‪”And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. (Acts 4:29) #HelpUsToBeBoldWePray‬

“Take a seat please in the lobby area and we will call you when your car is ready” the lady at the counter told me with not so much as a glance in my direction. She busied herself and nonchalantly worked her way through a small stack of papers in front of her. I was just the norm for her, another customer waiting on my car’s oil change. I selected a seat in the lobby area as I surveyed the other patrons in the room. Each one was so capably manipulating either a smart phone, iPad, or lap top computer of some type, completely oblivious of their surroundings. Not one person looked up to say hello, acknowledge me, or anyone else in that room. As I sat I was lulled by the rhythmic text clicking sounds and the faint tapping of keyboard keys while I sipped my lukewarm coffee from a styrofoam cup.
As I sat in this room that had been kidnapped by technology I felt an overwhelming sadness. What has happened to good old-fashioned communication, friendly conversation and exchanging pleasantries? Where is the good will of days gone by? When was the last time we met someone new or took an interest in someone’s life? Why does actually having a real conversation have to be a thing of the past? Why must we be so busy staring into the glass screens of electronic gadgets that we cannot even utter a “hello” or inquire how someone is?

Are we so numb these days that we do not even care about others or has society made it completely acceptable to just keep to ourselves and mind our own business?

I struggle with accepting the culture of ignoring a simple ” good morning or good afternoon” people passing by you all the time at places like church not only they will not look your way and will not answer you either. I choose to believe it’s not of God and this practice should not be in the body of Christ.  If we are going to pick and choose who we love and accept how are we going to reach our neighbors.


We as Christians are called to be an example in this world where outreach is a thing of the past. We are called to break through the barriers of computer screens and be a voice … a real human voice that can be a light of compassion and a word of encouragement that is so scarce today.

We are to be bold for The Lord and bring the good news of salvation. We are to be His mouth piece on earth and an example of His Goodness.

Acts 28:31 says that we should be proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

The Bible tells us that as Christians we are to be a mirror image of God , that we should be a reflection of his joy, peace, and love everywhere we go. We may be the only chance that person seated near us will ever get to hear about how much God loves them.

We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18

We should never miss an opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus. Go Into all the world the Bible says! We as Christians often think that this refers to the missionaries preaching in remote parts of the world and ministering to those in the secluded far corners of the earth.

While that is extremely important, the man seated next to us in a lobby  a few weeks ago is every bit as important to God. It’s no accident that we are seated near a certain person on a particular day. We all have divine appointments set up in advance by God.

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Our world needs some bold believers to stand up! Political correctness and the fear of offending has caused many to lose their boldness. But boldness that is brought on by the Holy Spirit has the power to change the confused, and lost world that we live in! The early believers faced a ton of persecution and opposition. They prayed for boldness and the Holy Spirit filled them and empowered them to be able to preach boldly and see many miracles. We know the truth and are saved because others have been bold to preach and share the truth. 

I would encourage you today to read the entire chapter of Acts 4. As you read it take note of all the times the word “boldness” is used and what the outcome of the “boldness” was. If you aren’t naturally a bold person that’s ok! When I think of people who are bold I think of people who are very outgoing, assertive, outspoken, not afraid of taking risks, people who jump out of planes just for the fun of it. That is not my natural tendency, and for many of you it’s not yours either! We know that we can pray a prayer like the believers did in Acts 4:29 and that God will empower us to be bold! “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.” —  (Acts 4:29)

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I challenge you and myself to live in boldness for God. Before leaving our houses, let’s ask Him to put someone in our paths today that needs to hear an encouraging word of hope. Be a blessing where ever we go and we will be the ones who are blessed.

Do not waste your gifts, use them well. Be good stewards of the gifts God has assigned to you. 

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If you think your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire, and die, you’ve missed the point of your life. God gave you talents to benefit others, not yourself. And God gave other people talents that benefit you.
We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and each part matters. There are no insignificant people in the family of God. You are shaped to serve God, and He is testing you to see how you are going to use the talents He gave you.
Whether you are a teacher, musician, artist, a cook or whatever you do, God gave you those abilities to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. When God made you, he made an investment in you, and he expects a return on that investment.


Are you using what He’s given you for the benefit of others to make the world a better place? Or are you just using those talents to benefit yourself?
When God gives you a talent, he expects you to use it. If you use your talents wisely, God will give you more. 
Dear Lord, help me to be good stewards of all you have placed under my processions including all the gifts talents you gave me. Help me to be bold for you and not to let fear overtake my life. Amen!

‪His GRACE is more than enough, learn to apply it everywhere & everything. “For from his fullness we have all received, GRACE Upon GRACE.” – John 1:16‬

GRACE…such an amazing word. Didn’t understand the depth of this word better yet its true meaning of grace until about 5 years ago [in the mist of trials & uncertainty] I was at a terrible place and I needed God’s Grace to shine on my circumstances and I needed to apply His Grace in myself. While Chloë Grace was a well planned pregnancy but there were many challenges, spiritual warfares going against our home and our marriage. While I was excited about answered prayers but my faith was challenged. I needed God’s grace and peace. As I was looking for the perfect name for our princess so I began to study the word GRACE so we ended up Including Grace as part of her name. It’s for by Grace that we are saved. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve. God’s grace is made perfect in our weakness. Another way to look at this word is to give Grace to ourselves. 
 

