Christianity, Love, Personal Journey

First Kiss.

I had my first kiss in the back row of this movie theater when I was 16 years old. Very late for a first kiss, but memorable none the less.
My first love took me to see The Princess Diaries starring Ann Hathaway. Right at the part where her makeover is unveiled, My then first boyfriend took me by The cheek, turned my face into him and pulled me in for my first kiss. It was very surprising. I loved him so much. He broke my heart.

My boyfriend broke up with me because I wouldn’t fornicate with him. He was blown away that I turned him down for Yeshua. It was a first for him.

Not every first is good.
Praise God for His Grace and Mercy and the extra chances He gives us in life and in love.

I really love the popular quote by Alexander Hamilton
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

In my case at 16 I obviously stood for Yeshua/Jesus.
Therefore I didn’t fall for this dude’s flattering tongue.

Just walking down a literal memory lane brings lots of creative writing ideas.

Praise The Lord that He can make Beautiful things with our pain and hurts!

The difference between life and the movies is that our actual existence never ends. After we die we can continue existing on Fire in horrific pain in the eternal damnation of hell for all eternity, or we can live forever in Heaven in peace with God through Yeshua our Messiah, The Son Of God.
I choose Yeshua.
This life is so short.
Don’t let the pain and sufferings of this world get you down. You were made for more. Seek The Lord!
God has a Plan for your life!
It’s real! He’s waiting on you in the secret place…

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Personal Journey

Devotional With Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 5.24.18

I remember as kid, I always received most of my new albums from Columbia House in the mail by saving up my allowance. What a joy that was as a kid. I recall receiving Dr. Hooks “Pleasure and Pain” album. I was going to church at the time with my parents and jokingly wondered did Ray Sawyer pluck out his own eye because he seen a Beautiful Woman😂? Yeshua/Jesus said if your eye causes you to stumble, then pluck it out. Some translations do read, tear it out or pluck it out, and throw it away. I’ve never seen even one picture illustrating this teaching. The reason, of course, is that it’s probably too graphic. But that’s exactly the point. He gave us this example, not so we would put it in picture Bibles, greeting cards, or Bible coloring books for children, but so it would be burned into the eyes of our hearts. He said it so that you would take that sin in your life so seriously that no matter what the cost or sacrifice, you would pluck it out and throw it away. Imagine plucking out your own eye because it causes you to stumble😵. In the same way, pluck out that sin that’s causing you to stumble. Pluck that ungodly thing out of your life. Throw it away, be done with it already. Keep your eyes, but as far as that sin is concerned, there’s only one thing to do pluck it out.
Facebook friends, what is it that should have no place in your life? Today, pluck it out.(but not like poor Ray Sawyer) Amen?

Christianity, Personal Journey

Devotional with Katy Maltry ♥

WRONG CHOICES

READING: Genesis 19

VERSE: Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.” —Genesis 19:6 – 7

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE READINGS: Romans 3:21 – 24; 1 John 1:9

Genesis 19 paints an ugly picture of people who made wrong choices. Men demanding intercourse. A wife disobeying God and losing her life as a result. A father offering his two daughters to satisfy the sexual demands of strangers. Two daughters drugging their father with wine and then sleeping with him to become pregnant with his children.

Extreme? Maybe. So extreme there’s no message for us here? Unlikely. Even the most stunning examples of sin in Scripture still connect to us messy mortals today. The reality is that even simple misdeeds have ongoing consequences in our lives.

How many wrong choices have we made? When have we looked for an easy way to satisfy our needs? How have we stepped away from what is right? Whether our choice involves an extramarital affair, child abuse, impatience, rage or selfishness, there are consequences for disobedience.

Genesis 19 may be a difficult chapter to read, but it illustrates that God’s judgment would be a harder sentence to endure. How grateful we can be that in Jesus’ death on the cross, we can find forgiveness for any act of disobedience we have committed — whether shocking or common.

Thank you, God, for your grace.

