Under Seige

Pat:

More Good Encouragement! Enjoy be blessed! :)

Originally posted on Come with me on a Journey through the Bible:

Do we ever feel like we’re under siege?  Lots of things going wrong?  New problems piled on top of old problems with no end in sight?

In Jeremiah 32 we read that the siege ramps were built up around the walls of Jerusalem and the Babylonians were coming up over the city walls on these ramps attacking the Israelites on all sides.cropped-eedsc_03962.jpg

God said to Jeremiah,” I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?” (vs 27 )

In the middle of the battles, God promised restoration and healing to the Israelites.  Just like he promises restoration and healing to us today.eeeeeecDSC_0452

God told the Israelites that their joy would return.  And he is telling us that today.

As we look at our own situations, these promises of God might be hard to believe.  We just can’t see how God will heal our situations.  We don’t feel…

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Quick To Judge

Pat:

So much Wonderful Encouragement! Be blessed :)

Originally posted on discoveringandsharinggrace:

IMG_0432I immediately pre-judged the two young men as they walked from their car to the store. Didn’t know them. Never talked with them and yet I assumed they were going to cause some kind of problem.

As I walked to the front of the store from the pharmacy, I noticed them standing at the cashier counter. As I  got closer, I heard one of them say, “Let’s just go, we don’t have enough.” I looked at the counter to see a few bags of snacks which they left behind.

I caught up with them at the door and asked them how much they were short. I asked them to come back in so I could make up the difference.

Upon paying, they both had the biggest and brightest smiles and both said, “thank you, sir.”

Actually, I should have been thanking them and thanking God for teaching me a lesson. A…

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Monday Motivation: Don’t Forget Where You Come From…

Pat:

What a great Encouraging word! God wants us to be Real!

Originally posted on just love them anyway:

Hey guys!

I hope your weekend was great! Today I have something laying on my heart and I don’t know who needs to hear this today but I’m going to share it. As a young Christian, It is no easy feat to stay grounded and to stay on the path God has designed for me. But by His grace I’m holding on! I’m nowhere near perfect and will never be, but my intention is to serve Christ and be an example to those I interact with each day.

But you what really grinds my gears? ( irritates me to the core) Is when people forget where they are coming from and look down on people who have not made the decision to enter into a relationship with Christ. Or people who have made the step towards said relationship and are struggling to maintain it. We as Christians need to remember…

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August 29, 2015

Pat:

Wonderful Encouragement ! :) Be Blessed ! :)

Originally posted on archieboyle.com:

New_bluIn this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties.
But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33

Spiritual growth occurs from the inside out.God does not hide from us the fact that once we make a decision to continue in recovery we can expect to experience difficulties in resisting the world. When we turn around from the past of disillusionment to attempt a new-lifestyle it is not going to be easy. We must not kid ourselves. Self-confidence will soon be shattered.  The world at large will not pat us on the back for restructuring our lives. We will run into all kinds of disinterest, and few will care about our new found goals. This can distress us. We may be tempted to throw in the towel.

God alone gives us faith, as He call s us to keep moving forward with Him. ‘He has conquered the world.’ and invites…

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Spiritual Trust

Pat:

Very Good Encouragement! Enjoy be blessed :)

Originally posted on discoveringandsharinggrace:

IMG_0854I love going on my road trips and traveling away from the interstates! There is one section of road in the middle of the state which is uncomfortable for me. It is a two lane stretch of highway where cars pass within feet of one another at high speeds. It is the same road where my parents were hit head on by a drunken driver. For a long time, I didn’t want to take this road.

In order to drive this stretch of road, I have to trust the people going in the opposite direction. I have to trust that I am going to be ok.

How about our spiritual trust?

There have been times on my walk of faith when I didn’t trust God. Dark days when I doubted God was with me. Depressing days when my doubt would turn to worry and anxiety.

I now know God was…

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The Joy Set Before Him

By Dr. James R. Miller

“When the time was come that he should be received up.” – Luke 9:51

There were a great many painful steps to take before our Lord could reach this blessed hour and be received up to glory. The immediate future was full of struggle, loss, and pain. On yonder heights his eye saw the radiancy of heaven, with its opening gates and its welcome home; but before his feet could enter the shining portal there was a broad battle-plain to pass through, and it was full of enemies. There were days of toil and nights of loneliness. At last he must pass through Gethsemane’s gloom, and all that via dolorosa which led to Calvary. He must die and go into the grave. All this before he could be received up.

But he did not think of any of these painful steps. He did not let his eye rest on the shadows that lay in the valley, but lifted it up to the mountain-top beyond, where the splendors of heaven blazed. Keeping his thoughts away forward on the glories that were to be his when he had ended the journey, he forgot the toils and the tears and fainted not.

