December 6, 2014

Hey Everybody! The Timeless Classic Movie, It's A Wonderful Life, Is On NBC. It Just Started At 8pm pst. Hog Dog! :D


Hey everybody! The timeless classic movie, It's a Wonderful Life, is on NBC. It just started at 8pm pst. Hog dog! :D

I ❤ this movie so much!

HAPPY Saturday Everybody! Sending Some Inspiration Your Way. Get Lifted. :D


HAPPY Saturday everybody! I woke up singing this song in my spirit. God is GREAT! Sending some inspiration your way. Hope you have a fantastic day! SMILE :D

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (1967)
~by Jackie Wilson

Your love, liftin' me higher
Than I've ever been lifted before
So keep it up, quench my desire
And I'll be at your side forevermore

You know your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on liftin' (your love keeps liftin' me)
Higher (liftin' me, liftin' me), higher, and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on (liftin' me, liftin' me)
Liftin' me (liftin' me) higher and higher (higher)

Now once I was downhearted
Disappointment was my closest friend
But then you came and he soon departed
And you know he never showed his face again

That's why your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on liftin' (your love keeps liftin' me)
Higher (liftin' me, liftin' me), higher, and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on (liftin' me, liftin' me)
Liftin' me (liftin' me) higher and higher (higher)
Awww

I'm so glad I finally found you
Yes, that one in a million girls
And I wish my lovin' arms around ya
Honey, I can stand up and face the world

Let me tell ya your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on liftin' (your love keeps liftin' me)
Higher (liftin' me, liftin' me), higher, and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on (liftin' me, liftin' me)
Liftin' me (liftin' me) higher and higher (higher)

Sharing Pictures With You Of My 45th Birthday At Disneyland That I Celebrated The Day Before On Saturday, November 29th :)

For those of you who don't know, it's tradition for me and my mom to celebrate my birthday together at Disneyland. Here we are when the park opened at 8:00am, on Main Street in front of the iconic Walt Disney and Mickey statue, with Snow White's castle in the background  As you can see, I still need to go buy my Mickey ears. I convinced my mom to wear the Mickey ears she bought last year for the first time ever.
Here we are getting ready to ride Space Mountain. I always start my day at Space Mountain and end my day at Space Mountain. This ride is 10x faster at night than first thing in the morning.
Here we are in front of Disneyland's Rivers of America in Frontierland. You can see Mark Twain's Riverboat in the background. I couldn't convince my mom to take a raft to Tom Sawyer Island. It was great to see Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes out and about. So, what do you think of my Winnie the Pooh Mickey ears? I couldn't resist buying these furry ears, they made me smile. I only saw 3 other people wearing them in the park.
Here I am showing off my Mickey ears in silhouette in front of It's a Small World lit up so beautifully for the Christmas season. :)
This is our goodbye picture. That's Main Street behind us lit up for Christmas. The park is closed. Everyone is headed out.
We normally celebrate on the actual day of my birthday, November 30th. However, there was rain in the forecast for Sunday, November 30th. So, we decided to go on Saturday, November 29th. Not only to avoid the rain, but because Disneyland park was going to be opened until midnight. We were there from 8:00am until they closed at 12:00am. We had a blast! :D

Pikachu Power!

Pikachuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

November 28, 2014

HAPPY FRIDAY Everybody! Hakuna Matata! I Hope This Lifts Your Spirit! It Means "NO WORRIES" lol Enjoy! ;) Have A Cheerful Day! SMILE... It Looks Good On You! ((( ♥ )))


Hakuna Matata
by Timon and Pumba
from The Lion King Movie

Hakuna Matata!
What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata!
Ain't no passing craze

It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata?

Yeah. It's our motto!
What's a motto?
Nothin'! What's-a-motto with you?!

Those two words will solve all your problems.

That's right. Take Pumbaa here
Why...when he was a young warthog
When I was a young warthog

Very nice
Thanks.

He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the savannah after ev'ry meal

I'm a sensitive soul though I seem thick-skinned
And it hurt that my friends never stood downwind

And, oh, the shame
Oh, the shame!
Thought of changin' my name
What's in a name?
And I got downhearted
How did ya feel?
Ev'rytime that I...

Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!
Oh, sorry.

