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Quote of the Week, 3/31/21

God has not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God has not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God has promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.”

Annie Johnson Flint, American poet, 1866-1932

With Love, Cindy

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Can God Change the Hearts of Our Enemies?

Today, Ann’s post “How Would Jesus Pray?”(Seeking Divine Perspective) hit me so hard! Wow! This was my answer to prayer as I sought after God’s heart in preparation for this post. You can read Ann’s post here: https://seekingdivineperspective.com/2021/02/26/how-would-jesus-pray/

When we look at how the world is changing, and as we watch America’s enemies tear down our Christian heritage right before our eyes, do we think to follow God’s command to pray for our enemies? Jesus said,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

If you’re like me, that isn’t easy to do. I hope the following testimony of God’s love and grace will be the encouragement you need to believe that God can change anyone’s heart. Nothing is too hard for God. This is one story of thousands where God softened the hardest of hearts.

Let us pray for our enemies, believing in the power of All Mighty God to save and transform lives. Let us do it in obedience to God’s will.

With Love, Cindy

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A Verse for Meditation, 2/18/21

“My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word.
 Keep me from deceitful ways;
    be gracious to me and teach me your law.” Psalm 119:28-29 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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So You’re Angry

One morning, God stopped me in the middle of something (I thought) was very important and gave me a lesson in discipline. This is what happened:

I was studying my Bible to prepare a lesson for the Women’s Bible Study when the phone rang. The church secretary informed me that the room I had reserved for the Bible Study would not be available because someone else needed it.

I thought: What?! Are you kidding me? So what? 

(Little did I know, the Lord was getting ready to take me down a completely different path than the one I was on.)

It was hard to continue preparing my Bible lesson when I was so angry. I thought: They can’t just take my room! This is ridiculous! Who do they think they are? That’s not fair!

I knew my attitude was wrong, but I couldn’t help it. I felt justified.

Then a Scripture came to my mind.

“Above all else, guard your heart,” came the still small voice. (Proverbs 4:23)

Honestly, I didn’t really want to, but I listened. Then another Scripture came to my mind. “Do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought.” (Romans 12:3) and “Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)

Then, God said to me, “Forgive”.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

As an act of my will, I forgave. But I still felt really annoyed. Then the Lord brought another Scripture to my mind. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up.” Hebrews 12:15

To forgive is a decision, but I knew that if I kept rehearsing this over and over in my mind, bitterness would take root. I needed God’s grace.

Thank God we can “Come boldly to the throne of grace … and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

What is our time of need? It is when we are too weak to do something in our own strength. The Lord told Paul, “My grace is sufficient, …. for my power is made perfect in weakness.2 Corinthians 12:9

Hebrews 13:9 says, “It is good to be strengthened by God’s grace.”

Oh how we need to rely on God’s grace to serve Him!

“Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12:28 KJV

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

God was teaching me that I can easily justify a  selfish attitude. But if I want others to see the love of God through me, I must walk in His ways.

It wasn’t the circumstances in question that were important. The real issue was – would I guard my heart? He taught me to rely on Him because His grace is sufficient.

If you need God’s grace today, go boldly to the Throne of Grace.

With Love, 

Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 11/23/20

“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
    He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
    from those who do what is right.
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
    what joy for those who trust in you.” Psalm 84:11-12 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

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Thursday’s Verse, 8/20/20

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

With Love,

Cindy

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Thursday’s Verse, 7/30/20

“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.” Numbers 6: 24-26 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 6/2/20

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

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