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Got an email from my sister a few days ago. It was regarding “why go to Church?”

 

If you go to Church you’ll love reading this. If you don’t go to Church, I highly encourage that you do. There’s nothing to loose. It doesn’t cost you a penny either!

 

So here goes…

 

 

Why Go to Church?
If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this!
If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t read it!
If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.

But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”
This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.
If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”
When you are DOWN to nothing…… God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
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God’s Love is from everlasting to everlasting.

Man can never comprehend the depth & vastness of the Love of God towards him.

We may get sidetracked, feel unworthy, undeserving, angry, stumble at times in our walk with Him.

But His grace and mercy will always be waiting for us if we seek Him and turn to Him with all our heart.

He will always remain faithful and true and loving.

For that is what who He is.       LOVE.

I encourage you my friends not to get discouraged in your daily walk with Him. No matter what happens in your life. Keep your eyes on Him. Focused.

King David expressed it so beautifully in one of his Psalms on how deep God’s Love for man is and how man cannot hide from His Love.

Read it prayerfully.

Let it speak to your heart….

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise;     you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down;   you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely. 
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, 
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; 
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, 
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! 
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, 
    they would outnumber the grains of sand —
    when I awake, I am still with you.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; 
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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One of my favorites of all time.

Someone said…

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

– –Mother Theresa

Isn’t that BEAUTIFUL?

It reminds me of what’s important in life.

To always to see the “big picture.”

Because people in this world sometimes can be cruel.

– There will be skeptics, rude and mean and selfish people and only see life in one point of view: Themselves
– Thoughtless and ungrateful people: Remember the 10 lepers that Jesus healed? Only one person of the ten came back to say “thanks.”
– Jealous, bitter and envious people.
– Smile in your face – stab you on your back.
– Talk behind your back. Maybe spread rumors.
– Betrayal.

Sometimes it seems impossible or really difficult -but when you try to step back before you react you realize it is only because in some way you want to get even. I do sometimes.

To have them admit they are wrong. To apologize…

but Mother Theresa reminds us;

Not to worry about that and continue to do good.

Why would I waste my time, my emotion, my heart to something or someone that puts me down, takes away my peace, my joy and to what truly matters?

– I will live my life and live my dreams. 

I will love, laugh & cry

– I will forgive

I will be kind

– I will succeed

– I will be happy

– I will do good

– And I will give my best

Always….

You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway…

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Happiness What Is It For You?

 

How Do You Define Happiness?

 

It is defined differently by many.

Og Mandino says, “realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”

 

Personally, I have been on the top of the world. Lived an awesome lifestyle by human standards but I also have experienced the opposite side of the spectrum.

 

There’s nothing bad about money, fame and things.

Just as long as we don’t get too attached to it that we start to measure our happiness on external things.

What’s worse? Is when we begin to compromise our values and integrity that we forget what is important and who we are along the way

 

Some define happiness like these:

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

 

The secret of happiness is the realization
that life is a gift, not a right. – Author Unknown

 

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

If we realize and try to live all that were said – we’ll be much happier and giving people.

We will look at life more sacred and treat people with more respect.

Value others not on what they can give or do for us but based on who they are in spite of their imperfections.

They are part of God’s wonderful creation.

So God must love them too.

Happiness is a gift, a grace…

But is also a choice…

“It’s an attitude.”

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He can only fill our cup when we are not full of ourselves*

 

To receive – we must BELIEVE*

 

In His Time, in His Way – not ours*

 

To be forgiven – we must forgive*

 

Letting go is trusting in the Lord’s goodness & faithfulness. It becomes difficult when we loose sight of this truth.

In humility, acknowledging that we can’t do it on our own.

 

By faith, believing in not what we see or know, or how big our troubles are – but standing on God’s promises in His Word

It’s not a “passive surrender” but a “dynamic surrender” on the Power and Love of our God our Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Because we know God does not lie. God’s WORD says,

As the rain and the snow 
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my WORD that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it

Isaiah 55:11-12

 

The measure of God’s Love and Mercy is everlasting and new every morning.

But God’s Power in and on us depends on the degree on how much we allow God to be part of our lives*

 

If we want to understand and know more about God then we should  start reading the Scriptures every day. It’s like learning about something or someone*

Since it’s the Lenten season, a great way to know more about Him is to watch the movie the “Passion of Christ.” That is what God is all about***

 

God is always there even we are not*

 

GOD LOVES YOU***

 

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LORD, You said that whenever 2 or 3 are gathered in your name you will be there in their midst.

 

We seek your presence to honor You and worship You. Myself and the person praying with me today

We give you thanks and all the praise for your Goodness, Mercy and Love.

A Love that knows no bounds or limits.

Though we might not understand everything about You and your ways…

We know one things is absolutely and certain

That You – Love us so much that You sent your only Son to die for our sins.

 

And though we may stumble along the way;

there You will YOU be…

Waiting…………..

Patiently………

And lovingly………

 

Light my way O Lord especially in times when I am afraid…

Remind me of Your Divine words and wonderful promises that assures me that You will always be there for me.

When the cares of the world starts to get to me –

You will hold me and embrace me to comfort me lighten my burdens

When my well runs dry;

You shall let me rest to green pastures to refresh me…..

You shall fill my cup with a renewed faith… energy…….. hope…..  love……..

 
Today as I walk out in this world let Your Holy Spirit shine through me to spread and share your message of Love and Forgiveness that it may give them hope…………

Like I hope in You.

Amen.

Below is a video of one of my favorites Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.

Be blessed…………….*

 

 

 

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My Lord, My God My Savior. All Praise and Glory to You.

In the quiet of the morning let me see your sweet loving face. Fill this place with your Holy Presence.

Let me make You the center of my thoughts….    the center of my life…

I give to You right now all of my thoughts that distracts me… thoughts of anxiety, doubts and fears…

Because Lord, sometimes… the wear and tear… the bruises of my life’s journey gets to me…

That I set my eyes off you…

Fill me with your Holy Spirit…. lead me to the right path You have laid out for me.

To reignite the “fire in my heart,” to love like you did, to forgive like I should. And live my life with “an attitude of gratitude.”

For You gave everything to me… “even your very life.”

Every day blessings upon blessings I can’t even count. 
So let me walk into this world today with new enthusiasm and energy… a renewed faith and hope...

And love to share… to spread to the people around me. At home, at work and everywhere….  whether they deserve it or not. Because you loved me too even I don’t deserve it!

Thank You my sweet Jesus! Thank You for your Grace. Thank You for your Holy Spirit.

My heart is filled with joy…

I will praise You and worship You all the days of my life… forever and ever… AMEN.

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