Posted in Family, Growing through Prayer, Prayer

In the midst

Forest Gump said it best, ‘life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what your going to get.’ 

My family and I have faced challenges within the last few weeks. My hubby lost his uncle and now his sister. At times we tell ourselves that we prepare for whatever may come. Yet, when it is front and center, we find out that we can never be fully prepared. Then go on to wonder if it is even possible. 

However, my pray is that the entire family, friends, and love ones to come together in love. For each member to find peace and seek God like never before. Find peace in the One who is peace. It will not be easy but allow God to be in control. To trust God like never before and allow him to heal your broken heart.

JRLL ❤

Crying tears of joy. Knowing that they, thise we lost, are not hurting anymore and that we will see them on the other side. God’s ways are about our ways. Trust in God in ALL things.

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Posted in Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly, You Are Forgiven

You Are Forgiven-W1D1

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Is 59:2 kjv

Well, let the gut check begin. (sarcastic voice) Throughout my life I have always wondered or felt that I was all alone. I’ve asked myself why does it feel at times that my prayers are wasted breaths on the wind. Yet, I have not truly looked within myself to get it right. I know that I have done somethings that are not right, treated people unjustly, and talked bad about people. Is it right? Absolutely Not but I have done it.

There are some things that I have done that I am sooo ashamed of. At times I may feel as if I have gotten over them only to be reminded of it a short time later. It’s funny how things are brought back to remembrance. It could be a smell, a sound, a word, and just a wayward thought. But I know within myself that I have been forgiven by God but I must face the woman in the mirror, to forgive self. Oh, Man, now thats the kicker, facing the woman in the mirror.

The person that I see in the mirror, can’t be lied too. She can’t be told off and walked out on. Though I may try, it can’t be done. In the end, she is the one who really hold the keys to my relationship with God. She can make or break it. Why, you may ask? Well, it is because she is the one that enables me to work upright and in the righteousness of God.

Be blessed,

JRLL ❤

Posted in Growing through Prayer, SOTD, Thought of the Day~TOTD

Just Trust

As I sit here and ponder all that has taken place throughout the course of my day, I must stop to ask myself “what is meaning of it all?…

Within the last 24 hours I have had to make a very difficult decision that I was not very comfortable in making. BUT at the end of the day in all actuality it should have been done a long time ago. Did the decision have a great impact on all involved? MOST definitely. Did I make the decision lightly? Absolutely, NOT. Did I question the decision made? A resounded YES. YET, the decision needed to be made with a firm hand.

Throughout the day, God has been speaking to me BUT I was not understanding what He was saying. I have been going back and forth within myself. Warring with myself over unknown, unclear, and cloudy workings within my mind. I have not been able to rest. However, it just came to me that the scriptures (Matt 5:13; 10:16; & 11:28-30) that God has given to me from yesterday and today, actually related to what has been going on. MY DUH MOMENT… :-/

It is funny how God works. Here I am looking for some big sign in the clouds or booming voice. Mmm…Oh, how He must be laughing at me saying, “my child just trust and allow me to guide you”. Well, Lord, I see and I hear. I open myself unto you. Where you lead, I will follow.

Be blessed,

JRLL ❤

 

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 5 D 6

Read Luke 6:27-28 Soap vs 27-28

Lk 6:27-28 KJV But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Well,…..if you can’t say Amen, say OUCH! These last few months my life has seen ups, downs, and revisits. I have been in a state of overflowing questions, with very limited and short answers. I have and still feel as if I have been backdoored. I find myself just standing still and allowing, as they say, the chips fall where they may. But how many know that God is in control. He is in control of all things. Regardless of how I may feel or think I am to always pray for those whom have done me wrong. So if I can’t say Amen, say OUCH!

A right now word for a right now situation. 😉

Love ya bunches,

JRLL ❤

He>i

 

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 5 D 4

Read 1 Timothy 2:1-3 SOAP vs 1-2

1 Tim 2:1-2 KJV  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving thanks, be made for all men; 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

I am to always pray and pray for all men, mankind. This reminds me of the everywhere prayer that I hear so often about in church. Pray always and lift up everyone. Cover everyone and not just my circle. I will never know just how much others, everywhere prayer, covered me.

