“Blessed Are The Peacemakers”

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”Matthew 5:9 NIV

The world needs peace. The home needs peace. The office, the factory, the school, and the family need peace. To have peace there must be those who bring the peace of God. We are called to bring the peace of God into the life of others. In the middle of the storms of life, you can be a person who brings the calm that others so badly need. When you look around you, you can see anguish, worry, doubt, and fear in the life of others. You can reflect the peace of Christ and bring a kind word of love and assurance. Give away the calm love of God. Bring the healing of His grace, love, and peace.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14 KJV

Sin has a way of creeping up in our lives. There’s no big warning sign that sin is about to manifest itself somehow through our lives and then boom, something comes out of our mouth or a thought crosses our mind and suddenly there it is. Often that can lead to strife among our friends and even our own family. Yet, there is a call from the Lord Jesus for us to be peacemakers at the same time. How can that all work together. I believe there are two catalysts to making peace as a peacemaker. One is forgiveness and the other is humility.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 VIV

Let’s face it, not everyone likes you or me. We may have enemies, even in the Christian body. But the Bible is clear that we are to make peace with those individuals. Whenever we encounter a situation that is hostile and fraught with tension, we are to be the peacemakers. The Bible teaches us to do whatever it costs to live at peace with all men. There’s a peace that comes from having an inner peace with God, one that allows you to sleep at night because you have been perfectly honest with yourself and with God.

Personal peace is only possible through Christ! Not only is it only possible through Christ, but it comes as a gift from God, totally removed from our circumstances of life. Even if one’s life is filled with controversy, anxiety, or even constant troubles, the peace of God can and will rule in the heart of the true believer. The peacemakers are those children of God who not only have great love for God, but also have love for all of mankind and they attempt to do everything possible for the advancement of peace everywhere.

Father, I thank you that I have found peace with you through Jesus Christ. I thank you that you have renewed my spirit. Help me to live with everyone in peace, that I can forgive as you have forgiven me and give me a humble heart. In Your name Lord, Amen.

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God’s Amazing Grace

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Grace…unmerited, boundless, free. Our Fathers amazing gift of grace. What joy to enter the covenant of grace! More than we deserve and greater than we imagine. Our faith teaches us that grace can only come from God and is only made available to us through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. It is completely unmerited and totally undeserved.

“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

It’s both a mystery and a miracle to me that each day, God causes the sun to rise on the good and the evil. He does not separate them. He allows His grace to shine on both. Each year, He brings rain to the righteous and the unrighteous. He does not distinguish between them, but rather God refreshes it all. It’s a wonderful way of applying grace to an undeserving world full of undeserving people.

We will never do everything perfectly while we’re here on this earth, there will always be room for growth. Learning to live a grace filled life requires us to look at others and extend the same spirit of grace that God extends to us. If we don’t live grace filled lives we are treating God’s grace, love, kindness, mercy and patience with contempt. It’s like saying to God, “I only value You when it applies to me.”

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

The best way to know which areas of your life you need to focus on is not to compare yourself with others, but to slow down a bit and allow the Lord to speak into your life regarding areas that need attention. Some of the best ways to do that is to spend time daily in the Word. Read, pray, and listen to the still small voice of God. Let His word transform you today so that you may share God’s amazing grace with others.

Heavenly Father, May we live grace filled lives that extend grace and love to others. May we be patient, kind and merciful to those who see differently then we do. Help us to be shining examples of your amazing grace. In Your precious name, Amen

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Finding Joy In Sorrow

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

How do we remain joyful when inevitable tragedy faces us? We cannot expect to go through difficult times without feeling the impact of such events. We can expect to experience sadness with loss. How does joy come from trusting in the Lord in times of difficulty? God’s ways are not our ways. We may not comprehend the notion that joy can come from despair, love can grow from forgiveness, or life can grow out of death, yet Christ showed us all of these things.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

God does not promise us that we will be exempt from trouble or sorrow. Tears will come, have faith, one day soon, deep inside there will be a joy that is difficult to understand. It is a joy from God, produced by the Holy Spirit. Share your tears with God. Sometimes, the tears of grief are really a prayer, even when there are no words. Your tears are so precious to God that He records each one of them and stores them in a bottle.

