How Much Do You Weigh??

What a personal question to ask; right?? I think we should all be concerned with our weight in the natural physical realm for health reasons alone;  but what about in the spiritual realm? Do we weigh our motives? What about the desire of our hearts, or the focus of our thoughts? What is it that drives our behavior, and the path that we choose to take in life? Do we ponder the path we are on, and the very purpose that we were created for?

God Does!
Proverbs 21:2 Every man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.

Proverbs 24:12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds”?

The word weigh in Hebrew is “Takan.” In the Strong’s Concordance #8505 {Takan} means to balance; measure out {by weight or dimension}; to arrange, equalize, through the idea of levelling.

The following scriptures use the word “Ponder” which also means “to weigh” in Hebrew. Strong’s concordance # 6424 {Palac}; to roll flat, prepare {a road}, to revolve;  weigh {mentally}.

Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.

Proverbs 5:6 Lest you ponder her path of life, her ways are unstable; You do not know them.

Proverbs 5:22 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and HE ponders all his paths.

In scripture the Lord is making it clear that we should “ponder or weigh” the path that we take in life, with pure and moral choices that would be pleasing to HIM. There is nothing that is hidden from God. We are all going to stand before Him one day and give account for our words, our behavior, the thoughts and motives of our hearts. God weighs everything! He wants us to be in balance and on the right road!

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God’s word promises us that He will show us the path to take and it will be a Good path to those who follow Him. His word and His Holy Spirit is our guide!

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Weigh your path. Let the steps you take lead you to the destiny that God has for you!

 

 

 

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The Heart of a Matter

Matthew 22:37-39

And He {Jesus} said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your SOUL and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as thyself.

This is one of the commandments that God gave Moses, that Jesus confirmed was the most important to follow. It is the basic law of Christianity, to be living our lives with a heart of love, dedication and obedience to God, and to love others. It really boils down to who will consume our heart and soul? We know that the soul consists of the mind, will and emotions of a person. The heart is the living organ in our bodies that connects to our soul, which is like a spiritual organ.  In scripture when the heart is mentioned it is in connection to the soul of a person.

King David the writer of many of the Psalms, understood the importance of affectionately loving God. That is why he was called “A man after God’s own heart.” His worship and song writing was a beautiful picture of his intimacy with His creator and lover of his soul. He depended on his relationship with God to give him insight and direction in his life. He encouraged himself in the Lord, as well as inquired of the Lord in making decisions. His soul was connected to His God and He knew how to enter into His presence with worship. He also asked God to change his heart so he would be more pleasing to Him.

Psalm 26: 2; Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.

Psalm 51:10; Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Proverbs is the book of “Wisdom.” A great scripture that we all should live by regarding the heart is this….

Proverbs 4:23; Above all else, GUARD your HEART, for everything you do flows from it. 

Another translation reads….

Keep your heart with all diligence, 

For out of it spring the ISSUES of life. NKJV 

How we act, speak or perceive things all come from where we are at in our heart, or our soul. The issues of our heart are captured in our soul. If a person is hurting, they will often hurt others. If a person is angry, they will have a bad attitude. If a person is unforgiving, they will often be bitter. If a person has been rejected they will often reject others. If a person has been offended in any way, they will be defensive, and critical of others. The list of issues can go on and on. The issues of life can destroy your soul if you allow it. That is why it is so important to check your own soul and the condition of your heart. David understood this. Even when he messed up, he was quick to repent to God because he didn’t want to lose his right standing with a HOLY God, and live without His presence. A sinful heart will keep you from enjoying God’s holy presence. David knew the riches that he had did not compare to the intimacy he experienced and enjoyed with God. His soul could not bear to lose the presence of the Holy Spirit. David wrote in Psalm 27:9; Hide not Thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: Thou has been my help, leave me not, neither forsake me; O God of my salvation.

Matthew 16:26 ESV

Jesus said; For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Our soul is always the first place we need to examine and desire to be renewed. To have a spiritually balanced soul, is when we are in a good place in our heart. God always searches the heart. He knows everything about us. Nothing is hidden from God.

