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Blood Moon

There is a lot of talk and speculation about the upcoming "blood moons" and how they will affect Israel and the world.


Blood Moons

"And I will show wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." Joel 2:30-31 (KJV)

There has been a lot of talk and speculation about what the upcoming blood moon tetrad sequence may mean. One thing is sure, The blood moon tetrad is inextricably linked to Israel and is a sign of impending change. God seems to have a time table and the sun, moon, and stars are the "hands on the clock," so to speak. In other words, we see the times we are in by the signs in heaven.

The tetrad, or four blood moons coming over the next two years gives us prophetic signals of something big coming. These blood moons will take place on the Jewish Passovers on April 15, 2014, and April 4, 2015, and the Feasts of Tabernacles on Oct. 8, 2014, and Sept. 28, 2015.

Recent centuries have seen these same events in the sky and some amazing changes for Israel and the world. The cries of many today are, "Time is running out! Are you ready for the next event on God's timetable?"

When it happened in 1493 and 1494 Jews were expelled from Spain. The blood moons in 1949 and 1950 came right after the nation of Israel was assembled, giving the Jews a homeland for the first time in thousands of years. And in 1967 and 1968 it was linked to the Six-Day War.

Something big is about to happen. Pastor John Hagee told Fox News, "This is something that just is beyond coincidental." He explained that the prophecies in the Bible note that when the sun refuses to shine - and a solar eclipse is expected in the 2014-2015 time frame - and the moon will be turned to blood, then man's redemption draws near.

Jesus did say, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. ... And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." (Matthew 24:29-30)

With the Middle East boiling over with strife and Iran determined to annihilate America and Israel we see that the stage is set for a potential nuclear holocaust. If, this happens there will terrorist attacks of every kind in both lands.

I don't know the timing but I do know that there will be a great war, long before Armageddon, that will see God intervene supernaturally for all to see. There will be a great resurgence of Jewish faith and Ezekiel's Temple will be built and Jewish sacrifice reinstated. The world will fear the God of Israel and there will be great peace for a time. After that, anti-Semitism will raise it's ugly head once more and the world will turn against her once again.

This will set the stage for the anti-Christ to establish himself in the temple and attempt to rule the world through the power of the spirit of Mammon (the devil himself). Armageddon will follow and the Lord will return. Yes, Jesus, the Messiah of Israel will appear to the Jews in Israel and defeat their enemies.

Our only response should be to honor and serve the Lord with gladness, faithfulness and zeal until the day of His appearing.
—— Wellspring Ministries

F-E-A-R

Isaiah 41:10 - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

3/26th - I have caught myself saying a couple of times that I know God's going to take care of me tomorrow during the
surgery BUT
I am a little fearful. A Preacher years ago commented that when the word "but" is used, it negates everything before it !!! I've been doing some 'rechecking' today.

"
FEAR" - False Evidence Appearing Real! Not as scary that way. Just the Devil trying to get to us! And,
isn't that usually the truth? Our fears are manifested in our minds, only truly based on the unknown or from our playing "what if ". When we do that, we forget very important things:

Matthew 17:7
- "But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Rise, and have no fear'."

John 8:12
- "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'."

John 1:5
says, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." That's something we all need to remember....... "the darkness has not overcome it"..... It's only in our minds.

Luke 8:16
- "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light."

So, pull out The Word and quiet the darkness and your fears....turn them over to the Lord.
Hope you have a fearless, bold, awesome day. Maggie
 
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Flashlight
~A MountainWings Original by James Bronner~

Most parents have had some experience with kids waking up with
bad dreams at some point or another. If not bad dreams, then
surely every parent has had to deal with invisible monsters
hiding in the closet or under the bed.

Recently my wife and I had a bout with our oldest son waking us
out of the comfort of our warm bed to come into his room and
scare off something that was fear itself.

It was three in the morning and even though it can be the
sweetest word on earth when you get home from work, it is not
so sweet when heard at three in the morning.

"Daddy"

I came into my son's room to see what the problem was.
The first time it was, "I think I saw something."
The second time it was, "I think I heard something."
The third time it was, "I'm just scared."

