Daily Declarations – Day 8

DECLARE God’s dream for my life is coming to pass. It will not be stopped by people, disappointments, or adversities. God has solutions to every problem I will ever face already lined up. The right people and the right breaks are in my future. I will fulfill my destiny.  This is my declaration.

(Excerpt from Joel Osteen’s book: I Declare – 31 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life)

Our Daily Bread – Day 311

Ephesians 4:29 NLT

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Use your words to build people up, not to tear them down. Verbal abuse is just as hurtful as physical abuse. Your words have power, so choose them wisely.

Hope: The Story of Rizpah

In 2 Samuel 21:1-14, the story of Rizpah is presented. This is the story of a woman who is driven by an undying love for her two sons and the audacity of hope. Her sons had been killed and their bodies were left unburied. She was determined to guard the bodies of her two dead sons, no matter what the cost. She was bold enough to set up camp on a rock, located near her sons. She sat on that rock day and night; fanning away the birds by day and the animals by night. She seized the opportunity to be their hero.

She was determined to accomplish her purpose and destined to see this noble cause through, no matter how long it would take. She never spoke a word; she acted. She never complained about her circumstances; she acted. Her response was immediate. She didn’t have time to grieve. She didn’t have time to mourn. She didn’t have time to play the blame game or to find fault. She didn’t have time for a pity party.

She didn’t take the time to call her friends to seek their advice or counsel or to enlist their help. She was not a woman of means. In other words, she wasn’t affluent. She was once King Saul’s concubine (his girlfriend). But now, King Saul is dead. Who cares about this woman and her two sons? Who cares about her situation? Who is concerned about her predicament? She is in the middle of a personal crisis.

She is not a woman of influence. Maybe she used to be but not anymore. She had no power of authority but what she did have is HOPE. She was considered a nobody and no one cared what she was going through. Nobody cared what happened to her. Nobody cared how she was suffering. Nobody cared enough to help bear her burdens. Nobody cared…

She was in this thing all by herself. Have you ever had a Rizpah situation, where you felt like you were all alone? Have you ever been all by yourself, in a mess? I’ve been there. I can relate to Rizpah. I know what it’s like to try to work things out on my own, not realizing that God was waiting for me to let it go and to turn it over to Him.

For 5 months, Rizpah stood guard over her sons remains, watching over them day and night. Not once did anyone intervene to help her out. Not once did anyone step up and say, “Rizpah, I’ll take it from here” or “Rizpah, I’ll cover the day shift and you can cover the night shift”.I’m sure they all heard about it. I’m sure they were all talking about it. But, no one stepped in to do anything about it.

That is, until somebody told King David what Rizpah was doing. Then and only then did he remember that King Saul and his son Jonathan had not received a proper burial either. So, King David ordered that the 2 sons of Rizpah, the 5 sons of Michal and the bones of King Saul and Jonathan be buried. That is when Rizpah got what she was waiting and hoping and praying for; a decent burial for her sons. She received her heart’s desire.

God has not forgotten you. He will see you through. What dead situation are you dealing with? Just remember, anything dead ought to be buried and God is a very present help in the time of trouble. He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always on time.

Love and Blessings, Jacqueline

Daily Declaration – Day 7

I DECLARE that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right. This is my declaration

(Excerpt from the book, I Declare – 31 Declarations To Be Spoken Over Your Life by Joel Osteen)

Daily Declarations – Day 6

I DECLARE a legacy of faith over my life. I declare that I will store up blessings for future generations. My life is marked by excellence and integrity. Because I’m making right choices and taking steps of faith, others will want to follow me. God’s abundance is surrounding my life today.
This is my declaration.

(Excerpt from the book, I Declare – 31 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life by Joel Osteen)

Faith

Romans 4:20-22

Romans 4:20-22

Abraham had a strong faith in God and did not waver. He trusted and believed that if God said it, it would come to pass. Without faith it is impossible to please God, so we should always remember to ask God to increase our faith. I want greater faith to prepare me for the next level, in Christ. A closer walk with thee…

Reflections

DSC00020I was just sitting here reflecting on the goodness of God and personally, how good He has been to me. It’s been 18 months since I was hopitalized and placed on life support, after experiencing a major stroke. My doctor’s told me that I have joined the 1% club, because only 1% of stroker victims live to tell their story. My story has yet to be told, because God has brought me through so much, that I can’t tell it all. But, I will just say this: God is good all the time and all the time, God is Good.