Lured by Light

Good pondering here in this video, Sam Samy!!!

Thank you for sharing this!!! It speaks to me and I will share it with my lady friends who journey my road of purpose with me to always be careful about what we let lure us because the devil disguises himself as an angel of light!!! Our defense is to stay close to Jesus and pray, pray, pray always!!! I like this song here about protection found in Jesus

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The Divine Presence

Such a beautiful special intervention and relationship as Sam Samy shares with this video here.

…a divine God-given gift to the gals to have each other!!! ❤️ Heavenly love!!! Every good gift is coming down to us from our Father of heavenly lights!!! I celebrate His goodness to us, too, Sam Samy!!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful glimpse of heaven here!!! 😊☝️I like this worship song here to Jesus who is the giver of love, light and goodness, power, victory and forever life with His presence thru our faith in Him!!!

Girl Worshipping God

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Coupled in Life

Blessings of love to you, precious saints here with me!!! I am sooo thankful our Father has made us Kingdom family together and that we can work together to bring heaven to earth to bless our Father, bless each other and bless others. As I continue to share some generalized areas of ministry that each of us individually will typically step in and out of in the course of our life, today I am sharing thoughts for couples as taken from our Father’s Word. Diving right in – wooohooo, here we go and it is my heart that you will find our Father’s heart of love and light for your own heart as He speaks personally to you. It is with a heart that longs for all to be blessed that I share these things:

Wives:

If you have a husband, God desires for you to be his helper, to assist and aid him (Genesis 2:18-25), to partner with him (1 Peter 3:7), to be a faithful companion (Exodus 20:14), to encourage him and build him up as a man (Proverbs 14:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:11), to meet his sexual needs and please him (1 Corinthians 7), to respect him and put forward his opinions as is fitting to the Lord (Colossians 3:18).

Husbands:

If you have a wife, God desires for you to love her as your own body, as yourself (Ephesians 5:33), be considerate of her and her opinions (1 Peter 3:7, Ephesians 5:21), encourage her and build her up as a woman ((1 Thessalonians 5:11), not being harsh with her (Colossians 3:19), loving her as Christ loves the church – giving himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25), treating her with respect (1 Peter 3:7), protecting her by your stronger physical abilities (1 Peter 3:7), meeting her sexual needs (1 Corinthians 7), being faithful to her (Exodus 20:14) so that nothing hinders your prayers (1 Peter 3:7).

God calls us all to consider the opinions of all people and to not seek our own good, but the good of others, but this does not mean to put them above God or become a participant in sin (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 10:24 & 33, Proverbs 14:16a, Exodus 20:3).

We are also called to show proper respect to everyone (1 Peter 2:17). Respect is defined as “to consider deserving of high or special regard”.  It is important to remember also, that if we desire the respect of others, we need to seek to be respectable – not making it difficult for people to respect us (1 Timothy 3:8, 11; 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:12, Proverbs 11:16, Titus 2:2).

It is important to not take spouses for granted. Be thankful for your spouse (Colossians 3:15). If you find yourself focusing on negative thoughts about your spouse, take your thoughts captive to Christ and focus on “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). An exercise that is helpful in doing this is to go through the alphabet and for each letter, state a word that begins with that letter that represents a true good quality about your spouse (for example: A – She adores me and my children, B – He is bold, C – He is courageous, etc… by the time you get to Z, you have 26 good reasons to admire your spouse.   Have you ever considered that there are many lonely people in the world who would perhaps love to have your spouse? I see the sadness of lonely people all the time. Does any stranger walking down the street treat your spouse better than you do? Do you strive to be the “special someone” in your spouse’s life? Do you seek to minister to your spouse’s needs out of love even though they are not your needs? Do you realize that God loves your spouse as much as He loves you? Galatians 3:28 says in God’s eyes “There is neither male nor female.” He loves them both the same. God understands our spouses as unique individuals and He knows what will bless them, so ask Him to give you wisdom in how to bless your spouse.

Healthy marriages practice these things and seek to work as a team to “discern the best” (Philippians 1:10) and keep peace and harmony in their relationship (Proverbs 3:13-17). If differences are creating bitterness and resentment, marriage partners need to quickly (Ephesians 4:26-27) seek God’s wisdom through prayer (Psalm 119:25, James 1:5), the study of God’s Word and godly counsel (Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 15:14 & 22, Proverbs 3:21) to resolve problems (Matthew 12:25) and restore peace (Hebrews 12:14).

