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31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 14

20 Feb

getting-along

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Day 14

Getting Along

Romans 12:6-21

 

Beloved,

Do the best you can, with my help, to love people.

Be discerning and let me show you who to trust.

Work with your hands, heart, and mind.

Serve and give.

Find your own niche and enjoy life to the fullest.

Each of my children is different from my other children so never compare yourself with someone else.

Do not campaign for other people to measure up to your expectations.

Pray for others and let Me correct them if correction is needed.

 

 

Want to be successful? The secret is to know when to celebrate. 

18 Feb

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

 

(February 10, 2017)

Is he ever a type A personality! Driven, zealous, bold, and often forceful. I’m talking about Paul’s commitment to win souls for Christ.

Can’t help it, but often he moves me with his unwavering faith, and he wins my admiration for his endurance. But sometimes he baffles me with some statements he makes, like this one: “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).

He delights in weakness? In suffering? Boasting about our weakness is an insane contradiction to the world’s standards where we need to appear strong, in control, all together, and have our success shine before others.

Paul shouts the total opposite. But a little pondering brings logic to his thinking. Boasting in areas in which we’re weak brings us to our knees to recognize our vulnerability, our powerlessness, and our feeble ways. And voila! That’s when God’s power bursts through with His ability to do the impossible, level walls of opposition, and remove hurdles we never could on our own.

Celebrate with me; let’s dig out those weaknesses, insecurities, the I-don’t-measure-up feelings, and toss out the inhibitions they caused. And with Paul’s same boldness, wait in expectation for God’s power to be made perfect in them.

How quickly will you celebrate your weaknesses?

Janet

Source: Want to be successful? The secret is to know when to celebrate. | Janet Perez Eckles

31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 13

13 Feb

love

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Day 13

Love

1 Corinthians 13

 

Beloved,

The greatest gift is love.

Love never gives up.

I want you to learn to love yourself,

And love others, too.

Love is contented with what it has.

Love does not walk around with its nose in the air.

Love doesn’t force others.

Love gives anger to Me so that it doesn’t explode onto people.

Love keeps going and giving.

 

Three steps to getting your prayers answered.  

11 Feb

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

 

February 3, 2017

I really don’t want to walk in the rain, I thought.

“C’mon let’s go anyway,” hubby said as we walked out the front door. The wind was blowing and a few sprinkles came down.

I hesitated but relinquished to his insistence. “The sun will come out; trust me,” he said.

I held his hand as we made it to the driveway. “Wait a minute,” he said as he opened the car door, “let me grab the umbrella from the trunk, just in case.”

Umbrella? I thought he was confident it wouldn’t rain. I thought he was acting in faith that the sprinkles would stop. His words said one thing, but his actions said another.

We do that too, don’t we? We declare we have faith God will take care of the situation. We just know that our trust is complete. But as we claim to believe God will show up and solve all our needs, our actions tell a different story.

And when we do our best to walk on that faith, something inside whispers doubt. And next, we focus on the circumstances urging us to act contrary to what we said we believe.

But there’s help. If you’re walking in a downpour of conflict or disappointment, in 1John3:14-15 are nestled three powerful ways for you to walk through any circumstance with confidence, secure and firm.

Step 1:  “…our trust isn’t placed in things of this world, in the situation or in others. Not at all, this is the confidence that we have toward him [Jesus]…”

Step 2:  We know to ask not according to our whims, but according to God’s will, “…that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

Step 3:  Sleep comes easy at night because with renewed confidence, we declare: “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

Do you believe in this truth…or are you holding onto the umbrella of doubt?

Janet

Source: Three steps to getting your prayers answered. | Janet Perez Eckles

 

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31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 12

6 Feb

gifts

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Day 12

Gifts

1 Corinthians 12

Romans 12:6-8

 

Beloved,

Here is a list of spiritual gifts and abilities that I give to humans. If you ask me I will tell you which ones you are to develop and polish according to the personality I have given you:

Wisdom and the ability to help others with their questions and decisions.

Clear understanding of how I work and what I want you to do.

Simple trust which, when invested in those I want you to trust blossoms in your life and theirs.

The ability to heal the sick, whether with physical care or prayer alone.

Miraculous acts such as the one when my son turned water into wine.

Being able to tell others what I’m doing and even, sometimes, what I Am going to do.