Christianity, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ❤️

What we are seeing in these last days is the rise of lawless people who will embrace the Lawless One. They oppose all biblical truth. They are against every one of YeHoVaH/God’s Ten Commandments. If He said it was evil, they will claim they know better. Evil people are waxing worse and worse and there is nothing Believers can do about that other than to take a stand against their evils. Those trying to reason with people given over to a reprobate mind are for the most part casting their pearls before swine. The world we see today demonstrates what the Bible says would happen in the last days. These evils are the very reason YeHoVaH/God’s judgments fall on the world. Yeshua/Jesus told us that just before His coming the world will be evil like it was in the days of Noah and Lot just before God’s judgment suddenly fell on them. From what I observe taking place, we seem to have arrived. If we did not see all the evil rising, the prophetic end of the age judgments would not be imminent. The world has always had evil people but modern communications along with mass indoctrination is allowing doctrines of error and doctrines of demons to spread like a plague over the entire world. The evils that used to be local and isolated are now worldwide in scope and they are flagrant.

Parents have been misled by the modern world. YeHoVaH/God instructed parents to raise up a child in the way they should go but parents foolishly gave up that responsibility to the state. The state schools are not bringing up children in the knowledge of the Lord. The state run schools have become antichrist. They are teaching children the evil ways of the demented demonic world system.

Believers give over their children to the state but then they wonder why their children embrace the world and reject Yeshua/Christ. If Believers actually believed the Bible, they would not be turning over their children to godless people to teach them in the way they should not go.

And if the schools are not effective enough at programing young minds, the smart phones that children are given and have their heads stuck in all the time, complete the worldly antichrist indoctrination. Unless parents take back control over their children there frankly is no way to turn this around. That is one reason society is now raising the terminal generation. Amen?

Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ❤️

If you’ve been on Facebook at all, you’ve probably seen those pleading posts, featuring a very sick child or a suffering animal. Often the posts also show a picture of Yeshua/Jesus, with a request for the viewer to take action. “Type Amen for this baby and share,” the post commands. “Keep scrolling if you’re heartless.” Come on Facebook friends, WOW! Here is funny story I heard a few years ago. A preacher trained his horse to go when he said “Thank God” and to stop when he said “Amen”

The preacher mounted the horse and said “Thank God” and went for a ride. When he wanted to stop for lunch , he said ” “Amen.” He took off again saying “Thank God”

The horse started going toward the edge of a cliff. The preacher got exited and said “whoa! whoa!” Then he remembered and said “Amen” and the horse stopped at the edge of the cliff. The preacher was so relieved and grateful that he looked up to heaven and said “Thank God!” 🤣 On a more serious note, I had an email from a rather new Believer. He asked “What does amen mean and why does everyone want me to type amen?” In in Hebrew amen means ‘so be it’ or ‘yes,’ ‘I agree.’ Amen is one of the most universal words on our planet. And it’s one of the most important. For the word amen sums up everything we need to be saved, to live victoriously, and to fulfill your calling. What is faith? Faith is to say ‘amen’ to YeHoVaH/God. It is to say ‘yes’ to Him, ‘yes’ to His promises, ‘yes’ to His Word, ‘yes’ to His love; ‘yes’ to His will, ‘yes’ to His purposes, and ‘yes’ to the calling on your life. It is to say ‘I agree’ with Your Word, your will and it will be so. You can only be saved by giving your ‘amen’ to YeHoVaH/God. But it doesn’t stop there. You still have an ‘amen’ to give. If you want to grow, if you want to become strong in Our Father, then strengthen your ‘amen.’ Give Him a powerful ‘amen,’ with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And you will see the power of Him move in your life (hopefully not off a cliff). For with YeHoVaH/God’s great promises and your great ‘amen,’ nothing shall be impossible for you. Amen? Just stop the nonsense of posts asking for you to type amen to save the fire ants 🐜 in Florida🙄.

Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale ♥

🎶Take me, oh, take me back to the time,
We’ll leave this world behind,
Take me, oh, take me – or am I beyond the reach of love🎶

Isaiah 59:1- “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”. I feel this post is for some of my friends today. We have Yeshua/Jesus’s word that no one is beyond His reach. We should all rest in the knowledge of our Messiah who hasn’t lost His ability to save. Yeshua/Jesus will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. No one is beyond God’s “Reach of Love”. The only limit God’s reach has is how far you decide to put your reach to Him (if you put arms length, He can only come arms length). Open up your heart and receive the love of Him today. Reach out today friends He is waiting for you! Amen? https://youtu.be/W8HY6LA7fck אלים אוהבים

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Where Is Your Faith?

The Lord has led me to a morning Devotional based on Luke Chapter 8:23-25. This is the account of Jesus sleeping in the midst of the storm.

Luke 8:23-25  (KJV)

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.


 

The disciples were in danger and they began to panic. So they went and woke Jesus up, telling Him they were going to die. The boat was filled with water from the storm. Things were looking bad for them and in the midst of the storm they forgot Who was on board. The Son of God was sailing with them on that boat. The Creator of Heaven and Earth whom by all thing were made was there with them, yet they wound up in a tizzy. Jesus was only one cry away. He rose up when they cried out, faithful and true, but how easy we forget. How easy the flesh forgets that we never leave His Hands.

Luke 8: 25 records Jesus saying “Where is your faith?”

Even after Jesus calmed the storm they were yet surprised in verse 25. Do you ever notice yourself being surprised when a prayer is answered or you realize that The Lord has heard your cry?

Psalm 46:1-3 tells us,

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

The entire world can be caving in around us but we need not be afraid.

Also…

Psalm 91: 5-10 says,

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.


Remember who you are, precious one. Better yet, remember WHOSE you are! 🙂

No matter how terrible the storms in your life may be, remember you belong to JESUS.

Be blessed with this song in Jesus’ Mighty Name, God bless you!

 

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Sometimes It’s a One- or Two-Verse Day

Lysa TerKeurst By LYSA TERKEURST

“Pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” Proverbs 4:20b-22 (NIV)

Do you ever get overwhelmed when you sit down to read your Bible? There are so many books, deep thoughts, spiritual insights and life-altering truths … where do we begin for today?

My sticky farm table and I have a long history of early mornings together. I gather up my Bible and my computer. I push past the sleepy feelings begging me to go back to my bed. And I look at the well-worn book as my love letter from God.

I don’t say that in a syrupy, flowery way. Truly, His words are a lifeline to me. A whisper from my God. A personal note. A treasure.

But right now I’m in a season where I don’t consume chapters at a time. Some days it’s just one or two verses that I tuck into my heart so I can live out our key verses (Proverbs 4:20-22) and pay attention to what God says.

I want to really pay attention. I need to listen well to what God is saying. I look for one verse that I can savor word by word, letting it sink in deeply … interrupting me, rearranging me, redirecting me.

And I pray …

“God, what plans have I made for today that this verse needs to interrupt?

“God, what thoughts did I bring in from yesterday that this verse needs to rearrange?

“And God, what heart attitudes have I been carrying that this verse needs to redirect?”

His Word is the protective covering over my plans, my mind and my heart. To let me run free without it, will surely find me tripping over my own selfishness, insecurities and weaknesses. So, with His love letter, He reminds me to pause, pause, pause.

Pause and let the Holy Spirit intervene in my natural flesh response.

Pause so I don’t make the conversations all about me.

Pause and remember I’m not always right.

Pause to see the blessings, so many blessings, and say “thank you” at least once an hour.

Pause to serve, pause to give, pause to encourage when everyone else rushes by.

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding — indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding … then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path,” (Proverbs 2:1-3, 9, NIV).

Don’t get overwhelmed with the enormity and depth of the Bible.

It’s okay if we read just a verse or two today.

But more importantly than reading His words, we must choose to receive them. And even more importantly, we must live them.

Dear Lord, help me to see You today in a single word or in a single verse. You are all powerful and anything is possible through You. May Your words and Your truth seep into the plans I make and every thought I think today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 4:6-8, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.” (NIV)

Luke 11:28, “[Jesus] replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
This month, Proverbs 31 Ministries is launching First 5, a mobile app to help you devote the first few moments of your day to the Lord no matter what you’re going through. Sign up today for our interest list and be entered to win one of our weekly giveaways, here!

