Saved by Grace NOT by Works! ✝️

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/114/eph.2.8-9.NKJV

Paul is specifying how Christians are saved and have eternal life. Is it by good works? Or because we’ve earned it? NO! He explains that we are saved by grace which is God’s free, unearned favor and forgiveness of sins. We have this grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

What is weighting you Down? 🧳

Refuse to pick up old baggage and bad habits just because life is hard!

May you determine to travel lighter starting now. Refuse to pick up old baggage and bad habits just because life is hard. You don’t need them now and won’t want them once this crisis passes. March into your next season with clarity, purpose, and conviction. Be ruthless when the enemy taunts you with fear and anxiety; shut him down immediately. Be responsive when the Holy Spirit speaks to you about your life, your habits, and your default settings. Jesus has something precious and profound to teach you in this season; something you could acquire no other way. So listen to Him. Do what He says. Fling aside your own self-condemning thoughts and wrap yourself up in God’s beautiful grace and righteousness. May you march on from here, full of faith, empowered by grace, and awakened by God’s love. Walk as one who’s been spoken for by God above. May your latter days be far more blessed than your former days. Jesus is always up to something new. Bless you! Susielarson.com

Job 8:7 NLT ~ And though you started with little, you will end with much.

Prayer

Heavenly Father thank you for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the opportunity that we have to follow you and your will. Lord we present our entire day to you no matter what we’re doing let it be to your glory. We know that when we follow you and your plan our day ends up being so much better. We lay all of our pain, hurt, sorrow, illnesses, heartache, addictions, and troubles at your feet. We give them to you in exchange for your yoke Lord because we know that your yoke is lighter. Lead us and guide us throughout our day in all that we do and say. Thank you for being with us, in us, and around us, in Jesus precious name, AMEN.

Priceless Work Of Art!

Walking Hand n Hand with Jesus!

May the Fatherly nature of God bring assurance to your soul. May you understand—on a much deeper level—how committed He is to you and your story. May Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His victory over the grave and sin, compel you to believe that you’re worth far more than your skewed perspective of yourself. May you simply decide to believe that you’re a priceless work of art. May the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit inspire you to live a life yielded to His influence. May you be so sensitive to His movement that when He winces, you wince; when He moves, you move; when He pulls back, you pull back. May you grow to deeply enjoy your fellowship with God. He is for you and He loves you.

Psalm 84:11-12 ~ For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.

Soul Sisters Praying 🙏❤️🙏

Sophie

As we arrived at the Veterinary Hospital for our fur baby, Sophie, I noticed the lady parked next to us was praying. I know that position well; hands on the steering wheel with forehead resting on it, lips moving with no sound coming out, alone time with God. I knew she was praying. God laid it on my heart to pray for her and with her. I got out of my car and said, “ May I pray with you?” then I quoted the scripture, “ For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” She gladly agreed and shared she was praying for her dog, that was not eating and was very lethargic. She was distraught that something was wrong with her fur baby. We prayed together, and she thanked me. As I turned to walk away, she said, “ my dog’s name is Minnie.” We both just smiled.

God wants us to think of others and prayerfully uplift their needs. However, it’s essential to approach them and pray with a humble spirit. No one wants to hear a self-righteous person announce they are praying for them. Remember that you are no better than anyone else. God uses us to strengthen our faith and the person he sends us to help.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://bible.com/bible/116/1ti.2.1.NLT

Forgiven

I barely had a job, living with my girlfriends parents and unmarried. My girlfriend and I were very young and she ended up pregnant. I was so happy at the thought of being a new father after finding out the wonderful news but the happiness was suddenly crushed once we told her parents. They were so angry even though I told them that I would do whatever it took to be the best father that I could be with a better job and our own place to live. I had never seen them so mad and after they scolded us for what seemed like forever all of them including my girlfriend decided to have an abortion. I was totally crushed and felt trapped with no way out. I cried myself to sleep almost every night and couldn’t even fathom what we were about to do. When the day came we drove into the parking lot we were met by picketers that we’re boycotting abortion and they made me feel even more powerless and saddened over our situation. After it was done there was a hole left in my heart that wouldn’t be filled till many years later. I had married my girlfriend and had two beautiful children but divorced nine years later. I moved away and met a beautiful woman that I ended up marrying years later. She had introduced me to church and I started walking with God! We decided to move closer to my parents onto a little ranch that was God given and It was wonderful. One sunny day I had to work on one of our vehicles but I also wanted to spend time with my wife. I asked her if she would like to come outside and read a book together while I fixed the vehicle and she agreed. I don’t remember the name of the book but it had something to do with a woman that was having an abortion. As she was reading about this woman’s experience all the sudden all these feelings and thoughts came flooding back into my mind from some twenty plus years prior. At first I had my head turned away from her and she couldn’t see the tears welling up in my eyes but it was short-lived as I burst into tears and told her to stop reading. I couldn’t even tell her why I was upset because I was crying so hard so she just grabbed me and held me till I was ready to talk. I hadn’t told my wife about a lot of things in my past because I wasn’t proud of them. After a lengthy discussion I thought she would have been appalled and disgusted with me as I was with myself and mad that I didn’t tell her sooner. She did not judge me however but had a great talk that made me feel a little better. The next couple of days were pretty rough on me and decided that I needed to give it to God and ask for forgiveness. Some things you think are buried deep and won’t come back up but they do eventually even at the strangest of times. As soon as I gave it to God I felt a lot better but it took me a long time to be able to forgive myself. I knew as soon as I handed it over to God it was blotted out and I should have just let it go but I held on to that pain for a while. Isaiah 46:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. I felt like I needed to be punished for what I had done. It doesn’t matter how much you punish yourself those things don’t change. It’s best to just let it go giving it to God completely and ask him how you can forgive yourself, he will show you. I challenge you today to let go of the pain from your past and stop punishing yourself. It’s the only way to have the best walk with our heavenly father. If this is something that you were interested in today then please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father please forgive me for what I have done in my past Lord I don’t want to be plagued with these thoughts anymore. Show me how I can forgive myself for these things. I don’t want anything to restrict me from having the best relationship with you Lord. Show me how to love myself so I can in turn Love thy neighbor. Thank you for always listening to my prayers and answering all of them. In Jesus precious name, amen!