Sacrificing for the Divine

Going for the divine in life – it is what is of Jesus!!! It is always the best plan for our lives, without doubt!!! Wherever there is great accomplishment, there is sacrifice to get there that may be challenging in the process, but afterwards, it brings such delight in seeing the victory of achievement!!! One such example that the Bible gives is:

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”

John 16:21

Joseph, Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus

This is the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Mary and Joseph both went through great sacrifice to bring the love of God into the world thru Jesus so that through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that was very challenging to Him, salvation from the wages of sin for all people who believe in Him could be a reality!!! It was in the joy that would result from the sacrifice that inspired Jesus to endure the cross!!!

Devil Said They are Mine

Christ on cross

Jesus smiling

Oh, I’m sooo thankful that Jesus did the difficult to have victory for His people whom He loved and loves and that includes me and you as His children of faith, dear one!!! YAY!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! WAY TO GO FATHER OF VICTORY!!! 🙂

God Proved His Love

Father's Love For Us

Given these thoughts, what is our Father calling you to sacrifice in life for a divine victorious outcome??? Often times to achieve that which is divine and the greater, it requires giving up something less than Father’s divine and it is always in our Father’s timing that we step. The giving up of something less than divine can be a sacrifice, too, as are the steps moving forward, but as our Father’s kids who desire to follow our Father’s heart, it is well worth the sacrifices to reap the harvest that it brings and to hear our Father say “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

God Crowning Man

Oh there is no greater joy in life than to know as His children that we are right where we are supposed to be in life, carrying out His purpose for us!!! He gives us the heart passion or desire to do His will so we want to move forward in what is of Him!!! Oh that just makes me smile always in going through the adventures of life with Father holding onto my hand with His righteous right hand!!! WOOOHOOO!!! LET’S GO FOR VICTORY, FATHER!!! I’m a gal going for Father’s will, His plan and His purpose for me as He guides:

“For it is He who works in us to will and to act according to His purpose.”

Philippians 2:13

Walking in His Will

Where is He leading you to follow Him to divine victory, child of faith??? Is there something needed to sacrifice to get there??? What are the steps to move you forward to the divine harvest??? Father will show you as you pray, look to His written Word, the Bible, seek Godly counsel and consider circumstances. After you take all of that in, Father will give you the answers you need for He promises:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

James 1:5

Pastor With Bible

When Jesus Says Come

Follow Me

I am sooo excited for you sweet family that Father has divine victory for us as His kids and as we keep stepping in His all-sufficient grace that enables us and guides us there, how awesome it is to reap divine harvest for our sacrifices!!! Just like Jesus says, we can do all things through Him who gives us strength!!! If He calls us to it, He will see us through it!!! Much love to you as you journey the divine trail of life!!! I’m a gal thankful to be doing so with you with Father forever!!! All the time God is good; God is good all the time!!! I love this song here about following Jesus!!!

Persistence in Prayer

Jesus tells us in His Word to always pray and to not give up. I love that, especially coming from Him because He who has all power and is all wise is in essence saying prayer is powerful and it works and sometimes it take persistence to win the war in spiritual warfare!!! Jesus tells us that we are in a spiritual battle being fought in the heavenly realms and it involves His angel army and Satan and his demons!!! It is a mystery and we know it has to do with Satan’s jealousy of God and his desire to be God. Somehow, Jesus says prayer is important to victory for us here on earth as Satan casts troubles upon us as Father’s kids.  Jesus after setting a boy free from the enemy of this world, told His disciples who had been battling Satan’s demonic influence upon the boy that had been robbed of speech:

 “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

Mark 9:29

Pray Until Something Happens

Our Father’s Word says He has already won victory for all those who believe in Him and His finished work on the cross to rescue us from the wages of sin brought about by Satan’s influence on all people. Therefore, we have a secure future forever as part of His heavenly kingdom that is coming into fullness very soon!!! YYYEEESSS!!! I love this song here that talks about His victory for us!!!