Be blessed,

JRLL ❤

He>i

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 5 D 3

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Col 1:3-4 KJV “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4. Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,”

The word of God points out that I am to always pray. Pray not just for me and my love one’s, but everyone. I am to pray, cover those newly converted and those who have been in it for awhile. Pray for those who do not believe and those who waver. I am to always pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me. So that I may know what and who to pray for. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work within me to cover others.

I can’t keep everything to myself. Its about kingdom building and praying for everyone.

God bless,

JRLL ❤

He>i

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 5 D 2

Matt 26: 41 KJV “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak“.

It is detrimental to my very existence that I should always pray. The enemy desires to take me out for all eternity. I must be able to see the works of the enemy and my weaknesses for what they are. In order to do that I must be connected to the vine. I must be able to see as God sees, have a strong spirit man, and my flesh must die. The only way I can do this is through prayer.

My lifestyle must be one of prayer and studying the word of God. The instructions of life are written in the Word of God, in order to have an understanding and godly outlook I must prayer. Somethings are not given to me just by reading the word. But through prayer. When I have a true lifestyle of prayer, open two-way communication, things become clearer and my spirit man will gain strength. Most of all when my spirit lines up with the things of God, my fleshly man will begin to die and be pruned away. To truly be in God my spirit man MUST be healthy and well nourished. Not shriveled up in the corner.

I am to Pray always! Prayer is a meeting between me and the One who knows all things. It is my daily, periodic throughout the day, end of day meeting of clarification, guidance, and understanding.

Be blessed,

JRLL ❤

He>i

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 5 D 1

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Eph 1: 17 KJV “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:”

Wisdom is defined as:

1. the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. 2. scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools. 3. wise sayings or teachings; precepts. 4. a wise act or saying. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/wisdom)

Knowledge is defined as:

1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things. 2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning:  A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job. 3.
acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature. 4. the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/knowledge?s=t)
In my daily walk I am to walk in the wisdom and knowledge of the Father. He gives me wisdom and knowledge in order to walk in his ways. Not only me but others. I should pray for his wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to be poured out upon his people. with the understanding of him, how can his people have the mind of him? The truth is that Jesus came to earth, without sin was crucified upon the cross, and on the 3rd day rose again for my sins. He did all of that so that I may have everlasting life.
God bless,
Joyce ❤
He>i

 

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 4 D 5

Read Colossians 4:2 & 1 Thessalonians 5: 20 SOAP v 5:17

1 Thes 5:17 KJV “Pray without ceasing”.

I am to pray always and watch for the works of the Lord with thanksgiving on my lips. My heart should be over flowing with praise unto my Heavenly Father. My heart should be over flowing with continuously prayer unto my Heavenly Father. I should be attuned to the moves of God and be ready for his guidance. Sadly, I am not fully their yet… 😦

I am working and striving to get to that point in my life. However, my emotions and feelings tend to guiding me more. However, as I continue to dig deeper and reach out to my Father in prayer I am being transformed into the person I was created to be. I just have to maintain, stay focused and, tune my entire being into God. I must allow him to work in and through me continuously. For I am a work in progress, striving to be all that he created me to be.

God bless,

JRLL ❤

He>i

 

Posted in Bible Study, Growing through Prayer, Love God Greatly

Wk 4 D 4

Read Mark 11:23-24 SOAP v 24

Mark 11:24 KJV “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

My faith level must at least match my prayer level. What I pray in secret, out loud, or corporately, my faith level must be there. My faith must be on the same level or greater. Its all about my faith. My faith must be sure and strong in the one whom I am praying to. If it is not then there is no reason to pray. If my faith, belief, and hope is not in it then I might as well sleep in. 🙂

Be blessed,

JRLL ❤

He>i