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Are you going through a “drought” in a certain area of your life right now? God has showers of blessings to bestow upon you.

Are you going through a “drought” in a certain area of your life right now? You may be experiencing a dry season spiritually in which you are desperately searching for a way to get back in right relationship with the Lord. Or perhaps you feel emotionally parched – someone close to you or a difficult situation has drained all your emotional strength and you feel as though you are withering inwardly. Or maybe your finances or various streams of income seem to have all dried up.

If so, then I encourage you to call on the Lord today! He has showers of blessings to bestow upon you:

Ezekiel 34:25-26 (NIV) says, “I will make a covenant of peace with them and…I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.”

This word “shower” in the Hebrew is geshem, which means to “rain violently, pour down in heavy shower,” (Strong’s Concordance).



God wants to rain blessings in your life – and not just a light rain of blessings. He wants to pour down heavy showers of blessings on you!

Have you ever been caught up in a huge downpour of rain? I have many times. In fact, it happened again just a few months ago.

My mother and I had scheduled to go out to the store Friday and Saturday. Up until a few days before, there had been very little chance of rain in the forecast. All day Friday the weather was overcast and dark, heavy clouds filled the sky. Every so often, a few light sprinkles would fall and we thought the rain would start, so out would come the tarps to cover all our items. But the rain actually held off all day long and we had quite a successful day.

Then the rains finally came in Friday evening – and not just light, gentle rains – we’re talking huge downpours all through the night. Since we couldn’t find what we were looking for on Friday, we have decided to go out on Saturday not only to return some of the items we bought on Friday that we found better deals at a different store but to look for some new items for an upcoming event. We parked in an uncovered parking, we didn’t think about bringing a bigger umbrella but we were thankful we had a small one but think about it, a small umbrella for two!! But early that morning, after we realized the rain would not relent, we had to carry everything up, get them safe, covered and stored in our trunk. In.The.Drenching.Soaking.Rain.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love rain but on my hair though, especially when I just had it done recently. As side from that, the rain itself didn’t bother me one bit to have to get out there and haul bags back and forth while it poured. It kind of reminded me when I used to like playing in the rain as a child. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am happy the temperature was perfect because It would have been a total different ball game. I was soaked from head to toe. I had rain dripping off the tip of my nose. My clothing was heavy and completely saturated with rain.

And that got me thinking.

God wants to drench, soak and saturate His children with His love, His goodness, His grace, His mercy, and His kindness. He wants us to flood us with blessings!

2 Corinthians 9:8-11 (MSG) says, “God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. This most generous God…is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”

In the natural, we experience seasons of drought. There are times when the grass and flowers will dry up and wither away because there’s been very little or no rain to water the earth. But no matter how long of a drought we have, eventually the rain will come.

And if we cry out to the Lord and continue to obey and trust Him even in the most difficult circumstances, He will show up in the midst of our drought, just as surely as the arrival of rain, and pour out His blessings upon us!

Hosea 6:3 (NLT) says, “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”

The Lord doesn’t want you to live your life dry, parched and withering. He wants you to experience showers of His blessings in every area of your life.

Deuteronomy 28:2 (AMP) says, “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.”

In verses 3 through 14 of the same chapter, the Lord gave Israel a huge list of blessings that would come upon them and overtake them if they would obey His commands. In fact, Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose again so that we could live in those same blessings:

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’ that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” – Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJ)

Not only does the Lord want His blessings to come upon us, He wants to pour so much on us that we don’t have enough room to receive them all!

And Malachi 3:10 tells us, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

The Contemporary English Version of this verse says, “…I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.”

If we are experiencing blessing after blessing, then we are able to turn around and bless those around us, as well as those in other parts of the world who are less fortunate than us. That’s what His blessings are all about – being a blessing to others, showing them the love and goodness of a kind and generous God.

So no matter what area of your life you may be experiencing a drought, I encourage you to call on the Lord, and by faith receive the showers of blessing that He so graciously wants to pour out on you! Believe Him for them no matter what your situation looks like at the present. He will come to you as surely as the rain!


