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Make Glad the City of God

Psalm 46:4-5 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most high dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

The streams of a river are often affected by the circumstances around them. Sometimes the waters are peaceful and still, while at other times they’re agitated and disrupted.

Such are our lives.

In one instant everything seems to be going our way and with our very next breath things can take a drastic change.

The great part about our ever-changing situations is that nothing takes God by surprise. He knows when we’re up and he knows when we are feeling down on ourselves. It’s in those times that God is pleased when we put our complete trust in him.

Of course he knows our struggles. He understands our fears and he has compassion over our heart breaks.

Make God glad by trusting him.

He has promised to keep you from falling and to present you as faultless.

Can you imagine being faultless before our God who dwells in the Most High Place?

See yourself as God sees you. Your streams make you exactly who you are supposed to be for such a time as this!

Keep flowing, keep trusting and keep believing!

Much Love,

SuGa

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And Such Were Some of You

1 Corinthians 6: 10-11 – Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Compassion makes the world go round.

At some point in our lives, we’ve all exhibited behaviors that we are not proud of. We all have certain skeletons tucked away in our closets that we hope and pray no one ever finds out about. Before we took that faithful leap to trust God at his word and to accept his gift of eternal life, we had a colorful past.

As the next generation comes up and experiences some of the “uglies” of life, it’s our duty to have compassion, to share our experiences and to profess how Jesus saved us from a life a sin.

Compassion is necessary.

I sit here today communicating a word of encouragement for others but there have been many low points in my life when I needed to be on the receiving end of an encouraging word.

Yes, I often fall short of God’s glory but his word reassures me that I am washed, justified and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. God loves me enough to forgive me and so shall I extend this same Grace to the next one.

Yes, I am a sinner and such were some of you. Use your testimony to save someone, not to judge or tear down.

Compassion goes a long way.

So as the good book says; God is able to keep you from falling and to present you as faultless. If he can do it for you, he can do it for the next person. If God forgets a thing, we don’t have the right to remember it.

Show compassion to one another and remember that once upon a time….”such were some of you.”

Much Love,

SuGa

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Would you die for love?

John 12:24- “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”

In marriage, two are to become one. Two strong willed,  able bodied individuals are to put down their own self-serving agendas and come up with a plan of action that allows them to work together to produce, multiply and birth good fruit. (seeds) (deeds) …

How can goals be achieved if one or both partners are not willing to submit to the plan of action or better yet DIE for love? When we are willing to die for love, we are making a decision to see beyond who we are individually. We take a chance on what WE can become in unity! Instead of forcing one way or tradition, we incorporate the two and create a new way of doing things!

Marriage is God’s plan by design and the plan has everything to do with humility and love. By these simple acts of kindness we birth stronger families and build greater communities. Death to one selfish thought can breathe life into many new thoughts!

May the Lord God bless you and keep you. May he make his beautiful face to shine upon you. May you reach for his hand when you feel weak and unable to go on. May you always be reminded of the unselfish love of Christ. May your days be long and your troubles be few. May you dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever! Amen.

~Much Love~

SuGa

 

 

 

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Success

1 Samuel 14:18-In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.

With God on our side, there’s nothing that we cannot accomplish! Let his will become your will and allow his words to become the WORD that you settle on and rest in. God is good! No matter how we feel on a given day, God is with us and he is always leading us in the way that we should go.

The scripture above re-assures us David found success in everything that he did because the Lord was with him. God did it for David and he wants to do the same for you. If you want success, allow God to guide you to success.

May the Lord of Hosts continue to be gracious to you. May he make his beautiful face to shine upon you. Thank God for Jesus!

