It’s Free, It’s Already Paid For

The title of this post is what it is, I chose  that title because it is true and I myself am still learning this.

As I might have shared before I’m partially  dependant on my dad and my fiance. Before them I am completely dependant on my heavenly Father. He most certainly is THE BEST provider I have and will always have.

Yet I cannot deny that with all three of these individuals I try to help them when I can. It is a way to SHOW them I am thankful and that I love them. I know I can simply say it and move on with my life,  but I know actions speak louder than words.  It is my actions that are seen and proved by those who see.

For my dad, he paid me as his secretary. To pay his bills for him and do other secretarial work. I don’t mind this because he works so hard, even doing overtime perhaps sometimes daily.

For my fiancé,  it’s a bit more difficult to help him as I help my dad. We do not yet live together, so I’ve helped him with things like setting up his EZPASS account before our vacation this year. That’s one thing I can remember now. I also spend time with him when he’s off and I’m available. Yesterday was his day off, so he had what I now call a lazy day, which is okay with me because he works hard, is tired most times it seems and God has given us 7 days in the week, allowing us 1 day or rest, the Sabbath day. At first I didn’t like it for two reasons, but now I understand. After all,  he has a full time position now, something we’ve both prayed that he’d receive. 

For God,  my heavenly Father, I aim and try to have my devotional first thing in the morning, sometimes after praying, sometimes after brushing my teeth. At times it does not work out like this because I’m traveling, because I’ve slept over someone elses home or some other reason that would keep me from spending time with the Lord early in the morning after waking up. Like today, I have a second interview that is in the airport. The interview time is from 8am to 10pm. Which is why I’ve prayed, read my first devotional and am now writing this post. It’s 7:35am now so it’s almost ‘show time.’ 

My point I’d this post is to show that some of us do want to pay back those who’ve helped us. For these three individuals it is so with me. For God, I have learned that I do not have to pay for my salvation because it has alrwady been paid for. Still, until it is no longer a habit, I will still aim to literally seek Him first in the mornings. His work says to seek Him, His kingdom and His righteousness first and He will add unto me clothing, food and whatever else is mentioned in Matthew chapter 6. It’s a chapter I like. So give it a read 😉 .

If you have not accepted Jesus to be your Lord and Savior,  you may do so now by saying a personal prayer or going on over to the salvation page. 

Thank you for reading, have agreat day, afternoon or night.

Love God

TC

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Jesus’ Peace

Here is the insight from todays Our Daily Bread devotional reading,

Jesus repeatedly talks about peace in John 14, yet He would soon be arrested and His disciples would be hiding in fear. In verse 1 Jesus offered peace by encouraging them not to be troubled by the events that were coming on them. Instead, they were to look forward to reunion with Him and a home in the Father’s house. Then in today’s reading Jesus rooted this peace in the coming of the Holy Spirit—reminding us that, in part, the fruit of the Spirit is peace (Gal. 5:22–23). Jesus concluded His words to them with the promise of peace for everyday living: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). For now and forever, His great gift of peace carries us through all the seasons of life. 

How do you see Jesus’s peace present in your life today?

This morning,  I see Jesus’ peace in knowing that He is already supplying all of my needs even though I am not working outside of the home in some establishment. I try my best to seek Him first so that it would be unto me as is said in Matthew 6:33. I desire for my loved ones to do the same and find the benefits in seeking God first.

Have you made the choice to seek God first? This is something we have to chose to do everyday. Choose God first or our own desires first. Choosing my own desire first does not make much sense to me because God can give me the desires of my heart when I delight in Him.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

MATTHEW 6:33 AMP

Delight yourself in the Lord , And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.

PSALM 37:4 AMP 

“I have told you these things while I am still with you.  But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor–Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.   Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]  You heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you [really] loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going [back] to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does take place, you may believe and have faith [in Me].  I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world (Satan) is coming. And he has no claim on Me [no power over Me nor anything that he can use against Me];  but so that the world may know [without any doubt] that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me [and act in full agreement with Him]. Get up, let us go from here.

JOHN 14:25‭-‬31 AMP

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,  ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
John 14:25‭-‬31 NKJV 



Foundation

About a week ago or more, my fiancé and I went to church. We went to the 11:15am service, which wasn’t the service I originally wanted to go to.  I thank God that everything that morning worked out. We stayed, though he wanted to go because he was not used to long sermons. What if we had left? We would have missed the blessing that God had in store for us.

