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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Thankful for God’s blessings…

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Values

  Thanking God for… 1. Smiling faces of children 2. Hugs that warm the heart 3. Beaches with glistening sparkles of sand and lapping waves washing over me 4. Stars sparkling in the midnight sky 5. Moon beams that light my path 6. Mountaintops allowing full view of God’s glorious world 7. Laughter that brightens faces and fills one with joy 8. God’s love, grace, and forgiveness 9. Green grass that tickles and crunches underneath my feet 10. Food that replenishes my body 11. God’s Word that fills and ignites my soul searching for truth 12. Books that take me places I otherwise could not go 13. The privilege and blessing to live in the United States of America 14. Blankets on a cold windy night 15. A home filled with love 16. Sunshine to brighten my day reassuring me of God’s presence 17. Blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds 18. Rainbows brightening the sky after the rain 19. The sound of rain splashing against the window pane 20. God gave me life to enjoy, people to love, and Himself 21. Music that inspires, encourages, lifts my spirit, and blesses me 22. Clean, sparkling spring water 23. The beauty of the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening 24. The sound of the waves splashing on the seashore 25. Chimes blowing in the wind outside my kitchen window 26. Birds singing their songs in the early morning 27. The train whistling as it passes through town in the wee morning hours 28. Wind blowing through the trees 29. Beauty of flowers reminding me of God’s goodness 30. Seasons that come and go as God blesses me with beauty and the renewing of the earth 31. Soldiers and veterans for their sacrifice and willingness to serve our country 32. Freedom to worship 33. Doctors and nurses who strive to keep me healthy and free of disease 34. Friends who come alongside and offer encouragement 35. Jesus, my friend and Savior May God bless you and your family with laughter, joy, peace, and love. Brenda...

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TRUST?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Action Steps, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help, Uncategorized

God asks…”Do you trust me?” We waver back and forth in our decision to trust Him. Often we take matters into our own hands with the attitude, I can do it on my own. God asks…”Do you trust me?” Do you trust me enough to: 1.  let go and let me be in control? 2.  step back and wait on me? 3.  accept my forgiveness? 4.  accept the sacrifice of my Son, Jesus, for your sins? 5.  accept salvation that is offered freely? 6.  give me all the burdens dragging you down and keeping your mind unsettled? 7.  help you forgive someone who has hurt you deeply and pray for them? 8.  heal your wounds inflicted upon you by a spouse? Child? Friend? Co-worker? 9.  give you strength of character, wisdom, and knowledge to face the questions and the answers encountered in daily living? 10. forgive your spouse, friend, or family member who turned their backs on you, slandered your name with lies, and refused to accept responsibility for their behavior? 11. trust me and be obedient to my Word? 12. accept my love? 13. follow me? Do you remember the song Trust and Obey? “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” It was one of the first hymns I learned to play on the piano. My sisters and I used to play church all the time. Believe it or not, I was always the preacher. Amazing, because I was a shy little girl. My sister, Glenda, played the piano, and my sister, Diane, and I were the singers. Singing and playing church were two things I enjoyed besides riding my bike. Church was one thing we knew. Every time the doors opened we were there. I am thankful that my Mother taught me the love of Jesus and encouraged me to follow Him. There is no greater gift we can give our children than to teach them of Jesus and His love,  to trust  and follow Him accepting His gift of salvation. We grow up. Life happens and through the difficult times our faith and trust in Him falters. Doubts assail our thoughts. We waver in our trust of God wondering and questioning Him in the midst of pain, suffering, loss, and difficulties. Eventually we realize that living life on our own is not working and we turn to Him. The words of the song are true; “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” Lord, may our answer to the questions today be, “yes”, and may each of us  surrender all to you trusting in your unfailing love. Help us to rejoice in you as you heal the pain that disrupts our joy and robs us of precious moments with our family and friends and the joy...

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God’s Grace…Is it Sufficient?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Obstacles, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

  “God’s Grace…Is it Sufficient? Journeying through life, encountering problems, suffering emotionally, lacking motivation, and trudging along the path questions invade our mind about God’s grace. Moments of indecision wavering with the sufficiency of God in the search for resolution and the struggle to trust God. 1.  The lack of joy or motivation in your spirit raises the question “God’s Grace…Is it Sufficient?” 2.  When conflict with loved ones causes you to question your actions and your motivates. 3.   A family member or friend suffers from sickness and answers to prayers do not come.  “God’s Grace…Is it Sufficient?” 4.   Life is full of uncertainty and your thoughts are in turmoil. 5.   Although you are reading your Bible, praying, attending church, and seeking God you feel your spiritual life is stagnant. Your spirit seems cold and unyielding and God seems far away. 6.   People fail you and you are disappointed and fail to understand. Questions flood your mind. 7.   The darkness surrounds you and fear invades your spirit as you search for meaning in your life. 8.   God seems far away and you feel empty inside wondering, “Where is God?” 9.   Something is missing in your life and you wonder, “What am I missing?” 10. The questions come when jobs are lost, finances are in disarray, and there appears to be no hope. 11. God is silent and you wonder, “Has God forgotten me?” 12. The questions arise, “Does God love me?” 13. Where is God in your time of doubt, sadness, wandering, floundering, and questioning Him? It is impossible to figure out life on your own without God. He is with you, walking beside you, guiding, and leading you along the path He has laid out for you. Following Him when you question, “God’s Grace…Is it Sufficient?” Experiencing feelings of being forsaken, rejected, and alone you continue to seek Him knowing in your heart that He is sufficient for all your needs. Whatever I have, whoever I am, I can make it through anything with God who gives me strength. Philippines 4:13 I command you–be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you, wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 …Nothing is too hard for God. Jeremiah 32:17 Paul pleaded for the Lord to remove a thorn in his flesh, and the Lord replied, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9            God displays His power in weaknesses giving hope and courage to trust Him. Trusting in Him, He gives what is needed. Discussing weaknesses is not a joyful topic. The desire to be strong and self-sufficient is the goal. God has other plans. He desires for strength and sufficiency to come from faith and trust in Him. Our faith falters in the attempt...

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