~SuGa~

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Another Chance

Another Chance

Inspired by: Genesis 4:25 NKJV…”For God has appointed another seed for me…”

 Like a stream of rushing water you’ve been running from your past…

You consider yourself weak and un-equipped for the task…

You believe your life is over and you’ve thrown in the towel

You have folded your arms and given up for now

You say its way too hard and really not worth the pain

You’ve been walking around in circles and your living has been in vain

Most days your mood is sad… lonely… or depressed

You think that no one sees you and they couldn’t care less

Your night seems very long and you’re searching for your joy…

To recapture your serenity and fret no more…

 

But early one morning as the new dawn breaks

The dew settles slowly and HIS manna fills your space

The barren ground where you once stood…

Reveals specks of green growth so the soil here is good…

 

God has appointed another seed just for you

Another hope, another opportunity, another chance to start brand new

For he sees you and considers all the pain that you feel

He heard your cry, he longs for your laugh and he weeps because your issue is real

The issue is sin and it keeps us bound

It cancels out faith and welcomes fear to hang around…

It steals our confidence and keeps us trapped

It muffles our testimony and holds us in lack

It spoils our relations and curses our generations

It keeps us divided and un-united as nations…

 

But God has appointed another seed just for you….

Consider this verse and help spread the good news too…

It’s not too late to start fresh and to realize

Your worth is grand and you are valuable in His eyes

Long before your birth God knew you and called you his own…

He formed you and created you with purpose to be made known…

 

Don’t give up on yourself and let his WORD guide your path…

Your struggle was not in vain and soon again you shall laugh….

For God has appointed another seed….just for you

I can’t wait to see you smile again and witness your testimony too!

 

 

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What about the Hope?

Seems like every media outlet is determined to send out the “bad news” about marriage. Just the other day on the radio, the D.J. asked the question, “why are people choosing not to marry?” Some of the many reasons included issues with finances, trust, intimacy, control and infidelity. My question is, “What about the Hope?”  Romans 5:1-2 “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Being a daughter of the “Most High God”, I really enjoy rejoicing in the hope of HIS Glory and because of this one reason, I am determined to show up each day in my marriage. I believe that when we make things that are important to God, important to us, we give him full access to work in our lives. In the book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve did not obey the commands of God, they were cursed and in the book of II Samuel, David was determined to return the Ark to its rightful place because he understood, without God as the foundation, the City could not function properly. As a society, we have to return God to his rightful place.

Proverbs 31 Ministries had a great post on their blog today, entitled “Affair Proof Your Mind”. I enjoyed it so much that I am going to post it here for your reading enjoyment. I also recommend www.marriagetoday.org for married couples and singles alike. It’s a wonderful ministries and helps individuals get a better understanding of the dynamics that effect marriage.  Be Blessed and keep rejoicing in the Hope of HIS Glory!  ~SuGa~

December 15, 2011

Affair Proof Your Mind Lysa TerKeurst

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV 1984)

As a woman thinks…so she eventually acts.

A few years ago I watched a friend get tangled up in an emotional affair.

She was a strong Christian woman who loved her family but the attraction to this other man seemed unavoidable. She tried to talk herself out of it but her heart played tricks on her mind and the justifications for letting things go just a little further soon led her to a very dangerous place. She was becoming emotionally attached to this other man.

In a moment of desperation and fear, she confided in me what was going on.

As she described how she got pulled into this place, I found myself being challenged by the realization of how subtly this had happened. She hadn’t planned on being emotionally attracted to this other man. As a matter of fact, she’d always prided herself on being a woman of strong conviction and had scoffed at the idea of ever being tempted to have an affair.

It starts off simple enough – a comment made that you mull over one too many times, a conversation in which you find a surprising connection, a glance that lingers just a second too long, or one of a thousand other interactions that seem innocent yet aren’t. These are the dangerous seeds that can easily sprout into an emotional affair.

Some think it is a safe way to enjoy the lure of being attracted to someone other than your spouse without crossing any lines. But God boldly and plainly says in 1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee from sexual immorality.” God doesn’t say walk away from sexual immorality. No, He says to flee as if your very life is at stake!

Our thoughts are so powerful. If we want to affair proof our marriages, we must make our thoughts work for us instead of against us.

The time to prevent an emotional affair is before it ever starts.

We must never assume it could never happen to me. We are all just a few poor choices away from doing things we never thought we would.

Jesus warned his disciples in Matthew 26: 41,”Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

The Life Application NIV Bible commentary says, “Jesus used Peter’s drowsiness to warn him about the kinds of temptation he would soon face. The way to overcome temptation is to keep watch and pray. Watching means being aware of the possibilities of temptation, sensitive to the subtleties, and spiritually equipped to fight it.”

