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Change

“How can I not be changed, When Your Spirit’s in this place, How can I not be moved, When You’re all, when You’re all around me”  ‘Changing Me’ by Anna Golden

Are you looking for a change in your life? Like real change? Are you looking for a transformation in your character, in your mind, in your heart, in your life? Time and time again, I have gotten caught up in believing that I needed to change myself, and it is so easy to get caught up in that whirlwind. There are so many self-help books that will show us what to do and how to do it and how “you can be “fixed” in X amount of days”.  

But the issue with Self-Help is that SELF was never meant to help us and be our guiding force. As human beings, we are prone to error and without the guidance of God, the Holy Spirit, we are as lost as a ship without a sail in the middle of the ocean drifting farther and farther away from the shore. In the bible we are told to put no trust in man, in self and others, yet daily we lean more and more on our OWN strength and our OWN knowledge and the knowledge and ideas of OTHERS, rather than on the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the God who created us.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We have to be so careful because we can fight to change something we think is wrong when in all actuality, it’s perfect for the purpose God has for us; it may just need some fine-tuning. But we want change, so we lean on the advice of self-help books, that have no inspiration from our Creator, or we rely on our ingenuity to get there. But God never intended for us to be left to our own devices to figure this life out, but instead that we would lean onto Him to for direction, support, guidance, leadership, and wisdom.

“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding” Proverbs 2:6

“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11

It is ONLY by God that real change, transformation happens. We see this with Zacchaeus in Luke 19; he was an evil and deceitful man, but with one encounter with Jesus, just from being in His presence, his heart was shifted and transformed.

“When Jesus got to that place, he looked up into the tree and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry on down, for I am appointed to stay at your house today!” So he scurried down the tree and came face-to-face with Jesus. As Jesus left to go with Zacchaeus, many in the crowd complained, “Look at this! Of all the people to have dinner with, he’s going to eat in the house of a crook.” Zacchaeus joyously welcomed Jesus and was amazed over his gracious visit to his home. Zacchaeus stood in front of the Lord and said, “Half of all that I own I will give to the poor. And Lord, if I have cheated anyone, I promise to pay back four times as much as I stole.” Luke 19:5-8 TPT

It was being the presence of Jesus that caused a change within Zacchaeus, not him doing it on his own or at the advice of others. He was a tax collector, and at this time tax collectors were known as cheats and swindlers because they would over tax the people to get their own cut. They placed heavy burdens on the people and because of their tactics they were hated by many. Zacchaeus didn’t begin wanting to change or even felt that he needed to, but after spending time with Jesus, it made him want to change. It did something within him, and this is what happens with us too. It is Christ who causes the desire for change to well up within us and spill over into our lives. And it doesn’t mean that he was perfect in all he did going forward, but the presence of Jesus caused a change in him, a transformation to his heart that cause a complete change to his speech and behavior. And this is what happens to us; the more we spend time in the presence of God, transformation happens and we gain wisdom and guidance and understanding of how to live the transformed lives we are called to.

True change takes place gradually. Just like a child grows little by little each day before we take real notice, the same is how we change spiritually. With each time we spend time with God something happens, we grow in the unseen until one day it becomes noticeable.

 “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

And we have to learn to have patience with ourselves (can I get an AMEN!…I can be so bad at this too). because when we don’t see the change we desire after reading one bible verse or going to one church service, we give up. And we do it with other things too. Like working out. We do it one time and then look in the mirror expecting to see a a major difference and getting upset because there’s isn’t one. LoL…I am so guilty of this, one diet change and everything is suppose to change. This is so unrealistic, yet we all do it. When need patience, my dear. Our habits and lifestyles didn’t become what they are over night, so they won’t completely change over night either.

God continues to remind me that it is a step-by-step process, as we lose the old us and gain the new us.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s a daily decision to spend less time entertaining the things of this world that satifies the outward us, and spend with the One who satisfies the soul. Because true change doesn’t come from without (outside of us) but from within (inside of us) and spending meaningful, consistent time with God, in His presence will do just that. Naturally, we become like who we are around, so surely it’s the same with God. The more we are around Him, spending time with Him, drawing close to Him, the more transformed into the new us God desires for us to be.

