Tag Archives: Mercy

You Don’t Have to Take The Broken Road…

TURN AROUND by Matt Maher

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Young man on the side of the road
Lost and beat up with nowhere to go
Smells like a hangover from days ago
He does what he can to survive

Single mom with a dead end job
Ninety hour week just to keep what she’s got
With the bills that add up and now she’s caught
She does what she can to survive

Well, let me say
That love won’t take away the pain
But don’t be afraid
‘Cause it will never walk away

If you’re scared that you don’t matter
If you’re lost and need to be found
If you’re looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

Some turn to a bottle
Some turn to a drug
Some turn to another’s arms
But it seems like it’s never enough

Well I won’t say, that you will never fail again
But there is grace
To wash away your every sin

If you’re scared that you don’t matter
If you’re lost and need to be found
If you’re looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

No one listens to you anymore
And your heart has broken down
You don’t need to move
Love has come to you
All you gotta do is turn around
All you gotta do is turn around
Turn around

You don’t have to take the broken road
You can turn around and come back home

You don’t have to take the broken road
You can turn around and come back home

You don’t have to take the broken road
You can turn around and come back home

If you’re scared that you don’t matter
If you’re lost and need to be found
If you’re looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

No one listens to you anymore
And your heart has broken down
You don’t need to move
Love has come to you
All you gotta do is turn around
All you gotta do is turn around

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The Blind Man

This poem was written by a dear Brother in Christ concerning his awakening in God.


THE BLIND MAN, by Joseph Arthurs

My eyes have been shielded
Too many years by now
My heart of rock not yielded
Remaining made of stone.
Why have I ignored this
Letting life pass wearily along
Did I not see the answer
Shining clearly all day long
My arrogance and pride misled me
Telling me I was doing fine
I just decided to let things be
Submitting my heart each time
Til the day He nudged me
Riding on my high horse
My eyes blinked open slowly
As I saw I was at a loss
Now let me say to you clearly
I hope those days are past
It was His grace shocked me
To learn,to pray..but fast
May God now maintain me
Keeping me on His path
With Jesus’ love redeeming
The Spirit too has my back.

©Joseph M. Arthurs, 2015
“I felt compelled to write this today and I have chosen this community to have the option of reading my mini testimony. I thirst for more knowledge and counsel. Ty, Be Blessed sisters and brothers in Jesus.”

Hope for When You Feel Squeezed and Broken

Ruth SoukupBy Michelle McKinney Hammond

“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” Genesis 39:20b-21 (NIV)

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When I was a little girl growing up in Barbados with my grandmother, I loved to watch her make sausage.

First, she would take big chunks of meat and slowly squeeze them into a machine known as a sausage stuffer. Before long, the meat would break down and come out the other side all gushy and floppy.

I used to feel so sorry for that meat.

Next my grandmother would add zesty spices and meticulously squish the meat into encasements. And you know what happened? Some of the best sausage you can imagine was formed. It had a wonderful flavor and a long shelf life.

As you can see, sausage making is quite the process! But the process had a purpose.

Have you ever felt like that sausage? I have.

The process of being squeezed and uncomfortable can break us down, making us feel helpless, alone and sometimes even good for nothing.

We can question, God, where are You? Or, Let’s hurry this discomfort along, OK? (I’m famous for that!) Or even wonder, God, I thought You loved me. What did I do wrong?

Let me remind you of something, friend. Being squeezed by outside pressure doesn’t indicate God’s rejection, abandonment or that He made a mistake. Sometimes in His great sovereignty and love, God allows for our character to be refined. God reminded me of this recently when I was studying the life of Joseph.

You may remember Joseph and his coat of many colors. As a teenager, Joseph had big dreams; however, a series of unfortunate events seemed to circumvent those aspirations. He faced difficult and disappointing times — more than once — and was even sold into slavery by his very own brothers.

Can you imagine going from favored child to slave? I wouldn’t have had a very good attitude about that. “I’m supposed to mop this floor? Don’t you know I watched people mop the floor of my house?” Dear God, get me out of this mess!

But not Joseph.