It is wise to guard our hearts from evil, temptation, and anything or anyone who does not line up with the TRUTH of the word of God. Our soul is our garden and we have to take care of it and protect it. We renew our souls and hearts by Gods word and His presence. He desires to seal our hearts with purity and His love, and that is why He wants our hearts and souls to belong to Him.

2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

Tell the Lord your God how much you love Him today. May your HEART and SOUL will be renewed by His amazing grace, and His love for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Soul of a Matter

 

I find it interesting how people perceive things. Everyone perceives things differently according to their core beliefs and past experiences. As humans we are triune beings that were created in the image of God, {Gen. 1:27} in three distinct parts, body, soul and spirit. God is a triune God. 1 John 5:7; For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, {Jesus; John 1:1}, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. God created humans to reflect the image of God; which is God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Within our triune nature is the core of who we are, which is our soul. The soul consists of our mind, will and emotions.

Even when you are a believer in Jesus Christ, and your spirit is saved and redeemed for eternity, your soul may still be troubled. I have witnessed many people, especially Christians, struggle with issues within their souls; including myself.

God knows that our soul is always on a journey to find the true meaning of life and discover the purpose for which we were born. We are all a work in progress, and how we perceive life, our selves, and others, is really a matter of the present condition of our souls. It’s a good thing that over time we are continuously changing and learning new things as we experience life’s ups and downs.  Our soul journey is definitely a process that is either being perfected by the grace of God or destroyed by the deception of the enemy of our soul; Satin.

Gods plan for us is to be in peace.

The word peace in Hebrew is Shalom. The meaning of this word is very profound.  This is Strong’s Concordance definition:

shâlôwm, shaw-lome’; or שָׁלֹם shâlôm; from H7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:

—do, familiar,  fare, favor, friend,  great, (good) health, (perfect, such as be at) peace(-able, -ably), prosper(-ity, -ous), rest, safe(-ty), salute, welfare, ( all is, be) well,  wholly.

As human beings, we are all a work in progress. God is in the process of perfecting that which concerns us. {Psalm 138:8} That process of sanctification begins in our soul.

Now may the God of PEACE Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. {1Thessalonians 5:23} 

 Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your SOUL prospers. {3 John 1:2}

I have personally been on a journey of soul searching within myself, and also trying to understand the issues of the soul.  Most of the personal struggles we have are from the issues, strongholds or wounds, in our souls. All these things affect our perception, which is how we see things.

What we have been taught or experienced in life has shaped our inner beliefs and values. Some things have positively shaped us for the good, and some things have negatively shaped us for the bad.  It’s all on how we process these experiences in our minds, which leads to how we perceive things as an outcome of our past experiences. Our attitudes are a reflection of what is in our soul.  I can picture my soul and the soul of others as a garden. All living souls that were created; began in the garden. We may have some beautiful flowers growing there, but at the same time some thorny weeds have either been deeply rooted in our garden, or they are taking root and they are in the process of sprouting up. The flowers and the weeds both have roots that are giving them life to grow. Whatever we water and give light too, will of course grow stronger.  The old saying that “what we feed grows, and what we starve dies:” is very true. That is why our attitude, and how we behave and speak, is a picture of what our garden looks like in our soul.

I think it is important to self reflect within our souls. There is always a weed or two that need to be pulled out if we search our own gardens. It is so easy to identify the weeds that need pulling out of others, but it is sometimes hard to identify our own weeds. The truth is, we cannot change others; we can only change ourselves.

Matthew 7:3-4; and also Luke 6:42;

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

If we search our own mind, will and emotions, and ask God to shine light upon the dark places of our own soul; then we can identify what needs to be up rooted in our garden. These weeds could be past hurts, un-forgiveness, bitterness, offenses, or trauma wounds. These become the weeds, or soul wounds in your garden. When the dark place is brought to the light of your conscience, it is your job to then ask for healing and cleansing in those areas. God is in the restoration business! He is our healer and He will wash us white as snow, if we confess our hurts, offenses, and sins to Him.  The key is repentance.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 

He wants to restore us to Shalom Peace. Sometimes it’s just about letting go of something in our past. Maybe you need to truly forgive someone, or forgive your self for a past mistake. Forgiveness is the only way you can experience freedom in your soul. Un-forgiveness or self- condemnation is a big weed that chokes the life and joy out of you. It also changes your perception. You cannot see clearly with a soul wound. How you perceive things will come from a place of hurt or offense, instead of a place of wholeness and a healthy soul. If you can’t forgive your brother, Jesus will not forgive you.

MATTHEW 6:14-15;

 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

MARK 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. 

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. {Romans 3:23}

That is why grace is such a big deal! If you show grace, you will receive grace. Grace is a gift!

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

 By the grace of God we are forgiven for our mistakes, by confessing and repenting. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Forgiveness sets you free! Forgiveness is not justifying the offense that you have experienced; you have to leave that to God, for He is the judge, not us. It sets you free from the root of bitterness. That root is a big weed in your garden. By the shed blood of Jesus, His amazing grace, we are covered from our past soul wounds. Who the Son sets free, is free indeed. {John 8:36} He has come to set the captives free. {Luke 4:18}

Today is a new day to have a soul free of weeds and wounds. I hope you will search your own soul today and let the love of God the Father, the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit set you free from any soul wound that would rob you of peace, joy and righteousness.

Jesus said;

 PEACE I leave with you. My PEACE I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. {John 14:27}

His Amazing Grace is always available to anyone who asks. His Shalom Peace is what every soul thirsts for. He is the Prince of Peace, and He will restore your soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Story”

Every one has a story. If we divided our life up into chapters, we could take every year of our life, make a chapter out of it and give each chapter a title. Some chapters would of course be better than others. I can think of a few years or chapters of my life that I would like to delete, undo, re-do, or change the title! But for whatever reason, God allowed those chapters to be in my book. The truth is that our life is a journey that is progressively taking us on an adventure, to find our purpose and meaning to our life. We all have a purpose for why we were born. It usually takes about half your life to just figure it out, then perhaps the other half to straighten it out. That’s life; a time span of unexpected surprises that can be good and sweet and also disappointing and sad. If you live long enough, you might be able to figure it out and straighten it out! Hopefully you find yourself and come into a place of contentment, fulfillment and happiness. It is sad to say many people never arrive at that “happy place”. Don’t let that be you!

When we realize that our lives are a story, and what makes our stories so unique is what has been dished out on our plate. We can’t help where we were born and who’s family we were born into. That is all in Gods plan, and our creator’s hands. How we begin our lives is not in our control. What we have experienced on our journey is what makes our stories different from any one else’s. The people in our lives can often make us, or break us. But what we do with our relationship experiences along the way is our choice. Happiness is a choice. Life’s circumstances that have significant impact on us are meant to mold us for the better, not for the worse.

We can learn something positive from every negative situation or person, if we choose to. The strongest people that you know have usually gone through many hardships. Our character is built through surviving trials and the testing of our faith.

And how we end our life journey, is more important than how we begin.

When you reflect on all the people that have entered your life;  some have stayed and some have gone. But every one that you have a memory with during your life, whether good or bad; is part of your story. If you think about it, it is amazing. Whether you feel like you have arrived to your happy place or not, you still have had an amazing life. Every day is a gift that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice and be glad! And if you don’t like the chapter you are in right now, just keep turning the page! Every paragraph, page and chapter in your book, eventually becomes your past. Every morning is a new page, every year is a new chapter, and a chance to write your story, or even re-write your story. 2  Corinthians 5:17; The old things have passed away. Behold all things have become new. This is a promise to those who are in Christ!

God has a happy ending for those who believe in Him. He has been writing our books with us, since we were born. How we respond to Him and how we choose to live our lives creates our future. We were born for a purpose under heaven and our days are numbered. It is never too late to change the end of your story.

