Praying for the terrorists

It is so awesome to see so many people on social media united in solidarity for Paris. It is even more awesome to see so many people PRAYING for Paris. But I can’t sleep because my heart is so heavy with this question, of all the people praying for France, how many are praying for the enemy?
I know, it sounds crazy right?
Pray for the terrorists who kill HUNDREDS of people?!
Yes!
Didn’t Jesus come to seek and save those which were LOST? Can’t we stand united in prayer for a revolution in the hearts of those who are led astray with hatred and power? Isn’t God able?!
We are under the impression that through war or retaliation WE are able. But it is NOT by might, NOR by power, but by HIS Spirit. HE IS LOVE. The greatest war we could rage is through prayer, being of one mind, one accord.
God brought to remembrance Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
That means that the God of love is able to turn and cleanse the hearts of the wicked. For it is God’s will that NONE should perish.
It is so easy for us to pray for the good guys, but it is the bad guys who need our prayers the most.
We pray for those who have been attacked, but what if we prayed for the attackers? Perhaps if we unite in prayer for the enemy we wouldn’t find ourselves mourning loss, but rejoicing for that which was once lost.

Behave Like a Christian
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I encourage you to pray for the enemy!
God bless ALL of His creation!

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I will Your will

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A daily reminder that I have surrendered my plans, dreams, and agenda for His. The ride is crazy beautiful, my faith ever-increasing.

Friends,  let go and let God!  He’s the most brilliant Author you’ll ever know.

No where to turn but to You

Lost in a world I don’t belong, I’d sought for pleasure and sought for peace
And where I looked, temporary was found
Nothing seemed to stick around.
Things I gained, things I loved, rapid changes, loss and pain
Oh how tired the chase made me.
Until I was lost in the darkest of seas.
With nowhere to turn I had to look up, but when I looked up, was directed within
to a hardened dark place that my heart used to be
I praise You my constant for ever-changing me.

Continue to “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
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My hope is in…

Bible Reading: Isaiah 55:8-13 hope
I am known for being swept away in hope. Hope is exceptionally beautiful. Hope swoops in on a day of weakness and lifts you up in the strength of it’s arms. Hope floods the dreary darkness with untold wattages of light. Hope is a blessed friend.
As such a lover of hope, I’ve learned an invaluable lesson- be mindful of what you put your hope in. I, more often than not, was putting my hope in MY thoughts and in MY ways. This would carry me only so long until I was once again dropped in the gloomy darkness, sobbing, and wondering how I’d made it back to this place of despair.
That is until I found a far more brilliant hope, evermore beautiful than I’d known. It goes a little something like this, “O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.” (NKJV) I like how the NLV says it, “O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.”
I remember hoping for the great love of my life to swoop in and carry me away forever. I even put my hope in a specific person to fulfill that love. My hope was in MY thoughts, and so I made my own ways. My ways were not always pure, and sometimes my ways compromised my own deep, internal desires. My hope betrayed me. My hope was false.
It wasn’t until I recognized this, and I repented and surrendered, that my hope was redeemed. The unfailing love of my merciful Father swept down and delivered me to the arms of the great love of my life. NEVER did I think I would fall in love the way I did, but, His thoughts are not my thoughts, nor are His ways my ways. How I praise Him for that! Today, I am loved so greatly, and without compromise or impurity. I am loved with the love only God bestows.
My encouragement is this, you WILL face heartache, trial, and tribulation, BUT when your HOPE is IN THE LORD, it won’t, it can’t, betray you! “So shall My Word be that goes forth from MY mouth; it shall not return to Me void.” Relinquish your own ways, renew your thoughts, and hope in the Lord. “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace..” This is where I want my hope. Amen.

Trust and Believe

Trapped in a den of lions? Are your Lions roaring, growling, ready to pounce, with mouth wide open? Perhaps you feel as though you’re about to be devoured. Maybe, the face of the lion, while distorted with blood thirsty anger, looks familiar. Maybe it’s the face of a friend, a spouse, or a co-worker.

Daniel found himself in a den of lions, for worshipping his God. A law had been signed and sealed that no one should worship anyone other than King Darius. Daniel, as he was accustomed, dropped to his knees three times daily to praise the Living God. When the Kings men found him on bent knees, they couldn’t wait to deliver him to the King, and ultimately to the lions.

