Jackpot


I woke up this morning to a text message from Chase. We all know that any alert from the bank is not likely a courtesy call to say you have too much money, so then you can guess what this one was telling me…Again.
It is a never ending battle between the mind and the spirit. It is a never ending rat race when it comes to money. Luckily for me, after having experienced this very attack of the enemy on my trust in God a few hundred times before, I managed to dodge the punch before it was delivered this time.

When these little thorns present themselves in our lives we can sometimes be so blindsided from the pain that we forget the beauty of the rose all together. On the contrary, If we get pricked enough, eventually the sting is not such a surprise nor is it as painful.

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1Pet 1:7)

Do not think that in times of worldly trial that you are any less loved or protected by God. In fact, i can tell you that it is actually quite the opposite! When a test is presented to you, especially when involving old patterns of thinking or behavior, that is a sure fire way of preparing you for a blessing. God is so patient with us in our refinement that He will work things in us and in our lives which take several years, but He will not keep us in the circumstance for years while we learn.

You have hit the jackpot already by choosing to follow the Lord and God’s plan for you. Don’t get played like a fruit machine when the enemy makes you think you are broke.
These visitations from the ghosts of being broke past do not define my present, but are reminders of the work I have done with God in my reacting to them. He has provided a way for me then, again, again, and if I have learned anything, I know He will provide a way again.

What we cling to is what we need. Make sure when someone leaves you, when the money deceives you, or others do not believe you, that you remember God is simply reminding you He is there to give you what you seek. Simple. Life is for living and when we live the lives God has called us to, then these distractions don’t get reactions and you get better at being happy and being free from the bondage of worry.

The video is Natalie Grant’s Alive and I listen to it whenever I find the claws of the world ripping at me. It puts my mind back in the proper place which is behind the spirit. Enjoy!

How to Love Like Jesus (Part 1 of 3 )


By far my the best thing I have read this week! I discussed the very same thing on my online radio show and it is so very clear that those who are listening to what God is showing them and letting the spirit lead are collectively speaking the same message of Christ. I am blessed by this post and I know others are also! God bless you

Missy Baroff Ministries

If you have spent any time reading the news or on social media lately you have probably noticed the increased discussion on gay marriage, intolerance, Christian hypocrisy, and so forth. Some of you just stopped reading because, like me, you are sick of hearing about it. The sermons on judgment, grace, love, etc. have all picked up as well and I have heard some passionate messages on these topics within the last few weeks. I put a strong emphasis on “passion” because often times we think a passionate delivery makes a good message; however, in reality, if we were to take the passion part out of the message we would notice that the speaker really didn’t say anything at all.

I have heard messages lately from all sides: the anti-Christian tirades that call us intolerant and hypocrites; messages on grace, love forgiveness, judgment, condemnation; and sermons calling us back to…

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The Shape Of My Heart


 

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Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because j as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

James 1:9-11 NKJV

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After I read the quote above , by Tina Turner, I had the very strong desire to actually take an inventory of the things/people in my life., (just to be certain that they were good for me and not in some way hindering my progression.

I thought about it awhile and could not come up with anything or anyone, literally, that made me unhappy. I figured surely there has to be something wrong some where, but thanks be to God, no. There wasn’t anything. I considered myself blessed and went about my day.

Later on in the afternoon, that quote popped back into my head like one of those very annoying song lyrics you have stuck on repeat in your head even though you don’t know the words. I sat down and took another look at the blank list I had attempted to create and realized there was someone I had failed to inventory. I could not believe I did not think of her right off the bat! The only person who gets the best of me when I am down and the only person who has the ability to trip me when I am up… ME!

 

The reality of all this quickly struck a nostalgic chord on my heart. Immediately I was taken back to my childhood. I recalled when I was truly care-free, unashamed, and free. These feelings reminded me of the child-like way in which the Lord stresses we behave, even in adulthood. The way we relied on our parents with complete abandonment of fear as children should be no different than how we rely on Jesus when we are all grown up.

The birds, the insects, the helpless and even the trees, all are perfect examples of what the peace of having Jesus looks like. As adults we no longer require our parents to make our decisions for us and with this freedom to decide comes our freedom to deny.
We now are able to put aside the advice, the care and the power our parents so we can make a way on our own. Just because we can, does not mean we should abandon the instruction of our parents. Same concept applies to our relationship with God. We want the freedom so badly, but what do we actually need freedom from? Now that I am older, I can say the only things my parents gave me were chances and moments to enjoy the time I had, free of all the responsibilities they knew one day I would ultimately also carry myself.

 

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The whole idea the Lord put on my heart to share is this : We are the only ones responsible for making the correct choices in manifesting a great life for ourselves. He is very much there to guide and help us to be the best we can be, just like our parents, regardless if we are 10 or 100.

Do not allow others or even your ideas of being happy lead to unnecessary places simply because we are able to decide . We have the ability, and the right to be happy, successful and very much free of worry on our own, but really all we are fighting to be is on our own. It is not necessary to desire freedom when it is already ours. Like the flowers wither without the nourishment of the soil, we too get weak without the spiritual nourishment God provides.

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God wants us to be happy, to be healthy, to be free. We all need little reminders sometimes that while we feel we are doing so much on our own, looking back on it as we grow up, we realize we very much are not alone and we can feel, for even just a minute, that peace we did as kids if we allow ourselves to trust Him. Be blessed kids!

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