"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Sunday, March 31, 2013

DAY 31 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 31 "Celebrating the Victories"
Psalm 71:8; James 1:17a
Additional Scripture reading:
Psalm 34:1-4 
Psalm 66:20
 
1 Corinthians 15:57

See the original site for the devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. Psalm 103:1-2 says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits …" Why is it important to acknowledge and thank God for every little blessing He gives in the midst of difficult circumstances?

2. What are some of the victories you've already experienced in this trial? Encourage your family and friends to celebrate even the smallest of victories by allowing them to hear you acknowledge God for each one as you have opportunity. For instance, you can say aloud, "Thank God for this shelter," or "Praise God for this food." Or when your child smiles or laughs, you can say, "Praise God! It's so good to see you smile," or "It's so good to hear you laugh again." Or when you or your child arise from a good night's sleep that was finally uninterrupted by the nightmare you've been having since disaster struck, you can say, "Praise God for a restful night! He is doing great things!"

3. Pray and ask God to help you and your family recognize His hand at work in your lives in all the little blessings along the way, as you journey through this difficult time.


Additional:

My greatest victory pails in comparison to the One of Jesus' Resurrection and His vistory over sin and death! He is risen! Hallelujah!

The one victory experienced in my biggest recent trial I shared back in November when I was focused on giving thanks daily for the trials that God allows for whatever púrpose (that is yet to be seen) but I praise God for whatever He is doing as I wait and press on here in Mexico, trusting that God still is in control. No fire, no disaster is out of God's reach, reason, and redeeming grace and power! He can show His glory in the midst of ashes! He can redeem any of us and restore, rebuild, revive and renew lives, broken or whole, God is in the business of RESURRECTION and redeeming us from sin and death. problems in this life are nothing from His perspective ... and a glance in His Loving Face will erase all the pain, suffering, loss. years and tears and brokenness of our temporary lives for an eternal

Blessings along the way! 
And a blessed Resurrection Day! Hallelujah!

(sorry for my absence and lack of reciporcity)
However, you remain in my thoughts and prayers!
Hopeful for a change in April.
After all, April showers bring May flowers...
I have posts still scheduled but very difficult for me to keep up 
even with emails and now Google Reader plans to be phased out.
But God will make a way!



*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

DAY 30 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 30 "Waiting with Patience"
Psalm 27:14; Proverbs 16:1  
Additional Scripture readings:
Proverbs 16:9 
Proverbs 16:33
 
Proverbs 19:21
 

See the original site for the devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Why is it important to wait with patience?

2. Discuss with your family or friend how you can apply Proverbs 16:1 to your current circumstances.
 

3. Pray together (or alone) and ask God to help you release your circumstances to Him and to His timing. Be sure to thank Him for working through your situation, even when you cannot see Him moving, and for having your best interests at heart (see Romans 8:28).
 


Additional:


*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Friday, March 29, 2013

DAY 29 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 29 "Dependence on Him"
Romans 8:32; Philippians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:8 ; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 91:4; Philippians 4:19

Additional Scripture reading:
Psalm 68:19
2 Corinthians 3:5 

Ephesians 3:20-21

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. How can the pain and turmoil caused by a natural disaster force us to be dependent upon God? 

2. How does knowing that you can count on the dependability of God make your circumstances bearable?

3. Make a commitment to the Lord to get to know Him better. Set up a daily quiet time that consists of prayer and Bible reading, and ask Him to keep you mindful of your commitment to spend time with Him every day. Pray that through your private times together He will establish Himself to be your most intimate, loving, and faithful friend.

 Additional:


*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

DAY 28 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 28 "Tuning in to God's Voice"
Psalm 143:8
Additional Scripture reading:
Isaiah 30:21 
John 10:27
 
Revelation 3:20

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. When you talk to God in prayer, do you take the time to listen for His responses? Why is it important to listen to His voice throughout the day, each day? 

2. Have you been tuned in to God's voice lately? If so, what is God saying to you about your life or current circumstances? If not, you can tune in to His voice today. God says in Jeremiah 29:13,
"You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

3. Seek the Lord today. Pray and ask Him to open your spiritual ears so that you may be tuned in to His voice at all times, enabling you to stay in the center of His will for your life.
 


Additional 



*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DAY 27 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 27 "Making Tough Decisions"
James 1:5; Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 3:13
Additional Scripture readings:
Psalm 37:23 
Proverbs 16:16 
James 3:13-17

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ...

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. What are some of the tough decisions you are facing? Psalm 32:8 says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." Have you asked God to guide you in making your decisions?

