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Daily Devotionals - Wednesday's Dose - 17th December 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hey Girl! YOU are Beautiful in God's eyes!

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YOU are Beautiful in God's eyes -

 Even in an Ugly World! 
(By: Amy Wingfield)


There have been many songs written using the word, beautiful. Almost always the song is referring to a outward beauty of a woman. However, it's those songs that refer to God seeing the inner beauty of His children that touch my heart the most.





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You are Beautiful Just the way you are! 
(This world has nothing to offer!)

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 
 I peter 3:3-4



"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." 
 Proverbs 31:30



"The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b NIV)
How beautiful you are to God? We need to be constantly reminded of that. He knows us. He loves us. He has plans for us.










"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
We are beautiful inside and out through the eyes of God. Take heart in that reminder when the media tells us we need to be tall and thin or wear the latest fashions or have the latest hair-style. That may be what matters most to the world, but God doesn't care about all that!




God cares more about you, your sweet spirit and your soul. God couldn't care less about whether you have streaks in your hair or own a pair of skinny jeans. God would rather have a relationship with you. He loves you , just as you are. He made you that way didn't he? Embrace that thought every time you look in the mirror.






No matter who you are: a child being bullied by their peers, a teenager trying to find his or her look, a stay-at-home parent, a single parent, one who feels alone, one who is dying or just someone who is hurting in this sometimes cruel and harsh world, remember God is always with you. He loves you and you will always be beautiful in God's eyes!





If you don't know that and are reading these words for the first time, I'm going to ask you to take a moment and ask God into your life. He's already here, but he waits for you to ask Him in.












Revelation 3:20 says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (NIV) - JESUS




















As this new school year approaches, won't you open the door to your heart and let God in? Let Him fill any void in your life you might have. Let Him show you, you were meant to fill a purpose that only you can do, and there can never be a More Beautiful You.




(About the Author: Amy Wingfield, Freelance writer and stay-at-home, home-schooling mom to four children, Amy is an experienced and published author in the areas of Home Economics and Family Living. Her first published article , A Second Chance to Watch the Roses Bloom, was published in the Christian Mother's Magazine, Above Rubies, Editor: Nancy Campbell, Issue #61, 2004. A second article, Dad's Story, was published in the Fall of 2005 by another Christian women's publication, Crowned With Silver. Amy has combined her passion for writing and for Christian music. She encourages everyone to listen carefully to the words of each song. There's always a story behind the music. Christian music is filled with inspiration and hope.) 


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God Bless! :)


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How to Know If You Have Met the Right Christian Person For Marriage?

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How to Know If You Have Met the Right Christian Person For Marriage? by Angie Lewis 

Statistics now show that 60 percent of marriages fail. Why do you think that is? It is because we are not marrying suitable people. If a person exploits you and disrespects you during the courtship / dating period, what makes you think anything is going to change after marrying them?


During the "getting to know one another" stage of the relationship do they care more about what they can receive from you than getting to know you? Do they care more about what you have, how you look, or what you do for a living than the person within? These things are all very superficial and do not matter for having a loving and stable marriage.



Building A Firm Marriage Foundation Before Getting Married:


If your relationship starts out as a sexual relationship but never develops into anything else and you marry them, what will the relationship be based on? Lust and desire are not emotions that we should base our marriage on. Having sex with someone before getting married does not guarantee marital success. But getting to know someone's character and seeing they have moral convictions about marriage purity does!

Marrying someone with lots of money and stuff will not guarantee marriage happiness, but marrying someone because you both live comparable lifestyles in Jesus Christ does! Marrying someone because they are good-looking does not guarantee happiness ever after, but marrying people who are committed to staying married, no matter what, does!
The bottom line is we need to marry people who share our same beliefs in Jesus Christ. Just because two people "say" they are Christians does not mean they are compatible people. One person's faith and beliefs may be VERY different than another person's faith and beliefs. Know who you are marrying!

The root of the problem for failing marriages is that they do not start off right to begin with. Without a firm foundation to support the marriage on, it cannot survive, hence divorce, or at the very least, an unhappy marriage. We need to start off our relationships on something tangible and true! God and His principles are something we can hang onto when times are tough in our marriage, but feelings of lust and desire diminish with time and will not be around to help us when we are having marriage difficulties.

Why are we so superficial in our relationships? Why are we jumping into marriage with such fairy-tale images of happiness ever after? I think it is because we have not been taught how to find suitable marriage spouses from our parents and because we aren't waiting on God. We seriously need to pray about our friendships with the opposite sex and never take our focus off of the reason we are able to even love another properly in the first place. If Christ had not sacrificed his life for ours how would we have learned what real love and forgiveness is all about?

Jesus Christ living in us gives us the fruits to discern the difference between someone who is only using us and thinks they want to spend the rest of their life with us, and the person who we should actually marry. Look for the fruits in others. Fruits do not come from outside appearances, nobility, status, money, power, etc. But fruits of the Spirit come from within a person. These are what we need to look for in a potential marriage spouse. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering  gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23) 
How to Prepare for a Rock Solid Marriage! God wants for you to seek romance and have a life spouse to love and care for, but not at the expense of your mind or body. God's plan for the Christian is exactly the opposite of what most believers seek when looking for their soul mate.

 To learn more about scriptural romance and Godly courtship, click here. http://www.heavenministries.org  Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Angie_Lewis  Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5693777

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5 Prayers to Help Free You From a Sin

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Repentance Prayers - 5 Prayers to Help Free You From a Sin By John C Arnold

If you find yourself telling God over and over again that you are sorry for the same sin, then you may need to expand your prayer life around the issue. Here is a tool box of 5 repentance prayers I use regularly to help change my heart and behavior so I can move into greater faithfulness to God.
1) Pray for understanding. The process of repentance requires that you first get out of denial and begin to accept responsibility for your own actions. Some times we sin out of ignorance. Some times we know better but convince ourselves it is okay. Praying that God will reveal to you your sin can be a powerful first step. You find even greater benefit in praying regularly for God to help you understand truth. If you understand truth, sin and evil become obvious.
2) Prayer of confession. Once you own the fact that your behavior or attitude is wrong you need to confess it. Be very specific. For example, if you are struggling with being judgmental, lift up to God specific examples, such as, "Lord, when I went to the mall today, I found myself looking around and rapidly making snap judgments about the people I saw. It was extremely shallow of me and lacked the grace of Jesus Christ. You love me unconditionally, but I do not do the same for others. I am constantly giving preferential treatment to the people who most make me feel comfortable. I ignore or avoid others who may actually be a gift you sent my way--someone to love, support or befriend. Forgive me when I categorically reject people around me."
You get the idea. Taking time to get specific will heighten your own awareness about your sin. You will catch yourself more frequently when you are committing a wrong.
3) Prayers for softening a heart. Knowing something is wrong does not equate to feeling remorse. When I was a child my younger sister and I fought. My mother would break it up and once she figured out who started it (and she always figured out who started it) she would tell the guilty party, "You need to say you are sorry." More often than not one of us would spit out a terse and completely disingenuous, "Sorry." As if on cue my mother would then immediately chime in, "Say it like you mean it." We would, but then we would rapidly lapse back into fighting once she was gone.
Our cycle of fighting was a wonderful example of confession without remorse. If you find yourself constantly lapsing back into old behaviors, then there is a good chance that you lack deep heartfelt remorse. I use to think that if I didn't feel remorse, then there wasn't a lot I could do to change that. This isn't true. You can ask God to soften your heart and God will. You can also take to time to ponder the consequence of your sin and that will frequently begin to soften your heart as well. Think of the impact that your sin has on your family, friends, health, work, and relationship with God. If nothing else, take time to reflect on the fact that your sin is the cause of Christ's crucifixion. It is hard to take lightly your sin when you realize it cost an innocent man his live.
4) Pray to commit to a new path. For example, if you struggle with judging others as i described above you might pray something like, "Lord God, I will remind myself that you made every person for a purpose. I will treat each person as if they are a gift to me. I will resist judgmental thoughts and strive to replace those thoughts with prayers of thanksgiving or intercession. I will try to always treat other people with respect even if they don't respect me. I will also strive to encourage and praise other people so that they feel your love for them coming through me. I will honor you in all of my contact with other people."
So, what is the exact opposite of you sin? What behavior would you adopt if you were free from it? What mindset would your replace? If you were to make a promise to God about to do something new...something better... what would it be? Pray these things.
5) Pray for support. As you move down a new path, don't do it alone. Pray for God to strengthen and guide you. Pray for God to protect you. Pray for God to send you mentors or people who will walk along side you for encouragement. Most of all pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit so that God my transform you by the renewal of your mind.
I hope you will try each of the prayers of repentance. I find that if I continue to have a recurring sin it usually is because I am failing to address on of the critical areas of repentance that each of these prayers address.
John Arnold has been teaching people for over 25 years how to read and apply the word of God in their lives. For more tips on repentance prayers, or to learn more about discipleship visit his blog http://www.thepracticaldisciple.com. At his blog, John Arnold shares a host of tips and tools for spiritual growth. His advice is extremely practical and applicable in daily life and has helped numerous people deepen their relationship with God and live into more meaningful discipleship. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_C_Arnold Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6511697



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Prayer - An Evening Family Prayer

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Dear Lord, 

Here we come as a family with our hearts humbled and bowed. We thank you for this place in which we dwell, thank you for the love and favor you show towards us. Thank you for the unity that is bonded by your love, For the peace accorded to us this day, For the hope with which we expect the tomorrow; For the health, the work, the food and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; For our friends in all parts of the earth. Thank you for helping us each day with joy. Your presence is so evident in our lives, Lord, thank you so much for being there for us. In Jesus name. Amen. .


Psalm 103:17
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children

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