Sunday, November 30, 2014

Choose This Day Who You Will Serve

Choose You This Day Whom You Will Serve

"Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, over fed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49

 Jesus said you would always have the poor among you. (Mark 14:7)

 The Prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he could liberate himself from his iniquities by showing mercy and loving-kindness to the poor and oppressed and that if he repented there may possibly be a continuance and lengthening of his peace and tranquility and a healing of his error. 

 But no, Nebuchadnezzar got to go live with the beasts of the fields and eat grass like an ox and his hair grew out and his nails were like birds claws and it took him seven years to repent and "understanding returned" to him and he could then "pray and extol and honor the King of heaven, whose works are all faithful and right and whose ways are just." Daniel 4:37

 Okay. 

 Choice #1- Live outdoors and eat a grass like a cow for seven years.

 Choice #2- Repent and do right.

 "And those who walk in pride He is able to abase and humble." Daniel 4:37

 Hummm, what will it be?

 "...choose you this day whom ye will serve: ..." Joshua 24:15 KJV

Prayer: Father, I repent today of the sin of pride and ask that you would help me to walk humbly before you. In Jesus Name. Amen


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Friday, November 28, 2014

I Am

I AM!!!!!

Revelation 1:8 - (NIV) "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." 

My great nephew and great niece came to Alabama to visit me and "The" Gran last weekend. They are precious children and thankfully have been raised in a strong Christian home. You can't help to notice the love that freely flows from each one of their sweet hearts. It was a true blessing to my mother that all of her great grands were under one roof. Although it was a bit of a tough day with out my dad; we made it and I clearly understood that as a family......
WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST!!!

At the beginning of the 2014 school year, my little great niece surprised her teacher and her own parents by filling in the blanks of an assignment given out to her in a public Tennessee classroom. I would love to share with you her beautiful words from a child's view of what it TRUELY means to have a relationship with Jesus! This young ten year old knows the value of her worth in Christ and knows personally THE GREAT I AM!!!!! 

I AM 

I AM - a child of God.
I WONDER - when Jesus will come.
I HEAR - His warm voice.
I SEE - His beautiful works. 
I WANT - to be in The Lord's will.
I AM - a child of God. 

I KNOW - that He is here. 
I FEEL - His hand calm my storm.
I TOUCH - His book, the bible.
I WORRY - about nothing.
I CRY - out for forgiveness.
I AM - a child of God. 

I UNDERSTAND - most of His Word.
I SAY - what I know is true.
I DREAM - about His return. 
I HOPE - people know who I am.
I AM - a child of God. 

To me; this was a great reminder to ALL believers that it is OUR job to teach and train. It is OUR job to prepare children to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is OUR job to lead by example. It is OUR job to plant God's word deep in their heart... and it is OUR job as Christians to spread the gospel from one generation to the other....until the return of Christ :)

As the Christmas season is approaching, It is of the upmost importance for everyone to know just how much The Lord God Almighty loves you and I. This simple poem gave me joy to know that God's Holy Word is still being taught to children through out the world! 

GOD IS THE ALMIGHTY - 
HE IS ...THE GREAT - I AM !!!!! 

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Thank you for hearing my heart this semester. Although my devotions can be lengthy and boring; in many ways they have helped me with the grieving process of the passing of my Father. Kenneth Copeland said it best at my fathers Memorial....."He is not lost" ... he said..."He has been found!" From the bottom of my heart... I love you all dearly. TRUELY I appreciate your love and support. I will not be writing this quarter. I would love to tell you I will be spending my time taking care of "The Gran" but the truth is...most likely she will be taking care of me! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Blessings to you always ~
Pamela Britt Malone
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks

With today being Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would share just a few of the MANY scriptures that talk about being thankful or giving thanks. I pray that each person reading this devotion has a wonderful day filled with food and family. But let us all remember that we should give thanks EVERY day not just today.


1 Thessalonians 5:18  
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 107:1  
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Philippians 4:6 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Psalm 106:1 
Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Colossians 4:2  
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Psalm 30:12  
That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 100:4  
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!


