Strive to keep yourself free of strife, for it will lead to bitterness, anger,worry, and the peace of God won't reside in your heart

Ps 8:1-2
O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. NKJV

Praise the Lord often for He inhabits our praises and silences our enemies with it

"When people change, families change. When families change, churches change. When churches change, communities change. When communities change, nations change!!" Lord, change me!!

Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands. When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women," she charged.

"You're being unreasonable," Adam responded. "You're the only woman on earth." The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest.

It was Eve. "What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded.

"Counting your ribs," said Eve.

Last 2 afternoons I along with a couple others have been trimming hedges,bushes, and doing lots of the yearly pruning required. As I was cutting back some rosebushes, I was thinking about how God trims and prunes us as well..... Come to think of it, I believe it is part of growing to get pruned back.
Got to let God have His way as the MASTER GARDENER, still plenty of things getting trimmed from me these days. Also remembered why you need to wear long sleeves when working amongst the thorns. The thorns of life will stick you......

A Church should not be a quiet place like a GRAVE yard where everybody is dead. Hell is not a quiet place with gnashing of teeth and wailing. On the other hand Heaven isn't a quiet place either......around the throne praise and worship is continuous

God gives us different seasons throughout our lives some seem dry and some seem like floods. But even in the natural order all sunshine makes a desert and all rain makes a rainforest. Funny how God uses all of these seasons to mold and shape us spiritually to get us from season to season. I always seem to be craving fall in the midst of summer and summer in the midst of winter. If we are always wanting and looking for the next season we will never enjoy the one we are in now......just saying

GOD calls us to keep going, to keep running, to keep persevering everyday in every way.
There is a little phrase in the book of Judges that I think about from time to time. It was when God called Gideon to save the Israelites, to step up and be a mighty warrior. Gideon, however, was timid and insecure. He told God, “Is my clan not the weakest? Am I not the least in my family?”
GOD'S reply was, “Go in the strength you have,” he told Gideon. “Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14-16).
We feel a lot like Gideon at times. Who am I to run this race? I am not capable. I don’t have the strength. I don’t have the power that I need to keep going. I am not capable of winning the victory. I messed up and did such and such.
But GOD reminds me that He is the one who has sent me on this journey and He is the one who called me to this race. He knows my strength—or lack thereof—and yet he calls me to run in the strength I have.
Why?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Because when I am at my lowest, weakest point, I get to see his power and his grace come alive. Because when I know I can’t do it on my own, I turn it over to him and trust him with the results. Because when I am faced with an impossible situation, I deflect all glory back to him, pointing the world to His strength. Because when my weaknesses suddenly become strengths, I like Gideon can accomplish the tasks He asks me to do.
But we must start somewhere with running in the strength we have.........It's real easy to feel like a big nobody without any strength. but you are a mighty person of VALOR.

I would say there is a world wide push to silence the Christian voice and values from Islam, homosexuals, atheists, liberal judges, government, and others......the book of Revelation expresses this in great detail for the future. Now is not the time to bow the knee to any other god except the LORD, just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Just because you found God doesn't mean you stop seeking HIM

There is definitely more to be fearful about in this generation than many of the past, but God didn't give us a spirit of fear but one of love, power, and
a sound MIND
a sound mind comes from HIS love and power

When life gets blurry, be sure to adjust your focus on who and whats important

Everyone is gifted but some people never open their package.....

Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you stand ALONE

A job you can quit, a dream you can give up on, but a CALLING will chase you forever

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you ever be polished?

Suicides are increasing in our nation and communities as times seem to grow darker. Suicide is a spirit of satan that will try to convince you that you are better off dead than alive

We need to pay attention to folks who are crying out in their messy lives. The Holy Spirit will use you to bring deliverance to those captivated by this spirit

Personally can recall leading many people into deliverance with an awesome presence of the Spirit I don't recommend it but have even seen God deliver several with a gun in their hand with no hope until they met the power from on high

Better to be Biblically Correct than Politically Correct no matter what cultural winds are blowing

Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing. Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there!

To all the prodigals out there, the Father still loves u and is there waiting for your RETURN to Him...... If the road u are on has taken u over a cliff or in directions u don't want to go, turn around, HE is There....Jehovah SHAMMAH, the Lord He is there.
He has always had your best interests at heart, leave the past behind u, forgive yourself, and others who have offended u. Don't be ANGRY with God, He is not angry with u for giving in to the temptations of the world nor is He worried or stressed as to whatever you have been doing apart from Him.

Let it go and let GOD have it before u take another step without Him

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