I had to get up early in the morning and go to work. I am a
very patient man but my sleepiness was wearing my patience down.
The wee hours of the morning had me delirious so I warned him,
"If you call me one more time, I'm going to give you something
to be afraid of." Two minutes later.

"Daddy"

I came into the room and staying true to my promise, even though
it hurt my heart to do so, I gave him a tap on the leg; after
all, I had to get some sleep. Walking back to my bed like a
weary victor of war, I said, "It wasn't easy but that took care
of that." Five minutes later.

"Daddy"

I lay in bed for a while at my wit's end on what to do,
I had given up.

I knew that if I went and slept in his room with him he would
want me to do it every night that he felt fear. I laid there
basking in a feeling of stripped victory. In the stillness of
the night, a light popped on in my head.

It was a literal light.
I saw a picture in my head of a flashlight.

I immediately got out of bed, went to the hall closet, got the
flashlight out and took it to my son's room. I handed it to him
and told him "Light has a special power to make monsters go
away, when you think you see or hear something just cut the
light on and shine it in that direction and whatever it is will
have to go away."

I went back and got into bed with apprehensiveness against
getting to sleep too soundly. I listened for about five minutes
then I saw a circle of light shining in my son's room. I waited
for that demanding title of "Daddy," but all I heard was the
stillness of the night.

This same principle is true in the lives of adults. Many times,
we are afraid of that which can really do us no harm.

Our flashlight can be knowledge; most of the time we fear what
we don't understand. As we become more enlightened on something that seems scary, peace will come.

The light doesn't really chase away monsters living in the
shadows, it just changes our eyesight to see that the room, the
business, the school, the marriage, and the assignment is not as
scary as it looked without the light on.

Whatever you are afraid of, shine some light on it.

John 12:46
- "I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness."


Hobby Lobby

Tomorrow, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will go before the Supreme Court in defense of their right to operate their business in accordance with their faith, a concept that is a long held American tradition and protected by the Constitution.

Hobby Lobby and other family businesses have refused to comply with HHS regulations that mandate they offer insurance policies that include abortifacient dru
gs. If they lose this case, they will be forced to pay $1.3 million in punitive fines per day or cancel the healthcare coverage for all their employees.

According to a poll commissioned by Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom, 59% of likely voters disapprove of the HHS Mandate (including 54% of women ages 18-44!). These numbers are further evidence of a nation that has a deep desire to maintain the religious liberty that has been integral to the functioning of this nation since its inception.

It is imperative that Americans now stand together in support of religious liberty-as envisioned by our founders, and guaranteed by our Constitution.

Tomorrow, FRC will be on the steps of the Supreme Court standing alongside the courageous Green family. Although we understand that not everyone may be able to do this, there are ways that you can show your support for religious liberty right where you are:

First and foremost, please pray for the Green family and those involved in their litigation. Join us on March 29, for
#HobbyLobbyDay by RSVPing to this Facebook event.

Add this banner to your Facebook or Twitter profile to show your support for Hobby Lobby.

Finally, we want to extend a special thanks to Mike Huckabee for helping to underscore the the importance of this case and our religious freedom.

Thank you again for your support and prayers as we advance faith, family and freedom.

For Their Lives,

Joshua Duggar
Executive Director

Special Day for Me

Today is my birthday. Honestly, I was never sure I'd live 67 years - in one respect (medical history), but in another, I was sure I'd live until the Rapture !! I am SO blessed with my husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends, and I thank you all so much.

We had a wonderful weekend with meeting good pals in LaGrange, GA to eat dinner together at the
Cracker Barrel (one of my favorite places), then we four went to the Kingdom Heirs' tour concert. I know most of you know how much we love the Heirs, but just in case you don't - for about seven (7) years they have blessed us with their talents and just knowing them on a personal basis. They all 'live the life' and 'walk the walk', spreading God's Word all over the country, and for about nine months out of the year, being the resident quartet at Dollywood.

You know that I don't believe in spreading advertisements, but, folks, go to their website and order
every single one of their CD's. You will surely be blessed !!! http://kingdomheirs.com/ There, you can read about them, their biographies, their tour schedule, and their CD 'Store'.

Then, on Sunday morning, we met our dear friends again for breakfast at Cracker Barrel before
heading home - them, to Southeast Alabama, and we, to North Alabama. It was a dear visiting with them - had been a year since we had seen them.
On the way home, we stopped at a Dollar General, I bought some needed items, paid for it with my credit card found in my billfold, and that's the last time I saw my billfold, complete with credit cards, driver's license, insurance cards, etc. I really almost feel violated !!! Of course, I've cancelled my debit card and the credit cards, but still have to go get a replacement driver's license, etc. However, this did NOT dilute my enthusiasm over the wonderful weekend.

Since it's my birthday, I'm going to start off sharing with you my favorite Scripture, then close with others which I really
hold dear. Hope you have an extremely wonderful day. Maggie
 
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Isaiah 41:10 - "Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

Unfortunately, there are times when the "human" side of us forgets
this, and that's a shame. If we repeatedly remember His promise, we can live our lives with joy, coming from our strength in our faith.

Psalms 51:12
- "Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me
with a willing spirit."

Psalms 126:5
- "May those who sow in tears, reap with shouts of joy!"

Ecclesiastes 5:20
- "For he will not much remember the days of his
life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart."

Isaiah 35:10
- "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come
to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

Jeremiah 31:13
- "...... I will turn their mourning into joy, I will
comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow."

Colossians 1:11
- "May you be strengthened with all power, according
to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy"

1 Chronicles 16:27
- "Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and
joy are in His place"

John 15:11
- "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in
you, and that your joy may be full."

Nehemiah 8:10
- "Then he said to them .....for this day is holy to our
Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

Psalms 28:7
- "The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my
heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him."

Isaiah 40:31
- "but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Ephesians 3:16
- "that according to the riches of His glory He may grant
you to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man"

Ephesians 6:10 - "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His
might."

2 Thessalonians 3:3
- "But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and
guard you from evil."

Psalm 55:16
- "
As for me, I shall call upon God, and the LORD will save me."
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Teacher Shoes

I have on my 'teacher shoes' this morning. Would anyone who believes that posting something generic on Facebook about your day-to-day life ('I'm going to the store', 'going to get my nails done', etc.) is sufficient to let your 'friends' know that you are thinking about them, and you're happy they are in your life, please raise your hand. I thought so..........

Hebrews 13:16 - "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

No, I'm not a Biblical Scholar, but this scripture for me signifies that we need to share ourselves with others, and if the
sacrifice is one's time and efforts, one's belongings, one's effort to communicate on a personal level, then so be it. It's really easy to click 'like' on Facebook and think that the one who posted it is feeling that you are sending them personal prayers and feelings of comradery. Guess what? It doesn't work that way.

So many times in the past, I've encouraged you to reach out to someone. Make a phone call, mail a card or note, write
an email, TAKE THE TIME to let someone else know that you are thinking of them specifically. It'll make their day !!!

Matthew 13:7-8 - "Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and chocked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

So, what kind of seeds are YOU planting?

Are YOU leaving a mark on other peoples' lives?
Are you letting some folks know that they are in your thoughts and prayers? Or are they?

Hope you have a blessed and 'giving' weekend. Maggie
 

The Spirit of Faith

You are not, not ever, 'alone' !!! You may not hear from friends or family, and that can make you feel terribly lonesome, angry, resentful, or hurt, but you are not 'alone'.

Matthew 28:20 - "teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very
end of the age.”

Maybe you have never thought about others having the same problems as you are, and no, I don't mean 'misery loves company'. However, just knowing that may give you strength and peace. I sincerely hope so. God bless. Maggie
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It’s your year to step into victory! (Here’s how…)

Welcome to 2014! We have good news for you as you begin this New Year: There is never a problem the devil has devised that God cannot fix. Not a single one!

No matter how difficult of a situation you may be facing, God has a solution. He has your victory!

The doctors may have told you there is no hope. Your bank account may be empty, and the creditors knocking on the door. There may be trouble in your family or on your job. Your problems may be stacked so high, you feel like you can never overcome them, much less come out on top.

