How to read the Bible in a year

How to read the Bible in a year

 

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 What an amazing year 2017 has been! I can’t quiet put it into words. God is full of surprises. I am SO blessed! I went from pain to purpose. I am thankful for the journey, the lessons, testimonies, Victories, Challenges and New Opportunities. It has been amazing hearing all of your stories, growing with you, and learning from each other. I never imagined when I started this devotional blog back in 2014 how much it would bless me. I am so excited for 2018 and all that is to come.

Now that the new year is here, we each have been given a blank slate to start it all over again. Let just say today is 1 of 365. What a blessing! I will let you in on a little secret I have been working on. Hahah! if you know me, this is No secret really! I have always wanted to do this but never actually did it all the way though. Believe it or not I tried to read the entire Bible before. I have gotten to closed to the end and life happened…. I am going to read the WHOLE bible this year! I will start in Genesis and go all the way through Revelation in order. Better yet a couple of friends said yes, so who is joining me on this journey! I am so excited to have them on board to stay accountable. So what are the details? We are reading through the ESV translation and using a journaling bible so we have plenty of room for notes which will be fun to look back on.

After searching for months, I couldn’t find a bible plan that would work for us and what we wanted so I decided to make my own. I organized them by monthly bookmarks for convenience. Then I broke it up by day and the chapters for each day. It averages out to about four chapters a day (not too bad).

I would love for you to join my us, and I as we dive into the word of God. So below I attached my program for your pleasure. Grab a friend, mentor, family member and get ready for God to bless your socks off! On a side note, I think it would be a great gift to give the bookmarks, a bible, and highlighter as a gift for a January birthday. I am so excited for us to do this together!

I am so grateful to have another amazing year with you. I know some of you have been following me for a while. Let me me just tell you how grateful I am for you. Thank you so much for hanging in there with me on my personal journey to grow deeper in the word. I can’t wait to see where God takes us! Let me know if you choose to do this or what your 2018 goals are to bring you close to God.

Here is the reading plan: bible-in-a-year-2018

You are so beautiful and loved.

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Our words should demonstrate the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. There is Power of Every Word You Speak. Commit your speech and thoughts to The Lord. Make room for zero negativity in 2018. Do A Hard Reset On Your speech In 2018.

“You are the only one who can control the way you think. Make sure you nourish the positive thoughts, and weed out the negative ones!” – Catherine Pulsifer

Every day we speak countless words, often paying very little attention to the words themselves. However, it is important to realize that we are creating our world by the words that we speak. Proverbs 18:21 in The Amplified Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

I would like you to reflect on the kind of words you have been speaking. Are they negative words or positive words? Are they uplifting words or harsh words?

You may be wondering why things are not going well for you. Perhaps you need to put a watch over your lips. Perhaps you have created your situation by the words of your mouth. Proverbs 6:2 says, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”

I have always endeavored to look on the positive side of things. Often when I am facing a challenging situation, my head wants to say, This can’t be done. However, I always allow my heart to speak a confession of faith, saying, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.” (Phil. 4:13).

We need to be careful of the words we speak to our spouse, children, and loved ones. Our words can either hurt or heal. They can inspire or destroy. Too many times, we speak kindly to strangers, coworkers, or friends, but we speak harshly to our family.

Wives, it is very important to speak uplifting words to your husband as he leaves for work. He will meditate on those words for the rest of the day. The words you speak to him may determine whether he makes right or wrong decisions that day.

We should make it a practice to only allow faith-building, positive words to come forth from our mouth. I encourage you this day to put a watch over your words.

Are Death and life  in the power of the tongue? The faith teachers interpret this in a metaphysical sense instead of using a biblical interpretation. But this is not the whole Scripture, it goes on to say “And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” In other words, what you sow to others you will reap.

Let’s read the whole portion of Scripture to gain the context. Prov. 18:19-21: ‘A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.

A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” what they speak will come consequences – good or bad. Not because they control reality from their words but because what one says can affect others – words can hurt ones emotions or build them up. In fact this is the context as he starts with v.19 about a brother being offended.

The ultimate sense of Proverbs 18:21 was related to Solomon, the author who penned it. The verse can be attributed to Solomon being the king and in a practical sense he has the power to pronounce death or life (condemnation or pardon) over his subjects. In the same manner Pilate said when he spoke to Jesus he has the power of life and death. That his life was his decision As a ruler in authority, in a certain sense over sinful man he did but not over the Son of God.

Jesus affirmed that it is which comes out of the mouth, defiles a man. Not what goes in (as in eating food). Here again is the fruit from our speaking.

Let’s look at some of the Scriptures pertaining to our speaking.

Prov. 12:17-18: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”

There are words that cut that are like a sword. The tongue can be uses as a poison or medicine. Just as James says but there is no evidence from the Scripture to believe any word spoken (good or evil) will come to pass because of any supernatural faith power contained in them. It is what the recipient makes of the words they hear. You can repeat a scripture over and over believing it but this does not mean it will take place, because there is still the will of God that controls things that will or will not happen. Power does not reside in the words we speak. We are to have understanding. Many people overcome ill words that were spoken to them. Many people believe something with their whole heart and it does not happen. What you believe that affects how you live. You can believe the truth or a lie. Believing in the truth will bring understanding.

Prov. 16:24: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”

He is speaking metaphorically, they affect us emotionally or spiritually. If one has a bone deficiency they do not go to the doctor and ask him to speak pleasant words for their healing.

The fruit of our words can do good or harm emotionally just as our actions can affect someone physically

Matt 12:34-36 “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” It’s not our words that have power to change circumstances and create as Jesus is pointing to our heart as the origin of these word. In other words is a man speaking what is righteous and true or unrighteous and false will affect others.

The passage is also about our spoken words affecting another person’s feelings, emotions (12:18,25; 16:24). What we speak affects people can affect their perceptions, even affect their circumstances. But nowhere does the Bible teach or mean that as believers we can speak things into existence. We need to look at a better explanation for this than to rely on those who want power. If this were true no faith teacher would be sick or die if life is in their tongue.

Prov. 12:17-18: “He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.”

There are words that cut that are like a sword. The tongue can be uses as a poison or medicine. Just as James says but there is no evidence from the Scripture to believe any word spoken (good or evil) will come to pass because of any supernatural faith power contained in them. It is what the recipient makes of the words they hear. You can repeat a scripture over and over believing it but this does not mean it will take place, because there is still the will of God that controls things that will or will not happen. Power does not reside in the words we speak. We are to have understanding. Many people overcome ill words that were spoken to them. Many people believe something with their whole heart and it does not happen. What you believe that affects how you live. You can believe the truth or a lie. Believing in the truth will bring understanding.

Friends, words are powerful. They can either bring life or destroy. Before you speak, please be cautious that your words don’t cause someone pain. I know we are human, and sometimes say things we don’t really mean, but you don’t know what someone is really going through. Learn to control your thoughts before they become words. This world is hard enough, please don’t make it even harder for someone. Let go of that petty drama stuff, and talk to one another like brothers and sisters. We have to do better at empowering each other with our words, building rather than destroying each other because our feelings were hurt. I encourage you to take a step back. Put yourself in their shoes. 9/10 someone treats you a certain way because they are dealing with their own secret battles. Be kind. Listen. Be gentle. Encourage. Suspend judgment. Be a reason someone smile today. You never know who could really need it. Spread more love, and let go of the bitterness. We are on this journey together, we have to do better helping each other heal instead of creating deeper wounds.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. – Proverbs 18:21

Did you know that what you say about yourself has greater impact on you than anything anybody else says about you? Many people are overly critical of themselves, saying, “I’m so clumsy. I can’t do anything right.” “I’m so overweight. I’ll never get back into shape.” “I never get any good breaks.”

They may not realize it, but they are cursing their future. Those words sink into their minds. Before long, they develop a defeated mentality, low self-esteem and diminished confidence. Worse yet, those negative mindsets can interfere with God’s plan for their lives.

One of the best ways to break free from such strongholds is simply by speaking words of victory. Every day, look in the mirror and declare, “God’s Word says I am strong. God is fighting my battles for me. I’m excited about my future.”

Maybe you are lonely because you don’t have a lot of friends. Instead of complaining, start declaring, “God is bringing great people into my life. I know He loves me, so I can risk loving others.”

Speak blessings over your life, and as you do, you’ll go out with more confidence, you’ll be more congenial and, in turn, you will attract new friends.

When discouragement comes, instead of sitting back and accepting it, say, “No, I’m a victor and not a victim. I may have been defeated before, but the past is the past. This is a new day.”

It’s not enough just to think it; you need to hear it, because what we constantly hear ourselves saying we will eventually believe.

Some people live in a perpetual state of financial crisis. They can’t seem to pay their bills — always living “under their circumstances” and constantly speaking defeat.

If you are struggling financially, remind yourself repeatedly, “I am the head and I am not the tail. I will lend and I will not borrow. Everything I touch will prosper and succeed.”

Your words may not be the cause all of your problems, but they can cause a lot of them and they should be given a good deal of consideration when we are looking for answers to the problems we encounter in life.

