Just Listen👂

God help us to be good listeners!

It can be extremely hard for someone who is going through something embarrassing or traumatic to come and speak to someone about how they are feeling. In some cases, they are too ashamed to share what they are going through. They will bottle it up and act out in anger or fall into a deep depression that never fixes anything. In some cases, it will lead to a miserable life or even death. Being in and out of recovery homes dealing with drugs and alcohol, I’ve heard many stories, and opening my ears to listen to and feel what these people are going through truly helps me understand them better. I have friends that love to speak before you even get your story entirely out. Ones that force their opinions on you, telling you how exactly to fix your problems because it worked for them, and other friends that pretend to listen, but you can tell they’d rather be anywhere else, but there is that moment. There are friends also that pretend to listen, just nodding their heads and saying “uh-huh,” “yeah,” and “wow.” The coolest ones and ones that genuinely care about you, however, are ones that, when you look into their eyes, are filled with compassion and empathy. They are following along with the story and maybe ask questions along the way to understand your situation better, but mainly just sitting quietly absorbing everything. They will most often cry during the story’s telling or at the end, at least in my case. They will also wait, on occasion, after the story to respond as if waiting for the Holy Spirit to give them what needs to be said instead of quickly providing an answer to hear themselves speak. It can be hard to find these people but they are well worth the wait.

I have three friends now who have this remarkable gift, but it took me a long while to find these loving people. If you feel like no one cares, pray. Ask God to place that particular person in your life that has a genuine heart and will listen first. DON’T GIVE UP!!!! I know that it hurts waiting, but don’t give up. In the meantime, talk to God and ask different questions about your situation. Come at prayer another way than usual. Instead of asking God to remove your anger, ask if He will place some happiness in your life. God bless you all in your journey.

Dear Lord,
I want to be that kind of friend to people. Help me share the love, compassion, and kindness of your Son Jesus with the world. As the Holy Spirit leads me to listen, pray, and wait until the Holy Spirit tells me to speak, I will be helping others to find you. Our God that heals our physical bodies and our spiritual walk with you. Thank you, Lord, as the song say’s; to be like Jesus, on earth I long to be like him. I ask to be more like Him. in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ!

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“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://bible.com/bible/111/heb.4.14-16.NIV

Follow the light that Shines forever!

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“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:5-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

https://bible.com/bible/1/1jn.1.5-10.KJV

Has Depression Robbed You of Your Purpose in Life?

Have you been suffering from depression, isolating yourself from others? Matthew shares today the struggles that he has been going through. God says are trials are only for a season, just a little while. When you are going through depression or any chronic disease, it may seem forever. God is patiently waiting for you to take your eyes off yourself and focus on Him. Please share Matthew’s story with someone that you want to help today! Thank you

Recently I have been in a rut with depression and haven’t been able to shake it. The loneliness that you feel inside is debilitating and hinders us from any productive walk with God and family and friends. I remember back in the day, when I was addicted to all kinds of drugs and alcohol, I would yell at God. That was how I prayed because I didn’t have a relationship with him. I would say things like, ” Why am I here, God”? Is this all that I am Good for?” I would constantly say that other people had all these material things and that their life was going great, but I was dealt a crappy hand!!!! Do you notice anything wrong with what was just written? Did you see all of the “I’s” that were there? Not once did I say, “God, what can I do for you? How can I help someone else today by showing your love? The biggest problem with depression is only looking at ourselves ALL the time.

First, we need to unlock our heart’s doors so God can come in and set up a table for His Holy Spirit. We need to place all of our problems, worries, struggles, and fears at His feet, cleaning our plate, so to speak, then ask God how we can help others. When we go out and help others, we are doing what Jesus did and what God is asking us all to do, and that is to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR! After we have done this and gone out to help others, we can literally feel the Holy Spirit lifting us up. We have broken the devil’s chain that binds us to our dungeon at home. This gets us out of ourselves to have that great walk with God. I challenge you today to get off the couch and or bed and set out to do one single solitary act today. Pray and ask God for the strength to rise up and leave that place of darkness. That one good thing is the perfect first step toward a better life, and if it’s anything like what I’ve been experiencing, God will stack your day with more and more good things to keep you going. God bless you all, and have a wonderful first day out!

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.121.1-3.NIV

Let the chains of sin fall off 🙏


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Suppose you need forgiveness today or want to walk close by the side of God. Step out in faith and let Jesus know how much you miss Him. The barricade of sin you have surrounded yourself with has separated you from Jesus. He patiently waits for you to call out to Him and come home. Nothing can separate you from the LOVE of God. Jesus loves you. Please pray and ask for forgiveness.

Dear Heavenly Father,
“I miss you”. The way you encourage me to be better and happier. When we walk together and have conversations on what needs to be done for you that day. I miss being held in your arms when I feel heartbroken or confused about life in general—relying on your help up when I’ve fallen and asking you for direction on the path I should take. I know that you answer all my prayers and hold my hand like a child leading me to greener pastures. I’m sorry Lord that I have wandered away from you and the peace that you place in my heart. I cannot and will not live without you anymore. Please forgive me for my sins and trespasses, help me to exchange my yolk for your yolk today. Relieve me off these worldly burdens. I give you my all today and step out in faith and hope that my life will change for the better with you as my guide. Thank you Heavenly Father, in Jesus name amen

The Power to Choose!

Trust the one who hung the stars!

Someone once said that God gives His best to those who leave the choice up to Him. Yet, God always entrusts us with the power to choose. We can choose to be grateful or grumpy, hopeful, or hopeless. We can choose instant gratification today or God’s best for us tomorrow. We decide whether to walk by faith or by sight, to embrace an eternal perspective or an earthbound one. When you look up to the night sky and consider the One who put the stars in their place, may you remember how for you God is. May His love, His power, and His good intentions toward you seep down into your bones, so much so, that you’re willing to offer your whole self to Him; to trust Him with your life, your heart, your hurts, and your dreams. He works for those who wait for Him. He’s up to something good, and He’s eternally kind to those who choose to trust Him. Susielarson.com

Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT) ~ Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

What is Love? ❤️

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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://1corinthians.bible/1-corinthians-13-6