Hakuna Matata!
What a wonderful phrase
Hakuna Matata!
Ain't no passing craze

It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata! Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata! Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata! Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata! Hakuna --

It means no worries for the rest of your days
It's our problem-free philosophy
Hakuna Matata!

I say "Hakuna"
I say "Matata"

November 27, 2014

Twilight Zone Marathon On KTLA Channel 5 WooHoo!!! Happy Camper :D




FYI Twilight Zone lovers! I've read KTLA channel 5 is having a Twilight Zone marathon today! WooHoo! I will be in Twilight Zone HEAVEN. :D

I have shared my top three favorite episodes: The Obsolete Man, To Serve Man and Time Enough at Last. Although, I have to say that ALL of the Twilight Zone episodes are AMAZING and sublime! Rod Serling was a prophetic storytelling/writing genius! I would also like to point out that the acting was SUPERB! They had GREAT producers and directors! It's like they all shared the same vision. :D

Thanksgiving Day Poems... ♥

Thanksgiving Day Poems... ♥
[source: Poem Source]

More Than A Day
written by Karl Fuchs

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.

We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy, when push comes to shove.

So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot,
And you'll make all your cares go away.

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Thanksgiving Delights
written by Joanna Fuchs

On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

Thanksgiving Day Humor! :)

Happy Thanksgiving Day Everybody!!! :) ♥

Happy Thanksgiving Day everybody! May your day be filled with tons of love, joy and laughter! Look around you and you will find many many things to be thankful for... the most basic is thanking God for the mere fact you wake up every day and have been blessed with the gift of LIFE.

I would like to publicly thank God first and foremost for loving me unconditionally, for never giving up on me, for always believing in me and for taking care of all of my needs. I also thank God for blessing me with a great mom, great meow's, great friends, great neighbors, a creative mind, a free spirit and a loving heart. I can't forget to thank all of my readers from all around the world for all of your love and support. You are greatly appreciated. ♥♥♥

This may be a national holiday for giving thanks, a day of reflecting. Nevertheless, we must make it a point to give thanks to God every day of our lives for even the most basic needs fullfilled daily. Here are a few examples of what we could be thankful for daily: a roof over our head, a warm comfy bed to sleep in, clean running water, a toilet that flushes, electricity, a refrigerator to store food, a stove to cook, a microwave, a television, a radio, a computer, the internet, a phone to communicate with others, paved roads, traffic lights, the kindness of others, smiles, laughter, music, entertainment, the Twilight Zone... you get the picture don't you? We can get really deep if you want and we can thank God for our sight, our hearing, our sense of smell, our sense of taste, our sense of touch. Thank Him that we are in good health or how about thanking God for giving us another day to enjoy. Love you! Hope you have a GREAT day! :) ♥

November 23, 2014

Your Miracle is On the Way! ♥

written by Leroy Thompson
[source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries]

A great man of God once said that miracles pass us by every day.

Well, I’m here to say it’s time for that to stop!

It’s time for miracles to stop passing us by, and it’s time for them to start manifesting in our lives—in our homes, our families, our businesses and jobs, our churches and communities. It’s time for us to expect miracles all the time, to expect God to do the extraordinary...to overrule perverted nature.

In Judges 6:13, Gideon said it like this: “If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of?”

That question is still valid today. In the Church, at large, people don’t see many miracles happening. And they certainly don’t see them happening in their normal, day-to-day living.

So, where are all the miracles? Do they really exist? Isn’t God willing to intervene in our lives anymore?

God Is Still God

Miracles don’t just happen, my brother and sister. In part, you and I have to make them happen. We have to activate them by cooperating with God. Only by our yielding to God can His supernatural power manifest on our behalf and override the natural circumstances we face in this life.

Galatians 3:5 says, “He therefore that ministereth [or supplies] to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

In other words, God, the One Who supplies us with His Spirit—or with supernatural power—is still in the business of working miracles among us.

If you think about it, the word god itself means “one who must be worshiped as having supernatural abilities.” Take that a step further, and we find that the word supernatural means “that which goes beyond the law and power of nature.”

So we’re talking about the One Who must be worshiped as having abilities that go beyond the law and power of this natural world in which we live.

