“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus”. Acts 4:13
Our inclination is to look for the quick fix to push us over the hump to meet our goals or do something bigger than ourselves. We search YouTube, infomercials, experts, friend’s advice, pills, podcasts, more training, self-help books…anything.
But the truth is, if we want to do something big in God’s kingdom, the formula is different. The secret sauce is in Acts 4:13… ”they had been with Jesus.”
The religious leaders are wracking their brains trying to figure out how these lowly fishermen and other nobodies – uneducated and unqualified – can be so empowered to heal people, give killer sermons and even call the Jewish elite out so boldly. They are unafraid. They are different. In the face of continued persecution, thousands believe the message they are preaching. “What is it?” they ask themselves. The only common denominator they can come up with: THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS.
Why do we search elsewhere in our everyday lives today when the truth is in our DNA? And it shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. Jesus taught the same…seek first the kingdom, abide in Him, set our mind on things above… He even modeled it in how He always got away for quiet time with God the Father.
Perhaps we simply over-complicate things with so many voices pulling us in the world’s direction. What is impossible for man alone is quite possible with the Holy Spirit. But we have to be with Jesus to receive it.
If we want to be bold and do the impossible in the kingdom of God, we need to be with Jesus. Abiding in Him, filling ourselves with God’s Word, searching the Scriptures, asking for wisdom, being still and listening. Spurgeon says, “Live in such a way that men may recognize that you have been with Jesus.”
Challenge: Make intentional time to BE WITH JESUS this week.
(Repost of day 256 of 365 from our @jesus365.devo through the Bible. It’s not too late to join us in 2020...we are still in Genesis!)
Sleep good, friends.
Breathe in grace.
Breathe out peace.
Everything you need is ☝🏼
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“God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” —1 Corinthians 1:9 ♡ If you’re feeling lost or confused about what the heck you’re supposed to be doing with your life, this is it first—fellowship with JESUS! Having a close, one-on-one relationship with Him. Spending time with Him, talking to Him, getting to know Him more. We need to work on our relationship WITH Jesus before we can work on something FOR Him. (I fail at this all the time, and then I wonder why I’m struggling haha.) Seek HIM first, and the rest will follow! We weren’t meant to chase after our dreams on our own. We were made to chase after God. What a relief to know that we don’t have to have it all figured out! We just need to stay connected to the vine. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me.” —John 15:5 📖🙏🏻🍇
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light” | 1 Peter 2:9
since we are chosen by God to share his light, we are and must be set apart from the things of this world. what an honor to be set apart for God’s glory ✨
5,3133015 January, 2020
“All heart. Grit, grind.” Those are the words that the great Tony Allen spoke after a standout night in 2011, a night that would not only redefine his career, but also the Memphis Grizzlies franchise. With those words and the simple concept of giving your all, TA sparked a movement that would spread throughout the team and the city. ⠀
So what would it look like if we applied that approach to our daily life? What if our mentality for serving Jesus was filled with movement, with passion, with energy? What if we became less focused on hearing about the little things and more focused about approaching the obvious ones? What if we took small steps that led to bigger steps, that led to a lifetime impact for the Kingdom of God? ⠀
We are not called to obey halfway. Jesus wants us to be all in, fully committed. And it’s often in those moments of grit, of serving, of loving others that we hear God speak the most. Don’t hold back on what you know God has called you to do because He’s been quiet. Push into His truth, to love others and love Him. ⠀
Remember that obedience takes action. So give it everything you’ve got. ⠀
Colossians 3:12–17 (ESV): “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”⠀
Encouragement today from my husband @williekaz ⠀
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I am in awe at the power of Gods presence. I am expecting to see miraculous, mighty, successful happenings in my life this year because of who He is in my life!
I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who gives me STRENGTH.
This reminds me of what I always tell my children when they are challenging themselves and navigating through new territory. I always remind them to TAKE GOD WITH YOU. There is WITHOUT A DOUBT POWER IN HIS PRESENCE.
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Rescue- by @tgomez103 It seems 2019 was difficult for a lot of friends and family. 2020 is here and I started thinking about the women and was inspired to draw this image to encourage you that despite the pain you’ve endured , God knows, cares and sees you. -Tony Gomez
Psalms 143:9-10 says, “Please rescue me from my enemies, Lord! I come to you for safety. You are my God. Show me what you want me to do, and let your gentle Spirit lead me in the right path.” #depression#anxiety#womenofgod#womenoffaith#dontgiveup
Born again Christian? Great 😄. Involved in evangelism? Brilliant. Did you know you have to pray for the heart of those you share the gospel with, so that they will believe? Go on, pray today for those you will meet tomorrow.
