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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Father Time, Time is the Fathers

My heart is filled with thanksgiving as I stand in my warm kitchen, making my youngest son his favorite egg dish. I take a moment to look out the window over the wintry landscape. The brown deer running up the hill, along the deep tree line, stands out against the white fallen snow. I am so thankful to live where I do.
My mouth opens in praise as I thank God for providing our home, the land it sits on, the wildlife that shares it with us, as well as the family who owns it and that have adopted us as their own. I praise God for having not only heard my prayers, but for being so attentive to my heart to also provide the things of His creation that I most adore. I began to speak of His overwhelming grace, and give thanks that my name, Samantha Grace, is a constant reminder of how abundant grace is in my life. I open my heart to receive this great gift He bestows to me.
But as I stood in praise, thanks, and grace, I also confessed how I want to live more for Him. I began praying, “God, please forgive me, and help me to redeem the time. Help me to manage my time better.” My lips were silenced as I softly and gently heard, “It’s not YOUR time.” My prayers and confession immediately changed.
I know this to be truth. Many times I have surrendered all to Him, and many times, one by one, He unveils areas in my life that I falsely believe to be surrendered. Time, is His. HE called me here for good works and purpose. (Ephesians 2:10) I don’t desire to walk around in my own will, wasting precious time. I want to be completely consumed in His will, redeeming HIS time.
I encourage you to step back a moment and ask God to reveal if you are redeeming His time, or taking it all for self.

Gods time

Always in love and encouragement,

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…

6:25-27

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

The search is over

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I’ve searched, oh how I’ve searched. Purpose, where are you? Meaning, will you please reveal yourself to me?! I’ve studied journalism, early childhood education, forensics, criminal justice, sociology, philosophy. I’ve worked, I’ve searched. I prayed and begged for motherhood, surely that would give me purpose. So why then am I still searching?

Because I am overlooking, or maybe perhaps, UNDER-looking. My sight is shallow.

We all desire to find our purpose. The problem is we believe in purpose as a title, a position, a career. We seek meaning, looking in each corner of the earth, but we don’t look up. Purpose and meaning can be found when we look to the Creator. HE is our purpose. Meaning can not reveal itself, but God can reveal meaning.

He’s opened my eyes. I now see that meaning-is loving. That purpose-is loving. We all have work to do. My work is to be a Mom. My work is to write-to share the good news-the glory of God. My work is to do unto the least of these. My work is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.

My eyes are open. I’ve removed idols. I’ve stopped asking for meaning to reveal itself to me, and asked God to do so. Do you know what He said? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

When we do that, everything else becomes meaningful. We have and recognize purpose. When we live according to our purpose, ALL things are possible.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Lord, I love you. I will love others as You have loved me! Thank you for opening my eyes to true purpose. You are glorious and I give you ALL honor and praise. You are worthy! Amen.

Encouraging Scripture: Matthew 19:26, 22:37, 25:40, John 4:34, 13:34, 15:13

Glory to God

I love when I awake early in the morning and the first words that run through my head are music lyrics. This morning, the first words my brain processed were “Our God is able.”
You see, like any other human being, life presses in all around, attempting to fill my brain with worry, fear, anxiety. My walk has taught me to capture those thoughts, and be an optimist. I fall sometimes. I’m human. But, there’s always this strength. I can’t see it. Can’t touch it. No, my senses can’t identify it. Yet, it makes itself known.
After I sing my morning song, I roll on my bed to bow on my knees in praise and thanks for a brand new day. I confess that I know He is able, applying His ableness to my current, and temporary, earthly worries that try to possess my thinking. Like every other morning, I start the brew and fit in a quick morning tone-stretch-pick me up. (I’m not sure you can call it a workout when it only takes as long as it does for the coffee to brew.) I then take my fresh cup of joe to my recliner for my morning devotions.
I always start with an old, and very special book. A 21st birthday gift from my beautiful and inspiring cousin, Mia. (2001 old. I said the book is old.) It’s called Grace for the Moment by, Max Lucado. The scripture is Jude 24. He used the NCV, which reads, God is strong and can help you not to fall.
I’m intrigued. I woke with “He is able” and my first devotion follows with, “He is strong.” My intrigue encourages me to open my bible, NKJV, to Jude 24. This version reads, Now to Him who is able…
An answer. An encouragement. A note of faithfullness. A love letter from God Himself, who IS able!

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

Unashamed

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Hungry, homeless, sick and dying,
Full and fed, sheltered, strength defying.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Lost, lonely, poor, in need,
Found, loved, rich too; His word I heed.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Imprisoned, shackled, chained and bonded,
Free, dancing, confident; He has responded.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Yes, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth!
Psalm 34

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace