Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 26, 2016

God Whispers

aug 26“While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.”  Jeremiah 7:13 (NIV)

TV going in the background, radio blaring downstairs, and did I fail to mention the washer and dryer were vying for their spot in the orchestra?

Whoever said silence is golden was right.  Noise surrounds us both at work and home.  Love opening up the door to an empty house and just taking in the quiet, but it doesn’t take long before conversation, music or cooking steal my solitude.  And my little piece of stillness evaporates leaving me longing for more.

Wonder if God ever feels like He’s competing with all that chatter, activity or busyness in my brain?  Wonder how many times I miss His whispers because I avoid silencing my voice so He has a chance to be heard?

As a child, I remember my Mom pulling me close and whispering in my ear.  I loved hearing her hushed voice as she spoke whispers into my soul – reminding me I was loved or telling me how proud she was of me – sweet words of affirmation.  I also remember moments when I was disobeying, and she drew me up in her arms and whispered words of warning so I wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of my friends – sweet words of discipline.

Wonder if God does the same?  Wonder if He draws me close so only I can hear the hush of His voice telling me I’m His girl.  Wonder if He draws me close so only I can hear the things that need to change before I land flat on my face?    One things for sure if He draws me close, God’s whispers are worthy of my undivided attention.

“Father, teach me to draw near and hear Your whispers guiding me each day.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 25, 2016

Stronger Together

aug 25 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17 (NIV).

A good friend’s advice, comforting words, and presence can go a long way when one is walking through difficult situations.  In Exodus 17:8-15, we read about three friends – Moses, Hur, and Aaron – who had this kind of relationship. Faced with the tough leadership decision of assigning Joshua to fight a battle against the Amalekites, Moses told Joshua, “Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”  Moses knew that as long as his arms held up the staff of God, victory would be certain.

The battle lasted all day, and Moses soon found that holding his arms up all day was no easy feat.  If his arms faced down or brought down the staff of God, the Amalekites would start winning, so he needed to keep his arms up until the battle was over.

When Moses’ friends saw that he was not able to fulfill his task alone, they quickly ran to the rescue.  Finding a stone for Moses to sit on, they held his arms up until sunset, i.e. until Joshua won the battle against the Amalekites.

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (NIV).  Like Moses, we are blessed with “Hurs” and “Aarons.” When the going gets tough, good friends are always present to pray with us, to cry with us, and to uplift us.  Is your battle too hard to go through alone? Are your arms too heavy to keep up? Let your friends stand in the gap with you.

“Father, we are so blessed to be called the family of God. And through Your love, we find the strength to encourage one another when the need arises. Thank You for blessing us with godly friends.”

 

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 24, 2016

Adrift On The Sea of Life

aug 24“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”  Hebrews 2:1 (ESV)

Unlike the billboards hit of the 70’s that glorified the idea of “drifting away” (with your rock & roll), I recently heard a pastor warn his congregation about the likelihood of drifting off course.  Strong winds, environmental currents, poor choices or simply a moment of relaxed concentration can create potentially devastating consequences.  Personal experiences coupled with his convictions made this a compelling sermon.  And despite the tiring nature of remaining vigilant, he reminded his listeners that staying on course requires constant and purposeful intentionality.

Honestly, this is something which has been resonating with me as a mom. Because we live in a world which is not well-suited for innocence, I am constantly reminded that I cannot lead my children in excellence with broad-sweeping, “let’s just do our best.”  No, to succeed as a godly mom (and as a child of God), I must be prayerfully and painfully intentional about the things I plan, do, say and allow.

I know how easy it is to veer off-course if I allow myself the luxury of relaxing at the wheel.  So, I cannot help but wonder if that is why Paul urged his Hebrew followers to pay much closer attention to the possibility of drifting.   If we fail to pay close attention to God’s truth and the daily choices we make, we may find ourselves arriving at a destination quite different than the one by which we first set our course!

