Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Love Never Fails"

Love Never Fails
1 Corinthians 13:8

My favorite scripture, because in my life God has shown me over and over through His Love for me that Love Never fails. I had to choose to receive His Love. I need to be filled with His Love contunually. I receive that Love through a love relationship I have with Him. It's a journey of Love. He then turns what He poured into me and somehow pours out that Love into the lives He places along my path. It's truly incredible. His Love is relentless and because it never fails, with His help we can all Love from a place of Our Father. I'm still a work in progress, but I believe with everything in me that Love never fails. I also believe 
He will never called us to do something He doesn't equip us to do. 
He calls us to Love.

Below is a 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 in the messages version, I love it. I hope you will too. As you read each verse, ask God to help you Love like He loves.

“If I give everything I own to the poor 
and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, 
but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. 
So, no matter what I say, 
what I believe, 
and what I do, 
I’m bankrupt without love. 
Love never gives up. 
Love cares more for others than for self. 
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. 
Love doesn’t strut, 
Doesn’t have a swelled head, 
Doesn’t force itself on others, 
Isn’t always “me first,” 
Doesn’t fly off the handle, 
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, 
Doesn’t revel when others grovel, 
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, 
Puts up with anything, 
Trusts God always, 
Always looks for the best, 
Never looks back, 
But keeps going to the end.” 
Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I am Trachena, not a Jane.

A few days ago I was in prayer asking God for a blog post for July. The next day I saw a post of the picture below from a Christian and I was blown away. Mostly because the Jesus I serve is all about Love. In fact we are to Love out Loud, Jesus did. Love is the greatest. Do not hide Love, share it out loud. Share it with your relationships, with people you don't know, just share it. A Christ filled life will overflow in Love to everyone. And remember Love is given not earned. The truth is you can't be in Christ without Love, He is Love and if your in Him your in Love and when your in Love you tell the whole world. Jesus said in John 13:34 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another...
it's the Love that defines us as His. 
So here is the picture and then my reply to this social media post below..

I am Trachena, not a Jane.
Trachena is in a relationship.
Trachena does post on social media about how much she loves her husband because she loves him and wants the whole world to know. 

Trachena tells him this in person too. 

Trachena mentions every little thing about her Love for him and everything they do to give others hope that it is possible to have Unconditional Love. It glorifies her first Love Jesus because He is the source of that Love. 

Trachena knows that Jesus cares about her and her Love for her husband. 

Trachena isn't smart, she is wise because God gives her wisdom when she asks. 

Do not be like Trachena, Be Like Jesus❤️

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"The Warning Light"

How many times in your life did you look up and see this little baby staring at you? If you are anything like me, this picture just drives you crazy, with a capital C! The car manufacturer  must know REALLY how to get under your skin, don't you think. What do I know about checking an engine anyway? But in reality, the light is NOT there to annoy me or you, it is there to warn you. It is an indication that there may be a problem, and if we respond to the warning now, it NOW, it just may save us a lot of heartache down the road. If we heed the warning, much like a stop or a yield sign, it may actually save our lives. 

The Holy Spirit is the believers "Warning Light". 

He is the very thing that many people call so many things in secular terms, our conscious, our moral compass, that 6th sense that something we are doing is not right or moral. That very uncomfortable feeling that we get when we are scamming or lying, stealing a stamp off an envelope, taking something out of a locker that is not ours, you know...that same feeling. That The Holy Spirit at work convicting us of our sin at that very moment. And at that very moment, we have only TWO choices, justify the sin and ignore Him, or repent and TURN away from something that will break the very heart of God. When the Warning Light comes on in your spirit, heed that call, for it its God showing you His LOVE and giving you the chance that He spoke of in scripture when He said that NO temptation will come upon you that you will not be able to overcome.

God gives us all a "Warning Light", make sure we choose to listen.

This Devotional written with Love by Steve Muchnick

Saturday, May 7, 2016

We Get To Serve

Thank you Lord God for using us to serve others through your Love.
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

We would like to share with you some updates on all the things God is doing for His glory through Surrender40 Ministries our sister ministry.  
Since 2009 in faith we have been serving people thru the Love of Christ-
There have been many souls saved and lives touched for the Kingdom of God. 
We have served 8,558 meals-
Given out thousands of pounds of clothes and 3,093 pairs of socks-
We have placed in hands 5,029 Daily Bread booklets and 2,118 Bibles- 
We have been able to serve the poor, reach out in hospitals and prison visitations each month as God leads- 
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

In addition, many wonderful and blessed things are happening within Pink Love Ministries and SpinkyPets.
-All this is possible through His empowering Grace and Love-

We say thank you to all who have made this journey thus far with us. Thank you for your time, prayers and donations, we Love you. 

Thank you for allowing this time to share in what God is doing in His ministries. We are beyond grateful. 

Thank you Jesus- 
"We Get To Serve"
what an Honor-

Thursday, April 7, 2016

True Love

Written by: Cenia Means Masterson

While most people today would define love as a feeling, Jesus Christ defines it quite differently. 

