I pray to renew my mind throughout the day in Your Word and to diligently search Your heart out for spiritual strength to embark on each day physically, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God Protect My Children

  
Sunday, August 23, 2015
God Protect My Children
Psalm 91:4,11 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  
As parents, we are not able to see everything, be everywhere, or know what all goes on each day in our children’s lives; but God can. He sees all, knows all and is there with them in every step they take. We can trust that God will take care of our children when they are at school and away from us. Our jobs as their parents is to have faith that God’s mighty hands will keep our children safe at school. We must find this faith on our knees at the beginning of each new day as we send them off to school. Prayers that our time we spent pouring God’s Word into their lives at the start of each day is what they need to remind them of God’s amazing grace. The Lord will place a hedge of angels around our children to protect them and He will be the shield that they need to lead them daily in this world. Fear and worry will not add to our lives as parents, it will only take away from who God is, and the power He has to keep our children safe. Today I encourage you to gather all your family together, get on your knees and pray to the great I AM for a safe new school year for your children, teachers, principles, staff and bus drivers. All we as parents can do is pray that God will protect our babies and trust in Him when we send they off to school each day. God has plans for each of our children, we have to trust His ways are greater than ours. 
Heavenly Father I pray that You will watch over my children this new school year as You do everyday and keep them safe. I pray You will place Your angels around them and protect them. Lord I pray You will keep in their hearts the decisions they have made to follow You, and be a vessel for the Gospel at school. Lord I pray that Your daily Word and my daily prayer will be all the truth they need to daily guide them, in Jesus in I pray, Amen. 

No MORE Stomach Bug!

  
Saturday, August 22, 2015
No MORE Stomach Bug!
Revelations 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

For us believers this is the greatest promise yet to come that we can look forward to. I am writing this as I lay in bed with a heating pad on my tummy that is hurting as bad as my head. My oldest is laying right next to me feeling the same symptoms of the dreaded stomach bug. Many people are suffering of some sort of temporary illness like ours, but there are many who are fighting more serious conditions such as cancer. All around this world people our suffering with temporary or long term sickness, serve pain, minor aches and major hurts, heartaches and sorrowful depression. When we are battling these horrible illness whether temporary as a stomach bug or as serious as a disease, we can grab onto this promise in the Word of God, that one day soon there will be no more suffering! Praise God that when we get to heaven all sickness including stomach bugs, colds, flus, depressions, heartache, pain and all types of cancers and many more illness will never effect us again. What a promise to look for ward to!! 
Heavenly Father as I lay here with my sick child and suffer a temporary virus, I can look forward to and eternal promise. What a day that will be to be with Jesus and free of all sorts of sickness and diseases. I pray for a speedy recovery for us both, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God Knows Our Needs

  
Friday, August 21, 2015
God Knows Our Needs
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
The very great I Am who already had us in mind at the foundation of this world, knows our exact needs. The same power that rose our Savior Jesus Christ from the grave, is the same power that lives in our temple. God not only resides in us, He formed us in our mother’s womb. He knows the number of hair on our head, He knows our thoughts before we even think them. Why then, do we look to this world instead of God who’s spirit lives in us, to seek refugee, strength, ability and to have our every needs meet? Our Father, wrote the most amazing guide to help us daily, He intended on us to come to Him, not just through prayer but through His Word too. Every question, desire and concern we have is all within reach to us in the Holy Bible. Why then, do we turn to the Internet, magazines and self help books to find the answers that God has already written? Our body is the temple of God, and the very God who lives in us is the very God who created us. Why then, do we first seek the world to meet our needs, when we should first seek God, (Matthew 6:33,) and He will add unto us the places and people who can assist in helping us, through His guidance. Take sometime today and do an inventory on where you look to for help, whether it is for health, fitness, finances, marriage, children..etc. Our you looking to God, who help us , (Psalm 121:1-2,) or are you looking to the world who hinders us? 
Heavenly Father I pray to keep my eyes fixed on You. I pray for Your help, guidance, strength, refugee to meet my needs. Thank You Lord for walking with me on my spiritual journey and my fitness journey daily. Lord I am amazed by the goals I have achieved and look forward to many more I will accomplish through You, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God’s Word is Powerful and Without Void 

  
Thursday, August 20, 2015
God’s Word is Powerful and Without Void
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
When we start walking in the will of God and servicing His kingdom according to His calling for our lives, our work is not in vain. Many times we may feel like what we do is not enough or that it may only be reaching one person. When I read and meditate on Isaiah 55:11, God assures me with this verse that His Word does not come back void. I believe this to be true for reading and studying His Word ourselves and sharing His Word with others. All it takes is one spark to light a fire in others for Jesus. Even if only one person hears our message, they will spread the flames and it will grow. This leaves me thinking about the woman at the well. Jesus told her He was that living water she could drink and never be thirsty again, (John 4:10-30.) Jesus gave His message to only this one woman and she immediately left and told all of those in her city to come in see Christ for themselves. We see here the power of the spoken Word, by Jesus Himself. The written Word is the Bible, that we His followers study daily and share with others. If there is evidence of how the Word has changed our life, then others will come to know Jesus as their Savior. Our obedient walk in the will of God daily, sharing His Word dose not come back void. There is always a seed planted that God will water, with the living spring. 
Most gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me of how powerful Your Word is. Even if my devotions that You have placed in my heart to share only reaches one person. They too like the woman at the well will spread Your Word with others. How amazing Your truth is, when we share Your promises with others, there is a seed planted that Christ can water and cause it to grow through our obedience, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.