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Posted 1/15/17 at 6:55 PM | Diane Castro

Grow in Grace

When I was growing up, I was not a particularly nice person. My sister Karen was the nice one—the do-gooder, the Candy Striper, the kind and thoughtful one. I didn’t have much patience with weak or needy people; I thought they needed to just suck it up and get a grip. When my mom would take us to visit someone at a nursing home, Karen was very sweet to the old folks, while I was thinking, “Get me outta here.”

Well, God has a sense of humor. He let me become weak and needy myself, and gradually, over decades, He has given me a heart for all people. He has brought across my path many hurting people, and now, instead of thinking “Get me outta here,” I can enter into their lives and offer them some of the comfort I have received from “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (1 Cor. 1:3).

The first time I recall someone really opening up to me was when I greeted a young mom after church one Sunday morning. I didn’t know her well, and I just said the customary “Hi, how’re you doing?” She burst into tears and a whole tale tumbled out—a story of abuse by her husband and stress with her small children and struggles with money. I think the reason she felt safe with me was because it was no big secret that I had troubles of my own. I had let down my façade of pretending that I had it all together, and therefore she could be open and vulnerable with me. FULL POST

Posted 1/11/17 at 6:12 PM | Daniella Whyte

Faith in the Storm (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 44)

Joshua 17:18 (NLT)
The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.

There is always room for progress. The top of the mountain is filled with very few people who have struggled to make it there. However, the journey to the top of the mountain is littered with people who are still trying, and some who have given up. Seeing life as it could be is almost impossible when in the middle of some difficult moment. But that is why we are encouraged to have faith.

Faith pushes through frustrations. Faith allows us to be at peace when problems persist. When your valley is filled with Canaanites who are strong and have iron chariots at their disposal, believe that whatever God has promised you will be yours. No matter how difficult it is, or how cloudy the skies may seem, remember that God is powerful and He has given each of us a bit of that power to break through barriers and overcome obstacles in our way. FULL POST

Posted 1/5/17 at 12:16 AM | Daniella Whyte

Facing the Same Things (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 43)

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

Trials are very real in our lives. Sometimes, it is a challenge to deal with those trials and endure those trials in a way that seems to bring benefit to our lives. We never see the end result at the beginning which is why far too many people give up on their faith. It is important to understand that as we endure difficulties and trouble in life, our enemy is not God; it is the devil.

The devil seeks to destroy us and crush our hope and faith in Christ. This is why we must be aware of what we allow to enter our hearts and our minds. Much of the negative things that cross our paths come from the workings of the devil as he aims to get us off track. Some people want to blame God for everything bad that happens in their life. In reality, God is not to blame. Yes, He allows some things to happen in our lives to make His power known, to teach us a lesson, or to prepare us for some greater work or blessing. But it is the devil who seeks to destroy. FULL POST

Posted 12/29/16 at 4:25 PM | Daniella Whyte

Just Ask For It (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 42)

Romans 8:32 (NLT)
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

For most of us, when we were little, we didn’t really worry about basic necessities like food, clothes, or where money was going to come from to pay bills. As children, it wasn’t our job to be concerned with such things. We asked for what we wanted from our parents or older adults and siblings around us. And in our mind, it was their responsibility to get it.

God is the same way. He doesn’t want us to worry about how He’s going to work something out or how He’s going to provide for our needs. He wants us to have a childlike faith and trust that He has everything under control. All we have to do is trust and pray. God has the hard job of providing for all the people in the world; we have a fairly easy job of trusting wholeheartedly and praying believingly. FULL POST

Posted 12/21/16 at 4:07 PM | Daniella Whyte

Love God, Love People (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 41)

Luke 16:10 (NLT)
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.

Many big things in our world are made up of very tiny objects. Think about the ocean for a minute. What is the ocean made of? It’s made up of little drops of water that follow from really tiny molecules. You can’t see the molecules or every individual drop of water. But we can see the huge body of water. Without the little drops of water and tiny molecules, there would be no ocean.

In life, it is the same way. Our lives are made up of big moments and small ones. But it’s mostly made up of numerous small moments that lead to big moments. All big things are made up of little things and if we are not careful we can miss those blessings that are derived from these small things. God wants us to be faithful in the small things. It is the small things that really count. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/16 at 6:04 AM | June Samuel

The Word of God - The Bible

I am meditating in the Book of Revelations and I am currently reading in chapter 3. As I read the various statements our Lord Jesus made to the seven churches, I wondered what He would say about my church that I attend. If I were brave I would ask. Then, who am I that the Lord Jesus would entrust His message about my church to me? I can ask Him about myself. How am I doing?

I have noticed that the Lord Jesus made pronouncements of Himself to each church as they were related to the needs of the church. He stated who He is, signifying He knows the issues and He is capable of correcting each one.

He started with the church at Ephesus. The Lord Jesus said, “These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:” The Lord Jesus is saying He holds the seven angels of the seven churches (ch 1:20) in His right hand. His right denotes strength. He walks among the seven churches. In other words, He is seeing all that is going on in the churches. He is observing the happenings, the activities in the churches, and He is looking closely at the hearts of the individuals which make up each church. When He speaks, He knows about what He is talking. He is speaking from firsthand knowledge – what He has observed, seen and heard in the churches. I am sure the Lord is doing the same today – walking amongst the churches (the church gatherings). FULL POST

Posted 12/16/16 at 2:51 AM | Daniella Whyte

Faithful In Little Things (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 40)

Luke 16:10 (NLT)
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.

Many big things in our world are made up of very tiny objects. Think about the ocean for a minute. What is the ocean made of? It’s made up of little drops of water that follow from really tiny molecules. You can’t see the molecules or every individual drop of water. But we can see the huge body of water. Without the little drops of water and tiny molecules, there would be no ocean.

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Posted 12/7/16 at 6:12 PM | Daniella Whyte

What We Lack in Understanding, We Make Up in Trust (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 39)

Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Wouldn’t be great to know the reason behind every event, every circumstance, every crisis, every test, and every mistake? To be able to consider the why of something is one of the greatest tasks ever set before the human mind. Researchers, thinkers, and philosophers are often consumed with the reason behind a certain thing or idea that produces situations that are both good and bad.

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Posted 12/2/16 at 9:38 PM | Daniella Whyte

Refuse to Worry (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 38)

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Most of what we think about, we worry about. Much of the stress we encounter in life does not come from being overworked, overwhelmed, or overloaded, but from being over-worried. God tells us very simply not to worry. Instead, He commands us to pray and praise.

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Posted 11/24/16 at 6:59 PM | Daniella Whyte

What Are You Pursuing? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 37)

Proverbs 21:21 (NLT)
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

What are you pursuing in life? Is it money, power, or reputation? Is it fame, fortune, or self-importance? Or is it something better like love, life, and service? Whatever matters most to you is the thing you will go after. We do not follow after something or someone that we do not love deeply. For many people, life is a chase. But what you are chasing determines your goals, motives, and purpose.

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