Couples should also work together to manage their homes and children well (Proverbs 31:27, Titus 2:5, 1 Timothy 3:12). Ask God to show you the definition of “well”.  Sometimes people can go to the extreme of “too perfect” and some are “too relaxed” in caring for their homes and children. We want to make it our aim to bring glory to God in the eyes of our neighbors and those who might enter into our homes. Consider also the feelings of your family about your home. What makes your home comfortable to them? What ministers to them and to others who are visiting? Is your family embarrassed about where and how they live? If so, ask your family why and work through it together as a family. It is good when your family loves to be home and they feel good about bringing home their friends instead of being out with friends where there are all sorts of temptations. When they are in your home, you know what they are doing and who they are with. This also gives you the opportunity to minister to them and show them the love of Christ.

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While there is lots to ponder here, in it all, the Holy Spirit will guide you as an individual and move your heart in what is right as He promises:

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

Philippians 2:13

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It is also important to understand that our Father understands each situation and sees His people thru eyes of love and grace and is always with His to guide. I love it that we can always approach our Father’s throne of grace with confidence to find help in all of life!!!

Married and parents??? Blessings to you!!! Sooo proud of you for your perseverance in the heart of Jesus in the center of your relationships!!! I greatly admire that in you!!! 🙂 One of the ways our Father shows us His love is in giving us relationships in life!!! Here is a song about His amazing love for us all whether married or single as the bride of Christ of which we all are as His church!!! Marriage is a model of our relationship with Jesus!!! It’s all a divine beautiful love story for sure!!! One that just makes me smile!!! 🙂

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Zooming

“Zooming” is the word Father puts on my heart today, dear ones of faith!!! I chuckle as I think of how our Father at times moves us thru His Holy Spirit to zoom in and zoom out like the vision of a camera lens. It is making the right adjustments for capturing just the right scenario and that is certainly how the Holy Spirit moves us in life. Sometimes He moves us full steam ahead and sometimes He moves us at a slower pace or even at rest – it’s called divine pacing!!! Here is why it is important to always be focused on the Holy Spirit in setting the pace of our lives – zooming in or out as He leads us!!! 🙂

Pacing ourselves as runners on the “cross” road is important for several reasons: 

  • One reason to properly pace your self is to have enough energy to keep running the full length of the road of life. Life is absolutely full of good opportunities to be zealous about. WOOOHOOO!!! I can certainly get excited about going into life for Jesus!!! However, it is not good to have zeal without knowledge (Proverbs 19:2). Running too fast can lead to worn-out bodies, poor health and feelings of burn out (lack of joy), causing us to stop running too soon. God does not call us to self-destruct, to deny authentic feelings and legitimate needs, or give up healthy activities and life-giving relationships. If we are running too fast, we can also become careless – not doing any one thing to God’s glory because we are trying to do too much. We need to ask God to show us the proper pace and for wisdom to choose the best over the good and the better!!! If we go at the right time as we are Holy Spirit ready, it will be divine timing!!!  Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 14:40 that “Everything should be done in an orderly and fitting way.” He also told them in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Oh I love bringing Father glory, how about you?!!  If we are not able to bring glory to God in what we are doing, or if we are neglecting other important areas of life because we are too busy or too preoccupied, we should reconsider what we are doing.   Sometimes the reason we are always running too fast is because we are “people pleasers” rather than God pleasers. YIKES!!! LET US WATCH OUT FOR THAT, DEAR ONES!!! When this happens, we allow people to control us and we need to learn how to say the word “no” when appropriate. We are called to live by faith in God’s call to say no to someone if He tells us to. This means going against the sinful nature and fear to slow down (say no), which may offend or displease someone who is putting pressure on you to go, go, go.       It is better to displease a person than God! A great resource to help with this issue is the book entitled “Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.” Along with many good insights, this book challenges you to think through why you are doing what you do. Does your self inwardly drive you or are you summoned by the voice of God? 

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  • Not running fast enough can also be described as being lazy. Romans 12:11 tells us “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” People have different energy levels and health limitations and God understands these things. We need to listen to His voice in determining His will for how He wants us to run based on these issues. He can also provide us what is needed to carry out His purpose for us!!! After He shows us the proper pace given these considerations, we need to do our best to follow through as there are people who need God working through us in this world and God wants to be glorified through how we live our lives. Here are some good reasons not to be lazy:
  • Ecclesiastes 10:18 says that “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.”   Proverbs 10:4 says “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 tells us not to be a burden to other people “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” Paul told the Thessalonians “not to associate with this brother who will not work, in order that he may feel ashamed.” God does not want us to waste our life, but use the talents that He has given to us to their fullest potential (Matthew 25:14-30). In Hebrews 6:12 we read “do not become lazy, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” God promises to reward us with eternal blessing for our work. In Hebrews 6:10 we are told “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” When we are lazy and don’t run God’s road of purpose for us, we not only miss out on God’s reward, but also we miss out on seeing many things along the way that will bless our lives – the beauty of seeing others blessed, the joy that comes to us from serving the Lord and others, the many miracles of the Lord that strengthen our faith and the experiences that help us to grow spiritually. All good and exciting reasons to get a move on!!!