Until that designated time that He has set for harvest time when the divinely determined number of people from this earth will be complete to fill His heavenly home, Satan and all those who do not believe continue to cause problems for God’s people here on earth. When the harvest time is upon us, God’s people will be taken to our eternal heavenly home and Satan and all those who do not believe in our Father will be forever cast away into an eternal hell, a lake of fire where they will never again be able to cause troubles for God’s people!!! Sad for them, but I am sooo thankful Jesus holds our victory from the enemy!!! Glory and YAY!!! Go Father!!! WOOOHOOO!!!

Until such time as that all happens, Jesus says that prayer is powerful and effective in battling the enemy among us. He also promises us this:

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him/her from them all.”

Psalm 34:19

Power and Victory

Jesus told His disciples to pray so that they do not fall into temptation. Jesus prayed for His victory on earth, too!!! He tells us to pray and not give up!!! When we keep praying, our Father tells us it is like the story about a judge who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow kept coming to the judge and pleaing “Grant me justice against my adversary.” For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself “Even though I don’t fear God or care about people, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!”

In response to this story, Jesus said “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

Jesus is saying that as our Father’s kids, when we pray and don’t give up, He will see that we get justice and quickly!!! Now how awesome is that to know that our Father gives us that promise!!! Where do you need His justice in your life, dear one??? Pray and do not give up and Father will bring justice!!!

I also find His question at the end very interesting as well. “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Will the adversary who works against our Father’s kids have faith in Jesus??? Will the adversary to the widow find faith in Jesus in the process of justice??? Oh this we know of our Father’s heart:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

Jesus is Our Champion

To have adversaries to our Father’s will turn from their sin and put their trust in Jesus’ victory plan that is eternal is a wonderful win, win, win situation always, so let us never give up in praying for victory for ourselves and also for those who are against us in this world!!! Father desires for all to be His, for all to be at peace and have His glorious blessings in this life and in the life to come. Oh now that all just makes me smile!!! 🙂

There is a huge war going on right now in the world with a terrorist group called ISIS who is threatening to kill many for their Christian faith. Please pray for those who are fighting for our Father’s justice to come quickly and that the adversary will repent and turn to Jesus!!! Wouldn’t that be beautiful to see in this world and for all of eternity!!! I’m a gal praying with you!!! Much love to you, sweet family!!!

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The Meaningful Life of Joy

King Solomon was a very interesting Biblical character. He is said to have dreamed of asking God for wisdom to guide God’s people and our Father’s Spirit did in deed give him great wisdom, to the point that he was said to be the wisest, richest and most powerful man in the world and he was sought out by people all over the world for his wisdom. King Solomon learned a lot from experience and part of that experience that taught him much was going through a time in his life where he turned his eyes to the world and all that it could offer to him as a means of providing him fulfillment in life. The result was that he proclaimed everything in the world as worthless!!!

King Solomon’s name means “peace,” but he enjoyed none of it while he wrote his book about all that was “under the sun.” During the process, he grew deflated, depressed and disillusioned about life based on living for this world. He lost the wind in his sail would be one way to say it or you could also say it that he lost all of his joy as he contemplated life “under the sun” without God. YIKES and how sad would that be?!! Oh, let’s not go there!!!

Choose Jesus

Because King Solomon gave up his true mission in life for a time to study the world without God, he teaches us these things thru his experience:

  • There is no profit. Life without God is an exercise in futility. Generations come and go and all we do is move stuff around. “What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever.” Ecclesiastes 1:3-4
  • There is no purpose. The sun rises only to set again, endlessly repeating a meaningless cycle. Wind blows, river flows, all in monotony. “The wind goes towards the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit. All the rivers run into the sea. Yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again.” Ecclesiastes 1:5-7
  • There is no progress. There is no satisfaction; there’s nothing new under the sun, nor pleasant remembrance of earlier life. “All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.” Ecclesiastes 1:8-11

When a person seeks to live in life without an eternal divine perspective, they fall into the trap of meaninglessness life mindset. Having significant, meaningful goals are important. With King Solomon’s experience and conclusion of life “under the sun” without God, it is learned that:

  • If nothing worthwhile exists under the sun, our only hope must lie above it.
  • If the person with everything investigated every visible delight and still wound up unsatisfied, then what satisfies must be invisible.
  • If the wisest man on earth finds no answers under heaven, then we must look to heaven itself for those answers.