2. The following Scriptures show some of the ways in which God imparts His wisdom:
      ·    Through the Bible: Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path."
      ·     Through wise counselors (could be a pastor, teacher, Christian counselor, or a godly friend or relative): Proverbs 24:6b, "For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory."
       ·    Through prayer: Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know."
      ·     Through the Holy Spirit: Romans 8:14, "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."
      ·     Through your spirit: Isaiah 30:21, "Your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right or to the left."
3. Pray and ask God for His wisdom and guidance. Ask Him what He would have you to do in each decision you are facing, and to make clear the path that He wants you to take. 




Additional:



*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DAY 26 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 26: "Comforting Others Who Grieve" 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Matthew 5:7

Additional Scriptures:
Romans 12:10 
Colossians 3:12
 
1 Thessalonians 5:11

See the original site linked above for the brief devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. Do you know -or have you met someone who is hurting as a result of difficult circumstances? What can you do to help heal that person's hurt? Here are a few ideas: You can talk to her. Pray for him. Share something from God's Word, such as a promise, or a Bible verse that would provide comfort and encouragement. Or just listen and understand what they're going through. Give a sick, or grieving parent a break by caring for their children while they take a walk outdoors or rest. 

2. In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote,
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep." Why is it important to have a support system—people you can talk to, pray with, and even cry with, during difficult times? 

3. Remember to lift up the needs of someone else whenever you bring your needs before the Lord in prayer.

ADDITIONAL:

*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Monday, March 25, 2013

DAY 25 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 25 "Valuing What Matters Most" 
1 Corinthians 13:13; Colossians 2:2; 1 John 3:18;
Additional Scripture reading:
Joshua 24:15 
Matthew 6:33
 
Colossians 3:14
 
1 Thessalonians 5:11

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 25
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. When tragedy or troubles hit our lives, it often makes us think about what's really important. What has this tragedy taught you about your priorities regarding your relationship with God? Your family? Would you say that you have your priorities straight? God first, then spouse, family, Christian and community service? What changes do you think are necessary?

2. Proverbs 3:6 TLB says,
"In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success." Make a new or renewed commitment today to put God first in your life. Spend time with Him every day in prayer and Bible reading. If you're not already an active member of a Bible-teaching church, find one today, attend regularly, and get involved. Seek to honor Him in your relationships, your time, and your material resources.

3. Have you spent quality time building your relationship with your spouse? With your children? 1 John 3:18 TLB says, "
Let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions." What are some practical ways that you can show your spouse and children (or extended family and friends, if single) that you really love them? How can you use this time now to build family relationships? 



ADDITIONAL:
*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

DAY 24 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 24 "Trusting God's Plan for Your Life" Psalm 139:16; Philippians 1:6
Additional Scripture readings:
Isaiah 43:19 
Jeremiah 29:11
 
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 24
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. What would you like to do with your life? How has this tragedy changed your dreams and goals?

2. How do you think God could use this time in your life to bring about His purposes in you? In what ways do you think God may want to use your life?

3. Pray and thank God for His perfect plan for your life, and ask Him to reveal it to you as you move toward rebuilding your life. Be sure to thank Him for His faithfulness and ability to fulfill those plans. Then watch and pray as He makes those plans a reality, in His perfect timing. Above all … never give up!


*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

DAY 23 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 23 "The Guarantee of Victory"
1 John 5:4; 1 Corinthians 15:57;  Proverbs 19:21;  John 3:16; Romans 8:37
Additional Scriptures:
Psalm 121:1-2 
Isaiah 51:11
 
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 23

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. Look again at 1 Corinthians 15:57. What hope does this Scripture give you in the midst of tragedy and loss? How does it feel to know that in Christ, victory is guaranteed?

2. As you think about your current circumstances, and the ways in which you've asked God to help, what would you consider victory? Remember to leave room in your expectations for His will to be done.

3. Pray and ask God to help you recognize victory, big and small, so that you do not miss all that He is doing in and through you during this difficult time. Be sure to thank Him in advance for giving you the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord, and for knowing what is the best outcome
.

Additional:

*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Friday, March 22, 2013

DAY 22 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 22 "Accepting God's will"
Psalm 48:14; Isaiah 55:8; Luke 22:41-42
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: 
Psalm 18:30 
Proverbs 3:5-6
 
Jeremiah 33:3

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 22

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. In what ways are you expecting God to answer your prayers in your current circumstances? Are you prepared for God to do the unexpected? Perhaps you've already experienced disappointment in God's response to your prayers, because it wasn't what you expected. Share your disappointment with Him honestly, and ask Him to reveal to you His purpose in the outcome you experienced.

2. God's will for us is always best because, as mentioned above, He knows what is the best outcome in every situation. He knew how glorious the outcome of Christ's death would be—the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life for all who believe. And even though Christ submitted to God's will, it was a struggle, because He knew it would be excruciatingly painful and difficult. Why is the prayer of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane (in the devotional) the hardest prayer to pray? What are your fears in praying this prayer? Do you trust and believe that God has your best interests at heart in everything He does concerning you?

