Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 (Amplified)

Fear can be overcome through the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

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Power in Words

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Proverbs 18:21 (Amplified)

Because life and death are in the power of the tongue, we need to be mindful of what we speak. We need to be accountable for the words that find their way from our lips.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Psalm 141:3 (King James Version)

In order for good things to come from our mouth, we must constantly think on good things, positive things, and those things that the Word of God says we can do and who we are. Philippians 4:8 (KJV) says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

  • I am more than a conqueror.  (Romans 8:37)
  • I can do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:2)
  • I can find grace and mercy when I need it. (Hebrews 4:16)

Be mindful of the things you say to family and friends.

  • I appreciate you.
  • I love you.
  • Thank you.
  • I am sorry.
  • Can I help you?

REMEMBER WORDS ARE POWERFUL, THEY CAN BUILD UP OR THEY CAN TEAR DOWN.

 

 

 

 

Love Part 2 (The Message Version)

I talked about love yesterday. Love is the most important thing in the world. God is love and He is the standard for what love really is. Today I am presenting love according to The Message Bible. Once again, I say read, digest, read again, and this time apply this type of love to your life.

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (The Message)

The Way of Love

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

 

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

Remember: “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (a unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”  John 3:16 (Amplified)

 

Love (The Amplified Version)

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God’s love is powerful. It is the standard by which all love should be measured. Today I’m sharing 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 which some call the love chapter. I am sharing the Amplified version because I like the way it is broken down in an easy to understand way. Read, digest, contemplate, and read again. Tomorrow I will give you another dose of love from the prospective of The Message Bible version. Love, the greatest of all.

1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have prophetic powers the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

9 For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Happy or Sad

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What makes you happy and what makes you sad? Have you ever experienced true happiness? Here are a  few steps that can lead to happiness.

  • Love the Lord with all your heart.  Mark 12:30-31 (NKJV) says, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Proverbs 16:20 says, (Amplified) – “He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord—happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.” Ecclesiastes 3:12 (Amplified) – “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.”
  • Be a giving, caring and unselfish individual. God gave us the greatest gift of all, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ.
  • Connect with others. Relationships are important. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (Amplified) “And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Take action to strengthen your relationships with family and friends.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for the sunrise and the sunset. Be thankful for fragrance of the flowers. Be thankful for the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy. Colossians 3:15 (Amplified) “And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

Finally, our joy and happiness should come from knowing that we have salvation (we are saved) through Jesus Christ. True happiness can only be found in Godly contentment. Acts 17:28a (Amplified) says, “For in Him we live and move and have our being;…” and for this reason alone our happiness should shine forth like the of sunshine.

Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.

Psalm 73:25

Believe

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BELIEVE

  • Believe that God is love and He loves you.
  • Believe that you are more than a conqueror
  • Believe that you are fearfully and wonderfully made
  • Believe that with God all things are possible.
  • Believe that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.
  • Believe that He who promised is faithful.
  • Believe that you can cast all your cares God because He cares for you.
  • Believe that if you don’t get weary in well-doing, you will reap if you faint not.

 

 

Christmas and the Volkswagen

This is a memory of a time with my cousin Marilyn who has gone on to be with Lord. This memory always makes me smile when I think about it. Marilyn and I spent a lot of time together when my mom, dad, and I would go to Louisiana to visit family during the Christmas season. Christmas was and is my favorite time of year.  I enjoyed this time of year because it was about, Jesus, family, friends, and love.

This particular Christmas always makes me laugh. Marilyn and I were like sisters, especially after the death of my sister Deborah. Marilyn was about 4 years older than me, but we both thought we were in charge. Sometimes we would argue with one another, but ultimately we would still end up spending all of our time together acting silly, laughing, and having fun. We’d stay up late at night and would reminisce about the good old days.

On Christmas morning, we got up early and were excited about the day ahead. We decided not to get dressed yet since we were going to just run out drop off the gifts and come right back, so we put on robes over our pajama’s and with rollers still in our hair and scarves on our head and slippers on our feet, we gathered all the gifts we had for everyone and piled everything in the blue Volkswagen and proceeded to go my grandmother’s or as we would say up to my grandmother’s house which was about five to ten minutes from where my cousin lived (my grandmother aka mama lived on what they called Upper Third near the levee, that’s why we would say were going up to the house). My grandmother’s home was the meeting place when everyone came home to Louisiana for Christmas or any time of the year for that matter.

So we’re in the car bouncing down the road in the blue VW and now it begins to slow down; Marilyn is able to pull the car over to a safe spot and boom, it just totally stops. She tries to start it again, but it won’t start. I’m looking at are her and she’s looking at me, like what we are going to do. So, we are out here on the side of the road with rollers in our hair, pj’s, robes, and slippers, looking like God knows what trying to figure out what to do (lol), and of course there are no cell phones (still lol). Marilyn ends up walking to a phone booth (yes phone booth) and calls one of our cousins to come to the rescue. We leave her car on the side of the road later to be towed away, and we pile into my other cousins car with all the gifts and we continue to mama’s house, laughing all the way and of course totally embarrassed.

Each Christmas when I would return and spend time with Marilyn and the rest of the family, the story of the blue Volkswagen debacle and our pajama wardrobe was always a point of laughter.

The moral of the story is never leave home in your sleepwear because you never know what might happen. But on a serious note, the real moral of the story is to love your family and friends and make good sweet memories while you have them with you because you never know when they won’t be there anymore. Although Marilyn is gone, she will forever be in my heart and in my memories. May you rest in peace Marilyn we love you.

The picture below is ofMarilyn and my uncle Jerry in March of 2007. She went home to be with the Lord in September of 2011.

“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified)

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