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A blog to discuss lessons that the Lord is teaching each one of us.

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Lift My Hands and Praise

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (7)

There are going to be times or seasons in our lives that it will be night or there will be darkness.  A loss of a love one, so much heaviness on us that we can't see our way out.  We wonder why me, where are you God?  We may begin to seek comfort from friends, advice, words of wisdom.  We try to pray yet the words don't come out, for there  is so much on our minds and in our hearts we don't know where to begin.  The sons of Korah wrote "My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, 'Where is your God'." (Psalms 42:3)  We recognize the heaviness and yet we can't pull up from it on our own.  "Why so downcast, O my soul?  Why so distrubed within me?" (Psalm 42:5).  Have you been there?  I have.  The psalm continues on.  Psalm 42:8  "By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song within me, a prayer to the God of my life."  Yes when I am going through I can lift my hands and praise Him!  As I praise the heaviness lifts.  My mind can't house 2 emotions at the same time, praise and despair.  As I sing "I love you Lord and I lift my voice to worship you oh my soul rejoice" in the night or the darkness of the situation, light begins to shine in.  His light.  I will lift my hands and praise.  I will "put my hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 42:11)

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran


No More Procrastination

Posted on April 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (5)

How many times have we set up a plan for the day, yet at the end of the day hardly anything was completed due to procrastination.  Procrastination is an act of putting something off until a later time.  What causes us to procrastinate, there may be several reasons-being tired, finding something more interesting to do, fear or just not wanting to do the task.  How many times have we been given instructions by the Lord, yet we push those thoughts to the side and say we will do it later.    

 Well there was one in the bible who demonstrated an act of procrastination and it lead him in the end doing what he was told.  Jonah was given instructions by the Lord to go to Nineveh to give a message to the people.  Jonah went the opposite way, to flee the Lord.  As he fled he came up against several obstacles.  A storm that put others in fear and  danger, that lead to him being overthrown from the boat into the sea.  Then once in the sea, he was swallowed  by a great fish,  For 3 days in was in the belly of the great fish, until he cried out to God.  Eventually he was spit out by the fish and he went forth to do the task that he was instructed to do.  The end result, the people of Nineveh believed in God, repented and turned from their evil ways. (Jonah 1-4).  There is a consequence for every decision and action we make.  Whether it is a pleasant or unpleasant outcome, depends on the results of the task being done or not.

As we spend time in prayer asking the Lord what is on His heart for us to do this day, let's not procrastinate in completing the task that He gives us.

Psalm 37:23  "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way."  

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran


Go to The Lord for Guidance

Posted on March 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (7)

As children how often we were told to do this or do that, we didn't think about the outcome.  We just did what we were told.  When we did not do what was asked of us, there was a consequence due to our disobedience.  We have a have a wonderful book called the Bible that gives us guidance of what to do and what not to do. Our Lord is waiting for us to come to His book, open it up, read and listen.  We have examples of numerous people who walked in obedience to Him and in disobedience also, we read the results of their actions and saw the consequences.  Why are we not listening.  Some of us struggle with our first ministry, which is our families.  Looking for the blueprint for life?  Open your bible.

We are instructed to raise our children in the Lord. 

Proverbs 22:6  "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." 

What about our marriages.

Ephesians 5:23  "However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband".

What about our finances.

Matthew 6:24  "“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Theses are just a few verses that can serve as a reminder of what we should or should not be doing. 

Pick up your bible, begin to study the Word of God and dig deep to get clarity and understanding.  These guidelines were written with you and I in mind.  God created all of us, and loves us all so much  that His book was written and passed down to each of us so that we could grow in Him and also share His word with others.

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran


Talking with God

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

How easy it is for us to communicate with our spouse, children or loved ones, talking before we all start our day. Communicating a thought, desire, hopes, dreams and maybe disappointments.  It is not difficult, for they are tangible.  Using 4-5 of our senses, we can see them, hear them, smell them and touch them.  Some of us communicate with our loved ones throughout the day, via telephone, snap-chat, texting maybe an "I love you" to them.  When entering our homes at the end of the day, it may be a hug or kiss, or just conversation.  At meal times and before going to bed we communicate with one another. 

God is wanting the same from us.  He created each of us for His good pleasure.  Hebrews 13:5  "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  He is with all of us who believe.  Matthew 11:28-29  "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." The Lord is calling for an open, free and loyal relationship with us.  With Him we can find rest for our souls.  We can read the Word of God, we can spend time in HIs presence as He touches our souls.  We can listen with our heart what He is saying to us.

Spend time with the Lord everyday and communicate with Him through prayer, reading the bible and listening to what He has to say to you.  Talk with Him just as you do with your family and friends and watch how the relationship will blossom into something so precious, that you will run to Him more and more as your relationship grows.

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran


Trials in Life

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout our life we will go through trials.  We were never promised a perfect life.  Somethimes we will find ourselves in a trial against our character.  Knowing that you have been attempting to walk upright in Christ, there may be words or behaviors used against you.  You may start to question and look at your own heart, desires, motives even your words.  You may start to replay the situation over and over again in your head wondering what could you have said or done differently to lead to a different outcome.  You then may start to question God.

1 Peter 4:12-14  "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.  If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."

Praise the Lord!  Go forth and let your light shine for all to see.  Go forth and share the gospel of Christ in your ministering through speech, song, writing and dance!  Let the Spirit of glory and of God rest on you!

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran


Faith

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (9)

  I taught my children when they were young about our heavenly Father, just as my grandmother did for me.  I told them when we pray we are talking to the Lord, sharing our thoughts, desires, dreams, hopes, thanking Him for never leaving or forsaking us and blessing us.  Many memories I have of my 3 boys, my husband and  myself on our kness thanking and praising God.  One day while praying, my oldest, who was 6 at the time, got up and just started walking around talking to the Lord.  He was displaying that childlike faith.  He did not question what he could not see, he just believed.  He didn't display a worry or concern after taking his thoughts to prayer.  Do we display that kind of faith?  Just trusting God and believing that His perfect will is being done in our lives.  When we take a care or concern to the foot of the cross, do we leave it there and say your will be done Lord, or do we pick it back up. That heaviness, that concern or worry.  Do we let go and let God have His way, or do we try to control all that is going on.

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

Jesus tells us in Mark 11:22 "Have faith in God."

Faith is not easy all the time, but the more faith we have in God, the more our trust will grow, and the less we will be overwhelmed by the doubts and the temptations that we may face in life.

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran

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Wait

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (12)

How many times have we been told as children to wait.  To wait is the act of being inactive in one place while expecting something. (American English Dictionary).  Wait- a strong word.  As a child waits, they wait with anticipation, expectation and a hope of something, being unsure of what to expect at times.  Sometimes we wait for something and know that the outcome is not going to be pleasant, but we must continue on after our time of waiting. As a dance minister, when I started in the ministry I wanted to do it all.  Lead, teach, mentor, guide and travel.  I was told to wait, it is not your time.  Well that person was right to say that to me, for God had to prepare me to step into the role that He had planned for me.  Not what I wanted, but what He had planned.  He has already ordered my footsteps.   I am glad I waited, for I am doing more than I have ever dreamed.  Now when I am struggling with something, I pray and wait.  I wait with expectation.  Sometimes the answer is no, that is ok, for it may not be in my best interest.  Sometimes it is yes, praise the Lord!  The Lord knows the plans He has for you  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (See Jeremiah 29:11)  In order to walk in His plan for your life, you will have to wait.

There is a promise in the bible that I have found true.  Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up wilth wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."  Instead of trying to do things in your own strength, your own way, and in your own time, wait on the Lord and watch what He will do for you!

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran

 

The Power of Your Words

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (27)

Much can be said of a person's character by the way they use their tongue.  We all have heard the cliche "Sticks and stone may break our bones, but words will never hurt me."  Oh how not true. The little muscle in our mouth can cause so much destruction to one's spirit or it can encourage and uplift one.  How one or two words can hurt someone to the core of their spirit leading them to a path of destruction or it can lead someone down the right path of life. How can we say we are christians and we speak words that will hurt or destroy one's spirit.  I speak life to you today.  Know that you were created by the Creator in His image.  Know that you "can do all things through Christ who strengthens you." Philippians 4:13.  Know that you can do what you set your mind to do, always giving glory to God.  Smile and speak a word of kindness to someone today and watch what will happen to their spirit and yours.  Speak words of life today!

Proverbs 12:18  "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." 

Here to inspire and encourage

Minister Fran




Seek

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever wake up after a night of rest with all intention of going right into prayer?  I do many times.  Yet as soon as my head lifts up off the pillow all these thoughts come bombarding me.  I have to do this, I have to do that, I have to get the kids off to school, what are we going to eat this morning, what bills do I need to pay today, what am I going to wear.  Whoa....  Stop!  I must stop and give God praise first.  My bible tells me to:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."  Matthew 6:33

This is Jesus speaking to the people.  We are to seek  the Lord first in all that we do.  It is when we seek Him, spend time in His presence  the things that we can expect is His peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, and whatever else He wants to display through us or for us to see.  I then walk through my day thinking of being in His presence, not wanting to leave that secret place and my countenance displays this through my smile, the sparkle in my eye, the joy I feel, knowing that without a shadow of doubt that He is with me as I walk through my day.  Regardless of what I go though I know He is with me and what ever I need to get done , it will get done.                                                                    

Here to inspire and encourage                                                                                                                              Minister Fran

Trust

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."  Proverbs 3:5  

Sometimes we get into situations where we put all our trust in man.  We run to man for direction, advise in which way to go.  We then sometimes follow man's way and in the end we fall.  We become disappointed and discouraged.  Our heart sinks and we get to a point where we feel empty, a point of surrender.  This is where God wants us.  Surrender your all to HIm.  Trust in the Lord, He will not run and tell your situation, in fact He opens His arms for you to come to Him.  It is when we trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in everything we do, He will guide us and protect us.  Then watch and see what the Lord will do in your life. 


     Here to inspire and encourage

                Minister Fran




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