Laura A.



                               

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

A new year, a new me. Right? This is what I know I want at the beginning of January 2015. Hmm… if only this year I could:

– Be punctual
– Eat healthier
– Clip coupons
– Stick to my budget
– Purge the house
– Clean all the windows
– Read my bible more than once a day
– Pray without ceasing
– Never miss a birthday
– Call my long distance relatives every month
– Workout
– Complete unfinished projects

The list goes on!

All of what is mentioned above is okay but it is crucial for me to remember that my loving Savior died once for all of my short comings.

All of the things that make me not-so perfect is why Jesus died for me. Seems like the Sunday school answer, I know, but don’t we need the simple “Jesus loves me this I know…” on a DAILY basis?

Yes, my beloved we do! Jesus wants us to do well in this life but he also knows that we can’t do it without him. Jesus said,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Our relationship with Jesus gives us hope into becoming who he has called us to be and praise God that his Holy Spirit helps us.

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness…” Galatians 5:22

Man, that list sounds WAY more exciting than the one I made earlier. In 2015, I want to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more patient, more kind, good and faithful. I know by the Holy Spirit I can accomplish this and it will greatly influence all the areas of my life that I fall short in.

So, who can I place my hope in this year? No one other and nothing other than Jesus! My pastor preached on this subject and it hit me hard. It was a good hit though. If I find my self placing my hope for a better life in money, a job, my husband, my friends etc. I will never be successful for the Lord. These idols in our lives are distractions from God’s will for our lives.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Following God’s Will isn’t always easy, we all are prone to wonder. Through prayer and obedience to Christ I know I can persevere through the good times and bad. Jesus is the absolute PERFECT example to submission to the Father’s Will – even when the circumstances are excruciatingly hard.

“…Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you for your love. Please help me trust in your perfect will for my life and not get caught up in the things of this world. I know I can only find my fullness in you. You are my rock, you are my fortress and I know you will protect me through it all. Help me place my hope in your promises and help me always seek you. In your name I pray, amen.

Praying for you all with my deepest love,

Laura Xo



                               

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My Peace in Him

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“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:3-8

These verses have really stuck with me throughout this year, praise God!

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“Forgive as the Lord forgave you..”

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”Colossians 3:12-14

I had a small bible study with my husband on these verses and I felt so encouraged by God after reading them.

God calls His children to love and obey His commands because of what He has done for us. He loved us so much that He sent His one and only son – Jesus Christ– to this earth so we could all have the chance to follow Him and spend eternity with Him.

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God is good, All the time

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Sometimes you don’t know why the Lord is calling you to read a particular book in the bible. In recent months I felt like God wanted me to know the gospel from John – like a pro! Not sure if I am a professional anything, maybe with God’s grace and mercy I am a decent writer but I am not a theologian or bible scholar by any means! But God is good. He speaks to everyone through his Word, especially those who seek after him with their whole heart (Jeremiah 29-13, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.) Man, I love that verse.

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A Message Not Just For Christmas

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Christmas is not to far in the distance anymore so I thought this would be a great message to share. After reading Luke 1 and 2 I found myself marveling at the differences in the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus the Messiah. It’s pretty remarkable to see how God wanted John’s arrival to be revealed at the center of the Jewish nation, but he picked for Jesus to be born in a manger. Another interesting point revealed to me – John was the son of Zechariah, a priest and his mother was also highly looked up to. Jesus’s parents, Mary and Joseph, were just average Jewish people.

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Giving Thanks to The Giver

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I am usually not good at reading the Old Testament. I guess it intimidates me more than anything. Seeing God’s wrath is intimidating but it is also important to learn about. It’s a characteristic of our God because He is just. His justice points back to the cross and all He is given to us in Jesus Christ, God’s precious son, sacrificing himself for our sins.

Seeking my desire to know and grow closer to God, in a way that wasn’t as comfortable,  led me to start reading 1 Samuel.

In 1 Samuel Chapter 2, I marveled at Hannah’s wonderful prayer of thanksgiving to God.

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Gentleness [Not Just For Handling Babies]

In recent weeks, I have been inspired by not only God’s Word but a morning devotional. It’s called “Craving God” by Lysa Terkeurst. I was drawn to it by the title itself, “Craving God.”

The devotion that has been stuck in my head is on gentleness. If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago if I was a gentle woman, I would have said yes. But now I know a little better because I know more on what God says gentleness is. I always thought gentleness was a thing to do with babies and animals, turns out there’s a lot more to it then that.

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Taking A Leap Of Faith

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My husband and I have been trying to start being active again. When we started dating we were both avid gym goers, then life got in the way (as a lot of you can probably relate). We wanted to start hanging out more together but with work and home responsibilities… that became a bit difficult. So what did we decide to cut out in order to spend more time together? The gym. Although we wouldn’t change our dating history for anything, we are having some trouble getting back in the work out routine again.

So we are taking it slow. We have been going on walks mostly every night of the week together.

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