Glorifying God,

Duty of
 By Entire Consecration
1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV
2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12 NIV
There are several ways that I can glorify God. What strikes me today is 1 Corinthians 6:20, ‘For ye (you) are brought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.’ I am His, therefore, I am to glorify Him in body and spirit. I ask how and find the answer in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12. It is through prayer that God will make me worhty of His calling and that by His power He will bring to fruition my every desire for goodness and my every deed prompted by faith thus the name of Jesus is glorified in me and I in Him according to the grace of my God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is God’s power working in me to avoid that which is not good for my body and soul granted that my spirit is willing. As my Heavenly Father, He does have my best interest at heart. He knows exactly what I need whether it is blessings or discipline. I know that He disciplines those He loves and who love Him. Though discipline is not easy it is rewarding because it helps shapes me into the image of Christ.

Yesterday, I had the experience of both a high and a low. I operated out of love toward someone who is estranged for me and I felt like I was where wanted to be and I did not need to continue with my Celebrate Recovery step study, yet, God quickly reminded me that I am not done as of yet. Recognizing it for what it was I am thankful for the reminder and will continue to do the work that is necessary. This is how I glorify God with my spirit. 

I continue to train for the 5K for it is good for my body. It helps curve my appetite and maintain a healthy blood pressure. This is how I glorify God in my body by taking care of what He has given me.

God is good. Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

 My Prayer: Father God, You are good and You discipline those You love. Thank You for loving me enough to remind me that as long as I am on earth I am not done yet. Amen.

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Give Thanks unto the Lord

For He is Good 
His Love Endures Forever
I rejoice in my Lord and Savior for I have been blessed with a niece as of last night. What a joy it is to see new life! It makes my heart happy to see her and the happiness she brings to her mother. I will give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; His love endures forever. This little one comes to our family after ten years of marriage and a long hard delivery but, my, what a pleasure to see! I will tell of the kindness of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done. Yes, it is easy to rejoice and give praise at a time like this and I should and will. I will also give Him thanks in all circumstances. 
I thank Him for the opportunity to see her and to love on her mother. I am thankful for no stress when I went to see them. I am thankful that I can operate from a place of love and not people pleasing. I am thankful for the happiness on her mother’s face and the joy of her daddy holding her. God is good! His love endures forever!!!
To God be the glory now and forever!!
My Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I rejoice over this new life and I give You praise for the joy she brings to her family. Please pour out Your blessings upon this family. Amen.  
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Walk In The Way Of Love

Our Calling and Duty 
 Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
 Let’s explore what it means to walk in the way of love. When I read the above verse in the Amplified. I am instructed to copy and follow Jesus’ example. To walk in love is to esteem and delight in one another. I had this opportunity yesterday to delight in a friend’s hospitality. Today, I esteemed someone I know from church and watched how she seemed to grow a little taller and had a smile on her face. Christ’s love for us is like a sweet fragrance, therefore, we are to be like that to those around us as the opportunity presents itself.
Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV
  Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
 Here I read that I am to be mindful of how I walk. To live purposefully, worthily, and accurately and to make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Live with a sense of purpose. This takes a concentrated effort on my part because I tend to be an ‘in the moment’ kind of person. I need to stop and think out what I am going to do and ask God to show me where I need to pay attention.
 Colossians 2:6-7 ESV
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
 When I read the word therefore I want to know why it is there. So looking at the end of verse five Paul is “rejoicing to see your (Colossians) good order and the firmness of your (Colossians) faith.” He goes on to say that I am to walk in Jesus. Again reading from the Amplified, this means to regulate my life and conduct myself in union and conformity to Jesus. This is done with the help of the Holy Spirit, reading the Word, and prayer.
1 John 1:7 NIV  
 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. 
This is the best part. I have fellowship with Jesus and with fellow believers. I am purified of my sins by the blood of Jesus. This is why I choose to walk and live with purpose as Jesus did and in Him by the power of the Word and Holy Spirit.
May you, also, be encouraged to walk in the way of love by walking with Jesus.

My Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Almighty God, I praise the Name of Jesus. I desire to walk in the way of love. Help to live with a purpose. Cause me to conduct myself in union with and conformity to Your Son who gave Himself for me. Amen.
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Friendship Acrostic

An acrostic for friendships

 Characteristics of Friendships

Here is what to look for and cultivate in your friendships.

Forgiving             Colossians 3:13
Reliable               Colossians 3:13
Interdependent    Ecclesiastes 4:9
Empathetic          Romans 12:10
Nurturing            Ephesians 4:29
Devoted             1 Corinthians 13:4
Supportive          Ephesians 4:32
Humble              Ephesians 4:2
In Harmony        Ephesians 4:3
Patient               1 Thessalonians 5:14
It was a joy today to attend a one day retreat at my church where I made a new friend. The focus was on love and ways to show love because God first loved us. We put together a quilt of hearts for World Relief and there were skits that taught us what being a true friend really looks like and what wasn’t. In our meditation on God’s word, we asked God to help us to be more patient, kind and to show true humility to others. This included those who are hard to love.
It was a pleasure to make a new friend with whom I have a lot in common. Friendships, I believe, are another way in which God shows us that He loves us. We may have friends that we don’t always see eye to eye with but when we find that friend with whom we can truly connect, with is inspiring and makes our hearts grow. To have someone who gets us is such an encouragement when days are not going so well. 
May we encourage and inspire one another onto good deeds.
Blessings to all my friends!
My prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I am thankful that You call me friend. Help me to be the friend that I would want. May I, too, encourage others onto good deeds. Amen.
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Spiritual Life as a Believer in Christ