This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear from you.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thank You

I want to start this devotion off by saying Thank You! Thank you for reading my devotions this quarter. Thank you for allowing me to share with you all. Thank you to anyone who read these devotions. If one seed could be planted from these then my job was accomplished. I have been honored to write this quarter.

As Thanksgiving is approaching let us all be thankful for what God has done in your life. Thankful through all seasons of our life. It is easy to be thankful through the good times but sometimes it's through our darkest times we can learn the most and God can use us. 

Take time to show others how much they mean to you and how truly thankful you are for them. We do not know how long we are guaranteed to be here so while we are here make it count. Show the love of Christ as God has shown it to us. 

One Thursday a year isn't the only time we should be giving thanks. Have a heart of Thanksgiving through all seasons. 

"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NIV)

"I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." (‭Psalm‬ ‭69‬:‭30‬ NIV)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Abounding Grace

 2 Cor 9:8 - And God is able to make ALL grace abound toward you; that Ye always having ALL sufficiency in ALL things, may abound to every good work.

God has called us all to do various things in our life for him. At times I have felt fear gripping me to the point of stagnation after he has given me what I refer to as a mission or an assignment. You see I was trying to do things in my own strength and ability, not Gods. The above scripture taught me that when God calls you to do something for him he graces you to do the job. 

Here is a real life example of what I am trying to say. Every year at our church we have a Christmas play. Around the end of September those participating in the  play receive their parts. There usually is acting and singing parts. As we practice together, paint flats for the scenes, gather costumes for each part it seems like nothing is going right. People are not learning their lines and each of us seem nervous. But we are committed to the mission to show others the true meaning of Christmas. You see God was gracing us each step of the way as we worked towards having a successful play. To our amazement on the night of the play everything seems to come together. The people arrive. The stage is set. The actors are hidden in rooms behind the scenes. The Pastor comes out welcoming everyone and says a prayer. The spirit of Christmas fills the room. God immediately empowers us to abound in the very work he called us to do that night. Everyone's performance is exceptionally good! 

God continually amazes me how he works through his people. Especially through me. You see in my younger years I was very shy, scared of speaking in front of people. No confidence at all. Unhappy about my looks and thought no one liked me. How could they? What was there to like? Now through Gods abounding grace I can speak in front of people, people do like me, and I have the confidence to do whatever he calls me to  do. He promises that his abounding grace is always there for me.

This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. Love to all! Happy Thanksgiving. 




Saturday, November 22, 2014

The God Spot

The God Spot

The partners are incompatible in their tastes, natures, views, their likes and dislikes have become widely separated and divergent so that the parties have been so that the parties and are at the time of the filing of this complaint, incompatible to such an extent that it is impossible for them to live together as husband and wife.

There is no possibility of reconciliation between the parties and there remains such incompatible temperament between them that a happy marital status can no longer exist...

 So how did they go from "compatible" to "incompatible"?

 Losing focus on the "God Spot".

 My Niece Gabrielle and I went on her Senior trip, or as she puts it "she went with me".  The New Hope Kilauea gave me a warm welcome to that Sunday morning service. It's Pilipino pastor  thanked me for visiting my family in Kauai.  The Church's Youth Minister brought the morning's message after the Praise and Worship service with included a lovely presentation by one it's younger members in traditional Island dance style.

 He spoke of finding God's will in life. He referred to it as "the God Spot". 

 The "God Spot" is like a ring with a tiny dot in the center. In this life we can only aim at the dot and hope that we land somewhere within the ring.

 In my Secretary job I got to witness the ending of marriages that began with a happy start. Of course the selection process has a lot to do with marriages with a happy outcome. Integrity and knowing yourself are key ingredients in that baking mix but even the best ingredients can fail if one or both parties loose sight of "The God Spot". Just keep aiming at it, you might not hit the center but at least you'll be in the ring.

 "Thank (God) in everything (no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks), for this is the will of God for you (who are) in Christ Jesus (the Revealer and Mediator of that will). I Thess 5:18

Prayer: Father, I thank you for my life and if married or single may I always be aiming at The  God Spot and Your Devine Will in my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thankful To Know God's Voice

THANKFUL TO KNOW GOD'S VOICE!!! 

