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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and knowledge of scriptures and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Forgive Even When A Person May Not Deserve It

"For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."Matthew 12:37 Probably not a person reading this has not been hurt verbally or emotionally by someone, usually very close to you. Your choices are to fly off the handle and fight back or let it go giving person benefit of the doubt.  People start early with name calling, being bullies, letting cursing become their vocabulary and many hurting people turn around and hurt other people. God has to be the one to reach down and bring ultimate healing. Some who are the person hurting may come from a background where they were hurt with words. It hurts to be the recipient of harsh treatment from another’s mouth but unless you are in physical danger try to pray for the person who lashed out and don’t try to straighten them out but let the Holy Spirit convict and intercede.  PRAYER: Lord Jesus I know it breaks your heart when your ‘children’ treat others poorly attacking them with foul language or ugly talk. Convict people who may not even be aware of it and give grace to those who are recipients. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Do You Feel Tired And Withered Up?

 

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you.2 Peter 3:9
Some days do you feel like throwing in the towel sitting in a corner and having a good cry? I feel if you are honest all of us have been there feeling tired, weary, stretched to the limit, wondering where to go from here.
Maybe it is time to get rid of things in your life taking you away from God. Satan is the big discourager and he is the one who makes you feel worthless, confused, worn out and hopeless but he is a LIAR.
My friend you are called by God and have a purpose. He can use you. Sometimes you may never know this side of Heaven how he used you but he does. Hang on my friend. Read the book of Psalms, call a friend, above all pray.
PRAYER: You are magnificent Lord and you keep me running the race to win. I will kick Satan under the bus and refuse to believe the garbage dump he tries to put in my head. I am redeemed and set free. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Click below for a song of worship to lift your spirits.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day Is Here...Do People Even Care Anymore?



I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.Psalm 7:17
I find it very very sad that many people due to reeducation in progressive public schools don't even know about the Christian roots of Thanksgiving. They are too busy bashing Americans' treatment of Indians and trying to toss prayer out of the schools. Such a sad state for a country founded on God and having a distinct Christian holiday which now is often relegated to 'Turkey Day'. 

Our society can not hardly wait for Christmas as Thanksgiving is forgotten except for football and black Friday. One of the things I want to do some November is travel to Plymouth Rock and take it all in. If you are a parent, take time to get a children's book about Thanksgiving and read the story to your children. It may do you well to hear it again also. Don't make this day about parades, football, shopping and stuffing yourself with food but stop and do something a bit different. Ask people what they are thankful for. Tell the story of the Pilgrims. 

The Pilgrims were so grateful to be in a free world and start a new life without religious persecution but odd how anti Christian and anti American forces have infiltrated this once free country. There is no other country like America but evil forces are trying to put an end to that so really pray this Thanksgiving maybe even take time to say the Lord’s Prayer together at your dinner table. Don’t just shrug it off as another fun day. 

PRAYER: I am ever so grateful for freedom we have here in America and during Covid times even more grateful after mandatory masking and lockdowns. Heal our land Lord of this dreadful pandemic that has created an atmosphere for tyranny. Help me never assume anything and always give thanks. In Jesus’ name! Amen. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Deletion

 November 23 devotion was deleted due to the offense of a reader and me not wanting to ruin my testimony or support of readers and create conflict. The purpose was never intended to agitate people but in this climate we live in in 2020 it is not hard to cause unintended division, if you choose to read it it can be found on my Echoes of Freedom page on Facebook. Thanks for your love and understanding.?

Comparison Is A Joy Robber

 


For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

No matter what it is you are comparing whether it is vacations, your weight, level of fitness, house, time with grandchildren, talents and abilities, income, car you drive, comparing is a tool of the enemy. It gets you feeling unsatisfied and left out. 

God wants you to be grateful and content no matter where you are at in your journey of life. Feeling discontent means you are not trusting God to see you through and believe he has good things for you. 

This day choose joy,choose peace, choose contentment. Be happy where you are as God uses you in all sorts of places. Run and thank God all the time!   

PRAYER: Father forgive  me for times I have wished I had a different life or certain stuff that the world says I need to be happy. True contentment is knowing you so use me to help others understand that. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Beyond The Hashtag#

 


If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.Romans 12:18

 

The current times in which you live are inundated with hashtags #️⃣ or what I used to call the pound or number sign. You can put hashtag before a word and click on it to be taken to a wealth of information about a certain subject or group. 

Have you ever wanted to get away from computers, social media, hashtags, and everything surrounding them? How does a nice walk by the ocean sound or a hike in the woods, without devices screaming at you. How about a hotel room without a television? I mean I need my device to do this devotion but what I purpose to do is to live intentionally beyond hashtags and all the things causing noise  in the world. 

What is really important? God, family, life, friends, happiness. Being still in a ‘wound up‘ world can be a challenge but with practice you can achieve a measure of stillness in your life without the hashtags beckoning you to keep searching. Give it a try. 

PRAYER: I love life and get amazed with all the technology that has been developed but sometimes it is time to take a break. Help me Lord as I seek to carve out this time weekly in my schedule. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Season Of Giving Just Around The Corner

 


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38

To say it’s been quite an unusual year would be an extreme understatement. Hopefully it is NOT the new normal. 

Holidays still occur during a pandemic and seemingly one of the favorites is Christmas especially for children. Start coming up with ideas about how you can bless someone and maybe even anonymously.There is a verse in Acts 20:35 that says  “it is more blessed to give than receive” and that is very true. 

Many charities at this time of year could use monetary or material donations such as Salvation Army(Red Kettle drive), Toys for Tots(US Marine Corps), Angel Tree( Prison Fellowship), Samaritan’s Purse(Operation Christmas Child) and many more. Pay it forward for a stranger in line at grocery or fast food. Tip wait staff larger even if they did lousy job. Just be a happy good deed doer and see if you don’t feel better. 

PRAYER:Lord use me to bless another for Christmas and year round. Help kindness not just be because it’s Christmas. Open my eyes and heart to needs. In Jesus’ name. Amen.