But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. He made every provision for you to live an abundant life, with nothing missing and nothing broken. The victory is already yours…but you have to step into it with a spirit of faith.

STEP OUT with a Spirit of Faith

The spirit of faith believes the Word of God.

And it believes the Word of God just because God said it, whether or not natural circumstances agree or not. Listen to this description of the spirit of faith:

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written,
I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal
"
. 2 Corinthians 4:13, 18, New King James Version

What do you need a spirit of faith for? If you want to maintain a spirit of faith in the area of healing, for example, you must start by finding out what God says about it. Then, you must choose to receive the Word as the truth. The same goes for your finances, your family, your relationships, your job and so on. When you believe the Word of God, you open a window to your life that gives God the opportunity to enter in. Without faith there is no victory.

STEP UP and Fight the Good Fight

Once you start believing the Word of God for your situation, you will have a fight of faith on your hands.

But the Bible says it’s a good fight! Why? Because you always win when you believe God. Still, it will take some hard work.

The Bible says that Satan comes immediately to steal the Word. You will be tempted to doubt and not believe. Combat this by casting down thoughts that are contrary to what Scripture says, and replace them with God’s promises, His thoughts. Keep putting the Word in your heart—every day—until faith rises up within you.

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV

Having the Word in your mind is good, but having it in your heart as well is powerful. Second Corinthians says, “I believed, and therefore have spoken…” The spirit of faith stands in the midst of impossible circumstances, believes God anyway, and begins to speak the Word of God. When cancer attacks, faith doesn’t say, “I’m dying of cancer.” Faith says, “I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. Therefore, I will live and not die, and declare the works of the Lord!”

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21, NKJV

Resolve to make a daily confession of victory using the Scriptures, even when the circumstances don’t line up with God’s Word. It’s what you believe in your heart and say with your mouth continually that comes to pass in your life.

STEP INTO Your Victory

Victory comes when you simply persist in doing things you know to do.

Act on the knowledge of God’s Word and what He says. It’s imperative that you believe God and then act like you believe. Instead of looking at a negative situation, focus your attention on the promises of God. Keep them in front of your eyes and in your ears until you can see the answer coming to pass with the eyes of your spirit. That’s what the spirit of faith does. It looks “not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18, NKJV

This doesn’t mean you should stick your head in the sand and ignore problems. After all, they’re real! But according to the Scripture above, those circumstances are only temporary. If you persist in an attitude of victory, God will see to it that they change.

With great expectation, just watch what He does. Those areas in your life will begin to conform to the Word of God, and you will step into 2014 as your year of victory! Praise God!

~~ Kenneth Copeland

So Many Hurts

So Many Hurts

You've been working at the same job for eight years. When you were hired, your starting salary was the same as your 'BEGINNING' salary of your previous job at which you had worked for 14 years. Well, at least you got quarterly bonuses at the new job, and they really came in handy. However, now you no longer receive bonuses, and you've not had a raise in those eight years. With inflation, the cost of everything has jumped considerably in those eight years, and you can no longer pay all your monthly bills, much less have any 'extra' money to take small trips, go to the show, go out to eat, etc. Talk about STRESSED.

After many years, and after all your children were adults, you were able to buy your 'dream home' for just the two
of you. Well, after your Father died, your Mother had to move in with you because of her poor health, but it didn't stop there. One of your children lost his job, so he, his wife, and two YOUNG children (your grandchildren) came to live with you also. Neither your son nor your Mother is able to help with the house's expenses, much less pay you any 'rent'. So, literally, you are supporting and 'baby-sitting' your Mother, and your two young grandchildren all day, every day. You are tired all the time and never have any 'time' for yourself and your husband. Talk about being EXHAUSTED.

You were driving to work one morning and a truck ran a red light and hit your car broadside .... completely
'totaling' your car and sending you to hospital for a week with your injuries. The other driver did not have insurance, and your insurance didn't help much with the hospital bill, the rest of the medical bills, regular monthly bills, etc. Because of your car being 'totaled', now you have to buy another car as you continue to pay the monthly amount on house, on utilities and water, etc. To add injury, your auto insurance company cancelled you. You are DEPRESSED.

