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I found this at Joyce Myer Ministries on FaceBook

 

From Joyce Meyer on FaceBook.
From Joyce Meyer on FaceBook.

 

Over and Over

Over and Over

Lord, Why do I keep doing what I don’t want to do, over and over again, when my desire is to follow Your ways?

Today I’m going to;

Decide not to hurt my spirit again

I’ll say a prayer, I’ll praise Your name and win in Jesus’ name

Photo by Easter Ellen

How many times have you resolved to not do a certain thing over and over and over again in your life? Quitting a bad habit is something we often fail at many times before we succeed. In having overcome some bad habits, (while still working on others), I speak with continued effort on this challenge. I don’t limit my bad habits to being that of only actions, but they can be a repeated thought, whether a bitterness, a rage, a hatred, a self-pity, a lustfulness, an addiction… I could go on and on.

 

I have found that the more quickly I turn to God to seek His comfort, His wisdom and His peace, the stronger I am to be able to resist temptation. God’s word gives us peace and power. The peace He gives us is complete, it is whole; it is refreshing to our entire being and it is reviving to our strength. You may need to turn to God several times a day (or even several times an hour) as you maintain the determination to overcome, but He is there for you each and EVERY time.

 

John 6:68

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

 

Little Caterpillar

To follow yesterday’s piece Cocooned

Photo by Easter Ellen

Little caterpillar low on the ground

Trapped on your belly, crawling around

Seeing the world from the mud down below

You scamper and scurry with so many feet

Void of direction and feeling defeat

Never thinking your destination is more than you know

You take note of the birds and ponder the sky

A soul-haunting dream – oh that you could fly

The world is so big and then there’s just one little you

Sadly you scurry –  too many directions

Surviving your minutes and lacking protection

To not get trampled or picked; to just make it through

You are tired and weary, the days are so long

Your ears are atuned to a far-away song

So high in the trees, these birds sing out your name

You ignore it forever, but weariness wins,

You climb up the tree burdened with sins

To come up and visit, to rest a while from life’s game

Knowing nothing but dirt, you start the ascent

But your poor tired body is horribly spent

Your eyes are half closed and you feel as if you’re near dead

You slip into the darkness and welcome the cave

As you leave your tomorrows, ever so brave

Now high in the tree, rest your beautiful head

The deepest of sleeps has taken you now

The world left behind you, you’ve had your last bow

But sweet dreams of freedom sing louder, calling you near

You awake to realize you are chained in this cave

You struggle to free your self – ever so brave

If only you hadn’t awoken, sleep quenched your fear

You fight and you toil pushing hard with your force

Regretting the day that you changed to this course

Is this all that there is, this bondage-filled fate?

Yet the sun bursts through in a glorious stream!

A crack in the cave wall as if in a dream

So close to breaking out that you hardly can wait.

Away falls your prison, you are free now to crawl..

But wait, what is this, you’re not crawling at all

Beautiful wings envelope you, way up in that tree!

Oh my, that you would try to soar

You lift off, take flight, you see so much more.

Your every dream fulfilled after your toil

Things look different from where you are now

Hope crowns your tomorrows, joy lifts your brow

No more life in the dirt,  you are far from the soil

Cocooned

Cocooned

Lord, I feel like I just want to curl up into a dark little cocoon and forget about the world.

Today I’m going to;

Open my eyes even when I want to hide in the dark

I will praise God for His light and that He’s with me as I walk

Photo by Easter Ellen

When things are difficult day after day, month after month, life can be so daunting to face alone.  So many times it would seem that the easiest thing to do would be to just close ourselves up into a cocoon and blanket ourselves in the darkness forgetting all of our struggles and pain.

 

The cocoon is where God touches the creature of the ground and with His beauty, a butterfly is born.  The butterfly feels the struggle without seeing the beauty as it struggles to free itself, but God’s plan is always waiting for it to push through.  Remember that in your struggles, God has His plan.  He is with you and has a plan for your days.  Every struggle is not in vain.  Every day will be used for your good and His glory.  You ARE the beautiful creature that God is creating.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

For your spirit’s health.. a touching MUST see!!

