DEVOTIONAL: Seeing Struggles instead of Faith

Do you look at someone who has had a breakthrough in their life and then wonder why they still struggle if their faith is so great? There is a fallacy that says, “Oh if you’re a Christian, and you’ve had all these miracles in your life, then all your troubles are gone and your life is just “peachy” now. Well, let me tell you that peaches also bruise easily! Perhaps you look at people who have accomplished things and then question that they should even have struggles? If you question other people’s walk of faith based on their troubles or successes, then your eyes are not on Jesus. As a Believer in Jesus, can you honestly say that your own life is without struggle either?

Struggles and trials are meant to draw us closer to the Lord, but that’s not all. They are meant to teach us to climb higher, to learn to trust God more and to learn more about how to walk in the measure of faith we possess. Sometimes we wonder why we end up going through certain struggles when we are praying for it to change. There are times when we go through these struggles because God already knows he can trust us to go through it with his grace. He can then use us in a greater capacity.

Each person’s journey will be different, but the lessons we learn are always similar. Many of those lessons teach us to trust God more, to walk humbly, and to walk in the authority we have in Christ. As we go through struggles in life, God uses these lessons to prepare us. What is God preparing us for? He’s preparing each of us to walk in our destiny and our calling, as an overcomer in Christ. Whatever you’re facing, it’s important to remember to take your eyes off others who seem to be doing better than you, or those you question should have greater faith.

The Word of God gives us the instruction we need to change our perspective, and move our eyes from others.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ISV)

5 TRUST IN THE LORD with all your heart,
and DO NOT DEPEND on your OWN UNDERSTANDING.
6 In all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE HIM,
and he will make YOUR paths straight.

Step 1 – Trust the Lord
Step 2 – Don’t assume you understand or know what’s best
Step 3 – Acknowledge him, or consult him for direction
Step 4 – Let him lead you. He will make your paths straight.

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CATCH THE VISION FOR THE PASSION PROJECT: Come to the Cross

This is the music video “My Deliverer” by Laurie Marks Vincent. It won a VidWatch Award and two “top ten” nominations with the Artists Music Guild, and Lamplight Film Fest. Most importantly, it has impacted many to hold on and keep believing, reporting back that many received their breakthrough.  I pray the song ministers to you then keep reading below.

Hi Friends,

I’m really burdened to finish the Passion Project to reach the lost. The Passion Project is really a mission or assignment and I know I must finish it before the Lord’s return as a tool of evangelism. The lost will be won for Jesus. God never gives you a dream that fits your budget. He wants us to respond in faith and step forward. I’m stepping forward and believing that God is speaking to many of you to step forward also.

Come to the Cross is an evangelistic song with a powerful story in the song. The song is Phase 1 of The Passion Project and was the result of a vision God showed me and he is leading me now to finish the music production and recording of this “Passion Song”.

Below you will find a video that shares the story behind this song and plans for Phase 2, an evangelistic video. It’s also an appropriate theme, as we are in the season of the Passover. If you have the heart to reach the lost with the message of the Gospel, please consider an offering to partner with me on this project. Thank you & God bless you richly.

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JUST FOR YOU

Hi Friends,

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back for a moment.  It’s so great to hear from those who regularly follow my posts on Facebook.  It has been a ministry of its own apart from all that I do.  I do want to thank you for your comments, feedback, and support when I have also needed to be lifted up. This is a friendship across the miles, and around the world.  I never would have dreamed of this before and I thank God for you.

Below you will find a FREE Ebook that you can download, that is just a short story, that I’m sure will be a blessing to you. It has mystery, family, love, swords, and spiritual warfare. It’s a message that I pray, will minister to you.

But there’s more …. 

Besides posting those encouraging posts on Facebook, this is also an opportunity for you to learn more about what I do and about this ministry. 

I’m a Speaker, Singer-Songwriter, Author and Visual Artist. I’ve been working in and weaving through these giftings now for more than 30 years. oh-oh! Did I just reveal my age? LOL  My ministry is also a department of ACT International, a registered charity in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the short E-book, below, you will find some links for you to explore, but most of all I want you to know about the most recent project I’m working on.

The new project is called, The Passion Song, Come to the Cross.    This is the most important project that I will ever work on because it is the message of the Gospel to the lost.  This is only Part 1 of the project. Part 2 includes a video with the song. It will compare to a Passion of the Christ movie in just 5 minutes.  I’ll be explaining more about the story and the song later. I promise that you won’t be disappointed if you follow along and support this project.  The details can be found here on Facebook.

My Deliverer, the music video

The song “My Deliverer” received two top ten nominations.  One from the Artists Music Guild, at the time, hailing from Nashville TN and a second from the Fam Film Fest, at the time that it was taking place in the Carolines, United States.  It also won a “VidWatch” Award for Best Independent Artist Music Video.

May you be blessed as you watch it.

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Blessings in Christ,

 

 

Come to the Cross

Come to the Cross is an evangelistic song with a powerful story in the song. The song was the result of a vision God showed me and he is leading me now to finish the music production and recording of this “Passion Song”.

I will be sharing a video about the story behind this song next week. It’s also an appropriate theme, as we approach the Passover Season. If you have the heart to reach the lost with the message of the Gospel, please consider an offering to partner with me on this song.

You can give directly on my website.

 

 

What is Christmas Really About?

Christmas is a time of celebration. While we celebrate the Christmas season, many warn of its Pagan roots. It’s true that Jesus was not born on Dec 25th. Long ago, the Roman Catholic Church may have designated this date as Christ’s birth, perhaps as a means to distract people from the Pagan practices of the Winter Solstice. There are many clues in scripture and Historians have learned that Jesus was actually born in the Spring. However, there is something wondrous about the love of God. The date does not matter when it comes to behold the Savior. We can celebrate his saving grace, and receive his peace and redemption at any time. Now, at Christmas time, the celebration intensifies because it seems the whole world is waiting, watching and listening for a message of hope. He is the hope that the world is looking for. Use this time, to remind others that he loved us so much that he left his throne in glory, humbled himself and was born as a babe. He made it a mission to spend time with his own creation. Tell people that through his birth, his time on earth and death and resurrection, that he demonstrated his love for us and every single soul, past, present and future, on this earth.

The Colour of Christmas

We’re just one week away from this very special event.

It’s an intimate evening of stories and songs, to celebrate the season, held at the cozy Fireside Grill in London Ontario.  There will be a Dinner and Fellowship time at 6:15 pm and a concert at 7 pm. The deadline for Advance tickets to order the meal has passed, and all other ticket obligations are only as you are able to pay, since all funds go to The Blessing Fund to help families in crisis situations. I hope to see you there.

See more details about this event

and visit The Blessing Fund Online

 

NEW SONG – Everyday Miracles

Hey Everyone,

I’m really excited to share this song with you. There is quite a story and a journey for me personally behind this song and why I wrote it. I hope to share this story when the timing is right.  I’m also very thankful for the opportunity to record this song and really appreciate the support of Life 100.3, Canada’s Christian Superstation, that sponsored this recording costs of this song. All the glory belongs to God.

This is a simple lyric video for the song Everyday Miracles. I pray you’ll enjoy it and find it a blessing.

MATTERS OF THE HEART- Judge & Jury.

Judge or Jury

What I’m about to share is not because I’m an expert. As a matter of fact, there is nothing in this article that has anything to do with the merit of being a graduate of a Christian psychology program. The only reason I’m sharing this is due to extremely profound personal experiences that have given me insight and understanding about myself and healing, through the eyes of Jesus.

Do you know why you or other people judge? It comes out of their own insecurities or regrets. A person who judges how other people look, dress, or is critical in any way, has a need to be elevated or felt better about themselves. Here is an example. Perhaps someone comes to work wearing something that comes from decades back? I think, “She needs a makeover!” There is a difference between being critical about a person and being a constructive influence in their life.

