Friday, November 19, 2010
Greetings, my friends!
I come writing so humbly giving all glory and honor to God! As I approach another year of life, I am so tickled as I see all the wondrous workings of God in my life. This wondrous workings did not happen overnight, believe me. I had to get in total obedience with the will of God, that was the only way, God told me, He would have it. As I serve the Lord, I realize that becoming that woman, that woman that God intends for me to be takes hard work and dedication to the will of God. It does not come overnight, it comes with daily reading and studying of the Word, daily living of the life that God sets out in His holy book, daily repentance and love towards others. Becoming a woman of God requires that the household loves and serves the Lord.
I reflected back to a luncheon I attended which was hosted by the Ministers and Deacons Wives Ministry of my church. The theme of the luncheon was "The Chosen Lady -A Woman Worth Imitating". As I continue to work on becoming the woman that God wants me to be, I pray that as other women, including my daughter and my nieces, look at my life, they will see the God in me, the chosen lady, a woman worth imitating.
I pray each day for God's continued mercy and grace. I pray each day that the Lord keeps me humble and grounded as I walk in His path so that young and old women may see that I am just a sinner saved by God's grace, redeemed and sanctified and would want to know God more and more because they see that His light is shining in and through me!
To God be the glory from whom all blessings flow!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
My dear friends:
As my birthday draws closer, I cannot help but first, and foremost, thank God for my life. I have not always been the role model, the disciple, the Christ follower, oh no. But, I thank God for salvation and redemption. I know it is only God’s favor over my life that I am able to stand and walk and leap and jump and skip! My quote for today reads, “Be on the lookout for mercies. The more we look for them, the more of them we will see. Blessings brighten when we count them.” – Maltbie D. Babcock
I am consciously aware of mercy, that is, God’s favor given to me, even though I do not deserve it. When I look at the people God uses to do His work, I get so thrilled because if HE used them, HE surely can use me. I am just an ordinary woman saved by God’s grace, favored with His mercy, once lost but now found, trying to live the life that is pleasing unto Him. My favorite apostle, Paul, reminds me in Ephesians 2:4-5: “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (NIV)
God has showered me with so many blessings, I will forever praise His name. I ask you today to have mercy on someone because God has extended mercy on to you.
To God be the glory!
Therese from Belize
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, my devotional quote read: “Rich is the woman who has a praying friend.”
– Janice Hughes
I give God all the glory for my riches because of the praying friends I have in my life. I know I cannot make it on my own without others interceding on my behalf. I always thanks God for my family who prayed for me each and every day when I was walking outside of the will of God.
Janice Hughes' quote brought my attention directly to Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. I read this scripture all the time, especially when I am standing in agreement with my Sisters.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (NIV)
I can be assured that I have at least one sister, one friend who prays for me daily and continuously. I am rich because I have friends who lift me up on the daily in their prayers and my sisters and my friends know that they do not have to ask me to pray for them, I do it because that's what I do (and the Holy Spirit convicts me to pray for others).
You pray for me, I pray for you! God bless you!
Therese from Belize
Monday, November 1, 2010
My friends, this month I am celebrating "me". As I look forward to celebrating another year of life, I thank God for His mercy and grace. When I look back over my life, all that the Lord has brought me through, I know that I never would have made it without the Lord, so the least I can say is "thank you, Lord." Thank you Lord for forgiveness, thank you for putting me on the right track, thank you for showing up day after day, after day in my life; thank you for deliverance; thank you for redemption; thank you for letting me believe in YOU; thank you for letting me see my worth as a woman.
Becoming that woman, that virtuous woman that God wants me to be, requires work, God's work. One cannot be a virtuous woman and not love herself or her family or her neighbors. A virtuous woman serves the Lord with all her heart, mind and soul.
As I work on becoming that virtuous woman of God, Proverbs 31:10 -31 directs me:
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." (KJV)
My Sisters, take that journey with me to become that woman, that virtuous woman of God!
Therese from Belize