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This week I listened to a podcast interview from The Master’s Program for Women. Nadya Dickson, Director, interviewed Dr. Barbara Peacock, minister, speaker, and author, and asked her to share her testimony. When Dr. Peacock was asked the question, “How did you come to Christ?” She responded, “Someone told me that God loves me… and I believed them.” Her testimony stayed with me and I’m writing to you today to ask you this question: Has someone ever told you that God loves you? If not, I’m telling you today. God LOVES YOU so so much that He gave His only Son Jesus to die for you on the cross so you can have eternal life.

There are two key action verbs here: “Told” and “Believed.” Someone must tell you about the message of salvation. Someone has to share with you that Jesus died on the cross because He loves you so much. You must be “told” about this beautiful story of love. The second action verb is that you must believe the story. You have to make a decision to believe the message of love. You must choose to believe that God loves you and accept the gift of salvation.

Why is it so hard for people to tell the story and for others to believe this amazing story? Fear and faith. Those who have been told and believed are afraid to share the story from fear of rejection. But the Bible reminds us that when people reject the message, they’re not rejecting you. They’re rejecting Jesus. “For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him.” (Acts 3:13)

Here is the simple message from Romans 10:9-11 that we must tell others:

For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, ad it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.”

Those who have been told and choose not to believe is because they lack the faith to believe. Faith is also a gift we must obtain first in order to accept the gift of salvation. In the same Chapter, Paul tells us “But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down to the place of the dead?’ (to bring Christ back to life again). “In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach—is already within easy rich.” (vs. 6-8).

If someone has told you the message of salvation, believe!

If you believed that God loves you so much and accepted Jesus in your heart, I encourage you to tell someone so they can believe too!

Do you want to see ALL your loved ones again in heaven and live with them together with God for eternity? This is the only way. Tell them God loves them and believe God loves you!

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Dear Friends,

Today I was wondering about being in the right place during this time in my life. It is something I often ponder on because I’m always torn between doing my full-time work and also doing full-time work for God’s Kingdom. How can I do both? What is the secret to not feeling guilty for working in the world versus only doing God’s work? Or is the key to finding the balance having a job that perfectly aligns with my calling in life? Would I feel fulfilled and guilt-free then?

Since I don’t know the answers to these questions, I thought of sharing this devotional with you today from my book Devotions for Working Women. This devotional reminded me that God cares and directs every one of my steps, no matter where I am in my life’s journey. I hope it does the same for you. Enjoy!

The Lord Indeed Directs Our Steps

# 319

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)

How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps.

 

Sometimes we wonder what we are doing on the path we are on. We wonder: why are we in this job? Did we choose the right career? Other times, when we ask God for direction, we are not very happy with His answer. We want Him to agree with our plans instead of us being open to His direction. But we must trust His guidance because He promises us “the steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23 NLT).

God really cares and is interested in every single step we make in our lives. He does plan and orders our steps. He knows the things to come to our lives in the future, so He prepares us and gives us the grace to handle them. When we give Him control of our lives, He prepares the way, opens doors that no man can shut, and closes doors He knows are not for us. There will be times when we will not want to take some of those steps, but we must. We can go through doors and walk on water as Peter did with Him. He is our strong rock and safety. He is our light that illuminates the way we need to go. His Word is the lamp unto our feet. With His Word, He guides us every single step, and we follow by faith, believing in our hearts that He loves us.

It is okay if we don’t understand every step we make. The Lord knows what those steps are, where they will take us, and how many we can handle at a time. There are many things in this life we will not understand until we meet our Creator face to face and spend eternity with Him. There are other things we don’t understand right now, but He will reveal to us later when we are ready.

Don’t worry about understanding the road you are on. If you are with the Lord, He is in charge, and He indeed directs your steps.

 

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Simply Trust Jesus

Dear Friends,

Every time I have a busy week with lots of commitments, I get a stressed out and wonder how I’m going to get it all done—and do a good job at everything I committed to do. The Lord reminded me this morning to give it all to Him and to trust Him—completely. That means to have no doubt and to have complete confidence in Him and that He will help me get through whatever I have going on in my life at the time.

Today,  I read a devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that reminded me to trust and have faith in Jesus so I want to share it with you too. Enjoy!

Have Complete Confidence and Faith in Jesus

# 310

Mark 4:40 (NLT)

And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”

 Jesus and His disciples were in their boat crossing a lake when a fierce storm arose. The disciples were afraid they were going to drown and went to wake up Jesus who they found peacefully sleeping in the back of the boat. Then Jesus asked His disciples the question above. It is insulting to Jesus when we have Him in our hearts, yet don’t have faith in Him to deliver us from the storms.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we are telling Him we believe in His ability to save us from everything—including going to hell. How can we believe He saved us from eternal damnation in hell, but we don’t have enough faith to believe He can get us through the storms in our lives?

