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

Faith: Without it We Can’t Please God and Receive His Love

Faith in God helps ground us and keeps us from being tossed around like were in a constant hurricane. Also, without faith we really can’t please God or receive His love fully. If we can’t receive His love, how will we really love those around us. Sometimes I have really needed faith to believe what Jesus did on the cross was more than enough to cover my sins. It was easier to agree with the enemy and feel unworthy of God’s love. God came along and did a deep work inside of me and help me to receive His love fully. For too long I felt unworthy of God’s love and mercy. I felt unworthy and somehow maybe I could please God if I worked hard enough for Him. But God’s love isn’t earned by works, He loves us right where we are. Jesus paid it all on the cross and if we ask God for more faith He will give it to us because He wants us to be free. He wants us to love Him, Love ourselves and love others… and without faith we simply can’t do this.

Hebrews 11:6 James 1:6 1 Corinthians 13:13 Ephesians 11:1 Romans 10:17 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Vlog Notes:

1. What is faith? Ephesians 11:1- Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

2. Why do we need it? Hebrews 11:6- And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

James 1:6- But when you ask you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

3. How does God increase our faith? God increases our faith as we hear His word and through a gift of faith given by the Holy Spirit. So if your faith is low in an area ask the Holy Spirit to give you a gift of faith and to increase your faith so you can believe God and fully receive all He wants to give you.

Romans 10:17

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Do you need the Holy Spirit to increase your faith today?

Laurel Live

Love: Loving others moment by moment in Life!

Today on ‪#‎HeartLine‬ I am talking about love in very practical ways. Jesus wasn’t fast to judge in John 8:1-11. The women who was caught in adultery and drug out into the street was about to be stoned but they wanted to know what Jesus thought. First, he drew in the sand and then he basically looked up and said whoever hasn’t sinned you throw the first stone!

Needless to say this women was not condemned by Jesus or anyone else, he simply said “Go and sin no more.”

Jesus was able to walk in love like this because he paused, waited and then responded. He took it moment by moment. I know all too often I don’t do this and then realize, “I shouldn’t have reacted that way!”

Here’s the Video Notes:

1. Jesus was able to perfectly walk in love because He spent time receiving it from God. He was in constant communication with the Holy Spirit.

2. God’s love causes me to pause and think before I go and react in a situation, but it’s needed every moment through out the day. Of course, I often forget to pause and then realize…”Oops, Not the best way to handle that!”

3. When we receive God’s love and realize He loves us right where we are, we can settle down, not act crazy, and run around looking to fill a hole in our hearts only God can fill.

4. God often loves us through people and circumstances, but that doesn’t mean God stops loving us when we experience hardship, loss or pain.

5. Living your life to please others so maybe they’ll love and accept you will leave you empty, tired, frustrated and burnt out. I know I’ve tried!

6. I often feel God’s tangible love and presence the most during worship.

7. The enemy wants you to believe God doesn’t love you because of painful life experiences. Don’t agree with the enemy. Believe God loves you. God created you to love you.

Hope this encourages you today!

Do you know you are loved by God?

Laurel Live

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Priceless: 7 Keys to Understanding Your Personal Value!

Priceless. That’s a value so high you can’t even put a number on it, you really are priceless. So often in life though we walk around not understanding our value. More importantly, it’s how God’s see’s us and values us that really matters. Here are 7 Keys to helping you understand how valuable you really are to God:

1. You are priceless because God created you in His image and you are unique. No one can replace you.

Genesis 1:26-27-Then God said let us make man in our own image, in our likeness and let him rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image.

2. You are priceless because God felt you were valuable enough to send Jesus His only Son to die for you and me. John 3:16

3. God say’s you are priceless and shows it through his love.

Psalm 36:7-9 How priceless is your unfailing love, both high and low men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

4. You are priceless as God’s beautiful creation a woman; not because of what you do in life.

5. You are priceless to God no matter what happens to you, or what you do.

This doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want without consequences, No! But it does mean that your value in God doesn’t change just because someone mistreats you or you mistreat someone else or act crazy some days.

Sin doesn’t change our value, it changes our position.

Sin keeps us from being in the position of reaching God through prayer.

And, shame from sin causes us to feel like we aren’t worth much. This could be from many different things including abuse.

Psalm 34:5 Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

6. You are priceless to God regardless of what you own or how much money you have!

7. You are priceless as a woman no matter what you look like.

Bonus: You are priceless regardless of:
a. How you feel
b. How much education you have
c. What job you have or don’t have
d. Get it! You are priceless and there is no one else like you and never will be.

Do you know how priceless you are to God?

Laurel Live