That’s why the Bible is full of scriptures such as Matthew 19:26 which say, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Luke 1:37—“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Mark 9:23—“All things are possible to him that believeth.”

Still, the majority of people in our world today choose to live by their own limited resources and go their own way rather than depend upon God and go His way.

For us as believers, however, the moment we became Christians we were called to live in the realm of “all things are possible.” We took a step from impossible with man (the natural realm) to possible with Almighty God (the supernatural realm).

Now, it’s wonderful that we took that step, but as we’re about to see, there are some things we must know, and continually remind ourselves of, if we are to walk further in that miraculous arena with God—and let Him be God in our lives.

Don’t Hold Your Peace!

You’ll recall we saw in Galatians 3:5 that God supplies us with His Spirit and works miracles among us. He does it by our faith in what He says. So, we do have a vital role in the miraculous.

To understand just how vital our part is, however, I want us to examine a miracle recorded in Luke 18. Let’s begin with verses 35-39:

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

First, notice that the blind man was begging.

If we do not learn to yield to the power of God, Satan will have us begging through life—and, all the while, our Father has made every provision in heaven and earth so we shouldn’t have to beg a day in our lives.

Truthfully, I see this blind man as those Christians who do not know their covenant rights and, as a result, they have been placed in a beggarly position.

“Oh, God, won’t You please heal me?”

No, that’s not our position in the blood covenant. God, Himself, told us to put Him in remembrance of the covenant (Isaiah 43:26), and make a demand on His power. We have every right to be healed, every right to be prosperous, every right for our children to walk with the Lord—because we have a covenant!

Next, notice that when the blind man heard all the commotion of the crowd passing by he called out to find out what was happening.

What did the people tell him?

Jesus of Nazareth is passing by!

My friend, Jesus is passing by us every day. Moment by moment, He passes near us. In fact if you’re a Christian, He is in you right now. Still, if we want our miracle, we will have to take action. We will have to do our part.

In this case, the blind man started hollering.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

Now, once this man started making his demand on Jesus, notice what the people around him did. Verse 39 says they rebuked him and told him to shut up.

Today, as then, organized religion tries to keep us from our miracles. I know, because it kept me from them. Religious traditions kept me from the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, and so on. They may have kept me out of hell, but they also kept me from so much of heaven.

So, here we have a blind man who was able to see his miracle passing by, yet the religious people around him couldn’t. His natural eye couldn’t see a thing, but he saw clearly with the eyes of his spirit, with the eyes of revelation—and what he saw, the religious folks rebuked. But that didn’t stop him. He just cried out louder, and with more intensity.

When Faith Talks...

Now that we’ve seen the blind man’s part in this press toward a miracle, let’s examine God’s part. We find it in Luke 18:40-43.

And Jesus stood, and commanded [the blind man] to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

In the middle of a noisy crowd, Jesus heard a distinct voice. It was the voice of faith. When He heard that voice, The Amplified Bible says He “stood still” (verse 40). He stopped.

Jesus hasn’t changed. He’s still the same (Hebrews 13:8). Any time He hears the voice of faith, He stops. When anyone speaks words of faith, it’s like calling Him to attention. He must stop, because He is under divine orders. The voice of faith places a demand on His power.

So once we make that demand on God’s power, and once Jesus stops...then notice what He does—verse 40 says, “Jesus stood, and commanded … ”

When we make a demand, God makes a command. He makes a command on our behalf. He releases supernatural power to change natural, perverted situations, and causes them to line up with what we are believing. His power submits to our faith.

You see, God has placed Himself in a situation where our faith controls Him, as well as all of His resources in heaven. You and I have the ability to move God and all of heaven at any given time—in the supermarket, in the car, in the house, in the yard, on the job.

So, on the road that day, Jesus could not go anywhere or do anything until He answered the voice of faith that cried out to Him.

Just Receive

After Jesus commanded the blind man be brought to Him, He asked the man, “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” Notice He didn’t say, “Let me see what I can do for you,” or “Sure, I want to help you, but let’s don’t get carried away.”

No, Jesus placed no limits on the man’s request. Actually, the limits were up to the blind man. So he told Jesus, “Lord, that I may receive my sight” (verse 41). With that, Jesus replied, “Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee” (verse 42). Receive. All the man had to do was just receive.