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If we are stuck in a rut of laziness, we can ask God to give us a push or a hand of help to get us out of it so that we can move on in our running. We will be glad we did!!! His Holy Spirit fire gets me fired up inside to step out in my purpose and for me, it is hard not to!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! LET’S GO FOR JESUS!!! I LOVE THAT!!! I’M DIVING IN AS JESUS GUIDES ME WITH YA’S!!! 🙂

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As runners, we may be asked to speed up temporarily or slow down at times in order to get us through certain places. God knows in His wisdom that an appropriate pace is important for long-term running!!!

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I cannot be Quiet

Not by might

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How is His Spirit moving you today??? Oh I love it when God is on the move as this song says here – it’s always at the just-right pace!!! Sooo proud of YOU for pacing life with the Holy Spirit moving your heart whether on the go or on the rest and then on the go, go, go and on the rest and so on and so on and so on for the divine life!!! HOW FUN LIFE IS WITH JESUS!!! Going with Jesus, too, as He moves my heart!!! HAVE FUN WHERE HE LEADS YA!!! 

 

 

Building Divinely

Awesome new day greetings to ya wherever you are today!!! Whether our Father has placed you in the presence of a woman or a man, His purpose for us each is to carry out His will, His plan and His purpose for us as individuals!!! Oh He has made us builders as the Apostle Paul described himself by the grace of God:

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.”

1 Corinthians 3:10

When we step into life to carry out our Father’s will for us, building out of motives of the Holy Spirit will bring about divine building up of the church. Our work will be shown for what it is and what is built on the motives of Christ will survive and we shall receive a reward. If it is done with a motive contrary to the Holy Spirit, our work will be burned up and without reward. However, our salvation remains secure thru faith in Christ’s divine work on the cross for each of us and our seat in heaven is made sure – even though it will be only as one escaping through the flames. To build eternal work thru our lives that brings eternal reward, it takes first building up ourself thru prayer as Father tells us:

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

Jude 1:20

Communion with the Holy Spirit in order to build others divinely is important because it is thru praying in the Spirit that our bodies and minds begin to experience an increased measure of the reality of the Holy Spirit’s presence with us!!!

Praying in the Spirit gives us access to the Holy Spirit teaching us how to think and pray:

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come. He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.”

(John 16:13-14)

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What is the Holy Spirit revealing to YOU to build???

Motive – may it always be that the glory of the Lord be shown on earth as it is in heaven as this song says here:

Famous Kids

Well, Christmas and New Year’s Day is past and the stores are already getting ready for the next big selling holiday that is Valentine’s Day!!! It is a day often thought of by many when you give to a loved one some type of note or gift that brings with it the message “Be mine” and/or “I love you” or “you are special to me” – it is the sharing of words or actions of affirmation of their love for someone special in their life. I remember as a classmate in elementary school when we would make ourselves folders that would hold all the valentines that we as classmates would all share with each other as a note of love and friendship towards one another.  Sometimes gifts of candy were given in lieu of or along with a paper note of encouragement. It was something that everyone looked forward to as it was a day when we all felt loved by one another just as Jesus desires for us as His kids!!! Oh that thought just makes me smile to think on all of that!!! 🙂

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As I think about that sweet memory so long ago, I think about how people no matter the age, desire to be loved. Our Father tells us in His Word:

“The greatest desire of a man’s (woman’s) heart is for unfailing love.”

Proverbs 19:22

Being loved and fitting in – it is what all people want in life no matter the age and while perhaps not everybody in life has a spouse as a valentine to belong to, to extend the personal invitation of “Be Mine” to and perhaps share the same house or family name with, this our Father tells us as His children of faith:

“I have called you by name; you are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:1NASB

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Now how awesome is it that no matter who we are in this life and no matter where we are and even if we are alone, we are never alone and we each one belong to someone who loves us with perfect, unfailing, unconditional love at all times – our Father!!! Not only that, but through our faith, we are all His royal family that loves each other and we all share in the name of God as He tells us it shall be in our eternal home coming soon:

“I am coming quickly, hold fast what you have, so no one will take your crown (given as our eternal reward of Father for what we do). He/she who overcomes I will make him/her a pillar in the temple of My God, and he/she will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him/her the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. He/she who has an ear, let him/her hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Our Father is telling us that we all have Father’s name as His kids of faith in Him that labels us as His special pillars of faith in eternity!!! In Biblical times, one’s name spoke of their character. Writing His name on us as His children of faith speaks of imprinting His character on us and identifying us as belonging to Him!!! Now what greater name is there to be had or to be identified with than that of JESUS!!! He knows each one of our names, including how many hairs are on each one of our heads!!! Wow!!! Talk about knowing someone thoroughly, Jesus does know us each one special and I love it that He knew us and had His eye on us each one before time began as He says:

“…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons/daughters through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:4-6NASB

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To You WIth Love

Our earthly life has healthy boundaries by our Father’s design, but because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, our individual names are written in our Father’s Book of Life, making us members all together as His royal family forever and giving us His name – the name that is above all names on earth!!!

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Now how awesome is that to know that we are all His forever and we all share His name, making us all one mighty divine army for making a forever difference!!! Oh all of that unity in Him just makes me smile!!! 🙂

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Life is all His stage and we with Him in us individually and together are His shining star team that shines bright just like the stars in the Universe as we team with Him to present Him into this world!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! WOOOHOOO!!! LET’S GO “BE HIS” confidently and point others to Him so that they know His love for them and that they belong to Him forever no matter what happens in this life!!! Nothing can separate us from His forever love!!! We also have each other as His kids forever!!! YAY!!!

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All one family, but He knows your name, dear one as this song says here. Got faith in Jesus??? What’s your name??? Who are you??? What is your identity??? Oh our Father knows it well, for YOU are famous in our Father’s eyes as His precious child of the King of kings and the Lord of lords and He delights in YOU!!! Me, too!!! 🙂 SHINE ON!!!

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Revealing the Divine

Hi, sweet family!!! Our Father lays in on my heart today to talk about goals. Goals in life—everybody has them whether they write them down or publicly declare them or not. Goals are targets that we are aiming for based upon a heart’s desire and depending on how strong that desire is within us, we can become very driven to reach that goal, sometimes even fighting to the death in an effort to reach it and not have it defeated!!!  That is the heart of a martyr for Christ!!! It can also be the heart of Satan who seeks to steal, murder and destroy.

Jesus is Our Champion

Joseph was a man in the Bible who had a goal – a desire to marry a woman we as children of faith know by the name of Mary. There was a plan that the two would be married, until something happened that caused Joseph to look at Mary differently – not as his beloved. This change happened when he realized that she was expecting a child, he then saw her thru the eyes of the enemy as a threat to his personal heart’s desire. This is because he did not understand the divinity of the child within her as God Himself in the man of Jesus Christ!!! His pride from concern about his reputation in the eyes of people got in the way of his divine mindset to the point that he was planning on ending the relationship with Mary. He could’ve justified it that he was ending the relationship with Mary in self-defense, he had to protect himself!!! It is amazing that he had that goal fixed in his mind, but as soon as it was revealed to him that it was God’s plan for him to marry Mary because it was a God-ordained relationship and the purpose was divine, Joseph’s heart goal was changed and he took Mary to be his bride and together they teamed to bring the Christ child into the world!!! YAY SWEEET VICTORY!!! 🙂 Oh that just makes me smile!!! The circumstances did have some divine boundaries with it, though, in that Joseph and Mary were told not to be sexually intimate during the time Mary was carrying Jesus within her and they honored that.

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As I pondered this thought about ending relationships, self-defense and fighting for personal goals, there are a few key questions that I see as important that we should consider in our lives as these relationships are pondered. The answers can make a divine difference just as it did in Joseph’s life.

  • Is this relationship one that undermines and attempts to sabotage you and your goals???
  • Are the goals of your heart united with the goals of Jesus or are they goals of your flesh, the world or other people’s flesh???
  • Is this relationship one that undermines and attempts to sabotage the goals of your flesh or our Father’s goals??? One could be a divinely healthy relationship to have and one could be eternally destructive.
  • What are God’s goals for your life??? How does this person fit into those goals of God for your life???
  • Are there boundaries or changes that need to be made to follow with the keeping of God’s goals in our lives that could allow a relationship to continue together??? Boundaries and changes need to be clear and then followed if the relationship is to be divine. Confusion and uncertainty creates problems as we saw how it did with Joseph.

People can offer us advice to help us in life out of a heart to join with our Father’s purpose for us, not to harm us, but to prosper us, plans to give us hope and a future, but if a person’s heart is not in line with desiring God’s purpose or goal for their life as they are involved in our lives, they may not be someone we want to be welcoming into our close personal lives. I am thankful that Joseph listened to the voice of our Father in his unique personal situation and did not end his relationship with Mary because in so doing, it made a forever difference in the world!!!

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The truth makes a difference and sets us free from the enemy’s schemes!!! Father brings to my mind this Christmas song here called “What Child is This?”

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It is good that this Christ child was accurately identified. It made an eternal difference to us of faith!!! You, dear child of faith and me as well can also make an eternal difference as we weigh these questions in our relationships. Our Father will guide us as we seek Him with a heart that is open to His goals for us!!! Much love to you wherever you are!!! Let us remember:

God Is Love