This is a wonderful secret which all of us ought to learn not to think so much about the toil and hardness of the way, but to look beyond to the brightness of the end. No matter how rough the road is if it only brings us home at last. Many of us go worrying all through this life, keeping our eyes always downcast on the path we are treading. We see all the troubles, the difficulties and discouragements, but we never raise our eyes to see the joys and the blessings that are waiting for us. We ought to learn this life-secret which made Christ forget the shame and sorrow of his cross and see only the glory beyond. Learn to look up toward heaven. Think of its joys, its blessedness, until earth’s trials shall melt away in the brightness, and its griefs and losses be forgotten in the hopes of glory.

THE GREATEST ESCAPE

Pat:

Very Encouraging! Take time to read it! Love you

Originally posted on THE BOOK OF CALLING:

THE  GREATEST  ESCAPE

Prisoners of will

Slaves of corrupt conscience

Ones fallen so far

That darkness is light

Sour is sweet

Evil is good

And those who display and speak God’s Truth

Are considered the worst enemies…

Oh, the impossible human dilemma

Invisible snare about every heart and soul

Spirits forever trapped

Heavy chains about the minds,

The body merely a temporary prison cell.

Each human being at first birth

Born into spiritual blindness

Delusional self

Ruled by every selfish impulse or desire

Fallen completely,

Without even a hint of a thought of life that is true life!

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Messiah Yeshua walked the Earth that He made,

The Creator of all removed His Crown

Turned from His Throne

And walked the common human path

Led by the Father’s Spirit of mercy

In step with His Father’s Spirit of love.

As the only Shepherd of kindness

With gentleness blessed all the…

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Streams in The Desert

By: L. W. Cowman
Shut up to faith (Gal. 3:23).

God, in olden time suffered man to be kept in ward by the law that he might learn the more excellent way of faith. For by the law he would see God’s holy standard and by the law he would see his own utter helplessness; then he would be glad to learn God’s way of faith.

God still shuts us up to faith. Our natures, our circumstances, trials, disappointments, all serve to shut us up and keep us in ward till we see that the only way out is God’s way of faith. Moses tried by self-effort, by personal influence, even by violence, to bring about the deliverance of his people. God had to shut him up forty years in the wilderness before he was prepared for God’s work.

Paul and Silas were bidden of God to preach the Gospel in Europe. They landed and proceeded to Philippi. They were flogged, they were shut up in prison, their feet were put fast in the stocks. They were shut up to faith. They trusted God. They sang praises to Him in the darkest hour, and God wrought deliverance and salvation.

John was banished to the Isle of Patmos. He was shut up to faith. Had he not been so shut up, he would never have seen such glorious visions of God.

Dear reader, are you in some great trouble? Have you had some great disappointment, have you met some sorrow, some unspeakable loss? Are you in a hard place? Cheer up! You are shut up to faith. Take your trouble the right way. Commit it to God. Praise Him that He maketh “all things work together for good,” and that “God worketh for him that waiteth for him.” There will be blessings, help and revelations of God that will come to you that never could otherwise have come; and many besides yourself will receive great light and blessing because you were shut up to faith.
–C. H. P

You’re Worth It

Pat:

Good Encouragement!! Enjoy!

Originally posted on anorexia.Revealed:

It took me a long time to press “publish” on this post.

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Why?

I was afraid.

Not afraid, in that, I was revealing a particularly personal topic, or afraid to show my heart. Lord knows I’ve done enough of that already on here.

But afraid for a different reason. I was afraid to make you uncomfortable

You see, it’s a funny thing. I recently got 600 subscribers on here, and I know that’s chump change compared to many of you lovely bloggers out there. But for the first time, I was nervous to share what was put on my heart this evening for fear of what you might think.

So, like the good “former-therapy-gal” I am, I did a “feelings check” right then and there.

And here’s what I concluded.

First things first: I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the support from…

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The Child In The Midst

The Child In The Midst

By Dr. James R. Miller

“Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them.” –Matthew 18:2
The child preached the sermon. It said to those ambitious disciples, “Shame on all your quarrelling about prominence and high places. Look at me. I am much higher up in the kingdom of heaven than you. You must get clear of all your proud thoughts and become lowly and simple-minded and childlike, or in the new kingdom you will have no place at all, much less a high place.” Little children are all preaching sermons to us, if only we have ears to hear. Children, in their innocence, their simplicity, their naturalness, their sweetness of soul, wherever they go exert an influence upon other lives which no words can describe. They are at once the greatest preachers and themselves the most eloquent sermons.

This picture of Jesus with the little one in his arms is very beautiful. In all the Bible there is scarcely another which so well represents the attitude both of the soul and of the Savior in salvation and in all Christian life. Jesus takes the child in his arms: there is love, tenderness, protection. The bosom is the place of warmth, of affection, of intimacy, of confidence. The encircling arms imply safety, support, shelter. He lifted up the child and held it in his arms; so he carries his people through this world: he does not merely tell them how to go, but he takes them on his shoulders, carrying not their burdens only, but themselves. Thus he bears them on through life and through death.

Then look at the picture the other way — the child in the Savior’s arms. Its attitude speaks of trust, confidence, repose, peace, love, joy just the feelings which belong to the true Christian. What a place the bosom of Christ is in danger, in storm, in sorrow, in death! Shall we not learn just to nestle in our Savior’s arms in all our experiences?