Isaiah’s Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation

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Isaiah 55 NLT

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

See how I used him to display my power among the peoples. I made him a leader among the nations. You also will command nations you do not know, and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey, because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.” Seek the Lord while you can find him.

Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the L ord . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord ’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

Joyce Meyer – Morning Devotion: Suspicious of Suspicion

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We’ve all experienced this at some point in our lives. I’ll personally say that everyone who has said they loved me didn’t really mean or show it. Those discrepancies between word and action caused me to live EXTREMELY guarded for a while. I’ve been working on it, but still today I have my hesitations with motives and hidden agendas. Regardless of those feelings I’ve learned to love unconditionally with hopes of eventually experiencing the same…loving God’s way 🙂

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7 KJV

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Suspicious of Suspicion

In today’s scripture, these words about love are familiar to most of us, but I can honestly say that living them has not always been easy for me. As a child, I was not exposed to this kind of love–in fact, I was taught to be suspicious of everyone. I was told that the motives of other people were not to be trusted.

While it is wise to be aware of people’s motives, we must be careful that we don’t allow our suspicious nature to negatively affect our feelings about everyone. An overly suspicious nature can poison your mind and affect your ability to love and accept other people. Consider this example.

Suppose a friend approaches you after a church service, and says, “Do you know what Doris thinks about you?” Then the friend tells you every detail of the things Doris said. The first problem is that a true friend wouldn’t share such information. And the second problem is that with an already suspicious mind, you now believe secondhand information.

Suppose that one day in church, Doris is sitting just a few rows in front of you, praising the Lord. Immediately you think, “She’s such a hypocrite.”

Then the Holy Spirit directs your thoughts to your own condition, and the fact that you were praising the Lord while harboring bad feelings toward Doris. Didn’t Jesus tell us to make peace with others before we present our gifts to Him? (See Matthew 5:24.)

Convicted by these words of Jesus, you apologize to Doris for the bad feelings you have toward her…and she stares at you in absolute shock. Then you realize your mistake. You misinterpreted the information your friend shared with you about Doris, allowing the devil to turn you against a wonderful, godly woman.

This is a good example of how suspicion can cripple relationships and destroy our joy while it leads us astray.

It took me a while to overcome a lifetime of suspicions, but I finally learned that when we love God’s way, we have no place for suspicions of others.

Pray: Lord, I thank You for showing me how to overcome my suspicious nature by teaching me how to love others with Your kind of love. Thank You, Jesus, for being patient with me and for being my great example. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Touched by an Angel

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This poem was shared tonight during our Young Adult Bible Study for national poetry month. I nearly shed a tear… read and be blessed 🙂

Touched by an Angel
By Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Letter to my Daddy

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# 1 Dad!!!

Dad’s Father’s Day card was at least two weeks late o_O!!  I didn’t get to go home nor did I get to send him a fancy Edible Arrangement, but I felt it absolutely necessary to let him in on a portion of how much I love him and how thankful I am to have him as my daddy.  So, in the space left in his Father’s Day card I decided to write the following…  No, I’m not going to spill ALL the beans, but hopefully he won’t mind me sharing a few words :).

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Daddy,

I love you so much, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have you as my father.  I know my card is a tad late, but I hope you receive it with the same level of love.  Over the past few weeks and month’s I’ve been reflecting over our relationship. I don’t think I’ve been able to truly tell you how much and how dearly I love you!!!  I am soooooo thankful daddy!!!

I want to say thanx for all you do.  Thank you for holding on after being laid off so close to retirement.  Thanks for not quitting and giving up on us when times got rough financially.  Thank you for being a dad who stuck around to take care of his family. I know the situation surrounding moms sudden illness has been stressful, but you have managed to keep us together.  I appreciate EVERY lesson and conversation we’ve ever had.

Thanks for showing me what a father and husband should be… Everything hasn’t been easy, but FLAWS AND ALL, I love you!!  Thanks for always supporting me as a follow my dreams.  I truly hope to make you proud one day.  I love you forever and always.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Brit

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PS – Dear Potential Suitors…. My daddy has set one hell of an example.  No, he isn’t perfect and you don’t have to be either.  I simply ask that you love God, love me, and love our family….the agape kind.  Actions speak louder than words, and I’m visually hands on…go figure.

God IS

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1 Corinthians 10:26 KJV

For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

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Who wouldn't serve?

A Few Quick Stats…

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Soooooo, let’s get a few of the preliminaries out of the way…..

Yes, I ❤ Jesus. Yes, I think it is okay to LAUGH!!! Yes, I like to go out and have FUN with my friends. Yes, I am single. No, I’m not a virgin. Yes, I am human. No, I am not lesbian. Yes, I am FLIRTATIOUS! Yes, I like my men like I like my coffee. No, I do not have any children. Yes, I often times have an opinion. No, I’m not judgmental. Yes, I believe that humor is ESSENTIAL to the soul. Yes, I can be quite RANDOM. Yes, I am an EXTROVERTED introvert. Yes, I am open-minded. Yes, I enjoy long walks on the beach. No, I don’t know who shot the sheriff. Yes, Elvis, Biggie, 2 Pac, Michael and Whitney are all dead. No, I didn’t win the $360 million dollar lottery (DARN!!!). Yes, I enjoy a drink with a percentage every now and again ;). No, I do not own an iPad. Yes, I want one. Yes, I love shopping!!! Yes, I want justice for Trayvon Martin. Yes, I voted for Obama. No, I will not vote for Santorum. Yes, I have natural hair. No, I am not planning to get a relaxer anytime soon. Yes, I love to sing. Yes, I miss er’body from SC. No, there aren’t any plans to return (as of yet). Yes, I’m a sorority girl. Yes, I like cookies (oatmeal raisin). Yes, I like cake (carrot and pound). Yes, I like to cook. No, you can’t come over for dinner. No, you can’t have my phone number. Yes, we can play Words with Friends. Yes, I LOVE to play spades (and I’m pretty good). No, we can’t play for money. Yes, I’m right handed. Yes, I love my job. Yes, I love Disney movies. Yes, I still own a VHS. No, I don’t own “Princess and the Frog”. Yes, I cry when watching “Finding Nemo”. Yes, I think I’m done. No, you cannot pass go OR collect $200!