Today, Christians lack a lot because they don’t receive—and that shouldn’t be.
 
As believers, we should have such a lifestyle of deliverance that people are constantly attracted to us. And why not? We have something that can stop Jesus, the Miracle Worker, at any time...and for any reason!

My brother and sister, Jesus stopped on His way to Jericho that day because He heard the voice of faith. That voice stopped Him in His tracks. He didn’t have to think about it or pray it. He had no choice. He had to respond. But the key was faith.

Jesus doesn’t just drop in with miracle-working power. As with anything, He must have a faith invitation. If He doesn’t, He will pass us by.

A lot of miracles have been getting away from us because, even though Jesus shows up, we let Him pass by. We don’t call out with the voice of faith necessary to stop Him.

So, stop Him! Don’t let Jesus pass you by! Speak words of faith—cry, shout, use greater intensity if you have to, but do it with the voice of faith!

And once Jesus stops, don’t back off. Don’t limit Him, or yourself! Go ahead and tell Him what you would have Him do for you. Then receive.
 
Yes, we serve a miracle-working God, and heaven has come down to us. But, your miracle is up to you. So, don’t let it pass you by. Stop Jesus!

How God Works Behind the Scenes to Position You for Miracles

written by Sandra Clifton, D. Min
[source: CharismaMag]

"Wait, wait—look!" I exclaimed to my husband, Terry, on our morning walk. "Where did that come from?"

There, before our eyes was a flower, purple and pink with long soft petals. After a particularly long, cold winter, the flower was a miraculous reminder of spring!

But there was something else even more amazing than the first spring flower emerging after winter. This extraordinary, colorful flower had pushed through the least likely place—a dirty, ragged crack to the side of the cement sidewalk.

Snug and secure out of the flow of foot traffic, it looked as though this tiny flower had been placed there by a loving hand, for a reason—to simply grow and blossom, despite all odds.

Terry scratched his head and remarked, "God at work!"

That spring morning, I became suddenly aware of God at work—His ways of working behind the scenes. I was reminded of His Word that establishes Him as our Creator, "the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Is. 40:28); "the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Ps. 121:1-2); "the Lord, the God of all flesh" (Jer. 32:27).

It was on that spring morning, while looking at the tiny miracle flower growing through the crack of cement that I shuddered to think that if we are not sensitive to God at work, we might miss what He is doing!

For instance, we might miss God at work mending a marriage because we can't see His instant results. We might miss God at work healing a parent and teen relationship because our impatience might corrode His timing. We might miss God at work blessing our finances because we can't see or get beyond our current debts.

If we are not careful, we might end up bitterly stuck—seeing life through the failures and limitations of yesterday—when God is quietly at work attempting to get us to move on to the victories that await us tomorrow.

If you know that God has called you to a great future, but you feel stuck in a mediocre or discouraging present, be of good cheer. God the Creator is working things out, whether you can see it or not. His Word calls you to walk by faith, not by sight (see 2 Cor. 5:7), and His Word even tells you to look not at the seen, but the unseen (see 2 Cor. 4:18).

God never calls perfect people—only obedient ones. He calls people, plants seeds of His plans and purposes for them, then He gives them opportunities to blossom and to do great things (see Heb. 11, "the faith chapter").

The next time you wonder if God is at work in your life, remember the tiny miracle flower that was discovered growing beautifully in the least likely place. Read Matthew 6:28-30 and remember what Jesus said about the lilies and the grass of the field—and how much more your heavenly Father loves and cares for you and is at work in your life, even this very second, growing miracles that are destined to blossom.

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK

This week ask God to make you sensitive to His working in everyday occurrences. Thank Him that He is working on your behalf even if you cannot see answers to some of your prayers yet. Continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are persecuted around the world for their faith in Christ. Ask God to extend His hand of mercy over the people of Israel, the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia. Pray for protection over our troops, our borders, our ports, and our cities. Continue to pray for our government officials in all areas of government – federal, state and local. Pray for worldwide revival to ignite in churches and engulf the planet, and that our nation would seek the Lord and follow His ways. Isaiah 40:28; 2 Chron. 7:14

God Will See You Through The Storm

God Will See You Through The Storm
written by Dwight Thompson

Storms drive little birds to seek shelter, but the eagle flies higher because of the storm.

