Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

What I mean is…so, you have a problem. Really…who doesn’t? (And I’m not trying to be demeaning or diminish the tragedy or pain in any way.) What I’m saying is…when you’re faced with a problem, how do you handle it? Do you face it head-on, or are your actions self-defeating? We talk about the Israelites walking around Mt. Sinai for years, but are we doing the exact same thing in our own lives?

Let’s use the ladies as an example today. Ladies, when you look at your reflection in a full-length mirror as you put on your best blue jeans…you might think, “WOW! My backside looks way too big for these skinny jeans!” What do you do? Do you:

a. Wear the jeans anyway and just lament all day long about how much weight you have gained this year, beating yourself up all day long. The joy from your day is gone because you’re so upset with yourself that your jeans from 1975 don’t still fit.
b. Do you grab that extra box of donuts on the way out the door and seize the day? What the heck! My jeans don’t fit anyway!
c. Maybe you go all out and put together a lifestyle plan to eat healthier and work out a little.
d. Perhaps you squeeze in a trip to a local store and buy some bigger jeans and don’t worry about it. Life is short! You’re healthy and lovin’ the curves. Who cares if you don’t still wear the same size you enjoyed as a prepubescent tween?!

OK. It’s humorous, but you get the point. There are a few options that are good ones, things that will just move you through the problem, allowing you to get on with your day. Other options are self-defeating.

So…today, are you going to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution?

John 10:10, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

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What can you celebrate in your life today?

Today, I want to step aside from the normal Thursday and celebrate the victories in our lives. We have so many, and they always get shoved quickly to the side as we try to avoid the wrecks along life’s pathway.

What can you celebrate in your life today? We all have something (actually, many things) to celebrate. Let’s step back today and thank God for the many blessings that rain down on us in an otherwise crazy, hectic life.

So, today I say thank you to God for healthy children. I celebrate the good friends in my life who genuinely care and praying for me. Not everyone has those. In today’s world, we have more fake than real…. People want to be in your life only for what and as long as you can do for them. Thankful for a roof over my head, clothes on my back, shoes on my feet and food on my table God has provided for me. And I celebrate the obstacles HE has helped me overcome.

And more than anything, I celebrate his GRACE and MERCY, HIS BLOOD that was shed and the PRICE that was paid for our debts. Where would any of us be without it?

Psalm 107:1-9, ” Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a dwelling place. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

Today, look around you, count your blessings and give thanks!

- Flore❤️

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Today I am asking God

Isaiah 54:2, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”

Whatever is holding you back from being completely set free and moving into a brilliant future, I’m asking God to remove it from your life today.

Sometimes we know exactly what (or who) it might be….and sometimes we can’t quite put our finger on it. But God knows. Allow him to make the necessary changes in your life so that you are able to leave your past behind and enjoy a future that is wildly successful.

It’s a brand new day. Let’s focus on the great things ahead instead of the pain of our past. The rear view mirror tells us where we have been. It doesn’t have to dictate where we’re going.

- Flore❤️

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Be Still ~ …Hope thou in God

Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels along the road of life? You are crying out for help and no one is listening? You feel alone and the burdens of this life are dragging you down? Hope seems all but lost?

Psalm 63 says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek you: My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory. Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips…”

When everything around you seems to be crashing down…look up. Take a deep breath. Cry out to God. You may not FEEL like he is listening, but faith is not a feeling….it’s a fact. Believe that he wants your very best and that he is orchestrating something so fantastic on your behalf, that you can’t even begin to imagine the blessing that is on the way.

Stop focusing on what has gone wrong, and start praising his holy name. We are told in the Bible to bless the Lord at all times, to seek him with our whole heart. And as you focus on praising God for the great things he continues to do in you and through you, the pain of the day begins to melt away.

YES! We all have bad days. Tragic days. Things no human should have to endure. Days that are permanently emblazoned on our memories. But in order to succeed in life and to live a full and healthy life…we MUST move on. We must leave the burden at the cross.

With God’s grace we can live a triumphant life in spite of what has happened to us or around us. God sees you. Seek him out and know that you will find him, no matter the day, the time, the hour or the location.

Hope thou in God!

- Flore❤️

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The power of PRAYER ~

The power of PRAYER ~

This year one of the big themes that keeps hitting me (as I’ve mentioned before) is FOCUS. I think our normal tendency as human beings is to hurry and rush about so we can cram as many things into the day as possible. But what would happen if we slowed down just a bit to actually enjoy what we were doing?
We might just enjoy our lives a little more. Would that be so awful?
What would happen if we set aside a specific time to just praise the Lord, to worship him, to close our prayer closet around us and just ask the Lord to work in us and through us? We could move mountains!
Let me give you a personal example, so that you know I’m not just speaking about something I’ve heard about…but definitely something I know first hand.
Last year I was faced with the greatest foe of my life, a person that was nothing less than pure evil. No one could help me deal with this person except for God. And I will tell you, he is truly all you need. I had no idea how the situation would resolve itself, but I prayed every night and fasted the evening meal for almost one year. At the end of that year, as I walked into what would be the most life-changing face-off I have ever encountered, I spoke the words God gave me…and won a victory so complete that those who heard what I had to say were so silent you could have heard a pin drop in the room. It was a total God moment.
And he will do the same for you. If you are facing a giant, pray about it. Set aside some time and ask God to go to bat for you. He is faithful to help us when we need him the most; and he can truly make a way for you when you cannot see how a victory is even remotely possible.
1 Corinthians 7:35, “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”

Our Good and Faithful. Why not start Each day with a Grateful Heart?

Our Good and Faithful. Why not start Each day with a Grateful Heart?

Today, let’s take a break to just say THANK YOU! Let’s remember the blessings, the breakthroughs, the restorations, the healings, the never-ceasing faithfulness of God the Father.

God is so good. He is so faithful. And he is always on time.

There is not a day when he doesn’t see you exactly where you are and know your every need. He might not meet it that very day, but he will send you what you need at the exact hour it will benefit you the most.

So, today, let’s stop focusing on our needs and wants, and just say thank you. Thank you, Lord, for loving us, for healing us, for touching our lives, for hearing our cries, for protecting us, for watching over our children, for your grace and mercy. Thank you!

Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”