Posted 7/27/16 at 10:59 PM | Daniella Whyte
Philippians 4:7 (NLT)
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Could you use some real peace in your life? We all can. From hectic schedules, chaotic homes, and frenetic workspaces, peace seems like a pin on our radar screen. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be foremost in our lives and can define how we work, relate, and rest.
Regardless of the storms around you, the troubles about you, the chaos in front of you, and the negative feelings within you, Jesus offers peace that overcomes any and every situation. It’s not the pseudo, sitting on an island, yoga posture, soft and slow music kind of peace. This peace only comes when everything is going just right. The peace that Jesus gives is for all times — when everything is good and when everything is totally wrong. FULL POST
Posted 7/23/16 at 12:17 AM | Daniella Whyte
1 John 4:16 (NLT)
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
“God is love.” This is a powerful statement of comfort. An affirmation of certainty and sureness. It gives us a firm conviction and confidence that in a cruel and cold world, true love flows from Someone who is perfect and all-knowing not because He is a part of the idea of love, but because He IS love.
Every human being needs to be loved. It is intrinsic to a high quality life that we belong to someone and that we know someone accepts us and cares for us unconditionally. When we lack love in our lives, we resort to dangerous behaviors and develop negative attitudes towards ourselves and others. We not only need to know that somebody loves us, but that we are able to love someone else as well. When we doubt love, we doubt our own worth. FULL POST
Posted 7/15/16 at 10:09 PM | Daniella Whyte
Hebrews 2:18 (NLT)
Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of a human so we could reconcile our fears, frustrations, and feelings with Him. Jesus is merciful and faithful to us because He has been through what we’re going through. God ensured that Christ could side with our feelings so we would never have to go through life on our own.
Christ passionately suffered for us, not just in the form of temptation, but in the form of death. Since He has gone through the harshest of punishments for an infinite number of crimes and sins that He did not commit, He is uniquely qualified to help us when we’re being tested and tried, tired and tempted. FULL POST
Posted 7/15/16 at 10:02 AM | June Samuel
Love not hate. Christians – born from above - are called to love one another and to love the peoples of the world; just as God has loved us and as He loves the entire human race. We are to be known as Christ ones because of our love for everyone. Please let us believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ not be influence by the voices that are around us today. We know there are injustices and inequalities in our society. Truly in every society in the world the same exist. Life is of God. No one can exist outside of God’s breath of life. That means every human life, no matter the skin tone, is valuable and precious in God’s sight, and should be as well in ours. No particular group of humans are worth more or less. We are equal partners in the life God has entrusted to us. God will hold us accountable for the life lived on this earth, especially as it relates to His Son Jesus Christ.
God shows us in 1Corinthians 13 what love looks like and what love is not. Verse 1- 3 warns us about the nature of our works (after we have accepted God's salvation). V1: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. V2: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. V3: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. FULL POST
Posted 7/8/16 at 12:48 AM | Daniella Whyte
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
God has wired us to grow, not in our own strength, but with the strength and help of others. There are many things in life we will never learn by ourselves. We learn and grow from other people and with other people.
Posted 7/5/16 at 12:42 AM | June Samuel
On July 4th, 1776, the United States declared their independence from Britain. Since that time many countries including some of the islands of the Caribbean - more recently - have gained their independence from Britain. Britannia no longer rules the waves. It is good to be independent of others. Everyone craves independence. To whom we are dependent to that one or ones we are beholden.
From the time a child discovers walking, that child wants to be independent of his or her parents. That desire for independence thrives and develops as the child develops. Finally one day the adult child ventures out to be an independent person - away from her parents.
Independence works a little differently with the children of God. When we were born into the family of God, we were independent of God. We were accustomed to doing our own thing. We were living our lives according to us. Do we crave dependence on our Heavenly Father, or on our Savior? No. We love our independence.
However, God calls us to dependence. Our Lord Jesus before He left this earth gave us this message: ....."lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age". Matthew 28:20
Our Lord Jesus promised His disciples The Helper - the Holy Spirit - who would come after His ascension. John 14:16, 26. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things. He came on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-4 and He came into our individual lives when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. FULL POST
Posted 6/29/16 at 11:27 PM | Diane Castro
With six strong-willed, opinionated children in our family, there was never a lack of conflict in our household when the kids were growing up. I once calculated that with six individuals, there are 57 different combinations of two or more, each with its own unique dynamics. Throw in two stubborn parents, all in a small house with one little bathroom, and you have plenty of potential for clashing of the wills.
Sometimes we let the kids battle it out on their own, and sometimes we acted as referees. Since I hate conflict, my tendency was to intervene and attempt to reason with the combatants. I would try to help them see each other’s viewpoint and come to a mutual understanding. I wanted them to learn to listen, compromise, and get along.
But it often didn’t work that way. If I tried to be a mediator between two warring parties, often I would end up with both of them mad at me. Each one wanted me to be 100% on their side, to see the justice of their cause and the unreasonableness of the other. Each one wanted me to support him or her completely and to punish the other. Their inability or unwillingness to see through the other person’s eyes and to come to a mutual understanding was a reflection of the fact that they were children—immature, self-centered children. FULL POST
Posted 6/29/16 at 8:38 PM | Daniella Whyte
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
The word “faith” means so many different things to so many people. It is a sacred word and a secular word. We’re told to have faith that everything will work out. Or to trust the process of life. Or to believe that some trying circumstance is for our good.
But what is faith really? How do we know when we have it and when we don’t?
Posted 6/29/16 at 6:27 AM | June Samuel
In the wake of the mass killing of innocent victims at the club in Orlando, Florida; we should be awaken to the fact that this act of terror can happen anytime and anywhere. There was the incident last year at the church in South Carolina. This too was an act of terror. We should consider that we are no longer safe from terrorism. In this awareness, how are we to live our lives? Are we ready to meet our Lord with open arms? God forbid any of us should fall victim to this type of crime.
None of us knows the date and time we will leave this earth whether by our passing or via our Savior’s coming. Therefore we are to live in a state of readiness. Luke12: 39, 40 reads: But know this that if the Master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Verse 40: Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
When we are expecting a friend or a family member to visit us, and we are not sure of the time of his or her arrival we will remain on the lookout. We will continue our activities, and our ears will be listening for the call. This is how our Lord wants us to be - always on the lookout for Him. If we knew the day and the hour our Savior would come, many of us would wait until the time is near, and then engage ourselves in His service. Thank the Lord He did not give us this information. We do not know when our Lord is coming. We do not know when we will pass on from this earth. We have to work while it is day. The night comes when no one can work. FULL POST
Posted 6/6/16 at 11:33 PM | Daniella Whyte
Psalm 103:4 (NLT)
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
Do you ever ask yourself what people would think if they ever found out about your past — secrets, hurts, and heartbreaks? Do you wonder what it would feel like, what kind of emotional state you would be in, if someone shined a light on all the bad parts of your life?