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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Friday, December 2, 2016

3 Ways to Pray for a Christmas Gift From God

Now God has us where He wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. 

It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving, He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.   (Ephesians 2:7-10  The Message)

What kind of gifts do you anticipate receiving this Christmas - Clothes?  Electronics?  Jewelry?  Money?   Have you given a lot of thought to what gifts you will be giving to others?

It dawned on me that I might not be preparing the right gifts for the right people this holiday season. Oh sure - I took great care in selecting something special for my mother, my sister, and my son and his fiance. I even went the extra mile to get my granddaughter something special from her wish list. But what about my husband?  I always struggle to find just the right thing for him...


One of my deepest desires has always been that he would come to know and love Jesus as his personal Savior.  Living in an unequally-yoked marriage has its share of difficulties.  You can read about them here:  A Spiritual Tug-O-War

God's Word declares that "every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17).

This Christmas can be the perfect time to ask God for BIG things in your marriage! Are you ready for His answer?


Here are 3 Ways to pray for a Christmas GIFT from God:



1.  Remind God of His faithfulness to you and your marriage...
     
God's word does not return void. (Isaiah 55:11)  Prayers on behalf of your spouse will bear fruit. As the persistent widow cried out day and night - so too your pleas will not go unnoticed by God. Perseverance is key to bolstering your day to day faith walk. God rewards faith when it rests in His sovereignty. His timetable is not ours, and His ways are beyond our comprehension.  (Isaiah 55:8-9)

2.  Acknowledge the fact that God's Gift is just that... 
     
No matter how much we want to receive the gift for our spouse - we simply cannot. It is entirely their choice to accept God's free gift of salvation, or to reject it. Remember, we want God to receive the most glory possible for your mate's conversion. God will orchestrate their circumstances in order to achieve His goal. God's Word declares we were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)

3.  Anticipate something extraordinary...
     
Spiritual rebirth is a concept than we cannot possibly grasp in its entirety. Oftentimes it will be when we are about to give up that we see movement in the spiritual realm. As darkness blankets the earth before dawn, so it is with our salvation experience. We are children of the night awaiting His glorious light. Thank God for His indescribable gift. (II Corinthians 9:15)


May this Christmas bring you much joy and peace knowing that your heavenly Father delights in giving His children good gifts...


Looking for more Christmas posts?  Here are two from the past:







Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 



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Monday, September 12, 2016

FAITH - 4 Things to Consider

FAITHin Hebrew it is Emun, and in Greek it is Pistis.

Faith is both active and passive. In the Old Testament it confirmed a steadfast belief and trustworthiness in who God was and in His promises.

In Habakkuk 2:4 the prophet gave this Hebrew commandment to the children of Israel: v'tzaddik be'emunato yich'yeh. 

The passage above declares, "But the just shall live by his faith."  Literally it means, "the righteous, by his faithfulness - shall live."

In the New Testament faith embraces trust in the person of Jesus Christ, the truth of His teaching, and the redemptive work He accomplished on the cross.

The Apostle Paul taught us "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, "Now faith is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (confidence) of things not seen." Verse 3 declares, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." 

The world's definition of faith is more of a hope or belief that something exists. It is an intellectual ascent.  Biblical faith rests in our belief in God's sovereignty and in His faithfulness (2 Timothy 2:13). We put our faith (trust) in Him as our Lord and Savior. We also display our faith in our obedience.

We find favor with God when we have faith in Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."



John J. Parsons explains the concept of faith and works in James 2:14-18 this way:
"Faith and works," then, might be seen as two sides of the same coin. Our behavior will reveal what we really believe; and what we really believe will become manifest in our behavior... If you struggle with sin in a certain area, then that becomes an invitation to examine yourself to see where your commitment really lies.

So how does faith impact us in our day to day walk with God? Why does doubt creep into our thinking? Where does this leave us while we wait on God's timing? What causes us to shy away from believing that what He promised will come to fruition? Here are four things to help bolster your faith:

1.  Faith is inherently progressive. It evolves and matures during our spiritual walk.  As we exercise our faith muscles -we strengthen our ability to trust in His faithfulness. Understanding this process helps us to develop perseverance. "The strengthening of faith comes through staying with it in the hour of trial." -Catherine Marshall

2.  Faith is often tested. God's Word gives us the tools we need to resist the devil and his schemes. Doubt arises first in the mind and fleshes out in our actions. We must "bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..." (2 Corinthians 10:5)  Jude warns us with regards to false teachers to "build yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit" (Jude 20). Paul admonishes us to be "rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith..." (Colossians 2:7).

3.  Faith increases by way of remembrance. Using a journal helps you to recall instances of God's blessings and faithfulness. Recording what the Spirit reveals during prayer time preserves an important timeline in your spiritual growth. Put your feelings and thoughts into words. Jot down relevant scriptures that encourage you. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

4.  Faith is boundless. Nothing can wrestle away our faith. It is not limited by time, age, wealth, health, or circumstance. Because nothing can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:38-39), faith cannot be denied. It is limitless. It is resolute. It is reliable. Faith is solely in Him... Amen.




The Apostle Peter tells us to be watchful and expect attacks from the devil (I Peter 5:8). To this end we must "resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world" (I Peter 5:9).

I must confess that I have dropped the ball here at times... Like Gideon, I wanted to throw out a fleece or two for confirmation and affirmation. I fail miserably in my faith walk on occasion. But this I know - I only need to have faith as a mustard seed for it to grow into something amazing. Lord, help me to have radical faith in your faithfulness!


Faith hears the inaudible, sees the invisible, believes the incredible, 
and receives the impossible.  ~Anonymous








Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 


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