Our Father tells us in His Word, His written love letter to us so that we understand there is meaning to our lives here and a divine eternal purpose as His royal children of God:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

Jeremiah 29:11

Words of Jesus are Sweet

He also tells us we find those plans in this way:

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…”

Jeremiah 29:12-14

Plug In to Prayer

As we pray, look to what our Father tells us in His written Word, the Bible, of which King Solomon’s added experienced wisdom lends to, we learn and understand what life here on earth is all about, what our Father’s heart is for us and the correct perspective of things of this life. We learn that we are loved and cared for and part of heavenly support system that is actually leading to a forever grand plan of bliss for us and that the things we do here on earth make a difference here and there!!! It is in the knowledge of this and personally experiencing the reaffirmation of God’s Holy Spirit manifesting to us each that our faith is made genuine!!! Personally experiencing our Father’s reassurance that we are His beloved child, heirs into His glorious kingdom of riches with Christ and seeing the power of His Spirit working in our personal lives, it gives life true meaning, joy and delight in loving our King of Glory back for His love that first loved us and made forever life with Him all possible through Jesus!!! I am sooo thankful our sweet Father has a meaningful life and plan for us as His kids!!! WOOOHOOO!!! I’m a gal going with His love, grace, joy, peace and power in life and I delight with my Father who loves me forever and you too as His child of faith in Christ Jesus!!! Now how awesome and meaningful is all of that to a heart!!! Our Father spoke to King Solomon and told him that “what a person desires is unfailing love.”  (Proverbs 19:22)  I am glad King Solomon finally realized the value of our Father and that all of life is meaningful with Him!!! He concluded:

“Fear (reverence) God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

Ecclesiastes 12:13

The WOrd of God

god's love story

As we study the Bible as a whole and in context, we understand that we are all created and saved for God’s eternal Kingdom by His love and grace through the story of Christ’s finished work on the cross and not by our own works or duty, but our Father has given us His Word or commandments to guide us in life and help us understand the meaning of our lives here and what is the best for us to know in life to have a good life and His abundant joy!!! We learn He has a divine purpose for each of our lives and we are each one created special and equipped to carry out that purpose here on earth!!! I am sooo thankful to have Jesus in my life!!! Is there a place in your life that is lacking abundant joy, dear one??? Ask our Father and He can and will show His kids what they need to see to have fullness of joy in Him!!! Now how sweet is He to want that for us!!!

God Direct My Life

I love this song here that speaks of the joy of the Holy Spirit with us as His kids of faith!!! Let’s go for that divine plan in life together with Father, shall we?!! Much love to you where you are!!!

Created CHosen and Called

Hearts Connected to Encourage

Today as I look into our Father’s Word, I see the beautiful heart of Jesus that seeks to encourage His beloved people in the midst of trying circumstances. He longs for them to know that the Kingdom of God is present and has brought eternal victory for us against the evil one in this world.  He also longs for us to know that He is continually at work in our lives even now in bringing victory to us as kids of faith in all of our life circumstances!!! This is revealed in the story of John the Baptist who had revelation that Jesus was the promised Messiah whom he had been a forerunner to. His purpose in life was for pointing others to Jesus, He who was coming into the world to be their Savior from all sin. In his daily life, he encouraged people to have a heart of repentance, to turn away from their sin and to walk with the Lord because he had a heart that desired their best and well-being. One such encounter John the Baptist had in speaking truth to others put him in prison after he had baptized Jesus and pointed Him out to his disciples as the promised Messiah.

I find this story very interesting because in that prison of circumstance, John had found himself alone and without the loving support of those he loved around him most of the time. As the enemy of our Father’s kids works through creating question and discouragement, John began to have doubts as to if he had been wrong in his revelation of who Jesus was. Perhaps he was wondering if his purpose on earth was in deed done or if God still had a plan for his life to keep doing as he had been doing to point out who the Messiah was?!! Maybe he was thinking that if Jesus was the Messiah that he would be able to set him free from his prison?!! Oh sooo many questions he must have had time to think about where he was!!! I find it sooo compassionate that John’s disciples came to visit him in his prison and that was a true act of love and kindness sooo like Jesus’ heart towards those imprisoned even today!!!

John in Prison

While there, John had heard the things Jesus was doing and he asked his disciples to go and ask Jesus if He was truly the One who was to come or should people expect someone else. Jesus reaffirmed to John that he had been correct in his assumptions and in pointing him out as the Messiah. Jesus sent word to John through John’s disciples, saying:

“Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”

Now how exciting this must have been for John to hear. I can just imagine his sigh of relief that the long-awaited miracle of the Kingdom of our Father being present in the man of Jesus had truly been realized in his day and that his purposeful work of being the forerunner had been finished!!! It must have given John great peace in his upcoming departure into eternity!!!  I love the words Jesus spoke to John in saying “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” Jesus was encouraging John to keep the faith and not to fall from faith in the midst of the circumstances!!!

John’s disciples had apparently approached Jesus while in a crowd of people to ask Him John’s question and so as John’s disciples were walking away, Jesus reaffirmed to the people who had gathered around Him that John the Baptist was in the right. I am sure He said this to guard his reputation, to hold his image before the people as a true man of God. I sooo love how Jesus’ love protects His sheep!!! Perhaps the crowd would question why such a person of God like John would end up in prison if he was so in the right with God. It was not because John was in the wrong in God’s eyes that he was in prison – it was an act of the enemy of this world that had put him there. Jesus said of John:

“I tell you the truth: Among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist.”

This is a great example of how a close inner circle of the family of God works to support each other and encourage each other!!! It is a very beautiful thing to see this happen in our daily lives. A leader needs a close team of associates and counsel who allow the leader to vent, and who lend support through speaking words of truth. Do you have an inner circle, dear one??? If you are not sure, ask our Father to reveal to you who those are around you in life that support you, speak the truths of Jesus to you and encourage you in your dream or purpose in life!!! They don’t have to be people you spend time with even – they can just encourage you through Father’s Spirit speaking truth from a distance!!!

Two Hearts on Fire

The Apostle Paul had his inner circle and great love for the saints, too and I love his heart that he expressed often in his writings to those who were sooo dear to him. He said of them:

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”

I thank my God for you today, too, dear one!!! I am sooo thankful that we do not have to do life alone in this world against the enemy that is always on the prowl to defeat us. In all of life circumstances, he is always trying to destroy our faith, our witness and condemn us for our right stands in life and therefore, it is important that we remember that Jesus is always working good through all of our circumstances because He says:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If you are in a place of needing encouragement, precious saint, seek out the heart of Jesus in prayer, His written Word and through those in your inner circle in the midst of life circumstances as John the Baptist did. Jesus’ promises us this:

“…you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jesus You are the Keeper of My Heart

Trusting Jesus

Mary and Jesus

Let us continue to love and encourage one another as Jesus did John by remembering that “Blessed is the man (gals, too) who does not fall away on account of me” and all the more as we see the day of the coming of Jesus’ forever Kingdom approaching. He is coming soon as He says:

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” 

Hands on Bible

Jesus has our forever victory already won through His finished work on the cross that was His purpose in coming into this world. He did so out of love and with a heart desire for John and all of us who have faith in Him to never perish, but have everlasting life in His eternal Kingdom of bliss as His beloved family forever together!!!