Those happy and proud men who found Daniel breaking their law were sure his life sentence was signed and sealed.

But God!

There would be a delivering, but it wouldn’t be to death. You see, Daniel believed his God, (Daniel 6:23) and his God believed in him. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him…” (6:22) He, the Almighty, faithful, loving God shut the mouths of the lions, delivering Daniel.

He’ll deliver you too. Just belive. Trust and believe.

Peace be multiplied to you.

…For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever,

His kingdom is the one which shall not

be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth…

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Don’t forget to fall to those beautiful knees and give, joyfully, praise to He who is worthy.

Run with purpose

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I ran for the numerous times my head was held under the bathtub faucet and then over the furnace vent. I ran for the kick to my throat. I ran for the shoves, hits, pulled hair, name calling, and I even ran for the sexual abuse. I ran for my brothers and sisters. I ran for the hundreds, thousands, of children, who like me, have been abused or neglected. I ran on behalf of those who are too afraid to speak up. I ran for those who have. I ran for those in need of a special advocate, someone who will help fight for their well being, their soul, their life.
I ran in support of the dedicated staff and volunteers of CASA. These special people share their precious time to stand up for the abused and neglected children who need an extra voice, extra hands, and unconditional love.
I ran because it was in benefit of an outstanding and vital organization. I know firsthand the effects of child abuse, and neglect. I am proud to have run my first ever 5k for CASA of the southern tier and their 800+ precious children in need of hope.
What can you do for them?
http://www.casaforchildren.org

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them-those who are mistreated-since you yourselves are in the body also. Hebrews 13:3

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

My first mission..

Can you imagine fighting rats for thrown-out scraps of food? Can you imagine lying down at night in a bug-infested bed? Can you imagine having to sift through trash for goods to use, or sell in order to survive? Can you imagine having to consider selling your children into prostitution in exchange for living necessities and resources? These unfathomable things are an everyday reality for those living in “La Chureca” or “The Dump” of Managua, Nicaragua.
The youth group of Glad Tidings church will be heading to Nicaragua on their 4th mission, July 13th-20th. This mission group, called Earthen Fire, will be working together with Forward Edge, a Christian outreach organization, at a devlopment established to care for young girls called Villa Esparanza, or Village of hope. Village Esparanza removes at risk, vulnerable, exploited and endangered girls out of extreme poverty, providing for them adequate shelter, nourishment, clothing, and Christian guidance. Those are all the same things we expect and provide for our own children. Villa Esperanza works in agreement with the girls’ parents in order to bring them hope for a better life. All funding for these precious children comes from sponsorship much like that of Compassion International.
It is Earthen Fires’ goal to assist Forward Edge at the Village of Hope in any way which is deemed necessary. We servants may be asked to provide manual labor, care for the girls, work with other children outside of the villa, or help the local church. It is our great honor and joy to do so.
I have been quite blessed with this grand opportunity to join this awesome youth group on their 4th mission. I have been humbled that God has loved me so greatly to honor the desires of my heart. He has boldly combined my passion for missions travel with my tender heart for His young daughters. Having once been a young daughter with dim hope, He revealed His resurrection power to me. I believe firmly that when we ourselves have been granted such a precious gift, we have an obligation to share it with others. A gift cannot multiply unless it is shared. I am honored and humbled to be called forth to bear witness of the great and awesome saving power of Christ, my Lord, who is able to take a dim flame of hope and make it a torch!
I expect to leave Managua, Nicaragua, to leave Villa Esparanza, having received more than I gave. I expect to leave having formed special bonds with God’s beautiful daughter’s that will last for eternity. I expect to leave Managua, Nicaragua with unfailing gratitude. Will you please join me on this journey? I humbly and graciously ask for a financial contribution, a sponsorship of my own. I have yet to raise approximately $1300, which includes funds for service projects while there. I humbly and graciously ask for your prayers! I send an abundance of thanks for blessing me, understanding that anything and everything is a rewarding help!
For more information on how to help, send me an e-mail, or private message. Also feel free to check out Forward Edge International at Forwardedge.org. Thank you again, in advance for your love, prayer, and generosity.

SGCreates@yahoo.com

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace