Sunday, December 25, 2016

"I Love You!"

Reflection4Life December 25, 2016
“I Love You!”
For unto us a child is born; unto us, a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,”  “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (TLB)
Scripture Contemplation: Isaiah; Luke 1, 2…

Merry Christmas! May this day be filled with joy and love and happiness and the reason for the season!
I Love You! That is it in a nutshell. The reason for this season was for man to know that they are loved. The birth of Christ was a gift from God, showing us His unwavering and unconditional love towards man. His gift to us so that we may not be forever lost in the clutches of the enemy and his warped, depraved, and empty existence. The Father sent His Son for us. If that doesn’t say I Love You, I don’t know what else does.
I declare and decree that today’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement for your heart, mind, and soul; bringing you peace and comfort to you. Celebrate the birth of the King—the reason for this season. Share the love today and each day. Be that walking reminder of who God is and whom He called us to be—a reflection of His love on the earth toward all man.
Yes! I love you! I love you very much. But no one, nobody, will ever love you more than God loves you. He loves you for who you are, just as you are before you even entered this earth. He loves you so much, that He had you in mind when He created this earth. He loves you so much He gave His only Son to enter the world that would reject Him, turn against Him, and crucify Him, just to save us all. He gave us the ultimate gift: a life for an entire creation’s redemption.
Don’t ever allow anyone to tell you that you are not loved. That, you are not special or thought of, or that your life does not have purpose or meaning. Are you serious? God has loved you before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb. He’s loved you from creation. And you are precious and important to him.
One of my favorite movies is, It's A Wonderful Life. I love many things about this movie. When Clarence says to George: “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” How magnificent is that? Don't think for a moment that you are not making a difference or that your life is not important. God knew that! That’s why He created you—to make a difference!
No matter what our life's circumstances are at the present; no matter what yours or mine may be dictating at the moment—GOD LOVES US AND OUR LIVES MATTER AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TOUCH AND CHANGE THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS OTHERS! Remember that when you start to doubt why you are on this earth, and if your life has any value or meaning.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Remember that God does love you. You are one of His greatest gifts, as well. Just as His gift of Christ was to let us know He loves us, we, too, are His gifts to one another. To remind one another of the fact that God is among us, that He loves us, and that He has not forgotten us but is indeed thinking of us. You are blessed. Now…go and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"Keep Your Hands Up!"

Reflections4Life December 18, 2016
“Keep Your Hands Up!”
“And as long as Moses held up the rod in his hands, Israel was winning; but whenever he rested his arms at his sides, the soldiers of Amalek were winning. Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the rod any longer; so Aaron and Hur rolled a stone for him to sit on, and they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset. As a result, Joshua and his troops crushed the army of Amalek, putting them to the sword.” Exodus 17:11-13 (TLB)
Scripture Contemplation: Exodus 17; Deuteronomy 28; Joshua 1; Ezra 7:28; Romans 15; 2 Corinthians 9; Ephesians 1…

I sincerely pray that today greets you with answered prayers. There are so many things and people we fight against on a daily basis. We even fight against who we are and ourselves. Why? Why do we fight? I think the reasons we fight will determine if we truly have a chance of winning that particular battle are not.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. The victory has been guaranteed. We just have to walk in it. Take this week to reflect upon all that God has already done for you. How many times did you feel like you were going to lose, only to look back now, and see how God worked it all out? Remember that, and that God is the same God today, and forever more.
I love the story of the Israelites and their battle against theAmalek soldiers. Though they were fighting, the battle’s victory was already determined: As long as Moses held the rod up, the Israel was winning. However, the moment he rested his arms and the rod came down, Israel began to lose. Aaron and Hur recognized the significance and did everything they could to make certain that Moses’ hands stayed lifted with the rod so that Israel would be victorious.
There are certain battles, Beloved, that we are fighting that are not ours. There are certain situations we have entered into that we had no business being a part of. And there are certain battles we are in that cannot be won unless we totally surrender to God and His will. We must recognize when to lift our hands and allow God to be God.
Our rod is the word of God. The word of God and the promises of God that have been hidden in our heart. When we surrender to God and believe what He has spoken to us, then we have the victory. It may require us to lift our hands from a situation. To surrender completely to the will of God; even when it feels like we are giving up.
We are not defeated or admitting defeat, but we are wisely surrendering to God and His will. There are certain victories that come when totally surrender to God. I am a firm believer that when the praises go up, the blessings come down. When we lift our hands off of a situation we had no business getting into in the first place, peace will come.
Keep your hands up, Beloveds. Keep them up in surrender to God and His way. Don't try to fix anything. Don't try to save anything. Don't try to figure it out, while things steadily get worse and more confusing. No. Keep your hands up, off the situation, and in surrender to God and His plan and purpose.
There are times when we are too close to a situation to see or think clearly. We must learn to back up and allow God to be God. Sometimes the victory lies in our ability to keep our hands up and allow God to be God and do what He does best, intervening on our behalf.
Our victory may not depend on how good we fight or how strong and capable we are. It may depend upon how obedient and trusting of God we are. The victory can very well be in the act of surrender to God, His will, and His ways.
If you find yourself in a current situation and you just seem to be losing at every turn, I encourage you to lift your hands from the situation. Surrender. Keep your hands up and off the situation, and allow God to do what He does best: love and protect you. God has this, beloved. Trust Him.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Keep your hands up in total praise. Surrender it all to God. We have already been declared the winner; guaranteed by the precious blood of Christ. Walk in your victory, and share the love of god with others. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"Remember Your Blessings!"