John 10:27 (NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 

I heard a message preached at the beginning of November from our Youth Pastor on praying and listening to God. It was really good! I enjoyed hearing about our daily prayer life and I loved the message being put out about not just asking God for things in prayer but having quite time with Jesus and listening to His voice. After his sermon I realized the same thing that had been taught from the pulpit had personally happened to me just the week before!

I had liked my daughters devotion on giving a free will offering found in the book of Ezra. I had never heard of it before and it was a very interesting subject to study. The information stated that it was an offering that in some ways resembled the thank-offering or known as the peace offering. It was completely voluntary, prompted by an occasion of celebration or spiritual significance. This hit home in my heart! 

My morning seemed no different than any other. I started out by reading the Word, I praised The Lord, I went into my prayer time and ended the early morning by driving to work and praying in the Spirit. I would say over all; I have been listening to the voice of God for 30 plus years now. I felt The Lord speaking to me that particular morning to give a free will offering to my church. I did not hesitate and I don't mind sharing with you the fact that even though it was a small offering, it left only $2.37 in my checking account!!! YIKES!!! It was a voluntary love gift to Jesus but I ended up having to exercise my faith! Of course... immediately the not so good thoughts started occurring to me and the devil whispered in my ear that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to make it to payday!!!! I did not turn to the left, I did not turn to the right; I ONLY looked up, was obedient and thankfully listened!!! I was VERY POSITIVE it was not just a thought in my head but the voice of The Lord God Almighty! 

I think listening to the voice of God is more important than ever in these last days. The only way to know our Lord's voice is to spend time with The Father. We spend so much time with our loved ones. We know their personalities and can hear their voices clearly. It is no different with God! 

Thanksgiving is excitingly less than a week away! It is my absolute favorite holiday!!! It is a wonderful time for me each year to reflect on what I am truly thankful for. I love the saying...
TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED! 

With medical bills flying in from my injury; I was so very thankful to God that I received an anonymous love gift of EXACTLY 100 fold of the free will offering I gave from my heart :) It couldn't have come at a better time! 
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Blessings in life are sometimes insignificant to others but HUGH to the ones that are being blessed!!!  God knew I was in great need and blessed me beyond measure;
ALL because He loves me, provides for me and...............................
I KNOW HIS VOICE!!!

Blessings to you always ~
Pamela Britt Malone
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Comfort My People

Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God


With Thanksgiving coming up next week the holiday season is in full swing. Every Thanksgiving I always remember my Paw Paw that passed away on Thanksgiving morning. He loved the holiday season especially Christmas. Being the father of 12 he had 23 grandkids. Every Christmas he would give each of us a brown paper bag with fruit, nuts, candy canes and sometimes a $1 or $2 dollar bill. To me this was always a big deal. For the last few years many of his grandkids and great grand’s gather together to provide a hot breakfast for local children that’s Christmas is being provided by the local fire department. This is just one small way that we can continue our Paw Paw’s love of the holidays and does what The Word of God instructs us to do “comfort His people.” 

This holiday season my heart is heavy for many of my family, church family and friends who lost loved ones this past year and will be spending their first holiday without those so dear to them. I would like to ask each person reading this devotion to pray for everyone you know that may be in this situation. Let’s all commit this verse to heart and follow what the Father has asked of us. Let’s comfort those people around us.




This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I would love to hear your comments.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

For God So Loved The World

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. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

The past couple days I have had a sick little one. That means we have had lots of cuddle time. My youngest daughter loves to snuggle and cuddle and be loved on. During the night she was warm with fever and had been coughing and she asked me if I would hold her in the recliner in the living room. Of course I said yes. As I was holding her I just had it come over me how much I love my two daughters and how blessed I am to have them. Then I was just overwhelmed thinking of the love God has for all his children. It is so much love it's sometimes too much to even comprehend. 

I just kept thinking of how God gave the ultimate sacrifice for us all. He gave his one and only son so we could have eternal life. I can't even imagine how that must have felt for God to send his son for people that would turn their back to him, to choose to disobey him, and deny him. 

That is true love. A love that is like no other. If you ever feel like no one loves you think of that. There is no other love like God sending his only son to die on the cross for your sins. 

I'm blessed to say that I am a child of God. Although I am so undeserving Jesus hung on that cross for me. No love is greater. 

This was written from the heart of Sarah Akins

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When it rains... God sends an umbrella

When it rains... God sends an umbrella

The other night our church decided to  take a trip to another local church for a special trip. It was pouring down rain and had been all day. I decided to drive myself since I have a toddler. The church was taking the bus but I didn't want to have to load his car seat in it and then go through the hassle of having to reload it back in my car when we returned from our trip, in the cold rain. It rained pretty much our whole drive to the church. When we got there I pulled to an awning and my friend Maggi unloaded Shepherd, my son, and I went to find a parking lot. It was crowded. I managed to find a parking spot not too terribly far away. Parked the car. Grabbed a jacket. Mustered up enough umph to go for it. It was a walk. I had pulled my jacket up over the top of my head and I was booking it! It was cold and I was getting wet. All the sudden I felt a covering over my head and turned to my left and looked behind me. A sweet man had caught up with me and used his umbrella to cover my head. It almost scared me in the moment until I figured out what was going on! We laughed and I thanked him. He walked me all the way to the door. 

As soon as I got in the service I couldn't wait to tell my friend and my husband. I thought that was the nicest thing.

The service was great and when it ended it was time to do it all over again. You guessed it. It was still pouring down rain. I left Shepherd with Maggi, grabbed my trusty jacket, and ran out the door. I started making my fast track towards my car again. I was just starting to pull my jacket over my head again when the man in front of me carrying an umbrella turned around and caught my attention. He smiled at me and said "what's the chances that God would work this out again." It was him again. He started to put his umbrella over me again , but stopped and called out to a lady carrying a huge umbrella. He asked her to swap with him, and she did. And then he covered me with this massive umbrella and walked me all the way to my car. Not a drop of rain got on me. I was completely dry. 

It's funny when you think about little things in life like this. I was in a service in a huge mega church. A building that has many different entrances and exits. A service that had at least 3,000 people in. Yet God places the same man as I was coming and going to provide me covering. When I got into the car I felt the gentle Holy Spirit whisper something to my spirit.

You see He is here. Even in the cold and the rain. Even if he has to use an man made umbrella to cover you. He will cover you.

I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.

Isaiah 43 The Message



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sacrificial Love

Romans 8:31 - What shall we say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us? V32. - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us ALL, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 

Wow! How good God is to us! Dwell on these two scriptures today. Chew on them as a cow chews the cud. Over, and over again. 

Why should we carry our cares around when we know that our Heavenly Father is for us? Why get disheartened? He gave us his precious son Jesus knowing in advance how much he would suffer, yet he sent him anyway. Now us humans sacrifice for our children or loved ones in areas of finance, work, time etc. But would you be willing to give that loved one up for let's say a murderer? No way! Not me!

Well God willingly gave up his Son for all of humanities sins to buy us back to himself. He loves us that much and if he gave us Jesus freely he will give us all good things. Now what we think is good and what God knows is good for us can be two different things, ideas, or concepts. He is interested in developing our character.  In order to do that sometimes the answer from him is no. In those times of disappointment remember he is always working together for your good. (Romans 8:28). 

Down the road of life is a bigger and better blessing for you! Remember we live in a lost and dieing world so the battle is great, but we serve the greater one! Trust him with all your heart and he will direct your paths. Because God gave us all lets give all of ourselves back to him!

This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James with much love to all! You may comment at ptrc_maher@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

In Everything Give Thanks

In Everything Give Thanks

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 ESV

 Has anything bad ever happened to you? Well, according to God's Word if we love Him it was for our good. It may not make any sense at the time but in God's economy nothing is wasted. Seemingly bad experiences are for our good. God is trying to get a blessing to us or teach us something so that we might help others. 

Don't fret. Let it go.

So when something doesn't make sense. Give thanks.

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." I Thess 5:18 NLT

Has something that seemed bad happened to you? Do you belong to Christ Jesus? Give thanks. We're not supposed to understand everything. Just give Him Thanks.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Don't Stop Swinging The Hammer

DON'T STOP SWINGING THE HAMMER!!!

Jeremiah 23:29 (NLT) "Does not my word burn like fire?" says the LORD. "Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?" 

Gran Gran Britt is 83 years old. She has been teaching our adult Sunday School class for many years now. "The Gran" is very strong in The Lord and sweetly humble. One thing she does love to brag about though... is her precious class members! I must say that through Christ she has trained up a MIGHTY ARMY of Prayer Warriors! I don't get to attend my mothers class often due to my responsibilities during the Sunday School hour but when I saw this lesson I thought others outside our church might enjoy reading it also. ENJOY! 

FROM THE HEART OF GRAN:
I remember being about 10 years old, when my father informed me that I would be helping him instead of out playing with my friends during the Summer. Of course I wasn't happy about it, and was even more sad when he placed a large, heavy sledge hammer in my hands and told me to get busy and brake up a small section of concrete, load it in the wheelbarrow and dump it in the waste pile.

The Summer sun was very hot, and my attitude was not the greatest, but I got to work. I swung the heavy hammer over my head and came down as hard as I could, hitting the concrete with much to my surprise NOTHING happened, there was only a small scratch on the surface that could be seen. I swung the hammer and let it fly again, and came up with the same result - nothing! This stuff was hard, and it seemed to resist every one of my attempts. My energy level was just about gone. Dishearten, I sat down and felt like giving up. It wasn't long before my Dad came walking by, encouraging me to keep going, assuring me that eventually it would break if I would continue! 

Faith for everything you have need of is much like breaking concrete. We're burdened down with the reality of the problem and the symptoms are very real. Sometimes it can seem as if the problem is as hard as concrete! We can grow tired, and discouraged. 

What you may not realize is, just like the concrete, though you may not see any change, it is beginning to loose from within our spirit and it getting ready to shatter. Every stroke of the hammer of God's Word brings it closer to the point where it will crumble! 

We need to come to a point of understanding that the Word of God is ALL powerful! The Word of God is a hammer that is able to crush every thing that is coming against you, even those that seem so hard that they could never be removed. The question is NOT in the ability of the Word of God.....it is in what we believe! DO YOU BELIEVE???

Blessings to you always ~
Mavalean Britt (Gran Gran)
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

He Hears

Psalm 34:17 The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.


I came across the above scripture a few days ago while read for my LIFEGroup. I know I have read it before because I have read through the Psalms many times. However, this is a time when I really needed it. You see, I go through times when I wonder if God can hear my prayers. I have to admit there have been times that I even wondered if He cared about my troubles. Am I alone in this? I don’t think I am. This is why it is SO important to be in The Word of God! It is there for us!! To help us fight the enemy!! To remind us of the truth of His Word!! 

The truth of this scripture is what I have been in need of. He does hear me!!! He does care about my troubles and will come to my rescue!! Guess what???? He will do the same for you!!!

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. I pray it has encouraged you as this scripture encouraged me. I would love to hear your comments.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One Nation Under God


If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ NIV)

Today on this Veteran's Day I began to write for this devotion and all I could think about was our service men and woman past and present who selflessly has stood for our freedom. They have fought and many have died for our great nation. This also rings something very loudly in my mind, "one nation under God."

If our nation is going to remain one nation under God we need to keep God first. We need to pray for our nation without ceasing! This isn't about which political party you affiliate yourself with. It is about keeping God first in everything we do. Keeping God first in our homes and praying for our nations leaders.

God bless the USA! This devotion was written from the heart of Sarah Akins. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans

My Paw Paw wasn't one to talk about his experience in the army. I never really understood why. I never really asked him many questions about it either. I wish I had now that he isn't on this world any more.  He served in the Koran War. What an accomplishment. What a strong man he had to be to endure that. In this day and age I don't think we make as much of veterans as we should. I am so thankful my Paw Paw served this country. I am so thankful for all the sacrifices he made to do that. What an honor. 

