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June 26, 2014

The Beauty of a Promise

Encouraging and Beautiful Poem

Written By Mashani Allen

As a student of the Bible it’s amazing to me how I can read a chapter in a few minutes and not really consider the years that happen from one chapter to the next. To see a promise given by God take years before its answered. The time frame of manifestation does not disregard the fact that there was still a promise given. Unfortunately the time in between is where the real battle exist. Do you still believe although its been 5, 10, 20 years since the promise was given? It takes so much effort to still believe while the clock ticks and the years come and go. A decision must be made in spite of everything else to still believe. I heard a minister say, “Does it really matter how long it takes if you get it?” Let patience be the order of the day and dust off your promise. When God makes you a promise it’s a done deal. Don’t allow life, people or circumstances to cause you to let go. Hold on to your promise, remind yourself of your promise, remind the enemy of your promise. God is faithful and just, we must be patient and trust. Let the words below bless you as you pick up every promise.

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The Promise

It runs through your DNA and flows through your veins, My plan for your life to rule and to reign, The Promise.

It comes with much battle, it come with much fight, it is not for the faint at heart, or those quick to take flight, The Promise.

It was a mystery that only I knew and now I’ve revealed, it silences doubt and causes fear to be still, The Promise.

A plan only the ultimate architect could design, transcending cultures, gender and time, The Promise.

A gift I gave you when I released you into the earth, it confirms your potential, your value and your worth, The Promise.

I’ve shown it to you in visions, I’ve shown it to you in dreams, it causes you to smile and your eyes to dance and beam, The Promise.

It is not empty but overflowing to the full, it is not limited by external factors or man made rules, The Promise.

I fulfill it to the righteous those in right standing with Me, and I do it in the open for all the world to see, The Promise.

I place My honor upon them, I show them as My prize, I endow them with wisdom, upon them I rise, The Promise.

It comes with great anticipation, it comes with great delight, it brings open shame to the enemy and puts demons to flight, The Promise.

For the promise fulfilled cannot be denied, its full of my majesty and glory which cannot hide, The Promise.

It beams in their confidence, it shines through their grin, the promise fulfilled causes others to turn from sin, The Promise.

For the carriers of the promise understand the weight of the call, they have humbled themselves completely, they have surrendered all, The Promise.

I am the God of reward and My promise is with me, blessings of abundance in the natural and a crown of glory in eternity.

The Promise.

For more from MaShani Allen please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beauty-of-Holiness/112862342082193.

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Choices

Insights into a solid Marriage

Written by: Yvonne Galindo

I wanted to share my thoughts on intimacy in marriage. I am not talking about sex; that’s not all that makes a marriage. First let’s start with the definition of intimacy; togetherness, affinity, friendship, affection and warmth. That all sounds wonderful, right! It can be. Just know that the most important part of your relationship with your husband is communication. If you have communication than you have a friend in your husband and everything else will follow. I say this because friendship is a big part of an emotional bond and closeness that both can share. You should be able to share just about anything with your spouse in spite of your differences. Married now five years; I have come to a new prospective on marriage and relationships Am I an expert? Far from it. But I will say my husband and I are the best of friends. We have our differences and I can be very opinionated at times, ok all the time. ARTICLE PICTUREI will say it makes for good conversation and I love it; the best part is we work through those differences. My stubbornness and opinions may have to do with my independence for many years. I know that’s no excuse! Anytime there is disagreement, he will always quote a poem by Howard Simon “Choose the (your) mountain” he is such a philosopher! Well I know a little about climbing so I decide not to choose any mountain because it takes too much time and sweat to climb. Meaning disagreeing all the time can become more of emotional burden. We have learned and have grown from those differences and sometimes accept those small imperfections.

I have heard people say you can agree to disagree; I don’t buy it. That just means nothing is ever resolved. Just my opinion! There is so much more I can write on marriage & romance etc. The photo on your left tells a story of choices, it shows a box of wedding rings from married couples that were not given a choice during the Holocaust. “Food for thought.” Let me just end with this: when I look in the mirror I see my flaws, but when my husband looks at me he sees God’s Grace. Now I wrote this to point out the one thing we do agree on is our faith in Jesus Christ. We have developed a deeper relationship & togetherness through prayer and knowing who we are in Christ. We never pray for one’s own agenda; we always pray for the solution never the problem. We laugh, we cry, and yes disagree. I think the key here is to accept the one you love and all their imperfections whatever they may be, and don’t try to change each other.
Note for the single ladies
During the years of my single life I had a lot of time to figure out who I am and most of all learn to love myself. That’s very important in a marriage; there are so many women who are not confident in who they are and become very insecure. If you can be confident in who you are then you can feel comfortable with the one you love.