Psalm 139:16-17; YOUR eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in YOUR book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are YOUR thoughts to me O God! How great is the sum of them!

Today is a new day to write “Your Story”! It is your story, so you can cry if you want to, and you can laugh if you want to. Don’t let any one or anything keep you from your “happy place.” Any story that is worth telling is worth living to tell. Live your story well.

Your book is a best seller!

 

 

Prayer for the Election 2016

Pray and Fast for our Nation!  Vote according to Biblical values!

November 8, 2016 Election

Our goal as the body of Christ, coming together in unity, is to pray for God to shift the nation back to godly morals and Christian values. Pray that the curses of disobedience will be reversed! We have to repent first! Judgment always begins in the house of God. Revival begins with repentance and prayer. Praise and thanksgiving ushers us into His presence and His will!

God promises to hear us! 1 Peter 3:12 & 2 Chronicles 7:14. God can rise up another King Cyrus to fulfill His plans! 2Chron. 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-6; Isaiah 44:27-28, & 45:1-5.

To be released over the United States: Spirit of the Lord -2 Corinthians 3:17

Spirit of Truth- John 16:13

Spirit of Grace and Supplications-Zechariah 12:10

Spirit of Sorrow and Repentance- 2 Corinthians 7:10

Fruit of the Spirit- Galatians 5:22

Break the Spirit of Error!- 1 John 4:6

Cancel the plans and schemes of the enemy for our country and its leaders, and put the armor of God on. Ephesians 6:10-18

Ask God to remove ungodly and corrupt leaders and replace them with God’s chosen. Isaiah 22:15-25

Pray for unmerited favor, wisdom and understanding, for the candidate who stands for Christian morals. Isaiah 11:2

Pray for Peace for Israel and that the new President will support Israel and remain allies with the Holy land. Psalms 122:6

Pray for: Christians to use their right to vote; and non Christians to be led by the Holy Spirit how to vote!

For people to have an ear to hear. Revelation 2:7, 11 &17.

For new and changed hearts. Ezekiel 11:19-20

For opening of eyes. Isaiah 42:7

For the fear of the Lord. Psalms 111:10

Plea the Blood of Jesus over our nation, and speak the scriptures as your sword. 

You shall decree a thing and it shall be established for you; and light shall shine upon thy ways. Job 22:28.

 Key Words to remember to use in our prayers!

Peace, Mercy, Grace, Truth, Love, Life, Honor, Holiness, Purity, Godliness ,Righteousness, Freedom, Morality , Bless, Prosper, Light, Awaken, Enlighten, Cleanse, Forgive, Repent, Reveal, Revelation, Deliver, Expose, Shift, Reverse, Restore, Reconcile, Redeem, Revive, Align, Holy Spirit Rain and Fire!

And always pray His will, and use your authority, in the Name of Jesus!

Pray for specific offices and names!

God Bless America; We will be a Great Christian Nation again!

 

Here For A Season…. Alice Jeanne

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2; To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die.

It has been four years since my mothers passing on September 27, 2012; and I can still hear the sound of her laugh and her comforting words. She was the best mom that I could have ever asked for, and I was so blessed to have her for as long as I did. She was my prayer partner and my daily dose of encouragement. She was a faithful wife to my father, mother of three daughters, and a friend. Her love and faith in God is why I am here.

She chose to give birth to me when the doctors said it would be risky because of her cancer diagnoses in her cervix. I was her answer to prayer. God was faithful and she lived a long life. I am so thankful for a godly mother. My memory of her is like a beautifully painted picture on my soul. And it makes me happy to know I will see her again in Heaven!