Time and time again Joseph’s plans went differently than expected, yet he ultimately chose to follow God every step of the way. Regardless of outside pressures and demands — slavery, slander, abandonment or imprisonment — Joseph chose to be excellent. The Bible tells us he advanced because of his positive attitude, and he experienced God’s kindness and favor in the midst of struggles and disappointments.

In our key verse, Genesis 39:21 tells us, “The LORD was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”

Let’s be honest. The refining process isn’t easy or comfortable. Prison was a dark place, a place where Joseph really didn’t want to be … a place where he saw no way out.

But throughout Joseph’s story, God reminds us, very diligently, that no matter how awful and appalling the circumstances, He was still with Joseph.

Want to hear some good news?

He’s still with us, too.

So, friend, if you feel like my grandmother’s sausage, squeezed and broken down, please remember, our God has great purpose in His refining process. He uses whatever He can to form the character He desires for us, His dearly loved kids.

In many ways God works like my grandmother — squeezing and squishing until there’s nowhere else to turn but up. And when God adds the fruit of the Spirit to our lives, then encases us in the shell of holiness, purity and sound character, we too will have a longer shelf life … a life that glorifies Him.

Dear Lord, sometimes my days are hard and I feel squeezed in every way. Thank You for the reminder that You will never leave my side, even when it’s uncomfortable. Please help me to experience Your kindness today in a fresh new way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
James 1:3-4, “You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (MSG)

1 Peter 4:12-13, “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” (MSG)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Joseph: Waiting on God’s Timing, Living in God’s Plan by Michelle McKinney Hammond can help give you insight into the power of your choices as you wait on God while pursing your dreams. Watch the first session of Joseph free here.

Visit Michelle’s website for more encouragement.

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What situations have proven to be uncomfortable for you? How have you responded?

In what ways can you see God at work in your life today?

© 2015 by Michelle McKinney Hammond. All rights reserved.

*Magnified Monday*

Good morning everyone!

Everyday matters. Everyday is unique.

You woke up today, you can see, you can read.

So consider the good things as you breathe…

Let’s start our week out with some encouraging, inspiring and motivating posters. 🙂

#God #loves #you! Even if you are in the darkest hole and you think there is no way out remember this! <3

I Absolutely Love This Quote❤❤

God is our peace. Amen.

Psalm 43..."Send forth thy light and thy truth to guide me"...my 10X daily prayer.

Ezekiel 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

I Love YOU, more than the stars in the sky that I taught how to shine! You are Mine and You SHINE for Me too!

I love this verse!  What a comfort this is!  Thank you, God, for your goodness and grace!  Help me to be a better servant in 2013.

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And have a continuos relationship with him that changes your heart to reflect His, which transforms how you live Yes.

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Grateful.

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Is your life just too much, and all spiraling out of control? Mine sure was.

Lord Jesus, heal me. Heal in me whatever you see needs healing. Heal me of whatever might separate me from You. Heal my memory, heal my heart, heal my emotions, heal my spirit, heal my soul. Lay Your hands gently upon me and Heal me through Your love for me. Amen.

Do not pass by a man in need, for you may be the hand of God to him. -Proverbs 3:27

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Have a great week my friends!

God bless!

God is BIGGER than your past

God is BIGGER than your past

God knows all of our pain, He knows our hearts…its our hearts that He’s after. The world makes you obsess over your physical body, strive for perfection, and live a life so focused on what doesn’t matter, that you miss out on love, and what truly counts. Friends, don’t let worries of this world bog you down. All this stuff will surly pass away. I am in no way saying for us to neglect our bodies, or anything in our lives-our weaknesses can get the best of us if we let them, is all. People who are like myself and struggle with body image, eating disorders or even Bipolar disorder, which I have been dealing with more so lately, can all relate! Everyone can! It is so very easy to become consumed with worries of things like appearance in a manner that is not healthy, and therefor we lose track of our focus, our purpose.

God is love. You can feel Him in the warm embrace from you mom, your spouse, a friend, anyone…When you do something kind for someone because you care, out of consideration, respect. That’s God. ❤

Photo says it all, friends! Our God is not only all-powerful but He is ever so forgiving, His mercy is forever through Jesus…NOTHING you have done is too big or dark for the Blood of Christ to wash away! 🙂
Sending love to all of you this afternoon!!! 🙂 *hugs*

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