Storms drive some from God—others they drive to God.

God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

A vessel was almost driven onto a rocky coast during a storm. Contrary to orders, one man went on deck. He saw the pilot holding the wheel unwaveringly, slowly turning the ship back out to sea. When the pilot saw the man, the pilot smiled. The man went below saying, "All is well, I saw the face of the pilot and he smiled."

Hudson Taylor said, "It does not matter how great the pressure; it matters only where the pressure lies, whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you closer to his heart."

Character is to the heart what a foundation is to a house. Compromise in either cannot stand in a storm. Listen to the words of Matthew regarding foundations:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:24-27)
The same pressures come to the good and the bad, but how they abide them proves the character.

Inward Obedience Provides Outward Growth

Someone has said, "With Jesus in the vessel, I smile at the storm. Fear sees the storm; faith sees God in the storm. Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is perfect security in storms. He does not promise an easy passage, but He guarantees a safe landing."

When the Titanic was built, it was called the "unsinkable ship." Yet the world soon learned that this was not true, for the vessel sank after hitting an iceberg.

Contrary to the Titanic, with Jesus in the ship of our lives, no matter how severe the storm, we are unsinkable with Him as our pilot.

Learning to Grow Through Adversities

[source: Pastor Bill's, Nuggets of Truth]

Theme: How to respond to trials that will either make us or break us.

Introduction:
God never intended for us or made provision for us to stop in our spiritual growth. God’s purpose for us is that we grow and become more like the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily lives to reflect more of Him and less of us. Sometimes we become complacent in our spiritual growth. We feel that we have reached a place in our walk with God that we no longer have a need to grow or go any deeper in our walk with God. God will allow adversity to come into our lives to move us forward in our walk with Him and cause us to grow. How we respond to our trials will either make us or break us. If we will submit ourselves to God during times of adversity we will discover something about our God and ourselves.

Lessons Learned About God
God has a purpose for every trial that comes into your life. Nothing happens to you without God’s approval or purpose. God has the power to work things out to your good. Regardless of the circumstances you are facing God can make all things work to your good and to your benefit. God’s perspective is not the same as yours. God sees the purpose and outcome of your trial. All you and I see is the pain and the problem. God sees the future while all you and I see is the present. God’s promises His presence in the time of your trial. God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Lessons Learned About Ourselves
We will discover what our view of God really is. We will discover what our weaknesses and our strengths are. We will discover what our priorities really are. God’s command or my comfort. God is going to have a people that have been tried and proven. God is going to have a people who have learned to grow through adversity God is going to have a people that are willing to change in order to become more like Jesus in their lives. God tests us to bring out the best in us. Satan tempts us to bring out the worst in us. 

In this lesson we are going to learn some facts of life we must learn to accept if we are going to learn to grow through adversity.

Fact #1 – The reality of Trial

James 1:2, “My brethren count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.”

1. Problems are inevitable

James did not say “if you encounter problems consider it joy.” –but “when you encounter problems.” You can count on it. You are going to have problems. If you don’t have problems – check your pulse to see if you are alive. Problems are a way of life. Count on them. They are not an elective in life. They are a required course. Nobody is immune. 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” Don’t’ be surprised by your trials. They are coming.

2. Problems are unpredictable

James says, “when you fall into troubles.” The word “fall” literally means to fall into unexpectedly. It’s the same word used of the Good Samaritan when he fell among the thieves – unexpectedly.

·We seldom anticipate the problems we’re going to experience in life.
·We don’t plan to have a flat tire or a crisis.
·They’re unplanned and unpredictable when we least expect them.

3. Problems of various kinds

Problems come in all shapes and sizes. One thing with problems, you don’t get bored with them. There are a wide variety of them. Have you ever tried to match paint? The word in the Greek for “many kinds” is literally multi-colored. There are problems of many shades and varieties. They vary in intensity. They vary in variety and they vary in duration. Some are minor inconveniences and some are major crisis. They come in more than 31 flavors. Some are custom made and you know it.

Fact #2 – The Reason for Our Trials

James 1:3-4, “Knowing this that they trying of your faith worketh patience – but let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing."

Our trials have purpose. It has value in life.
  • Pain can be productive.
  • Pressure can produce.
  • Suffering can accomplish something. 
James said “knowing this” Isn’t it good to know that the adversity that you are facing, the problems that you are encountering, have a purpose? You are not going through whatever you’re going through for no reason. No! In those troubles God is at work doing something in you – with you and for you.

Problems have three purposes in your life.

1. Problems purify your faith. James uses the words “trying and testing” He uses a word to describe the process of purifying and testing gold. You would heat the gold very hot until the impurities – the dross – were burned off. Job said, “He has tested me through the refining fire and I have come out as pure as gold.” The first thing trials do is test our faith. They purify us. Christians are a lot like tea bags. You don’t know what’s inside of them until you drop them in hot water and then you know.

2. Problems produce perseverance in our lives. “The trying of your faith produces patience.” Another way of saying this is, “the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ James is talking about staying power or endurance.
  • The ability to keep on keeping on.
  • The ability to hang in there.
  • The ability to stay under pressure.
  • The ability to stay until the purpose is accomplished. 
3. Problems help us mature. They help us to grow to become more mature. Trials produce perseverance that helps us to be mature and complete – not lacking anything. That’s God’s long range goal. His ultimate purpose is maturity. God wants you to grow up. There are two ways God makes us to become like Jesus: 

(1). through the Word of God which builds our character and matures us

(2). through the circumstances of life.

Here’s where James hits it right on the head.
  • So many Christians say, “Everything was going great when I first got saved and then all these problems came.”
  • They think maybe God doesn’t love them or maybe they’re really not saved.
  • The truth is – they are exactly where God wants them. They are in the process of growing. He’s making them to be more like Jesus.
FACT #3 – THE RESPONSE TO TRIALS 

Our response to our trials determines the outcome of our trials. Our trials either make us or break us. It’s a matter of how we respond.

1. Respond with Joy

James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…” That’s not the normal way we respond to adversity. Often times our first response is to get angry and question why me, Lord. James said “count” The word count is an accounting word that means to evaluate.
  • Accountants add up numbers to make the balance sheets come out right.
  • Sometimes our trials don’t add up from our stand point or our perspective. They just don’t add up or they just don’t make sense. 
We can count it all joy when we know that God is doing something wonderful in our lives – something positive or something that will bring honor and glory to Jesus while at the same time make us more like Jesus Christ. 

2. Respond with Prayer

James 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed

How do we handle trials? Ask for wisdom to handle the trial. Ask God for help and understanding. You need to say, “God, I know there’s something good in this for me. Help me to see your plan and your hand in this adversity. Show me how to respond so that I can get the best from this.”

I Cor. 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. You are not by yourself. There are other people in the Body of Christ that have experienced what you are experiencing. They have seen God bring them through. You may feel that God has allowed more to come on you than you can handle, but that is not true. God will always supply you with the grace that is needed to overcome all your trials. The wisdom God wants to give you is the wisdom or ability to properly apply and use the knowledge you have to correctly handle your trials and adversity.
Remember this: A good teacher only tests students on the information that has already been taught. The teacher also wants the student’s to pass the test.
So, if you are going through a trial, God has already supplied you with the information needed to pass the test. God wants to pass you to the next level of spiritual maturity.

Ask in faith. We must believe that when we ask God for help and wisdom He will give it to us. He will give generously and liberally.

FACT #4, THE REWARD OF THE TRIAL

James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” God says there will be a reward. I don’t think when we get to heaven the rewards will go just to the pastor, the evangelists or the men like Billy Grahams. The rewards will go to the people who quietly put up with difficult situations that helped develop the character of Jesus Christ in their life. Jesus said they’ll receive a crown of life. When the trial is finished and the purpose is accomplished, then there is God’s reward. God not only wants you to receive the reward, but He also wants you to love Him more.

Will you learn to grow through your adversity?

Will your adversity drive you closer to God?

Will your adversity drive you away from God?



Trials are a part of life.

Trials have a purpose in life.

Trials will provoke a response.

Trials will bring forth their reward.

Overcoming Adversity with Grace

by OrphanCareMovement.org
[source: What is Grace]

We encounter varying kinds of trials and tribulations on a daily basis. From overwhelming health issues like a diagnosis with a terminal cancer to financial difficulties, job loss, loss of a loved one, to the ordinary stresses of life.

