Our God is Consistent

Our God is Consistent

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8, ESV

When trials come our way, it can be hard to press forward. A way you can encourage yourself is to meditate on this scripture. If Jesus turned your sorrow into joy yesterday, He will do it again today. If He came through for you last week, He will do it again this week. There is no failure in Him. He’s consistent.

Thinking of all the good things He has done for you already will cause you to walk in a faith realm that will overshadow any situation. My sister, whatever it is you’re going though, it will not last. Your trial has an expiration date. God said no more will you have to go through that again. He’s faithful, and you can always depend on Him to show up and show out in your life.

Prayer: Father God in Jesus name, I believe what Your Word says and I know that You are faithful. What I’m going through is nothing compared to the glory on the other side. I walk in victory because my help comes from You. I know that if no one else is there to help, You are my help. Thank you for being a consistent God. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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4 keys to gaining wisdom ~ Proverbs 3

4 Keys to Gaining Wisdom {Proverbs 3}

4 Keys to Gaining Wisdom

Our first guest for our study in Proverbs is Misty and she is a part of the Good Morning Girls Leadership Team.

Misty's Profile

Misty is a Daughter of THE King, Texas girl always, Navy brat at heart, loving Fisherman’s wife, blessed homeschooling mother of 2, author of Beautiful Ashes and founder of Marriage, Motherhood and Missions. She is passionate about being real throughout all of life’s struggles, successes and dreams. Her heart is full of ideas and passions, but the hours in her day never multiply to get it all done. Misty loves writing and reading in her spare time. Music and photography are favorite past times of hers as well.

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Misty writes:

As Christians we long to gain wisdom. We spend much of our lives in pursuit of it and often wonder why we fail to gain it.

The truth is, we often complicate the simplicity of gaining wisdom.

God does not make us stumble our way through life trying to figure things out on our own. He gave us His Word to guide us through every step of our way.

In Proverbs 3, we find instructions for what we need to pursue in order to live long, wisdom filled lives.

We are given keys to gain wisdom.

Using these keys is our choice.

Key #1

Peace, mercy and truth are keys to living holy lives.  God desires that we write these things upon our hearts and in doing so we will find favor with Him and man. If we, as Christians live peacefully, offering mercy when others deserve otherwise and are honest in all things, can you imagine how much different the world would be?

These 3 things could change the world for Christ, if we would only pursue and cling tightly to them throughout our lives!

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart...

Key #2

Trusting God with all of our heart, not trying to make it through life on our own and acknowledging Him throughout all we do –are keys to receiving His direction for every step that we take.

We cannot see beyond the step we are on, so we must learn to trust God and be obedient to what we already know, seek His direction for what we don’t and always remember that He wants the best for us.

We will make mistakes.

No matter how much wisdom we gain, we will stumble and fall.

Not one of us is perfect.

Key #3

God will correct us when we fail to follow His instructions, but each correction we receive from His hand is offered with love. He desires that we learn from Him, to pursue Him and His ways.

“My son, do not despise the Lord‘s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.”
~Proverbs 3:11,12

We must remember that through His correction, God is molding us to be conformed to His image.

Key #4

It is through our obedience that wisdom is gained.

The pursuit of wisdom is a journey that we should be excited to continue on throughout our lives. There is nothing that can be compared with wisdom, nothing in this world that we desire is anything like her.

The riches of wisdom are abundant and priceless!

Every obedient step we take brings us closer to the treasure of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13-15 says:

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
    and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Wisdom is attainable.

We can make wise decisions and choices throughout our lives, all that is required is our obedience to God’s instructions in His word.

It’s often the simplest steps we complicate that keep us from gaining that which we desire.

Take God at His word, trust His leading and begin the pursuit of wisdom through obedience today!

Beautiful Ashes by Misty Leask

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A Quiet Confidence

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,” Isaiah 30:15, NKJV.

When an eagle knows he will need his energy for the hunt, he rests quietly—preserving his energy. We are at our strongest when we are quiet and confident. The assignment God has for you to accomplish will require all of you—engaged and ready. Don’t exert energy trying to articulate all that God has shown you to those around you. Don’t spend all of your time trying to get the approval of man. Don’t give much thought toward how it will happen for you.

You can have quiet assurance and a joyful expectation when you know it’s truly from God. Every promise from His word is true. The One that has called you is faithful. He will do it. As you make preparations to walk in your destiny, and as you prepare for the hunt, rest quietly dear. Tell only what God instructs you to share. Let His hand on your life and His move in your heart speak for itself.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for Your rich words to me. I receive it, I believe it, and I will see it. Help me to rest quietly while You lead me into Your destiny for my life. I want to be a doer, not a talker. Help me stay focused on You and Your promises. Be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read 1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Lions, Tigers, and Vulnerability…oh My!

“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere” James 3:17, New Living Translation (NLT).There are some who won’t bother telling a business about their bad service when they don’t plan to come back. They keep the feedback to themselves and move on to another company that can give them the quality service they deserve.

Similarly, when it comes to relationships, we don’t bother being truthful when we don’t plan to come back to someone. We are only truthful with those we deem as worth hearing it, and vulnerable in relationships we find irreplaceable.