I really thought when she passed

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Mom and her dear mother

my world would fall apart, but thank God it didn’t. During the last year of her life, it was like the Lord strategically placed other women in my life that supported me and became my spiritual mothers, when I needed it the most. He gave me the best girlfriends that I ever had. I know this was the preparation I needed for the separation that was to take place in my life. I recently read a quote that stated that when you lose someone you love, you lose a part of yourself. I think that is so true, whether it is death or an act of separation. After your loved one is gone you have to find that missing part and re-focus that emptiness on a new relationship or on to something else to fill that void. We all know that life and time is a precious thing, and when you lose it, you can’t get it back. Often your identity is wrapped up in another person and you don’t know who you are without them, or what to do with yourself when they are absent from your life. And often the dreams you have for your future can be linked to a loved one, and when they leave you or they die, so does your dream. Life can be so unfair, and it usually is. That is why it is so important to have a relationship with the Lord. Jesus has always been my friend and comforting peace through every set back and trial that I have endured. I have the assurance that He will never leave me or forsake me, no matter what. His love is unconditional. My identity is in Him, and I know that I am His daughter, His friend, and His bride.

 

As I reflect back over my life, I often wonder why there are certain people who you love that become part of your life, but they don’t stay in your life forever. They are there for a reason and just a season. Some friends come and go. And then there are others that are in your life forever or until death do you part. I often think about the great friendships I have had during my walk on this earth, and I am happy to say that I still have many of those friendships. I still consider my past friends to be my dear friends whether we stay in touch or not. In my opinion, once a true friend, always a friend.

My mother will always be my mother. My true friends will always be my friends.

I am blessed and so proud to me a mother of two great kids, and a wife of an amazing man. I am thankful for all the wonderful relationships that I have today, and I smile when I remember my old friends and what we shared. I just hope everyone that I have had the honor to call a friend, will remember me as a true friend, even if it was just for a season. I am happy for the success of all my friends and I am sad when they are hurting. I always hope and pray for the best life for them. That is what a true friend is. I thank God for every lesson I have learned through others, especially from my mother. Her love for me was unconditional. She had the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self`-control. . Against such there is no law.

How we act and treat people matters. We have the power to create a life full of purpose and positive influence. Loving God, your family and friends is why we are here.

After all, we are all here for just a season.

Broken Branches

As I was walking on my favorite nature path, I noticed many broken branches hanging from the trees. They were dry and the leaves were brown and withered. Even though they were broken, they still were hanging on to the trunk of the tree, as though they were hanging on to their life source, in hope of life returning. The bark that held them was like a thread that gave the branch hope for a new beginning. When the dead branch finally falls off, the remaining portion of the branch could possibly  bring forth new life and green leaves. Life would return as long as the roots of the tree where still healthy, and the trunk of the tree was strong and live giving to the the rest of the branches. The rest of the tree would live and bear fruit or leaves, if it was grounded with healthy life giving roots. The roots would have to be dwelling in the right soil. A new branch would arrive bearing new buds of leaves or fruit. This is  a wonderful example in the natural, of the spiritual truth of abiding {dwelling}, in God’s life giIMG_5124ving vine of strength and truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I immediately thought of the scripture from John 15:1-2. Jesus said; I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser  Every branch in ME that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 

I sensed as though the Lord was telling me that at times we all feel like broken branches. Whether it is because of life’s circumstances or because of our own fallen nature. We can be broken because of what has happened to us, that was not our fault; or because of what has happened to us due to our wrong decisions or choices that we have made. Either way, there are seasons in our life that we feel like a broken branch, dried up and withering away. In those times we can separate our selves from the vine, which is God, and not bear any fruit. Or we can draw near to Him and hang on with faith, for a new beginning, with just a thread of hope. The Lord is always pruning His branches {children}, from the cares and temptations of this world. He wants us to abide in Him, and trust Him with all our problems; so we can bear more fruit.

John 15:4-8; Jesus said: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them in the the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples.

The word abide in greek is meno; Strong’s #3306; a primary verb; to stay {in a given place, state, relation or expectancy} – descriptive words would be to remain, dwell, continue, tarry, and endure.

If we are abiding in the Lord in all we do, we should be bearing much fruit. Even in times of brokenness or pruning, we must learn to draw from the life giving strength of the true vine; Jesus. Our fruit will come from dwelling in His grace, His presence, and His power. He will give us the desires of our hearts in His time, according to His will. Abide in Him today!