When Jesus was inside the boat with His disciples and a storm developed all around them, He was sleeping in peace. How could He do that? Simply because He had complete confidence in His Father, and He knew that no matter what was going on in the world around Him, the Father would take care of Him. This is a revelation we must appropriate in our hearts.

If you accepted Jesus, then He is in you now and all that He is and represents is inside of you, in your spirit. Having Him in your life means you have His power, His anointing, peace, love, joy, and everything else God wants you to have to be successful in Him.

Meditate on this today and know that Jesus is in you. Have complete faith, trust, and confidence in Him. Know that no matter what you are going through in your life, Jesus is in control, and He will deliver you.

 

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Give Your Burdens to Jesus

Dear Friends,
If you are going through one of those seasons in your life when you feel burdened by everything you have going on, I encourage you to give them all to the Lord. He is waiting with open arms to receive you with all your luggage. He will take up your burdens and carry them for you. The devotional for today will remind you that Jesus will take care of you.

Give Your Burdens to the Lord
# 302
Psalm 55:22 (NLT)

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

How often do you feel burdened to the point of giving up? Most of us feel the burdens of life to be overwhelming at some point during our lives. The Bible tells us to give our burdens to the Lord for He will help us carry them. He cares for us and is always willing to carry us through every situation.
Anything can become a burden when there is no grace. But through His grace we are able to handle the trials of life and overcome difficult situations. Giving our burdens to God means we trust Him fully. It means we know He loves us and He will never abandon us.

Your work should not be or become a burden to you. If it is a burden right now, ask God what His will for you is, what your next step should be, and to help you carry your burdens. He will not let you fall. Remember, with Jesus, the yoke is easy and the burden is light (Matthew 11:30 KJV).

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Dear Friends,
I have been away for a few weeks and have not had time to write. I’m back from attending a two-week school and I’m in need of much rest. So today, I would like to share with you one of the devotionals from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds us to trust God to give us peace and rest. Enjoy!

Trusting God Gives You Peace
#330

Psalm 4:8 (NLT)
I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Knowing that God is in control of your life will give you peace, joy, and rest. When you go to bed at night, examine your heart and ask yourself daily, “who is in control of my life?” If the answer is “me,” then stop and give that control to the Lord. Surrender to Him again. This is a daily prayer and act of trust. It is a normal tendency to take over your life and circumstances once again, after you just surrendered them to God. You must trust Him and know He will deliver you from the current circumstances you’re in and He will keep you safe.

If you have a job you love, thank God for it every day. If you are asking God for a new job, also thank Him for the future job He has for you and don’t get weary in believing and trusting Him. You are not alone. He will never leave you nor forsake you. When you know this, you will lie down in peace and sleep.

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Dear Friends,
There are times in our lives when we need to make decisions based on the choices and opportunities we have at the time. Each choice we make has consequences and, therefore, we must choose carefully. But how do we know which way to go? What if both choices look good for us? Today I want to share with you one of the devotionals from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that encourages us to not worry about tomorrow. We must trust God and that He has a plan for us. We must trust that His Holy Spirit is within us to make the right choice with the information we have at hand. Then, we have to leave the situation in His hands and not worry about tomorrow for He will help us then too.

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow
#301
Matthew 6:34 (Weymouth)

Do not be anxious, therefore, about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own anxieties. Enough for each day is its own trouble.

Do you worry about tomorrow? Do you worry about losing your job? Did you know that worry is the opposite of faith? Fear and worry rob us of God’s peace and rest. In His Word, God tells us to not worry. In fact, He commands us not to worry. Why? Because worry shows lack of faith and trust in Him. When we worry, we are telling God that what He says in His Word doesn’t work, so we are coming up with a better solution ourselves.

Did you know that God has feelings? God, as a Father, gave up His only Son and sacrificed Him so we may have life. By worrying, we are saying that what Jesus did was not worth it to us and that hurts God. Yet He doesn’t keep track of hurts, and He forgives us on a daily basis.
God gives us grace for one day at a time. Each day has its troubles—sometimes big and other times small—either way, we must confront and resolve each one.

Therefore, don’t worry about the future. Give it to the Lord. Work hard today and know that He is in charge and in control of your life.

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Trust God Only

Dear Friends,
Today I was reading this devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women about putting our trust in God and not in humans and want to share it with you. We need to continually remind ourselves that it is God the one who can do something about our situations or challenges, not people. When we trust Him, He comes through for us.

Don’t Put Your Trust in Humans
# 300
Isaiah 2:22 (NLT)

Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?