Reflections4Life December 11, 2016
“Remember Your Blessings!”
“And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” Philippians 4:8 (TLB)
Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Matthew 21; Philippians 4…

We are just about at the end of another year. Another year that has seen many returns to their essence; to be home with the Lord. Many began this year not knowing how they would make it. There were others who took risks and stepped out on faith, making a huge difference in their lives and others. Whatever you do as this year ends—remember your blessings! Remember how much God truly did show up for you.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Do yourself and your spirit a favor, think of taking a few days before the year is out and consecrate self to the Lord. Allow God to fill you, and anoint you for what comes next. Remember to thank Him for the many blessings and lessons.
It is hard at times to remember the good that we have experienced and received when we are too occupied with everything that has gone wrong. More often than not, there will be 100 things that went correctly, but we will only see and meditate on the one or two bad things that occurred.
Why is that? I believe it is because we are not thinking or taking on the thoughts of God as He has instructed us. In addition, we live in Satan’s playhouse; Surrounded daily by all kinds of people from different lifestyles and beliefs. We can sometimes get lost among all that is going on, and give in to the negativity that so thickly adorns the world we reside in.
This, Beloved, is why we need to meditate on the word and promises of God daily. We must spend quality time in His presence so that we can be strengthened in our resolve; in our hearts and minds concerning who God is, who we are in Him, and how we can daily live our lives not only remembering our blessings but also preparing for the continued blessings and directions of God in our lives.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Give yourself the opportunity to receive all that God has for you by remembering all that He’s already done, and all that He desires to do once you fully walk in those blessings with confidence. Recall how you thought you could not make it. Then remember how God showed up. When trials come, do not fret. Instead, remember what the King has already done. He has you. All the way. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

"A Restored Mind"

Reflections4Life December 4, 2016
“A Restored Mind”
“Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”
Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot. This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.” Joel 2:12b-14a MSG

Scripture Contemplation: Joel 2; Romans 7:23-25; 8; 12; 1 Timothy 6; Hebrews 8:10…

I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. If you desire a changed life; to experience a different outcome from your efforts; then you must allow God to restore your mind. It takes a restored mind that leads to a restored heart to change one’s life. This can only begin by being in the presence of God daily.
As we are nearing the end of this year, many are already thinking and planning for the New Year. Oh! The things they will do differently. The new attitude they will adopt. The plans they will follow through.
That is fine. We all should have plans that we are ready and willing to follow through. Yet, I suspect, many will not make it past the first two weeks or month of the New Year with their new plans. 
Why would I say this? Seems somewhat negative, no? Well, allow this explanation: In order for most of us to make a change for this coming New Year, we have to have begun implementing those changes well before the New Year began; at least six weeks to the most three months.
We are creatures of habit. In addition, we usually resist change and anything that feels uncomfortable. Moreover, the one place we need change the most in is our minds. Our minds must be renewed and restored if we are going to be successful.
Beloveds, our minds are powerful. For many of us, when we get something into our minds, it is hard to shake it loose. Especially, when it begins to take root and settle in our hearts. This is why we either fail or succeed at the changes and plans we often devise.
It is the restored mind; the mind that has gone through the restoration process that will be successful at the plans that they often set forth.
It takes a new way of thinking and seeing things for us to change our beliefs, behaviors, and habits. That is what God desires to grant us when we give Him a place in our hearts. He desires to restore our minds, which restores our hearts, and gives us a brand new foundation--a clean slate--so to speak, as a place to start that will allow us success.
We miss many wonderful things, relationships, happiness, opportunities when our minds remain unchanged; when we do not allow the renewing of our minds and souls to take place when we come to God. Yet, wonder why we fail. Why things fall apart?
Beloved, it all begins in our minds, our thoughts and if we allow the Father to truly restore our minds and give us a new way of thinking and seeing, and interpreting things. You desire a new start. Yield to God's way.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Allow the Father into every part of your life, bringing the power of restoration—restoration to your heart, your mind, and your soul. It is the mind that allows God’s reign, that sees change, leading them always in the paths of righteousness and abundance. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"The Lighthouse"

Reflections4Life November 27, 2016
“The Lighthouse”
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
Scripture Contemplation: Job 24; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 4; John 8; Romans 2; 2 Corinthians 4…

If there is one thing that is most certain, is God’s ability to see me through any tough and dark times. To be the Light in the darkness; the Compass in the wilderness; the Water in the desert; the Lighthouse through the storms and fog. I am most confident that I will make it through when the Heavenly Father is my anchor.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Be encouraged to spend time in the presence of the Father this week. Listen more than you speak, and God will fill your spirit and soul with all that you need. Allow Him to be your compass. Follow His lead. He will never steer you wrong.
Whenever it would rain when I was a little girl, I would have the same dream. If it was not raining when I went to sleep but I had the same dream (which was more like a nightmare!) I knew as soon as I opened my eyes that it was raining. It was a strange phenomenon to me, that I would experience the same dream whenever it rained. I could only surmise, as I got older that the rain held some significance for me. I love the rain. I was the child that always wanted to play in the rain and always was told to come in out of the rain.
My dream was always the same. I am in an opera house where it is dark and there are heavy, dark brick red drapes covering all the walls. I couldn’t see anyone, but I could hear noises and I knew there was someone following me. After a while, I felt as though I was being chased, and I’d start running. I would stop sometimes to hide in the folds of the drapes. My heart would be racing, my breath coming fast. I could feel whatever was chasing me getting closer. I’d start running again. It was like a maze or a fun-house. I rarely looked back in the dream. I kept looking forward, searching for a way out. Then, in the midst of my running, I could see a sliver of light. I’d quicken my pace towards the light. As I got closer, I could see it was a door. I had finally made it to what appeared to be the back entrance and rushed toward the door, pushing on its metal bar to open it all the way. When I step out, I’m on a dock with lots of sailboats, surrounded by water, with the pungent smell of sea water hitting my nostrils, the sound seagulls flying above, and the sun shining so brightly that it’s not only reflecting off the water, I have to also shield my eyes from it shining so brightly in my face.
Beloveds, God is the Light that guides us out of all the dark places we may find ourselves in. He is the Compass when we are lost and have lost our direction. He is our Guide in the midst of nightmares who leads us to a place of safety—His loving arms. He is the Lighthouse that guides us safely through the storms as the water billows and the boat of our lives are tossed and loses visibility through the fog that often come and obstruct our view, sometimes making it difficult to dock safely at shore.
God is not only our way home. He is home. He is the still and steady voice that we hear in the midst of chaos. He is the point of direction when we cannot see our way out of situations and are not sure which way to go and not sure what to do. We seek for help from so many others, when God is the Source for all that we need.
We find ourselves, at times, in situations that we were not prepared for. Things happened suddenly and we are often blindsided. We wake sometimes, to devastating nightmares, wondering how we got there, and how we are going to get out. It often feels like we are running in circles, or into brick walls, or walking in complete darkness, unable to see our hands in front of our face.
These are the times, Beloved, when we must draw upon the word and promises of God. When we must remember that our help comes from the Lord. (Psalm 121) Regardless to what we may face in life. What obstacles, storms, roadblocks, fog—God will be the Light—the Lighthouse that guides us safely to shore every time. He will never fail us or leave us, but will always instruct us, if we are listening and take heed to what He is saying to us.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. The word of God is a lamp to our feet, lighting the path we should take. The word is God. God is the word. Therefore, He is our light. Let God be the light of your life. Allow Him to be the lighthouse that guides you safely to shore when your visibility is obstructed. Follow his voice—His light—you cannot go wrong with His light steering you home. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"A State of Grace"

Reflections4Life November 20, 2016
“State of Grace”
“For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Scripture Contemplation: Esther 2; Psalm 45; 86; John 1; Acts 11:23; Romans 1; 5; Ephesians 2…

©Ruthe McDonald.

I take this time to wish this wonderful community that God has blessed me to fellowship with, a wonderful and blessed week. I pray this is a week of answered prayers! For those in the States, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May it be a day of joy and grace, and just an extension of what each day already looks like.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. There a state of mind that we should all be working towards…keeping our minds stayed on Christ. It is in God we will find our peace and our comfort and our state of grace. It is in the presence of God that we come to understand just what the Grace of God truly encompasses.
Each day I am reminded that I am in a state of grace. My heart reminds of this. Moreover, so do my sins. I realize that it is the grace of God that I am not consumed by the heavy burdens faced in this life. Alternatively, receive justly, what my actions sometimes call for. Our thoughts alone would condemn us. But for the grace of God—His unmerited favor—I remain in the land of the living with another day and opportunity to live my best and most authentic life. Not perfect, but humble, honest, and mindful of the grace of God.
Every day for years, I was guaranteed and fortunate to hear two things from my mother: "Grace and Peace!" and "I Love You". Those were constant phrases upon my mother's lips. You received that greeting when she answered the phone. Before anything else was spoken, you were greeted with, "Grace and Peace!" in a singsong manner.
The sincerity, coupled with the melodious timbre of her voice would make you smile and feel a warmth deep in your soul. Without a doubt, you knew you were speaking to someone who truly loved the Lord.
Grace. In the word of God may be defined as God has unmerited favor or undeserving favor to those who are actually guilty or under condemnation. For me, grace is simply God's forgiveness even when I don't deserve it and have been in the wrong.
The world's definition of grace is a way of moving that is smooth and attractive, not stiff or awkward; it is elegance of beauty or form, manner, motion or action; a pleasant way of acting.
I can combined these definitions and describe a state of grace as being in receipt of God's forgiveness and favor, by which it allows me to move throughout life smoothly, pleasantly, with an attitude of gratitude, of thankfulness, knowing that I received a gift I didn't deserve but was given nonetheless to live my very best life possible.
For this, and so much more, I am grateful. I am filled with gratitude to be alive. Though not everything in my life is, as I desire, I am alive, gifted with opportunities each time God wakes me. Moreover, a chance to inspire and tell someone else, that God loves them, too. In addition, the fact that you are alive is proof of His love and grace.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. Let us remember to keep it in our hearts that each day is a day of Thanksgiving, of gratitude. Each time God grants us a new day of life, it is His grace and His love that affords us a brand new day filled with opportunities we just may not deserve but have received nonetheless. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.
©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Shhhh..."

Reflections4Life Sunday, November 13, 2016
“Shhhh…”
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Scripture Contemplation: 1 Chronicles 22:9; 2 Chronicles 20; Provers 15:18; 29:9…

More than anything at this time, we need to quiet our souls and hear what God is saying. Many are dealing with much hurt, pain, disappointment, and fear. Though you may feel this way now, do not allow it to linger. Quiet your soul; your mind, so that you may hear what God has to say to you in this very important time in our lives.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Take a step back this week. Allow God to give you rest in your heart mind and soul. Let the blood of Jesus cover your thoughts and penetrate your soul, giving you an everlasting peace that will rest in all parts of your life.
Oh! Beloveds, there is so much angst and noise cluttering our souls. Our minds can barely keep up with the fast-changing emotions that many are dealing with. I want to encourage you today, to lean on God. Let Him give you rest in your heart and mind. Allow His peace to rule your heart as you navigate from day to day, especially encountering things that are a bother and vexation to our souls.
There are many times when God wants to bless our lives. He desires to impart knowledge, wisdom, and gifts of the spirit. However, we often missed it because our minds and hearts are cluttered and bogged down with the cares of the world. Often, it overshadows the voice and move of God.
Many times we have seen situations where it seemed hopeless, and in the eleventh hour, God worked it out. We may ask, why does God do that? Why does He come at the last hour instead of when we first asked? The truth of the matter is, He has answered us straightaway. Yet, there are those of us who need to be stretched in our faith and reminded that promises of God are yes and amen. Meaning, that whatever God tells us, and whatever we asked of Him, and believed that we already received, we can believe that no matter what things appear to be, God is still answering and He will see us through.
We forget the power of God sometimes and question His love and concern for us when we witness things happen that are unfathomable to our hearts and minds and who God is. Our mind gets jumbled with all the doubts, fears, and noise of the enemy. Trust me; the enemy is diligently whispering in our ears and speaking doubts and fear into the fabric of our minds.
The noise in our mind often overshadows the voice of God, and the peace that He says belongs to those who keep their mind stayed on Him. Yes. It is very easy to get sidetracked with all the hate, evil, fear, and uncertainty that is in the world. But this is when we must remember who God is, who we are in Him, and that regardless of how things may appear, God is still God on His throne and He shall not be moved. And all that God has spoken concerning our lives—even in the midst of chaos and confusion—He will make come to pass if we will continue to believe, to stand firm in His word and on His promises.
Beloved, if you do not believe anything else today, believe this: God loves you and He has you covered. Though it may appear as the enemy is winning, God remains God and in control, and He has us covered. Regardless to what the enemy whispers to us, how crazy the world gets, remember that God has the last word and the last, best laugh. We can and will be victorious in the face of adversity and all manner of evil. When God is for us, who can be against us? No One. A couple of lost battles does not determine the outcome of a war. For God says, that the war has already been won and that all things are working out for our good.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Though it may appear at times that the enemy has won, do not be deceived—God is still on His throne and has declared us the winner. Yield to the Father. Allow Him to bring peace and quietness to your mind and soul. Do not be swayed or discouraged by what things appear to be. God always gets the final word. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.
©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, November 06, 2016

"Meditate On It"

Reflections4Life November 6, 2016
Meditate On It”
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8
Scripture Contemplation: Joshua 1; Psalms 1; 4; 27; Philippians 4:8…
©Ruthe McDonald.


           I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. This week, I implore you to try again. To make things happen for yourself that you may have been waiting for a long time. And the way to do this is to first meditate. Meditate on the word and promises of God. Meditate on the promises and plan of God. See yourself walking in the promises, and the fulfillment of the plans and visions in your heart.
I truly hope this week is everything you hope it will be. Everything you work towards it to be. Everything that God has ordained it to be. This past weekend, God has been speaking to my heart about trying again, and the power to make it happen already residing within us. Beloveds, many of us have given up and are hurt, jaded, and too scared to move forward to try again. It's time to regroup. It is time to not take a step back, but to stand still, and spend some time meditating on the word of God, and what is in our heart and the plans we desire to see come forth.
There are times when things will appear as if nothing is happening. It will seem as though prayers are not being answered, life is at a standstill, and in fact like things are getting worse. That is the time, we must determine to praise God anyhow! To praise our way through the difficult times. To see, not through our natural eyes but through the eyes of our God and take strength and comfort from His word, His promises.

Habakkuk 3:17-19(MSG) “Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen. Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted. Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer.  I feel like I’m king of the mountain!”
I promise you today, that there are much greatness and power waiting to be birthed; to be unleashed. THERE IS ALSO SOMEONE IN THIS EARTH WAITING FOR YOU TO SHOW UP. INSIDE OF YOU IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED TO TAKE THEIR NEXT STEP IN LIFE.

What we sometimes fail to realize is that we become the hands and feet of God in this earth. God uses us to serve and help one another. He uses the gifts and talents He has placed in us to be the answer and solution to the questions and problems of our brothers and sisters on this earth. But, if we never recognize who we are, or walk in the greatness that already resides in us, then not only do we cheat ourselves and prolong our happiness, we also prolong the suffering and heartache of others who have been waiting for us to show up to our assignments.
Yes. You have been hurt, disappointed, and wounded. You have been discouraged and nearly destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to try again and make things happen. God has given you that power. It is time to meditate on the word of God, on His promises, in your life. Meditate on the visions that are in you. Let god show you His way, His plan. Meditate until it is embedded in your heart and soul. Then go forth and make it happen. Try again. Walk in your greatness with confidence and change the lives of those waiting for you.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you.  Don’t be discouraged by what things may appear to be at the moment. Instead, have faith and believe in the promises of God and that things will happen. That, you can try again; make it happen, while continually meditating on the word and promises of God, following His lead. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Move"

Reflections4Life October 30, 2016
“Move”
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” Hebrews 11:1-2 (MSG)
Scripture Contemplation: Matthew 8; 9; 14; 17; Mark 4; John 6; Romans 4; Ephesians 2; Hebrews 6…
photo by ©NotOnlyPhotos.

There are things that we want to change in our lives. Things we are not necessarily happy about. Please understand that you have the power to change the course of your life. It may not seem that way. You may even ask: “Do you know how many times you have tried, and still things remain the same?” I say to you, that things did not stay the same. It's just that you did not give it enough time [change] to take root and grow strength to produce the fruit of change that you were looking for.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. As you move forward in your week, may y come to the understanding that God has exactly what you need to get you from one level to the next. But you must be willing to be and give 100% compliance to whatever God asks of you.
We are always seeking for people to change their lives. For laws to change. For ideas and circumstances and seasons to change. We are always expecting other people to move. To move out of our way. To move towards us. What if you just need to move? To move and wait? To have patience for what you just did to have an actual impact.
There are two schools of thoughts we constantly war against. 1. Wanting immediate gratification. Moreover, 2. Never wanting to move out of current position. Beloveds, if you want a changed life; if you want something better, you want happiness, then you are going to have to learn two important lessons. The first being, that there will be no immediate gratification for what you want or what God has for you. Things are not going to happen overnight—not anything worth having and keeping. There needs to be a foundation laid that is not only strong but also durable and immoveable. Moreover, the fact of the matter is, greatness takes some time to mature and manifest. Learn your lessons. Learn who you are. Most importantly, learn who God is and what He wants.
The other most important factor; more important, in fact, than the first point is to MOVE. You are going to have to take a step out on faith. To move out of your comfort zones and stop pretending you are something you are not, at the cost of your health, sanity, and financial stability. Far too many of us are miserable in the position we are in. Yet, remain for what? Save face? To keep up with the neighbors who are struggling, too? It's time to move, Beloveds. Move to the place that God has designed to be the catalyst for your change and healing. Take a step of faith, and forget about everything and everyone around you. This is all about you, and what you truly want in this life. This is your Peter moment. God is calling you to step out the safety of the boat and walk towards him. However, unlike Peter, He wants you to keep your eyes stayed on Him. He wants you to only hear His voice and His directions, and block out everything around you that are designed to hinder and trip you up. This is your moment to move. To move with Holy Spirit, and break every yoke that tried to bind you to one moment and space in time.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. In order to get to that next level, next space, and the next path in life, you must be willing to move; to step out of your comfort zone and places of familiarity. There is something great waiting to manifest. Have patience and practice diligence. Moreover, remember: Faith without works is dead, and so works without faith dead. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"From the Projects to the Vineyard"

