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    Holidays without stress?

    December 11, 2019

    Some people love the holidays and others endure them. Granted, there’s the extra food preparation and guests. But my guess is the big thing is dealing with family and conflict.  The good news is that Jesus gave us what we need- His peace. The deposit of peace is made in our hearts, but it is our choice to respond in peace that actually affects the world in which we live. Let’s look at 2 different translations of this scripture in which Jesus is directing his disciples.

     “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.” John 14:27 Amp

    “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives” John 14:27 TLB

    Being disturbed and agitated is a choice.

    If it wasn’t a choice, then Jesus wouldn’t be giving us the direction to stop allowing it. Somehow we forget when the temptation comes through a circumstance or person, that we don’t have to take the bait to respond. Usually emotions and even reasoning react.

    Responding in fear and intimidation are also choices.

    Once we recognize our own weak spots, it’s easier to begin to reinforce them. Remembering that God is our Provider and speaking the truth “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” helps a lot.

    This holiday season you will probably face stress and extra family. Keep these scriptures before you and recognize Jesus gave you peace that is stronger than any agitation or person who may irritate you. Love is stronger than hate. Peace is superior to stress. Draw upon the deposits within you and choose the response that will pay you and everyone else rich dividends this season. Peace, peace, peace….

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    What righteousness means to me

    We’ve all messed up. We’ve all missed it. Welcome to the human race and the reason we need a Savior. But believers are to live in a state of righteousness and being right with…

    December 3, 2019
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    3 ways to release hurts 

    As long as there are people, there will be opportunities to be hurt and offended. God has given us great instruction on how to survive and thrive in spite of these wounds. Whenever we…

    September 30, 2019
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    3 Benefits of forgiveness

    It’s so wonderful to be forgiven. Today let’s look at 3 benefits of forgiveness. 1.Forgiveness Prevents Faith Failures Faith Is How We Receive From God and unforgiveness is one major reason our faith can…

    May 20, 2019
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    Forgive and find freedom

    Forgiveness is probably the biggest thing we have received from God. Colossians 1:14 states “In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins”.  Jesus redeemed us with…

    May 17, 2019
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    Having patience with imperfect people

    Okay, let’s face it- we’re all imperfect people. But somehow we feel the imperfections of others are sometimes unforgivable. But we can overlook our imperfections because our heart is right? Divine love always is…

    March 26, 2019
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    What Grieves God?

    What are the things that can grieve the Holy Spirit of God? To grieve means to distress or make sad or sorrowful. It saddens God when we take odds against Him and poison our…

    March 15, 2019