Removing the Veil

Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
 
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:12-16
 
What is it you are afraid of? You might be worried about offending someone or hurting their feelings. You might lose a Read more…

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Breakthroughs

I was listening to a podcast many months ago where the pastor was talking about breakthroughs. At the time, I felt like he was talking right to me, and now months later, I’m feeling the real peace that I believe comes before a breakthrough. I’m not sure when this breakthrough is going to happen, and I surely have ZERO idea what it looks like in my life, but whatever it looks like, I know it’s God’s plan. “Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been Read more…

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Setting Standards

When we don’t set standards in our lives, it can become easy to conform to the ways of this world.  If we don’t seek our direction from God, Satan has a way of slithering in and telling us that it’s okay to “think like that,” it’s okay to “live like that,” it’s okay to “keep doing the things you’re doing,” only it’s not.  Romans 12:12 -“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  We follow certain standards in our work Read more…

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Dating with Purpose

Any of you who know me, know that I’m a single girl. Well, this middle-aged single girl has recently started dating again. I thought maybe it would be hard getting myself back out there – after a long term relationship failure, a bit of fear can creep in. Getting to know someone again, I thought would be daunting – but I’m finding that it’s actually really fun learning about and getting to know new people. I just need to stay focused so I have the right motives going into things, and as a Christian girl, I have some things that are necessary, right up front, when it comes to dating. Even though I’ve been a Christian since the age of 15, many times in my Read more…

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Blessed Assurance

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 1:6-8
 
What does it mean to have confidence? As I mentioned previously, I can tend to worry about things and lose focus on what matters. The other day, I had a challenge where for one reason or another, I could not seem to get a project done. There were many distractions that prevented me from working on it, and before I knew it, I was hitting against a deadline. In this case, there was this feel of calm that came over me as I began to work on the task at hand. Read more…

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Daddy’s Hands

Well, January 27th marked eighteen years since my dad left this world and went home to heaven. My dad was the greatest man on earth “in my eyes”. Don’t get me wrong, He had problems and issues just like everyone else. He and my mom went through battles and hard times through the years, but one thing’s for sure, they always came out of it together and they always loved their family deeply. My dad was the one that I could always count on. He always did his best to make sure that my daughter and I were always taken care of. If I needed rescuing from my car breaking down in the middle of Ford road, or my pipes bursting in the middle of the night, he was always there. I remember him coming over when that happened to crawl under my house to turn off the water valve because I didn’t know what to do. I can remember him showing me over and over again how to put oil in my old Ford Pinto until I finally “got it.” He loved my little girl with all of his heart. When she was a lot younger, my work shifts meant that she spent a lot of time with my parents. She became a permanent part of their lives. There’s so many memories. I remember him and my mom working to fix things up out in the garage. I remember his working hands quite vividly. So many sweet memories.
 
Our Father in heaven loves us unconditionally. His hands take hold of us and guide us through each day. Why would He do that when we are so undeserving? Because He loves us so much. God’s love isn’t based on what we do or don’t do, He loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done. I seek God each day knowing that He will lead me. When I make those “stupid mistakes,” I know that He will walk me through them and forgive me. I turn to God because He knows me better than anyone, He designed me to be used to fulfill His perfect plan. It doesn’t matter what the day holds for me, I am going to make mistakes and I will stumble and fall. It’s part of my human nature. When I turn my focus to my heavenly Father, He will pick me up and dust me off and lead me on the right path once again. He never gets tired of loving me.
 
1 John 4:10 ESV
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
 
Romans 5:8-9 ESV
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
 
2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
 
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Have a blessed day!!!
Rita
 
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