You decided to go to 'Happy Hour' at the local pub, and when you left, you didn't realize that it was dark yet.
Even being slightly intoxicated, you drove. However, before you got home, you strayed over the yellow line and hit another car head-on, killing the other driver and her 16-month old daughter. 'VEHICULAR HOMICIDE' - five years in prison. You definitely feel CONVICTED.

Your husband, even as young as he was, had a massive stroke and died. There was no way to pay all the regular
expenses. You put your house on the market and moved, with your two young children, into a small apartment. You hate to think it, much less say it, but you feel RESENTMENT.

You've lost your spouse/your child/your grandchild/a parent/a sibling/a dear friend/even a beloved pet. You are GRIEVING;
you are LONELY.

You have been diagnosed with a serious, possibly fatal disease. Your parent is aging with a whole myriad of problems
and you don't know how to care for them as they need. You are SCARED.

Your health insurance premium has doubled, but has less coverage. You are WORRIED.

You have children/grandchildren about whom you are worried in this world of today. You are CONCERNED.

Because of differing reasons, you and your spouse are having some serious problems and you are ANGRY.

I could go on and on. These are some of the things which fill my prayers because they are about real people. Maybe you
recognize yourself and know that I'm praying for you. If not you, then please know that I'm still praying for you and yours.

ISAIAH 41:10
- "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help
you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Believe and receive.

Hope you have a glorious day, filled with comfort and peace. Maggie
 
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A LITTLE EVERY DAY

"Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it
."
(Luke 13:18-19)

If you're going to grow in the kingdom of God, you're going to do it just like a seed that's been planted in the ground. How does a seed grow? All at once? No, it grows constantly— 24 hours a day—a little all the time until it accomplishes what it was created to do.

Many of us don't operate that way spiritually. We study and pray very hard for a few days and then quit. Then, when some disaster comes, we make a mad attempt to pray and stand on the Word, all the while realizing that, for some reason, we're just not as strong as we ought to be.

There's no such thing as an overnight success in the kingdom of God! Real strength, real growth comes as you consistently and constantly keep the Word before your eyes, in your ears, and in the midst of your heart. Not just when you want to or when you feel like it, but constantly, like the seed, a little all the time.

Make up your mind to begin that daily process of constant growth today. Determine to start putting the Word in your heart consistently. Every day a line here, a line there—a tape here, a tape there.

Begin to act as though that Word is true every hour of the day regardless of what comes or how you feel. Keep adding to your faith, meditating on it, confessing it, seven days a week.

Eventually, your faith will be bigger than you ever dreamed it
could be.

- Kenneth Copeland


In The Midst of Tragedy

Today, I'm asking you to please pray for all those affected by the economy. I have so many 'e-pals' who are really hurting. Their needs span from job-loss, to health insurance premiums doubling and co-pays increasing, not receiving 'end of the year' bonuses, or any 'bonus', for which their budgets were depending, medical difficulties and expenses, or children moving back home because they cannot find a job. It's so sad. So, if we find ourselves short on finances, we need to remember that our Lord is our provider, regardless how bad it is.
.
Hope you have a comforting and secure day. Maggie
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Bible Truths for Tragic Times
By Laura J. Bagby, CBN.com

"The waves of death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death itself stared me in the face. But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I called to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears" (2 Samuel 22:5-7).

The above Scripture passage, a heartfelt cry of King David written thousands of years ago, is also very telling of the experiences of many today.

God does hear the cries of those who suffer. The Lord God is close to the brokenhearted, to those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). He is our refuge in times of trouble (Psalm 59:16).

We can become overwhelmed when we dwell on tragedy, which is exactly why the Bible tells us to set our minds on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).

When our hearts are troubled, we must seek the Lord. When we give our anxious hearts to God instead of remaining paralyzed by our fearful thoughts, we gain His peace. The Bible tells us plainly in Philippians 4:6-7:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" .

