God’s Interruptions, Surprises, and Miracles

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in Comfort and Peace, Interruptions, Miracles_Surprises

God’s interruptions serve a purpose and are a teaching tool in His hands. For a second after receiving devastating news our world crashes. We experience the crushing weight of fear gripping our heart and squeezing the breath from our body. The heart breaks into a million little pieces. Reality is that our world has forever changed and life as we know it will never be the same. Reality is too much to bear. Tears and questions light up our mind and we search for answers. The answers are not ones we want to hear. The desire to look to God and surrender the interruption to Him flashes through our mind, but fear has us in it’s grip and holds us back from relinquishing what has consumed and wrecked our peace. Finally, we face the reality and the lack of choices we have in the interruption. The truth of reality is that in this world we often have no control over the interruptions that invade our life. God is our only hope. Desire for a greater faith in Him fills our soul and we seek a miracle that only He has the power to perform. We look to Him for peace and His love calms us as He encircles us with His arms. God is in the struggle, in the midst of the fear and doubt, offering us His peace as the storm swirls around us shaking and interrupting the world we know. Nothing we have experienced has ever struck the cord of anxiety and fear and the loss we feel in our soul today as we look into an uncertain future. Fear and doubt whispers to us in the interruption of our world. Refuse to listen to the lies that invade our thoughts seeking to steal joy, peace, love and faith in God as they assail our mind.    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) Faith in God is the expectation that He will show up and that He is interested in giving us the best He has to offer. Trust in the miraculous love of God, release the hands holding onto what is comfortable and familiar, let go, and let God take over the healing process. Watch as He works in the life of the one we desire a miracle. Our faith believes that God is on our side, every day, all the time. 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 3:5-8 (ESV) God often surprises us with interruptions and we need to leave room for His surprises and His miracles. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I...

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Look to the Lord for His Strength

Posted by on Apr 24, 2018 in Difference, Love, Spiritual Help

God, help me to see my life as you see it. Are You Searching? Are you continually searching for God and looking to Him for strength but regress in fear when He comes near? God created us out of His love and He wants us to reach out to Him and allow Him to love us. He always stands in a position of grace waiting for us to come to Him as He woos us. As in the Prodigal story (Luke 15:11-32) the father saw his son far away in the distance and he began to run to him. He was anxious to see his son and welcome him home. God only needs to see you coming as you call upon Him and He runs to meet you where you are just as you are. Look to God for his strength; seek his face always. I Chronicles 16:11 Trusting God Trusting God has been a journey for me. I wanted to trust Him but was fearful and afraid to let go. If I did not try to control the situation or figure the problem out for myself what would happen? A lesson I have learned is that I have no control and that He will not do for me what I am too fearful or proud to let Him do. Needless to say, it has been a humbling process. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14 The End of Ourselves When we come to the end of ourselves and there are no more answers or solutions where do we turn? We turn to all we have and that is God. The result is the realization that we have no control. The result of my hearing a sermon on this Bible verse from my pastor brought truth home to me. As I listened I realized that all the pain and sorrow, the difficulties, the problems, the times of joy and peace were for a purpose. God was bringing me full circle to the meaning of these verses that I had read numerous times but until that day they had not touched my heart. Acceptance is where I found myself. All things come from God, through God, and all for his glory. Romans 11:36 Offer All to God Today I offer all to God, all that I am, all that I will be, and all that I hold in my hands to Him relinquishing control to Him thanking Him for His diligence in pursuing me and His patience in waiting for me to surrender fully to Him. Gratefulness and joy fills my heart today as I accept life is difficult but rest in His love, grace and peace. God is aware of how our problems originated and He is more concerned with us finding answers to our problems. I believe that the ultimate answer...

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Good Morning to You!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Grateful, Thankful

Good morning to you! Today it is raining in North Carolina. If you are like me, you are looking forward to Springtime when flowers bloom, trees turn green and daylight savings time begins. The freshness of Spring creates renewed energy within with the promise of beautiful things to come. Green grass, landscaped lawns, the smell of lilac blooming, and Carolina blue skies filled with white fluffy clouds and sunshine fills my heart with thankfulness and gratitude. I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful world God created for our enjoyment as I look forward to Spring on March 20th. Enjoy your day as we grab our coffee, hustle off to work and school looking forward to returning home in the evening. Brenda...

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What is One Thing You Desire to Change?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Action Steps, Change

Change starts in our mind. What we think determines how we feel and how we feel influences how we act. The uncertainty of how to implement and accomplish that one desire  in our life holds us back and every day we desire to live differently.  We meander through the days of procrastination failing to implement change. If only it would happen magically with no effort on our part. God does not work that way. What do you desire to change? Change starts in your mind and that one thing you need to change lingers in your mind and refuses to go away. What is it? 1. Attitude 2. Weight – lose those extra pounds. 3. Develop the habit of a daily devotional and prayer time. 4. Set the alarm and start the day earlier to prevent frustration of being late. 5. Be kinder to those around you. 6. Spend more time with family. 7. Eat at home instead of eating out four or five times a week. 8. Be more conservative in your spending habits. 9. Plan family getaways several times a year. 10. Attend church on a regular basis. 11. Volunteer at your church or school. 12. Be available for dates with your spouse. 13. Plan meals to make family time a pleasant experience. 14. Take a class. 15. Join a gym. 16. Turn the television off and spend the evening with your family. 17. Find a new job. 18. Discover a new hobby. 19. Learn to play an instrument. 20. Enroll in a book club. Are you ready to take the first step and move forward? The choice is yours. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things; Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-8 NIN In the hope of Christ, Brenda Luther thirteenonecoaching.com...

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Guard Your Heart

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Marriage Tips

M. Scott Peck in his book, The Road Less Traveled said, “Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but choose to live with each other.” (p98) The butterflies in the stomach we associate with falling in love fail to last. These feelings are an inadequate foundation for marriage although one may feel that everything is all right with the world. Failure to see the real person and recognize their imperfections eventually brings heartache and the breakup of the relationship. Emotions come and go, feelings are fleeting and change as couples spend time together and begin to know one another. Feelings cannot always be trusted. Difficulties in the relationship occur when, for example, you realize they are self-centered, preoccupied with their job, or desire to spend less time with you. To build relationship together takes time, energy, conversation, sharing of our stories, reading scriptures, nurturing one another, being emotionally involved and engaged with one another. Love is seeking then other person’s highest good and requires discipline, sacrifice, and acceptance. Relationships can be good or they can lead you down the wrong road. In the desire for relationship we need to seek God and heed His warnings. In Proverbs 4:23 God said, “Above all else, guard your heart…”(NIV) What attracts us to one another? A smile? Personality? Character? Kindness? This immediate attraction can be fleeting or may develop into greater love and understanding of one another as spiritual intimacy is pursued. As we grow together love, faith, and hope increases. Relationships that last are built on God’s design for marriage in His Word. It does not mean there will be no problems but when the problems occur we stand together seeking God’s desire for our marriage. Brenda...

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