5119 January, 2020
Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). You stand on what God said first, then what you believe will come to be. Just like you believed for your salvation, believe today for that thing that you thought was impossible. You will soon testify in Jesus name.
“Change What You’re Saying and You’ll Change What You’re Seeing” - @terrisavellefoy
FOR OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS. –MATTHEW 12:34 ESV “I'm gonna tell you what I gotta do
To make my dreams come true
Work hard, pray more, dream big
They say reality is often closer than we think
But in reality it's closer than your mind can think
Because you thought after a thought that you made it up
But your mind was ahead of you, set a table for two
Talking to myself like every day
Spit my goals on paper, put it in the microwave
I'm tryna write down the vision,
Hurry up, drive through, fast lane gotta do
To make my dreams come true
Work hard, pray more, dream big
Nobody knows the day, nobody knows the hour
They say 'overnight success' nobody saw the endeavor
Work hard and you keep on investing and
You pray more, be sure to listen when He speaking and
You dream big and don't you worry if it's different
Just stay true to yourself and you just keep on doing what you do
"If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." - 1 John 1:6-10, Holy Bible (King James Version)
Date night to celebrate our decade together was amazing! 🤩 Though it didn’t go as planned. But The Clifton’s just rolled with it.
Ended the night with a full belly and a new phone..... this momma ain’t complaining! Now just to figure this thing out all over again! 😂
Rev 6-7 Chapter 6
6 seals explained •1st: false messiah leading an organized rebellion agora is God, often called antichrist
•2nd: taking away Gods gift-peace. It was not the natural state. •3rd: time of famine. Prices 12x higher than normal
•4th: nothing like ever before-TREMENDOUS death toll from dictatorship, famine war, etc. •5th: souls of all righteous crying out to God. Need to wait a bit longer until ALL Gods appointed people are killed.
•6th:great disturbances. All people brought equally before God’s judgement!!! People hiding away from the face of the one who judges.
•great diversion in heaven •recognizing God as the source of salvation, not something we earn but something that’s given from God as a gift
Belinda Merrin from @inquiettrust is up on the blog today talking about the storms of walking with a child who has special needs! This is so very worth the read. Go check out the blog now, link is in my bio ✨
Tables have always been special to me. A space of warmth and hospitality. This is where life takes place. It is essentially where everything happens, though it may seem like nothing is happening. It is where you sit across each other for coffee in the morning, and dinner in the evening. It’s where you’ll laugh over your first culinary catastrophe; where the small-talk and serious talks takes place; where messes are made and messes are cleaned. It’s where the mundane becomes a collection of moments that add up to the life you make together. Hospitality is an expression of love, and our pursuit of it says a lot about the nature of our faith. Hospitable hearts demonstrate the love they’ve been shown.
5119 January, 2020
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A fresh glass of apple/beet/kale/lime/ginger juice. Elegance needs no embellishment. The simple, pure, gospel of Jesus Christ—with nothing added and nothing subtracted—contains the power to save lost souls and sanctify the lives of Christians.
Today was an emotional roller coaster. ⠀
Thoughts of anxiety and questions about my self worth constantly went through my head today. I have so many questions about my life and my future. My heart so wishes that I could know these answers and know them NOW! But I need to find PEACE that He knows. He knows the answer to every question and uncertainty that I’ve ever had and ever will have. But why do I still worry? Because I’m human. But I need to learn to let go, and let God worry about my problems. Problems so insignificant in the realm of eternity. This is a theme I want to focus on in more depth later, but I felt I needed to share. It was a rough day. But God knows every answer to every anxiety that you or I will ever have. 💫 #yallneedpeace
BY FAITH | Today I had a very unexpected and wonderful LOOOOOONG convo with my sister today. We went from talking about randomness to me basically having a 3 hour praise session just talking about how the Lord has been working in my life over the past 5 months. Man, God is always working on your behalf whether you know it, or not. Sometimes I just sit back thinking of the ways that God is setting me up to make #powermoves , and it blows my mind thinking of what the future looks like. (Manifesting the vision into reality). Every once in a while I get a glimpse behind the curtain of how the Lord is puzzling things together behind the scenes and I'm amazed. The #glowup is about to be real ya'll-- and divinely intentional. I personally won't be able to take ANY credit for it, because it's all a God thing.