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: 

Jesus defines love for Him as obedience to Him. We may say that we love Jesus, but our lifestyle will reveal whether our love is really true or not. True love is the perfect love that motivated Jesus to surrender His back to the beating and His life to the cross for us. 

Joh 15:13-14 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
He asks nothing more and deserves nothing less than our love in return, but the love He asks for, the love He is worthy of, isn’t just lip service. It is life service. 

Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Will we deny the passions and pleasures of sin for a season to live a life of obedience and full devotion to Him or do we love self more than Jesus? Jesus asked Simon Peter a simple question that we, who claim to love Him, should ask ourselves as well.

John 21:16 Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?
Do we?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Brokenness by James MacDonald

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17, ESV).
Before a horse can be useful to its owner, it has to be broken. An unbroken stallion is proud and strong. It will paw and snort and let no one ride it. But then a bit goes in its mouth, a saddle goes on its back, and someone climbs up and hangs on. The stallion immediately starts to buck, because it doesn’t want to be broken—but eventually it stops fighting and surrenders to the will of its master.
Sometimes we have that same stubborn, rebellious, self-sufficient spirit within us, and God often breaks those attitudes because they keep us from experiencing true intimacy with Him. 
Have you ever been broken? Brokenness is empty-handedness before God. It makes no demands. It is falling into the embrace of your loving Father and finding Him to be enough. It says not only “God, I need You,” but “God, You are all I need.”
What are some of the things God breaks? Here are some of the big ones:
Stubbornness. “I am going to do this my way.” If you are one of God’s children, that attitude is on its way out. You can fight with Him for a long time if you want, but your stubbornness will eventually be broken.
Pride. “I know better; I am better.” God hates pride in the hearts of His children. He hates it in my heart; He hates it in yours. People who have been greatly used by God have come to grips with the need to dispense with all pride and to humble themselves.
Willfulness. “You can’t make me! You can’t tell me! I’ll do what I want, when I want.” That’s willfulness, and it is also on its way out. God will use whatever He has to use to remove it from your heart and life.
Independence. “I can make it without You.” Nothing will inhibit your intimacy with the Father like an attitude of self-sufficiency. Recognize your weakness and rely on His strength.
God will use broken health, careers, dreams, relationships, promises, and hearts to rid our lives of the things that hinder intimacy with Him. Some say a loving God wouldn’t allow pain, but God’s love is not a pampering love; it’s a perfecting love. God is producing something in us—the likeness of His Son—and He is going to do whatever it takes to make that happen. You might want to get off the program, but any other path will lead you to a place you don’t want to be. 
You will never experience true intimacy with God until you are able to come before Him in genuine humility, utterly desperate for Him. You need to be broken. 
  • Describe a time in your life when you’ve experienced true brokenness before the Lord. What brought it about, and what resulted from it?
  • What are some areas of your life you need to loosen your grip on and surrender to God now?
Lord, I confess that I am naturally proud, stubborn, willful, and prone to believe I’m self-sufficient. I confess that I resist the thought of being broken, but I believe that, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Please help me to let go and allow You to have Your way in my life. Thank You that the more I surrender to You, the more intimacy I can have with You. God, you are all I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Things I Have Traded"-by Sara James

When I was a baby, my Mom gave me a pacifier
Which I traded in for a blanket
I traded that in for a Raggedy Ann, that I later traded in for a Barbie
I traded that in for a Cabbage Patch doll, that I then traded in for a Locket
I traded that in for a Diary, that I then traded for a pink princess phone
I traded that in for a cell phone that connected me to my friends
I traded my friends in for a cute boy who told me I was beautiful
I then traded my innocence in for a few minutes of joy
I traded a few minutes of joy for allot of different boys
Who then traded me to their friends cause they said I was beautiful too
But they traded me for their sports, that they later traded for a few beers with me again,
because they said I was really beautiful after a few beers
I traded my diet coke for their beer, and then we all traded the beer for a joint
I traded the joint for a few pills, which I then traded for some coke
I traded my body for some more coke and traded my freedom for an addiction
I traded my parents jewelry for some more coke, which I then traded for some Heroin
The Heroin traded my self esteem for despair, which I then tried to trade for more numbness, only given to me by more Heroin
I traded my soul for whatever I could get that would make me feel good, and then the devil traded me for the next pretty young girl that he could abuse. 

I had traded my life for a living death!

Then........I met Jesus
And traded my sin and shame for forgiveness, because He traded His life for mine
Then...He restored my soul, He replaced my dignity, and He healed my heart
Then He lifted me up and made all things new again, and He gave me Hope, which I then traded for Faith, which turned into more Hope and more Faith
He took my weakness and replaced it with Power, He took my hate and replaced it with Love, which I then traded with others for More Love. 
He took my loneliness and replaced it with a Godly man that I married, and that man gave me the gift of a little girl, who I then gave a pacifier and a little pink Bible.

I would not trade Jesus and my new blessed life for ANYTHING.