Faith Worketh Patience

Boy it was like a one, two punch tonight from the Holy Spirit as I read James 1:3-4, “3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Patience is not my strongest area and the Lord has had faith in my spirit since I left the airport worried about my suitcase being overweight. #truth I smiled, I’m listening Poppa. I love it when He speaks to us through His Word!

As I was looking for a picture for this Scripture, I remembered the day I was watching the waters waiting and expecting to see a manatee. I had prayed for it, one was sure to visit. The Lord didn’t just usher in just one, but several. The water sparkled as I watched, seeing them in person for the first time. I had used patience watching for them and faith believing the Lord would bless me to see them. So often I get in a hurry to get to the place I want to be and right now God is saying be patient and trust in my timing. When your bank account looks low, trust Me to be your source. When things feel cramped, trust Me for the space that is in the way. Things aren’t always what they seem, trust Me for the things I’ve promised. Are you believing God for more? Has He promised you something, but your human eyes just can’t see it? Ask Him to reveal it through your spiritual eyes. Our timing isn’t like God’s. Faith is going to be required and that will produce patience. Verse 4 says, “But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” It’s worth the wait! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

Nourishment for Your Soul and Mind: January 21, 2020

The Lord can use you, yes you! I don’t care who you are or what your background is, He can use you. I don’t care if you are a college graduate or a high school drop out, He can use you. Your past doesn’t determine your future. In fact many times He uses it as a testimony for your calling. What is God calling you to do? Whatever it is, you CAN do it. If He called you do it, He will see you are equipped to do it! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?” Exodus 4:10-11

Praising the Lord in All Things

Life can be overwhelming at times. Anyone who tells you they have it together all the time is lying. Life throws you unexpected curves. I experienced a few of those today’s, like the co-pay on my medicine being $60 that I didn’t budget for or my excel template looking nothing like the one I had used in training when I opened it. My day drew to an end with a pounding headache and me just on the verge of tears. Poppa, I feel defeated. I still have my night reading to do, a blog to write, and a blinding headache coming on. I had wrapped up my evening study last night and I was praying and looking through my Bible app for my next one. Faith, my Poppa whispered, you need to study faith. My migraine, in part, came from me reviewing the bills out of my next check and worrying if there would be enough. Just after doing that my brother called from the pharmacy to tell me how much my medicine was. Fear tried to grab me, but my Father kept whispering faith. Where is your faith daughter?

I found a devotional on faith and began to read. One of the Scriptures really resonated through my spirit, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.” Psalms 148:1 I turned my praise music up and felt my spirit begin to lift. There is nothing too hard for God. The devotional Faith over Faith by Lisa Stilwell said, “Our weak faith applied to a strong Christ equals victory in all circumstances.” I love that! I thought someone else might need that encouragement tonight too. Our Father knows we are human and our faith will sometimes waiver, but we have a strong Christ lifting us up. We are a work in progress. During those times when you catch it wavering, draw closer to Him. Turn up that praise music, fall back on His Word, and pray. Your faith in Christ will grow stronger with each trial you face and He will be there with you every step of the way. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that [be] above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven. 14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; [even] of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.” ~ Psalms 148:1-14

Nourishment for Your Soul and Mind: January 20, 2020

God is I AM! He can meet any need we have, help us face any challenge we encounter, and overcome and obstacle placed in our way because He is I AM! Whatever you need Him to for, trust Him for it! Whatever you need Him to do, trust Him to do it! He is I AM! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14

Bread of Life

I am so thankful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When I was reading John 6, I couldn’t help but notice Jesus kept saying He was the bread of life that had come down from Heaven and their eyes and hearts were blind. “35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.” Praise You Jesus for the life in His Holy Word and for His Spirit that dwells in His children to this day! The discernment the Holy Spirit gives in situations and with people can be live saving, life altering, and even game changing. His Spirit quickeneth when you need to pull back from certain situations. He speaks life where the world says there is no hope. I am so thankful that Jesus is the bread of life and the Holy Spirt guides us today. Do you feel lost? Hopeless? Life spinning out of control? I urge you to partake from the bread of life, Jesus! Call on His name, He will never leave you the same way He found you. Turn up the praise music and say Holy Spirit You are welcome here! Allow the Holy Spirit to start guiding you and watch your life start to change. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

Nourishment for Your Soul and Mind: January 19, 2020

Can you imagine seeing a bush on fire and not being burnt? I can’t even imagine what Moses thought before the Lord spoke to him. As I pictured the burning bush this morning I thought about God’s people going through so many fires right now. You may feel the heat, but you will not be consumed by the fire. When you walk with God the devil seeks to destroy you, but God won’t allow this to happen. Remember Job, he received double what he lost. Stay the course, keep your eyes on Jesus and the flames won’t consume you. They are sifting out the impurities and bringing you out pure gold. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” Exodus 3:2-3

One Mind

I slept in today, very unlike me. I guess my body was more tired from my trip than I realized. This evening I decided to unpack and set my work space back up. I had taken the laptop with me and decided to label some folders, one thing led to another and before I knew it I had overwhelmed myself. I am grumbling to myself and the computer, “what are you doing!? You’ve never done that before!” My mom said maybe you are just too tired. I restarted it and it ran fine. I was indeed too tired. I slept in, seriously?! I could I be so tired?! I could feel a migraine coming on (which have gotten so much better) this also told me I was to tired and I needed to take a step back and rest.

I sat on my bed looking at a blank page for the second night in a row. Poppa, I’ve got nothing! I began reading through the verses I had read earlier in the week and highlighted. Two words jumped out at me this time as I read 2 Corinthians 13:11, “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” My eyes were drawn to one mind“. I quickly looked up James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Keep your mind fixed on Christ, that is where your peace comes from. When you are rooted in Him, when the Holy Spirt has you grounded to the source peace just flows. The devil seeks to destroy that stability, you can’t walk with God and the world and achieve perfect peace. Believing that is like Eve taking the apple from the tree. It creates instability. “…be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” That’s God’s Word and it doesn’t lie! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal