There is a great FREE option for us…to encourage all us ladies!!
Also here are the Sweet Christian Women that are blessing, teaching and praying to encourage each of us!! Please thank them and pray for them as they encourage us all!!
Stay safe, stay in prayer and keep serving Him well….Jesus love each of you so very very much!!
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My ministry partner, Jen Evangelista and I have decided to open up our online community, Sojo Academy, to the public for FREE now through the end of March. We understand that with churches closed and social distancing happening, it can be hard to dig into God’s word with others. Our online community is positioned to help you stay involved! We invite you to join this iron-sharpening-iron community for free right here, and dive into our March Bible study materials + online fellowship.
Here is the history of the amazing hymn: It Is Well With My Soul.
In the darkest times…”we entrust our souls to a faithful Creator.”
Be encouraged Sweet Friends, our God is with us!!
The Lord also encouraged Spafford to write this hymn after losing all his children. And on that long journey to meet his wife while crossing over the place his children passed away…he wrote this incredibly hymn of truly tremendous faith.
Jesus loves you and He will NEVER leave you or forsake you!!
You only need to trust in Him as Lord, you are His child!!
May this hymn be yours and my anthems each day of our lives…in the good and the bad!!
Be safe, be kind and know you are not alone!!
Enjoy the testimony and may you be encouraged!! And then listen or sing along to the hymn.
Let our voices rise and to praise and glorify a truly all mighty God!! One who loves you so very very much!!
Here are the scriptures we enjoyed in our #WBJC2020!!
This camp’s theme was LOVE…God’s love!!
Please also see below all the amazing contributors to our camp!! And let’s take a moment to thank them for their encouragement and kindness!!
Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deuteronomy 7:9New American Standard Bible (NASB)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
1 John 4:10-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
Psalm 33:5New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.
Psalm 11:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever,
Psalm 37:28New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
Proverbs 15:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
A friend loves at all times,
Proverbs 17:17New American Standard Bible (NASB)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45 so that you may [a]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?48 Therefore [b]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed; In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.
Exodus 15:13New American Standard Bible (NASB)
[ Promises of God ] “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.
Deuteronomy 7:12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Deuteronomy 30:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“He is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever.”
2 Samuel 22:51New American Standard Bible (NASB)
[ Solomon’s Prayer ] Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
1 Kings 3:6New American Standard Bible (NASB)
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
1 Chronicles 16:34New American Standard Bible (NASB)
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
Proverbs 19:8New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Our deepest thanks and gratitude to ByTheWell4God for another beautiful and encouraging gift to the Camp kit!!! Please take a moment to thank her for amazing support to our camps!! You can find BTW4G at:
I am writing this on a Friday morning and thinking about all the current news. I have also been working through all my emails and articles that are sent to me daily. Now when I say articles…I mean Christian articles/devotionals.
With that being said….I saw this title (article’s title) in several places. So it made me stop and think. I have recently been working through some things….as we all go through in life. After 5 years of emergencies, emergency rooms, ICUs, funerals, paperwork beyond belief and a very very messy (literally) home, 2 weddings, first grandbaby, etc. And now we have all kinds of new things in this world to deal with. WOW!!
For me the last 5+ years I have lived in a place of the squeakiest wheel gets the attention first….or the most medically or even financially critical. And all I could thinks was….soon I can get back to my life!! That was the carrot before the donkey for me!!
Hmmm….now that has that changed? Every day lately we wake up to hear the current medical scares (politcal scares, world issues) and look at…well honestly frightening maps of doom! WOW…what do we do?!!!
I don’t really have much to offer…but Jesus does. Jesus was the most incredible person literally on this earth. He is God’s son. He exampled how to love and how to help.
Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t have that special touch to heal those who are literally hurting….though I wish that could happen….and so do my knees!! 😉 But I can do a couple of things Jesus demonstrated. I can show love, compassion, mercy, faith, hope…
I can also go the the garden to pray. Our Lord created in our lives here on this earth a way to talk to the Lord!! We do not have to go through a priest, a book or even any special formula. We can just ‘talk’. Isn’t that great!!! I know it sounds simple….but it is true. Our prayer life is a special gift from the Lord.
When Jesus hung on the cross he literally paid the price or the penalty for our sins. In the old testament that meant an animal had to be sacrificed for atonement for sin. Then Jesus came to this earth and He chose to pay that price for our walk with the Lord. We just had to believe in Him. And literally as He hung on the cross…the veil was ripped in the temple. We no longer must go through the priest and we no longer have to offer a sacrifice!!! WOW!!!
So why do I bring that up now? Well, one of the greatest blessing we were afforded was…prayer. We have a direct line to God. I don’t know about you…I can’t imagine a day when I couldn’t talk to my Savior!!
As a homeschool Mom I remember how impacting the scripture of praying along the way each day impacted me. I also remember telling my children…it’s just talking to God. And finally, my last teaching was…Jesus is with you as you go to sleep each night waiting to talk with you before you sleep. And as soon as you wake up, He is sitting right there waiting to have a chat just with you!!
Though those teachings may sound childlike simplicity….it is true for all of us!! So when we are going through these difficulties…we need to pray. Just talk to Jesus!! He is waiting to chat each day…throughout the day!!
There is a wonderful song by Steven Curtis Chapman that was my son’s favorite song when he was little….Let us Pray. Here’s a couple of lines that stick with me…
“Let us pray, let us pray, everywhere in every way
Every moment of the day, it is the right time
For the Father above, He is listening with love
And He wants to answer us, so let us pray”
1 Thess 5:17, Col 4:2, Eph 6:18, Heb 4:16, Rom 12:12
And also in this particular song…there is reference to how Jesus modeled for us to pray with “the Lord’s Prayer”.
Let us…think about the things above and not on the things of this earth. (Col. 3:2)
I share this verse…to say…when we are overwhelmed with the thought of all that is going on in the world today….let us keep our thoughts on the Lord. When doing this we can better know ‘when, how & where’ He needs us to serve. We better know this through prayers…loving God (going to the garden to pray…as Jesus exampled) and loving others.
So finally, what does this look like in my life. I have been working so hard “to get all this done…so I could get back to my life”. Guess what, my life has forever changed these last 5+ years. So there is no way of going back. What I must do now, is focus on what is ahead of me. What the Lord’s will is in my life. And instead of mourning circumstances or what has been the cost of these last many years(& yes there have been blessings…amazing blessings)…it is time to move forward.
So some of the things I am working on:
1) Reclaiming my home!! PTL!!! (And fyi…this is not a one weekend venture.)
2) Focusing on the current work list and completing it and not dreaming of the what if’s.
3) Loving and caring for those in the here and now.
4) Saying no to what I should not be doing…even if there is push back. I cannot please everyone all the time.
5) Quit “trusting” those who are not trustworthy and expecting them to live up to what my standards are in life. (Proverbs tells us to walk with wise men….GREAT focus!!)
6) Taking time to develop healthy friendships/relationships as so many were lost over these busy years and just change of life…going from the world of homeschooling, well to not!!
7) Focus on my family…that truly paid the price with me in helping their family/grandparents final days, deaths and enormous work after. Taking the time for my Sweet Husband, children (&spouses) and our new first grandbaby. 🙂
8) Enjoy the journey I am in each day.
9) The most important of all….FOCUS on the Lord and His will in my entire life.
I know this is my list….maybe take a few minutes to write your own priority list. Then my Sweet Friends…let us pray, let us pray…every where and every day…it is the right time!! And let us do good in a hurting world…be that light for Christ!!!