In John 16:33, Jesus Christ said “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus is right that we will have trouble in this world. Trouble is everywhere. There is hardly a person who is not affected by trials and troubles. But why should his followers who live on earth take heart or have courage because he has overcome? One can say its fine for you Jesus that you have overcome the world, I haven’t and I am suffering for it. The reason Jesus said that is seen in the scriptures. That is we are one with Christ.

When we received God’s grace, that grace made us to become sons of God. As a result of that, we are one with Christ Jesus. Understanding our oneness with Jesus is very important in understanding God’s grace to us. God’s grace that made us one with Jesus also empowers us to overcome challenges as Jesus. That’s why Paul was able to say “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) Why? Because Jesus lives in him and he lives in Jesus. He and Jesus are spiritually one. Jesus not only strengthens him but also endures with him. In the same way, when Paul talks about his labor in the work of God, he ascribes that to God’s grace working in him (1 Cor. 15:10). That grace is Jesus Christ living in him and working in him by his Holy Spirit.

The scriptures demonstrate our oneness with Jesus in many other ways. We are called the body of Christ and the bride of Christ. A person is one with his own body and with his wife.

In John 14:20, Jesus said, in that day you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you.

The Bible takes the demonstration of this oneness even further. When we are insulted Christ is insulted. When we are beaten Christ is beaten. Here are some verses that show that:

Acts 26:14 records that “We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” In this passage of the Bible, Paul who at this stage in his life is a Pharisee is going about persecuting and killing Christians. He is on his way to Damascus to arrest and kill or punish Christians. In response to this, Jesus charges Paul with persecuting him, not with persecuting Christians. So Jesus clearly identifies the Christians being persecuted as him! We and he are one, he feels our pain!

Well, now you know that God loves us more than you love yourself, that God knows us more than we know ourselves, that you and Jesus are one and we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.

We are in Jesus, Jesus is in the father. Jesus died as us and for us. He is seated on God’s right hand as us and for us and again that we are in him, you can face trials with confidence that God is going through the trial and feeling the pain. Not only so but that Jesus has won, and so have you!

Enjoy Wave After Wave Of God’s Grace...♥ GREAT MESSAGE by Pastor Joseph Prince


Like waves that rush endlessly to shore, that’s how God unleashes His unceasing supply of grace into our lives. Hear from Joseph Prince how you can enjoy wave after wave of God’s amazing grace when you simply come to a place of dependence on His unmerited favor. See how the supply of heavenly grace never fails and how easy it is to receive it into your life. Whatever difficulty or demand you face today, be strengthened to experience breakthrough upon breakthrough as you allow the Lord’s endless waves of grace to break down every barrier and carry you to victory.

New Beginnings... Wow! I Was Deeply Touched By This Poem! So Beautifully Expressed ♥

I can relate... just fully trusting God on this lovely journey. ♥

New Beginnings
[Please visit her website. She has lot's of other beautiful poems.]

It's taken me some years you see,
but I'm finally becoming who I'm meant to be
No more stressing or crying or pulling my hair
Cause I'm walking my walk while floating on air
Don't care what they think
what they say is just fine
I'm in control of this life
After all it is mine
My sins are forgiven
The past is now gone
Erased failures from my memory
I've stepped into a new dawn
God lives within me, so I hold my head up high
It is He who takes the lead and I never question why
I am a new being
Created by the Master indeed
I'm living to serve
As each day He plants His seed
It matters not what they do
I can't control what they'll say
I must follow the path before me
For today is a brand new day
I am a New living being
Created by the All-Mighty indeed
Seeking peace in this world
As each day He plants His seed

Overcoming Adversity

[source: Paula White Ministries]

The plans God has for your life are far greater than the plans you have for yourself. He has significant plans for your life, your church, your city and the nations. The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition are pivotal.

On the agenda of God, you are significant.
“For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
[Jer 29:11… NIV]
In order to fulfill the plans of God and become “who” God has pre-ordained you to be, you will go through a “process.” A process can be defined as “a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a desired result.”

The result is: you will be who God says you are, do what God says you will do, and have what God says you will have.

The entire process of growth and fulfillment of destiny hinges on a critical factor:

The way we choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition.