John 14:27 also notes the exchange of fear for peace. Jesus states:

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"

These are the times to remember just who our God truly is, a God who is there and a God who cares. So let us pause to consider our Great King. Let's look on heavenly things for a moment to calm our nerves.

WHO IS GOD IN THE MIDST OF TRAGEDY?

Our Comforter

  • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
  • "Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places And her wilderness He will make like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody" (Isaiah 51:3).

Our Deliverer

  • "But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering;
    He speaks to them in their affliction
    "
    (Job 36:15).
  • "He is my loving ally and my fortress,
    my tower of safety, my deliverer
    "
    (Psalm 144:2).
  • "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17).

Our Overcomer

  • "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
  • "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

Our Guide

  • "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Our Upholder

  • "Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you" (Isaiah 41:10).

Our Protector

  • " Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared" (Proverbs 3:25-26).
  • "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance" (Psalm 32:7).

Always with us

  • He says he will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5).

The Unchanging One

  • "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

The Compassionate One

  • "But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness" (Psalm 86:15).

Isn't it good to know how great our God is! He is our Defender, Deliverer, and Mighty God. Let us choose to trust in His goodness in these troubled times?

"The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever
" (
Psalm 29:10).

Struggles and Rewards

Ephesians 6:12
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

Now, before going any further, this is NOT anything 'political' and I'm not speaking of our fights against the devil.

"STRUGGLE" can be defined as
"a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve." Now, we think, "Is 'a struggle' worth it because of the reward?"

REWARD
is defined
as "a thing given in recognition of one's service, effort, or achievement."

Where am I going with this, you ask? It seems to me that we, as mere humans, become downtrodden when we struggle and receive no reward or recognition for our hard work. One can become complacent as 'What does it matter, no one appreciates my efforts?'

Appreciate - "The recognition of importance". Now, are you seeing where I'm headed?

When I was the Telemarketers' Supervisor for ADT Security, each month I gave a 'remembrance' (or 'reward') to the telemarketer whose calls lead to the most sales; then, for the Telemarketers' Department, I gave a 'thank you' (reward) to the salesman/saleswoman who made the most sales which originated from the Telemarketers. Ronnie and I always 'tip' the 'busboy' at restaurants who clears and cleans our table after we get up. It really takes so little effort for us to do, but could mean a great deal.

Yes, I know, in this low-economic age, everyone who HAS a job, should be SO grateful for it .... and that's the truth. Also,
when we choose to become parents, one gets very few 'thank you's' from your children, but then that's not why we had them.

All I'm saying is that everyone would appreciate some form of recognition and appreciation for doing the best we can, under
any circumstance. It's amazing how much that could mean.
So, if there's someone who you appreciate, take a little time to acknowledge them. Also, it's not wrong for you to expect a little recognition from someone, either. Again, it's amazing how much that could mean. Also, I'm speaking of being a 'mere human', but
I know that God would expect our living to reflect His teachings and His Word.

Luke 6:31
- "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

Romans 13:7
- "Give to everyone what you owe them:
If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue;
if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."

Hope you have a great day. Maggie
 

Coffee Break - New Year's Blessing

Coffee Break

"New Year's Blessing"

I would like to wish you all a blessed and prosperous New Year. The Bible tells us that the Lord daily loads us with benefits and He crowns the year with His goodness. It is my prayer for you that He will pour out blessings upon you that there is not room enough to receive them. I pray that His goodness surround you. I pray that goodness and mercy will be your traveling companions this year. I pray that He will bless you coming in and going out, in the city and field, basket and store. My prayer is that He will make you the head and not the tail, the first and not the last, above and not beneath, the lender and not the borrower. May His blessings that make rich yet add no sorrow be upon you. And may you experience the abundant life that awaits you as you surrender your entire self to this wonderfully amazing and awesome God who loves you with an everlasting, unquenchable, unchanging love.

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Numbers 6:24-26

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3


"The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth." Psalm 115:12-15


"The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace." Psalm 29:11


"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God." Deuteronomy 28:2


Have a great day. May God's richest blessings overtake you this year.


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Coffee Break is written by Lorraine Ezell
About the Master's Business Ministry, Inc.