In All Seasons


We worry, fear, stress, and feel alone. If we are in the hands of God, creator of Heaven and Earth, why then wouldn’t we trust He knows our needs?

God loves us so very much, we are included His workmanship.

Next time you feel like you have no purpose, consider the One who gave you one. Consider the power, the wisdom, and love of God. He is always the same, never changing. Although we may change, our circumstances may change, and as the seasons change, God orchestrated it all from the beginning. We need to trust Him not our own understanding.

We may be small, but our God is bigger than our problems!

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Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:5 NKJV)

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Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20 – 3:21 NKJV)

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The Harvest


It is so very important for us to remember who we are and why are here. Many people are so lost and unable to see that we are not here by accident or for no reason at all. We are part of God’s very powerful, very purposeful and very real design.

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The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood,  Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

(Isaiah 9:2-7)

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Just as the farmer sows seeds,  tends to his crops with care, and in time reaps  a bountiful harvest, our time here should be taken very seriously.
God has placed us here to tend to the work of Lord who is the Lord of the Harvest.

As we go through the various seasons of our lives we can rest easy knowing that He has given us the promise of reaping an eternal reward for our efforts in the Lord’s absence and in His Name. We all have a place in service for Him, we all have the opportunity to partake in the harvest, but there are many people who will refuse to work.

We are each seeds planted here by God:

We are to nourish ourselves with the Word, grow in our faith and spiritual maturity in order to  bear the fruits of the Spirit. Like the seasons of the year to the seed, our lives should  repetitively consist of  growing, maturing, enduring, and bearing fruit in Jesus Name.

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!

DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR TAKE IT FOR GRANTED

THE ONES WHO ARE IN THE FIELD WILL PARTAKE IN THE FEAST WHEN IT IS TIME FOR THE HARVEST. THE ONES WHO REFUSE TO WORK WILL BE LEFT WITH NOTHING TO EAT

-BRANDON HEATH- THE HARVESTER

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“But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,

“so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ “

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? “

The sower sows the word. “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.

“These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

(Mark 4:10-20)

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The Art of Letting Go & Letting God


My latest post is up! God has written your story, don’t get stuck on a page! Be blessed

The Art of Letting Go & Letting God.

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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Please Be A Guest On My Message Radio!


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Hi and God bless to all of you reading and supporting My Message!

Many of you are aware that I have extended My Message to online radio due to it’s reach to over 100 countries in sharing God’s love by the sharing my testimony.  I am so humbled to be able to simply share the ways God  has turned my mess into my message and take His love to the world.

We all have a story which is intended to be told. We all have struggles, trials, and obstacles which God uses to teach us, shape our character, and give us opportunities to grow. He is so needed in these days and I am hoping those of you who are a part of my journey thus far will step out and give others an account of how great our God is and how much He loves each and everyone by being a guest on My Message Radio!

I am all about love, respect, truth, and faith! As men and women of God we are to be applying our learning experiences and walk with the Lord in our daily lives by witnessing to others! I am not the only one who has a past which is being used by God to give others a future or a hope. I know as a unit of positivity, passion, and peace we can together keep taking God to those who may have lost their way.

If you have a testimony you would like to share along the lines of how you have experienced the love and safety of God firsthand, are affiliated with a cause/business which brings faith/hope/healing to others, or have simply been blessed my My Message/My Message Radio and would be willing to share how God is working in your life, *please fill out the form below to be scheduled as a guest on my radio show* :  Turning Your Mess Into Your Message

I am excited to hear from you all and pray this is an opportunity you can use to let the world know who you are, about your causes, projects, or passions, and most importantly, give God’s goodness a voice and the chance to be embraced by others.

The show airs live every Thursday from 3:30 – 4pm PT  and I will be using the form below to schedule those interested and get in touch with them further. Each week I read a blog post from right here at My Message and discuss the key topic with listeners. I have a musical interlude half way through  and when I have a guest on air, I interview them the last half of the show. Such a fun, easy-going and effective way to get to know one another in faith and friendship!

You can visit the show’s homepage by clicking on the link My Message Radio above to hear past episodes, support my efforts by following the show, and see if you would want to take advantage of the opportunity to show others the love of God as well as what you are doing to make a positive difference in the world professionally/personally.

BE BLESSED, BE THE BEST, BE YOU.

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My Message Radio Now Available


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God has put it on my heart to give My Message and my readers a voice by extending my blog to the radio! Please tune in to blog talk radio every Thursday at 3:30pm PT for my new show called

Turning Your Mess Into Your MESSage.

I will be reading selected blog posts from right here at My Message and discussing the main idea behind each one. Guests will be sharing their own faith based motivational testimonials and callers are welcome at any time to share as well! I am also sharing my personal testimony and stories behind the blog.

 

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Turning Your Mess Into Your MESSage

Please support the show by visiting the link above! You can follow the station, listen to the pilot, and even set a reminder to listen!

I appreciate all of you and hope to really get to know you more through this opportunity!

Be Happy Be Bright Be You!!

Erica

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2012 in review


I just wanted to thank all of those who have supported My Message and my efforts in bringing God’s love to those who need it! Please check out My Message’ s year in 2012 report to see just how blessed I have been to spread encouragement to 100 countries! Glory to God! Thanks to all of you!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Buried Alive


Why?When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck

How much of ourselves do we give away to the wrong people, the wrong thoughts, the wrong way? When we wake up in the morning are we smiling or are we immediately anticipating the worst? So much of my mind gets buried alive by worry and wondering that often I neither have the strength to tend to the things that make me happy, nor the things that make God happy. It is definitely a struggle in these days, but how hard does it have to get before we feel relief? How much can one person take on their own? Life is HARD!

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Hard is a delicate way to define what we all go through day in and day out. Money, power, respect, and responsibility are the sand, but it is our own way of handling these things which is the shovel. Each worrisome thought adds to the pile of problems we experience and if we are consumed by the world or our idea of it, we will be six feet under before we know it! The reality is quite different from our perception of it. Our burden is quite lighter than we feel it is. Stress is a self-imposed affliction and each time we choose to allow our problems to possess us, we willingly do ourselves harm. Ironically, after the fact, we spend much of our time blaming others or even God for our troubles, even when we are shown the outcome was much different, much better, than we assumed.

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How many of us can honestly say the time we spend praying and trusting in God to remedy our situations, outweighs the time we spend worrying about what we are going to do in the midst of them? How many of us actually PRAY. When I say pray, I do not mean moan a sigh of want or bring a complaint to God’s ears, I mean PRAY. I mean refer to His words of biblical truth and rest? Scripture is extremely vital in our everyday lives and in our prayer lives. If you bring God the facts, He will hear your case as a judge would when in court and you win. God is aware of our “needs” and despite our idea of urgency, He is also aware of when we are to receive what we ask.

 My child, listen to me and do as I say,
and you will have a long, good life.
I will teach you wisdom’s ways
and lead you in straight paths.
When you walk, you won’t be held back;
when you run, you won’t stumble.
Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.

-Proverbs 4:10-12

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God has intended us all to do incredible things with our time here. He did not say we would be without burden, but He did promise to relieve us from it no matter what the problem might be. Life is for living, not to be spent slowly suffocating from the world and our worry. Try to remember that happy is as happy does. What are you doing with your life? If you are not giving away the gifts God has given you to be the difference in others lives, how can you be disappointed when you do not receive the blessings in return? Whatever we are lacking, someone else is lacking something too, however when we all remember how blessed we are to have our lives and each other, the focus drifts from lack to life. Don’t worry, BE HAPPY.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

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