Black Friday: God’s Moving Faster Than a Black Friday Shopper!

Black Friday used to start around midnight, but now it’s starting earlier and earlier. So in the spirit of things moving so fast I posted tomorrow’s blog ahead of schedule to sink up with the theme.

God is moving so fast and it’s a new day and a new moment in time where God wants us to get up and get going on what He has called for us to do. I know it’s not easy, but God wants to bring freedom in every area of our lives.

Nothing is impossible for God so wherever you are struggling right now, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, fear, anger, grief, depression etc. Just know God wants to set you free so you can move. Move forward and don’t be left behind because God’s moving faster than a speeding bullet train, He’s moving faster than a Black Friday Shopper!

Come on, let’s go with God and make a difference in people around us each and every day!

What is God calling you to do today?

What's God calling you to do?

Laurel Live

Giving Thanks: Thoughts, Prayers and Worship!

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had an amazing day. Are you excited about what God is doing right now? He is moving so fast and bringing so much provision in every conceivable way. Bring your thanks to God and then go out and find someone to lift up this week. I promise you won’t have to look far to make a major difference in a life around you and truly bring someone hope!

Too many times this year I sort of checked out and became lazy and went my own way. I’m not waiting until 2016 to change this. There is no way I deserve all of God’s amazing goodness but He’s been doing whatever it takes to keep cheering me on and He will do the same for you.
May God give us the strength and grace to obey Him more and more in Jesus Name!

Today’s Worship:

On this Thanksgiving Day,
As we worship and we pray,
We take the time to thank you, Jesus
We take the time to thank you.

As we bow our heads and pray
And we worship at your feet, Jesus
We take the time to thank you.
We take the time to thank you.

What are you thankful for today?

Laurel Live

Body Image: Do you struggle to find Balance with Food over the Holidays?

Studies show body image struggles often begin around the age of six. Maybe it’s because we grow up here in America with so many Barbie Dolls, mirrors and general focus on what we look like. Many of us also develop negative Body Images because our moms had one and that’s what we grew up with. Sometimes the stress of the Holidays like Thanksgiving can be just enough to trigger you to start ping ponging between eating enough to not eating or anything in between. We want to enjoy the Holidays without letting our health go sideways, but that’s easier said that done at times, right?

What is the hardest thing for you about your body image, food and the holidays?

Laurel Live

God’s Love: Did You Know it Isn’t Earned Only Received?

God’s Love for us goes deep. I pray He helps us Believe it and receive it so we can share it with others.

For too many years I couldn’t receive God’s love on a regular basis because I was focused on everything I felt was too awful or too big for God. God has showed me His love can’t be earned it can only be received. We simply receive what Jesus did for us and believe it was more than enough to cover every sin and mistake we would commit during our lives.

God’s Love is a gift and not based on our performance.

His love is a gift free to us, but Jesus paid with His life and suffered so we could receive it.

How many friends do you know who would lay down their life for you?

Jesus’ death and resurrection was enough to save the whole world, and more than enough to cover the things we do and say that bring us further from God.

Romans 8

Laurel Live

Hope: Do You Ever Feel Hopeless Inside Your Heart?

Keep the Faith

No matter where you need hope right now, believe me, you can always find hope at Jesus feet. In John 15 Jesus said “Remain in Me and I will remain in you.” When we remain in Jesus we have hope. When are thoughts go into dark, negative areas we begin to quickly lose our hope. When we lose our hope we become depressed. But when we think about what Jesus did on the cross in dying for our sins and God raising Him back to life again three days later… we have hope. There’s nothing hopeless in your life that God can’t bring back to life again if it is His will. I pray that together we can remain in Jesus and that He will raise hope up on this inside of us as we think on the things that are above and not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)

More scriptures on thoughts: Scriptures on HOPE:
Philippians 4:8 Psalm 71:5
Isaiah 55:9 Hebrews 6:13-19
Isaiah 26:3 Romans 15:13
Psalm 3:2-6
I Peter 1:3-6

Where are you looking for hope inside right now?

Laurel Live

Women: Secrets to a Life of Fun, Excitement and Adventure Daily!

Young Christian women across America, and the world, how can life be full of fun and adventure daily?

Music: Listen to “Victors Crown” Hillsong Music
Written by: Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe

Secret #1.
Obey God. Live for Him 100% by simply obeying and doing whatever He tells you to do. God doesn’t want us disobeying and then sacrificing later to try and make up for our sin, He wants total surrender and obedience. We’re replaceable! In 1 Samuel 15 God was grieved at King Saul’s disobedience and in the next chapter he was anointing someone else to become King… David. And David was out taking care of sheep when He was called up to be the next King. So, by doing what God wants and being a worshiper and enjoying hanging out with God, He may just give you a sudden extreme promotion for your consistent devotion to Him! But the joy and adventure come in to play as we simply live for God day after day after day!

Secret #2.
Ladies, not long ago I asked God why I often still go my own way and this is what He is showing me: What keeps us (me) from obeying God fully?

a. Fear – What will others think? What if I fail? Allow what God says about you to lead you and not your fears!

b. Not fully understanding God’s Vision, Dreams and Plans for our lives so we have no focus or discipline to accomplish what He has called us to do.

Proverbs 29:18 (CEB) – When there’s no vision, the people get out of control, but whoever obeys instruction is happy.

c. Simply not spending enough time with God, in His Word, prayer, worship and fasting makes it extremely easy to get distracted and off track.

d. Idols – anything we put before God, like what we do with our time, being selfish and self-centered in our way of thinking, acting and doing things.

e. Pain – How often is pain an excuse for why we do or don’t do something we really need to do? This could be any type of pain and God is greater than pain. He won’t ask us to do anything that He won’t enable us to do.

f. Weakness– I was physically weak and insecure for years and wondered how in the world God would use me again. It’s a distraction at times but God see’s us as strong and able even when we don’t feel it yet. God isn’t allowing me to use any weakness as an excuse for not getting the work done He’s called me too! Why? Because He is greater than my weakness, or your weakness… our strength comes from Him alone. He never grows tired or weary. So He get’s this stuff done through us as long as we remain ready and willing. The ability comes directly from Him. Along with the resources and everything else to get the job done.

g. Listening to Satan, other people or your own inner thoughts that don’t line up with God’s Word and plan for your life! I was stuck right here for a long time. If I really don’t work to stay on top of things in my thoughts I become prey to the enemy and He wreaks havoc in my life in about 1 second. He’s a predator. He’s a lion waiting to devour you when you get your mind off of the things that are above and get them on the things of this world and your own desires too much.

h. Responsibility Excuses: I have family, work and other responsibilities… true but if God wants us to get something done, He will show us how to be responsible in all other areas of our lives and get His work done.

i. I’m Tired! – The Joy of the Lord is our strength. God never grows tired or weary so He can certainly give you the stamina to get things done when you do not have the energy, strength or power to get it done. In fact, it’s in those moments you know God truly was helping you to succeed. You look back and think “there’s no way I did that, it was totally God because I had nothing left to give.”

j. Reward Excuse: That sounds something like this “Well, I’ve been working hard so I think I’ll eat that candy bar now, when the Holy Spirit is saying, No don’t eat it now, eat something else, but you feel like you deserve it so you eat it anyways and justify your sin by your own fleshly works.” I’ve done this type of thing too many times to count. If I can obey in what I eat, then it’s easier to obey in almost every other area literally. So right now the Holy Spirit is working on me to eat less refined sugars. This is a good place to start and it means eating a lot more real food. You see God is all up in our business from the moment we give our lives over to Him. And the longer we are with Him the more He expects of us and all these excuses are things God begins to show us will no longer work with Him. Once this week when I had desert and I could’ve gone without it I noticed I didn’t feel as good, my sinuses felt more inflamed… the refined unhealthy sugars were obviously not good for me. So every time I want to eat the wrong thing, I just try to remember if I want to feel well and be happy, and have these daily adventures and fun with God, I will have to be disciplined enough to eat well.

Secret #3
Don’t give up! It’s easy to not see everything falling into place the way we want it to in life and give up. This isn’t the time to give up, to give in or to let our enemies win. This is the moment to live for God and be successful in life through obedience and allowing God’s love, joy and power to permeate every place we enter into!

Laurel Live

Christmas Gold: Do You Know How Much You are Worth to God?

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The hyperlinks in the poem below take you to watch videos of Christmas Carols! I hope you enjoy this and know how valuable you are to God. He loves you no matter what is going on in your life… and don’t you forget that… ever!

Christmas Gold!

You are worth more than rubies and gold;
God sent His only Son just as He foretold.
To bring you a life you could never earn.
To bring you joy and Christmas Gold,
To wrap you in His love and warmth to hold.
Hold you ever so close to his heart,
God never wants you to depart!
You are a priceless treasure to Him.
He holds you everyday in the palm of His hand.
You are the reason Jesus was born and died.
You are not alone He see’s every tear you cry.
Christmas Gold is when you know God loves you way down deep.
Christmas Gold is peace and joy knowing God will keep,
Keep you always and forever close to His side,
So this Christmas curl up with God and let Him shape and mold,
Mold you by Jesus’ love into beautiful, shining Christmas Gold!

