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Pearls of Hope, Inspiration and Encouragement

Surviving the Storm

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Have you all of a sudden found yourself catapulted into a storm?  Here in Texas, and the closer you get to the Gulf, you feel the force of the storm more strongly.  Those whose homes are built right on the ocean front, be it here in Galveston or along the coast anywhere in the world will feel the effects first and the hardest.  To be able to stand the vicitudes of the storm you must have a strong firm foundation, one that is no doubt able to withstand ANY storm that may arise.  There are some homes built right upon the water, some a ways off, and whenever a storm rises, these houses takes the brunt of the impact, some losing trees, bushes, awnings, patio furniture, windows... some even take water in, on the inside.  And although the rain fell and the floods invaded, the winds beat upon you, if your foundation is sure and settled, the house will stand.

We are like that house, we as believers, must be firm and settled, built on a sure foundation in the word of God, knowing who and whose we are so that when the Storms of life come, we can and will survive the storms.  The ones who are to do the most predicted damage has been given a name, even in the days of Paul, the storm was called a Eurolycodon, we must be anchored in the word, so that when they come, and they will, that even if we lose a window or two, even if the trees is uproots, and the "house" take on more than what  it look like it can, if it is settled on a Rock as it's foundation and not the sand, it will stand, it will survive.

Have you ever felt like life was just overtaking you and you felt as if you were drowning in the sea, the sea of pain, anger, misunderstandings, losses, setbacks, hurt, divorce, broken relationships, the storm of discombobulated families, the storm of struggling to survive?  If you will just hang on to a piece of your faith, you will make it, you will survive the storm, just whatever you do, do not give up, you may be blown across the room, knocked to the floor, you may have had your breath taken from that LAST wave, just don't give up,  Jesus promises to be with you IN the storm, and when He is there, Peace is there~

 

 

Picking Pearls

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A MAN TO CHEAT ON YOU, AND HE LIED ABOUT IT, BUT THE TRUTH CAME OUT IN COURT WHEN HE HAD TO APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? HAPPENED TO ME 3 TIMES IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, AND FOR SOME REASON, MEN THINK BECAUSE WE FORGIVE THEM FOR THEIR STUPIDITY, THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP BEING STUPID WITH THEM. MY STUPID DA...YS ARE OVER, I DON'T KNOW WHY THE "BISHOP" IS STILL TEXTING ME AND TELLING ME TO SAVE HIS NEW NUMBER. NOT BEING MESSY, BUT ONE MORE TEXT AND I WILL CONFRONT HIS WIFE ON FACEBOOK. CLARIFY: I HAVE KNOWN THIS MAN FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS, LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A FACEBOOK, SO I "FELT" IT WOULD BE SAFE, BUT... IF YOU WOULD PRAY AND SEEK HIS FACE, GOD WILL ALWAYS EXPOSE A DOG, A WOLF, AND A SCAM IN HIS DUE TIME, IF YOU (ME) WOULD JUST LISTEN.

I DON'T KNOW WHO IS TRAPPED BETWEEN THE PROMISE AND THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR BOO, BUT THE PROMISES HE MADE ARE RENDERED NULL AND VOID WHEN HE RAN OFF WITH AND MARRIED HER, IF YOU TAKE HIM BACK, EVEN IF HE DOES GET A DIVORCE, HE IS GOING TO DO IT AGAIN!!!! A DOG NEVER LOSES HIS BARK. I AM NOT MALE BASHING, I HAVE THREE SONS AND A GRANDSON, AND MY DADDY WAS THE EPITOME OF WHAT A MAN, A REAL MAN IS...

BE WARNED, IF YOU COME FOR ANY OTHER CAUSE THAN TO LIFT OF CHRIST, AND YOU "GOT" A WIFE, YOU WILL BE BUSTED! GAME OVER!

Pick a pearl

IF SOMEONE WAS LIKING ON YOU AT ONE TIME AND 2 MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD, YOU STUMBLE UPON THE "NEW" SPOUSE, DELETE THAT RASCAL AND REMOVE THEIR NUMBER FROM YOUR DATA BASE. THEY NEED TO KNOW WE SINGLE, WE ARE NOT STUPID, WE ARE NOT DESPERATE!!!!

Pick a pearl a day to encourage you along the life's highway

You are still standing

In the midst of struggle and one satanic attack after satanic attack, you are still standing.  Thank God for the blood of Jesus which causes us to be triumphant.  Been through hell, horrific turmoil and pain, you have been attacked in your mind, your finances and your friends have been acting aloof towards you too, but youíre still standing.  Your emotions, your job, even your heart has been sitting in the hands of the destroyer, but you can look the devil in the face as if that is all he  got and let the devil know, I am still standing.  I canít go back to that, I have ran into the blood of Jesus again today, and I am still standing.

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Itís not money, luck, fate or fortune, happiness depends on your outlook. *You have the power to be happy.*Today, treat yourself to a spa, a massage, a makeover, a manicure or a trip to the mall.*Rest*Look in the mirror and say, "Yes, I can"*You cannot be forgotten*Make today the best day of your life*Forget about yesterdays hurts and pains*Take back the power from your enemy.*You can expect Godís best, by ignoring mess!Give yourself permission to be happy.*You deserve to be happy*Make yourself happy change your thoughts*A little scent of lavender will bless your spirit*You do have a choice*New possibilities awaits you*New doors are about to open for you*Some doors are about to be closed to you*Beauty abounds within you*You can, You will, You must, go forward*Start a gratitude journal, list your blessings day by day, one by one*Wake up, look up, get up!*One isnít necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.

*Things are temporary, memories are forever.
*Count your blessings
*Count your blessings again.
*Today, restart your future.
*Yesterday, ended last night.
*Tomorrow is still too far away
*Today is filled with good things.
*Yesterday is over.
*Tomorrow MAY NOT come.
 

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Pick another pearl

Dare to step out of your comfort zone and reach for the next step on the ladder of success.  As long as you keep one foot on first base its impossible to get to second.  Go for the goal!

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It doesn't matter if the problem is major or minor, big or small, if it shuts you down, shuts you up and stiffens your progression, the result is the same.
 
Nothing is impossible with God.
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Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the GOAL.

What is your Goal, what are you aiming at?  Are you on target?  Or are you just shooting and missing the mark?  Even if you are shooting and missing, keep shooting, you'll hit the target if you don't give up, cave in or quit. 
 
Five steps to a perfect goal:
1.  Set it, and make it your goal. Know what you're aiminig for and claim it for yourself.
2. Make it measurable, how  long will it take in days, weeks, months to get it?
3. Set a deadline.  This is the day you achieve it, if you miss it, don't panic, reschedule.
4.  Break it down to what you need.  How much money will it cost, how much time will it take, how much help will you need, who can you depend on to help you?
5.  If the goal doesn't scare you...it isn't big enough, rethink it, rewrite it, redo it!
 
Just know that you have at least one cheerleader, me!  I  know you can do it.
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