We all have times when things in our lives are downright hard. Maybe there's a relationship that is strained or maybe you or someone you love is sick. I bet there's something in your life that comes to mind right away!
Whatever it is, you do not face it alone. God cares about everything that concerns you. He covers you with His love and He is near to hold you as you take each step forward each day.
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413519 January, 2020
Yesterday I spent an ample amount of time worrying about a business I wanted to thrive 🤷♀️. I spent hours researching until I was tired. As Christians, we are not immune to the temptation of worrying. Worry kills time and it steals joy. Throughout the time I was worried I was unhappy instead of being thankful for the progress the business had seen so far! I should have spent that time wisely! Are you stressed, concerned or worried about anything today?
God is saying "Be still and know that he is God" Isaiah 46:10. Pause! Take a break!
How to handle worry as a child of God?
🔶Set your priorities right. God first, every other thing secondary.Luke 10:41-42 Jesus told us that only one thing is important (vs39) sitting at his feet, walking with God (Seeking God earnestly by prayer, fasting, fellowshiping and studying of the scriptures).
When you sit at Jesus's feet you can cast all your burdens on him, he cares for you. Talk to him in prayer phil 4:6-7 He said don't be anxious about anything.
🔶Sitting at Jesus feet will make us realise that we are victorious. John 16:33 Jesus said in this world there are many troubles but we should be peaceful at heart, he has overcome the world. Being at peace means even though my business isn't thriving yet, even though I don't have that contract yet e.t.c I am at peace, I am joyful because I have the best gift. Christ in me the hope of glory.
🔶 When we are tempted to worry our reaction matters. In times like that is when our friuts are tested. Read Gal 5:22
📢 Worry is a tactic of the enemy to shift/divert our attention from God to wordly things. Our fathers knows everything we need phil 4:19. Be wise
I totally understand making that first step to say "yes!" can be super hard for some (it certainly was for me).
I was recently talking to a friend who is brand new to essential oils after thinking about taking the plunge for several years! She's now super excited and ready to get all the junk out of her family's life and make healthy choices instead. Shes so excited to support her family in recovery in natural ways too!
I'm so excited and honored she chose me to walk with her on this exciting new adventure! I asked her what made her choose me and you'll never believe what she said! She said she knew I was the one because I know how to help her, I know my stuff better than anyone else she knows who uses Young Living, and she knows I'm gonna stick by her where others might leave her to figure things out on her own. Isn't that the nicest?!?❤
It's knowing I can bring hope and freedom to families that keeps me going! I'd love to walk alongside of you and help you make some changes in your life and home as well. Send me a DM and let's get started!
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4119 January, 2020
Things I loved about today:
- Teaching my son how to build garden boxes.
- How productive I was.
- Being in my garden.
I hope you all had a day worth celebrating 🙏🙌💜
. #womenoffaith #letgoandletgod #youareworthy
2019 January, 2020
The gray highway stretches in front of us as the sun descends from the sky. My husband points out his window to the horizon beyond. “Look,” he tells me. ⠀
The moon—bright orange and fully round—meets my gaze. I look at it for a moment, mesmerized by its color and position, low in the sky. Two hours later, it’s directly above us, glowing white. ⠀
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, ESV).⠀
From the back of the car, our kids ask intermittently if we’re there yet until they’re each asleep. I reach back and take the baby’s hand. I can’t see his face, but he grasps my fingers tightly. ⠀
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26, ESV).⠀
The open landscape moves quickly out my window. In the darkness, the trees appear black, their branches stretching out against the expanse of sky behind them. A thin layer of snow covers the fields. We smell a skunk in the distance. ⠀
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you…or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you…Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10, ESV).⠀
We move through the night surrounded by the evidence of the presence of God—His imprint on everything good. Eventually night will turn to day. Our car will slow down, but we’ll keep moving forward—active participants in this created world.⠀
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36, ESV).⠀
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These are My Top 10 Songs of the Decade—Last Decade 🌞💗💞†💜†💞💗🔥 • They were Timely, really kept My Faith rooted in God's promises & were Always there for Me to fall back to.
• T'was a tough choice selecting Ten out of Thousands but then, looking back over my shoulders, these made lasting impressions.
🙃 What song(s) made your list last decade?