Sunday, June 28, 2020

"So Amazing"

Reflections4Life June 28, 2020
“So Amazing”
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
Scripture Contemplation: Psalm 3; Acts 15; Ephesians 4:11-19…
©James Perilli

In this vast, crazy, and sometimes mixed up world—God remains so amazing to me. The countless things that occur every day that comes to shake our faith and strip us of what we believe, and God, somehow, like a gentleman, will speak to our hearts and bring us a healing word and ray of good that helps us to hold on.
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. Allow the amazing love of God wrap itself around you; bring healing and deliverance. Let the Father fill your heart until there is no room for anything contrary to His goodness and His opinion of you.
God is so amazing! No matter how many times we reject Him, deny Him, sin against Him; He is always; there still reaching towards us to love us unconditionally.
When I feel as though I cannot go on. When I feel like I have reached the last strand on a very thin string, God somehow strengthens me and lets me know that I can and will make it.
Oh, I have been angry many a time at God. I have rebelled. I have been silent. I have stopped praying. I even tried to stop believing. But once you have experienced the love and grace of God, it is not something easily forgotten. And when you have been intimate with the Father, that relationship is not easily broken. He knows your heart even if you don't know. He understands there is a difference in what your mouth speaks. Whether it is coming from a place of hurt, from your mind or your heart.
Yes. God is so amazing. I don't always understand His ways. I don't always understand how He allows such horrific things to take place. But I do know, God is able. And though it may appear as nothing is happening at the moment and that God has abandoned me; a knowing in my spirit lets me know that God has not forgotten me. That, He is moving on my behalf in ways I have yet to learn of.
So amazing is God. So amazing. Though we reject Him and sometimes defy Him, He stands with outstretched arms to receive us. To love on us. I don’t know, Beloved, what may be your plight today. I don’t know what heartaches you have endured. Yet, I do know that God is more powerful than anything you are facing right now, and He desires to fill you with His love and turn things around 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. Though it may not happen overnight, He will deliver on His promises to bring and see you through and to never leave or forsake you. Trust Him where you cannot trace. The amazement is not in what God does, but the fact that He does what He does in spite of how we may have behaved or believed. Truly unconditional love. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, June 21, 2020

"A Father's Impact"

Reflections4Life June 21st, 2020
“A Father’s Impact”
“Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17
Scripture Contemplation: Psalm 82; Proverbs 3; Proverbs 4; Ephesians 2; 5…
©Ruthe McDonald.

Happy Father's Day to every father and father to be, and for every man that has filled the role in a child's life that may have never known a father's love. May this day be a day of happiness and joy.
I decree today’s Reflections brings comfort and peace to your heart and mind. That is a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. May you know the depths of the love that God hoards in His heart for you. May you know Him as a Father; the one who knows you, understands you and has nothing but the very best for you.
There is no denying the impact that a father can have upon a child's life. Whether it is positive or negative, a father's impact on his child can be felt for a lifetime.
I was fortunate to have a very loving relationship with my father. He encouraged me and inspired me. And always showed how much he believed in me and my dreams. As a child, you believe everyone has a father like yours. But I came to realize how blessed I was.
I lost my father at a very young age; it nearly destroyed me, breaking my heart into a million pieces. I had plenty of uncles who stepped up to the plate and helped my brother and me throughout the years. But it still never compared to my father.
It was my relationship with the Heavenly Father that kept me tethered to the foundation that my father had laid. My relationship with God helped me to heal and not forget the lessons that I needed to remember. I felt myself slipping. Because of heartache and devastation. My mind wanted to run and let go, but my heart and my God would not let it be so.
My father's influence on my life; his impact was huge. He left such an indelible mark, that it helps to push me forward in some of the darkest times that followed.
Never underestimate the impact that a father has on their child. There is something that only a father can provide. Can be in their children's lives. I thank God for the heavenly Father, and how He covers us and is reaching towards us every day. To be the Father to the fatherless, hope, and healing to those who lost their earthly fathers. And that foundation that we all need to make it through this journey we call life.
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 heavenly Father into those places in your heart that have been wounded, abandoned, and rejected by an earthly father. Let the Heavenly Father remind you, and fill you where the loss of your earthly father may have left a gaping hole. There is nothing impossible for our God. And that includes being the father you need, desire, and deserve. He has more than enough room in His heart and on His lap. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing.
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, June 14, 2020

"Over The Horizon"

Reflections4Life June 14, 2020
“Over the Horizon”
“He covers the face of His throne and spreads His cloud over it. He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, at the boundary of light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at His rebuke.” Job 26:9-11
Scripture Contemplation: Job 26; Isaiah 61; Philippians 1…
©nelvento.

It is my sincerest prayer that today will be a day of hope, answered prayers, and restored faith for you. I pray that you will not only see but also understand just how great you truly are and that God does indeed have a plan for your life. May today’s Reflections bring comfort and peace to your heart and mind. I decree it be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration. 
There are times when it is just too hard for our hearts to comprehend the hurt and disappointments that we sometimes face in our lives. A sense of despair can easily encroach upon our hearts until we see more negative than positive in our lives.
For many of us, there is only more pain and uncertainty waiting for us over the horizon. We have conditioned ourselves, and our hearts to expect less. To expect the worse that life has to offer.
What if I told you that by simply changing your expectations; by changing the words you speak to yourself that your life would change for the better? That, over the horizon, there is something phenomenal waiting just for you. In fact, it’s been there all along, but you just couldn't see it, because your heart has been weakened by hurt, disappointments, and fear.
Here’s the truth, Beloveds: Over the horizon, there is something phenomenal waiting for you. There is happiness, joy, peace, hopefulness. There is also love and kindness. And there is your greatness; waiting for you to walk in it.
Yes. Life can be difficult. It can throw us some painful reminders and some horrific roadblocks. Life is not easy at all. However, life is whatever you make it. Your reality is based upon your perceptions and what you believe about yourself and what you deserve. Is it easy? Not at all. Are some days better than others? Most definitely. Is this an overnight thing? No; it is not.
As with anything, we have to work towards that expected end. We have to exercise our faith and trust in God; even in the most difficult of times. Especially when we feel blindsided, rejected, or forgotten. It is the words we speak to ourselves that will determine what we find over the horizon.
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.  Is today your day? I certainly pray so! You determine if it is. Regardless of what you may be facing or have faced or suffered; you decide. You are blessed. Now go and be a blessing!
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, June 07, 2020

"Still Above Every Problem"

Reflections4Life  June 7, 2020
“Still Above Every Problem”
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past,  And like a watch in the night.”  Psalm 90:2, 4 NKJV
Scripture Contemplation: Jeremiah 29; Habakkuk 2…

What a great feeling it is to be alive. To have the opportunity to start all over; to begin again. How wonderful it is to be able to live, laugh, and love; especially when many of us are in the midst of a battle to bring the fact home that Black Lives Matter. There may be problems we are facing; situations and circumstances we desire to be free from; we are alive, but we remember those who have lost their lives at a very steep price. Though it may not feel or look anything like it: God is Still Above Every Problem.
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.  Our God is a mighty God. There is absolutely nothing too hard or too difficult for our God. If we would dare to believe. Dare to trust. Dare to leave it all in His hands. Let Holy Spirit show you how to navigate your journey, and to teach you that there is no problem your Father can’t handle.
Certainly some may argue that is so easy to say. And they would be correct. However, the fact will still remain, that God is and will always be above every problem we ever encounter in our life's journey.
The problem that so many of us have, is that we often become so wrapped up in the problems, the heartaches, and the pain, that we forget about our greatest Source. Our Source of power. Our Light in the darkness. Our Solution to everything we face. Our Heavenly Father.
We tend to drawback instead of into God. Instead of praying more and seeking His face, we get quiet and shut our mouths and seek the advice of man. We forget that we were granted the keys of life, and access to God 24/7.
Beloveds, above everything you are facing today, God is there. There is no problem or situation too difficult for God. Though you may feel as if He is silent, and your prayers are not being heard or answered; this is when your faith is being stretched and tested, and you discover just where your trust lies, and if you truly believe His promises and that He has an expected end full of hope and greatness concerning your life.

