Category Archives: hope

5 Lessons From Joshua

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The book of Joshua is an example of how God will take those that follow His lead from a place of famine and desert to the place He has promised. There are major themes throughout the book of Joshua including the Israelites preparing for battle, the spies in the land of Canaan and Rehab’s promise, the Israelites crossing the River of Jordan and the Israelites gaining territory of Jericho. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider from the book of Joshua.

 

1) When God gives us a promise there will be obstacles and difficulties that stand in the way. Opposing forces are a part of the process to reach where God is taking you and what He has for you. There’s no way around it or no other way that will keep you from opposition.

 

2) God can use anyone or anything He chooses. Rehab in the bible was a prostitute who helped the Israelites conqueror the land of Canaan. Whoever or whatever God uses to help bring you to destiny may not always be the ideal.

 

3) Praise brings the walls down. There’s something that troubles the enemy when we praise in the midst of battle. The walls that block us from reaching our Jericho must come down with continuous praise.

 

4) Even after we have made mistakes, been through a lot of pain and find ourselves in a broken place, God can provide for us a place of restoration and healing. In Joshua chapter 20, it mentions The Cities of Refuge. That was a place where people who accidently or unintentionally murdered someone could find shelter and refuge.

 

5) The pain in the process is vital to bring about the divine outcome. We need the pain. No pain, no healing. When there’s no pain, there’s no overcoming and no testimony.

Faith In The Midst of Fear

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Fear comes to everyone. We live in a fallen world. There’s not one that has never been afraid. Many times we fear when we feel that we are not in control of the situation or circumstance we are in.

There are some that fear the unknown(to them) and especially when they are not sure how something will turn out or what will happen.

What do we fear? In this world today there are many fears that many have. Some fears are job loss, lack of finances, failure, rejection, people and even death to name just a few. Satan who is the author of fear brings it to cripple us and torment our minds. We can choose to give in to fears or we can choose to overcome them in faith. Below are some points to consider on faith in the midst of fear.

 

1) Just a little faith you need to make it through. In Matthew 17: 20 it tells us we just need a mustard seed faith to move mountains and that nothing will be impossible.

 

2) When our eyes are on Jesus we can do what we cannot do in our own strength. Peter in the bible was able to walk on water when he kept his eyes on Jesus. As soon he put his eyes on the stormy sea he began to sink.

 

3) There’s a calmness that comes when we have faith in God who controls everything. We can be in a ragging storm yet be at peace when our faith rises above our fears.

5 Lessons From Health

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I’m no expert and neither am I a perfect example in health, but our health covers many areas and parts of our lives. Physical, spiritual, emotional and relational aspects all need our attention, effort and care. When we make an effort to practice healthier habits and choices for our minds, bodies and spirit we begin and continue on the journey of wholeness. Below are some highlighted points to consider about health.

 

1) Our health is not about being perfect in everything we do, but making better choices when we learn to and know better to. As human beings we will mess up  in one area or another concerning all aspects of health, but it’s not too late or too bad to make a better choice the next time around.

 

2) Discipline is developed over time and with persistence. This doesn’t necessarily mean if you are having difficulty or lack of discipline that you should give up or that you’re not able to do it. You may just need to balance it out and find different ways to have good health in various areas.

 

3) Having a lifestyle that works on being healthier is for everyone. Waiting to something goes wrong or to a later time will keep us always pushing it back and can lead to negative consequences later on.

 

4) Little makes much difference! When we take at least small efforts that may grow later on, we keep on moving in our journey to living  an effective life that operates in wellness, calling and purpose.

 

5) There will always be room for improvement concerning health. As we grow, learn, make mistakes and even sometimes do the wrong thing ,that shows us that we have space for improving.

 

The Gifts In Longsuffering

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Can you recall something you had to deal with for a long time? Maybe you thought it would take less time or it wouldn’t go the way it went. What about the times when we think we get through something only to find ourselves going through it for an extended period.

Think about receiving gifts during your longsuffering? Can you? How can there be gifts in suffering for a long time? Well you see it’s all in our perspective and the way we choose to live our lives. Below are some points to consider on the gifts in longsuffering.