Let's take time today to cover our active military and veterans in prayer. Let's take time to plead and apply the Blood of Jesus to these precious men and women!

John 15:13 
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his brothers."




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Humble Servant


Ye are bought with a price; be ye not servants of men. 1 Cor 7:23.

After the salvation experience we become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Old things pass away and behold, all things become new according to 2 Cor 5:17.  We start a new journey in our life. Our way of living and thinking changes because Jesus has now bought us back through his precious blood sacrifice of himself. We become his servants to live for him and not ourselves. 

Now, I do not how you are, but when I buy something it becomes mine. It becomes my possession and I take care of it. Now it depends on what I bought to determine the degree of care that is taken to protect that purchase. For instance, if I purchase a house or a new vehicle immediately insurance is bought to protect that purchase from being a flop! I know how the worldly systems works, so much care is taken to make sure my family is taken care of if tradegy strikes, such as an unexpected fire.

Now Jesus bought us with his blood when he died on the cross for our sins. We all know this, but do you realize that you became his possession at the moment you confessed him as Lord of your life? You became his servant. He took you as his own and you are now a child of the King of the universe! Now if he is Lord of our lives then we must die to our selfish desires and ways and not be servants of men.

Jesus being Lord of our lives means he is our protector and provider. When the world throws us a bad curve ball he catches it! When someone curses us and despitefully uses us he becomes our big brother and takes care of our enemies for us! What we have to do is become his humble servant and realize he is Lord of our lives. So be free and serve Jesus Christ with all your heart.

This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. You may comment at ptrc_maher@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Perfect

Perfect

 We paused at the crosswalk. The warm, salty air blowing softly by the shore and we watched. The "perfect" family -Dad, Mom, "perfect" children -all in "perfect" clothes. We watched as they made the "perfect" pose in front of the timed camera for the "perfect" family picture on their "perfect" family vacation. We watched.

 Never had we been in such a "perfect" family picture. It never was our choice. Se we watched, as observers by the crosswalk as we waited for the light to change. We mounted our bicycles and went on our way. Leaving the "perfect" family behind us.

 Just what is the "perfect" family?  Jesus said it was whoever does the will of His Father in heaven. (Matthew 12:50)

 "You, therefore, must be perfect (growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity), as your Heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48 AMP

 We are all a part of the Family. A perfect family accepts you just the way you are where you are at and loves you anyway. We may not start out in a "perfect" family but by Grace we are all a part of one. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for Jesus and that through Him we can be a part of the Family by doing Your will. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.




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Are You Attractive

ARE YOU ATTRACTIVE? 

JOHN 16:33 - KVJ - I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 

When most people think of being attractive they think of the outward appearance. God looks on the inside of the soul :) 

Just this week a sweet Church family member was sharing her excitement of an answered prayer. My friends story got me to thinking and blessed my heart! 

She told me that the Christian man she is now dating said that one of the things that attracted him to her was that she was happy all the time!  This is a precious story! The Lord opened my eyes and ministered to me about a cheerful spirit! 

Whether it is in your personal every day path of finding God's will for your life... or... in your continued Christian growth of faith.... a happy heart, a smile and being of good cheer is what this troubled world REALLY needs!!!! It is what we ALL need! 

Who would ever want to get to know someone to date them or even become a believer of Christ if the person that is presenting themselves as a Godly catch or presenting Jesus as their Lord and Savior is always down in the dumps and distraught? 

Recently when a major trial flooded my life, I got carried away and dwelt on the immediate crises. I had a melt down, got the mulley grubs and wallered around in the mud of uncertainty. When able; I should have come up fighting; i do know better!!! I am a child of the one and only true King! I live by His wonderful grace but I am human and fall short many times.

This week, in a friendly conversation; God captured my attention. 

No matter how my outward body is feeling... my inward self KNOWS God's word is TRUE!!!

I believe John 16:33!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BE OF GOOD CHEER...   
THE LORD HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD!!!

BEING HAPPY..........
IS..............................
VERY ATTRACTIVE :)))

Blessings to you always ~
Pamela Britt Malone