Blessed

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Blessed, Highly Favored and Deeply Loved is a phrase I have become partial to. It’s something all of us women, as believers, should embrace in 2016. Don’t make resolutions that you will break in month, make a statement like this instead, a bold profession of faith. Rebecca Jones

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Highly Favored

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Did you know that as a Christian you have God’s favor?  He has good plans for your life if you will submit to Him and walk in His ways.  When Jesus was born, we quote the verse about peace on earth, but leave of the end about whom God’s favor rests on. You and I have favor and as we grow in faith, we obtain even more. You can walk in as little or as much as you can believe Him for.  I will add another post on verses about favor, but for now on New Year’s Eve, may we rest in Him and His favor on us in 2016. Rebecca Jones

Deeply Loved

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God loves us even more than our mothers. Now, that’s deeply loved.  He sent Hid beloved Son to die for us, now, that’s deeply loved.  He gave up the person He loved most, to save us.  Abraham didn’t have to do it, but God did, and if you really study the relationship of God, the Father, to God, the Son, they really are one.  He had to turn His back and let Jesus pay the price for us, cruelly and viciously punished, to redeem us from destruction.  And as much as that hurt Him, it pleased Him to restore man’s ability to come to Him, the veil was rent and all was given into the Son’s hands. and He gives freely to us.  There are no words to describe that kind of love, agape, is not even enough. Never forget that sacrifice, not on New Year’s, not in November, never.  God loves us deeply, Jesus loves us deeply, let’s let the Holy Spirit comfort and guide us in 2016.  Let’s return the love, deeply.  Rebecca Jones

With Peace And Quiet Comes Rest

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Solitude and stillness create an atmosphere for the Spirit of God to speak to you. Jesus often sought solitude to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit, He gave out so much, He still does, take Him out of His solitude, sitting on the throne and let Him get close to you in peace and quiet. He loves you and lives to love you.

I have been learning about the “rest of faith “, that we are to labor for, in Hebrews. So, I have been encouraging my readers to do the same.  I have had to slow down and rethink a lot. I did not give in to the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Thanksgiving was a small family gathering that was over quickly, thanks to preparation in advance, so while everyone headed for the television or home, with some banana pudding, I was back on Pinterest and blogging some encouraging words to everyone who was just as overwhelmed and tired as I was.

And it is rest, rest to read, rest to share, to know your not alone in the mentality of planning the ideal dinner, the home and hearth and fireplace, the proper, well mannered children, sitting at your feet with a book instead of a phone, or screaming about the number of presents.  I really wouldn’t expect the dog to fetch our slippers, and I’m glad I don’t have a pipe smoking husband, but you get the picture.  We all have great expectations and fall short. We are taught to be self conscious of that. Romans 3:23, but not so much about Romans 8:1, that there is no condemnation toward us.  Jesus is not condemning us, we should stop condemning ourselves.

There is peace over my house now, there is storm outside, noise from the den, but the sweet peace of the Lord is present as I write.  I truly desire to help women learn as I have, that Jesus is in this life with us, in us, and walks beside me and wants to be included in our lives.  He can make a message out of a mess.  He can make anything beautiful in its time.  While we have plans, He has better ones.  And His expectations are even higher, that we overcome, by the word of our testimony and His precious blood.

That’s why it is important for women, as mothers, wives, caregivers, to let the Lord care for us. We must seek His peace, His sensitivity, His heart and His rest.  Then we will fall into the arms of His loving grace, and be able to speak grace and peace into our homes and lives and the lives of others. Oh, how He loves us. And it doesn’t matter if there are dishes in the sink, laundry is piled high.  I need to mop muddy tracks again, the roof is leaking and there’s quagmire outside, I have worked to have His rest, and peace and joy follow, keep it, cling to it, ask Him to help guard your heart and mouth.

Nothing matters but His love, and that is tangible, as we rest.  If we are trying to fix everything, we’re not letting Him help us.  And I even managed to get into a couple of family photographs this year instead of taking them, and I think God was pleased with me, yes, I was still a little hyped, it wasn’t perfect, but He was pleased with me in my green sweater and golden cross, and my smile.  I am a Jesus girl, and I want to hear Him say, well done, I hope He was saying that’s my girl.  I’m determined to draw people into my peace instead of being drawing into their chaos, fixing my eyes on Jesus, who is the author and the finisher of my faith.  I hope this blesses you today.

Let’s rest in 2016, instead of resolutions, I am encouraging others to focus on Jesus and one word a day.  The word for January 1st, cherish.  ( Wisdom ) Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you Proverbs 4:8

Soul

The soul has been given its own ears to hear what others cannot. Just a cute saying but probably very true, Jesus opened blind eyes but also spiritual one, so why not ears also and other senses. Blind people are often gifted with heightened senses and so should we be as children of grace.

So let’s keep our eyes open to the wonder and beauty of creation. And our hearts and ears tuned to the music of heaven, holy angels are singing day and night and the wind whispers the inspiration of Christ. Prayer is like dialing a radio station,stay in tune to God through prayer.

If we seek Him daily and listen for His voice, He will not only speak through the Word but through other believers ans bu te power of His Spirit. Our soul has ears to hear, Jesus would have us listen.

In the quiet, still of the secret place, is where we will hear. Rebecca Jones / photo…Esther Weingard thanks.

Hephzibah

 

 

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You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, And to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, So your sons will marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So your God will rejoice over you.…Isaiah 62:3-5

Hephzibah means God delights in me. Hephzibah or Elsabah is the wife of King Hezikiah and the mother of Manassah. 2 Kings 21:1

The name Hephzibah or Hafzbah expresses a very clear idea. Since the same root hafz means “guarding” or “taking care of,” all words from this root suggest the idea of “safeguarding,” and therefore the name Hephzibah means not only someone who evokes delight, but also “one who is guarded,” a “protected one.”  Here is a song, Hepzibah, by Beckah Shae, she admitted that when the Lord spoke that to her, she had never heard of it and had to look it up. / photo…pexels

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Are You Watching Your Mouth?

 

Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29

If you think I’m one of the people who will beat you up about every word or be picky, you’re wrong. I can’t stand it. The people who do, are they really speaking  for God? You are supposed to tell people the right thing in love and let it go at that. You can’t speak for them. You would not believe some of the things I’ve heard ministers say. Ouch, that stung!!! And that wasn’t Jesus saying, I want you to obey me in this, in a firm but still voice in your heart. These things were down right mean.  Speak the truth in love. I will always encourage you if I can, tell you the truth in love, even if we don’t always receive, it is still is, His love is the most powerful thing.

People will receive as He prepares their hearts to.  He’s God, we’re not, even though He wants us to follow Him.  And if people do not receive, let that go. Shake the dust off your feet, dust is what the devil crawls around in. And I want peace, not what the enemy offers. And don’t cast your pearls before swine, I realize there are  people who would not even appreciate my poetry. They’ve never read it.  Never will. It’s on my blog for the Lord’s glory.  If you enjoy it, thank you, any talent I have is from Him.

But let’s talk about watching our mouths.  Foul language is not pretty.  Complaining is not good conversation.  But then there are people who might perceive anything you say as a complaint.  I have listened to bratty children persist until they get their way, they learn early.  Control and rebellion are never good.  Self control and submission to God, much better. There are people who enjoy annoying you, who will bait you like a fish.  It’s better not to respond.  This is part of the accuser of the brethren, that I never understood. Accusations draw you from the truth, don’t pay attention, as a believer, the devil has no right to accuse you before God as in Job’s day, he can’t get through the blood, that is why we must plead it over ourselves and our loved ones, homes, schools, work, etc.

But words, our feet might ache, they’re not really killing us.  We may be cold, but we’re not freezing to death.  You’re a real pain! Really? Sure, there are toxic people who can make you sick.  My mother and I just had a discussion about Proverbs 18:21, I just realized its says death and life, not life and death, are in the power of the tongue. It’s a verse I hear all the time.

Isn’t that strange? Was I hearing it wrong? Remembering wrong? Quoting it wrong? Maybe, but I think I just really realized that death is what most people are speaking over themselves without even knowing it. The foul language, the arguing, the gossip.  Whether you are charismatic or not, it pays to take note of our words.  They are wonderful, beautiful and powerful and can be used for good or evil, to hurt or to heal, to encourage or disparage, to build up or tear down, to share faith, hope, love or to destroy a dream.  Don’t think so? Have you ever seen a suicide from bullying,  abused women or children, people who have lost faith?

Death is a language we should not be so fluent in, especially when Jesus spoke life, He never use the term dead except to say for the dead ( spiritually ) to bury the dead. I’m going to be aware of that, I almost said, “Dead tired. ” I decided against it. that is why I have had to combine rest, not let the devil drive me, he will wear you out.

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil one.  Jesus in Matthew 5:37.  You don’t have to defend yourself God will, you don’t have show up for every argument, listen to every gossip. You neither do you have to over explain. My mother, will often say…Hmmmmphh.  That’s it, she’s not getting into it. And even though I’m grown up, I get the look.  It means, hush now!  She knows  when I’m about to explain something to someone who doesn’t get it.  The most recent thing I heard is really death, discussing who will be at a funeral?  Who cares? No one has died.

Let’s let Jesus words be what we speak…life, and stop the death speak. And remember His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:23, so you’ve been cussing or fussing, it happens, just start over. Rebecca Jones photo/ pexels

 

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Face Up To It

 

 

~You are His beloved~

To the praise of his glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6

The King James version say “accepted ” in the beloved. God called Jesus His beloved son, so because of Jesus, we are accepted. So we too, are His beloved.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you are beloved. Remind yourself of that in New Year.

Rebecca Jones / photo, pexels

The World

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Believe in 2016

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I tell all of you with certainty, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ if he doesn’t doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:23 ISV

Jesus repeats things twice to reiterate a point, verily, verily.  And again I say…you see. He emphasizes points for a reason. And this verse is about faith, mountain moving faith…to help us believe, here’s a thought for 2016.

I ran across the best idea today while reading a blog.  Instead of making resolutions that i won’t keep, I’ve decided to to what another group is doing, focusing on one word a day.  Of course, Jesus is the main focus of any day, if you expect to walk in faith and victory, but go ahead, pick a word, any word.

Any good word that is, joy- love- peace-cheerful- happy- laughter-roses-smile- friendship, you get the idea. There are word of the day calendars, perpetual calendars, how ever you want to do it, try to buy one, make your own, just do it.  And focus on you word everyday, if it’s smile, smile. My mother like smile faces, send out a Bible verse and add a happy emoticon.

I’m sure if you like to read my blog, you must have a creative soul. I got a calendar from my aunt, so I think I’ll just write a word on it in advance to focus on everyday. I do so much Bible study, I’ll find the verse to match, it will help me with my blog and my Pinterest boards. It’ll help encouarage someone. Be blessed in 2016! Focus on the Word, Say the Word, Jesus is the Word!  Rebecca Jones

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