Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence

The main reason God created us is to dwell among us and have fellowship with us. He used the ark to bring great assurance to His people, Israel, that His presence was among them regardless of their sinful ways. How does the ark of the covenant translate to us today? How does the ark of the covenant transition to the promise for the new covenant believer that the Lord is in our midst, despite our sinful ways?

This book, Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence attempts to demonstrate just like God accompanied Israel in their wandering in the wilderness as well as in their return from exile, so, too He is with us in all our life’s situations.

Ark of the Covenant – Moving With God’s Presence is designed with both the Christian and not-yet-saved in mind. It shows in a straightforward way how God’s presence is a two-way operation; it can work both ways – for and against – depending on which side one is on.

The ark, just as it was an emblem of God’s presence before, the cross is an emblem of God’s grace. What role does it play in your life?

Regardless of what we see or experience, God has not forgotten the human race.

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Dealing With Neighbors Not-From-Heaven

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One of the greatest of all God’s Commandments is this. Besides loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The second greatest of all God’s Commandments is abundantly clear. It is to Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. There are no commandments greater than these. In the teachings of Jesus, the relationship that we do have with our fellow men, women, and children is something that is inseparable from the relationship that we have established with God.

The love that we have for God, and the love, which we have for our neighbors are considered to be two aspects of the very same calling. The following quote from the Bible of (NIV, John 13:34-35) clearly states that boldly and plainly to all. It reads. “A new command I give to you. Do love another, as I have loved you, and so you must love one another fully. It is by this love, men will know that you are my disciples, and it will come only from loving each other.” No Bible verse can express this truth in more clear terms than this one can.

Usually, when one thinks of their neighbors, they tend to think about the people who live near to them. However, in God’s definition of what a neighbor is, it means something entirely. God’s definition of neighbor is not about exactly who lives close to you in distance. It is more about all of mankind. What this all of mankind translates to is every man, and in that every man group is also included, our enemies as well. Therefore, dealing with neighbors not from heaven, means having to accept and deal with everyone who makes up the mankind group of God’s in definition. It means loving not just your enemies, but all those others too, who may not be the friendliest, kindest, or those easiest to like. God’s definition defines “Neighbor” as meaning anyone and everyone who is human like yourself. It doesn’t matter if he or she is likable or not. Mankind includes everyone and this everyone may be those who are totally despised or unaccepted by others on the average.

How does one go about dealing with neighbors not-from-heaven? A part of the answer has already been given here. God says to do your hardest, and try your hardest to love all, and this kind of loving is something that may not be easy but still is possible. Because, it is a love that isn’t just learned, but also tolerated because God wants it that way. We sometimes have to develop a sort of tough love without the benefit of the toughness quality. What does this mean? This means willing to put yourself out there for those neighbors who are not so angelic. It means being determined to care despite all. The giving of love for unheavenly (is that a word?) neighbors is never an easy thing to do. But, it is possible, if you make it possible by remembering God’s Words and making a note to live by His Words as much as you can. Loving tough people is complicated, but it is doable, and the way to make it doable is by remembering God’s commandment to love your neighbor as you would love yourself. This means giving him or her the love they need and looking past the difficulty that they may represent. Some people just don’t love easy. Nor do they permit themselves to be loved easy. However, despite it all, the loving can still take place. It just requires some determination and patience to bring it about into existence. God gives all of us love. It doesn’t matter who we are, what we have done, and what we are about. God’s love doesn’t discriminate. Because, to be honest, it is a deep and continuous kind of love which goes on.

Dealing with neighbors not-from-heaven is less complicated to do, if you do it, as well as apply it with the benefit of knowing what God’s love is all about in essence. God’s love is uplifting, true happiness, and it is an accepting kind of love even for those who may be unacceptable by definition. God’s love includes everyone and this everyone is even those who don’t always appear to be accepted on any terms. God’s love thy neighbor commandment and rule means we love them despite it all.
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A Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing: A True Story of Miracles

The word miracle in modern times has come to mean less of divine intervention, and more of a wish granting service by an almighty, omnipotent deity. To many, it seems more of a magic wand to come and kiss away the tears of life’s many foibles. A man down in the dumps might wake up one day, win the lottery and fall to his knees thanking God for the miracle that occurred. Perhaps a solution to a problem has suddenly come to fruition, would one then proclaim a miracle? Maybe a prayer that has finally been answered, a tangible manifestation of a recurring desire, deemed deus ex machina? In my short 33 years on earth, through a series of unanswered prayers, wishes never to see the light of day, and expectations met with fire and brimstone, I now know a simple and powerful meaning of this awe inspiring word!

Eight years ago, I was a struggling single mom. I worked weekends, some evenings, and went to Dental Hygiene School during the day. My son was a little under a year old, and ready to take the world by the tail with his cute sense of humor and curiosity for life. At the time, we had moved in with my mother, who worked nights as a cashier. She had just left for work, and I was busy scrubbing away at the dishes in the modest kitchen of our small one-bedroom apartment. Caleb was in the room next to us playing in the living room, and I popped my head in every few minutes to check on him. After awhile, I heard a squeal of delight coming from the living room. I quickly poked my head around the corner, and he looked up at me with his big, playful eyes and a wide grin. His face and mouth covered in what looked like chocolate. Where did he get chocolate , I wondered? Then it dawned on me, I hadn’t given him any chocolate. In fact, I don’t think we had any in the house. Just then, he slid his tiny hand out of his diaper, and a light bulb turned on! That was definitely not chocolate! Instead, a messy diaper he curiously decided to sample. In the midst of running him straight to the bath tub and dodging stinky, little diaper pail kisses, we both doubled over laughing. I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but it struck my funny bone and we laughed and laughed like a couple of drunk hyenas. A tear of laughter adorned my eye. He was all cleaned up and in bed, and me in my bed too.

Just moments before drifting to sleep, a more serious feeling struck me from my silly,sleepy mood. A long-past prayer that went unanswered, haunted my memory and left me stricken with guilt. I suddenly remembered wishing and praying many years before, to never be burdened with the freedom-less life of motherhood. In my early twenties when all of my friends were having kids and settling down, I remember growing quite depressed at just the thought of it. It felt like such a predetermined, ordinary path that everyone was expected to take. I wanted no part of it. I recall selfishly praying about it many nights, and made every choice in life to avoid it. As I laid in bed, thinking of how nothing in the world has ever made me laugh as hard as my son had, I cried tears of joy thanking God he never answered that prayer, and saved me when I didn’t even know I needed saving!

July 2007, 2:30am, I remember the rhythm of my bare feet running through a dewy, open field, eclipsed only by the heavy breath that escaped me as I ran for dear life from my boyfriend’s condo in the middle of the night. I had known him a short-time and we found ourselves expecting a baby boy due in October. Trying to make an honest life, I reluctantly moved in with him, knowing little about this person I was starting a life with. I soon came to know all to well, his hidden anger fueled by alcoholic induced fits of rage, and tactics of instilling fear. Most nights with him, I fell asleep almost too scared to even breath loudly. Until finally I had enough, and made a plan of escape in the only way I could brave. I waited for him to pass out after a long day of drinking, and while he slept I carefully crept out of the house, too scared and nerve-stricken to bother with shoes. I ran like a wild mare, fast and far to safety.

I phoned my mom to pick me up, though she lived an hour away. After I left, he agreed to go through therapy and an AA program. I tried to be supportive and wished for a way to not enter motherhood alone, offering solace from afar. After numerous counseling sessions, I laid alone at night with my thoughts and prayers. I remember relentlessly hoping, wishing, and praying to God he could find some way to make him magically better, or find a way for us to stay together. After my son was born, many,many of his therapy sessions later, I realized those prayers had fallen on deaf ears. Not a stitch of progress, and I was left to give up hope and felt anger that God ignored, or forgotten me.

Tonight, I sit on the floor of my daughter’s nursery and listen to my recently wed husband make funny voices for her favorite Barney story, and help her tuck all of her teddy bears in before she falls asleep. Once again, I’m thanking God for never answering my prayers from those lonely,fearful nights I used to know. In my mind I apologize to God, for ever doubting he heard me. But he already knows, even before I do and that is the miracle of this private relationship we share. He listens to me, forgives me, never turns his back from me, and gives me the strength and courage to find the things he has planned for me even when I fight it like a stubborn child.

