Encouragement

God of Peace will be with You

By Maureen Buckingham
   While praying today, I believe God led me to this verse in Philippians 4:9 (AMPC) to share with you:  "Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you."
We have a God of peace, so why all the stress? Makes you think doesn't it?dreamstimefree 981020
   We have the amazing privilege to learn, receive and hear so much here in North America. We have had countless opportunities to experience great teaching, preaching, ministry and corporate prayer and worship. There have been many who have walked before us that have accomplished great things for God's Kingdom and we can now examine their life and learn by their example. However, as powerful and as life-changing all these are or can be, we have a tendency to forget or to resort to our own strength in times of struggle or even just in our on-going life of career, family, ministry and endeavoring to find the 'good life'.
   "Model your way of living on it." This phrase in the Greek means: to exercise, practice, to be busy with, carry on, to undertake, to do, to accomplish, perform
   Paul wanted them to take what he had taught and demonstrated and get on with walking in the purposes of God. He is reminding them of what Jesus said in Matthew 28, (amp Bible) "Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen
   When my mother passed away, many were shocked at the impact one life had in a region. She didn't speak at huge meetings or crusades, she didn't lead an international ministry yet she touched thousands of lives through simply living and practicing what she learned, received, heard and saw. Each day seeds were sown through her words and actions that have brought forth a harvest and will continue to multiply.
   What has God given to you? What has he put within you? What have you learned? What godly character have you seen in others that you need to practice and model your way of living after? You can even ask God by His Spirit to bring things back to your remembrance because He is always ready to enable us for His glory. John 14:26
   There is so much more for all of us to walk in and experience. Don't let the lies of the enemy tell you that this is all there is or that peace is found by trying to order your life by human understanding. We have so much more to enter into as His children and so much more to impart to the world around us. Food for thought: Maybe some of our stress is because we have not walked in what God has given us or because we have not walked in the purposes He has for us today.....?

To All the Grandmothers

My granddaughter saw a book in a store titled "Thanks for being my Grandmother" and she asked if she could buy it for me.  I wanted to share a few quotes to bless and encourage you.   Remember, being a grandmother is a place of great influence in little lives so pray for them continually, use wisdom and allow God to use you.              Maureen

1.  Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.

2.  Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.

3.  A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.

4.  There's no place like home except Grandma's.

5.  Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now that day was complete.

6.  Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.

7.  If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.

8.  Grandmas are short on critism and long on love.

9.  If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma.

10.  A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

11.  A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.

12.  Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done she becomes a grandmother.

(Zondervan, Grand Rapids Michigan: pages 6,7,910,11,16,17,20,21 - quote 5 Marcy Demaree; quote 9 Teresa Bloomingdale; quote 11 Erma Bombeck; quote 12 Edward H. Dreschnack)

This Week's Verse

 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10 KJV

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