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 💛