Watching: I now realize that I need to be aware that I am just as prone to this temptation as anyone. One of the best ways to be watchful is to be praying with and for my husband. We need to be open and honest about meeting each other’s needs and investing wisely in our marriage.

Sensitive to the Subtleties: I will have to be honest with myself that temptations do exist. When another man says or does something I wish my husband would say or do and doesn’t, it can make me lessen my husband in my heart and build up this other man. This is a seed of poison.

Spiritually Equipped: I must park my mind with the truth and the truth is I am married to an amazing man. He is not perfect and sometimes our marriage can be hard, but I made a commitment to him in a covenant before God and there are no biblical reasons in our marriage why we should ever part.

My friend did the hardest but wisest thing she could have done in telling me about her emotional affair. It helped her to see she needed to flee and have someone else hold her accountable. But it also helped me. Her admission made me aware and alert to the dangers lurking in any kind of unhealthy emotional connection with another man.

Dear Lord, may I forever treasure my marriage and see it worthy to be protected. Help me to be a courageous woman who absolutely flees from any and every situation where there is even a hint of danger. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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Rest

Matthew 11:28-30

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

And the word for the day is REST. Rest from your thoughts, your worries, your issues, your frustrations, your expectations and whatever may be weighing heavy on your heart today. God say’s…Come to me, I am your rest, I am your peace, I am your freedom, I am your healing, I am your love, I am with you and I AM your God.  Give it all to him and watch as he restores you and renews your soul!

Happy Rest!

~SuGa~

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“Decide and Decree”

Job 22:25-28

then the Almighty will be your gold,    the choicest silver for you. 26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty    and will lift up your face to God. 27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,    and you will fulfill your vows. 28 What you decide on will be done,    and light will shine on your ways.

~Confess Greatness~

I am anointed-Psalm 23:5

I am protected-Psalm 32:7

I am delivered-Psalm 116:8

I am loved-1 John 2:5

I am guided-Isaiah 58:11

I am in right-standing-Psalm 140:13

I am a child of the Most High God – Romans 8:16

I am redeemed-1 John 3:1

I am restored-1 Peter 5:10

Goodness and Mercy follow me-Psalm 23

Wealth and Riches reside in my house-Psalm 39:6

I am blessed-Psalm 2:12

I am choosen- Ephesians 1:4

I am royalty-1 Peter 2:9

I am a joint-heir with Christ Jesus-Galatians 4:7

I am powerful-Proverbs 24:5

I am remembered-Psalm 106:45

I am healed-Psalm 147:3

Make a decision, believe God for it and Decree it done! It is so!

~SuGa~

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“The Eyes of the Lord”

2 Chronicles 16:9 “The Eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

In my weakness, you make me strong

You dismiss my doubts with confidence

When I feel lost, you remind me of who you created me to be.

Dear Lord, I thank you for your goodness. You are a merciful God. I am constantly amazed at your power but for everything that you’ve done in my life, I know that you are willing, ready and able to do more.  Father God, my heart is committed to serving you. Strengthen me Lord as only you can. Help me to be mindful that every breath that I breathe is for your Glory. I thank you for being ever-present in my life and seeing me as only you can. I thank you for never leaving me and I praise your holy name because you are an awesome God. Father there are many hurting souls in this world. Please show me how to be a living testimony for those in need. Show me how to walk as a blameless example of your goodness. Show me how to communicate with a pure heart and a right mind. Father help me to see that none of this is about me but all praises and honor belong to you! You are a great God! In Jesus Name….~Amen~

I love you so much,

~SuGa~

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The Promise of His Presence

As you go about your day, remember God is with you. He knows all, sees all and most importantly understands all. I recently lost two extended family members a 29-year-old mother and her 7-year-old daughter lost their lives in a car accident. While we are left here to mourn, grieve and question the events that lead up to the tragedy, I am constantly reminded that the Presence of God is with us. I firmly trust God at His word and I believe that His way is perfect and just. Be mindful that God sent a saviour, His name is Jesus and He is with us!

“The virgin will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel-which means, “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

With the promise of Jesus as your close companion, where will you take Him today?

Who will you introduce Him to?

What will you do that would seem impossible without His loving presence?

R.I.P Shungwetta and Isriania Howie: Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” 

~SuGa~