Like the Apostle Peter who delivers the inaugural speech of the new dispensation on the day of Pentecost, many were standing by declaring: “What meaneth this?”

Many wondered, “How can he be chosen by God to do this?” This is the same person who almost got destroyed by the enemy, and will now stand in the face of our enemy? They had seen him deny Christ, spit, curse, and become an outcast and a loner. Now this man is going to usher in the promise of the Holy Spirit? “What meaneth this?”

If anyone saw you in the “contradiction” stage of development, they usually cannot accept you in your “success stage.” When they are talking about you, repeating lies and gossip, believing for your failure instead of success….that’s when you must learn to stand up and “keep doing,” regardless of what people think.
“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.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 MESSAGE
You are being prepared…you are the sermon God will use to preach. Through all these things, you are the light on a hill shining the message of Jesus Christ to those watching.
“You yourselves are our letter,
written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
You show that you are a letter from Christ,
the result of our ministry,
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
2 Cor 3:2,3
Our lives are the paper that God writes on. Many “sermons” will be born out of the furnace of affliction. People are going to watch you go “through it.”

The entire fulfillment of your destiny hinges on the way you choose to deal with life’s troubles, trials and times of transition. When you reach a “breaking point,” will you outlast the adversity?Will you keep going around the mountain, or will you break the chain and pass the test?

You shall be an OVERCOMER… Because of Jesus Christ!
“And they have overcome (conquered) him
(the accuser of the brethren)
by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony,”
Rev 12:11
The way you choose to deal with your trial depends on where you go next. Calm faith and trust in God receives your deliverance before it ever appears. We keep our connection to God open when we can say to Him, “With all my failures, hurts, and disappointments, God…I hurt, I am angry.. disappointed… BUT HERE I AM.” We are authentic with God – He can handle our feelings!

Jesus feels our pain, our grief, our sorrows, and as our High Priest has a supernatural ability to sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb 4:15). He truly understands the things that hurt us, and is capable of empathizing completely with our conditions and our past wounding. Many of us have been through disaster, life-shattering episodes that changed everything. But God doesn’t want us to hurt, He wants to heal every place and restore us completely!

You must decide to say yes to the future He holds out to you!

When Peter faced the greatest test of his life, Jesus said to him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31-32). Simon means “flesh, weak, water,” and it is evident that Jesus knew that Peter would fail in his flesh. But Jesus declared that the Word activated on the inside of him—faith—would not fail.

In the fires of the trial, remember that God’s Word will stand, it will not return void. Remember that God works all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN will (Eph 1:11). The battle is not really yours, but the battle is the Lord’s! Having done all you can do, stand and see the salvation of the Lord! You will see the situation change because His Word always produces! When you outlast the trial and come out on the other side, destiny will be waiting for you!

Invite God to Fight Your Battles

Invite God to Fight Your Battles
written by Pastor Joel Osteen

Did you know your posture can communicate your faith? There's a scripture in Psalm 24 that says, "Lift up your head and the King of glory will come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord mighty in battle." Think about that for a moment. When you lift your head, you are inviting God to come in and fight your battles for you. What does it mean to lift your head? It means you are setting your focus on God—you are looking toward Him. You are putting your faith and hope in Him and getting a vision of yourself rising higher and higher.

Understand that your life is going to follow your vision. You can't stay focused on where you are or how it's never going to get any better because if you're looking down and focusing on your problem, you'll stay right where you are. Instead, you've got to lift up your head and invite God to fight your battles. That means if you're sick, you've got to start seeing yourself as well. If you're struggling in your finances, start seeing yourself with more than enough. You may be facing major obstacles, but start seeing yourself rise above them. If you will lift up your head, then the Lord mighty in battle will come in. And when God shows up, every adversity will be turned to victory, and every battlefield will be turned to a blessing field!

Today, lift up your head, even if you've been standing for a long time, even if you may feel weak and tired. Scripture says that when you feel weak, then He is strong in You! Psalm 3:3 says that He will even lift up your head. In other words, He will give you vision, He will infuse you with His life, and He will empower you to stand strong and embrace victory! Call on His name today because He is closer than the air you breathe. He is ready, willing and able to show Himself strong on your behalf when you invite Him to fight your battles!