For more from Yvonne Galindo, please visit her blog.

 
 
 

What Goals?

How God Uses Certain Situations in Our Lives to Continually Make Us Better

Written By: Lynn Waters

When I was downsized again I looked at my life and decided that because I was not working, my life needed to change. I went out and purchased a book that focused on making your life better.
I started to read this book and came across a section that said you needed to make goals for your life. Well, this was news to me! I slammed the book closed and went into a bit of a shock. Then I started thinking about it. I thought, well, making goals was good for high school kids but I was well past high school.
As I thought more I decided to write down what I wanted to do with my life. After writing my list found that I had seventeen goals so I also wrote out how I could accomplish some of them. After doing that I started to work on a few of my new goals.young-woman-walking-on-path-in-city-park
One of my goals was to make my small yard look great. I pulled weeds and trimmed plants. With my husband’s help we replanted our front area with new plants that are bulbs and come up every year. Now this is on-going goal because the yard requires constant upkeep.
Another goal was Spring Cleaning which has been a huge undertaking because I do not like to clean. Every spring when I get the urge to clean, I concentrate on a different area. The first year I decided to get rid of stuff that was no longer needed. I spent months going through the house and putting these things aside. We have a community yard sale once a year and my plan was to have everything sorted and ready to sell. My husband then took the items that did not sell to Goodwill. My Spring Cleaning goal was accomplished.
Suddenly, I started to ponder the “What Ifs.” What if I had known about making goals in high school? Regret set in. Perhaps I would have gone to college and gotten some high ranking job making a lot of money. After thinking about this for some time, I heard a pastor say that we should get rid of regret. Well I was getting depressed by this time. So, I said, “No more regrets.”
I began to see that I would not be the person I am today and I would not be married to the husband I have. I may not even be a Christian. When I think about those things I cannot have regrets. Now, at the end of each year I review my goals, remove completed goals from my list, and add new goals. I have come to realize you are never too old to set goals and discover purpose for your life.
 
 

June 5, 2014

Be the Light

How Do We React when facing difficult situations?

Have you ever walked into a room and the atmosphere is tense? Maybe there is a quarrel between family members? Maybe there is gossip between co-workers? Maybe someone is creating a conspiracy theory about another person? The potential scenarios are endless. How do we react when are faced with these types of situations?

Be the light. Be the light. Be the light…is literally my prayer each day. It almost seems like ahttp://www.dreamstime.com/-image14448933 childish prayer but sometimes we need childlike faith to get us places. Be the light is what Jesus asks of us.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG

Nowhere in the Bible does it state, if there is drama at work, pick the side that’s winning and tear the other people down. Nowhere does it state, when you and your child get in an argument, everyone around must bear the wrath of your anger. Nowhere does it state, if there is darkness in the atmosphere, make the atmosphere darker.

Christ asks us to be the light because it’s a reflection of Him.

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV

Christ is the Light of the world. God is light, and Christ is the image of God. One sun enlightens the whole world, imagine what Christ illuminates?
It only takes a tiny light to illuminate the darkness. Scientists explain darkness as nothing, and light as something. Which means darkness is the absence of energy where light is the presence of energy. So you know what this tells me? In my life, I am carrying the “energy” of this “light”. This light is not me, but the light of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
So here is a test, if there was a GPS tracker on you and your travels, would it show your transmission of Christ’s light? Would it look like a light saber show or a power outage? How often are you able to apply Matthew 5:14-16 in your day to day actions?
Prayer:
Great God,
Thank you for being perfect and consistent even when I am not. Thank you for dying on the cross and taking my imperfections and making me clean. Though this world is filled with many situations that don’t honor you, I pray by your strength and grace, that you help me continue to be the light in the darkness. I ask for your Holy Spirit to be my guide and guard. Guide my words, guards my thoughts. Guide my spirit and decisions, guard my mind. I pray that my actions and behaviors demonstrate your light in any situations I face. I continue to humble and decrease myself to allow you to increase in me. In Jesus name-Amen.

Written By: Raemarie Kimura