October 23rd, 2016
REFLECTIONS4LIFE
“From the Projects to the Vineyard”
“He had another dream and told this one also to his brothers: ‘I dreamed another dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!’ When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: ‘What’s with all this dreaming? Am I and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to you?’ Now his brothers were really jealous; but his father brooded over the whole business.” Genesis 37:9-11 (MSG)
Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 37-50…

I have always enjoyed the lessons of Joseph from the Bible. It always encourages me and gives me understanding and reminders at different times in my life. Many have preached a sermon about Joseph’s life titling it, From the Pit to the Palace; encouraging many. Yet, what I want you to understand are the events that took place leading to the pit.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. It is my sincerest prayer that you will see and receive something new today that will encourage and inspire you. That today will be the beginning of you recognizing your purpose, and the purpose for all the pain that you may have endured and suffered.
Beloveds, God has a plan and purpose for everything that has occurred in your life. Every unexplainable thing. Every hurtful thing. Every heartbreaking thing. Every confusing thing. And indeed, every good thing.
Here’s what I learned so far in my journey: Sometimes, people see the light in you before you have a chance to recognize it and own it. They will do everything they can to dim or destroy that light because of jealousy. What they fail to realize is, God will use them as an instrument to place you in the right position to manifest His blessings in your life, for your light to shine the brightest, and where you will have the most impact.
God has placed a light in each of us. His light. There are many that God has called to change the world. To touch lives in a positive way. To bring the love of God to people who have given up on humanity and believe there is no God. There are those who God has chosen to triumph over every adversity and become that man or woman He has ordained us to be before we were in our mother's womb.
There are some of us that do not see ourselves as God does. We do not recognize our gifts and talents. We do not see the light in us that cause some people to dislike us on site. To even hate us, and try maligning our character every opportunity they get. Listen; just as God has sent His angels to watch over us, and has sent those in our life to protect us; the enemy has sent his cohorts to trip us up, to destroy us, to rob us, and even try to kill us.
But God, Beloveds! God sees all and knows all. Even when we are not aware, God is moving on our behalf and we must hold onto Him and seek His face. Sometimes we do not see ourselves the way God does or even get why the enemy is so scared. However, God knows, and He will use the enemy to place you in the right positions for the greatest impact of your life will have for many others.
Understand this: Before you even get to the pit, God has already made a way of escape for you. Before you even head down a road that seems so far from your dreams, God has already worked it all out. Just when the enemy thought he had you and destroyed you, God was all along setting you up for the greatest victory in your life. God has already written and finished the book, and if you did not know already—you win!
God will take you from obscurity and ridicule to sitting before Kings and Queens and Presidents; in front of people that can aid you in doing what He has placed in you to do. He will raise you up—using your enemy and their jealousy—to position you in your place of greatness, power, and influence. Even when you do not see it, your adversity will become your teacher, your afflictions your greatest strength and character builder.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. You may not see it right now. It may not feel like anything good is happening in your life. I promise you—God has already moved on your behalf and is positioning you for every good and perfect gift He has ordained for your life and for the lives of those, He has assigned you to. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Catch and Release"

October 16th, 2016
REFLECTIONS4LIFE
“Catch and Release”
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)
Scripture Contemplation: Deuteronomy 15; Isaiah 51:12-16; Zechariah 9:11-13; Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-18; Luke 5:5-7; Romans 8:18-21…