Here’s an example of things we say that sounds harmless but is actually stopping God’s blessing in your life and cursing you:

I’m poor; I’m broke; I have no money

I have (name of disease), I’ll never get healed from it.

I’m ugly

I’m a failure

I’ll never find love

God doesn’t love me

My marriage is going to fail

I’m going to lose my job

I’m stupid

I’m a worrier

I’m sick and tired of _________.

By speaking these words, you’re claiming it to be so in your life – you’re decreeing and declaring brokenness.  Even if you are sick, don’t go around claiming it, instead say you’re healed.  Do this for every other negative thing in your life.  Remember words are seeds that can yield a good or bad harvest in your life –depending on what you speak.  The very essence of our being was spoken into existence by God.  Monitor what you speak.  Every time you want to speak negative, stop, ask God to change your heart and to renew your mind.  Then, fix your mouth to speak God’s blessings upon your life instead:

I’m more than a conquerors

I’m prosperous

By the strips of Jesus I am healed

My marriage is saved

My spouse and children are saved in Jesus name

I have God’s favor upon my life

I’m the head and not the tail

I have my career job in Jesus name

We all have challenges in life, but we can make them better or worse by the way we talk about them. I don’t believe we can change all of our circumstances into pleasant ones by making positive confessions, but I do believe many of them will change according to God’s will. I simply want to teach you to be in agreement with God and learn to say what He says.

We should make it a practice to only allow faith-building, positive words to come forth from our mouth. I encourage you this day to put a watch over your words.

Perhaps you have been moved by circumstances in your life. The enemy may be trying his best to deter you from accomplishing the will of God for your life. He may have already caused you to lose your joy. You may have even allowed thoughts such as Life is not worth living anymore to enter your mind. I admonish you to kick the devil out of your life with the words of your mouth. Know that “. . . greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

With the Greater One living on the inside of you, you cannot be defeated if you will not quit!

One thing is for sure, speaking negatively could hurt you and speaking positively never will, so why not go with the positive and see what kind of results you get?

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Peter tells us, “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Let the power of our words be used of God to manifest the power of our faith. Be prepared to give the reason for why we love the Lord—at any time, to anyone. Our words should demonstrate the power of God’s grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May God enable us to use our words as an instrument of His love and saving grace.

Prayer:

Heavenly father thank you.  Thank you Lord for your Word and blessings.  Father, I ask in the name of Jesus that you help me to speak life and not death.  Place a guard over my mouth in Jesus name that I may not speak anything that is in opposition of your word and promises I have through your Son Jesus Christ.  Father I plead the blood of Jesus against every idle word I’ve said that was negative –cancelling out its power.  From this day on I make a decision to speak your blessings upon my life and the life’s of others.  I thank you Lord that by your strength and with the leadership of the Holy Spirit I’m able to do this.  Father, I thank you in advance for the blessings your spending my way and I praise your holy name.  I receive your blessings and will decree and declare them daily.  These things I pray and ask, believing that their already done; in Jesus name, Amen.

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When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu

 

As Christians, we need to check our hearts a lot more often. Because many times, Christians can go through the motions and keep doing the “Christian thing,” but something has crept in their hearts and is hurting them and others.

Proverbs 4:23 says, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (NLT). Notice that it doesn’t say somebody else will guard your heart. It doesn’t say God will guard your heart, your neighbor will guard your heart or your pastor will guard your heart. It says you need to guard your heart. You’re in charge of guarding your own heart. Realize that it’s pretty much a full-time job because we don’t know on any given day what’s going to come up. You don’t know what somebody may say to you that may hurt you, disappoint you or let you down. Then suddenly, there’s a wound in there that needs to be dealt with.

Since you just don’t know, you have to constantly be working with the Holy Spirit to keep your heart right.

Let’s look at Contentment:

Most of you would agree that contentment is a heart thing. Right? Well, that’s how I feel. I also feel. I also feel that we are most blessed when we are content, grateful and satisfied in him and have peace in the journey we are currently in and where He is leading us. God is pleased when we stop comparing our journeys with others and we are most content and satisfied in Him.

Let ‘s look at social media for example:

Social media can be a wonderful place to connect, learn a thing or two, be encouraged and share ideas, but it can also be addictive and a dangerous place to subconsciously engage in “comparison living”. I’ll admit I’ve used #blessed with previous posts. It’s definitely not always a bad thing, but when it is used as a “humble brag” to impress others… that’s where it gets tricky. How many times have you gotten on social media, perfectly content with the vacation you just had or the new pair of shoes you just bought? But then you see someone else’s Tahiti vacation or designer shoes and suddenly you want MORE. Or you feel confident and energized after a great workout until you look at those Instagram fitness accounts with all the right lighting and all the right angles. We can’t control everything we see, but we can control how we react to it. Choose to focus on the REAL blessings in your life instead of someone else’s #blessed.

The secret to overcoming comparisons?

Contentment is so far removed from many Christians that it seems that they will never be able to find it or be at peace. However, contentment is not something that must be searched for and found. It is an attitude of the heart. Once the attitude has been modified and all has been transferred to God, contentment will be evident.

So what is Contentment?

Contentment is being grateful for what we have. Maybe take a break from social media for a while. Unfollow accounts that aren’t building you up. We CAN tailor our news feeds to show us what we want to see. Learn to be happy FOR other people without coveting. If you can’t work at it. Stay true to your values and don’t let others (who you don’t even know!) dictate how you spend your money or time or think about yourself. Lastly, watch who & what you are following, what you post, like and share, check your motives friends! Are you building or tearing down? Is it building you or tearing you apart?

The Bible says satisfaction comes from doing your best, not comparing yourself to others: “Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work done well and won’t need to compare himself with someone else” (Galatians 6:4 LB).

Take an envy self-examination. Do you compare your life, your home, your husband, your kids, even your lawn, to other people? This exam may reveal some surprises and show you that there are more important things to do than compare yourself or what you have to others.

When you strive to be the person God made you to be, you’ll find real meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction. You can’t focus on your purpose while looking at other people.

Dr. David Jeremiah, one of my favorite Bible teachers, the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon pointed us in the direction of true contentment. http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/turning-point/listen/

Contentment Is…
I believe the most complete passage in Scripture on this subject is Philippians 4:10-20. The amazing reality about this passage on contentment is that Paul wrote it while in prison for his faith. Here’s his key thought: “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…[for] my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (verses 11,19).

1. Contentment is learned behavior. We learn to be content like babies learn to walk. And such an unnatural disposition is only by supernatural grace. With a spouse, good friend, or small study group, you must learn to resist, in the power of the Holy Spirit, the discontentment of our age; or you will be swept up in it and live an agitated life.

2. Contentment is not dependent on circumstances. If Paul can learn to be content regardless of circumstance, we can, too. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt him indwells us. The same fruit of the Spirit  peace and self-control  that were manifest in his life can be manifest in ours.

Discontent desires more  bigger, better, faster, newer, more comfortable. That is deception. If you are not content in challenging circumstances, the contentment you think you feel in other circumstances is not contentment but simply your satisfaction that things are momentarily the way you think they should be.

3. Contentment is a state of being, not a state of doing. Our flesh only feels content when we are doing. Being, however, does not end  it is not tied to activity. Paul said he had learned to “be content,” not “do contentment.”

4. Contentment is based on the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says that everything we need to complete our journey from earth to heaven will be supplied by God. Therefore, everything we feel discontented about is likely not something we need in order to make and complete that journey.

There’s nothing wrong with possessing things. But there is something wrong if we can’t be content without them. May God speak to your heart and help you seek, and find, contentment in Him.

Do you ever feel restless in your spirit? Is there something you want, something you’re waiting for, or something you feel like you’ll never have? Contentment does not come easy, especially when there are circumstances in your life tempting you to want something better. Oh how our hearts love to covet … but Christ has given us the freedom to be content and live righteously.

The following is a prayer for finding contentment written by Kevin Halloran:

Oh Lord, You are my shepherd and I should not be in want,
but so often I struggle to be content and do want;
forgetting that you have graciously provided me with every spiritual blessing in Christ and everything I need for life and godliness.

Thank you for often not giving me what I want
because my desires would draw my heart from being satisfied in You.
Help me to be content in You with what You have given me
and to not be focused on what my flesh wants or the world tells me I should have.

Protect me from coveting possessions or people,
talent or influence, relationships or prestige.
Keep my heart from being anxious for what I don’t have
and make me thankful for the numerous gifts that You have already given.

According to Your Word and steadfast love,
fill me with the joy and satisfaction of contentment in Christ.
Help me learn to be content in any situation like Paul
and to quickly reject the idolatry that dwells beneath the surface of my coveting.

 

 

 

 

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Mothers, God chose you to be the best mother you can be to your children. Don’t take your role lightly….so very special. 

