Being Transformed, Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

The Peace of God

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Are you anxious and stressed out most days?

As women, we have a mind that never stops running.

When I lay down at night it takes hours sometimes to fall asleep no matter how tired I am. The entire day starts running through my head. I think about everything I did during the day. I come up with different scenarios of how it could’ve gone if I had done things differently. I eventually start talking to myself. I say, “Jessica, go to sleep!” Then I start planning the next day. Sometimes my mind will not shut off. My mind makes me tired. Let’s read a couple verses from Philippians.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV)

You know the Bible says to be anxious for nothing. You know this and I know this but what do we do to stop it. Well, the Bible tells us that too. Look at verse 6. It says be careful (anxious) for nothing but in every thing, pray.

The struggle is real but so is God!

Let that sink in. Let’s say it again.

The struggle is real but so is God.

I remember one time I was anxious above measure. My stomach had been hurting for a few weeks and I decided it was time to go see a doctor. We figured it was a hernia so off I went for a ultrasound. The results came in late that night and I missed the call. The women on my voicemail said your intestines are twisted and you need to go to the hospital early in the morning.

What?

I listened to it again. Same thing!

What?

What does that mean? How did that happen? What should I do tonight? Could I die before morning and what would happen to my kids? (Never google medical conditions)

I tried to call back for more information but no answer. Ok so now I was super anxious and stressed. Can you imagine my mind that night?

But as l laid there again going through scenarios, I decided the best thing to do was pray.

I ask God, “If I die tonight, will I go to heaven?” God gave me a peace that night like I’ve never before experienced my entire life. It was the peace of God. It was so peaceful that at that moment it didn’t matter what happened. Even if I died all was well with my soul. God said I got this.

I had a few more test and surgery that week. Everything went well. God is good.

Have you ever felt the peace of God?

I have felt the peace of God and it surpasses all understanding.

If you are worried, stressed, anxious and have difficulties going on in your life then remember,

The struggle is real but so is God!

He can give you peace and all the trouble will fade away.

I love my God. I don’t always understand His ways but I love and trust Him.

I love thee, O Lord, my strength. I pray that every person with struggles will feel your peace. I pray you comfort them like you did me and they see how real and powerful you are. I trust in you and have felt your power. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

Faith of a child

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I was doing my regular chores in the house for the day when the boys come running to me. They were a little hysterical because they discovered tegolenna (their little hamster) had escaped. We went on a mission to find her. Searching produced no results. But then, she ran out from beside my file cabinet and was headed to slip underneath the couch. She didn’t make it because our chihuahua snatched it up. We rescued it from his mouth but the hamster wasn’t moving. It was taking small irregular breaths and I knew there was no hope for it to live. I told them to place it back in its cage and we would see what happens.

Well, a few minutes had gone by and the boys hadn’t been back to report so I went to check on them. They were all huddled around the cage on their little knees with their little eyes closed and heads bowed. They were praying! I wondered why I hadn’t thought of that. Why wasn’t my first response to pray? Their first response was to pray to the God we taught them about. The one we told them could and would answer prayer. They believed He could save lives and petitioned on behalf of their pet.

Guess what? The next day that little hamster was running on its wheel as if the day before never happened. It was a miracle. A miracle from a loving God that answers prayer.

And He called a child to Himself and stood him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4, NASB)

That day showed me what the faith a child looks like and what it produces. As adults we sometimes over complicate things. But it’s actually simple.

In the scripture it says to be converted and become like children. What does it mean to be converted?

The Bible says we are all sinners, none are good and we all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10, 23)

We are in need of a Saviour.

The Good News is that God sent His only begotten son that whoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But how? How do we receive eternal life?

If we believe God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin and three days later God raised Him from the grave. Then confess it with our mouth we shall be saved. (Romans 10:9)

It’s a free gift! Let us never over complicate it. God loves you and his desire is that all men be saved. It doesn’t matter what we have done. Jesus paid it all. Jesus is our advocate to the Father. Please accept Him today and become His child.

Have questions? Message me privately.

Have you been saved by the grace of God? If so, tell me about it. I love to hear testimonies.

Being Transformed, Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

Confession

Praise God for His conviction!

Conviction from God lets us know that He is actively working in our lives. It shows us that He cares and does indeed want to transform our lives from the inside out.

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve”(Joshua 24:15, KJV)

This piece of scripture kept coming to my mind.

I saw it everywhere on Facebook posts, a sermon, signs, and radio. It is something we have all heard and quoted a few times. One night around 2 or so, I awoke from sleep, sat straight up in the bed and quoted it. It was weighing on me but I did not understand why.

I would say I knew the scripture well but did I really?

Last night as I was going over the Sunday school lesson I felt strong conviction from God.

Our lesson was on Nehemiah 5:1-13. We’ve been in Nehemiah for several weeks now just working our way through the book.

Last week we discussed how they faced opposition from the outside as they worked to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 4, KJV) This week in chapter five we learn that they faced opposition from the inside. The Jews were taking advantage of their poorer brothers and sisters.

It got me to thinking about the church. We do face opposition from the outside and we team together to fight against the threat. But we also face opposition on the inside with each other. Division starts and the willingness to admit and repent is the farthest thing from our minds. The ungodly actions grow and the gossip spreads. And forgiveness is just a word we no longer allow in.

This is my confession!

I am guilty of causing division.

We cannot separate who we are from what we do.

Who am I?

I am a child of the One True King.

I am a daughter of the Most High God.

I am forgiven.

I am redeemed.

And I should be transformed.

What does it mean for me to separate who I am from what I do?

  • If I tell others how much I love them on Sunday but talk badly about another on Monday, I am separating who I am from what I do.
  • If I know someone is in need but don’t help them, I am separating who I am from what I do.

I have been upset with someone for doing something to me that I have actually done to someone else at one time.

I have seen a need and looked away and my excuse was I only have 20 dollars left until payday. But I’ll spend it on a honey bun and Pepsi a few days later.

I’ve been looking out for myself instead of others.

Conviction is a wonderful thing.

We should be able to confess and repent to one another. We should be able to forgive.

Who am I?

I am a child of the One True King – then act like it

I am a daughter of the Most High God – then act like it

I am forgiven – then act like it

I am redeemed – then act like it

Be transformed.

Conclusion

Where do I go from here?

  • Admit and repent
  • Ask for forgiveness
  • Be intentional – “Choose you this day whom ye will serve”
  • Never cause division among others
  • Esteem others higher than myself – serve
  • There is joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ!