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“I waited patiently and…

“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit…and set my feet upon a rock.”
{Psalm 40:1-2}

My prayer for you this evening is you find Freedom from whatever pit you may find yourself in. God Bless you friends! Jesus loves you!

Peaches

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ROBBIN’ PETAH TO PAY PAUL…

Like my lil’ Jersey twist on that don’t you?! 😉

We all remember hearing that saying at some point in our lives; in fact, many of us still use the phrase…”Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”. It suggest that your were taking away from one person or thing and giving to another. This phrase did not always refer to money and finances, it also referred to time, your commitments and dedication versus one area of your life to another. “Peter and Paul” is something we ALL have, it varies among us. If you spend more time in the office, you are lacking at home. If you spend more time with one child, you are neglecting the other. If you choose to pay one bill, the other bill will fall behind. I you choose to spend more time with one group of friends, you neglect another.

I want to talk about Peter. Just think about it. We are always given warnings, we have conversations, we devise plans on how to ensure Peter becomes a priority; but it never occurs. We lock ourselves in the habit of robbing one to pay another. No one ever worries about “Peter” until its too late. When the bill collector begins calling, were reminded of “Peter”, when one of our children becomes rebellious, were reminded they were a “Peter”. When our homes are falling apart and are no longer homes, but houses, we are reminded of “Peter”. “Peter” serves as a reminder of what we can’t do. He is a reminder of where we lack, areas where we don’t feel successful or where we feel like “all is lost”. It could be the bill that’s just way to high, the child who has been arrested way too many times, the husband or wife who sees no purpose at home or the parents who can’t see anything positive in their child. In turn, we throw ourselves into “Paul” – the bill that is almost paid off, the child who is an honor student, the job where we receive recognition versus criticism, the young lady or man that gives wanted attention. We take what little we have invested in our “Peters” and give it all to our  “Pauls”.

As humans, we are always going to feel our lives pulled in multiple directions. Let’s face it, we all wear different “faces”. We are moms, dads, daughters, sons, co-workers, wives, husbands, business owners, neighbors, etc. But, life is all about balance. You cannot live a healthy, effective life without it. Prioritizing where we choose to devote and commit our time and money should be seen as investment deposits into our future, not as a burdening task.

One fact will still remain…Peter needs to be paid. Whether you decide to do it now or later, nothing comes without a price. The question you must ask yourself is: Whatever your robbing Peter of is it worth the cost of Paul?

Love Ya!

Jenn

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HAVE YOU FED THE LAMBS?

Happy Sunday friends! I came across a devotional that I enjoyed reading and I thought I would share with you!

 

“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs’” John 21:15

Not long after I married my wife, Martie, I realized that she had a deep love for animals in general and dogs in particular. She grew up with Trudy, a black lab, who was a faithful friend and companion. I grew up in a home that never had any pets. (Actually, my mom had a canary, but it’s not easy to bond to a bird!) I’m sorry to admit this to all you dog lovers, but my feeling was, “Dogs? Who needs a dog? They’re for people who can’t make it with humans and need props from the animal kingdom.”

So, when Martie said, “Joe, let’s get a dog!” my answer to her was less than satisfactory. It was at that point that I woke up to a very important principle of loving relationships. It is this: You demonstrate your love to someone by caring about what they care about. Which meant that if I wanted to prove my love for Martie, I would set aside my rather warped view of pets. So that’s exactly what I did, and we bought a dog. And I helped walk the dog and feed the dog, and eventually I ended up liking the dog!

This is exactly what’s behind Jesus’ interrogation of Peter. Loving Jesus is not proven by our singing about our love for Him in church. It is most clearly demonstrated when we care about what He cares about. And, more than anything else, He cares about people. Reading through the Gospels, it becomes clear that He is “into” one thing—people. He came to our planet because people needed what He only could bring to us. And, as you probably know, He went to the extremes of self-sacrifice to prove how committed He was to meeting our needs.

What I find interesting is that His love for people was not reserved only for the people who were easy to love. He cared about the needs of tax collectors. He extended His love to despised Samaritans. He ate and fellowshiped with sinners and granted the freeing power of mercy and forgiveness to prostitutes. It didn’t make any difference—if you were warm and breathing, you mattered to Jesus.

In John 21, Peter had bailed on his calling to “fish for men” and had gone back to his old career of fishing for fish (John 21:3). After he and some others had fished all night and caught nothing, Jesus showed up on the beach and filled their nets with fish. It was at this point that He did some serious business with Peter. In a triple interrogation, Jesus wanted to know if Peter loved Him. Though Peter verbally affirmed his love, Jesus made it clear that He would know that Peter loved Him only when Peter left his nets again and gave himself to the needs and nurture of people.

So here’s the takeaway. It really doesn’t make any difference how fervently you and I verbally affirm our love for Jesus. If we aren’t into extending our love and resources to the needs of others, then He doesn’t feel loved by us. It’s just that simple! But here’s the good news. People are everywhere—all kinds of them! You can find them at home, in the office, on the streets, and in heavy traffic. There may even be a few at church! So what are you waiting for? Today, Jesus has shown up on the beach of your heart and called you from a life lost in your own interests and offered you the privilege of getting involved in what He cares about—the needs and nurture of people!

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • Read the conversation between Jesus and Peter in John 21:15-17. How would you respond to Jesus’ question?
  • What is more important to you than the needs of others? Is it your plans, your possessions, your time, your energy? What could you intentionally do today to show your love for Jesus by reaching out to the needs of others? Make a specific plan. Just to stay in shape, do one thing each day to let Jesus know that you love Him!
  • If Jesus were to approach your heart’s door, would He see a sign swinging from the door handle that reads: “Gone Fishin’”?

 

This devotional and others can be found at http://getmorestrength.org/

I hope you enjoyed!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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LIVING IN A NEVERLAND

*sigh* Remember the story of Peter Pan? Living in a land where humans can fly in the air and live with no cares or worries. Wouldn’t that be great? Peter spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys.

Have you ever known someone who lives the life they have created in their mind; The life that is their reality? Have you ever read someone’s Facebook status or Tweet and scratched your head after reading it? What drives people to be one way in the public eye and another way behind closed doors?

Unfortunately, it seems we live in a world plagued with showcasing and maintaining an image. People are used to sweeping dirt and grime under a rug and walking over it daily; believing in the idea “out of sight, out of mind.” The problem with living a life like this is the energy involved with the upkeep of a facade. It takes an exorbitant amount of energy to be someone you are not, to live a life that is not yours and to portray a story that is fiction.

Now I definitely don’t have the answer to the age old question “Who are You?”; only you can truly answer that. What I can tell you is the only way to live a life of truth and pure joy is to lift the rug, sweep out the dust and grime, deal with your issues full force and head on and press forward! Jesus never told us that we would not have trials and tribulations, He told us to be of good cheer, because He has already overcame them all. There is no need to run away from troubles and realities – we must stand confidently in front of them, stare them down and regain the victory over our lives!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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All an eagle would really like, is a teapot

FOR EVERY NEGATIVE THERE IS A POSITIVE…

So before I hit the hay, I wanted to find a scripture to post on my What Would Jenn Say Facebook fan page (<—-small plug in lol!). I stumbled across an AMAZING website that gave me way more than I could have ever asked for. I thought this would be great to share with you and to keep with you. Print it out. When you start to even begin to feel discouraged or have a negative thought…remember God has a positive response just for you – You no longer have the right to come up with an excuse. I pray you are blessed with what I found and share with you below.

 

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: “I love you” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: “You can do all things” (Philippians 4:13)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: “I am able” (II Corinthians 9:8)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all thingsat all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every goodwork.

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: “It will be worth it” (Romans 8:28)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU” (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” (2Timothy 1:7)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (I Peter 5:7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

You say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: “I give you wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:30)
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”

Be Blessed friends! If you’ve enjoyed this post…let me know! Like it, rate it, Tweet it, Facebook it or leave a comment! 🙂

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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YOU ARE…

  • You are mean…
  • You are stupid…
  • You are never going to accomplish anything…
  • Who is ever going to love you…
  • You are ugly…
  • You are a nobody…
  • You are fat…
  • You are disgusting…
  • You are too skinny…
  • You are dumb…
  • You are slow…
  • Your idea will never work…
  • Your marriage/relationship will never work…
  • You won’t finish school…

Sounds horrible doesn’t it? You could never imagine saying some of those things to others, never mind yourself right?! Yet most of you say those same things to yourselves on a daily basis. I’ll be the first to admit I have said some of those very things to myself. If were not telling ourselves some of those mean things, I’m sure we all can think of someone who has said something they shouldn’t have to us.

We are told in Proverbs 18:21, our tongues hold the power of life and death. We ALL know this, but still struggle with idea of speaking life into our OWN situations. We find it easier to believe and speak into others’ lives that God will do for them what he seems to take forever to do for us. We are quick to scold someone for speaking negative thoughts, while we struggle to find the positives in our situations. We all will fall, but it’s up to us to get back up and keep pushing toward our ultimate goals. Okay…sounds “cliche” right? I have something for you- I want you to meet Heather Dorniden. Watch this video…

When I first saw this video, I was so inspired. I was quickly reminded that this race represents so many of our stories. How many times do we find ourselves at the top of our game only to fall flat on our faces? To make things worse, Heather was in the lead going into the final lap! Instead of having a pity party, walking off the track, crying and whining, Heather picked herself up and finished the race. But not only did she finish the race, she finished with even more vigor than when she began. She used her fall to push her further into her victory. Can you imagine if Heather had negative thoughts about herself after she fell on the track? She would have NEVER pulled herself up and finished. I bet Heather spoke positive words to herself, she had faith, hope and she had a vision. She never lost sight of her goal…which was to finish the race.

We are all reminded to have faith, for,” Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” {Hebrews 11:1} for “Faith with out works is dead.” {James 2:14}. Are you seeing how these two go hand in hand? Having faith gives you the confidence you need to believe that what you hope for will happen, which in turn will push you forward to do the work, toward the vision that you have in front of you. Along your journey you will hit bumps in the road and you may even fall, but you must SPEAK LIFE! Speak life into your finances, your marriage, your life, your self-esteem, your job situation…whatever it may be! SO:

  • You are NICE…
  • You are SMART…
  • You WILL ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING YOU SET OUT TO DO…
  • JESUS LOVES YOU AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU…
  • You are BEAUTIFUL/HANDSOME…
  • You are SOMEBODY…
  • You are HEALTHY…
  • You are AMAZING…
  • You are INTELLIGENT…
  • You are DILIGENT AND DETERMINED TO FINISH THE RACE…
  • Your idea will CHANGE LIVES AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES…
  • Your marriage/relationship will BE THE BEST IT’S EVER BEEN…
  • You WILL FINISH SCHOOL…

You will be alright friends…just remember it could be a WHOLE lot worse!

If you enjoyed today’s post…let me know! Comment below, pass the word on to your friends and family!

I love you for all your continued support friends!

Love Yah!

Peaches

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MAKE ROOM FOR THE SUNSHINE!

One of our biggest challenges in calming the  multiple thoughts that we have on a daily basis. From how we look, what were going to eat, how we feel about ourselves at any particular moment, someone who is bothering us, regretting decisions that we might have made or didn’t make, someone we offended or vice versa….your mind is in heavy rotation ALL day. Like anything else as Christians, we must bring our thoughts under the submission of Christ. It is imperative to renew your mind as well as your spirit; when we don’t we allow ourselves to head down a path that may lead to depression, sadness, confusion, anxiety and fear- all of which are the complete opposite of what God has lined up for us. Much like a cell phone needs a charger to stay “alive”, you MUST stay connected to God to feel re-energized. It’s essential for us to stay connected to the One who will organize every thought that floats between our ears. 🙂

So I wanted to share a declaration with you. I want you to say it and allow it to settle on your heart, allow God to renew your mind. I have copied this same declaration everywhere in my vision. Its a wallpaper on my iPad and cell phone, I have it taped in front of my Bible and on a post it next to my bed –  and I encourage you to do the same! So clear the cloudy thoughts you may be having…and make room for the sunshine!

Renew Your Mind:

I dedicate myself to renewing my mind by reading, meditating and speaking God’s Word.It is my desire to keep my mind clear from anything that would hurt or weaken me spiritually.

I choose to think about good things and I refuse thoughts that are negative. I will not let doubt, worry or fear pollute my mind. I will be quick to respond to wrong thoughts by replacing them with proper thoughts and by speaking God’s Word over my life.

I refuse to fill my mind with the poison of gossip, backbiting and jealousy. I will guard and protect my mind by making a decision to meditate on God’s Word  so that I may be receptive to God’s voice and ever ready to do His will. I consecrate my mind, my will and my emotions to God, for His service.

Scripture references:

1. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. { Romans 12:2 The Message}

a. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. {Romans 12:2 NLT}

2. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. {Philippians 4:8 The Message}

a.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. {Philippians 4:8 NIV}

3. The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. {2 Corinthians 10:5 The Message}

a. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; {2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV}

Love Ya!

Peaches

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BECOME WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE!

Repeat after me…and remember life and death are in the power of the tongue!! {Proverbs 18:21}:

I will choose to live a godly life before my family and friends. I am disciplined concerning the priorities of my life. I have God’s wisdom and discernment concerning all my decisions.

I am loving, caring and compassionate toward others. I keep my cool during times of stress and do not become frustrated and lose my temper. If I do something that is wrong or offensive, I am quick to repent. I walk in love at all times, and I am quick to provide encouragement and inspiration to those who need it.

I know the voice of the Holy Spirit and I am quick to obey His voice. God’s presence and peace adorn my life like a beautiful gown. God’s grace and favor are a crown upon my head. His goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.

Amen!

**Believe it and receive every word of it friends!**

 

Love Ya!

Peaches

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GOOD MORNING TO YA!!!

No matter what happens today, know that God will see you through. The Holy Spirit will give you wisdom and discernment regarding every decision you need to make today.

You are the head and not the tail; You are above and not beneath. You are blessed coming in and blessed going out. You are ready for anything and equal to anything through Christ Jesus. He always causes you to triumph. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. You are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Today is going to be a great day!

Amen!

Scriptures for today:

  • This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. {Psalm 118:24}
  • It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fails not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. {Lamentations 3:22,23}
  • In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path. {Proverbs 3:6}
  • I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. {Philippians 4:13}
  • What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? {Romans 8:31}

Love Ya!

Peaches

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STOP HIDING!!!

This devotional that was sent to me today is AWESOME!!! I had to share this with you today…stop hiding!!

“When God asks you, “where are you?”, understand God knows exactly where you are. He wants you to find yourself.”

Love Ya,

Peaches

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Stop Hiding!

 “The Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” Ge 3:9 NIV

The first recorded question God ever asked was, “[Adam]…Where are you?” And it’s a question you need to stop and ask yourself today: “Where am I—really?” If you don’t know the answer, or you do but you don’t like it, then today’s devotion is for you. When God asked Adam, “Where are you?” he responded by saying, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (v.10 NIV). It’s amazing the lengths we will go to in order to hide. We’ll bury ourselves in work, or get involved in an affair, or build a wall around our hearts—anything but face the truth. God wasn’t trying to find Adam; He just wanted Adam to find himself. Until you do that, you’re truly lost. And the problem is, when you hide you become a phony. Have you any idea how much emotional energy it requires to keep up a charade for others? Only two things are worse: being a phony with yourself, and being a phony with God. Furthermore, you’ll find it difficult to be honest with others or look them in the eye. Why? Because you’ll be afraid they might look into your heart and see the real you. Is that where you are today? Afraid to look into your own heart? The good news is, Adam was naked but God clothed him; he was guilty but God cleansed him; he was anxious but God comforted him. And if you come to Him today God will cleanse you, clothe you, and comfort you. He’s just waiting for the opportunity to do it!