You are going to have to release what you have been holding to catch what God has for you. As you are catching, you should be releasing. You cannot hold onto both. You cannot receive the new, appreciate the new, accept the new, and hold the new, while your arms and hands are full of the old that God has told you to release a long time ago.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Are you ready? Ready to release what you have been holding onto, for all that God has ordained for you; even if you do not know what it is…yet.
God has so much for us—so much to pour into our lives. So much newness, so much green grass, and fresh fruit, but we are too busy holding onto dead things. We have a scrapbook of dead and crumbling flowers to remind us of things that have passed so long ago. The truth of the matter is that we hardly remember the truth about what actually took place, and only recall the memory of a feeling that has changed so many times over the years, that we would hardly recognize that thing or time if we were standing in it again.
Catch and release. Prepare yourself for what God has waiting for you to receive. Be prepared to release old feelings, old thoughts, dead relationships, and dead ideas. People are stuck in the 80's, with its clothes, thoughts, ideas, and opinions, while God has progressed and He is doing a new thing, wanting us to catch the wave of Holy Spirit moving upon the face of the earth and in the heavenly, ready to pour into us a brand new download. However, you want God to install it into an ancient word processor when He is downloading to a completely new system that operates by voice detection and eye recognition. Come on somebody! God is doing a new thing and you have to release what you have been holding onto, with dear life in order to catch the move and timing of God.
Beloveds!—God has something awesome for you to receive in your hearts today. A word of truth to encourage you and prepare you for what He has in store for you. Yes. This world is waxing colder and more evil is rearing its ugly head. Yet this is nothing that the Father has not already told us about and prepared us for if we have been studying His Word and in intimate prayer, seeking His face and His will. For those who have maintained a relationship with our Lord and Savior, we know that this is all sign of the times. And we know that things will get worse for the world, but for God's children—those who have diligently sought Him; seek Him each and every day, and have an intimate relationship with Him, you understand that God is positioning you for the greatest season of your life. The greatest season to harvest. There are souls ready for the harvest, souls that need the true, sincere, unconditional love of God in their lives. Souls that need the truth—the unvarnished, unaltered, sincere, often raw, and stripping truth of the Lord in their lives at this very time. This very season of their lives. They are ready to CATCH what God has for them, as they RELEASE everything, anything, and anyone that has hindered them from not only hearing and receiving from God but from also living their absolute best life that God has ordained just for them.
Oh! Beloveds, we must release the ideas and ideologies and cease doing things our way, in order to catch what God is showing and teaching us to do. To live and walk in the blessed and best-ordained life that God has for us, we must do things His way. We have to determine to release the old and catch the new. And in order for this to work; for us to truly catch and not drop what God has for us—we must be willing to release all that we have been holding onto. All. Of. It.
Ask yourselves: Has my way been working? Am I living the life I dreamt or hoped I would be? Am I happy? Am I satisfied and content? Is my life causing a change in someone else's life for the better? Am I truly a walking epistle of the love and life in Christ? Are the things that I do and say reflective of what I believe in my heart or what I speak from my mouth? Do they line up and agree with one another? Am I living a life that is in agreement with heaven and the call on my life? Is my life a reflection of me believing in God and following His lead? Alternatively, is it a reflection of my fears and disobedience to the will and way and things of God?
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Beloved, we are as free as we desire and believe we can be. Our measure of faith dictates the things we do in our lifetime. There is absolutely nothing, which God will not do for us. For His children that are called by His name and have sold out our hearts and minds to Him. We must be in the position to catch what He has ordained for us, as we release those things that would block or hinder the harvest of God's promises coming to pass in our lives. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Break Free

October 9, 2016
REFLECTIONS4LIFE
“Break Free”
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?” Isaiah 43:18, 19a (MSG)
Scripture Contemplation: Numbers 16; Nehemiah 10; Isaiah 43; 2 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6…

I want you to remember this: Today is just the beginning of the best days of your life. Today is the day that you finally break free from the past that has held you, hostage. The past that has haunted you. The mistakes and failures that have been a burden on your shoulders and weighed your heart down. All of that!—it is over! God is releasing you today, and all you have to do is believe and receive it!
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Be certain to spend some quality and intimate time with the Heavenly Father this week. There is something wonderful He desires to impart to you; to settle in your heart; something that will change your life forever. All for your good.
Sure, I hear your pessimism, your doubt, even some with unbelief. However, I also hear hope, and faith the size of a mustard seed, and desire. That's all it takes.
In no way am I telling you that this path of living in your blessings and walking in your purpose is easier? What I am saying, though, is that you will be stronger. You will walk in the strength and knowledge of knowing that God has you and your future securely in His hands, and has forgiven you, and freed you from a past that has haunted you.
Though there may be people, the enemy will use to try and bound you back up; try to make you doubt your freedom, and try to discourage you from pursuing the promises of God in your life; that is par, for the course you are on. Yet, they are no match for the promises and power of God that is now working in your life. The key is to give no ear or time to them. But, to learn to let God answer the door when the enemy is knocking.
Keep saying to yourself what God says about you. Let the words of God's truth be a constant sound in your ear. Another crucial thing—all of those mistakes and failures? Change your view about them. They no longer should be seen as mistakes and failures, but as life lessons and tutorials that have prepared you for this moment in time; life lessons that have taught you about your character and that of others. They have taught you how to spot a lie, a liar, a thief, and insincere people from miles away. It has taught you just how strong you truly are. How do I know? Because you are here, alive, thriving, and receiving the blessings of God.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Break free from those things that try to prevent you from receiving all that God has ordained for your life. You are worthy of all of God’s blessings and His unconditional love. Remember: You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.



