His Presence In The Darkness

By Georgia (Jo) Kent
 
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
 
Do you need to know that the Lord has not forgotten about you? Are you desperate for a glimmer of hope in a world that seems to be falling apart? Are you in need of a light at the end of the tunnel? There is a world full of people who long for the safety and presence of Jesus but they need a beacon to guide them. God’s love shines constantly upon us, an ever-faithful Presence. When your faith walk seems dark and God feels far away, when darkness and pain arrive, the ability to recognize God’s presence makes an immense difference. The peace and presence of Jesus in your heart banishes fear, restores faith and lifts spirits.
 
“For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.” Psalms 118:28 NIV
 
Think about the difference between light and darkness and its relationship to God’s presence in our lives. While in darkness, we walk carefully. In the light, we walk in confidence. While the darkness gives us fear, light gives us security. Knowing that Christ is with us in struggle and darkness is one of the only reasons we don’t completely surrender to our fears and stop moving forward. There will come a time that you may find yourself sitting in the dark, remember that living in the light requires time in God’s Word and time in His Presence. Though the future looks bleak and the outcomes uncertain, there is peace in resting in the light of the Lord. It is in His light that we can find courage and strength to face tomorrow.
 
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” 1 John 1:5-6 NIV
 
Though the world may look bleak and the situations in your own life may be dark, remember that Jesus came to this world to bring hope where there was despair. Our Savior will come and bring light and cheer to our heavy heart. One of the greatest blessings we have to look forward to in Christ is the ability to dwell in a new heaven and earth with Him as our light. A place where we will no longer feel darkness surrounding us filled with pain, sadness and sin. We will see clearly because of the bright Presence of our Lord. When you find yourself in darknesss and at your lowest and you need hope, think of some other beautiful things accomplished in the dark: a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb…the Cross. 
 
Father, give us the faith to help us in our weakness. Help us trust in Your Presence when we face situations that overwhelm us. Help us to remember that You are here with us as our shield. In Your Precious Name.  Amen
 
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The Living Word

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won’t limp or stumble as you run. Carry out my instructions; don’t forsake them. Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life.” Proverbs 4:10–13 NLT

Life is full of obligations, emotions and relationships. Some are life-giving, yet sometimes the weight and responsibility of everyday life is heavy to bear.  As wives, mothers, friends and daughters, we need to know we’re not alone. We long for someone who understands, someone to help us find perspective. A friend who gets us. You’ll find that friend in the pages of the Bible. It is a roadmap for our lives, It shows us how to be happy, successful, a loving parent, heal broken hearts and build our faith.The Bible not only gives us instructions, but also examples. If you earnestly seek to know the Father better and please Him, time spent in His Word will never be wasted. Through it, you will experience the joy of a personal relationship with God.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

The Creator put much thought into the instructions to ensure everything we needed to know is covered. The Word of God constantly points us in the direction of success in all areas of life. When we have instructions, we have a plan to follow. Instructions bring security, confidence and peace: all we have to do is follow them. Each day brings us to new crossroads that we must face. His Word contains the perfect answer to every question, and the exact solution to every problem. It gives us warnings about life and how to proceed when those warnings arise. It speaks of how we should care for ourselves and for others. It tells us what we must do to maintain relationships and speaks to the very heart of what we were created for and what our purpose in life is about.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

Every word in the Bible was inspired by God. The scriptures represent God’s heart. His heart is to teach us to live the right way so we can truly enjoy life while being in relationship with Him. His boundaries and commands are meant for our good. If a Christian wants to know what God’s will is for your life, read His Word. Only when we surrender our lives to His Word is Heaven able to guide our footsteps.

Father, implant Your word in my heart. Let it take root and grow. Let it flourish and thrive. Let it be alive and active, guiding my steps and directing my path. 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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Battling Spiritual Warfare

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

To often in our lives we find ourselves being attacked by the enemy of this world. The enemy knows that he cannot steal our salvation; but what he tries to do is hold us captive by having control over certain aspects of our lives such as our emotions and fears to name a few. Many Christians wonder about the struggles they have in their lives, their personal spiritual warfare. Why are things so hard? What are they doing wrong? Is there some particular prayer technique or spiritual discipline that will make things work?

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Today we live in a perpetual battlefield and God is our only safety net. Spiritual warfare is resisting, overcoming and defeating the enemy’s lies that he sends our way. God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally empowered us with the light of His truth, love, and Holy Spirit. Through the Word of God and the power of prayer we, as believers, have the legal authority to tell the enemy that he has no power in our lives.