There is also the story of the young woman, Sherry, who was stranded across the country. While all her siblings were able to help her in some way, one brother, John, who was furthest away wasn’t able to. He had obligations and his hands were tied. When he finally reached her, the other sister, Candace said, “I was so glad to hear from the Mechanic and get the things she needed so that she was no longer stranded.” At the moment John heard this, he felt his sister Candace was boasting and so he took offence. He became offended because, in his heart, he felt inadequate about not being able to respond to Sherry’s need earlier. His offence was stirred by feelings of inadequacy.

These are soul issues. They stem from our mind, our free will and emotions. Examining the root issues of our feelings and actions will help us have greater insight into the conflicts we face. First, we take a look at ourselves.

So now the challenge has been presented.  Do you see how and why you judge and others judge?

Five Reasons We Judge: (1) Insecure (2) Jealous (3) scared, (4) lonely, (5) a need for change.

When you look deep inside, can you identify with one of those listed above?

Five Things Judging Does: 1) Hurts other people 2) Elevates your own self above others (3) Keeps wrong perspectives 4) Perpetuates negativity in your life (5) Unknowingly, you’re also judging yourself.

HOW TO STOP JUDGING
Stop judging yourself. God sees you through the eyes of Jesus. Confess your weakness and sin and let him cleanse you. Then breathe again. Look for the positive, don’t peg people in one hole. Don’t base your opinions of others on what you have known from their past.  Try to see everything with the love of Jesus. Keep in mind that in order to love like Jesus, you have to experience his love for you first. For some who have been habitually critical, this can be a learning curve to change your ways, but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Phil 4:13)

Monitor your thoughts and your heart. In Mark 7:20-22, Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, SLANDER, pride, foolishness. Perhaps you’ve never thought of judging as a form of slander but it is. We are instructed in scripture to renew our mind. Change your thoughts. Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

HOW TO REALLY CHANGE
Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Colossians 3:16 tells us, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. — I believe your answer is not only found in the Word of God, but also through the Word of God dwelling within you.

The bottom line is judging is a form of pride. Refusing to see the errors in your own way, arguing that someone is wrong, or the act of judging others, revealing your own self-righteousness, is an act of pride.

These are strong words, but we only have to realize that we are human. Since the time of the Fall with Adam and Eve, pride is the only obstacle because that is how Lucifer fell. While the devil is the reason for our pride, if we understand our emotions, we can choose to respond in a manner that glorifies God.

How to respond when we are judged.

1) Take a compassionate viewpoint. It’s really hard to do this. The closer the person is to you, the more hurtful it is, and this makes it even more challenging. Realize that those who judge, are hurting and responding from the soul. (mind, will and emotions) They haven’t tapped into what their own insecurity is, their own pride and so their perception is skewed. Their judgement is a knee-jerk reaction from their soul.

2) You know the truth. There is no one who knows you better than God and you. Together, you can affirm what you know as truth or a need to examine your heart deeper.

3) People can’t make you feel anything. If you are responding with hurt or an offence, then you are accepting the hurt and wicked cycle that judgement offers. There’s no denying that hurtful words hurt, but it’s our choice whether to receive them or not. I’ve been guilty of a quick response to hurtful words. This is not wise. It doesn’t give you a chance to change your attitude and thinking before responding.

4) A Love Response.

What if someone is trying to lovingly correct me? In every case, words of kindness that indicate your value and worth will come before words of correction. Correction feels like you’re being guided and encouraged.  Judgement is different because it’s an accusation and usually comes from someone else’s perception or point of view.

Even most recently, hindsight has helped me to realize that when I feel someone is judging me, the best choice of words derive a “Love Response”. I should have said, “I appreciate you but this is not necessarily true. I’m sorry you feel that way, but I’m just working it out between me and God.”

A final word on the most powerful action you can do when you are judged or in conflict with someone. Forgive.  It helps you move on, it sets you free, and shows the fruit of God’s love instilled in you.