Why It Is Difficult To Let Go And Love

on the contrary_ “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[b

Today friend we are going to tackle four more characteristics of what Love is not and I have some more Bible verses we can pray to help us get rid of these nasty attributes when they pop up in our daily lives.  Click on the video to see my discussion with Author and Proverbs 31 Speaker, Amy Carroll.

Let me just tell you Satan had a little fun with us last night and we had a little technical difficulties, but as ALWAYS God conquers and the conversation happened!

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Well wasn’t Amy amazing! She mentioned the Four Steps Towards a Tender Heart and a Strong Voice.  Here is the link to Amy’s Blog for the steps to Listen, Feel, Do, Speak and so many other terrific resources.

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Don’t forget to comment on the blog or Facebook page to be entered to win the copy of Amy’s book, “Breaking Up with Perfect”.

 

I’ll see you again mid March!  Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy

 

Nine Bible Verses To Pray When We Need to Get “Right Sized”

love is patient, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps

 

Hi sweet friend.  This week we will continue digging deeper into 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Last week we focused on the first few characteristics of what love is and a few Bible verse to pray for patience and kindness.  Click on today’s video for a closer look at four attributes of what love is not.

Getting “Right Sized”

 

A bible verse to pray when we are envying others:

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”. Proverbs 14:30  Pray: Heavenly Father I come to your throne today asking for peace and contentment for all the blessings you have given me.  Give me peace today to find acceptance in my circumstances and to know that I can not handle what others have been given. Grant me the serenity to be grateful for all I have today.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Here are a few bible verses to pray when we feel a little self-seeking:

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”  Father I come today in praying asking for your guidance that you lead me in all things that I do today out of my love for you and others and not selfish ambition.  I asked to be filled with humility to see others above myself in all I do.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:24: “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”  Lord, I ask today for courage to seek the good of others rather than my own good. Amen.

Proverbs 11:25: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”  Father I ask today to be filled with your Holy Spirit that I may be generous to those around me, as your word says whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Bible verses to pray when we are speaking boastfully and feeling proud:

Pray Proverbs 11:2:  “Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.”  Dear Lord, today I come to you and ask for humility.  Keep me right-sized Father so I do not become proud and boastful.  When things are going great, help me to remember it all comes from you Father, not from me.

1 Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.”  Heavenly Father, today I ask for discernment that the words I speak are words of kindness, compassion, and truth,  Keep my words from being proud and arrogant, Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  You can pray this verse no extra words needed.

Bible verses to pray when we find ourselves dishonoring others:

(I find myself doing this often, unintentionally, but my words and actions can be dishonoring if I am not careful).

Hebrews 13:18 “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”  Dear God, I pray today for a clear conscience as I desire to do all things in an honorable way.  Amen.

1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”  Lord, I ask today that I may give proper respect to everyone I come in contact with today.  Help me to love all of my brothers and sisters, to give you all the honor and praise.  Amen.

Next week I am changing things up just a little bit!  I am going Live with Amy Carroll! Check out the details.  If you can’t make us live on Tuesday, the video will be linked here on Wednesday, February 20th!

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I will also be giving away a copy of  Amy’s Book, “Breaking Up With Perfect”

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Has Winter Got You Needing A Bit More Kindness or Patience? Pray These Five Verses

love is patient, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps

Welcome friend.  This month I am diving into 1 Corinthians 1:13:4-8.  I have divided it up into four blogs digging deeper into what love is and isn’t.  Click on the link to the video below for Part 1.  Praying for Patience and Kindness. (The link will take you to the new Living Joy Today Facebook Page!)

Love is Patient and Kind

For Patience Pray These Verses:

The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride.
(Ecclesiastes 7:8)  Heavenly Father, I know that you have a great plan and the end of what I am going through is better than the beginning.  Give me patience over pride today to wait for the plans you have in store for me.

“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” (Proverbs 15:18)  God, give me the patience to pause when angered so not to stir up conflict, for your word tells me that the one who is patient calms the quarrel.  Amen.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.”  (Psalm 37:7)  Heavenly Father still me today, for your word tells me to wait patiently and to not fret anyone or anything. 

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When You Need A Little Kindness Pray These Verses:

“A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth. Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.” (Proverbs 11:16-17)  Dear God, grant in me a kind heart today.  Fill me with humility that I may be kind to all those I come in contact today to honor you Father.  For it is for your glory and praise, Amen.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)  Heavenly Father fill me today with kindness and compassion.  I am needing to forgive_________________ for __________________. Give me the wisdom, kindness and compassion to forgive as you continually forgive me.

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Special Guest Announcement!!!!