I have been reflecting and praying about the vows I took on my wedding day not only to my husband but our children. I think about my responsibilities towards each and every single one of them , specially my daughters. I watched my incredible husband selflessly gives, cares, loves, covers, protects and provides to our blended family over the last few months and how God has lavished his overwhelming grace in my marriage. We are not perfect and we have challenges just like any  family but we are blessed. God is truly the best matchmaker. I am so thankful for God’s best. I watched his interactions with the boys and the girls and I the positive impact he has made on them. His dedication to help shape and lead with strong hands and teach them the way they should go as  father has been a tremendous blessing. The love I see in our little girls eyes and how the quickly adapt to our blended family brings me so much joy.

I have always knew as a mother how much influence I have on our girls but I am more convinced that my role as mother is more than just me nurturing and caring for them. I am their role model. I have in me the power to shape them to be women of purpose and Build a Godly Foundation of Strength and Beauty they are to becomes. My hope is that they will have strength and endurance to stand for Christ, even when others had faltered in the face of difficulty.

 

As written above, in Psalm 144 David writes that our daughters will be “like pillars carved to adorn a palace.” Not only are pillars beautiful and inspiring to look at, but more importantly, they are crucial to the stability of a building. The dictionary’s definition of a pillar has two sides: “a firm, upright support for a structure; or, a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part of society.” David’s words about our daughters were definitely ahead of their time!

As I have taken some time to reflect on this verse and on some of the incredible women who are a part of my life, I think of some of the roles that they fulfill – they are speakers, teachers, board members, pastors, missionaries, writers, prayer warriors, children’s workers, greeters, janitors and worship leaders – just to name a few! They are leaders, and they are behind-the-scenes workers – all playing a crucial role in the function of the church. Nothing against our sons but My daughters will be like pillars!!!!. I pray that they will be women that lead others to Christ with their positive attitude and they way they carry themselves wherever they go. They will be women that live life with purpose and help carry the torch of love, mercy, grace, truth and compassion. They will know their true identify and self worth and live a life that inspires and builds other women around them.

I’m Not Raising Girls: I’m Raising Loving Wives, Devoted Moms, and Women Who Fear God.

Just recently, my daughters and I had a dance party. We had no special reason to have a party or celebrate. I needed to experience their joy and their laughter and their love and so we had an impromptu dance party, where we could just come as we were and have fun. As their laughter burst out and their dance moves got even sillier, I wanted to take it all in and hold it. I wanted to capture this moment in my heart and in my mind because this was a moment I wanted to experience again. This moment sparked my thoughts about the things I want my daughters to know.

Dear Daughters,

I hope that you read this one day and that it helps you to understand my heart. I hope that you flourish into the woman God intends you to be. Here are seven things I hope that you know and always remember:

1. I’ve loved you from the start and I love you now. Though it may seem that I am hard on you, I love you and want the best for you. But even so, I realize that my best for you won’t suffice. I want God’s best for you.

2. I’ve prayed for you even before you were born. I prayed that you would fulfill His purpose for your life. I prayed that you would be beautiful inside and out. I prayed that God would show me how to love you, that He would keep teaching me and molding me into the mother you needed in order to flourish.

3. There is no manual for mothering you and sometimes I wish one existed. But this is a grand responsibility:  to be entrusted with the responsibility of shaping your self-image, your relationship with your children, your views of the world, your concept of love, forgiveness,  being a woman, self-acceptance is a great task. I do not have a manual that tells me what to do. So I make mistakes, I get angry and frustrated. Mostly I’m frustrated at myself for not knowing how to be an expert at this. But I depend on God’s grace and His ability to correct me and to show me how to love you and parent you.

4. Please forgive me. Please forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made. If I have assumed that I could love you based on my needs and not yours, please forgive me. Please forgive me for not always saying I’m sorry.

5. I love dancing with you because then, I can capture your smile. Your joy is pure and complete and you seem to genuinely happy. Because I am happy and I’ve put down the world to dance with you and enjoy the moment, you are gleaming. I hope we dance together forever.

6. I think often about what you will remember about me. What will I have given you besides food and shelter? What will I have deposited in your soul that you will want to carry with you always? What pieces of me will you have that bring you joy and peace of mind?
7. You are brave and strong and I admire your willingness to try new things. Your bravery gives me strength and fuels my courage.  May your bravery never shrink to cowardice; may your bravery inspire all those you encounter.

8. You are beautiful. Everything about you is beautiful and nothing about you is by accident. Your personality is just what it should be. Your smile is just perfect for your face. Your light shines bright and I hope the world does not dull it’s glow.

9. I love you. I’ve always loved you. I prayed for you then and I pray for you now. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m asking God to show me what to do.