 

If you’re afraid of something today, there’s a kind of grace for you. If you feel guilty, broken or like damaged goods, there’s a kind of grace available to get you through this moment and beyond to help you rise above it – it’s an infinite supply.

 

 

If you need it, grace applies it. If you break it, grace fixes it. If you lose it, grace finds it. If you spoil it, grace restores it. When you’re dirty, grace cleans you. When you’re down low, grace picks you up. When you’re hurt, grace comforts.

 

Grace is a situational shape-shifter. It will go where you go. What’s your need? What’s your opportunity? What do you have facing you? God will adapt his grace to suit your need.

 

The amazing thing about it is that, with all of the different circumstances, all the different situations of all the different people of all the ages of time, grace never runs out and grace can always adapt to any situation.
So often we try to be perfect and to hold ourselves to a standard of perfection and that is unrealistic. We all need God’s grace and we need to give ourselves a little more Grace. I love this WORD so much because it is such a great reminder! Every time my little Chloë Grace hugs and kisses me I am reminded of God’s amazing Grace! I will continue to lavish in His Grace as she celebrates her 5th Birthday next Month! His Grace is more than enough! ❤✨💫

If we could see ourselves through God’s eyes we would see just how far short we fall in comparison to God’s righteousness. 

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“….In the shadow of your wings I take refuge.” — Psalm 57:1 

This psalm was written during one of the times that David was fleeing from King Saul as he was attempting to kill David. This psalm opens with something of a contradiction. David had done nothing to deserve King Saul’s hatred. Saul was after David because he knew that David had been chosen by God to be the next king of Israel.
David cries out to God for His mercy. When we ask God for mercy we are asking Him not to give us what we deserve. By all appearances David deserved God’s protection. 

What David is expressing here is important for us all to understand and it will help us to face the difficult circumstances of our lives. We deserve all the bad things that will happen to us in our lives. We tend to think of ourselves as ‘good people’ and therefore not deserving of punishment. We recognize that we are not perfect and do fall short of the perfection of God but we are not so bad as to deserve punishment.


Our problem is that we are not using a proper scale to evaluate ourselves. If we could see ourselves through God’s eyes we would see just how far short we fall in comparison to God’s righteousness. 

David knew he was not perfect and that bad things were coming into his life for reasons that might relate to his own weaknesses. Rather than blaming his circumstances on the situations that he was facing, he went to God and asked for mercy. This is the perfect way to respond to the difficult things of life. Rather than trying to understand why these things are going on, simply humble yourself before God and ask for His mercy in your life.
David goes on to claim God as his place of refuge and strength. David, the slayer of Goliath, was going to hide under God’s wings rather than fight this circumstance. David, the future warrior-king of Israel, was going to wait out this storm in God’s presence. We spend too much time in the violent storm rather than in the calming presence of God. God will let us fight and struggle if we choose to, or we can run to him and seek refuge and peace in him. If David was willing to do this, so should we. 》Tag someone who encourages you!!

The moment you accept Jesus as the Lord over your life, you are redeemed.

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 As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into His image. As redeemed women we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others.

Redemption is a biblical word that means “a purchase” or a “ransom.” Historically, redemption was used in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. A slave was “redeemed” when the price was paid for his freedom. God spoke of Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt in this way: “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:6). The use of redemption in the New Testament includes this same idea. Every person is a slave to sin; only through the price Jesus paid on the cross can a sinful person be redeemed from sin and death. 


 When we are redeemed, we become different people. When God redeemed Israel from slavery in Egypt, He made them a new nation and gave them a new land. 

Likewise, the Christian has a new identity in Christ. No longer is the Christian a captive to sin and death. Instead, they have become a citizen of God’s kingdom and He has a new name. Christians now live in anticipation of our eternal home with our Heavenly Father. I’m so thankful for that incredible Redeeming Love and that Jesus paid the price for our sins. 

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” — Colossians ‭3:2‬ ‭

What can we do practically to help set our minds on heavenly things?
The first step is to recognize our need for setting our minds on things above. We must recognize that there are many competing claims upon our minds and our attention, and we must resolve to find a time and a place where we will not be bombarded by TV, radio, the telephone, or the internet.
Instead, we should give ourselves to our Bibles and to the living God in a little safe and quiet space. We must give ourselves to setting our minds on things above by meditating upon and memorizing Scripture.
Likewise, as we read the Scriptures we ought to pray, “O Lord, open my eyes to see yourself and the wonders that you are and the wonders that you promise.” These are the things of heaven. And in this way we will become more heavenly minded because we are saturating our minds with the things of God, the words of Scripture.
It is very simple in the end. Find a time and a place where you have a season of solitude and quiet. Open your Bible and read slowly, and as you read turn every sentence into prayer. And saturate your mind. Ask questions. Ponder. Ask how it relates to your family, your children, your singleness, your job, your leisure, so that all of your life takes on a Godward focus, a Bible saturation, and an exaltation of Jesus Christ.

Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.—‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9

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As a follower of Jesus, we can often spend a lot of time trying to discern God’s will for our lives. This plays itself out in us stopping at every intersection in life to cast our lots or waiting for a voice from God.

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Remember, Joshua was one of two men who said God could help them take the promised land while the other 10 were afraid (Numbers 13:30). God can call you to do great things as He did with Joshua. Be strong and courageous today in your walk with the Lord and trust that He will lead you.

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Blessings! ❤✨💫