The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears and the kindest hearts have felt the most pain. – Author unknown


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Every Cloud is Lined with Silver

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They looked… and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud (Exod. 16:10)

For the most part of this year I feel the skies within my soul have been amass with grey clouds, even on the clear bright sunny days my heart would beat anxiously at the thought of another impending storm. April has come and I do believe the winds of change have blown the grey storm clouds afar from me, yes the days ahead are bright. In the natural, nothing much has changed, what has changed is where I am placing my focus, choosing to rejoice in spite of what life’s storms may bring!

Get into the habit of looking for the silver lining of the cloud, and when you have found it, continue to look at it rather than at the leaden gray in the middle.

Do not yield to discouragement no matter how sorely pressed or beset you may be. A discouraged soul is helpless. He can neither resist the wiles of the enemy himself, while in this state, nor can he prevail in prayer for others…. We must keep faith, we must keep hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ. We would better creep away from the battlefield at once if we are not going to be brave. There is no time for the soul to stampede. Keep the skyward look, my soul; keep the skyward look!

(excerpt from Streams in the Desert by Charles E. Cowman)


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Identity Theft!

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I haven’t written for the past month as one of life’s ‘storms’ closed in on me.
The storm has had all of my attention, left feeling defeated, discouraged and disillusioned.
Pondering Easter this morning, the sacrifice of Jesus, and I feel the Father said ‘you have let what you’re going through become your identity’.
He reminded me…
Our identity is not in what we go through, our identity is found in what He went through. A timely word for some dear friends – Selah X

 


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Prayers for life’s battlefield

Originally posted on It's a God thing...:

What battle are you fighting today? Before things get out of hand, it’s important to arm ourselves well. When I’m feeling vulnerable spiritually, I pray the words below, based on Isaiah 54:17.

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgment I will condemn.
This is my heritage as a servant of the Lord. My righteousness [or in other versions - my 'vindication'] is from God.”

As a child of God, you can be assured God will go before you and fight for you. But he has also given you the authority to refute the enemy’s schemes and claim your ‘heritage’ as a servant of God because of what Jesus Christ has achieved for you in his death, and triumph over the grave. Don’t forget that in Christ you have all you need to disarm opposing forces.

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The Season Of Weeping Is Finished

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by Hazel Straub

You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book. (Psalm 56:8 TLB)

We have come through a season of many tears, flowing in the night hours, of struggle. Yahweh has all your tears collected in a bottle, noted each one, in his book of remembrance. These tears are important, very precious and a sweet perfume. The time of sorrow, however, has come to an end.

Today is a new season of joy and seeing dreams fulfilled that God has placed inside of you. The tears of painful, agonizing birthing, is past. Delight, in the new, that comes from walking through the open door, into his promises. It is time for your vision to become reality. Rejoice! It’s morning and the Son of Righteousness is shining his light…

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Breakthrough is in Testimony

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As I continue to share my testimony of healing from depression, many readers are being inspired, filled with hope and completely healed. I believe God is healing in many ways as we share life’s journey together, in particular when we give testimony of what He has done in our lives.

May I encourage you, as you read these posts be open to His presence. In His presence you may feel you want to laugh, cry, or get up and dance around. Whatever the case, whatever happens be rest assured the Lord is doing a great and mighty work in you. It’s all about Him, He wants you healed & whole more than you want it… I don’t know what His manifest Presence is going to look like for you, but I know my Jesus so be expectant!

Let me remind you of the power of testimony and how by sharing a testimony (or by you reading or hearing a testimony) we are shifting the atmosphere, literally inviting the Father to ‘do it again’!

In Revelation 19:10 we read ‘the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’.

the ‘testimony, a spoken or written record of anything God has done, is the spirit of prophecy.

Prophecy either points to the future or it changes an immediate event.

Testimony causes a change in present events! The word ‘testimony’ in Hebrew comes from a root word which means ‘do again’ … so every time a testimony is spoken, it comes with it God’s covenant to repeat the miracle!

The reason we share a testimony is because we want to create the atmosphere for the miracle to be duplicated… as I share my journey on these pages I am not just giving information, I am giving the power for transformation, lives are transformed as faith is elevated through the power of our testimony.

I will testify of His goodness all of my days :-) Now you go find some powerful testimonies in areas that you need breakthrough, let faith arise and BE EXPECTANT x


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Here Am I, Send Me

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‘Here Am I, send me’ (Isaiah 6) has been my heart cry for the past three years but some day’s I want to quit., I want to walk away. When we find ourselves in the middle of the desert or valley in pursuit of God’s calling, we can begin to question whether our dreams are actually God-inspired… nevertheless we must keep moving forward and remind ourselves of the Promises God has spoken over us. Today may you be encouraged to sing to the Lord ‘You can send me, I’ll take your message to the world’… send me

May this beautiful song inspire you “Here Am I, Send Me”

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