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Jul 31, 2016

Restore




Lately it's been a time of focus on restoration. Home improvement, sprucing things up, and repairs. It may have been the result of pretty much solely watching TV channels that have things to do with home remodeling and do it yourself project. There are also TV selections where individuals purchase homes that are uninhabitable and totally restore them. Really incredible to see the before and after comparison. It's pretty unbelievable what can be accomplished with a bit of imagination and care.

House restoration is amazing but what is truly miraculous is the transformation that occurs when someone gives their life to Jesus Christ. They may be down and out, addicted, troubled, homeless, jobless, and even hopeless. No matter the condition of their heart and soul, Jesus is the Great Restorer. He transformers people and makes them new again. 

Perhaps you are reading this and know exactly what I am referring to. You may have been restored and transformed from a life of sin and emptiness to one of joy and grace through Christ. It could also be that you are reading this and do not know the Lord or you may know someone that doesn't know the Lord and you long to bring that person to the Lord. Whatever the situation, Jesus Christ is right where you are. He is not out of reach or inaccessible. He wants to know you and the people in your life that don't know Him. Won't you be the one that leads them on their way to restoration and brand new life in Christ? 

Cry out to Jesus, pray and ask Him into your life. Not sure about the way to do that? 
Here is a link that you can reference or send someone to http://www.harvest.org/knowgod/ God bless you in your journey with the Lord.

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 
Acts 3:19-21


Jul 17, 2016

PEACE


Peace. It's desired and prayed for but for many impossible to attain.  Peace is defined as a freedom from disturbance, war or violence. Further it is noted to be tranquility and quiet. Quiet and stillness are often difficult to attain let alone peace. Still, we all long to have this state of being for ourselves and those we care about. 

Peace starts with you. Your thoughts, actions and word either align with peace or are counter to it. The way you interact with others, including those closest to you, reveals the degree of peace in your life. Yes, it can be difficult to find peace or quiet even in your own home, still it's important to strive for peace every day.

The Bible has much to say about peace. Read these scripture and keep them close at hand to encourage you as you seek and pray for peace:

 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.. Galatians 5:22

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.  
Psalm 119:165

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27

Peace be with you!


Jul 4, 2016

Balance


Isn't it incredible how balanced God's design is? He created day opposite night, north and south, moon and sun, oceans and land, spring and winter. The contrast and way that balance is woven into every aspect of creation is really quite remarkable. It is although God is pointing to us to realize that there is a purpose and need for change in life. Even so, God's creation unfolds in an orderly way that demonstrates how important balance in our lives really is.

Often you can become out of balance. There are aspects of life's journey that pull and push you into one direction or the other. It is very easy to become consumed or so focused that you lose your sense of where you were headed or why you are even there. You can regain your purpose and restore yourself to true north when you stop and set your eyes on Jesus. No matter the matter, He knows the way and has the power to set you back on the right path. Don't try resetting your life on your own. Balance and restoring balance are God's specialty. He will provide the words, thoughts, circumstances and people you need to right things again. Pray. Seek Him and be open to His hand upon your life as balance is restored.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8