None of these events are extraordinary, no feats of magic have been performed, and I haven’t been miraculously cured of any horrible ailment. But that’s the beauty of it, our times of pain, tragic loss, and unanswered prayers are the everyday miracles in disguise. We weren’t meant to know everything now, and through pain and sacrifice we can grow and flourish to become stronger, more humble, happier forms of ourselves than we could have ever prayed for! Embracing the unknown and the challenges of giving your complete trust, is indeed the miracle. As I sit here now I think back to all the things I thought I wanted, needed, and prayed for. I am thankful, miraculously none of them ever came true!
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Rising Above Discouragement in Church Service

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Each time reality falls short of what an individual expects, discouragement is bound to set in. Precisely, this is what befell my heart when I joined the ministry as a lay pastor after heeding to God’s calling. The conviction that accompanied the calling assured me that all would be well in the vineyard. I thus expected my joy, finances and whatever I touched to prosper as I preached the gospel. I also supposed to see my congregation grow spiritually, materially and in numbers. After four years of total commitment that yielded negligible change at our church, I felt distressed, worn out and on the verge of giving up.

We all have come to such points in life where we felt that God short-changed us. In this valley of desperation where everything seems to have come to a standstill, doubts feel our minds, and we begin questioning if at all God is still in support of our ministries and if He indeed loves us. David, a man after God’s own heart, once found himself in such a situation. We see him responding positively – he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). This should also be our mentality whenever we are hard pressed to the wall by circumstances in the course of serving.

The Bible gives us several ways we can use to rise above discouragements as we tend His flock. Let me show you a few of these ways from the scripture.

1. Study the Word

Ezra and Nehemiah faced fierce opposition when rebuilding the wall of the city after the Israelites came back from captivity. The early church endured resistance as it preached Christ. Some were persecuted yet they soldiered on. Reading tales of such upright men undergoing opposition yet rose above discouragement in their days gives you the strength of holding on to your calling. The word confronts our wrong priorities (Matt. 6:33), reproofs and corrects us (2 Tim 3:16), and instructs us how to live in this age (Titus 2:12).

2. Stick to your assignment

Some of the discouragements that we face while serving come when we veer from what God called us to do. If God did not call us to be politicians, it might be inappropriate to voice our concerns on every political issue arising. Discouragements may give us an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and restart what we were indeed called to do.

3. Trust God

The greatest means you can use to fight discouragement is trusting God. Whenever doubts fill your head on whether God is with you in your ministry, the best weapon to pull out is your confidence in God. Phil. 1:6 assures us that the good work Christ has begun in us will come to a completion. We can believe this word from God and rest in Him.

4. Talk to a friend

There are times in the ministry where you just need a friend who has been through what you are currently undergoing to listen to you. The ideal time for such a friend is when you are going through discouragements. As a minister, find someone you can confide in your secrets. It is not advisable to be a lone ranger as you are likely to be overwhelmed by the enemy. Let them listen to you, advise and even pray with you. It is so refreshing to find one person who approves what you are doing in the midst of discouragements.

5. Pray intensively

The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10 – 18 that we are on a battlefield. One of the weapons this scripture says is at our disposal is prayer. Serving as a minister means that you are at the forefront of the battle and Satan is fiercely fighting to bring you down so that he can attack your church with ease. One of the tools he uses to fight the church is a discouragement. You can win the war against despair on your knees. Engage more in prayer when the desperation gets intense.

6. Take rest

Finally, I would advise you take some time off pastoring and just relax. If possible, do not take phones with you as they are likely to distract you. Go far away for a vacation. Relax, have fun and come back rejuvenated and ready to continue. Rest what you most likely need during times of discouragement.

Most importantly, do not give up. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Remember there is a reward in heaven for you if you do not lose heart.
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The Power of A Weeping Man

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The Bible teaches us that there is a time for everything. There’s even a time to weep – that’s just how the times have been set. We associate crying with weakness but in scripture we see the strongest people weeping.

By no means does crying mean you’re weak, it just means you have a heart. When you’re facing a heartrending situation your best option is to cry out to God and pray. He will direct you and send help to you in answer to your problems. I submit from experience that your genuine tears before God will bring you unexplained peace and comfort.

While it is true that women cry more easily than men, we aren’t about to go into the gender debate. We simply want to address the power of a weeping man as scripture delivers and these are values that women can also successfully employ in their spiritual walk.

One of my favorite verses from Psalms reminds us that when we cry to God, our enemies have no choice but to turn back. Did you also know that God documents all tears?