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Life: Does God Really Know What I’m Going Through?

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Complaining is so easy to do now days. Do you ever wonder if God really understands everything you’re going through?

Isaiah 40:27-31-Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord;my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

1. Why do we complain and say God doesn’t see what going on in my life and he’s basically ignoring me? God does know what’s going on and when we allow him to change us on the inside then our outer circumstances and things change.

2. I guess, maybe you haven’t heard, God is the Creator of the whole earth, the everlasting God. So, He knows everything going in your life!

3. He never gets tired. He never grows weary. Wow. God never gets tired. How cool is that?

4. His understanding no one can fathom. Well, this is comforting, right? It doesn’t matter if you fit in or if people around you understand why you are a little different. God understands every thing about you. So relax.

5. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Where are you weak? That’s where God will increase your power!

6. Even young college and career women get tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall… so even young people get tired!

7. But if you put your hope in God you will renew your strength.

8. You will soar on wings like eagles. God will teach you how to go along for the ride instead of getting burn out all the time going about things in your own way.

9. You will run and not grow weary. Run with God by obeying Him more and more. Obedience prevents burnout and keeps balance.

10. You will walk and not be faint. It’s hard to walk when you are feeling faint. I know I have been faint too many times too count. But God says if I put my hope in Him then I will walk and not be faint. So, it’s literally for me. But for you it maybe about walking through a season of your life and not fainting or losing heart when you are doing what God has asked you to.

Where are you needing strength right now in your life?

-Laurel Live

Love: 15 Ways to know it’s real Love!

Love. How do you know it’s Real Love?

1. He’s fun to be with and you are at peace when you are with him! He feels like home.

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Our Actual Wedding Day

2. He’s a man after God’s own heart and demonstrates this daily.

3. Your first gift from him is a Bible and you both go to Bible Study together.

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Pink & Black Leather Bible

4. He holds your hand on the beautiful and ugly days of life.

Never let's go.

Love.

Faithful.

Rough day…

5. He loves you even more when you’re wearing no make up!

6. He walks to work so you can have the car during the rain and snow of the winter, and I would do anything so he wouldn’t have to in the first place.

7. You have $5 bucks left to buy a meal and he says “you eat, and I’ll eat what’s left.”

8. You have date night each week even if you have no money to go out. You take time to spend with each other, make snacks, watch movies etc. even if this means watching movies in your car while your homeless all winter. Yep. We did it!

9. Your combined income doesn’t dictate your happiness. Your happy if you live high in the sky in an amazing condo or from your car all winter long. As long as you have each other you’re happy!

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Rainbow over the Ocean.

10. You both try to take care of each other and almost fight over who’s going to sacrifice for the good of the other.

11. You love him even though you’ve had moments where he made you so angry you could spit fire out of your mouth and consume him!

12. You no longer put so much emphasis on “me” all the time and wonder how you can make his life better today!

13. You can’t wait for him to come home from work… even though you’ve been together for years.

14. You take steps to improve your health so you can be together longer.

15. You make each other laugh daily.

Is your man a daily symbol of real love?

Laurel Live

How To Have the Best SUMMER Ever!!!

1. God. Your Best Summer Ever begins and ends with God. Make Him #1 and everything else will fall into place. Hang out with Him. Talk to Him. He is your best friend!

2. Work. Stay focused on your college studies if you’re in classes over the summer. It’s not the time to blow off class as you’ll miss the one thing you really needed on the day you miss! Have the best summer ever by doing well in college or in your career through hard work. If you are a young career woman working hard and staying focused is the way to get ahead!

3. Play. By all means, please get out and have some good clean fun with your friends. Celebrate everything! Life is meant to enjoy celebrate everyday, play as much as you can on your days off! Celebrate the weather rain or shine. Celebrate birthdays both yours and mine. Celebrate each and everyday cause you never know when it won’t come your way!

I talked my husband into doing the “Irish Jigg” for my daughter while he was in a laundrymat today doing laundry… very funny… don’t forget to PLAY:

4. Give & Serve. Give to others in need. Give of your time, talents, gifts and resources. Find something you love to do and do it in such a way that it enriches the lives of others.

My husband gave of his talent to sing Happy Birthday to our daughter.We haven’t been able to see her much so this is her gift! Ok this is a small example of giving but we hope you enjoy it! I wanted to sing happy birthday and did, but then my husband said he could do way better… it became a sing off… and HE WON hands down!!

Who won this vocal sing off: Mom or Dad just leave your comments below.

Now go and do what I’ve posted here on this blog and come back and share how you had the best summer ever!

What’s stopping you from having the best summer of your life?

-Laurel Live