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Don’t Let the World Get You Down

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Sometimes this amazing temporary home called ‘Earth’ can feel like it’s closing in on us and crowding out the everyday joy of living. We know that it’s just not right, but it seems we can’t help it. Something’s sneaked up on us and stolen our joy. When this happens…don’t let the world get you down. Put your hand in God’s. Trust Him. Think on good things. Soak up a clear blue sky. Laugh like a kid. Dare to dream again. Refuse to be anxious. Pray. Try something new! Set sail. Weigh anchor in a sunny quiet harbour of God’s promises. Believe.

God encourages us to trust Him even in times of trouble. So He can lift us up…and we can give Him glory. Don’t wait. Do it. Today. Let go…and let God.

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Brush Strokes on a New Day

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Our God is a good God. It is His nature. He wants us to hide in Him. Find rest and peace in Him. Outwardly, you might see and feel things differently, but inwardly He is renewing us, day by day, in each moment. I am so grateful He never stops wanting more for each of us. He wants us to continue growing and in our circumstances, that is when we make choices…to lean towards or away from Him. I felt such huge excitement this morning as I awoke. The sky was dark, but oh my, then the pink began…it was endless beauty. It was Him brushing a new stroke on the beginning of our day. He is just giving us a glimpse of greater things to come and He is preparing us for it. Blink and erase all your plans you made for today ~ fix your eyes on the unseen and step into all He has for you.

from Lori at e x p l o r e r
(God bless, my friend!)


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You Are Beautiful to God

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I had crooked teeth as a kid. I felt self-concious. And one day an adult I looked up to made a teasing remark that stuck into me like a knife.  It was said in a silly way, but I felt suddenly rejected and unloved. Years later after I had my teeth straightened, I still felt unlovely. I kept thinking I needed to change something in myself in order to be loved. I had allowed the pain of that long ago hurtful comment to dig in so deep, it had left a permanent mark in my soul. That is, until God’s love got hold of me and changed my life forever.

Sadly, we live in a world where image is promoted as ‘everything’. It can cause a ton of anxiety, stress, and awful pain to feel a need to look or act a certain way in order to be accepted and loved.  As a result, we may end up striving to look a certain way, yet ending up disappointed and feeling unloved. In extreme instances, our sense of self may be so broken, we might lose out on important relationships. I’ve heard married women friends share with pain in their hearts how empty they feel because their husbands seldom say three simple important words: “I love you…” And they almost never tell them three more words…”You are beautiful…”

But here’s what each of us needs to hear and know…

YOU are beautiful…to God.

God’s love is unconditional. He loves us just as we are, and His love is so great it is impossible to fully imagine a love that would go all the way to a cross to die for us in order to have us live with Him forever.

God says it…to each and every living soul…created in His own image…

YOU are beautiful…to Me.

(Song of Songs 4:7) (Jeremiah 31:3) (Ephesians 3:18, 19)


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Send Your Spirit

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“Send Your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth, and renew Your people…” Psalm 104:30

God comes to us like the fragrant downpours of springtime rain. He sweetens and renews the earth, breaking up the soil after winter’s bitter grip of ice and cold. God is in the renewal and renovation business. Living and working with God is not about D.I.Y.  It’s not about striving. It’s about resting in grace. God sends His Spirit. And it isn’t by our own strength or power when we walk with Him, but it is by His Spirit that we are renewed. (Zechariah 4:6) Let the promises of God become real. Let the Spirit of God do it. (See also: 2 Corinthians 3:17)


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Jumpin’ into God’s River

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Have you ever stood and listened to the great rushing roar of a mighty river? There’s nothing like it. The sound of water soothes and envigorates the human spirit. Translate this sound into a symbol of God’s incredible life-giving presence which Jesus spoke of and you will begin to get a picture of His river of life, the NEW LIFE He promised would OVERFLOW within all who follow Him. God’s new life in Jesus Christ isn’t a ‘church thing’ or ‘religious thing’. It is LIFE itself. New life! Life that sparkles straight from heaven. Life that refreshes here and now, with the flow of God’s incredible New Creation power. If the noises of life and the stress around you has worn you to a frazzle, what are you waiting for? It’s time to remove or get around any dam that’s blocking the flow of God’s blessings. It’s time to get back to God’s River…and jump in!… John 4: 14