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10 Comforting Psalms: Psalms to Comfort the Grieving, Overwhelmed, & Hurting


I love the Psalms. I love the Psalms because they are full of people crying out to God from all kinds of circumstances. I think many people fail to realize that the vast majority of Psalms came pouring out of someone in pain and turmoil. Most of them are laments. They are people of God crying out to Him in the midst of their trials and heartaches.

The Psalms are beautiful because though they are sung by distressed people, they remind us that there is power in praise and there is comfort, even in the midst of pain, when we remember who our God is.

 Today I am sharing 10 of my favorite Psalms to go to when I need to feel comforted.

After the loss of my husband, these Psalms truly came through for me. I would read them over and over again in my quiet time. I would read them to the girls at bed time. There were times where I would seat silently in his presence with my favorite worship music on (no sad Songs preferably uplifting and encouraging songs) and just lament and pour my heart out to God. I tried to hide so the girls wouldn’t hear me but most time that doesn’t work. Of course I cried and trust me it’s okay to cry and let it out. The Lord hears the prayers of the righteous . (Proverbs 15:29) Cry!! Let it out if you need to but don’t stay there. Pick yourself back up! There, I found peace, Joy, comfort and strengths to make through and be strong for my girls. Each day was a work in progress but day by day, God healed my broken heart and until I my joy and strengths fully revived. Whatever you are facing, trust Him, He knows what he is doing. He’s got you. Whether you are facing a giant, a huge mountain, in need of a super natural healing or mourning over the loss of loved one, It is my hope that these Psalms would help you find comfort, peace, healing and complete restoration. Take heart, God healed my brokenhearted so He will do it for you. He is for you. He is with you and He will meet you where you are right now.

I put together this list for you. At the very least jot down these comforting Palms in your Bible.

So whether you are mourning, or just stressed and overwhelmed, I pray these Psalms bring you great peace & I pray the God of peace would surround you with His presence as you look into His Word. I pray you find comfort for your soul.

Psalm 9

But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the people with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:7-10

Psalm 16

I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:8-9&11

Psalm 23

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:2-3

Psalm 34

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. Psalm 40:1-2

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:1-2

Psalm 77

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the people. Psalm 77:11-14

Psalm 90

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. “For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. Psalm 90:2-6

Psalm 139

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in depths, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8

I hope these comforting Psalms show you that it is okay to be honest and open with God about the storm raging in your soul. He promises to be close to the hurting. He tells us our pain hurts Him too. He sees the storm raging and luckily He’s the only one I know that winds and waves obey.

Don’t let your circumstances and trials pull you from God. Instead press in to Him when life is difficult. He is our comforter.

I hope these Psalms brought you comfort. I love putting these posts together for you guys & I would love to hear from you if they are helping you. Also I would love it if you would share this post with your friends & followers. I want the world to know we have an awesome source of comfort available!

In His Grip,



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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?


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.


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.

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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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 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


Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? #HeDeservesOurPraise #PraiseHim #blog

When was the last time that you prayed and didn’t request things from God and you simply thanked and praised him? Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? Don’t ask for anything; just praise and thank the Father! Praise him for who he is, what he has done, and what he is going to do! Thank him for blessing you, saving you, and bringing you into his glory! Let today be a day of thanks and praise.
You are worthy, dear Father, of every word of praise my imagination can find and every word of thanks my tongue can pronounce. You are glorious, majestic, holy, mighty, and awesome. You are patient, forgiving, sacrificial, loving, and tender. You are more than I can imagine and closer than my very breath. Your greatness exhausts my vocabulary and your generosity overwhelms my heart. Please be glorified in my every thought, deed, and word. In Jesus’ name I praise you. Amen.


My hope for you today is to have the confidence that you can do EVERYTHING  through HIM who gives you strength. — See Philippians 4:13 #Blog

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve grown soft and spoiled because of all the conveniences that I have allowed into my life. Could I honor God with my praises and thanksgivings if these conveniences were to suddenly vanish? I hope so. I want to be like Paul and live with the assurance that I can withstand any situation with the help of Christ.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 

O God, without you my strength would fade and my confidence would fail. Thankfully I will never have to worry about this because your grace, your Spirit, and your Son will strengthen me and help me weather any storm. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.