 

1) Love Developed In Us: Most if not all, don’t like going through something difficult, unpleasant and opposing for a long time. We would take the relief as soon as it could come and hope it comes as fast as it could. Love is a gift that needs to be developed in us and displayed through us in longsuffering. When we can suffer and endure something that God has allowed for us to bear for a long time in the right attitude and perception, we can walk out and live out the love that God wants us to operate in.

 

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2) Fruit Growing In Us: As believers we are called to bear fruit and walk in the Spirit of God and to be led by the Holy Spirit. God dwells in every Christ follower and bearing fruit is the evidence that we are growing in the Lord. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit. Some may question, how can suffering for a long time bring out something good in us? When we are yielded to the Lord, longsuffering will help bring forth patience and self- control in our behavior, actions, interactions and other areas in our lifestyles.

 

 

3) Living In Forgiveness: Just as Christ is longsuffering towards us in our mess and sin,  as  Christ followers we must learn to be longsuffering towards others. Forgiveness is really freedom for our minds, hearts and souls.

 

4) Humbling Ourselves: When we humble ourselves in suffering for a long time, God can raise us up at the right time. We must let go of our will to have a smoother path in life and to attempt to avoid adversity. For every believer, the suffering we face in this world will be wiped away one day.

 

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The Greatest Sacrifice

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During this time of holy week, we take the time to reflect and express gratitude for the greatest sacrifice our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ done on the cross. In this world many make so many sacrifices to help themselves, their families and others, but not one earthly sacrifice can compare to this highest sacrifice. I don’t think we as humans can fully comprehend Christ’s love for us. Below are some highlighted points to consider about this greatest sacrifice.

 

1) Humility was displayed so that we could have beyond what we deserved. This sacrifice took humility. Jesus laid down His life so that we can experience abundant and enteral life. He put aside himself , his feelings and all the suffering He endured.

 

2) Jesus suffered in pain so that we could receive healing. The lashes on His body and all the pain He was put in He embraced it so that when we are sick or hurting physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally we can experience the healing that came through His stripes.

 

3) He took on the shame so that we could be forgiven. It was all those that put Him up on the cross that sinned and all of His human creation who sinned and deserved death and hell. Jesus was laughed at, mocked and accused of things that He didn’t do. He was willing to go through all of those things so that our sins won’t be held and counted against us.

 

4) Jesus felt and experienced on the cross everything we would feel, go through and so much more than anybody could suffer. The bible says Jesus is acquainted with grief. He knows what it’s like to be rejected, hated, and betrayed.

 

5) All those who believe and receive Jesus has something so magnificent that they will receive FREELY that this world could never give them. For those that continue to refuse Jesus and what He has freely done for them, the good things on this earth will just be it for them. Those that receive Jesus and accept the free gift of salvation has something much more meaningful, precious and worthwhile to look forward to beyond the good things on this earth.

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons On Friendship

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Friendship is a form of love, acceptance and unity that most want to experience. Having real, close and meaningful friendships has never been easy or smooth for me, but there have been some lessons that I have learned from friendship. Below are a few highlights to consider.

1) Friendships are not limited to human connections. They can be developed with an animal(pet) or even a passion for something that matters to you.

2) It takes time, patience and effort to build healthy, close and meaningful friendships.

3) Sometimes friendships can come in unexpected circumstances with unexpected people.

4) Not all friendships are meant to be close, but through them can come messages of hope.

5) Good quality and real friendships are not perfect, they just learn to grow beyond the surface.

Hanging at the Edge of Hope

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What does hanging at the edge of hope look like, feel like and taste like? When everything seems like a horrific nightmare and you just want to wake up. What keeps you hanging on to hope? You’re tossed and toppled over, but there’s something that travels you each day. Taking deep breaths of hope and gathering strength to gather through. Inhaling and exhaling all at once in a sudden rush for life.

Gathering courage, endurance, patience with all sincerity. When you’re locked up on the inside and shut away on the outside, you continue and commune with hope that sparkles a command to evoke. Evoke the burning desire that will spread like fire.

Catching every heart of captivity that longs to be free and begging with their plea.  Reaching for the battered and bruised only to be used to keep the line of hanging at the edge of hope in an ever spiral of infinity knowing that you are saved and whole with the true trinity.