Intimacy is produced when you become vulnerable enough to tell someone, “What you did hurt me”, “What you said hurt me”, “I’m guarded with you because your actions gave me pause”. And to be quite frank, some people would rather you call them a jerk rather than have you remain silent and go about your life as if they don’t matter.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, anytime you want a relationship so badly that you bypass hurtful things done to you because you don’t want to lose the relationship, this is not good.

It is good to understand God’s heart on this subject. God longs for a deeper relationship with us, so He is constantly revealing to us how He feels, what He likes and dislikes. He is not afraid of vulnerability, nor should we be afraid. We are to be imitators of God. Maybe you’re afraid of someone getting the wrong impression. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I’m only sharing the truth with you because I care, but I’m not interested in a relationship.”

Be sincere. Be truthful. Be wise.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking to my heart. I ask that You heal my heart of all wounds and help me become vulnerable enough to let people know how I really feel. Everyone is special in Your eyes, so everyone is worth hearing the truth. Help me to treat people right and glorify You in all I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Treat Yourself to His Presence

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalms 16:11, NKJV.

When we want a boost of energy, some of us drink coffee. When we want to feel relaxed, some of us drink warm tea. Personally, I’m a tea drinker myself. Coffee tends to make me feel anxious and jittery—even the decaffeinated kind. However, I find it interesting that there are many times I want the relaxation that tea brings me, but I don’t always find the time to enjoy it. It’s my own laziness and forgetfulness. Walking into the kitchen, I glance at my special mug and walk right out. Then when trouble comes, I run to my special mug and prepare for myself something that will help me relax.

Our attitude can be much the same way when it comes to prayer. We know the effects it has on our lives and how it can lift every burden, destroy every stronghold and fill us with peace, yet we only cry out to God when we’re in trouble. One moment with the Lord can change everything. Don’t wait until you are in a crisis to call on Him, treat yourself to His presence all of the time.

Prayer: Thank you Father for speaking to my heart. I want a deeper relationship with you that go beyond coming to you when I’m in trouble. I want to know You better. So I come to You now and I receive Your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Today’s Devotional

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61

He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
Matthew 3:16

A young boy reflected on the baptism he saw one Sunday morning during a worship service. His family was driving home afterward, and this brother of the child who had been baptized began to cry in the back seat. He continued all the way home. Three times his dad asked him what was wrong. Finally, the boy ­blurted out, “The preacher said he wanted us to be brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys!”

Those who are baptized struggle like everyone else to be decent people. We are tempted like everyone else to be less than God created us to be, but in Jesus, God gives us spiritual power to choose a better way.

Jesus’ baptism was his “ordination” into public ministry. He was forever God’s much-loved Son. But his baptism launched his earthly ministry. In the same way, baptism launches our ministry too. It is, in a very real way, our ordination service. In our baptism the Holy Spirit pledges his presence in our lives. We now live the rest of our lives inside the promise that his heavenly strength enables us to live and work for God’s pleasure.

John Chrysostom said the dove at Jesus’ baptism appears to point out that this was God’s Son, and it teaches us also “that upon you no less at your baptism the Spirit comes.”

Father, most of the time we seriously underestimate the gifts you give us in baptism. Help us to receive them, and to put them into practice. In Jesus’ name and the Spirit’s power, Amen.

Don’t Stress

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
-Matthew 6:33-34

My dear sister,

I post this late at night intentionally to encourage you to not let yourself go to bed another night where you’re worried about how and if you’ll be received by that one guy, your coworkers, your classmates, your family–don’t go to bed another night or wake up another morning worried about ever little thing and picking yourself apart. Instead, seek His kingdom. Go to HIM!

Remember tonight as those things cross your mind that He is NOT far away. He is right here and He LOVES you. Don’t be fooled by the enemy who wants you to believe that you need earthly treasures to feel okay tonight. That’s a lie and you do not have to believe it. As JESUS said, what you need is to seek first the kingdom of the Lord. Your worries belong in His hands tonight.

Even your worries about:

1. Your employment

Maybe you’ve been applying and applying and you’re not hearing back from anyone. Maybe you’re not qualified or you just never heard back about that opportunity you were really hopeful about. I know you’re wondering how you’re going to be able to make it, but don’t let the lack of a job opportunity become an opportunity to pick yourself a part. Don’t seek after the kingdom of earthly treasures or even the confidence you tried to muster up on your own. Seek after the kingdom of God. You’ve GOT to believe He’s got this.

2. Your relationship situation

I know it’s not looking so bright. I know you honestly thought he was one of the good guys and your judgment was good. No matter what happened in that situation, this is not an opportunity to sit around and pick at your wounds! Seek the kingdom of God tonight. Psalm 147:3 reminds us that He heals the broken hearted. And yes, that includes YOU tonight. So don’t chase after any other thought tonight other than HIM. Give Him every worry…now. Yes, now.

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Biblical context + further reading: Matthew 6:25-34

Tonight’s song: Lead Me Back by Morgan Harper Nichols

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Luke Reilly was stand-up paddle boarding about 200m offshore yesterday when an orca “popped up” next to him.

The killer whale checked him out for about 5 minutes and even had a nibble on his board.

Watch the full clip: http://www.3news.co.nz/…/paddle-boarders-close-encounter-wi…

Good for you young man, enough is enough, lol

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I love seeing other kids stand up to bullying. This is how it’s done! Big Will

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