Each new day has its purpose. A new purpose to seek, explore, discover, embrace, and enjoy. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is yet to be. What we have is right now. And God is checking to see what you do with His gifts for today. He obviously believes in you...He woke you up. Now it's time for you to believe in you, and the Father who created 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. Whatever you are facing today. Whatever you are wrestling with; remember and let it settle in your heart and mind that we have a God that is above every problem, and He will do just what He said concerning you. You must continue to believe, have faith, be prayerful, listen, and never give up. God is faithful. He will do just what He said. You are blessed. Now go. and be a blessing.
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Love Does Not Hurt"

Reflections4Life May 31, 2020

“Love Does Not Hurt”

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:5-8

Scripture Contemplation: 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5; 1 John 5…

           

©Vladmir Kush

The honest sincere truth is: Love does not hurt. Love endures and brings hope, as well healing. People "hurt" people. Hurt people hurt people. We hurt ourselves, others, and still say we love you. Whereby, whenever we love it is immediately associated with hurt and disappointment. Which leaves us guarded and unable to be vulnerable or to love completely and unconditionally in any of our relationships until we learn differently.

I decree today’s Reflections is a continued source of encouragement and inspiration, bringing comfort and peace to your heart and mind. Whatever you believe you know about love let God teach you. Allow the Father to show you, Himself. For He, is love. And, through Him we learn how to truly love.

When someone who says they love us harms us, we sometimes unknowingly shut a part of hearts down. That part that allows loves to move freely and grow. That part that loves unconditionally. Sometimes we consciously make a decision never to let someone close enough to hurt us again.

We do a lot of damage in the name of love. However, love had nothing to do with it. Love does not hurt. It heals. Love is not disrespectful or disregarding. Love cares and shows concern. It brings hope into dark places. Love is not reckless or careless or in a rush. Love takes it time. It is thoughtful and kind. Love does not tear down and destroy. Love builds and restores. Love does not blame or keep score. Love is unconditional, forgives, and moves on. Love is action. It is compassionate as well as passionate. Love is God.

In our lives, we will be disappointed. And, yes, we will be hurt at times. However, when you have love, understand unconditional love; it teaches you how to navigate life's journey; How to go through a storm. How to continue to love in spite of it all. It also teaches you how to be strong, how to endure, and to move on.

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.  Love is many things; powerful above all. Remember: Love does not hurt; people hurt people. Love endures; it is patient and kind. Love—real, sincere, true love—brings healing and is unconditional, as well as wise. You are blessed. Now go and be a blessing!

©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

"In Service of Others"


Reflections4Life May 24, 2020

“In Service of Others”

“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 

Scripture Contemplation: Romans 9; 12; Philippians 2…



As we spend this weekend celebrating Memorial Day, let us be reminded the honor it is to remember those who served and have given their lives in service of others and our freedoms. Each day we are granted is an opportunity to make a difference in not only our lives, but also the lives of others. To be in the position to help others gives us a chance to change lives.
I decree today’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration, bringing comfort and peace to your heart and mind. Our Heavenly Father has given us a great gift: the opportunity to serve. When we understand the heart of a servant, then we understand the power we have to change lives. Allow God to show you how to serve and change lives.
In this life, the hope is that we would learn to give without the requirement or expectations only to receive something in return. It is much more than give and take. It is about selflessness, the ability to make a difference in the lives of others, even if you receive no recognition for what you do. It is not about being seen, or heard, but hopefully about serving and making a difference in someone else’s life.
I am in awe of every service person that makes a decision to serve their country. For whatever their reasons they make a great sacrifice, for not only self but also their families. They never know if one day may be their last while in service to their country and patriots.
When I think about the goodness of God, I think of all that He grants us every day. Mostly, I think upon the freedom He grants us to choose how we will live our lives and affect the lives of others.
Life has its ups, and downs, but it is how we live our lives personally that determines our quality of life. When we make a choice to serve others, we choose to give a part of ourselves. When we do, we open up our hearts to unknown blessings and joys.
Not everyone gets it. Not everyone understands the heart of those who desire to serve. Yet everyone receives benefits from those that choose to serve.
I give thanks and prayers for those men and women who have served and given their lives in service for the freedoms that we enjoy, and some take for granted.
I honor you for the sacrifices that you have made and for, the honor of your service. Happy Memorial Day! Blessings, to the families that made the ultimate sacrifice in servitude.
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. May you be blessed with the heart that has the capacity to serve others; to make a difference in the life of someone who you may never even know. Be open to the will of God. It will change your life in unexpected ways. You are blessed. Now go and be a blessing.
©2020. Ruthe McDonald. All Rights Reserved.