8 You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8

5 Powerful Things Recognized By A Weeping Man

1.Tears for help fetch deliverance

In the Bible, several men of courage wept. They seem to have this comprehension: A weeping man is delivered from ALL his troubles. This is well depicted from the following verses: Psalm 34:17, Psalm 107:6, Psalm 107:19.

2. Tears of repentance pave way to salvation

When the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel for committing harlotry with Moabite women and their gods, Israel wept at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They realized that their sin had separated them from God. They had godly sorrow; the kind that brings repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Peter, the disciple who wouldn’t hesitate to chop off a person’s ear… the same one that wanted to know how many times he should forgive his offenders before striking (John 18:10, Matthew 18:21), experienced this kind of weeping. He wasn’t a weak man, but upon realizing his deeds against the Savior, he wept bitterly (Matthew 26:75). Are you too macho to break down before the Lord? According to scripture, a broken and contrite heart, God will not despise.

3. Tears of pain convey answered prayer

The great king, David, was one who knew the power of a weeping man. On several occasions he wept. One instance His son Absalom betrays him. In the event of this treason, David escapes to Jerusalem but then more people join in this conspiracy and the threat against his life increases. What does David do? He begins walking toward his place of worship and wept as he went up  – as a matter of fact, every man accompanying him followed suit. As if he hadn’t suffered enough, he received more devastating news. Ahithophel who was one of his privy advisers had defected! What’s more, he was in cahoots with Absalom and this was a harsh blow to David.

It is a sad day when you learn that your confidant and most trusted counselor is working against you. Rather than anger, you suffer a deep pain that only tears can somehow ease. Therefore in his weeping, David prayed:

“O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!” – 2 Samuel 15:31.

Needless to say, David’s prayer was answered. Ahithophel’s advice was turned to stupidity.

4. Tears of personal involvement in God’s assignment convey grace

Earlier we said that weeping isn’t a sign of weakness. Prophet Jeremiah knew as much. Within the his tears, we find promises of hope. Commonly known as the “weeping prophet” due to his desire to have a “fountain of tears” as the means by which he might weep for the slain of his people (Jeremiah 9:1). Although he continuously chastises them, this weeping prophet has deep empathy for his people, unlike other prophets. We read of his surprising confessions of personal sorrow, agony, and rage and discover what it is like to labor in the kingdom of God for forty years only to be confronted with criticism and detestation from the people to whom he has been commissioned to proclaim the Word of God. Jeremiah shows us that a weeping man is personally engaged in the process of his assignment. Amid tears of admissions of pain over the ills of the people, Jeremiah reveals astounding assurances of hope – hope in the possibility of human repentance, planted directly in God’s amazing grace (Jeremiah 31:27-34). Instead of absolute desolation (Jeremiah 4:19-28), in the same wasted land God will now “sow humans and animals,” bringing back to life a place made vacant by human rejection of God (Jeremiah 4:22).

5. Tears of distress are momentary

Weeping never goes on indefinitely. Psalms 30:5 says, “it may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Sometimes your night may feel like it is too long, but we have an assurance that the Lord will wipe every tear and make all things new (Revelation 21:4-5). Whatever the sorrow, pain or distress, keep reminding yourself that there’s a time for everything and this too shall pass!

*In a future writing perhaps we’ll discuss Nehemiah, the governor that wept over a wall. Until then, shalom!

This post is inspired by The Power of A Weeping Husband.

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Copyright © Dee Kyalo 2016

So Unloved

I’ve been thinking of Michal, the woman who tricked her father and his emissaries. She is the daughter michal2of a king who marries a king. I don’t know why Graça Machel comes to mind. Maybe it’s because she’s been first lady of two different nations; she is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela and of Mozambican president Samora Machel. (Notice the similarity in Michal and Machel?)

Anyway, back to Michal. She made no effort to conceal her love for the much-lauded champion of Israel. What young woman would not be attracted by such a strong athletic young man; one who confronts and slays a giant? The Bible says that “He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.” (1 Samuel 16:12) Hello, somebody? Nonetheless, we observe that she didn’t love the Lord otherwise she would not have had the hair-covered idol to place in David’s bed, when Saul sought to kill David (1 Samuel 19:13,16). Also, I wonder how deep and true Michal’s love for David was because – to save herself – she pretended that David had threatened to kill her if she did not help him escape (1 Samuel 19:17). True, David’s life was spared but what a different story might have been written of her if she had been a woman after God’s heart!

Was she stony-hearted?

‘Heartless’ is perhaps too strong a word for a woman who in her time, they were treated as property, being tossed from one husband to another (1 Samuel 25:44). Yet we do not read of any weeping from Michalmichal as she is taken away from the home of the man who had shown her so much affection during the many years that David was in hiding; but Palti wept for her (2 Samuel 3:16). Thus she was restored to the man who viewed her more as a conquest than a wife. For this is what he said, “Give me back my wife Michal, for I bought her with the lives of 100 Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:14).

Poor Michal! We know that she had an outburst when David came back home after returning the Ark to Zion. This was the Ark of the Lord but like I said earlier, the woman had no love for God – this victory didn’t please her. She was more concerned about how undignified her husband appeared to them young servant girls as he praised God (2 Samuel 6:16, 20). Do you think she knew that her husband had a weakness for the opposite sex and this made her insecure? I cannot but express sympathy for her.

What’s left

It seems like she never quite got anything of her own…she didn’t enjoy the love of a spouse or family. Her husband who she had loved so dearly wasn’t actually hers initially. She wasn’t his first choice. Her sister Merab was, but stuff happened (1 Samuel 18:19) and 100 foreskins later as her bride price, she was David’s wife. Michal never had children of her own, instead cared for her sister’s 5 children – all who were eventually beheaded. Poor Michal!

How many Michals are there today? They love but are unloved. They risk to save their loved ones. They go to great lengths even putting their security in idols – the gods of this world for the sake of those they love. They bail their beloved out, rescue them from tight spots only to be abused or abandoned, neglected and deserted. Are there some who seem to get only what someone else has left? Are there some who feel so forsaken that they have despised God in their heart?

Call to God

Know that despite all of the negative experiences that can render one bitter, God’s love has been poured michal1out to you. He is merciful and can change your situation. We do not hear Michal crying out to God in repentance or for mercy but you have the opportunity to do so today. Call unto Him and He will answer you. He will be with you in your distress. He will deliver and honor you. There is hope!

Blessings to you!

Free Rotisserie Chicken

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As I walked into Walmart on Saturday evening of March 26, a Caucasian lady about my age stopped me and said, “Do you want some free rotisserie chicken?” She didn’t wait for my answer. “They are giving away free chicken and there’s only a few left so I thought to let you know so you can get one.”

Now, this was unexpected because Walmart store didn’t have to give anything for free; and it was welcome news to my ears – not just because we love chicken where I come from – but also it was a rare chance. I don’t know about you but never have I, in my life, walked into a supermarket and received a whole chicken for free!

In my excitement, charity amnesia took over and I forgot to thank the good lady who had delivered the good news. “Oops!” telling my daughter, Kayla who was with me, “How could I not say thanks? That’s unbecoming of me.” Upon turning around, the lady had already disappeared. “Well, I guess we’ll just spread it along.” The bearer of good news to the next person, that’s what I had decided to become.

The Leading

Whether it was the aroma or instinct leading, I can’t quite tell, but with a considerable increased walking speed, we arrived a table arrayed with “lemon pepper chicken” and “traditional chicken” – steaming hot!

Trying to tame the thrill, this was me: “What’s going on here?”

The young man managing the section answered, “Free chicken. Just pick and go.” And then he added, “One per customer.”

Awesome! Just the confirmation I needed. chicken

Needless to say, Kayla must have been a little embarrassed when, after picking up my bird, I went stopping every shopper I met with a broad smile. “Would you like some free chicken?” Not exactly pausing for a response, I’d quickly point them to the source, “They’re giving it over there.”

The Hinge

As you can tell from the date, this occurred over Easter weekend. A time which is so significant to the Christian faith because we commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ. We celebrate the atonement of Jesus Christ, without which we would have no hope. This event is the hinge on which Christianity hangs – without it Christianity falls. Christianity devoid of the death and resurrection of Jesus becomes as powerless as any other faith.

The Reminder

Easter reminds us that because of the death and resurrection of Christ, God demonstrated that Jesus is Lord and Christ.

Had Jesus Christ just died and been buried, then He would have been just like any other mortal man. But His resurrection speaks a different story. His bleeding to death was a guarantee that the resurrection would happen and God made a public declaration of it.