“Lord, please help us to set our eyes on You and dedicate ourselves to a life of intentional excellence.  Left alone, we will surely drift off course.  But as we seek You and purpose to be diligent, we ask that You keep us on track with Your plans and purposes for our lives.”

For His Glory

Claudia Dempsey
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 23, 2016

Lavished With Abundance

aug 23“And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  2 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT)

A princess is the daughter of a sovereign head of state such as: a king, queen or emperor. Most of us have seen, read or heard a story of how royalty live. To the average person it’s hard to fathom the lavish lifestyles of the ultra-rich. The children, heirs better known as prince and princess, born into extravagant lifestyles of affluence is mind boggling. Lavished with abundance of property, riches, wealth and all the excess of material goods money can buy.

Have you ever stopped to wonder, we too are princesses! We are the daughters of the Ultimate figure of royalty. The King of the universe, who sits on His throne.

You may be thinking, “I don’t live like a princess” with all the attributes derived from a natural perspective in a tangible way.  However, if we know and understand our Father in heaven is truly our Daddy; then why don’t we view ourselves as His daughters, His heirs…His princesses? We have a Father, who spoke the world into existence. All creation bows at His command. He tells the oceans where to stop, the rains when to fall, the winds when to blow, the sun when to shine and the moon where to hide. Our Father owns the cattle on thousand hills (Ps. 50:10) and everything in between. It’s by the grace of God, who gives the ability to produce wealth (Duet. 8:18). If He gives the heathen of this world the ability to obtain wealth, why wouldn’t He do the same for His children?

It’s time to believe big, trust big and dream big! Several years ago, I coined the phrase, “if you believe God is small He has no reason to prove otherwise. However, if you believe God is big…He’ll show you just how big He is.”  With simple “child-like” faith trusting and believing God and standing on His word. I have found in my own life God will meet you exactly where you are believing Him and add in His word as “back up”; and He has no other choice but to show up.  He will never, ever disappoint in His perfect timing.

“Lord, we believe You are our Father. Therefore, each of Your daughters has an inheritance fit for a princess because we are the heirs to all You have to offer.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock
www.KimLaceySchock.com
TRBC Women’s Life

 

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 22, 2016

Refreshing Our Soul

aug 22“He (God) lets me lie down in green pastures; He (God) leads me beside still waters. He (God) renews my life…”  Psalm 23:2:3a (HCSB)

Amazing what a little rest can do for the soul.  My happy place – the beach – always refreshes my spirit. Peaceful, relaxing, calming and inspiring. I love to listen to the ocean waves, talk to God on long walks and admire the beauty of His creation as the sun sets.

2016 has been packed with many unexpected things. I started a study called Breaking Busy and never made it past Chapter 1 – so much for breaking my busy.  I planned many things and watched them evaporate right before my eyes.  Overwhelmed became my mainstay as I navigated May, June & July.  So when August arrived and vacation came, I embraced every moment of it.  Quiet moments at night drinking deep of His love, grace and words.  Stillness in the morning soaking in the power and beauty of His presence.

Love the way God knows my green pastures are truly ocean waves.  Love the way He leads me through crashing waves and renews my life. Love the way God gently beckons me to draw close and rest in His embrace.

As women, we know how the list grows and grows – we never seem to have enough time.

Unpredictable happens. It steals away our joy, our rest and yes sometimes even attempts to quiet our faith. Challenges crash around us and stealing a little “me” time seems impossible.

Amazing how a long walk by ourselves refreshes the soul.  A hot bubble bath soothes the soul.  An evening sitting outside with a cool breeze energizes our soul.   Our fave coffee and the whispers of worship stills our aching hearts. Just me leaving everything else behind to find Jesus is right in the midst of unexpected and overwhelmed.