Dear mothers reading this,

  1.  God is going to hold us accountable for our daughters. 
  2. Don’t try to be perfect but practice what you preach, you are the best role model in her life. 
  3. Moms, Your daughters is true reflection of who you are. If you are loud and ratchet that’s exactly what she will likely become because she is watching you. Who would want their children to make the same mistakes they’ve made? You are creating a mini-version of yourself if you are not too careful. Don’t take your role lightly. See wisdom and Godly guidance.
  4.  Be strong when you must and be kind and gentle when you need to. 
  5. Take time to evaluate our past mistakes/hurts  and any generational bondage likely to be pass on to our daughters. 
  6. They will make mistakes.
  7. NEVER stop praying for them.

God has entrusted them to our care and He will hold us accountable to how we choose to raise the daughters He has loaned to us. Part of that stewardship involves preparing them for their own adventure with God which separate from mom and Dad.

Please understand that daughters unconsciously identify with their mothers and all mothers have tremendous power to shape their daughters’ self-image by teaching that a woman’s value is not based solely on outer looks, but on her inner essence, by talking to her daughter in sensitive ways during the critical junctures of sexual development, and by deep self-love and acceptance. I am thankful to God for my wonderful mother. She is such a Godly example to me. My mother didn’t have to say much in public nor from a distance. She looks at me, i can already tell what that look meant. LOL Everything I am today is because of her.

A mother goes a long way to ensure her daughter’s future mental, emotional, and physical health. So whatever I am and do day in and day out, good or bad, my attitude…their eyes are fixing on me.. they are watching every actions, interactions and my reactions.  Children are the best gift but can be the worst embarrassment to their parents so teach tem well.  Same for all of you. Our daughters are watching us. we can’t garranty how they will behave when they leave us but the Bible encourage us Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Let’s do our part, learn to protect, teach and discipline them according to what the word of God says but not what the world is saying or doing. Our attitude, how speak and how we carry ourselves around our daughters maters.

I am eternally grateful to God for the privilege of motherhood and I earnestly pray that I live a life that models Christ in front of them not just for today but until Christ return.

 

Lord, thank you for the precious daughters you have given me. Thank you for entrusting me with so great a duty. Thank you for grace and mercy that follow me daily as I shepherd and lead your children. Help me to stop and take in every moment. Teach me what to focus on as I correct, teach, lead, and love them. Amen!


May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. 
May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.
Psalm 144:12

 

Be inspired today, ladies – you are called to be a crucial part in what God is doing!

Min. Flore

 

 

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You went through what you went through for a reason. Others are depending on your story to be set free and delivered. Focus on your assignment. #Purpose

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

          Psalms 139:13-16

I recently came across a sentence which said ‘You are hand-picked by God’ on social media this week. Suddenly the spirit within told me that many of us need to hear that and I felt the urge to write about it in todays’ devotion.


What do you mean by ‘Hand picked’? It means ‘Carefully selected’ or ‘Chosen for a purpose in preference to another’. During valentine’s day, I remember seeing an Ad which said ‘Flower bouquet, hand-picked especially for your loved one’. It means that each flower in that bouquet is carefully selected by the florist. He sees the bouquet in mind and plucks some fully bloomed flowers and some buds. He carefully looks for various sizes to fit the group perfectly. He looks for the ones that is beautiful and has a wonderful smell. Though he does not see the person who receives the bouquet, he wants the receiver to enjoy the flowers and bring out the best emotions in her. If you ask, each flower in that bouquet, they will say..”I was hand-picked and my purpose was to bring happiness to the one who received me’.


In our busy lives of shuffling jobs and family, we often forget that we are chosen for a purpose. We forget that we are carefully hand-picked by God and placed in our circumstances for a special reason. We do not realise our value and what we are worth until God reveals that truth to us. God designed you to be a person who you are for a purpose. You are unique and special. God do not see your same potential in anybody else. We are valuable because we belong to Him. So today, if anybody or any circumstances of life are making you believe that you are worthless, I encourage you to remind yourself that ‘You are handpicked’.

I Thank God for my husband, my best supporter and cheerleader. He always try going out of his way to make me smile. Just like my husband, your purpose may be to influence someone around you..to encourage someone who is in need. It may be your spouse, a co-worker, or a total stranger.  You went through what you went through for a reason. God allowed you escape for a reason. Others are depending on your story to be set free and delivered. Don’t be ashamed. You are not here to be popular. Focus on your assignment.