“You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book.” Psalms 56:8

What a wonderful God we serve. He is a God of infinite love and is ever present to give us peace in our darkest days, yes, even when we face illness and death. The blessing in our sorrow that is born on the battlefield is embraced by God’s beautiful, intimate presence. When we are suffering, he comes near, picks us up in His loving arms and comforts us, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Lord, we know You are the source of our comfort. You’ve walked where we walk, you’ve grieved as we grieve. Keep us always mindful of Your presence. I trust that You will take that which brings sorrow in our life and make it a source of joy. Amen

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,
“The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson

Sister’s Of Our Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:34-35

‘The sweet blessings of ‘Sisterhood Friendship’ is a precious treasure. The strongest foundation you can have for building healthy friendships is making sure that our own relationship is right with God. At the heart of friendship is selflessness instead of selfishness. I can’t imagine any deeper demonstration of friendship than one who puts your good over their own and who promotes your welfare even if it demotes their own. Jonathan’s friendship with David was such a friendship. The scripture says; “the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 1 Samuel 18:1

True Christian sister friends will build each other up emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Christian sister’s love to be together simply because it feels good. We receive strength, encouragement, and love. We talk, we cry, we listen. We discover the best of friendships with our sisters who know and accept our weaknesses and imperfections. We walk arm in arm through the difficult times, learning the beautiful meaning of ‘grace’. We pray together, believe together and dream together. Together, we are one voice proclaiming that we are ‘Daughters of a King.’

We are a circle of friends from all across the country who have been brought together through our love of Jesus Christ. It is one of our greatest desires, that through our journey of life’s joy’s and challenges that we bring grace and honor to our Sisterhood. That through our journey we may leave a legacy of the value of Christian sister companionship, based on Godly behavior, for the many sister’s who will walk in our footsteps.

Dear Lord, thank You for all of the friendships and beautiful blessings You have placed in my life. Help me to see this challenge as a sweet reminder to show Your love to those around me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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God Is Love

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God? The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36: 7

Have you ever thought about how really wonderful love is? The depth of this one little four letter word truly rocks our world! It is the one thing that is sought after universally. It is the basis of our very existence. Without love we have nothing. There would be no reason to live. Know this, that God loves you, because God is love. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you and ignore you, but God will love you forever.

“There are three things that will endure: faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

The Bible indicates that love is from God. In fact, the Bible says “God is love.” Without love, there would be no Christianity, or any other religion in the world for that matter. Jesus said “How precious is your steadfast love…” (Psalms 36:7) Love is the ties that bind us all together. Think about this…Hope will disappear in heaven, because we will have everything we have ever hoped for there. Faith will not be required in heaven, because we will know that God is real. Only love will remain steadfast forever. Unconditional, everlasting [agape] love.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14

If you are not a Christian, I hope you desire to express love as defined in the Bible. The bible says that love is a quality that we should all cultivate. Do you feel unlovable? It doesn’t matter. He still loves you. You can’t stop that kind of love. You can only surrender. He just can’t help loving you. His love is always sure. Seasons change, people change, the world is changing, but God never changes. May the Father direct your hearts into a deeper love for Him.

Lord, we are so grateful for the many ways you show your love to us. Thank you, for loving and caring for us so much. Help us to love You more then we love anyone or anything else in our lives and to desire a more loving relationship with You. I ask this in your precious name. Amen

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Father God

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

‘The foolish man sees happiness in the distance, a wise man grows it under his feet.’

We are blessed in our family with six sons that I believe are wonderful examples of Fatherhood! I would be remiss if I did not add my wonderful husband to that number. Today, we live in a somewhat different era where fathers are called to be more hands on dads. Not to mistake that for loving their children more. More moms today are working full time, with many of them earning the majority of the income. It has been a delightful joy to watch our sons step into the role of caregivers. It amazes me what a great job they have done with that responsibility. The Bible teaches us that Gods love is like the love of a father. It is full of instructions on how to raise our children.

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

We are all children of [Abba] God. What better example for us as a parent then to see how much He nurtures us and comforts us when we are in pain. How He distinctly gives us boundaries to follow so that our trials will be bearable. How He often picks us up and carries us when we can not take another step. How He heals our illnesses and shelters us from storms of life. How He loves us and how he gently corrects us so we will learn from our mistakes to be a better person. How He gifts us with so much more then we could ever deserve. How He has promised us an inheritance of eternal life with Him in Heaven. What an awesome Father that loves us so unconditionally and promises to never leave us alone. What a perfect example of Fatherhood! A Heavenly Parent who loves you with an everlasting love!

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Father God, knowing that we all belong to You gives us great comfort, joy and assurance. Help us to live each day in the fullness of the inheritance You supply for us as Your children. Amen

‘Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy.’

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A Heart For Compassion

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

There have been many, many times in my life when I have been sick, or sad or hurting and needed someone to show me compassion. I needed a light to shine in the darkness and I needed to feel it’s warmth in my soul. I have been so deeply blessed by a tender hug, an encouraging word or a helping hand extended out of love. God calls us to show compassion. Sympathy, tenderness, empathy, sensitivity and kindness to those who are hurting and in need.

Compassion is kindness at work and love in action. God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. He is the healer of the brokenhearted. He is the one who bandages our wounds. He is faithful and good and never fails to comfort us when the trials of life seem so hard to endure alone.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

The bible tells us that when Jesus came to earth, He was moved with compassion. And immediately He acted to relieve the suffering. As Christians, we need to show compassion every day. Ask God to help you see others as He sees them and to give you a heart of compassion for those who may not have a relationship with Him. There is no better way to show the love of Jesus then by having a heart for compassion.

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8

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Amazing Grace

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“But He said to me, My grace is enough for you for My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves most effective in weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest upon me.”2 Corinthians 12: 9

I don’t know about you, but one of the greatest longings in my heart is to experience God’s presence and working in my life on a daily basis. Nothing has the power to change us from within like the freedom that comes through grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Its not simply leniency for when we have sinned. It is the enabling gift of God not to sin. It is power, not just pardon.

“Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.”

God’s grace carries us in our weakness, He loves us and desires for for us to succeed and reach our Devine destiny. He always gives us the opportunity to get it right. Redemption is by grace. Calling is by grace. Justification is by grace. Even the faith by which one believes is by grace. Grace makes us joint heirs with Christ; ‘We get what He paid for’ Grace meets us where we are but it never leaves us where it found us.

“May grace and peace which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts be multiplied to you in the full, personal, precise, and correct knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1: 2

I truly love living under Gods grace. It doesn’t mean I can sin and move on with life as if nothing happened. It means that God will accept me in spite of sin in my life. Receiving God’s acceptance by grace always stands in sharp contrast to earning it on the basis of works. Favor is being extended simply out of the goodness of the heart of the giver. How beautiful is God’s amazing grace that comes through Jesus Christ. What a constant comfort to those who have great needs to know that there is an endless supply of grace that comes from the Savior. Grace comes in like the waves of the ocean. As soon as one wave is past then next wave is rolling in.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” Romans 16:20

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Writing God’s Word In Your Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

One of the difficult things about aging or even having such busy lives is that we often have a harder time remembering things. Most of us have a ‘to do’ list just so we can remember to do all the things that we deem important to our daily living. Sometimes forgetting where we put the list! Have you ever had someone come up to you in a store and start talking to you like they were your very best friend? ‘Blank’ then you go home and spend several days…and nights trying to remember where you knew them from. Not to worry! These are normal progressions of life. However…‘what if we forget God’s word’!

“and it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites.” Deuteronomy 17:18

In Deuteronomy 17:18 God tells the King; “he shall write a copy of this law”. God is telling him to write the laws in a book so he would remember them. That’s exactly what we need to do with the scripture. We need to write down every scripture that we receive from the Holy Spirit so that we will be able to remember it always. There is a direct link to what we remember and what we absorb. When we take the time to write scriptures down we are absorbing it into our heart. We not only remember it but we live it.

“And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them.” Deuteronomy 17:19

Psalms 119:18 says that “the word is full of wondrous things” Challenge yourself to write the word on paper everyday and meditate on it, then you will begin to live the word. Truly live it! Write it on paper so you can remember it in your heart. It will give you peace when you heart is broken, strength when you fail, comfort when you hurt and shelter in your storms. When you read the Bible, you read a message from God Himself and then you will be blessed by a closer relationship with Him.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

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God Heals A Broken Heart

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalms 43:18

Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt so empty you thought God had forgotten you existed? You wondered if He forgot where you lived? You just wanted to know He remembered you and your pain, your ache, your empty heart. Have you suffered from loneliness, discouragement, worry, anger, doubt, fear, guilt, temptation, resentment, failure or jealousy?

One of the most painful emotional experiences is that of a ‘broken heart’ whether it is from a severed relationship or the death of a loved one. Everyone has to deal with a broken heart at some point in life because we live in a fallen world, and, as a result, we are constantly faced with shattered dreams, unexpected losses, and hurting relationships. These ‘Goliath Giants’ plague today’s Church, causing far too many of God’s children to stumble in their walks.

‘When you’re in a dark place, God crawls into the darkness with you, tells you He’s with you, and then he holds you till hope begins stirring in your soul.’

Only Jesus can heal the brokenness of our hearts. Only Jesus can restore, refresh and renew the depths of our hearts, soul and spirit. So many of us are bound in our past by unthinkable sadness, fear and anxiety. We find ourselves continually operating out of emotional deficits. God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be or not. You can choose to die of a broken heart or choose to be reborn out of the shattered pain.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

How wonderful is the love of Jesus! The breadth of his love is immeasurable. There is no part of His people’s pain that He does not consider, and there is nothing that concerns their welfare that is not important to Him. If you are struggling with emotional pain, take comfort in the fact that God has your situation as well as you in the palm of His hands. It’s during your most difficult times that your Father in Heaven leans down, wraps His arms around His child and whispers these words of comfort and Love…

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

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