Sunday, October 02, 2016

"When Your Heart Badly Aches"

October 2, 2016
Reflections4Life
“When Your Heart Badly Aches”
“A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.” Proverbs 15:13 (MSG)
Scripture Contemplation: Isaiah 3:13-15; 25, 26; Micah 7:1-6; Zephaniah 3:18-20; Romans 9:1-5…
Having witnessed and experienced enough heartache to last a few lifetimes—it is not always easy to get through or to get passed. Unfortunately, although many of us were taught that time heals all wounds, I am not finding the truth in that for most. To be honest, I find that time, teaches you lessons and how to deal with the wounds, or it is another year of heartache to add to the previous years. Yet, I can confidently say and take comfort in this one thing: When your heart badly aches, God will be there with you to pick up the pieces and embrace you until you are ready to take on the world again. He does not want us wallowing in hurt and pain, however, to get busy with the business of living a whole, healthy, and vibrant life. He has great things in store for us.
I pray today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration; bringing peace and revelation to your heart, mind, and soul. Though you may have experienced or, are currently in the throes of heartache, I urge you to give all to God. Lay them at the altar and allow God soothe your soul and your heart with His love and kindness and tender mercies. Allow the Father the opportunity to love on you, and fill your heart with an everlasting love and joy.
At times, the heartache we experience seems like it will never end. It feels as though tomorrow will never come and the sun will never shine again. Trust me, Beloved, the sun will shine again and each day that you move forward, is the opportunity to experience a love that will cover a multitude of pain and heartache. Trust—God knows what He is doing, and He knows what you need and how to love on you.
That feeling like you cannot take another breath because it hurts so badly? Yes. Been there far too many times to count. Yet, even in all of that heartache, one thing I always remember and hold onto, is that, this too shall pass, and God’s love for me is constant; it doesn’t change, and He’d never leave or abandon me.
These are the pivotal times in your lives when you must throw caution to the wind and trust God to be God. Trust Him to know what you need. Trust Him to feed you and love you and have already worked towards mending your heartaches. God cannot fail but He needs your cooperation. He needs you to trust Him to be your heart mender; your mind regulator; your spirit restore-er. Allow God to be everything so He may pour into you everything that you need to make it through the times of heartache.
I can only imagine what you may have or be experiencing at this time but I know God knows exactly what you are feeling, as well as thinking. Allow me to share a bit of wisdom with you. It may not be what you want to hear at this time, but what you need to hear. Sometimes getting hurt, experiencing certain heartaches can be the best thing that has ever happened to us. Oh! Sure, it does not feel like that at the time. Yet, when everything settles down and you look back over where God has brought you, you may see with a clearer vision that some heartaches were worth the pain for where you are today. You may have never have gotten into position for the blessings that God has ordained for your life if you had stayed content, were never hurt, or decided that you wanted more.
Heartaches are not just about romantic relationships either. Anything that has hurt us; has brought pain to our heart; any significant loss can be considered heartache. Our heartaches can spur us to move, to be creative, more vocal, and less comfortable where we are currently at in life. Sometimes that bit of heartache jars us into action we would have never otherwise acted upon. I sincerely believe that a heartache can actually become a blessing in disguise. If, we allow God to do what He desires to do in our lives.
Zephaniah 3:18-20 (MSG) “The accumulated sorrows of your exile will dissipate. I, your God, will get rid of them for you. You’ve carried those burdens long enough. At the same time, I’ll get rid of all those who’ve made your life miserable. I’ll heal the maimed; I’ll bring home the homeless. In the very countries where they were hated, they will be venerated. On Judgment Day I’ll bring you back home—a great family gathering! You’ll be famous and honored all over the world. You’ll see it with your own eyes— all those painful partings turned into reunions!” God’s Promise.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity find permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Do not wallow in your heartaches. Yes. They are real. Acknowledge and be honest about what you are feeling. Then allow God to lead you to a place of comfort and healing in Him. God desires to not only heal your heartaches, to soothe them with the balm of His love, but He wants to position you to a place of joy and blessings. So, do not wallow long or close yourself off. Let God become the balm on your heart that brings new life and happiness, better than you have ever experienced before. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!

©2016. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.