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People who live in affluence for all of life (such as many people in North America and Western Europe) can easily become so accustomed to wealth, blessings, and prosperity that they can easily forget what blessings they actually have. However, if those possessions are taken away, those people will certainly look at life with a new perspective, realizing how much they really had.

You don’t realize how much you have until you don’t have it anymore.

God knows the importance of balance; that is, the importance of having both blessings and difficulties. There are several scriptures that speak about this balance. For example in 1 Peter 4:13, we are told: Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. Notice how we participate both in suffering and in joy.

Similarly, in 2 Corinthians 1:7, Paul wrote this to the church in Corinth: And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. They experienced both suffering and comfort.

Don’t become too comfortable with what you have, because when you forget that the things you have are a blessing from God and when you start to assume that they are guaranteed possessions, it is quite possible that God will take them away from you in order to teach you that you need both blessings and difficulties, because one without the other is neither.

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“Why Am I Here?”

Have you ever ask yourself, “Why am I here?”

I guess if you are seeking to find out why you are here, you have been thinking about your God-given purpose(s) here on this earth. Our days on earth are numbered (Psalm 90:12). No one knows what their number is, or when it will be called. Your number is referring to the age that you will expire from this earth. Some people will live a longer life, while some people will live a shorter life on this earth. However, because life is uncertain, you will need to fulfill the purpose that God puts you on earth to fulfill, before your number is called.

Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Having done this, He has a purpose for you to fulfill, and that is to walk in your Kingdom assignment(s). However, many people today have not identify their Kingdom assignment(s). They are just living their day-to-day life trying to get all that they desire from this life. Although this may be so, when you seek your Kingdom assignment(s) first, whatever you desire in this life, God will give it to you (Matthew 6:33).

You have got to strike a balance on this earth. You have to take care of your day-to-day affairs, realize your dreams, but at the same time, maintain a spiritual relationship with God. At the end of it all, when you see Jesus, what report will you give to Him? What are you going to tell Him that you have done for Him while you were here? Will you hear, “Well done, you good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21)?

Why worry about tomorrow? If you trust the Lord to take care of your needs, while you take care of His business, you do not have to worry about what the future holds. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they” (Matthew 6:25-26)?

Life is short, by the time you look around, you are not the young vibrant person you used to be, and before you know it, life is over! Moreover, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. With that being said, you have got to live life to the fullest, but do not forget that at the end of if it all, you have a report to give to the Lord. Have you fulfilled your Kingdom assignment(s) while you were here on this earth?

If you are walking in your Kingdom assignment (s), you will still need to find out if there are other assignments that God wants you to reposition to. Also, if you have not started walking in your Kingdom assignment(s), you will need to start asking God what He wants you to do for His Kingdom.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last” (C.T. Studd) .

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Do you have a family member, close friend, or someone you knew very well, who has recently passed away? Have you lost something that you have possessed that has changed your life dramatically? Have you invested all you have got in something you thought you would have gained from, but have lost instead? Have you recently moved, changed your job, or is going through any other major life changes or losses?

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Grief and loss can be a horrible and painful experience that you may encounter in your life, and everyone will have to go through this experience at some points in their life. Nonetheless, trying to develop a coping mechanism is essential to enable you to get through the process.

You may experience a sense of shock, anger, or even guilt, by seeking ways of blaming yourself, or thinking of things that you should have or could have done. In light of what you are experiencing, your feelings of sadness may take days, months, or even years to get through, but, everyone grieves differently, so you should not feel bad about expressing your emotions. You should cry if you need to, as crying is a normal part of the grieving process.

If you have a difficult time expressing your emotions to others, you should try writing about your feelings in a journal or diary. You can also join a support group, and try to talk to others who have gone through similar experience. Try not to isolate yourself, but reach out to others, and accept their assistance, if they offer to help you. If your grief and loss is unbearable, and you are unable to cope, you can also seek professional help.

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Remember, your pain is never permanent, and the time will pass when you will get through the grieving process. At the same token, you should endeavor to take proper care of yourself during the grieving process, by eating a balance meal, exercising, and getting enough rest, as the symptoms of sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and forgetfulness can often times accompany grief.

And, lastly, but most importantly, look to God for help. Inspirational outreach is a great way of coping in times of grief and loss. Jesus reminded you in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus will comfort you through your darkest moment. He will restore and take care of your every needs, just trust Him to guide you to the road to recovery.