Scripture to Ponder & Contemplate On
I found some general references to the spiritual life that I wanted to share. The spiritual life is sustained by the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV
   He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
It is secured through faith. It is not of ourselves nor inside of us apart from faith.
John 5:24 NIV
(Jesus said) Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
John 20:31 NIV
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
(This was John’s purpose for writing the gospel.)
Spiritual Life necessitates death to sin and self. There are three good verses for this. Our lives are not our own and we are to live for Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:11 & 5:15 NIV
11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 
Galatians 2:20 NIV
 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 Christ is the supreme object of one’s spiritual life and love is the demonstration of one’s spiritual life.
Philippians 1:21 NIV 
 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
 1 Peter 4:6 NIV
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
 1 John 3:14 NIV
 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Again this is a working of His spirit in us not solely on our own. God’s word is truly active and life changing. The more of the Word we learn and put to use in our lives the greater control the Spirit as in our lives. It renews our minds, uplifts, empowers, comforts and direct us. 
May you be inspired to search God’s word and learn to know Him more.
My Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for giving me Your Word and the desire to know You more. Amen. 
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Newness of Life

Living the Life of The Spirit
This is what marks the difference between a believer in Christ and the non-believer. When God gives us His spirit upon our faith in Jesus, this is where new life begins. In Romans 6, we have been freed from our slavery to sin and we are not to sin more in order to increase God’s grace. Our old self has been nailed to the cross and in Christ we have been raised to a new life. It is Christ in me that I live and breathe and act accordingly. It is God’s spirit that directs and controls me. Romans 8:12-13 sum it up quite nicely.
12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.

13 For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
It is in working with the Spirit that I put to death the evil deeds of the body and am able to walk in newness of life. As someone pointed it out in Matthew 4:19, Jesus will make me a fisher of men. It is His doing not mine. It is through prayer and reading the Bible that I am able to get in step with His spirit. He makes all things possible. He amazes me because I know not how He does it. He just does. 
It is this newness of life that should draw others to Christ, yet, I am guilty of letting my sinful nature get the best of me at times. However, I am grateful that God forgives me when I fall short and He is able still work it all out for His glory.
To the believer, I encourage you to walk in the newness of Life in Christ and to the non-believer, I encourage you to draw near to God and He will draw near to you so that you may know the riches of His grace.
My Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for giving me Your Spirit and help me to continue to walk in newness of life in Christ to Your glory. May others ee Jesus in me. Amen. 
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The Desires of Our Hearts

God Knows Them & Desires to Answer
Psalm37:4 AMP
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. 
There are desires in our hearts that we ourselves do not know of because God put them there. I know this to be true. For God gave me my heart’s desire 9 years ago tomorrow. I had read Psalm 37:4 before meeting him. I put my heart into serving the Lord and others in 2003. A dear friend of mine told me in January 2004 that she was praying for a husband for me. I had no clue what my heart’s desire was until I met my husband in the fall of 2004. My husband proposed to me on Memorial Day 2006. We were married August 5, 2006. I am truly blessed and for ever thankful for God answering my friend’s prayer and giving me my heart’s desire. I know that every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father.
Delighting one’s self in the Lord is spending time with Him and His word and seeking to do His will. When I keep my focus on God, He blesses me. Matthew 6:33 tells me that to seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. It is not an easy road at first because this world wants to draw one’s focus elsewhere. 
There are many other ways that God has blessed me. I have a better relationship with my mom. I have an opportunity to serve God in other places as well as in my church. I am content and as I look back I see how God has used difficult times in my life to help me grow. I know that He delights over me with singing and calls me friend.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him Psalm 34:8 May you to desire to serve the Lord with gladness.
My Prayer: Dear father in heaven, You are mighty and woorthy of praise. Thank You, Lord, for blessing me with my heart’s desire. May others come to know You more and see that You are good. Amen. 
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Distractions from What Really Matters

God’s Ways & Thoughts Are Higher Than Mine.
Think of These.
Philippians 4:8-9 AMP
 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of [d]untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.
I have become aware of the fact that I need to be more thoughtful in what I read on Facebook and what I re-post. I need to strive to read that which fits the above list and re-post the same. There is so much out there that draws my attention but not all of it is praiseworthy, honorable or just. It is not my desire to stir up strife. Therefore, I will aim to share only that which is uplifting and inspiring. I need to practice what I learn from God’s word. Harsh words stir up anger whereas gentle words turns away wrath. I need to let others find things out for themselves and find ways to be an encourager. There are many positive stories out there to share and I will choose to let the other go. I will pray for the things that I have no control over and trust it to God’s hands.

Please forgive me if I have give you reason to be troubled with anything that I may have shared on FB.

My Prayer:Dear Father in heaven, forgive me if I have stirred up any strife or my words have not built others up. Inspire me to be wise in what I read and share with others. Amen.

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