3. Pray and ask God to prepare you for the unexpected, and to give you the strength to accept His will in this situation, whatever it may be, even if it is difficult and uncomfortable. Ask Him to keep you mindful that everything He does is for your good and His glory.




*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

DAY 21 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 21 "Consider it all joy"
James 1:2-4; Galatians 5:22; Nehemiah 8:10; 1 Corinthians 15:57
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: 

Isaiah 51: 11 
Psalm 31:7
 
1 Peter 1:6-9

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 21

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

1. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "… The joy of the Lord is your strength." How can joy give you strength during difficult times?

2. Pray and ask God to help you
"consider it all joy" as you go through this trial and allow Him to accomplish His perfect work in your life through it all.

3. Watch in joyful anticipation as you observe the ways in which you grow and mature through this trial. Remember to keep the end in sight, knowing that the end result will be for your good. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says,
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Be sure to thank God for all of the victories that come out of your suffering, and to share those praise reports, as they occur, with your family and others.



ADDITIONAL:




*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DAY 20 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 20 "Resting in His Love"
Ephesians 3:18 
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: 
Jeremiah 31:3 
John 3:16
 
1 John 4:10

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ...
 
TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 
1. Why is God's love so important when facing tragedy, loss, or an unclear future?

2. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." What does this Scripture say about the extent of God's love?
 

3. Pray and thank God for His unconditional love toward you. Let Him know how confident you are in His love for you, and in His ability to help you through this difficult time. You might say something like this:
 Lord, you love me so much. Your love for me has not changed. Your plans for my life have not changed. Everything is right on track according to Your will. I will continue to praise You, trust You, and rest in Your love ...


My additional:



*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DAY 19 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional and the note below*:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 19 "Remembering God's Faithfulness"
Lamentations 3:21-23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11; Hebrews 13:8; Deuteronomy 7:9
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: 
Psalm 89:1 
2 Thessalonians 3:3
 
Hebrews 10:23

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then let's continue ...

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. Take a few minutes to look in the rear view mirror of your life. What are some things that God has brought you through? What are some ways in which He has blessed your life in the past?

2. Make it a point to remind yourself, every morning, about God's faithfulness and compassion toward you. "… For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning …" (Lamentations 3:23). And remind yourself of His promises to you. They are sprinkled throughout the Bible. Here are some of them, found in Psalm 103:
        ·He forgives all my sins.
        ·He heals me.
        ·He saves my life from destruction.
        ·He surrounds me with love, kindness and compassion.
    He fills my life with good things, and renews my youth like the eagle's.
        · He reveals His ways to me.
        · He performs justice for me against oppression. He sets me free.
    He gives me His grace and mercy even though I don't deserve it.

3. Thank Him for His faithfulness in the past then express to Him your trust in His faithfulness to fulfill His promises in your life today, and in the future.


*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.

Monday, March 18, 2013

DAY 18 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 18 "Conquering Your Greatest Fears"
Psalm 138:3; Daniel 3:152 Timothy 1:7

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES: 
Psalm 91 
Proverbs 3:25,26
 
John 14:27

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 18

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE 

1. Having faith in God, His presence in your life, and His abilities to help you in any situation is what gives you the power and strength of spirit to overcome fear. Try listing your greatest fears regarding your current circumstances on a piece of paper. Then at the bottom of the page write this personalized version of Romans 8:31-32: "What then shall I say to these things? If God is for me, who is against me? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for me, how will He not also with Him freely give me all things?" How do your fears look now knowing that God is on your side?

2. Hebrews 13:5c-6 TLB says, "For God has said, 'I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.' That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, 'The Lord is my Helper, and I am not be afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.'" What hope and encouragement can you find in this Scripture as you think about insurance adjusters, medical staff workers, government aid workers, employers, or any other people you may have to deal with as you work toward rebuilding your life?

3. Commit 2 Timothy 1:7 (above) to memory, and every time you begin to feel fearful about anything, say it aloud or to yourself, as a reminder that the spirit of timidity is not of God and can be conquered by faith. Remember, in the presence of faith, fear must leave!

MY ADDITIONAL:

For now, all I can add is the verse from 2 Timothy 1 became a life saving verse for me in the early 90s, and I was so thankful that I had memorized it.

As for my current fear from my current circumstance, I am not sure what it may be except how long will I remain in Mexico, what will it be like returning to my house in MN, that will no longer feel like or be home to me and will I long to return here because I have lost my future security that I had invested in a house to live in as I grow old. My fear may be that I cannot face the future and what it may or may no longer hold for me. I fear the medical needs I may have and will not do here in Mexico so I was returning there to be able to tend to these with my insurance and doctors that know me well. Not being sure is my fear. Knowing that God is on my side, wherever I am helps me forget my fears.

