Look at Him again

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” ~ Jeremiah 2:13

As hard as it is to admit, I plead the fifth! Just must recently I had to do a heart check. I needed to ask myself very tough questions. After answering everything, I realized how quick I lost my identity. It blew my mind that this was my reality. It fathom me of how difficult it was to reach a certain level with the Lord, and how quick it slipped away.

I LOST MY FOCUS! Those few minutes where I prioritized wrongly, affected me down the road. I SHIFTED MY FOCUS! I ALLOWED MY EYES TO GUIDE ME! I ALLOWED MY HEART TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR ME! Just like that everything shifted.

But for the glory of God, and the conviction from the Holy Spirit He rescued me once again. As I read this devotional, I couldn’t help but share again.Maybe none of you are going through this and amen for that; but maybe some of you are. I was in that same spot. I was there thinking, “how can I go back to God after what I just did to him.” In a moment of desperation I heard the Lord say to me, “Just look at me again Victoria, just look at me again”.

The Lord’s love for us is immeasurable! If you lost sight on God, don’t beat yourself up for it. Don’t waste more time planning the perfect way to go back. “Just look at him again”. Redirect your focus! There is no condemnation but forgiveness when we fully repent from our sins.

“Family is a noble cause, but it’s not the spring of living water. For 18 years, my constant concern has been one or both of my children. I just dropped off my oldest child at college. My second child is about to turn sixteen and start driving. The illusion of control has slipped away. My temptation is to look to my family’s well-being as my source of life. If they are doing well, then I seem to be doing well. If one of them is a wreck, then I’m a wreck.

The reality is that we’re all looking somewhere for our source of true life. You may be looking to your job, your spouse, your friends, your bank account, or your activities to bring you satisfaction and meaning. Like family, all of these things are gifts from our heavenly Father. The problem is that none of these gifts are promised. These gifts can exit our lives just as fast as they entered. Our health can be compromised, a child can derail, a relationship can end, and we are left empty. They were broken cisterns that could never hold water.

Jeremiah is crying out to a people who have turned their backs on God. They have committed two sins. They turned away from God, and they turned to someone or something else as their source of living water. Only Jesus promises us water that springs up to eternal life. Only Jesus promises to satisfy our thirst.

As you consider your relationship with God, are you focused on him as the priority relationship in your life? Or have you turned to someone or something else for your satisfaction? Your true source of peace and satisfaction cannot come from your ministry accomplishments, your perfect family, or your best friends. At some point, they will all let you down. Even on their best days, they will not be enough.

Turn back to Jesus Christ. He is the only One who can satisfy your soul.

By: Amy Edge

Wiregrass Church”

Victoria 💛

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In the morning 🙌🏼

Just wanted to share this beautiful devotional that I read today. Reading it reminded me of how awesome our Lord is. He is truly a gentleman! Although he knows and sees all, he loves to be invited in. How beautiful it is that we can wake up everyday and just welcome God and assure him that “today he has full control of everything”.

For those who days are coming to an end, mediate on these words tomorrow morning! Right in the beginning of your day, seek the Lord and dedicate the day totally to Him. For those who are slowly waking up right now, I hope these words bring a smile to your face and heart.

“The apostle Paul has just spent the first eleven chapters of Romans establishing Jesus Christ as the sole basis for our salvation and grace as the means by which every believer lives. In response to such great mercy, Paul writes that the most logical response is worship. He’s not talking about singing songs; he’s talking about the dedication of our entire beings to God’s service.

From this verse, I began a habit of mentally going through a process of offering myself to God. It goes something like this:

God, today I dedicate my mind to you. I want to think on things that are good, right, pure, and excellent. I want to take captive any thoughts that aren’t from you. I want to remember your past faithfulness when I am tempted to doubt.

Today, I dedicate my eyes to you. I want to see others the way you see them. I want to view my circumstances through the lens of hope and faith. I want to look at life as one who is confident that you are with me.

Today, I dedicate my ears to you. I want to hear your voice above all the others clamoring for my attention. I want to listen to you and to honor others by listening well to them.

Today, I dedicate my mouth to you. I want my words to be life-giving. I want to speak honestly and sincerely. I want to think before I speak. I want to let others have the last word.

Today, I dedicate my heart to you. I want my heart to be pure and undivided. I want to master my emotions, not serve them. I want my dreams and desires to please you.

Today, I dedicate my hands to you. I want to work hard at whatever I put my hands to. I want to touch others in love and goodwill. I want my hands to be open for whatever you want to give me and willing to release anything you want me to surrender.

Today, I dedicate my feet to you. I want to go wherever you send me. I want to walk toward the messes, not run from them. I want to stand firmly upon the truth and not stumble.

The most important relationship I have deserves my greatest expression of worship: a dedicated life.”

By: Elaine Scott

Browns Bridge Church

~ Victoria 💛

It’s been a while !

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” ~ Romans 8:18

God bless brothers and sisters! It’s been a while but who’s counting! This time away has been a blessing in disguise. For if we have Christ and try to live a Christ center life, anything under the sun would not be in vain ( “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV). Don’t know where to begin for God is finishing where he has me and beginning something new ! hallelujah !!

Side note, I want to share something God has placed in my heart! I have shared in a couple of previous blogs the power of prayer and the power of consist prayer! Now God has showed me a different perspective to it! God was not lying when he made prayer the essential piece to inheriting everything. Prayer is a huge umbrella with so many essential pieces to it. The more mature you get in the walk the more he shows you a different side to praying.

Question: How do you pray ? (There is no wrong way to praying by the way. As long as you are being sincere and seeking the Lord, He will be pleased.)

For the past week the Lord has been showing me that prayer is necessary in this walk. However there is certain topics that when we pray we need to speak prayers of declaration! The best way to declare through prayer, is with scripture. The enemy could try to go against us when we speak with no belief. However if we declare through prayer the words of the Lord, the enemy has no access.

My Pastors are very big on learning verses and it wasn’t until recently that I understood. It’s not to show off how much verses you know when you are having a conversation or preaching a sermon. It’s to fight back the enemy when he tries to distract us in our faith. For example: “ Stop messing with me enemy. “ Now with scripture. “Enough is enough. For no weapon form against me will prosper. My El Shaddai is my almighty God, He will take care of me always. What I ask in prayer I will receive.”

Did you feel the differences when you just read that out loud ?

Prayer with scriptures give the enemy no chance at all!

Victoria 💛

The physical part of you !

“The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. ” 1 Corinthians 6: 19 (MSG) We have learned that the Holy Spirit inhabits our spirit. Well, God also says that the body He gave you is a place where He dwells. It’s a temple! The NIV translates the above scripture like this. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” It’s important to understand that your body, your soul and your spirit all contain the Spirit of God. He gets to inhabit the whole of you! It’s also important to realize how intrinsically each part is linked and connected to the others. Therefore, it is impossible to do something with your body that doesn’t touch and have an effect on your soul and spirit. When it comes to living a VIBRANT life, which Ephesians 1: 4 tells us we have been called to, we must understand this includes our whole being. Your body is valuable to God because it houses Him and therefore the way you care for and protect it matters to God. He views your body as a place of holiness. I love the verse in the Bible that talks about being an athlete. “So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9: 26–27 (NLT)”

This insect is by Havilah Cunnington booked called, “Radical growth”.

This is a beautiful reminder of how close our Lord is. The beautiful reminder of the trinity, and the oneness we have with God. It’s important to treat all that he has given to us with the delicates that it all belongs to him. That all that he gives to us we honor it and give the Lord the glory he deserves.

Blessings!

~ Victoria 💛

THE GREAT EXCHANGE

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16 NIV

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

All Christians are very familiar with John 3:16. Whether you are new in the walk or a veteran. This is the first verse that we get taught because it’s a crucial verse that explains just how much God loves us. As crucial as it is, it gets overlooked way to often! When God gave his son, he gave it all! He gave his son and within his son we received a flow of overwhelming YESES toward us! God didn’t want us to perish so he gave us his son. Which is why today we can say such things like;

• Here’s my broken heart lord~ I delight in the broken-hearted. (Psalm 34:18)

• Here’s my trouble mind Lord ~ The Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf, in your moments of weakness and troubles. (Romans 8:26)

• Lord I can’t find peace~ My peace surpasses all. (Philippians 4:6-7)

• Lord look at my financial needs~ I will meet all your needs according to my riches. (Philippians 4:19)

• Lord I feel alone ~ Be strong and courageous; for he will never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

• Lord I feel you far away from me ~ The Lord is far from the wicked but near the righteous. (Psalm 15:29)

• Lord I feel weak ~ Come to me all who are with heavy loads and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

These are not even half of the riches that we have when we accept the Lord. It’s not enough speaking our love for the Lord but not living that radical love out. It’s not enough to praise certain days or when we are in a horrible situation. There’s no such thing as a part time christian! God sees all and in the midst of all, he sees who seeks him whole heartedly. In Matthew 15:8 the Lord reminds us that, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” If you feel like your far away from God or that he is far away from you; analyze where your heart is at. Without fail we are the ones that run away from God. God never forsakes us. He is always there waiting in the same spot we left him.

Draw closer to God today. He is gentle toward his children. He is waiting for you to forgive yourself because he has already forgiven you. He’s waiting for you to return to his arms!

God bless !

~ Victoria 💛

God is truth! 💚

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32 NIV

Have you ever wanted to know the truth so bad that when you hear it, you aren’t truly ready to hear it ?

The truth will set you free! The truth is not always good and it’s not always bad. However the truth is always a step forward! The truth will always free you! Now the free part might be difficult because it’s probably a freedom you didn’t wish for. This does not change though that you are free.

I once thought that the life I was walking in was a great one. It felt like everything I wanted, and looked great from thee inside. I was in the inside of this supposedly life, yet the truth showed me just how out I really was. Little by little I was falling apart and thought this was a great thing! I thought god was breaking me! I thought I was close to a breakthrough I didn’t even know I needed! I was very close to a breakthrough but it was painful! The breakthrough was finding out the truth. The truth of who I really was. The truth of what my life really was. The truth of what I believed was truth but turned out to be a lie. Although it was painful, I was free! Free to see my life for what it really was. Free to work on the real issues. Free to cry out and now know what I’m crying about. FREE TO RUN TO GOD AND BEG HIM TO FIX MY LIFE! I was free!

The bondages of lies might feel good in the moment, but that isn’t life. Living is living boldly in the truth. Lies keeps doors shut until they burst. Truth open doors and leads you to greater truths. Lies cheats you from growth. Truth allows you to grow! God is truth, and lies are from the enemy !

Self Care Sunday…Start your week off with a worship heart. 💚

In seasons of wanting, may we remember that a giving heart is always rewarded. Whatever you are expecting from this week, may you welcome it with a grateful heart.

For a couple of weeks this song has been making me feel a peace, that only the Lord can provide. This song has bought clarity into my not so great days. It has reminded me over and over how much the Lord works for my favor. This song has shed light in many areas of my life, but most importantly in the areas where I have felt alone. Yet in my moments of loneliness the Lord has covered me. The Lord has loved me. The lord has chased me down, leaving me with only open hands to receive him.

I hope this song can be a blessing for you all, as well.

“Reckless Love by Cory Asbury”

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me

You have been so, so good to me

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me

You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me

You have been so, so good to me

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

You have been so, so kind to me

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah”

God bless!

~Victoria💛

“Are you so foolish…”

“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” Galatians 3: 3 (NIV)

How big is your trust in the Lord? Do you find yourself strong in your faith, until you notice that possibly your strength could get it done ? Are you depending on the Holy Spirit or your own fleshly power?

The power that is within you is from the Lord. Whatever power that is within you that is not from the Lord, has an expiration date! Whatever power that is, is rooted in disobedience and is ignoring the power of the Holy Spirit ! When we ignore the Holy Spirit many things occur.

Some examples are:

• Jobs lost

• Relationships fall apart

• Family break apart

• Negative friends

• Spiritual life gets weak

• Ministries become weak if you were in leadership position (this is not an all the time thing)

• Abandoned purpose and walk

Over all when you use your own strength, eventually our own strength won’t be enough. When it runs out, how it affects you will determine how it could affect those around you !

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” ~ Zechariah 4:6

God bless !

~ Victoria 💚

Self care Sunday!

Self care Sunday, and into the week ahead!

Preparation is key! I will never get tired of saying those three words! I have said it many times in my prior blogs but a friendly reminder does no harm.

Today is a day where many will be getting ready for the week. For many today might look like; service in the morning and straight into lazy day. For others it might be a laundry, clean the house, food shopping, homework assignments, studying type of day. All those schedules are great to have but it’s also important to make time to spiritually prepare yourself for another week of blessings. Whether it ends up being a easy, or hard week! Every week we pass is another week by the grace of God, we have overcome! It’s important to present ourselves to God and let him know our goal for this week and expectations. It’s important to lay out our desires and ask God that if it’s his will, make this week all that we can imagine.

It’s also important that we get mentally prepared for every start of the week. Prayer is very much needed. However faith and endurance is a most. We must learn to endure whatever is ahead with the same grace that the Lord has given us. We must understand that prayer does not substitute actions we must still take. Prayer delivers the communication between God and us, and allows God to be invited personally into our life on a daily bases. Prayer is a heads up of what we are about to endure and take a leap of faith in. God wants prayer to be affective and not to create a lazy spirit. Prayer is actively declaring your next step. Is not for pausing your walk and resting too deep in the Lord that you fall asleep in your purpose!

Bible verse for the week !

“Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.” ~ Ezekiel 38:7-9

You must prepare for the land your about to step into. That land could be preparation for a blessing or for future endurance. That land will have all types of people. People who are for you and against you. Your preparation will built your endurance. The endurance you will need to finish strong and grab your promises!

Blessing !

~ Victoria 💚

Abide (AAA – Accept, Act, in Accordance)

Abide in my words.

Abide in my wisdom.

Abide in my purpose.

Abide constantly in obedience.

Abide to me as I to you.

Abide whole heartedly even in your weakness.

Abide to survive offenses for more often than not you will be persecuted.

Accept your calling.

Accept your authority.

Accept correction in time of worry.

Accept the training from your testimony.

Accept the confidence and walk boldly.

Accept, act and walk in accordance.

Any step toward abiding, is one step toward progress.

This list can go on forever, but it’s evident that this topic is important. The Lord was very clear that we must abide in him to walk this walk. We must have an oneness with him at all times. We cannot do anything without him! We are lifeless without him! But we are very much alive when we are walking with him! To abide is to accept! To accept is to act! And to act is to walk in accordance! Abide, accept, act, and accordance. It’s impossible to limit any of these words if we want to walk this walk right.

One of the Lord’s biggest desire for us, is to be with us. There is so much power that comes from abiding. There’s no secret that two are better than one. There’s no secret that the power comes from abiding in obedience toward God. There’s no secret that when we walk in obedience the father’s love is seen more clearly. Take the dust off your eyes and abide in the Lord. Don’t get side tracked with what you want to see but don’t. How you abide, accept, and act according to your purpose; is what helps you see spiritually what’s really in front of you.

Below are some bible verses;

•“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

•“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” ~John 15:4-11

•“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” ~1 John 4:16

PRAYER:

“Lord I thank you for reaching for me in the moment you found me. I thank you for all your promises of you truly loving me and wanting me. In my moments of weakness and in my moments of strength, help me abide in your word. Help me accept whatever it is for I could move forward, in this walk. I want to be one accord with you. I know I can’t do this alone and understand that you didn’t want me to embark it alone. I understand that you are the light, lighting my every step. I understand that I have you to lean on always. I understand that I need you in this walk. Thank you for rescuing me over and over again. Amen.”

God bless you brothers and sisters,

~ Victoria 💚