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A Graceful Wife Gives Life

New International Version
"A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones."
New Living Translation
"A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones."
Proverbs 12:4

On the 31st of each month I try to read the infamous Proverbs 31: 10-31. It gives me encouragement, instructions, and quiet a challenge to live with such character, moral integrity, and grace. I will just share the last seven verses but highly encourage you woman and men to read from verse 10. Men should pray these qualities for their wife and woman should seek to be a woman like this which is pleasing unto the Lord, her husband, and children. Have a blessed weekend!

"She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from …

Why Do We Praise Him

Why Do We Praise Him:
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
LOVE.An expression of our deep gratitude and appreciation for His saving grace and our salvation. Why do they not praise Him? Religion. Cold, impersonal, a to-do list.
Why do we speak in tongues? When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will speak in tongues. It’s another way to express your love to Him and a gift of the Spirit to give a message, with either you being the interpreter or another with this gift. The saddest thing is to see people who’ve been goi…

Be a Generous & Cheerful Giver

"You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." 2 Corinthians 9:7

"And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" Acts 20:35

Are you a person who is always in need? Do you usually pray for something from God and ask others for something that you are in need of when they ask you how you are doing?  Many people in the U.S. are living pay check to pay check and many more are relying on government funds such as medicare to provide a free hospital bed and services during pregnancy, W.I.C. (woman, infants, children) to provide formula, baby foods, and milk, Food Stamps or Lone Star for monthly food allowance. But, the big problem with this is our government is bankrupt in deficit and yet we still ask for more, more and woman …

Do Less, Pray More & Be Content

"Do Less, Pray More & Be Content"
This is what the Lord spoke into my heart as I was praying for a friend's situation and it led me to the Philippians 4:11
"Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have."
 This whole chapter has such great advice and wisdom as to what we should be doing when we hit a rock in the road of our plans and when something isn't going quiet as we planned it. In the NLT Study Bible it is entitled Words of Encouragement and rightly so. From the first verse Paul starts by saying: "stay true to the Lord." In verse 4: "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! 5. Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon." What a powerful reminder of the times we are living in and where we should be at all times- full of joy, rejoicing in the Lord; ready for His return.
Verse 8: We are to fix our thoughts on whatever is t…

"My Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness"

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

Once you read verses 7-10 you can get a clearer understanding of verse 9. Paul pleaded with God to remove an infirmity/ a weakness from him. Just as Jesus did, right before his time had come to be persecuted on the cross. So, you can say there was pain and struggle involved from the flesh. It could have been a physical problem or a struggle with a sin or temptation that bothered him.

As God speaks words of comfort, love and encouragement it leaves Paul stronger; even in his weakness. He now says he's going to boast in the Lord, having confidence in the words God had just spoken to him; that His grace is sufficient and He is strong enough for us in our weakness. We can lean on God just as Paul did and He will hold us up and cover us with His great love and grace.  We can continue living for Jesus through the sickness, pain, when people discourage us, make fun of our faith, di…