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
The next time you open your Bible, pray that God would reveal the specific verses He wants you to read that day. Then, look for ways throughout your week to live out the truth found in those Scriptures!

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Godssalvation

Faith, freedom, Jesus, Life, self, transformation

Who Am I Like?

Wendy Pope By WENDY POPE

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” Ephesians 5:1 (NLT)

“Mommy, my friend needs new crayons,” bellowed my then 5-year-old as he climbed in the family van after school.

In a true mommy-has-all-the-answers kind of way I confidently responded, “Well, his mommy will buy him some new crayons.”

The next day Griffin and I had the same conversation. Only this time Griffin added, “His mommy can’t buy him more crayons.” To which I replied, “Well, your teacher will get him some crayons.”

Later, when I called Griffin to dinner I noticed he was quite delayed; usually he was the first one to the table. What happened next stirred my soul.

Me: “Griffin, what kept you from coming when I called your name?”

Griffin: “I was going through my crayons to take some to my friend.”

Me:

Yes, I was speechless. Griffin’s example of selflessness weighed heavy on my heart for several days. What an extraordinary act of generosity for such a young boy.

I knew God used ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. And I began to wonder about some of my favorites from the Bible … and myself: Who am I like? Do I have the tenacity to accomplish a lengthy assignment like Noah? Am I courageous and daring like Esther? Can I patiently wait years for God’s plan to unfold like David? Would I have the character of the Good Samaritan or the thoughtfulness of my 5-year-old? Could I have that?

Though it’s good to be inspired by the actions and faith of others, our key verse instructs us to imitate one person, Jesus. Imitating Jesus is quite a tall order. Most times I try to be like Him, but I miss the mark. Can you relate?

If I’m honest, some days I’m more like the rogues in Scripture than Jesus. I don’t enjoy that comparison as much, but it’s worthwhile to ask tough questions.

Is my heart stubborn and spirit unwilling to obey God like Pharaoh? Am I prideful and audacious like Samson? How often do I deny Christ like Peter before the crucifixion? Am I pious like the Pharisees?

Unfortunately, I have to answer yes to some of these. At times, I submit to my sinful nature. I make decisions with pride and arrogance that are contrary to what God wills and wants.

God expects me to forgive her even though she deeply wounded me? Forget it. That woman doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.

I asked and asked him to help me, but he didn’t. Now God wants me to help him? I don’t think so.

If he needs help, why doesn’t he get a job instead of standing on the corner asking for handouts?

The more we rebel against God’s ways, the less tender our hearts become. Distance invades our intimacy with the Lord, which leads us on a dangerous path away from Him.

It’s then that we should pray and ask Him to reveal areas of rebellion. Our response to His revelation? Immediate repentance followed by immediate obedience. The result will be an agreeable spirit and a softened heart, like Jesus, with a desire to imitate Him in all we say and do.

We each have certain aspects of our personalities that are similar to Noah, Esther and David. If we are willing to admit it, we can be a little like Pharaoh, Samson and the Pharisees, too. However, our goal should be to liken ourselves to one hero in the Bible … Jesus: obedient, humble, compassionate, truthful and so much more.

Dear Lord, I ask You to help me walk upright, imitating You in everything I say and do. Quicken my spirit when I fail, so I might repent and be restored to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (ESV)

Philippians 2:1-4, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Spark your love for God’s Word with Wendy Pope’s Bible study Trusting God for A Better Tomorrow: A Psalms Bible Study.

Visit Wendy’s blog for more encouragement.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What is one character trait Jesus bears that you would like to imitate?

Make a list of things that hinder you from being like Jesus. Pray and ask God to help you overcome these things. Be prepared! If you struggle with selfishness, for example, you may sense God asking you to donate some belongings, volunteer your time consistently, give up your efforts to always park in the spot closest to the store, or something else. Listen for His direction.

© 2015 by Wendy Pope. All rights reserved.

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