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it…Therefore … be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, … crucified, both Lord and Messiah. – Acts 2:32,36 NIV

The Good News

chicken3 Although they say that bad news travels fast like a wildfire and good news travels slowly, there is no guarantee that bad news will always get around faster than good news. That Saturday evening the good news of free rotisserie chicken giveaway had wings – it traveled fast. Everyone was either sharing the news or receiving it.

This made me think of 4 things:

1. Salvation

Without reducing it to chicken which is placed on a table and disappears after a few minutes, salvation is free and it is eternal. You have a choice to receive or reject it. None of us is too good that we don’t need it or too bad that we can’t receive it. If truth be told, we can’t live a full life here on earth and we can’t make it to heaven either – without it. This very costly gift is God’s free gift to us and our only responsibility is to receive it by faith (John 1:12; 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9).

2. Evangelism

As Christians, we are empowered to evangelize or spread the good news. Together with having the right to celebrate Easter, we have been given power to take on the sacred commission of spreading the gospel throughout the world. Pointing people heavenward. This is what Jesus said to the eleven after appearing to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Had He not resurrected, we would never have had any power to evangelize. We are His witnesses because His power has come on us to preach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)

3. Needs and Wants

Not only does God meet our needs but He meets our wants also. The truth is this: I didn’t need the free chicken as at that particular moment, but when the subject came up, oh, I wanted it and promptly changed the dinner menu. It dawned on me, in a new perspective, that God fulfills the desires of every living thing (Psalm 145:16) and satisfies us with good things (Psalm 103:5) – and this includes our wants as well. What a gracious God!

4. Do Likewise

In The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus teaches on neighborliness and says, “Go and do likewise.” I had received something for free – it made me smile (more like giggle with joy), surely as a Christian, I have a responsibility to be a blessing to someone else and put a smile on their face.

Whenever God gives you “extras”, it is not so that you can amass – it is so that you can share. The small rotisserie chicken may not be enough to share with your neighbors, but you can open your hand to someone else – especially those in need and help provide for their needs. God tells us that the poor will always be around and commands us to be openhanded toward them (Deuteronomy 15:11).

Over to you. Is there a time when someone (a stranger) did something nice for you (for free) and you decided to spread the cheer? Maybe you can start a fire. Think about ways you can be a blessing to others.

Shalom!
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When Life Get’s Rough, Remember_____ (Part 2)

Dear friend,

I trust that you got some encouragement from my last letter. I’m privileged to write to you again today. One puzzling thing I have observed in life is that it’s always darkest just before dawn. No wonder the Psalmist said, “Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:35). Usually, when we have no hope and there’s no way out – it is dark and weeping is only natural.

However, God says, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.” (2 Kings 20:5)

This is a continuation of my previous letter:

8. Your approach can improve or degrade your situation: Regardless of how grim your circumstances are, don’t forget that you can always worsen them. A positive life with a negative attitude is impractical. Your conduct, actions, and opportunities are greatly limited when you let negativity turn the wheels of your judgment. Your thoughts are powerful. Negative thinking produces negative results and the opposite is true. (See Luke 6:45)

9. Your worry about other people’s negativity won’t help you: Let’s face it, people around you will always have opinions or carry out actions, which are usually based solely on how they view themselves. That’s their problem – not yours and if you worry about that it will weigh you down. (See Proverbs 12:25)

10. Your strength to rise above this lies in Christ: Sometimes our wounds can feel so deep, and if we let them, they can transform us into who we aren’t. See them as temporary and believe that through Christ, you can rise up again. (See Philippians 4:13)

11. Your struggles are the scenery: View what you are going through as the terrain. Not all scenery is so breathtaking, but soon you’ll be able to say, “Yeah, I’ve been there – seen that.” Remember that you’re not alone; your journey is under the Lord’s eye. (See Judges 18:6)

12. Your failures are your teaching moments to step forward: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” said the man who invented the light bulb. Thomas Edison took his 10,000 failures (talk about resilience!) to learn what he needed to learn. The issue here is not that you failed rather what you can you learn in order to make progress. That’s crucial. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13)

When life gets tough it hands you the opportunity to build invaluable strength. Although it may not be easy… “That is why we never give up… our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NLT

Be encouraged, my friend.

In Christ’s service,
Dee

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