What can you do this week to invite rest and relaxation into your life?  Cherish some “me” time with your soul  – you won’t regret it.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 19, 2016

Seeking God

aug 19“When you look for me with all your heart, you will find me.”  Jeremiah 29:13 (NIRV)

Have you ever watched someone from a distance and wondered what they were really like?  Perhaps, you even met them through a mutual friend.  A brief encounter that caused you to draw some conclusions about them in those first few moments.  First impressions are important.  They either draw us in or send us running in the opposite direction.  One of the sweetest friendships God has blessed me with started out pretty much this way.  We were in the same singles class at church and from a distance she seemed perfect – way too perfect to be one of my friends.  I was a struggling single mom; she was a professional educator.  Her clothes were stylish, and my wardrobe usually donned the label of “Goodwill.”  Eventually we were introduced, and God birthed our friendship in the crushing moments of a crisis.

Have you ever watched God from a distance and wondered what He was really like? Perhaps like me with my friend, you felt that friendship with God was out of your league.  Perhaps like me and my friend it took a crisis moment to draw you closer to God.  Perhaps, you’re still sitting out there on that limb all by yourself wondering if He really exists.

I love the promise in Jeremiah that reminds us that searching and seeking out God will never land us empty handed or confused.  We will uncover who He is if we connect with Him.   Just like a growing relationship with a friend, God reveals Himself to us day by day.   He longs for us to discover, search out and unveil the glories of His character. Because only as we uncover His beauty will our lives be positioned to reflect the same.

“Father,  open my eyes so I can see  – reveal Yourself to me.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

 

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 18, 2016

Get To Steppin’ Into His Will

apr 21“…The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21

I was scheduled to go away on a ministry-related event. It was all planned. Everything had been worked out, the day and time were perfect.  Nothing standing in the way.  And then the day before I was to leave, something came up.  Life interrupted. Nothing I could do about it, I tried, and tried, and tried.  But the door was shut.  My thoughts were, “why God”.  It’s ministry-related, “Why would you allow something to happen to prevent me from going?”  “Not to minister, not to be a light.  What have I done?”  And as I wallowed in those questions, even telling my husband to “Leave me alone and let me have my pity party.”  And I can truly say, party of one.  God wasn’t in that.  And perhaps it was a party of two.  Me and the enemy, who had obviously taken control of my mind and thoughts.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation, where God steps in and changes things, redirects your steps?  My encouragement to you is to, run to Him and His word.  Meditating on scriptures like Philippians 2:5 (Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus). Blessing the Lord and quoting His word and promises are vital during times of discouragement. When God redirects our plans, we should look for his blessing, for what He is saying to us. When we allow the enemy to creep in, we can’t hear from God. While the pain we may be feeling is real, God’s grace is sufficient to carry us through.  And by the way, pity parties are for babies.  We need to put on our BIG girl pants, and get to steppin! Walk into His will – His way;  it’s a great road trip!

“Father, I am so grateful for the many lessons you teach us.  All to continually shape and conform us to your glorious image. Lord You give and You take away, but I can truly say, Blessed be Your name!!

For His Glory

Cynthia J. McCoy
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 17, 2016

Settling Our Minor Details

aug 17“You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it Lord.  You have encircled me; You have placed Your hand on me.”  Psalm 139: 3B-5 (HCSB)

It was an insignificant thing really. Not even worth mentioning. It wasn’t huge just a quiet whisper.

“God can you please ………”

Not only did He take care of my tiny little detail.  God took it further and blessed me with the sweetness of ease that only comes from Him – far beyond what I even dared ask.

Wonder how many times God desires to settle our minor details, but we fail to ask?  Don’t know if you are like me, but I tend to hold out on small because I need God’s help with major.  I forego the day to day because it’s really not that important – just something that would make my life easier, manageable, less complicated.

Thankful today that God specializes in the most insignificant things.  Glad He pays attention to every little detail and gives me ease even when I don’t deserve it.  Filled with gratitude because God knows what’s on my heart before I utter a word.

How about you?  Are there any minors that you’re not bringing to God because your perception of what’s important to Him is incorrect?  Total dependence is what God fully desires and there is nothing that touches our lives that He finds insignificant.  He is working all around us and knows how our minor could be major.

