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Face Washing and Prayer

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Have you ever thought about how washing your face and prayer are synonymous?   Neither had I until this morning when the Lord dropped this realization in on me!
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When we wash our face, what are we doing?  The process of washing is removing the dead skin cells and dirt.  It is getting rid of the old, for the new to shine.

>>>> Just like prayer.  As Believers, when we pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness, He forgives; washing away the dead skin cells and dirt of daily disobedience.  Daily prayer and asking for forgiveness keeps the communication open between ourselves and our heavenly Father.  We're not asking for forgiveness unto salvation; that was a one and done -- once saved always saved.  Daily asking for forgiveness is so that we can stay in communication with heaven, draw closer to God, become more sensitive to the working of the Holy Spirit, etc.  If we carry on with unwashed dirt, it hampers our shine and dulls the voice of o…

The "Mystery" of Christ

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The "mystery" of Christ is .... The Church!

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CHURCH = born again believers in Jesus Christ 
                   It is the active plan of God for unifying Jesus-believing Jews and Jesus-believing Gentiles into "one body" = the Church of Jesus Christ. (Eph. 3:2-6)  How exciting is this?!   A unified body of "one" to do the Lord's work!

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This mystery was hidden to past generations, a secret; until it was revealed by the Spirit to God's apostles and prophets (for preaching and teaching). (v. 5) (Eph. 2:20)

>>>>> Past Generations:  Old Testament
                    The mystery of the Church was hidden, a secret, in the OT because Jesus had not come, yet.  Though, it was prophesied in the OT (Romans 15:9-12) that Gentiles …

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MISS AMERICA swimsuit/evening gown elimination

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Here is my take on the swimsuit/evening gown competition being eliminated from the Miss America pageant.  I have been on the fence about it, sitting with my thoughts and trying to formulate my opinion.  I have come to an opinion. 



<<< SWIMSUIT elimination >>>

     As a conservative, Christian woman, you would think I'd be for eliminating the swimsuit competition, but I am not.  Well, in part I'm not.  Let me explain, and then offer my idea of resolution to this issue....

     I feel the swimsuit competition exists to exhibit the healthy component of a person.  To be judged on a woman's self-discipline of health and physical fitness.  Which I feel the health component is important.  It is equally as important as the emotional, spiritual, mental, intellectual component of a person.  It is important for a person to be as balanced as possible in all areas of life, not just in one area, such as only the intellectual component which the reorganized MAO has…

Sin-living Fellowship

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As Believers, can we live in sin and live in fellowship with Christ? 
 It can't be done. 

"Living" in sin is not living in fellowship with Christ. When one is living in sin, he/she is out of fellowship with the Lord.  He can't look upon sin.  Yes, as Believers, we are forgiven of our sins when we accept Jesus as our Savior, and God sees our sins no more; but I'm not talking about that.  I'm talking about walking in fellowship with Him.


<< Diminished Relationship >>

God is a perfect and holy God, and cannot look upon sin.  So, as Believers, when we sin, it causes us to diminish our relationship with Him.  That is why we need to always ask for forgiveness.... to keep the relationship and communication with God open.  No one is sinless on this earth.  We are not perfect.  We do sin.  That is why we need to ask forgiveness of all that we do in opposition to living how God intends for us to live.

Think about it this way.... when a child is disobedient to…

Live Your Dash - and Arrive!

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Dash - Arrived?  Dash - Arrived?  Dash - Arrived?
I don't believe that we ever "arrive in life".  Why?  Because life is ever-changing, ever-evolving.  There are new lessons to learn, new adventures to explore, new gardens to cultivate, and yes, new valleys to tread.  We may reach a goal, but "arrived"? -- even that goal will come with newness of life. 

So, consider having "arrived" when you take your last breath.  This is when you have, indeed, arrived at your final eternal destination.  Until then --- live your "dash" between arriving in this world and arriving at your final destination!  Embrace your journey and glean the pearls.  Then... share those pearls of wisdom with others as your legacy.   

As you arrive in eternity, you will have made your earthly arrival through your legacy.  

Live your dash... and arrive!
Having "arrived" with a legacy is having lived a beautiful life. ♥

Constant, Indescribable JOY

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1 Thessalonians 5:16..."Rejoice always,"



JOY!  I love this!

What God is telling us is that as His children we can have a continuous joy.  This is independent of any circumstance we're going through.  

People are naturally happy given certain circumstances.  But, what God's message is telling us as Believers is that we have an internal eternal joy that is constant.... even through the rain and storms of life!


Why?  And, where does this joy come from?   We have this JOY because of what Christ has done for us!  Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins; and when we accept His free gift of eternal salvation, then it gives us a joy indescribable!  No matter what we're going through, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ is right there, going through our valleys with us!  What comfort!  What joy to know we're not alone --- EVER!

I am grateful for a joy that will never wane.  But, it is important that we go deep and really meditate on what Christ did for u…

God's Word for Comfort

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When you're scared,
When you're lonely,
When you don't know what to do...
Here's where to look in the Bible for comfort and assurance:
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You're LONELY:
John 14:18Revelation 3:202 Corinthians 14:27 _______________________________________________

You're AFRAID:
Luke 12:29-32Hebrews 13:6John 14:27 _______________________________________________

Problems seem too big for you to handle:
John 16:33Matthew 11:28Philippians 4:13 _______________________________________________

You don't know what to do:
1 Peter 5:7James 1:5-6Philippians 4:9 ______________________________________________

You've lost hope:
John 3:16Isaiah 43:2-3Philippians 4:19
The comfort of Jesus will give you a Beautiful Life.

Journal Yourself a New You

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I'm a huge believer in journals.  There is journaling for anything and everything.  Journaling helps to organize your thoughts and set things in motion.  It helps for you to see where you've been and where you're going --- and want to go, or don't want to go BACK to!  It shows you how you've improved and those areas of life that need improvement.  It really is the best self-help book out there!  I liken journaling to a written form of a VISION BOARD.