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Dear Mothers,

Dear Mothers,

Greetings to you all on this Mother’s Day. It is a very special day to honor you, and to let you know how great is your God. He is King of all kings, and worthy to be praised. He has made you powerful and strong to withstand the turmoil of this time. You have been created with a purpose in mind. Therefore, although you may have been written off as having no virtue, remember that in God’s sight, you are a virtuous woman, and you are worth much more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

For those of you who think that your children have been cast down, and have been written off, God has got them. They shall return to the fold, because God is still in control. For those who have suffered the loss of a child, don’t forget, God has got them too. God will take you through, because the pain you have endured to bring your children into this world is for a purpose. They are here for a purpose. For those of you who have children with special needs, children who are struggling with drug issues, children who are struggling with their own identities, children who are in trouble with the law, children who are abused, and children who are suffering because of sicknesses, and other issues, God has given them to you, because he knows, that only you could be that mother that they can depend on.

For those of you who think that you are not treated the way you should by your spouses and others, you are special to God. He knows your worth, and He cares. He has gotten you in the palm of His hands. Mothers, you are not only mothers, you are wives, sweethearts, spouses, partners, confidants, friends, sisters, and so much more. You will forever be the rock in the people’s lives whom you have touched, and who have come to know you as the best women in the world that God has ever created.

Mothers, you are special!

God bless each and every one of you.

 

Minister Gertrude Ferguson

To You; Love God

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To: You,

 

Today is Good Friday. It is a day where Christians remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

 

Think back over the events of this week as if they were a computer text document.

 

Has this been a really tough week?  Have there been a lot of challenges and problems that you are glad you have simply survived?

 

Then, in your mind, press the “delete” key and let this week go.  It’s over.  Cease to focus upon it. Empty your trash file and leave behind the events of this week.

 

If, however, there have been some good experiences– experiences that brought you joy and satisfaction; or, if you overcame challenges which have now given you resources to live even more fully, imagine highlighting, cutting and pasting these events into a new document titled “Next Week.”  Set your intention now to enjoy the upcoming week to the fullest.

 

Lastly, if this week has been extraordinary, then consider saving it as a template for your future.  Create a file for this wonderful week and let it serve as a model for what is to come.

 

Delete, cut and paste, or make a template. 

 

You choose.

 

Love,


God

 

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Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem is celebrated today as Palm Sunday. As He made His entry into Jerusalem, the people were very excited. They shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King” (John 12:13). The word “Hosanna” means “save us, we pray.”

Many times you may be going through several different obstacles in your life, which leave you to wonder if God is with you. Or better yet, if He is even near you. In any event, God is always with you. It doesn’t matter your circumstances, or how bad you may feel. He is with you. He says, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

So today is a day to acknowledge that you are never alone. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was the beginning of your salvation.

So if you are in a bind today, and need Jesus’ grace, just cry out, “Hosanna!” God will hear and save you. He will guide you through any situation that seems hopeless, because He brought hope, peace and joy into this world. Not only so, but He loves and cares for you with an everlasting love. No greater love is there than His, that He laid down His precious life for you (John 15:13).

Do you think you are alone? “I’m with you;” says the Lord.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opened a package.

“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”  The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it, but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”  So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake, whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, and the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Most importantly, today might be one person’s storm, but tomorrow might be yours. Therefore, do not ignore that person, as they go through their storm. In this world, no one is immune. We all must face tribulations at some point or another (John 16:33). However, when your storm begins, bear in mind, you will need some form of help and support as well.

 

Where Can I Find Peace?

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Sometimes people think that they will be at peace when they are debt-free, or when they get their dream job, or when they meet the perfect partner, or when they obtain their dream home, or when they have children, or when their business becomes more successful, or when they obtain a degree, or when they are cured of an incurable disease, or when they lose weight, or when they get this, or when they get that.

However, the time to be at peace is not when you get all the things you have desired from this life.  People tend to pin their peace on external things, but there’s no guarantee that you will get to achieve all that you have set out to achieve in your life-time. Therefore, to find inner peace, you have to search deep within, as peace is intrinsically designed.

What happen when you lose that house, or your business falls into a recession, or you run into debt, or you get a divorce? Achieving those external factors will only bring temporary peace. You have to build your peace around the “Prince of Peace.”

In John 14:27, Jesus reminded you that, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Notice here, that Jesus stated that the peace He left with you, is not like the peace that the world gives you. He already knew that the peace of this world is temporary, and won’t last. His peace is everlasting, and when all those material and external things are shattered along with your dreams, you can still find that peace deep within, that Jesus provided. May His perfect peace continues to guide your path today.

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Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

(Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV)

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