These 3 scriptures are much needed ammunition in my arsenal against the enemy and fears.

*This is not my material and belongs exclusively to Leslie Barner and the place that I have linked. All credit is theirs and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of it to discuss and share together.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

PEACE ~ 11

I have shared Angelina singing "The Deer's Cry" before on this blog because it is also known as "St. Patrick's Breastplate" since this is St. Patrick's Day (I'm linking only to this beautiful prayer/song) because today, I am sharing another song sung by Angelina for PEACE ...


Another beautiful version 
as sung by All Angels

The actual prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that 

I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

We finished all the chapters of Elaine's "Peace for the Journey" last week so for the rest of the year, I would like to take from some 249 verses on PEACE as our SONday evening focus on PEACE, unless God provides another avenue of sharing PEACE

As I reviewed the verses that Elaine shares in her book, they were not just verses on "peace" nor from scriptures on "peace" yet the way Elaine writes and shares, you receive a new facet of "peace" as she applies the scripture to one of her life experiences and so can you.

I thought Sarah Young had written a new book, and I purchased it to find out that it was the same "Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence" that I had, just with a new cover. This is one from her book:

"REFRESH YOURSELF in the Peace of My Presence. This Peace can be your portion at all times and in all circumstances. Learn to hide in the secret of My Presence, even as you carry out your duties in the world. I am both with you and within you. I go before you to open up the way, and I also walk alongside you. There could never be another companion as devoted as I am."

"Because I am your constant Companion, there should be a lightness to your step that is observable to others. Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues, for I am your burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, but don’t let them get you down. I have conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm you. In Me you may have confident Peace."

"How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men! You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues."  PSALM 31:19–20 NASB 

"Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young

             Also read: JOHN 16: 33 AMP

Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace in His Presence (Teen Edition)
Jan. 3rd devotion

How can we be 
better
instruments of
His Peace?
to a
world
so filled with
evil, hatred, injury
doubt, despair, darkness
such sadness
Reflecting on my
Irish
blessings


DAY 17 of 31 DAYS ...

* See Intro post/ Day 1 for explanation for this devotional:

 "God has not forgotten you" by Leslie Barner

Day 17 "Defeating Negative Thoughts"
2 Corinthians 10:5; Proverbs 23: 7aPhilippians 4:8   
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES:
Psalm 19:14 
Philippians 4:6-7
 
Romans 12:2

See the original site for the brief devotional reading then ... scroll to day 17
 
 THIS ONE IS THE MOST HELPFUL ONE SO FAR TO ME
and goes great with the 
"negative chatter"
that Lysa and Sheila talked about 
on the LIVE webcast back at the end 
of January 2013

TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE

Practice counteracting negative thoughts with positive thoughts, such as promises from God's Word. For example, if you are thinking …
     §  But this is too difficult to deal with! You can recite Jeremiah 32:17, "Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You."
     §  I'm in a desperate situation. You can recite Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
     §  I have no money and no job. You can recite Philippians 4:19, "And my God will supply all your (my) needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
     §  I have no idea what to do, or where to go. You can recite Psalm 23:3, "He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness."
     §  How can I possibly start over? You can recite Revelation 21:5, "And He who sits on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.'"
     §  I'm not strong enough. You can recite Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
     §  I'm afraid. You can recite 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us (me) the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
     §  I just don't think I can make it. You can recite Philippians 1:6, "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you (me) will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."


ADDITIONAL:
Confession of God's Word 
rather than allowing our minds to drift to -

negative chatter

some examples for healing ones 
from daily devotionals of

"Knowing my Father wants me well, I believe I receive healing now in Jesus’ name. And when I lay hands on the sick, they surely recover. ~ Mark 16: 15, 17, 18

God sent His Word to heal me, and His Word is life and medicine to all my flesh. I hear His Word and obey it, and I’m delivered from sickness and disease. ~ Psalm 107:20

When I call on Jesus to be my Savior, He also becomes my Healer. By faith I receive the healing that Jesus bought and paid for. ~ Hebrews 9:11, 12

When I received Jesus as Savior, healing came in my “benefits package” as well. I don’t have to be sick. My healer bore my sicknesses and pains so I wouldn’t have to bear them. By His stripes, I am healed. ~ Psalm 103:1-3

My God is the God who heals me and gets glory from my being healthy. Therefore, I walk in healing and health. ~ Hosea 4:6

My Father wrote a will to tell me what is mine and sealed it with the blood of Jesus. Healing is part of that inheritance, and it belongs to me now.  ~ Romans 8:16, 17"

Start confessing one verse each day as the anchor for our faith to the hope we profess!!!

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