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|Although things are not perfect
Because of trial and pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without his love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of"Camp Complaining"
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To 'thank' is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
Exalting God most high
Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad,but...
Zion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!
This is my first devotion on this website and I would like to share my views on love.
Cor.13 is the love chapter in the Bible.
Love is the strongest word and emotion that humans have,it can overcome hate,reunite families and loved ones. Love isn't something that
we look for outside of ourselves,it has to start with us,it is an emotion that we feel down deep within our soul. Love is something that isn't
the least bit of good if it isn't shared. To get love we must be love and to keep it we must give it away. There are many forms of love,
parental love, friendship love, our love for God, and even self love,but the most important love of all is unconditional love that you feel for
another is essential to your own well being,this is the love that comes from God, the love that Jesus taught,everlasting,without conditions,
always supportive and always ready to forgive. When we can know within our hearts without a doubt that this is the love that we feel then
we know that we have found our God.
Rev. Marie Yvonne.
The Lord is my shepherd...That is Relationship
I shall not want...That is Supply
He maketh me to lie down in green pasture...That is Rest
He leadeth me beside still waters...That is Refreshment
He restoreth my soul...That is Healing
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness...That is Guidance
For His name sake...That is Purpose
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...That is Testing
I will fear no evil...That is Protection
For Thou art with me...That is Faithfulness
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me...That is Discipline
Thou prepare st a table before me in the presence of my enemies...That is Hope
Thou anointest my head with oil...That is Consecration
My cup runneth over...That is Abundance
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life...That is Blessing
And I shall dwell in the hose of the Lord...That is security and I shall dwell in the hose of the Lord...That is Security
Forever...that is Eternity!
Sunday January 25/15
(Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple are you?
1 Peter 5:10;
And God of all grace,who called you to His eternal glory in Christ,after you have suffered a little while,will himself restore you and make
you strong,firm and steadfast.
At times when you set down to rest and you begin to think about your life, do you sometimes feel that you are being torn down by your
troubles instead of being built up by God? Well believe it or not,God and your troubles are both at work,one to build you up and the other
to tear you down.
There is always that spiritual warfare going on within us against the spiritual nature of God that is fortifying us. The pressures in our lives
is the battle going on between the two.,but rest assured that the battle belongs to God and He will remove those waring traits and replace
them with peaceful qualities that are so much better.
God is restoring us with His wisdom, confirming His purpose in our lives,strengthening us with His power and creating an eternal nature
within Us though things may seem hopeless now rest in the promise that God has a far better life planned for us then what we are going
through right now.
When we look around at the way things are and what we hear daily on the news things can look very hopeless to some people ,but good
always wins out over evil,so keep the faith and rest in the assurance that we are not alone. God promised us His Spirit that lives within
each of us and that is what gets us through the hard times.
Rev. Marie Yvonne.
We all like to have encouragement when we are trying to make changes in our lives. To encourage means to believe in the best of a
situation and the best in people. When our thoughts are positive we have energy to face our challenges ,but negative thoughts drag us
down. When we are optimistic we can make a positive difference with our chooses ,no matter how small the act or how large the problem.
We need to have our feet firmly planted on a foundation of a faith in God, He will help us make those positive changes that will bring
healing and transformation. Jesus taught us to look within to find the strength that we need to make those changes, if we look within we
will find a right attitude to change our way of thinking.
God is always there for us,all we have to do is to keep focused on Him and act on our belief in Him. He has supplied us with everything
that we need to make the changes in our lives and make us the best that we can be, with happiness,love, contentment with everything in
our lives the way God meant it to be. So why not make those chooses and give God a chance, so far I have never met anyone that
regretted making that chose.
Rev. Marie Yvonne.
Where is your treasure?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Sometimes finding what we treasure in our lives, our families, our communities, our world is a challenge. We might say we treasure
relationships but then realize that we never
seem to spend any time with others. We might claim that we value our faith community but discover that we haven’t played a meaningful
part in it for years. Take some time to do this exercise in finding your treasure. For, as Jesus said, “there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:
1. Opening — Say this prayer: “God, open my eyes to see what you would have me see. Amen.”
2. Seeing — Walk around the house, apartment, or room where you live and look at the things that fill up the space. Think about the
activities and people that make up your life.
3. Writing — Make a list of five things in your life that you treasure most.
4. Reflecting — Sit down with your list and ask the following questions about the words on your list.
A. Why did I put this on the list? What does it mean to me?
B How much time do I spend engaging with this object, activity, or person?
C. Complete this sentence: “This [fill in the blank] is one of my treasures because …”
D. What do the items on this list suggest for the things, activities, and people I noticed when I walked around my living space?
5. Going deeper — Look at your list a second time. Does anything surprise you about what is there? Are there things missing from the list?
Try the above exercise in a more creative fashion. Create a collage rather than writing down a list. Or find or take pictures that represent
Repeat the exercise, if you have time, and think about the wider community. What are the things treasured by our society? By the world?
Do this exercise with your family or your significant other and see what you learn.
I’m faced with questions I suspect we all contemplate at some time:
• How do I know what I treasure?
• What things, people, and values are most important to me?
• Does the way I spend my time and attention reflect these values?
• If my actions do not reflect what I treasure, how do I change?