Determining whether an idea or a person is acting from my will or from an evil source.

Talking in a prayer language just between you and Me.

Understanding and interpreting what I say through you or someone else.

 

31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 10

23 Jan

 

 

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Day 10

Beloved

1 Corinthians 12:9

 

My grace is enough to get you through anything.

Start focusing on Me instead of on the problem.

The problem can’t help you,

And you can’t help yourself, but I can.

The weaker you are,

The stronger Christ’s power is in your behalf.

Take all limitations as blessings.

Thank me for them.

Then let Christ take over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 9

16 Jan

 

the-mind-of-christ

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Day 9

The Mind of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:16

 

Beloved

 

You are wondrously designed.

You have the mind of Christ.

When you are inclined to worry–change gears.

Thinking is so important,

You’re designed to always have thoughts.

When you’re awake, you think.

When you’re asleep, you sort your thinking.

You still, however, have the choice to use our mind or your own.

Will you go crazy looking at your past?

Will you try to manipulate the future?

Or will you be still and know that we three are the Trinity:

Father-God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.

We want to change your thinking.

Will you consciously allow Holy Spirit to direct you?

And will you be Mine, body, soul, and spirit,

As I am yours?

 

 

How to turn your weaknesses into strengths

14 Jan

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Guilty. Self-pity nearly won. There was a time in my life when I felt unworthy and useless like the pulp my juicer spits out. Memory of that season rushed in when my friend and I had lunch last week.

“You won’t believe it,” she said.., “After I juice, I use the pulp to sprinkle on my salads…it turns out delicious!”

She didn’t discard the pulp, rather, she put it to good use. God did the very same with me. When blindness struck at the age of 31, I thought my life was over. I thought I’d be relegated to stay inside my four walls, empty of achievements and like useless pulp, ready to be dumped in the garbage disposal of life.

Did you ever have moments like that? Feeling like your value, your purpose and your passion is dry? We all have. But when God is in the midst, He uses what little we may have, what flaws we display, what mistakes we made or how low we feel. He crafts something deliciously beautiful.

That’s because no matter how we try to overcome our weaknesses, God is trying to turn them into strengths. He uses our weaknesses to make great things. He molds sad circumstances to success. And He turns our losses into gain.

He did that with me. I had asked God to remove my blindness. He didn’t. Instead, He turned my physical blindness into 20/20 spiritual vision.

In a different way, Paul also encountered adversity, painful and unpleasant, He confessed:

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient 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: 8-10).

What weakness of yours will you delight in?

Source: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths. | Janet Perez Eckles

31 Days of God’s Comfort~Day 8

9 Jan

unique

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 Day 8,

Unique

Genesis 1:27-28

 

Beloved,

I was lonely and wanted children and friends to keep me company. I wanted them to act as my hands and feet on earth.

Creating people is my favorite vocation. I carefully put each baby together in the mother’s womb to fulfill a special purpose. No two are alike, not even twins. The various gifts and talents are boundless.

Some of my people have gifts for music: I want them to compose, sing, and play instruments.

Some are engineers and artisans who know how to put things together, and how to fix them.

Some are caregivers, such as mothers and fathers, teachers, doctors and nurses, administrators and helpers.

Some can draw, some can garden, some will travel and some will stay at home.

Some think they can’t do anything at all, but they always can.

I love you whether you know your place in my plan yet, or not.

If you will let me, I will be delighted to show you what I created you to be.

 

 

People Need People

6 Jan

From the Heart 

Louise Gibson

colorful-crowd

 

 

Life does present challenges
that tax us to no end.
When bad things happen, and they often do-
That is when we need a friend.

 

Do you remember when someone encouraged you?
Perhaps when you were feeling low?
It helps to share your burden.
There is strength in numbers, you know.

 

Relate to people.
Call, text, or write a letter.
Just knowing someone cares
will make them feel much better.

 

Caring needn’t be costly,
amazing what a smile can do.
It’s the best face lift in town,
And warms the heart of another, too.

 

“There is little difference in people,
but that little difference makes a big
difference.
That little difference is attitude.
The big difference is whether it
is positive or negative.”

Robert Collier

 

I must end with a bit of humor.
“Don’t tell me that worry doesn’t do any good.
I know better.
The things I worry about don’t happen.”

Author unknown (but it could be any of us-
right?) : – )

 

 

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