For more about the River of God’s Pleasure, read a message from Pastor Francis Frangipane…


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Though the Earth Give Way…

be_still, wallpaper4god.comQuite a week, quite a year so far actually, wouldn’t you say? Untoward and quite incredible things are taking place in the earth, in the heavens, and all around us. The nations seem to be shaking and trembling in unprecedented turmoil and stress.But did you notice, God is still the same? His universe stands in place. He says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Following the news and reading and reblogging recently, I’ve been encouraged by how God brings people together and how He ‘connects the dots’… and inspires Christians to understand our times, and to not be alarmed. Things today seem to be unfolding just as Jesus said they would when He spoke of the signs of the end of the age. We could begin to analyze it all and start to feel anxious. But Jesus also said, “Let not your heart be troubled…”

God always counterbalances trouble with His incomparable peace. “My peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, a peace the world cannot give you…” (John 14:27)

God promises that He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way…(Psalm 46:1-2)

Thank God. Even in perilous times, His people need never be alarmed. Being a citizen of God’s Kingdom means that every single word God has spoken is Yours to take hold of and stand upon. His kingly and heavenly promises are real and are a surer foundation than any ground you could ever stand on. His goodness and strength is better than money in the bank or anything any earthly or ungodly power might feign to promise you. God’s Word upholds life itself because He holds the very keys to life…and death. (Revelation 1:18) If you trust in God and stand on His Word, you will NEVER…be shaken. If you abide in God and His Word abides or lives in you, you are rendered 100% free of fear in body, mind, spirit or substance. You can shout, Alleluia!

And if you don’t know God. He’s waiting to get to know you. Dare to ask Him today to meet you right where you’re at. God will be there, because He said, “Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

So, do not fear for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you for I am near. I will strengthen you, I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)


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Are You There Yet?

kjvchristianwallpapers.blogspot.comWhat if someone who loved you beyond all measure promised you ‘everything’ and that they’d always be there for you? You paid lip service, said you loved them too, yet you flatly turned them down. Sad, isn’t it? It happens, not only in human relationships, but also with God. Here’s a great promise God gave: “Seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness and…all things…will be added to you.  (Matthew 6:33) Think about it. Not ‘some things’, not ‘a few things’, but ‘all’. Yet, I have known people who heard this promise of God and didn’t seem to get hold of it.  It left me wanting to ask a question…

What part of seeking God first don’t you get?

God’s promises are beyond awesome. They’re eternal. And God isn’t a man that He should lie. (Number 23:19) When we say we love God, we need to truly take Him at His word. We need to know that when He says ‘add’, He means ‘add’. And when He says ‘all’, He means ‘all’. God’s promises are true and faithful and they always add up.  God’s promises aren’t like man’s promises. They’re God’s. The same God who gave us life and who said He knew each one of us before we were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) The same God who says He holds the keys of hell and death and who tells us He is The Beginning and The End. (Revelation 1:8) God is who He says He is. God says what He means and God means what He says.

God more than did His part in giving us life and His love and promises. He gave His ‘all’. God could have decided it would be a one-way relationship with us, but He didn’t. He left the door to His heart wide open. And He stands at the door of His Word knocking at our hearts, and pouring out His promises for us to believe and receive. But God isn’t interested in ‘second best’ with us. He wants our all. And He wants us to seek Him ‘first’. God longs for a two-way relationship that we want as much as He does, not a one-way kind of ho-hum connection if and when we decide we need it…or Him. God gave us all and He wants all of our hearts. No half way arrangements in this forever and always relationship with the Author of Life.

If you know you’re not quite ‘there’ yet. Get there! Seek God. Really seek and get to know Him. Make it a concious and deliberate choice. Don’t wait another minute to begin believing and receiving all that He has for you.

“For no matter how many promises God made, His answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’…” (2 Corinthians 1:20)