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26November

Moments with Marilyn

November 26th, 2020|

You have a heritage of blessing from your heavenly Father; speak it over yourself and your children.  ~Marilyn Hickey

24November

Lamentations 3:22

November 24th, 2020|

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  (Lamentations 3:22 NLT)

23November

The Power of Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2020|

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4 NKJV)

God has often dealt with me about the act of thanksgiving.  There is power in the giving of thanks.  In the Old Testament there was a special offering just for thanksgiving.  The New Testament says that when we pray, we are to do so with thanksgiving.  We are to thank God for our food.  Then our blessings will be sanctified and set apart for us.

Thanksgiving is like yeast:  Thanksgiving causes your requests to rise with faith into the presence of God, just as yeast causes bread to rise.  The Word teaches that if you are not thankful for the things that God does, He will take away what He has given you.

Of the ten lepers, nine never gave thanks to Jesus.  Only one returned to thank Him.  I believe that because that one leper gave thanks, he received SPIRITUAL wholeness, as well as PHYSICAL wholeness.  Thanksgiving also will help you to be whole—physical, emotionally, and spiritually.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us to live in an attitude of thanksgiving.  When we give You our praise and thanks, we know that You will bless us in body, soul and Spirit.  Thank You for all the good things that You do. 

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

20November

Weekend Action Plan

November 20th, 2020|

Do three acts of kindness for others to cultivate a heart of selflessness and build your joy in serving others.

20November

Weekend Action Plan

November 20th, 2020|

Do three acts of kindness for others to cultivate a heart of selflessness and build my joy in serving others.

19November

Moments with Marilyn

November 19th, 2020|

Don’t allow your circumstances to determine your spiritual state.  Take control of the situation with praise and worship. ~Marilyn Hickey

17November

Luke 18:1

November 17th, 2020|

Jesus said that we “always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV)

16November

A Psalm of Praise

November 16th, 2020|

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.

Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:1-4 NKJV)

Within two stanzas of this psalm, we are admonished to praise and worship the Lord, and we are given good reasons for doing so!  We are told to make a joyful shout and to be thankful.  Why?  Because, It is He who has made us.

God is your heavenly Father, and He delights in providing for your every need.

Exercise “childlike” faith in God’s goodness; you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to praise and thank Him!

12November

Moments with Marilyn

November 12th, 2020|

Father, let my first thoughts in the morning and my last thoughts at night be of you.  ~Marilyn Hickey

10November

Deuteronomy 8:18

November 10th, 2020|

You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, and He may confirm his covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.  (Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV)

9November

How Your Praise in Troubled Times Helps Others

November 9th, 2020|

But a midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  (Acts 16:25 NKJV)

You’ve heard the expression “misery loves company.”  When Paul and Silas found themselves unfairly imprisoned in a Philippian jail, they didn’t spend their jail time coming up with a defense or complaining about being falsely accused.  Their instinct was to pray and sing hymns to God.

The other prisoners were listening to them.

In this verse, the Greek word for “listening” includes the idea of listening “with pleasure.”

Everyone jailed with Paul and Silas benefited from their response to a terrible circumstance.

When we find ourselves in miserable situations, let’s use the time to glorify God and edify those around us.

Take a look at Acts 16:26 (the very next verse), and see what happens when we do.

6November

Weekend Action Plan

November 6th, 2020|

Find a way to go out of your way to serve someone else, and if asked the reason for it, point them to the love of Christ.

2November

His Power Flowing Through Us

November 2nd, 2020|

“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13 NKJV)

The right hand has always been the hand that denoted power.  When Jesus sat down, He sat down at the right hand of God.  Jesus held the sevens stars in His right hand.  He held the book in Revelation in His right hand.  The antichrist said that he would put a mark in the right hand of those who belonged to him.  When Jacob put his right hand on Ephraim’s head, this indicated that Ephraim would have more power than Manasseh.

Proverbs speaks of wisdom’s qualities: “Length of days is in her right hand, in her left-hand riches and honor” (Proverbs 3:16).  If we seek wisdom, we’ll have length of days for enjoying the riches and honor.

The Lord promises that He will hold your right hand so you can be empowered for action.  At His right hand are pleasures forevermore.  We believers shall lay hands on the sick because our hands are to be full of God’s healing power.  Everything our hands touch will prosper because of His power flowing through us.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help us today to know Your power, experience Your strength, and receive Your help as it flows through us to others that they might be healed.

In Jesus’s Name,

Amen.

27October

Jeremiah 31:13

October 27th, 2020|

The Young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will turn their mourning into joy.  I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.  (Jeremiah 31:13 CSB)

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