“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.” Romans 12:2 The Voice

But this only happens when we are willing to be still, pausing daily with the God who created heaven and earth; with the God that fashioned your days and spoke you into existence. Pausing with God places us INSIDE of His presence which creates changes within us day by day. Teaching us who we are and how to function and respond differently from what we have grown accustomed to. Learning new default responses to opposition, stress, and even triumphs in life instead of what we are used to. We learn how to draw near to Him with every need, concern, victory, &hope we have. And He desires this to be our permanent go-to.

 “Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5

If you want to see true transformation in your life, spend time with the only One that creates everlasting and permanent change. And it only takes for us to step forward and He will meet us there. Stepping forward looks like pausing to pray instead of texting or FaceTiming someone. Stepping forward looks like taking your attention from social media and turning your attention to reading the Bible. Stepping forwards looks like sitting in the car a few extra moments before going into work or going into the house and asking God what He wants you to do that day and ask for the strength and desire to do it. Stepping forward looks like intentionally marking out time on your calendar to spend with God and keeping to it like a work meeting on your calendar. Stepping forward looks like running to God with a problem, even when you feel like you can handle it yourself, to get His perspective instead of doing it on your own. Stepping forward simple looks like pausing and asking God, “what’s next?”.

I’m not going to pretend to be perfect at this, because I am not; but I am learning with each day what He does is better than anything I can do on my own. Or anything I try to do in my own strength. On our own, it’s a temporary change, but with God, it’s a permanence that cannot be removed or altered no matter how hard something or someone rubs. It becomes apart of us like it’s been there our entire lives with no clear distinction of how to separate it from who we are.

God wants this for all of us, but do you want it? Will you step forward and receive the change you’re really seeking? And remember, we cannot do this alone, but with the Holy Spirit of God. It is the Holy Spirit that is at work; daily perfecting us for the purposes of God.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8a NIV

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NLT

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The Invitation to Selah

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Selah. This is a word that is mentioned 74 times in the bible but can be found in only two books of the Bible: Psalms (71) and Habakkuk (3). It’s a word that holds some mystery within it because no one knows the exact meaning of the word. It makes me think of Ro1 Corinthians 13:12 when Paul said,

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

Its hidden meaning makes it that much more beautiful to me; its mystery creating a deepening desire to come near. Though we do not yet understand its full meaning, God ordained it to be apart of His word, mystery meaning and all. No word in the Bible is there without importance. So it ought to be cherished and attempted to be understood.

According to gotquestions.org, Selah could possibly mean a few different things. One could be from the Hebrew word calah which means “to hang” or “to measure or weigh in the balances.” Another could possibly come from the combination of two Hebrew words, s_lah, which means to praise or s_lal, which means to lift up. Another could be that it simply means to pause or to take a breath that comes from the Hebrew word salah. But the beauty of this word intensifies when these definitions are all combined into one definition creating one incredible image of what it could mean. Placing them together causes it to mean, to pause, praise, and reflectively think about what has been said, done, and reflect on who God is. Finding this word in the Bible has become such a high point for me. It causes me to stop and reflect heavily on what I just read. It’s like the bible’s own pause and reflection section to make sure we really take in and understand what we are reading.

Selah is found in one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Psalm 3. This chapter is only eight verses, but this word is present three times within it. Psalms 3 is power-packed with so much and when you know its history, the text becomes that much richer (the back story is found in 2 Samuel 15-18). David is on the run, in fear for his life because of his son Absalom. He is so grieved within. He could have responded to this situation in any kind of way, but instead of handling things his way, he cries out to God. With each selah we read, we see his strength and faith in God increasing rise. 

Psalm 3

1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;

2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

5 I lay down and slept, I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah

Have you have reflected like this before? Have you ever, during a frustrating or painful experience, and just paused to call out to God? Have you ever just paused in the midst of a stressful moment or day and breathed and paused with the intentionality to invite Christ into the middle of it? Or have you ever just paused and breathed in the goodness of God all around you? Pausing to thank God for the ability to breathe, for the ability to speak, for the ability to be able to feel the breeze of the day on your skin; the ability to hear the birds chirp, or the ability to be able to feel the ground beneath your feet or to see the trees move, or the colors of the sky? Oh, how wonderful it is to pause and really let the goodness of God in. Pausing in the midst of busyness or sorrow or gladness gives us the opportunity to invite God’s presence into our day and His uncompromising perspective to permeate the depths of our hearts. 

There is something about pausing and just taking a deep breath and centering yourself. But there is something so much richer when you pause, breathe, and reflect on the goodness of God. To take a moment in time to pause and close the gap of distance that the day has set between us and Him. It sets the stage for a moment of intimate fellowship with our Creator, our Father, our Friend. Taking these moments throughout the day rejuvenates us, renews us, restores us, empowers us; it brings hope into our hearts and builds faith within us. It causes us to stop looking around at what we can see and sets our eyes back on the God we cannot see, the One who created heaven and earth. The One who is greater than all that we see and experience. The One who is fully in control. If you have never taken a Selah moment, take one today; take one now! Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to pause and release; to be still and to receive!

Below is a video that I absolutely love; it leads us through a moment of selah in such a great way. I hope you enjoy this moment of worship and join in as we are taken on an adventure through the serene terrain of the pause of Selah. Enjoy. 

I am praying for you. Blessings.

Arnita Faith

Selah Moment with Alysia Harris (Just Worship 2020)

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Leaning In

May your day be filled with the joy of the Lord who can keep you, protect you, and strengthen you in every situation and circumstance that may meet you this week and in this life.

I want to encourage you to take some time today and lean into Christ and let His comforting love and wisdom embrace you. I may not know what you are facing today, but He does. Will you let Him in? Will you invite Him into your day by lifting up your voice to Him? No matter what you are facing, I want you to know that He is bigger than what you are up against. He is never too far nor will He ever be too busy to reach us. He has never failed and He won’t start now. We may not fully understand what is happening in our lives right now or even in our world, but no matter what befalls this earth, His goodness and compassion still remain.

Take some time today and lean into Him because when we lean, we glean; we gain more from Him than we could ever think, hope, or imagine! When we lean in, it shows our desire to know what the speaker is saying. It takes focus and intentionality. It takes desire and willingness to draw in a bit closer. Leaning in looks like turning off the television, so you can open up your bible and read. Leaning in looks like putting down the phone or other electronic devices, and spending some time in prayer. Leaning in looks listening to a sermon on something you are struggling with and want to overcome. Leaning in sounds like worshipping God through singing songs to Him and songs about Him and praising His wonderful and holy name. Leaning in looks like going to someone you trust and being transparent with the intention of receiving help, prayer, accountability, and direction.

So let’s take some time today, and lean in together. Let’s lean in and be reminded of who Christ truly is. He knows what we are all up against, and no matter what it looks like, He has not abandoned us. He is working things out with each of us in mind. He is unending and unfailing. He is rich in mercy and love. No matter what it looks like, He isn’t finished yet. Below are the lyrics and the YouTube video link to the song, “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship. A portion of the song says,

“I know the night won’t last, Your Word will come to pass, My heart will sing Your praise again, Jesus, You’re still enough, Keep me within Your love, My heart will sing Your praise again, Your promise still stands, Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness, I’m still in Your hands, This is my confidence, You never failed”

However you choose to lean into God today, I pray you are reminded of His faithfulness and that you are strengthened with His joy. We are still in the grasp of His control and He has no intention of letting us go. Even though things may look dark, His light will always able to cut through and find you because He loves you.

God Bless.

Arnita Faith

P.S.: Leaning in also looks like asking someone questions about who Jesus Christ is and asking why He matters! If you don’t know who Jesus is, now is the greatest time to find out. He loves you and wants you to know it! Getting to know Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world is the greatest thing you will ever do. He loves you and has a very special plan for your life.

Do It Again – LIVE – Elevation Worship

Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But You have never failed me yet
Waiting for change to come
Knowing the battle’s won
For You have never failed me yet
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You’ve never failed me yet
I know the night won’t last
Your Word will come to pass
My heart will sing Your praise again
Jesus, You’re still enough
Keep me within Your love
My heart will sing Your praise again
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
I’ll see You do it again
Oh-oh
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed
Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet
And You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget
The video in this post was retrieved from YouTube and the lyrics were retrieved from google.com. This pictures in this post were retrieved from google search.  
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He Knows

Sunflower blowing in the wind

I pray that whatever you are going through in this time, you would turn to Jesus who has a plan prepared just for you. He knows you. He knows the storm you are facing right now. He knows the valleys of sorrow and defeat that are trying to enclose you, but it’s ONLY HIM who can create the steps to bring you out safe. He has a plan for you, whether you realize it or not. He fashioned you in your mother’s womb. He mapped out your days before you came into existence, and He is willing to light the right path for you to travel on. 

Don’t allow everything that is happening in the world right now,  to rob you of reaching out to God. But instead, let it make you truly search for Him and get to know who He really is. He loves you; He really does. He has the answers you’re looking for. He is the answer you’re looking for. Stand still, take a deep breath, and lean into Him. Talk to Him and pour out your heart to Him; tell Him your fears and your doubts. Share with Him your longings and frustrations. Share with Him what keeps you distant and apprehensive of Him. He is not overwhelmed by anything we have to say, nor is He offended, BUT He is listening. His ears are not turned off from you and His arms are not too short that He cannot reach out to you.  

“Day 19” is the poem that is featured below by a young woman named Alexandra Hill. She wrote it during a stormy season in her life that only God was able to carry her through. She said, “I named it [Day 19] because, in that time of my life, I could only see one day at a time, so I [named it] according to the day that had passed”. 

Whatever the day is for you, let Jesus be apart of getting you through it. We cannot do this life alone, it would only destroy us. But with Jesus, we are strengthened, made whole, find meaning and are revitalized for the journey ahead of us.  Let Jesus grow you through this storm, and draw you in close to Him. He is speaking. Are you listening? 

I am praying for you and for the world as we are facing such an incredibly difficult time in history. May God keep you and your loved ones and draw you in close. God Bless. 

Day 19 by Alexandra Hill 

Standing in the garden

Searching

Waiting

Listening

For Your voice

Sitting in silence

There

Right there

You caught my ear:

“Don’t give up

Though you might lose focus

Though you can’t seem to find yourself

You’ve lost sight of who you are in the chaos

Trust ME

I know you

LISTEN to ME

I AM WITH YOU

I won’t let you fall

Lean on Me

Draw from Me

You are still standing

Don’t you know that I made you this resilient?

Storms have come and gone

But look at you

My love,

You have weathered them gracefully

The winds have threatened to knock you down

But darling,

I’ve held you up

You’ve felt weak, but I’ve been your strength

You feel defeated, but you’re still in the race

Don’t you know that I chose you?

Amongst all others,

I know you

I wanted you

I kept you

Everyday

I have watched you grow

When you had lost all hope

When you saw only faults and imperfections

Just when you had given up

I took you from a place of despair

And planted you firmly in a place that I knew you would thrive

It’s hard to look at how far you’ve come

It’s hard to see the scars and not feel the pain that came when they were still fresh wounds

But if you could see yourself the way I see you

Beyond the imperfections that I love anyways

You, My darling, would see growth

During the uncertainty of life, you came boldly before Me

Through fear of the unknown, your faith grew in Me

Calling on Me to be your strength when you felt weak

Still standing before me

You are My masterpiece.”

 

“Day 19” the poem was retrieved, with the permission of the author, from her personal Instagram page. The image above was retrieved from google images.
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Peace

Peace by Luis Massa Jr

In a time where panic and fear is being consumed by the gallons, and anxiety is stacked in hearts and homes higher than the Empire State building, I am reminded of something that seems to have been left on the shelves in abundant proportions: PEACE! 

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I landed on the picture above by an incredibly gifted, young artist named Luis Massa Jr. In his post, he spoke on how in the times we’re facing right now, we need the peace of Christ. When I saw this piece of art, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite verses in the bible: John 14:27. In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us of the incredible gift that He is leaving for us: His peace.

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27

He leaves with us, and it’s His perfect peace is what He gives to us. Reading this, it makes me think of how Jesus is the most perfect gift giver. He doesn’t just give us what we want, but He gives us what He knows we will need. He knew we would encounter peace snatchers and havoc shakers all throughout history, so He left us with a treasure that would be unending and able to stand the tests of time. 

The peace He has gifted to us literally means “to have a state of national tranquility that is exempt from rage and havoc of war; it means harmony, security, safety, and prosperity”.

My oh my…what a gift, what a gift. Then He specifically and intentionally continues by telling us that this is not a gift that the world is able to give us. That it is something that can ONLY be gotten from Him. Peace gotten from the world runs out, but the PEACE of God is one that is everlasting, and everflowing like a rapid, waterfall pouring out at the rate at which we need it. And His Peace is the only thing that is able to give us the ability to obey the command that proceeds the gift: “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” 

God did not give us the spirit of fear, which creates bondage, selfishness, fearfulness, cowardness. But He gave us His Spirit that consists of power (miraculous power and strength), love that is charitable and affectionate and soundness of mind.

I was sitting in prayer the other day and Psalms 121 popped into my mind. It starts with I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In an instant, God spoke to my heart and said: “you have to be willing to look up to Me in order to receive what you are in need of”. In these coming weeks, it will so easy for us to be consumed by looking all-around at the media and news feeds to get the insight and direction and maybe even peace and comfort of what to do. We have been so consumed with the spirit of fear from our horizontal looking at events unfolding in our world, that so many of us have fallen away from a vertical looking to where our True Help comes from.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” Psalm 3:3-4

Whether it’s doubt, fear, or the uncertainty of what is going to happen, God is willing and able to lift our head up to Him and be a surrounding shield of peace and protection. He desires to be at the center of all things in our lives. He is not surprised by what is happening; he has the remedy to this whole situation but it starts with us looking to him and grabbing a hold of all that He is. So as you go to Him and you allow Him to lift your head, be reminded that as His child when you call Him, He hears the ring in heaven, and picks it up to answer you!

Will you call on Him? I hope so. I pray we all will; with one sound and with one voice, calling out to the King and Creator of the galaxies to forgive our sins, and heal our land.

Blessings,

Arnita Faith

 

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He Is Mindful of You!

 

“There is none like You, No one else can touch my heart like You do, I can search for all eternity Lord And find, there is none like You.” ‘There is None Like You’ by Lenny LeBlanc

Have you ever looked at your life and thought about the ways God has shown His mindfulness of you? As I was at work on my break one day, He began to open my mind and heart to His mindfulness of me. From my current job to my relationships to my friendships to my family; to how He speaks to me; to the surprises that pop up in my day to how He places the right people in my path every day at the right time and how He places me in other peoples path every day at the right time.

Maybe for you, He shows His thoughtfulness of you by causing someone to think of you when you feel alone and forgotten. Maybe He shows it by using you to leave notes for others you see are having a bad day because He knows loving on people perks you up. Maybe it’s in someone surprising you with lunch on a day you forgot yours. Or maybe it’s in hearing a story that makes you laugh so hard it brings tears to your eyes, it makes your stomach hurt, and puts you on the floor (which of course this is the best kind of laugh there is!!). Maybe it’s how He has given you people you can really trust or people that love you unconditionally; who believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Or maybe it’s in hearing a song that encouraged you or discovering a bible verse that is EXACTLY what you needed in your life at that moment in time. 

Oh Lord, how wonderful are Your thoughtfulness towards us!

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4

These things are not just a coincidence that randomly happens, but they are ways God shows His mindfulness of us. He knit us together in our mother’s womb. He knows what we crave, what we need, and why we are the way we are. He understands why we need the affections we do and He REGULARLY attends to them whether we realize it or not. His love for humanity blows me away. His love for people goes far beyond our understanding.

Take some time to reflect for yourself of the ways Jesus is mindful of you. Life tries to magnify the bad in our lives and the hardships we face, all for the purpose of distracting us from God and His unfailing love. Because when we reflect on Him and His goodness, praise and thanksgiving begin to happen and shift our perspective! Let’s get this perspective shift together. Really take some time and allow Him to open you up to everything you can think of. He loves each of us in ways we will never fully understand; oh but how grateful I am that He continues with us in this life even when we don’t get it! He surprises us daily with things we tend to take for granted. He knows the ways we need to be loved more than we could ever imagine or think of. Know this: You are His favorite thought!

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:17-18

Blessings, 

Arnita Faith 

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Love Is On Our Side

This is for anyone who just needs the reminder that God’s love is for you and is on your side! He hasn’t forgotten about you and He NEVER will! He is willing to continue with you every day of every year. Life has its ups and downs, but God’s love is unchanging, unending, constant and steady in the storm! He is faithful, enduring, and loves you unconditionally! The song below is called, “Love is On Our Side” by Capital Kings! I pray you are encouraged by the truth of the lyrics, filled with hope and joy like never before, and you give yourself the opportunity to sing and dance like no one is watching! God Bless!