So next time we are tempted to not ask, ignore or bypass God – let’s commit to the quiet whisper. The one that bravely and courageously isn’t afraid to approach His throne over the mundane.  The one that trusts Him rather than self.  The one that says “God can you please….”  even when we think we’ve got it covered.

And at the end of our today, let’s not forget to thank God for the details, ease and love He so graciously gives.

 

“Father, You find great pleasure in responding to even the smallest, insignificant details of our day.  Thank You for blessing my life with more than I dared to dream.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 16, 2016

No Longer Barren

aug 16“The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.” 1 Samuel 3:21 (NIV)

The prophet Samuel was well respected by all who knew him, was recognized as God-appointed and God heard his prayers. If you know anything about Samuel, he was used mightily by the Lord. In fact, he was the prophet who anointed King David to the throne.

Samuel’s mother, Hannah, a barren woman, prayed before the Lord that she would bear her husband, Elkanah, a son (1 Samuel 1).  God heard her prayer and the temple keeper, Eli the priest, blessed her in His name.

So, Hannah poured her heart out before the God of Angel Armies.  She told Him that if she did bear a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord for all his life, right after the lactation period. Wait a minute! Did I mean to say that this mother was so desperate to have a child that she promised to dedicate her son to the Lord for all his life. Yes, I did! This is exactly what Hannah did. Turning her child over to the Lord was a symbol of her gratitude for honoring her request to conceive. Now, we all know that children do not nurse forever. So Samuel’s mama was willing to give up a lifetime with him and would be content with keeping him for just a brief time, in order to allow the Lord Almighty to use her son for His glory.

The Lord indeed heard Hannah, and Hannah fulfilled her part of the bargain. When Samuel was weaned, she took him to Eli the priest at the temple and dedicated him unreservedly to the Lord.

The boy was brought up in a holy life, learning Scripture and working at the temple. He began praying very early on. And the communication between Samuel and the Lord was not unilateral, as the Lord began speaking to him very early on as well.

A God who hears us. A God who acts when we pray. A God who speaks to us. A God who loves us. A God who delights Himself in us. A God who will not withhold blessings from us when we place our all before His altar. This is our God.

“God of Angel Armies, thank You for hearing us and for blessings us.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 15, 2016

Aiming For The Prize

aug 15“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.” 2 John 1:8(ESV)

Years of practice…hard work…dedication…. sacrifice and it all culminates within a two week period.  The Olympics have kept us sitting on edge to see how our fave athletes will do – cheering the USA Team on to victory in pursuit of the gold.  We love the inside story of those who have beat the odds, overcome obstacles and tragedies. And with today’s technology we can read posts, tweets and replays instantly.  We know who won the medals without even watching the event.

In this thing called life – we put in a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.  We give it our best shot.   And as children of God, we press on for a far greater prize than the gold.  But it doesn’t usually culminate within a two week period – it’s a lifetime, a journey from our first cry to our final breath.  All the gaps inbetween  – extraordinary moments to beat the odds, overcome obstacles and tragedies.

Aiming for the reward?  How’s your prayer life?  The Father rewards those who pray authentic prayers from a genuine humble heart.  Not for show but for relationship.  Ever fasted?  The Father rewards those who don’t draw attention to their sacrifices, yet quietly cleanse their hearts and seek His face in secret.  Ever given to the poor or served the broken hearted?  The Father rewards those whose service to Him isn’t motivated by the praise of man.

Doubt that any of the athletes competing in the Olympics aim for second place or strive to fail?   The same should be true of us – our settling for less will never reap the reward God delights in giving.  We must diligently seek Him, faithfully serve Him and humbly walk after our God.   Like the Olympic athletes it will require some “nos” in order to seek the “greater yes” that positions for victory.  It will require denial of self, discipline, perseverance and empty praise.  But when we stand before our Father and lay our crowns down at His feet it will be worth it all.

“Father, the things of this world will fade away but only what is done in Your name will last.  Help us to  remain faithful to the high calling of serving You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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