 The sermon spoke to me and what I was dealing with at the time. So, I went to the altar and Brian came with-after all he was sitting on the outer part of the pew. We went, a lady prayed for both of us. I didn’t hear all of what she said because of my hearing difficulty after the stroke. But Brian said she prayed about my hearing although we had not told her anything about my hearing. I was taken a back when he said this to me, but it is evidence that the Holy Spirit was in action! We were invited to go to the chapel and we went after I got my bag. 

That morning was such a blessing to us. We went to the chapel and filled out the prayer form. We ended up being the last people in the chapel. The women there ministered heavily to us. They were prayer warriors and it seemed, they were also prophets. They prayed for us and practically counseled us. 

We were told that we should not get married yet because God wants us to be rooted and have a firm foundation. A foundation in Him and maybe in our lives. God knows. 

I thought it was crazy that Brian thought I was the only one that needed to have a firm foundation due to me not yet working or having a bachelor’s degree. He has his degrees up to his masters degree and is now working full time as a manager over patient food service in a hospital.  It find it crazy when he said that. He didn’t say it until sometime after we had left the chapel, but today I will not focus on that because I don’t want to lose the peace I woke up with.

Todays devitional from Our Daily Bread is about foundation. Foundation in Christ. It stems from when Jesus spoke about building a house on a firm foundation or on no foundation. The house built on foundation stood firmly and solid when the storm came. The house built without foundation was destroyed when the storm came. This is why Jesus’ advice is to build our house on a firm foundation. Jesus is that firm foundation and if we build on Him, we will not shake, stumble or be destroyed. How amazing is that if we build on Christ? It is amazing!

Which causes me to think about the future home my fiancé and I will have. My hope and desire is that our foundation, our relationship, our physical home environment will be solid on Christ, so that it will not be destroyed. 

Do you already have a firm foundation? If so, in what ways do you know that your foundation, what you are building on, is firm?

Are you building on Christ?

If you have not accepted Christ, I invite you to do so now.  Pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart, repent of any wrong doing, sin that you have done and accept his forgiveness. 

Be blessed. You are already loved by the Heavenly Father.

TC

“Putting the Breaks on Sexual Temptation with My Boyfriend”

Originally posted on Peaceful Single Girl:
A guest post by Surrenderedgirl – I am excited to share what God is doing in her life. May her post bless your walk with Christ, as well: I met my boyfriend on a…

Your Own Story

http://www.nittygrittylove.com/gods-in-control-of-the-surprises/

Why do I worry or stress about the future? For the past few days, mixed with the last week too probably…

The story isn’t over, it’s still being written.
Glory to God
-TC

Originally written March 5th 2015.

The above paragraph is only an excerpt of my response to an article I read on Nitty Gritty Love titled http://www.nittygrittylove.com/gods-in-control-of-the-surprises/”>God Is In Control of The Surprises. After reading that post I prayed to God about trusting Him and His plans regarding my relationship with my boyfriend.

Reading Michelle Lindsey’s post on how her life turned out and how she met her husband reminded me of something I recently learned. As recent as within the last few months of this year.

Before I ever really started dating I read so many stories of how God worked in the lives of those wanting to be married or those interested in a special someone romantically. Aside from the posts I read on girltalk and peaceful single girl I read the book Quest for Love by Elizabeth Elliot. That books is a great read! So I recommended it, especially if you are single or in a romantic relationship.

I used to become frustrated sometimes because my story wasn’t looking like the ones I read about or saw around me. What I read and saw seemed right, so much so that it seemed like the only way to go about dating. I’ve learned though that each person has a story of their own. The way that our lives unfold are not the same though they may be similar in some circumstances. I’ve learned to appreciate the story God is writing for my life and that it is unique; filled with its own struggles, victories, miracles, answered prayers, times or waiting, times of forgiveness and times of learning.

Father I’m grateful for the plans You have for me.

The stories and testimonies of others lives and Your hand in them only add to the beauty You have created. It shows that You work in many different ways, especially if we let You have Your way in our lives and trust You. It’s no easy journey, but we learn a lot along the way.

My closing point is, enjoy the way your story is unfolding.
Just because it doesn’t look like the successful relationship of a close friend or relative doesn’t mean that God’s hand is not present and it doesn’t mean that your own relationship won’t be successful.

So I’ll enjoy the way my story is unfolding. Trusting in who God is: faithful, compassionate, caring, absolutely loving, and patient. Trusting His promises.

(For those of us who are not single, but not married yet either. There are many readings about singleness and marriage, but what about the in between? With God’s word and my experiences I hope this will be a blessing to those, who like me have at once become frustrated by seeing so much directed to singleness and marriage, but not exactly the in between. Scripture on singleness and marriage are still beneficial to read about because there’s nothing wrong with preparing!)

Pray. Talk to God.
Love God.