Your purpose may be to direct that one person to Jesus…it might be your husband, your child, you relative or even someone you meet on the road. We never know whom we are influencing in our life until we reach heaven. So let us consider each day to be ‘The Day’ that we meet our purpose. Dr. Charles Stanley often says “When you do something for the Lord, give it your best…as though tomorrow is not yours’. Over the last few week, we have been discussing VALUABLE at our church. What makes us valuable to God and those around? We have learned about our values: Worship, People, Serving, Excellence and Generosity. Our valuables makes us stronger in our walk with Christ. They give us confidence to walk in our purpose.  In a small group my husband and I help facilitate at our church,  we were reminded this week that we serve Christ by serving others. Our gifts, our talents, our processions are from God and our gift back to God is to be good stewards and serve others with them.

The other day, I read an article that talked about John Osteen’s faith. In 1939, in a small East Texas town, there lived a young man named Sam Martin. Every day morning when he goes to high school, he will write scriptures on the chalkboard. Though other kids thought that he was weird and did not associate with him much, he continued expressing his faith silently on that chalkboard. One night, one of his classmates, while returning from the night club, was touched by the love of God. He began to think about the eternity and the outcome of his life. This young man went home and opened his family bible randomly and came across a verse which said “If anyone will open the door, I will come in”. He was reminded of all the verses that Sam wrote on the chalkboard. He approached Sam the next day and asked, “Sam, why do you think I am feeling this way?” Sam replied very simply, “that is God drawing you.” . Sam took this young man to church that Sunday and on that day, John Osteen, Joel Osteen’s father took the decision to follow Jesus and started his faith life. Sam went on to become a pastor, but he never preached to a crowd like John Osteen.
But I believe that his purpose was fulfilled on that day when John Osteen was saved. All of those days, he shamelessly wrote the bible verses on that chalkboard without considering the sarcasms of his friends paid off on that day when John Osteen turned to Jesus. It seems that fifty years later, Sam Martin wrote a book titled
“I Touched One, but He Touched Millions”.

You and me are hand picked to touch someone. We may not get a podium to preach to thousands…but atleast if we get to influence one..our purpose in life is fulfilled. We never know whether that one person is going to touch millions or not. Let us live this day as though tomorrow is not ours. Give our best to the Lord and to others. You alone can do it the way you do it. Like that Sam Martin, let us write the word of God on our chalkboard…may be through blogs, social media posts, Instagram or Facebook….you never know who will read it or who will share it…letters and even through our life…our lives might be the only Bible the unsaved will ever read. You will be surprised the impact you are making…with the hope that atleast one will be influenced. If you are saying in your heart, “I’m not talented or I do not have the resources”, Holy spirit wants to encourage you with this verse…”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. You are born into this world with God’s greatness. His life-giving breath is in you. Let nothing discourage you and make you feel unworthy. You are priceless…paid in full..You are worth Jesus’s life on that cross.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Him,
Flore Clark

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Inhale courage, exhale fear. Trust the next chapter because you know The Author. 

I love this beautiful door, color and all the leaves around it. It reminds me of the multiple shut and open doors I encountered and the lessons learned. “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelations 3:8. Are you disappointed because a door has closed in your life? Did you expect something to come to pass only to discover that it didn’t, and now you’re feeling let down? Is there more work to be done everywhere you look? But yet it seems like you are accomplishing nothing. “When will things work out for me?” you ask yourself during a low moment of the day. Discouraged, disheartened and stuck in a rut, it is sometimes tough to see beyond the closed door. Waiting for God to move mightily in your life is difficult, especially when your desires have not yet been met. It is tempting to give up at the first, second or even the third closed door. But God expects us to persevere until the right open door is made known to us. So, “Do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.” (Hebrews 10:35) A closed door doesn’t mean that it’s over for you. Contrarily, it means that God is getting you ready for something bigger, better, and far greater than before. You have come too far to back down and quit. For God is saying to you today, “Don’t let closed doors bother you. Keep on moving forward. Where you are now is only temporary, it is not where you are going to remain.” God is giving you all that you need to accomplish His best plan for your life. God will use everything that you’ve gone through to move you closer to His good plan. Just as God used Goliath to strengthen David, He will use your closed doors to strengthen and advance you. Thus, have faith and trust God, for He is at work in the lives of His people. No matter what you are facing, don’t give up. Try again, reach higher, think bigger, pray bolder. I remember 5 years ago walking in a dark season of my life followed my a job lost among other heartaches and pain but end the end God blessed me with something better. ” Just because one door closed doesn’t mean God doesn’t have another one open. Stop weeping over what God has rejected. – Bishop Jakes. God is in the business of opening and shutting doors. Pray that He will make His will clear for you, too.  – Flore 🌷💕🌿

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Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. — Joyce Meyer

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Sometimes it can be difficult to feel happy when there are people out there who are actively trying to prevent that from happening. Sometimes, in order to stop you from achieving your aims, they try to hem you in with negativity. They might even end up getting downright mean. Some of you reading this might be able to relate in situations where you are constantly have to protect your joy and peace if not you are going to give in or say something you going to regret. The enemy knows our weaknesses so he will try us. I love this quote by Joyce Meyers: Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. I say ” Run for your life! Hang up that phone! Pray for them.”