Capital Kings – Love Is On Our Side (Official Audio)

Love Is Our Side

If there’s an open way, I’ll just run
When everything else fades, and turns to dust
We’re searching to find a way from here
We’ll follow our souls
Into the night, let’s disappear
‘Cause wherever we go
Love is on our side
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now (Your love is on our side)
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Keep rolling like the waves and crash the sin
With every word You say, in faith we stand
Rising our planks to clouds of smoke, reaching new heights
We’re breathing the sun and feel the glow
Like we’re touching the sky
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Love is on our side
On our side, on our side
On our side, on our side (Your love is on our side)
On our side, on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Again
Your love is on our side
This video was retrieved from YouTube and the lyrics were retrieved from Google.
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A Quick Reminder

Just in case you didn’t know, or just need a reminder: Jesus loves you!!
Life happens, and it can throw us for some major and heart wrenching loops. When this happens and disappointment sets in, it is so easy to miss or forget that we are loved by an immeasurably, infinite God. One who sees us at our worst, understands the source of our weaknesses and shortcomings, and still chooses to love us, beyond us, in ways no one else can. His mercies are new each day (and never run dry), His compassion towards us is never ending and His pure joy gives us the strength we didn’t even realize we needed or were missing. Smile and rejoice! There is never a moment in time that you are not loved, not being thought of, or not being perfected by the Creator of the Universe! You are special and precious in His sight!!!
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Psalm 63

Happy Sunday everyone!! I was reading this yesterday and it put a rejoicing in my heart!! Just wanted to share!!!

Let’s praise Him and seek Him together with an earnest heart!!!!
Psalm 63
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”
God Bless,
Arnita Faith
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His Love

His Love Image

God is love…

His love is one that is uncanny and unmatched to anything ever seen in all of humanity. It is just, yet graceful; it is stern yet tender; it keeps us in times when we should be let go; it is steady when our choices and habits make the ground of our lives rocky and turbulent. It is patient and kind when we are hasty and disingenuous. It is forgiving and it is willing to walk us through the hurricane winds of unforgiveness that pressure us to discard those that have ushered in the storms of hurt and pain into our lives. It is selfless when we are selfish and self-seeking. It is a healing balm to our wounds that ooze out infectious toxins that debilitate and cripple us from moving forward in our lives.

His love deeply penetrates like a scalpel making an incision for surgery; opening us up to remove what has caused the toxicity within us. His love cleanses us of bitterness, hate, insecurity, confusion, rebellion, hopelessness, brokeness, unrighteousness, emptiness, unforgiveness, pain that was never meant to cause the damage that it did, hurt that was never given to Him to deal with that has lingered within us that’s caused a cancerous-like mass of disdain toward people, situations, and relationships. His love severs roots of old that have tried to choke out our purpose, our dreams, our light, and our wonder from within us. Christ’s love is one that soothes and cleanses like soap and water to a skinned knee; it wipes away the dust and dirt of this world that has sliced into hearts and minds and bandages us up delicately to allow us to heal in such a way that causes us to become better versions of who we were even before we encountered the heavy-handed hit of the world to our lives. 

Oh! How beautiful is this love?! 

He embodies a love so world-renowned that all of mankind is chasing after it but with misinformation of where to find it. So instead of tapping into the Original Spring, we go out and try to find it in broken relationships, turned up bottles, pill concoctions, and hallucinogens that get us off-balanced. We try to find it in titles, affirmations, and validations. We look for it in chasing money, gossip, and in all the “latest and greatest” things. We look for it in the universe, nature, rocks, crystal and good energy. We seek higher powers that don’t talk back to us and lead us only to destruction. And we even turn inwardly to ourselves as our own high power, believing that we know, in our own finite knowledge, what’s best for us.

So we miss it. We miss the opportunity to get to know the love of the One who created us with a purpose in mind. We miss experiencing the purest love that we will ever find. Love that is patient and kind. Love that keeps no record of wrongs, and a love that picks us up when we fall without a condemning grasp. We miss the opportunity to experience a father’s love; our Father, the One and True Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ Himself. 

In Him is the love, joy, peace, strength, and hope we look for in day to day occurrences, but the truth is, there is only one way to experience fulfillment, purpose and the wholeness we are all striving to experience…through getting to know the One who fashioned your days and created each of us with a special, unique design. Experiencing God’s love is the only way to satisfy the hunger in our lives we are so desperately trying to feed. He is the only One that has what it takes to satisfy the appetite of our unending desires. He is waiting for us to come to Him with a simple asking for His love because within Him is all that we need.   

God Bless.

Arnita Faith