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Oh now that all just makes me smile and say “ruh, ruh, ruh” and let’s rock on for Jesus, sweet family!!! YYYEEESSS!!! WE CAN!!! Much love to you where you are today!!! Keep the faith that Father has our victory always!!! Love this song here that talks about the power of God’s love that holds us strong!!!

Matthew 11:1-11; Philippians 1:3; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Revelation 22:12

The Pursuit of Joy

The Pursuit of Joy

Oh, when we are where we are supposed to be in life with our Father, it brings us joy as His kids!!! More live here.

Girl With Balloons

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of our heart.”

Psalm 37:4

God Gives Us The Desires of Our Heart

Oh Jesus always makes life sooo joyful as we follow Him!!! I sooo agree with this song here!!! Where is Jesus leading you, dear one??? I’m a gal thankful to be journeying through life with you as our Father’s children of faith!!! It’s sooo fun!!! Much love to you wherever He is taking you today!!! He will be faithful to lead us each just right as we look to Him!!!

The Smooth Ride of Life

In all relationships in life, there are ups and downs along the journey just like the adventure of riding a roller coaster ride!!! YYYeeehhhaaawww!!! 🙂

Roller Coaster Ride of Life

Our Father created us all with emotions and differences in opinions and given life circumstances of doing life together, that challenges us all in life and at times tests our faith!!! Oh but it is all good!!! 🙂 It is a comfort to always remember that Jesus rides with us as kids of faith thru roller coaster experiences in life relationships and as we all keep our eyes focused on Him and our ears listening to His voice,  it tends to put our lives on the divine level overall so we can conquer life victoriously!!!  Jesus makes sense of the ups and downs of life and sets our hearts at ease, giving us His peace, His wisdom, His power and His joy at work in our hearts in the midst of all of life!!!

Roller Coaster of Choice

Here are some ways Jesus helps us thru the adventure of riding through life together in relationships:

There is strength and power in not being alone in life, but in having relationships in life and when Jesus is at the center, it is like this:

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Rope Cross

Two can do far more together than being two alone separately and with Jesus in the center, it makes the two divinely strong together!!! 🙂

In the midst of roller coaster rides in relationships, Jesus helps us have patience and forgiveness when He says:

  • “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8
  • “Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3
  • “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

“For it is He who works in us to will and to act according to His purpose.” Philippians 2:13

Two Hearts on Fire

Jesus helps us to not be overtaken, but to resist life’s temptations:

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Jesus always provides a way of escape for us in life!!! The enemy is always on the prowl seeking to devour our Father’s kids of faith!!! When tempted, pray for help, and Father helps us to resist the devil, submit to Jesus and the devil will flee from us!!! Whooop!!! Whooop!!! Whooop!!! 🙂

Taking Jesus with us on the roller coaster ride of life, trusting in Him is the key to victory riding as He says:

  • “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Wooohooo!!! He levels out the roller coaster ride over the coarse of life to bring it out as a blessed victorious ride of divine adventure and purpose!!! Oh that thought just makes me smile!!! 🙂
  • “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.“Joshua 1:9
  • “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
  • “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Focus on praying with a heart of thanksgiving as our Father says:

  • “Cast your cares on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Victory in Jesus

Jesus centered with us all in relationships – in all the ups and downs in life, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us!!! YYYIIIPPPEEE!!! I’m a gal doing the happy dance in life with Jesus with us, dear family!!! I love this song here that talks about how His love for us never fails us and He is always working all things together for our good in the roller coaster ride of life!!! Enjoy the victory presence of Father in your riding through life relationships and always rely upon His love for you that is unfailing and unconditional!!! With Him, all things are possible!!! If He calls us to it, He will see us through it!!! Much love to you!!! YES WE CAN HAVE VICTORY IN LIFE TOGETHER WITH JESUS WITH US!!! YAY!!! LET’S ALWAYS GO FOR THE SMOOTH VICTORY RIDE THROUGH LIFE WITH JESUS!!!

Heart Roller Coaster

Best Day WIth God