It could be a so called friend (more likely, a frenemy) jealous of your recent success and trying to detract from your achievement. It could be frustrated friends and family undermining you, whether they realize it or not, because you’re not following their idea of what your life plan should be or maybe they are jealous of you. The bad news is that some people will sometimes try to bring you down on purpose. The good news is they don’t have to succeed. Just because you are a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean that you are a doormat for people to walk over. You can be kind but also assertive. Don’t let people make you think that you are anything other than amazing. Don’t let insecure people who may be jealous of you make you think that your dreams or successes are dumb. They are dumb for gaslighting you. Gaslighting is an emotional warfare technique whereby someone tries to make you feel worthless by talking your successes into failures. Stand up to it. God created you with purpose inside of you. Don’t be distracted by people who is trying to bring you down. The enemy is working diligently to steal your joy. Sometimes people have issues with you who’ve done nothing wrong to only because someone else got them on their camp to believe on their plots, manipulation and confusion they themselves created against you. Finally, as hard as it may be…pray for them. Pray for God to build their confidence up so they no longer feel the need to tear others down to make themselves feel better. 


Satan is out to steal your joy. His ministry is to steal, to kill and to destroy (Jn 10:10). He knows that if he can steal your joy, he can keep your properties. This is why he will do anything to frustrate you and everything that has to do with you. He wants you to be sorrowful so that you block the avenues to fruitfulness. The devil knows that when you are fruitful his kingdom will be more in a mess. Hence he will use whatever it takes to stop you. Do you know that the devil can use your colleague, coworker, husband, wife or friend to offend you and make you think that they are the ones who have offended you? His primary purpose is to cause you pain whilst hiding behind them. The devil disguises and manifest in so many ways to deceive man so that man will turn around to blame God.
You see satan knows that if he can succeed in deceiving you, you may doubt God and miss your blessings that will ultimately make you more sad and bitter. Bitterness can never produce fruitfulness. Whatever you are trusting God for that is yet to manifest is not enough reason to be sorrowful. Know that God is who He says He is and would do what He says He will do. God cannot lie. His word is settled in heaven. If you are yet to receive the solution does not mean that God has not done it or is not going to do it. God is ever faithful. God is more concern about you receiving the blessings than you are. Instead of being sad check your life. If you are convinced that you are right with God then just hold on because God is always right on time. He is never late. Stir up your confidence in God. He won’t disappoint you. Has God ever done something for you before? If your answer is yes, do you think that He has changed? Mal. 3:6, says, “for I the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”. God cannot change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What He did for you yesterday He can do much more today and tomorrow. Believe Him. He said if it was not so He would have told you so (Jn. 14:2). The devil wants you to believe that God is not worth it or trustworthy. But then we know that the devil is a liar. He has no truth in him. Thus he is called the father of all liars (Jn. 8:44). You see, God did not save you to leave you at the mercies of the enemy or of this world. The fact that you are a Christian does not mean that you might not suffer things like sickness, loss of job, disappointments etc. But in all of the challenges, God has made provisions for us to overcome whatever the world can throw at you. it may be true that you may not know what tomorrow holds but if God is your God, He knows what tomorrow holds for you and knows how to bring it to pass in your life. Don’t be afraid of tomorrow because of yesterday’s mistakes or failures. God says “remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isa. 43:18-19. Beloved, know that your tomorrow shall be greater than where you are right now. Stop worrying. Worrying has never solved any challenge in life rather it makes things worse. Know of a surety that God is working things out behind the scene. Know also, that the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former. Hold on and wait for God’s end. It is always glorious. No wonder the bible says “weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning”. Rejoice child of God because your victory is assured in Christ. Apostle Paul, said, rejoice, again I say rejoice. Make up your mind that the devil will not rob you of your joy. Gird your loins with the truth (Word of God). Don’t allow satan to deceive you and rob you of your joy because if he succeeds, he can defeat you and rob you of your blessings. Satan’s mightiest weapon is deception. His only hope of winning is to get you to quit and rob you of your joy. The only way he can take anything from you is by deceiving you into handing it over to him. Stop believing in his lies and start walking in the word of God that has made you an overcomer and more than conqueror. Receive grace to remain joyful and RISE. 💕🌷🌿