It is sad to see how people trust men more than God in many, if not all, areas of their lives. In today’s job market, we cannot trust other people or companies to provide us a job for life. It simply doesn’t work that way anymore. Companies are bought and sold as an everyday occurrence with little thought of the employees’ well-being. It is a look out for yourself environment. Our only source for a job is God. He is the only one we can trust to provide and meet every need in our lives—including our jobs.

It is unhealthy for a leader to promise job security for their employees and say they will never be fired. This is a manipulative and controlling tactic that creates a dependency on the employer from the employee’s part. In that environment, employees don’t have an incentive to improve their performance, and they get lazy. The company ends up with unmotivated employees causing productivity to decline. Those same employees become deadweight employees who can’t be fired because the leader doesn’t want to break his promise. At the same time, it creates a false sense of loyalty on the employee’s part. They think they can’t leave the company because they are not being loyal to their leader. It is a lose-lose situation in every way.

We are to be loyal and trust God only to provide for our job security, not trust a man, or a company. We are to obey God and go where He wants us to go. We are to do our best and be the best employee we can wherever God places us.

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Dear Friends,
Have you been waiting for a desire of your heart that has yet to come true? God’s Word has many promises for all humanity such as salvation but He also has special promises for each one of us. Sometimes though His timing and our timing are not the same and we need to wait until He’s ready to bring it to pass. Today I want to share one of the devotionals from my book, Devotions for Working Women, that encourages us by reminding us that God does give us the desires of our hearts. Enjoy!

God Gives us the Desires of Our Hearts
#303

Psalm 37:4-5 (NLT)
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.

God places desires in our hearts. When we delight in Him (take time to be with Him, spend time in His presence, and fellowship with Him), He will give us those desires. When we commit ourselves to do everything unto the Lord, He will help us achieve our goals. In other words, when we spend time with Him, we give Him an opportunity to change us, to exchange old desires with new ones. Therefore, when we desire what He put in our hearts, He will help us achieve those desires because He put them there in the first place.

Are you spending enough time with the Lord to give Him the opportunity to place those desires in your heart? What kind of job do you desire to have? Are you in the industry you desire to be?

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God Can Give You More Grace

Dear Friends,
We often may feel that things we were able to do before now have become a burden. Why? The reason is because the grace has lifted. When there is no grace, the supernatural help from God is gone and all that is left are our human capabilities which are limited. If you are experiencing a situation right now where you feel you have no grace left to continue, don’t get discourage. God is there and can give you additional grace to go on. All you have to do is ask. That is what I have done regarding a situation I am going through right now with my relatives. I trust God that He will help me. Today, I want to share this devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to give our burdens to God.

Give Your Burdens to the Lord
# 302
Psalm 55:22 (NLT)

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

How often do you feel burdened to the point of giving up? Most of us feel the burdens of life to be overwhelming at some point during our lives. The Bible tells us to give our burdens to the Lord for He will help us carry them. He cares for us and is always willing to carry us through every situation.

Anything can become a burden when there is no grace. But through His grace we are able to handle the trials of life and overcome difficult situations. Giving our burdens to God means we trust Him fully. It means we know He loves us and He will never abandon us.

Your work should not be or become a burden to you. If it is a burden right now, ask God what His will for you is, what your next step should be, and to help you carry your burdens. He will not let you fall. Remember, with Jesus, the yoke is easy and the burden is light (Matthew 11:30 KJV).

You can purchase Devotions for Working Women at www.amazon.com.

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What about Tomorrow?

Dear Friends,
Today is a new day and I encourage you to thank God for everything He has done for you and not worry about tomorrow. He is in control and He will guide each one of your steps if you let Him. Today’s devotional reminds us that God gives us grace for each day. Enjoy!

Don’t Worry about Tomorrow
301
Matthew 6:34 (Weymouth)

Do not be anxious, therefore, about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own anxieties. Enough for each day is its own trouble.

Do you worry about tomorrow? Do you worry about losing your job? Did you know that worry is the opposite of faith? Fear and worry rob us of God’s peace and rest. In His Word, God tells us to not worry. In fact, He commands us not to worry. Why? Because worry shows lack of faith and trust in Him. When we worry, we are telling God that what He says in His Word doesn’t work, so we are coming up with a better solution ourselves.

Did you know that God has feelings? God, as a Father, gave up His only Son and sacrificed Him so we may have life. By worrying, we are saying that what Jesus did was not worth it to us and that hurts God. Yet He doesn’t keep track of hurts, and He forgives us on a daily basis.

God gives us grace for one day at a time. Each day has its troubles—sometimes big and other times small—either way, we must confront and resolve each one.

Therefore, don’t worry about the future. Give it to the Lord. Work hard today and know that He is in charge and in control of your life.

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