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17

Praise God that we are not alone. At those times, when we are called to do something far beyond our own physical and emotional ability, we learn a deeper dependence on Christ. He has promised not to leave us unequipped and alone in the struggle against Satan and sin. We can resist the schemes of Satan and remain firm in our faith through His promises. Claim hold of the truths of God with confidence, knowing that no attack of Satan can ever overcome the power of our God!

Father, I stand on Your Word, which says that “We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” I rest in You, my Father. Amen.

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Light My Fire

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

We, as women, have such powerful ability within our lives to inspire or expire the hope in those around us. We can light a fire of rejoicing or just as quickly extinguish it. Life, with its problems and pain can easily steal your joy. When you spend too much time dwelling on these problems the negativity will begin to flow out to everyone you touch. It’s like a virus that instead of providing encouragement and inspiration leaves only a trail of desolation. When we profess to be Godly women, we are representing Him daily. People watch how we live, what we say, how we react.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

As Christians, we hear a lot about ‘Godly behavior’, but often wonder what that actually means. We are called to live to a higher standard, because we are representatives of God on Earth. So striving to live a God-centered life is important, because when we exhibit Godly behavior we are providing a good witness to those around us. By being a shining example of goodness, honesty, kindness and love, we show what a relationship with God is like. What a great responsibility and honor we have as Godly women. Our Father planted within His daughters such a power to bring hope to others. Especially during times of great despair. He instructs us to pray together, to hold each other up with positive attitudes, joyful hearts and spiritual courage.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastics 4:12

Heavenly Father, please give Godly women of today a heart to always display good behavior. So that we will bring honor and glory to you. Help our lights to shine far ahead of us and our speech to always be edifying to others. We thank you for loving us. In Your precious name. Amen.

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Good Morning Father

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”Psalm 37:4

What is the very first thing that you think about when you open your eyes each morning? Do you reach for the TV remote, radio buttons, or your cell phone? Do you let your mind wander to what your going to wear or fix for dinner? Do you run down your shopping list or think about your next event coming up? The first few moments when we open our eyes are the most valuable and important time of our day. They are the moments that set the mood for our entire day. This special time of the day is well spent in God’s presence, speaking to Him and listening for His voice to speak to us.

“They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD.” 1 Chronicles 23:30

Morning talks with God will center you, calm you and help you focus on the day’s tasks at hand. Time spent with the Father first thing in the morning keeps us mindful of His rightful place in our daily lives. In order to grow spiritually it is also essential that we spend time each day in the Scripture, allowing God to speak to us through His Word. Speak to God each morning. Ask him to be in your entire decision making before encountering the various situations that will come into life that day. Arm yourself with His Word. Develop an intimate relationship with Him, grow to love Him more, and develop greater faith and trust each day.

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

We don’t know what kind of evil is lurking around us today but we do know it’s there. I know it’s easy to get discouraged and dismayed. Greet your Father each morning with gratitude and prayer, asking Him to grant you the grace to stand firm and hold fast to His promises. To find strength and encouragement for your day. Then go out and share the magnificent glory of the Lord with others.

Dearest Lord, thank You for desiring to spend time with me. Please continue to mold me into the person who desires to be with You more and more each day. You said; “if we seek, we will find You.” Help me seek You above all else and to find the best way to worship and serve You. I ask this in your Holy name, Amen.

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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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Journaling Through The Word

 

Gods jounaling

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

Devotional journaling, also known as spiritual journaling, is an exciting way to enhance your spirituality. In devotional journaling you write to God. Spiritual journaling is more than keeping a diary where you log the events of your life. It’s a place where you share your innermost thoughts with God. As you become more comfortable and skilled in doing that, you will sense God’s direction for your life as he leads you in his ways. He wants to give you understanding about the circumstances in your life. So when you journal, don’t be afraid to explore what comes to your mind. Don’t push it away. Write down all your feelings and tell the Lord things you would never tell anyone else. Don’t hold back anything, because God already knows what’s in your heart.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalms 119:11

Journaling isn’t exact and everyone has their own unique way of doing it. The important thing is to do it regularly. When we write things down, it helps us to remember them better and it gives us a place to go back to if we forget. Keeping a devotional journal is an excellent spiritual discipline. When you are facing challenging times, you can leaf through your entries and see how God has blessed you and carried you through trouble. When things are going well, your journal can gently remind you about your need to rely upon God and to be thankful for all he has done.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;” Colossians 3:16

Journaling can also be a form of worship. In solitude, we can explore the blessing of writing our hearts to God. Consider keeping a prayer journal. Grab a pen and a notebook and get started! I suggest beginning by reading Proverbs during your quiet time. As you read, meditate and pray and write down the verses that stir your heart. Journaling is a tool that allows you to work through all your emotions that you could never find a safe place to put them. There is more to explore in your devotional journal than you could ever cover in a lifetime. God’s power and majesty are infinite, and he wants to be a part of every area of your life.

Precious Father, I ask that you give us all a heart to journal so that we may have a deeper and more profound relationship with you. Help us to commit to journaling and open our hearts and minds to receive all of your many blessings in your word. I ask this in your wonderful name. Amen

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Choosing My Inheritance

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

One morning as I was reading my bible study, I read these words in Samuel; “Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance” But instead of “He” I saw the word as “Me” I thought just how gracious God is that he has given me the power to control my own inheritance in Heaven. If someone told you that you could have anything that you wanted in this life, all the wealth, homes, vacations, cars and toys, and all you had to do was except Christ as your personal Savior, be a good person with a pure heart, help others and, be kind, wouldn’t you think that you must have just won the lottery? There’s just one problem… All these riches end with our death. Only Heaven is for eternity.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1Corinthians 2:9

Think about this…Heaven is a place of matchless beauty and blessings. Our Father has prepared mansions for us and there filled with great treasure for us? John described Heaven as an entire city of transparent gold with walls made of precious jewels with twelve gates made of single pearls. The streets are made out of pure gold. There will be neither tears nor the sound of crying. The leaves of the tree of life will guarantee our health. It will be place of fellowship and a place of joy. We will stand with angels, walk with friends, sit down in the company of Abraham, Isaiah and David and talk with Paul and Adam. The whole city is lighted by the glory of God. There will be no power shortages, for God is all powerful, no bumping into things in the dark; no sleepless nights. Nor will there be bills, hospitals, bank accounts. In fact, In Heaven we will have no complaints, no lying, no hate, no fear and no crime.

“Look, I am Coming Soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.” Revelation 22:12

There aren’t any riches on this earth to compare to the riches waiting for us in Heaven. God gives everyone of us the ability to control our own inheritance. By receiving Christ as our Savior we inherit eternal life. If we believe, we are a citizen of Heaven. We are to let Christ reign in our lives now, but our full spiritual inheritance includes being with Christ and reigning with Him throughout eternity.

Jesus said, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” John 5:24

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The Power Of A Mother’s Prayer

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

‘God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.’ Jewish Proverb

One of the reasons God created mothers was to gives us an earthly example of His heavenly love for us. Each stage of motherhood reveals an aspect of His love.

Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll; are they not in your record?”Psalms 56:8

As with so many children of my generation (post war) I was an unwanted and neglected child. I had a very lonely childhood. I always knew that when I grew up that I would have my own children to fill all the empty holes in my heart. I never wavered from that dream. During my journey to adulthood I was lucky enough to be adopted and blessed enough to find Jesus as my Savior. While that sustained me, it never quite filled all the places in my heart that had never felt loved and…I prayed!

“Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalms 127:3

Becoming a mother was one of those precise moments in life that left me permanently altered. I have loved every moment of my motherhood journey. My heart fell in love with my babies long before they were in our arms! I thanked God and …I prayed!

I watched my children grow from babies, to teens, to adults, and then get married. Each step in the process filled heart to overflowing and taught me more about my own ability to function as a parent. I saw all their hurts, frustrations and pains, and listened to all their complaints, fears, and rejections. And…I prayed!

And, now it’s time for grandmother-hood. I have been a proud grandmother for many years now. I delight in watching my children parent. Through all the years, 4 children, 2 step children, 6 spouses, 14 grand children and 2 great grandchildren that all love the Lord. I can honestly say…my heart is full of love, peace and joy. And…I Pray!

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

If I were to list the many titles of a Mother it would be endless. Love your mother, cherish her and honor her…She deserves it! Remember always, your body is sacred ground. Your roots are strong. Never forget the gardeners who came before you, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, all tilled your soil with the compost of their lives. And now, you hold the seeds. Plant them deeply in the furrow of this land. What comes to you as a flower, in your final years will return as shade. And…Always Pray!

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.” Isaiah 61:3

A blessed and gracious Mother’s Day to all Mothers….