Jesus, Our Comfort and Peace

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Comfort and Peace

                                                                                                                                        The aim of our lives and all things is that God will be glorified. What God desires and thinks is of utmost importance in our lives and all that really matters. Seeking Him brings comfort and peace. When we are struggling: Peace comes when we realize He is in control. We are not alone in the journey of life. He is with us in times of joy and suffering. God is in the midst of us and all things come from Him, through Him, and all for His glory. Romans 11:36 (NIV) We grow in our journey and learn to receive and share God’s love showing compassion and understanding to other people. God desires our lives to glorify Him. Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that  you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do to obey the gospel of God? And,             “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,               what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. I Peter 4:12-19 (NIV) In the love and hope of Christ, Brenda Luther...

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God is Able…Listens…Loves…

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Action Steps, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

    God is able… Deep in our hearts we know God is able and we whisper in the darkness “God is able.” We may feel uncertain and unsure of what to do, but God who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine can do that which we cannot do. Ephesians 3:20 Knowing this but maybe not quite fully believing we ask “why” and question God. Job questions God Remember the story of Job? Job questioned God and he struggled in the darkness confessing his lack of understanding of all the things he suffered. Job did not doubt God was able to sustain him. He simply did not understand why these things were happening to him. He constantly asks, “Why?”.  Seeking answers Job looks within himself confessing his inability to understand all he is suffering. Job found his answers within God. Throughout the book of Job we watch as God instructs, teaches, grows and stretches him. Job sought God for direction and answers to his dilimena and we can find answers to our questions and the solution to our suffering and pain within God as Job did. Do you question God? Is He silent? Do you experience times knowing you are wrapped in His loving arms, but He appears distant and silent in the darkness? Your questions linger with no apparent answer and no solution. Prayers appear to evaporate into thin air going nowhere. The cry of your heart asks, “Why?” We whisper with doubt in our hearts to ourselves in the darkness, “Is God able?” Is God listening? Does He love and care about me? Does He remember I am here? These and other questions invade your mind. The dry dark periods test your faith and the joy of relationship. Hang on! God is not finished with you or me. He continues to write the chapters of your life working behind the scene molding and shaping you into what He desires you to become as He continues to write your story. Through the years I have asked these same questions when the path was lonely, dark, and silent. I wait knowing God is working to bring me closer to Him, instructing, teaching, growing and stretching me. I do not like it and I turn to Him sometimes in anger asking “Why?”.  Tired and weary I did not stop with “why”. I asked, “Can I have a break?”. The break I sought did not come, but seeking God through prayer, talking to Him, and reading His Word peace finally came as I surrendered to Him. Trusting that He alone knows that my heart, my longing to be obedient and my desire to grow loser to Him in the midst of my suffering, questioning and anger. Job replies to God. “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” Job 42:1-2  ...

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Forgotten by God…

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Spiritual Help

  Has God forgotten you? Sometimes life looks bleak and you feel forgotten by God.  You question God.  Where are you? Do you remember me? God, have you forgotten me? Silence greets you. This place you traveled is temporary. God uses a time of sorrow and uncertainty for His purpose and your benefit. He will bring you back to a place of joy. Your faith will be strengthened and proven to be genuine resulting in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. I Peter 1:1-9 Have you been there? It is a lonely, dark, and desolate place. Go to God and His Word for nourishment, comfort, and encouragement. God takes you… through trials and times of despair only to renew your spirit on the road leading to Him. Your hope, answer, and solution to living a life full of joy and peace mixed in with the sorrow and trials of the world is found in God. God has never forsaken you nor forgotten about you although feelings tell you otherwise. Feelings are fickle and untrustworthy. He longs to hold you and comfort you. “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.” Isaiah 41:10 Your fears battle your faith and you turn from God. He longs and waits for you to turn back to Him. Do not be anxious or discouraged. He is your God and He will help you when your faith falters, doubts assault you, and you question Him. Do you believe God’s promise? Do you believe what He says? Is it true? Yes, means you accept His truth. He will be with you, strengthen you, and bring you to a place of joy. Brenda Luther                                                                                                                                                        thirteenonecoaching.com...

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Loneliness…

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

    Loneliness   Loneliness engulfs my spirit and my soul experiences sadness. Oops, sadness engulfs me as I try pushing my head up from the pillow to start a new day. What happened so long ago that left me experiencing loneliness and hopeless despair? What is the cause of the emptiness that wells up inside me? Divorce, rejection, unfaithful spouse, sickness, or a friend’s betrayal? Looking back God’s hand lifts my body up from the depths of loneliness and despair loving me through pain, loss, and rejection. Come to me, my child, rest in my loving arms. Family, friends, and spouses may betray us. It may have been jealousy, greed, or simply to gratify a selfish desire. It startles, surprises, and leaves us fearful to trust. Following Jesus does not allow for living in the status quo arena. Growth, change and moving forward is part of following Him. Growing closer to Jesus He leads step by step along the path he has designed for our journey of life. Where do you place your hope? Is it in material things? People? Money? All are temporary and fleeting. Our hope lies in Jesus Christ. Put your faith in the one who comforts you, watches over you, and walks beside you. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:7) What David couldn’t do he realized God could. Hope can be found when we realize the truth that all things pass away even pain and pleasure, but God is always with us. Do you want to take the next step with Jesus? Are you ready for a fresh start? What steps or changes do you need to make to walk with Jesus Christ and move forward in faith experiencing the peace that only He can give? Is God calling your name to step out in faith and trust Him? He never calls us to do what He will not give us His grace to fulfill. Remember where He calls you to go He goes with you. Brenda Luther, thirteenonecoaching.com  ...

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Love and Marriage

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Love, Marriage, Marriage Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In your marriage what may seem so small and insignificant may often be the thing that makes the one you love feel loved and appreciated. There are many ways to say, “I love you,” but never forget to speak the words.                                                                                                           Ways to share and say, “I love you” in your marriage:  Leave no room for doubt that loving your spouse is your priority.  Express appreciation and gratitude for all that is done for you.  Give each other room to grow. No one wants to be smothered.  Practice patience even when irritation threatens to overwhelm you.  Kiss goodbye and hello. Tell your spouse I love you and you are important to me.  Protect your marriage by setting time aside at the end of the day to spend together.  Always act with a respectful attitude in word, deed, and action.  Maintain a home filled with love, seeking one another’s best, and a safe atmosphere to share your deepest thoughts and feelings.  Seek friends who encourage you and your marriage.  All the things that irritate you let them go or discuss them and come to a resolution.  Avoid the people in your life who seek to pull you apart, cause disruptions, and dissension. Look for ways to encourage instead of complaining and learn to talk and listen to one another.  Always stand up for your spouse. Never gossip or allow anyone to talk unkindly about them.  Look for opportunities to show love.  Hold hands, hug, and be affectionate.  Prayer is effective and a tool that should not be forgotten in safe guarding your marriage.  Reading God’s Word together helps you view life from God’s perspective.  Refuse to harbor resentment or hold grudges. Let it go.  Don’t give up. Your marriage is worth fighting for.  Make the decision to stay together and love one another regardless of the difficulties.  Marriage is important and not to be taken lightly. Pray for your spouse. Be intentional about your...

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