In two weeks, on February 19th at 7:00 PM I will be going on Facebook Live with Author, Proverbs 31 Speaker, and Next Step Coaching Services Speakers Coach: Amy Carroll!!  

I hope you will join us as we discuss why it is difficult to let go and love.  If you can’t make it live, the video will be linked here in the blog on Wednesday, February 20th.

 

 

 

Six Bible Verses To Hear God Through Jesus’ Teachings

in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. (1)

Well friend, I have to say I have really enjoyed writing this series about hearing from God.  It has helped me personally do dig deeper into His Word, pray differently, and to pay more attention to my surroundings and circumstances to hear God’s voice in my daily life.  But this isn’t just a one month thing, I have to make this a life style, which isn’t that what God intended for us? Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  Continued faith, continued presence in His word.

I have Six verses today to share with you that give us a glimpse of the person God is through his Son Jesus.  We can hear God through the teachings of Jesus, which is one of my favorite ways to hear God’s voice.

When I need the strength of God or to hear His Will for me I can turn to John 5:30:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I feel like God is far away I can read John 18:20 and know that God is near and keeps nothing secret.

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

When I need to hear from God because I am worrying I flip in my Bible to Matthew 6:25-27 and hear His voice say :

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

Feeling hurt, I can hear God guiding me to Matthew 5:43-44:

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

God’s authority can be heard in Matthew 28: 18-20

“you have heard that it was said, ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy._ but i tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you._ matthew 5

 

As I mentioned sweet friend, this is only a few verses of Jesus’ teaching where we can hear God speaking to us.  Dive into The Word daily any time of day or night to hear from God.  The Bible is the living word, it is hope, peace, and guidance for your soul.

Finally, here is a little take away for you, a prayer to hear God’s voice.

A Prayer Asking To Hear God’s Voice:

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Click on the pink link to down load your free copy of this prayer: A Prayer to Hear God’sVoice

Join me on Wednesdays in February for Devotions of Love!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Friday Joy: Peace for Our World

“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

Let’s lift up our world’s troubles to Jesus today my sweet friend.  Let’s give Him our fears and doubts, for I just know in my heart that He is a loving, forgiving, and saving God who has overcome this world.

Love and peace to you this weekend friend.  I will be posting on Wednesdays in February and as March rolls in like a lion, Living Joy Today will be rolling in with a new look and a new series on Jesus, The Lion and the Lamb!

 

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

God’s Word Brought To You Today By The Holy Spirit

all scripture is god-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of god[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every

As I sit here this morning thinking about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and writing this devotional I am looking out my front window at new fallen snow.  Fluffy, fresh, pure white snow, lightly covering the roof tops and yards.  Tree branches are glistening with the soft white powder.  I start thinking about God’s breath and imagine it being fresh and pure like the new snow.  God’s fresh, pure life being breathed into each line of scripture.

God communicated to individuals the specific truth of scripture through his breath of life, the Holy Spirit.  The Hebrew word for Spirit is rauch which means “air in motion”.  This is the same word in Hebrew for breath and life.  Super cool, right. The Greek word for “God Breathed” is theopneustos, theo meaning God pneo meaning breath.” (Click the link to go the The Blue Letter Bible to hear the pronunciation of theopneustos.  I thought this would be a fun little addition to this week’s blog and to share one of my favorite on-line study tools! Blue letter Bible pronunciation)close-up-dandelion-dandelion-seeds-39669

My Woman’s Study Bible says, “The Holy Spirit Superintended” , or oversaw the process in the writing of scripture so there were no errors in the original writings.

2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “ Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  

Peter is addressing the false teachers who argued the reliability of the Christian message.  They believed that the apostles were making up the stories they were about Jesus.  Peter contended that the Old Testament was recorded by men who were moved, or carried by the Holy Spirit.

And if we go to the very beginning, Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God was there, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Peter was right!

God chose these precious Prophets of Old and Apostles of New, ok well some of them not so precious but I think that was to get some very special points across to us,  anyway he chose them to breathe His Holy spirit into them to carry His life to us.

I have to believe that all of this connection of scripture from Old to New Testament, and my friend this is just a simple example, the Bible is a seamless story from beginning to end,  that when I need to hear from God for a word of encouragement, discipline, training, or teaching I can turn to scripture and without a doubt know I can rely on His word.  It so much more pure and fresh than new fallen snow outside my window, it is LIFE!

Heavenly Father, Thank you today for sending your Holy Spirit to this world to live in your believers.  Lead us Father to your word when we are confused, need a little discipline and guidance or just need a word of encouragement because we know it is true and trustworthy.  In your Son Jesus’ name, Amen.