A must see..

Easter Ellen

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Falling Apart

Falling Apart

Lord, I am falling apart; nothing is working for me and I just cannot seem to get myself together enough to make my life seem liveable.

Today I’m going to;

Remember that You knit my very being

That You always have my best planned and You are ever-seeing.

Blue Mountain

I can’t tell you how many days I felt that I was falling apart. I could not control my emotions, my thoughts were erratic and my mind just kept falling to emotion and despair no matter how much I tried to gain control.

It is so important to know God on so many levels. When in this state of mind, the best thing to remember is that He is the maker of your being and therefore, through your faith, the restorer of your soul. He who created your inner fiber, your spirit and your life’s plan is omnipotently able to put together what seems to be falling apart to you.

1 Peter 5:10 And the God of grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  

His Amazing Love

His Amazing Love - Daisy

His Love

Beautiful heart, so precious so pure

Brought here to love, brought here to cure

Brought here to carry, brought here to give

Brought to enable the broken to live

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Selflessly living, giving His soul

Compassion the motive, healing His goal

Bestowing grace on the weary and broken

Benevolent Savior, lived actions not spoken

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Not seeking reward for His selfless way

Fulfilled by a smile from a child on his way

Broken of spirit drew to His side

He smiled and blessed, His arms opened wide

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He lived for your blessing, He died for your life

Not welcomed by any, surrounded in strife

Alone in His purpose, His heart sang out love

Here for your blessing, God’s gift from above

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He whispers His love in your broken heart’s ear

He calls to you spirit, can you not hear?

He longs to anoint you and bathe you in grace

He smiles on your spirit, come seek His beautiful face

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Fog

Fog

 

Lord.. I feel like I am existing in a deep fog; my thoughts seem to be dulled and weak

Today I’m going to…

Know that in the fog, my Heavenly Father holds my hand

I only need to lift my voice in praise and understand 

There are times, when I have been so depressed that thoughts seem to have a mind of their own; each thought becoming more difficult to string together. A fog seems to grow over any attempts you make to think and get through the day to the point that you can feel totally incapable.

On these days, when clarity is needed, lift up your thoughts and voice to give praise to God.  We are taught to “Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of Heaviness.  Lift up your heart to God”.  Like the sun peeking through the rain clouds as the sky clears, your thoughts, the fog will lift with each word of love, worship, adoration that we speak.  Furthermore, following that passage is a promise that those who do so will be called “Oaks of Righteousness”.  Wow!  He gets you through the fog and then gives you such a gracious reward.

Isaiah 61:3

and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Feeling Defeated

Feeling Defeated

 

Lord.. I feel like I am ready to just quit, I am defeated, tired and cannot go on.

Today I’m going to… Look to You; my only hope in these days that my sorrows defeat me Knowing You are my sword and shield, there is nothing that exists which can beat me

It is a terrible thing to live day after day feeling as if you have been fighting hard to do what is right, yet seeing that there is always something that comes to stand as an opponent. Relentlessly, you find yourself constantly in a “battle” and feel at the end of your rope; exhausted physically, emotionally and spiritually defeated.

Yet, the bible tells us that it is not so. That the battles that we live through day after day and moment after moment are God’s to fight. We must trust in His loving Spirit completely and know that He is fighting the unseen, the yet-to-come and the day that we are in for our good. Through so many difficult days, God comforted me with this scripture.

Ex 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.

Life Just Seems so Hard..

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Lord.. Why must life be so very hard?

Today I’m going to…

Remember the times that I’ve come out on top with all the odds against me

Knowing You surround me with care; Your love and care enfence me

 

Yes… day to day, when we focus on how difficult life is, we feel it is too much to take. When, however, we remember the time that the car did not hit us, when we’ve passed through great illnesses and been ok, when we’ve gotten kindness from a stranger or suddenly something happens that we don’t expect in much-needed help, we know that Our loving Father is with us.

On that day when life is just too much and all you can do is think His precious name.. Love flows out and over us supernaturally, our comfort, our shelter, our joy.

 

Job 1:10Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

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