God’s Positioning System

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“The Holy Spirit is

your spiritual GPS.

He will tell you where you are

and where you are going.”

-Author Unknown

John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

The Holy Spirit also ADOPTS (Romans 8:15), TEACHES (John 14:26, 16:3), REFRESHES (Acts 3:19), EMPOWERS (Acts 1:8), EMBOLDENS (Acts 4:31-33), INTERCEDES (Romans 8:26-27), SEALS (Ephesians 1:13-14), FREES (2 Corinthians 3:17), and RESURRECTS (Romans 8:11).

I Wish You Enough

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I Wish You Enough

I wish you Time enough to smell the wildflowers,
Quiet enough to hear creation’s song,
Wisdom enough to drink in all its beauty,
Vision enough to see God’s wondrous design,
Passion enough to feel it moving within you,
And Freedom enough to just let go and Dance!

by Angela Hall Dobbins © 2013

Overwhelmed

Do You Sometimes Feel Overwhelmed?

Allow this beautiful song to take you to a new place of spiritual uplifting!

Due to the effects of a chronic illess, I find that I am more easily overwhelmed these days. It seems that, in our ever changing world, the pressures and challenges we all face in our daily lives are increasing, at least on some levels. If you’re like me, it is a real challenge sometimes just to deal with the day-to-day routines and responsibilities of life- the “necessities” one might say. Not to mention the difficulty that comes in dealing with the increasing waves of crisis that seem to pour over and through our lives.

When I reach the point of overwhelm, I try to think of this song…to listen to it’s words and begin to sing it in my spirit. I find that, before long, the overwhelm I was feeling under the weight of circumstances bearing down upon my life is replaced by the overwhelming beauty, glory, and magnificence of the Great and Mighty God who loves me unconditionally and Who spoke the worlds into existence. This same God, in all His majesty, is our wonderful, loving, merciful Savior who understands our plight and who cares for our every need. His utter greatness, combined with His infinite love and tender mercies, are completely overwhelming!

Take a few moments, find a place where you can be alone with God, close your eyes or gaze up at the night sky, and listen to the words of this beautiful song, as it is so worshipful and moving. The video above features the band Big Daddy Weave, who recorded part of the song during their visit to Tanzania.

In Christ’s Love,
Angela

Stained Glass Windows

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“People are like stained glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Matthew 5:16: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (NIV)

The Fern and The Bamboo

The Fern and The Bamboo

There once was a man who one day decided to quit…

He quit his job, his relationship, his spirituality… “I wanted to quit my life,” he said. He went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, he said, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised him…
“Look around”, God said, “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, he replied.
When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo,” God said.

“In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit,” God said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.“

God said to the man, “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you. Don’t compare yourself to others.” God said, “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come,” God said to him. “You will rise high!”
“How high should I rise?” he asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” God asked in return.
“As high as it can?” he questioned.
“Yes,” God said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
The man left the forest and brought this story.

Author Unknown

Don’t quit! God has a purpose for you! You are beautiful and unique and God has gifted you with just the right qualities to fulfill the purpose for which He created you. Let your roots grow deep by daily studying God’s Word and spending time with Him in prayer. No matter what storms come your way, you will have the strength to weather them, standing strong and tall. So don’t lose hope! When the time is right, God will raise you up!

May God bless you abundantly and guide you to becoming all He created you to be!

In Christ’s Love,
Angela

In God’s Family There Is Love

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A Family Is…

A Family is a Place
To cry
To laugh
To vent frustration
To ask for help
And tease
To be kissed and hugged and smiled at.

A Family is People
Who care when you are sad
Who love you no matter what
Who share your triumphs
Who don’t expect you to be perfect
Just grow with honesty in your own direction.

A Family is a Circle
Where we learn to like ourselves
Where we learn to make good decisions
Where we learn to think before we do
Where we learn integrity and right and respect for others
Where we are special
Where we share ideas
Where we listen and are listened to
Where we learn the rules of life
To prepare us for the world.

The World is a Place
Where anything can happen
If we grow in a Loving Family
We are ready for the world.

– Author Unknown

 

In God’s Family There Is Love

I like the prose above and wish I knew who wrote it because it conveys so much of what I believe a godly family should be, especially from the perspective of a child. And by “family”, I am not only referring to the traditional family, but to all families, including our church and neighborhood families, as well. Especially in today’s world, it would do us great good to consider the author’s words in describing what a loving, nurturing family should be.

When you think about it, there are many different types of families. There are biological families, blended families, adoptive families, extended families, school and workplace families, organizational families, team families, community families, and the list goes on. Each and every one of us belongs to a family, whether it be small or large. Most of us are part of more than one family. But the most wonderful thing is that we can all be part of God’s Family!

It is in God’s Family that we find refuge and the strength to face life’s day-to-day challenges. In God’s Family we are accepted, loved, and cared for as His children. Each of us is unique and special to our Heavenly Father. In His Family we find shelter, comfort, guidance, strength, and peace, as we learn to receive God’s love and to love Him and others in return.

In God’s Family, there are children with many colored faces, differing characteristics, and from all walks of life. We are all different because He created us that way. He delights in our differences and loves each one of us with a love that is unconditional and everlasting. It is here in God’s Family that we discover what a loving Father our Creator really is and that we learn and grow in grace and wisdom, as we receive and share His love.

Families in today’s world are faced with so many challenges and external forces that threaten to destroy the values that hold them together. In previous decades there has been much talk concerning “family values” and what the “ideal family” should be.  As the face of our society continues to change, it is especially important that we remember who we are as God’s children and that we strive to uphold the loving values taught in His Word. By “His Word”, I am referring not only to God’s written word, the Bible, but to the true Word of God- Jesus Christ, His Son. He is the Living Word of God to us and the ultimate example of God’s endearing love for humankind and how we should treat one another.

Always remember… in God’s Family there is love, first and foremost. True family values are those taught in the book of I Corinthians 13, in the Ten Commandments, and in the words of Jesus found in Matthew 22:36-40*. Families are as different and unique as the members who belong to them. And an “ideal family” is one where God is honored and where love abounds!

by Angela Hall Dobbins

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Our home is built

with the light of God’s love,

caring and sharing

His gifts from above.

*Scripture References:

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” ESV

Joshua 24:15 “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” KJV

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” KJV*

John 1:12 “To all who did receive him [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” NIV

Romans 8:16 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” NKJV

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” NIV

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. KJV

I Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” NIV

I Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” NIV

I John 3:1 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.” ESV

I John 3:16 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” NIV

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)

If you don’t know Jesus Christ but you’d like to, pray and ask Him to come into your heart today.  God loves you and longs to wrap His love around you and embrace you as His child.  Nothing in this life can give you a sense of security and belonging like the love of God.  And God has given His love to all of us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  So get to know Him today… He will change your life!

Love in Christ Jesus,

Angela

The Impulse To Soar

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“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
– Helen Keller

The LORD said to Jeremiah in verse 5 of chapter 1:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Our God and Creator has appointed each of us for a purpose.  He knew you before you were even born and has bestowed to you certain unique traits and gifts that you might carry out such purpose.  God created the eagle’s majestic wings that he may ascend into the heavens and the great whale’s might that he should navigate the deep.

God’s Spirit bears witness with our own, whispering to us that we are His children, each created in His image and gifted for what He has fashioned us to do.

What has the Spirit inspired within you?