Some Things Need Repeating

"So do not worry about these things, saying 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father know all your needs. Seek the Kingdom above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
Matthew 6:31-33 NLT

"Therefore do not be anxious, saying 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For gentiles seek after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Matthew 6:31-33 ESV

"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' for pagens run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:31-33

This verse is featured in March's  Loved + Blessed subscription box; and for me it hits the spot. Currently my noggin is see-sawing with the notion of 'Where shall I live' as my lease is about to expire, and with it my living situation is about to change. Also, it amuses me as I asked a someone only yesterday (as they seem to know me better than I know myself at times) what helpful advice they would give me and they say I (still) worry too much, and worry doesn't give you anything. In which I retorted, adult acne.

For some people the ability to blanketly accept all things, and not mull over a thought, action or what-have-you comes easy. Others of us, may have to actively seek to train our brain to not think or more so refocus on something productive.

In 31 Rays of Hope I actually wrote a devotional on this topic (day seventeen), here are some snippets from that entry that has served as a helpful reminder to me and in-turn I hope you as well.

It’s just simply this: has God ever failed you? No. Then
why do you worry? It is trick of Satan to get our minds
off God, from trusting that He is ultimately in control.
When we worry about a particular subject, we are more
apt to make our own moves instead of waiting on God to
move things for us. With the increase of technology in
our everyday lives (which has been proven to increase our
stress levels), we sometimes even put our faith in electronic
devices rather than the Creator of all things.

Yet, worry does cross our minds, but instead of dwelling
on that which troubles us we are commanded to simply
not partake in that way of thinking. Instead we are to go
to God with our fears, hand them over and cease fretting
(Philippians 4:6).

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace. May
You fill our hearts with the fullness of Your love. May we
feel Your Spirit inside of us, ever reminding us that You
are in control. You are the One with the master plan, Who
knew us before we were born. May we grow closer to You,
putting our trust in You more and more each day. May
we submit our lives to You daily, knowing that You would
never bring harm to our lives, that there is nothing You
would put us through that we cannot handle because You
are our ultimate strength. In the name of Your Son, Jesus
Christ we pray, Amen.


Naked Truth Tidbit

The truth of forgiveness is something, at times, I have a hard time wrapping my noggin around. While I am without a doubt grateful for the forgiveness which is offered freely through Jesus Christ; I am amazed at how simplistic it is. While as though we are told in Romans 6:1, grace does not abound so sin can, but alas we must remember how God knows us when we do commit transgressions. Regret and remorse (un-forgiveness of self) can seriously hinder a person's walk with the Creator as well as their walk in life. I recently came to admit something that I have seemingly struggled with in variety of ways for the majority of my life. Upon this my heart aches and I am inclined to make myself suffer. Questioning as if "it is too soon to be forgiven", and "how can God forgive me of this"?  Of course I am failing to realize and appreciate that He has been with me all along, and continue(d/s) to uphold me regardless of past, present, and future mistakes. Sometimes our wake-up calls can come in loud crashes that shake our very core, but the goal of them is to same ... to have us align our wills to that of God's, and to be every more open to His instruction in life.    

There is a battle that rages within us all, but the war has already been won (Jesus' death and resurrection). Take heed to the promoting of the Holy Spirit, trust in God and seek His word, will, and way for your life. Know that your worth comes from the Perfect one, and He loves you with an everlasting love. Know that you are a WORK-IN-PROGRESS and you will stumble, but trust that there is a ALMIGHTY GOD who has claimed you as His own, and will see you through. 

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

Also, if you are interested in a little further study, check out this Paul Ellis writing on Conviction vs. Correction.  


Social Media

Well isn't this icing on my cupcake, it seems that our Little 5 Points group now has a Facebook page. Check 'em out right meow, and THANK YOU Craig for being admin!



Verse-A-Palooza [2nd Edition]

~ Happy New Year to you all ~ 
May 2015 be your *BEST YEAR YET*! 

If you have ever checked out my Pinterest page, you know I am all about scripture art. These particular verses are all taken from 31 Rays of Hope: A Month of Daily Devotionals.

The original Verse-A-Palooza was posted in August 2013. 


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Hoping everyone a very Merry Christmas from the Little 5 Points crew!


The Names of God Series : EL SHADDAI (LORD GOD ALMIGHTY)

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning "breast" in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Ĺ adu, meaning "mountain," suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer. [BlueLetterBible]

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Genesis 17:1

He is who He is. Over the last few months we have touched on 15 different names of God, this concluding the study with number 16. God is the creator and sustainer of all things, to those who believe in Him and to those that do not. The very breathe that enters and escapes our bodies is all in thanks to Him. God gives freely to all people, from blessings of good jobs, to miracle healings, to making ends meet, to (most importantly) salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. What He wants in return is a relationship with His creation. He wants us to be His hands and feet, although He does not "need" us to accomplish His plans, yet He desires us to show His loving kindness to the world. Simply put to be like Him. All love, all the time.

In 1982, a couple of years before God had me grace this space, Amy Grant sang the below track, El Shaddai. Have you heard it? What do you think?

How amazing our Creator is, the One true and only God. May we delight in His love, seek to learn His will and carry it out, and may we embrace this world, looking towards Eternity forevermore.    


The Names of God Series : EL ELYON (THE MOST HIGH GOD)

Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as "God" and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God's character. Elyon literally means "Most High" and is used both adjectivally and substantivally throughout the Old Testament. It expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence. When the two words are combined - El Elyon - it can be translated as "the most exalted God."(Psa 57:2) [BlueLetterBible]

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Genesis 14:18

When I was but a little girl in elementary school ancient Greece simply fascinated me for a season. As I looked at all their gods and goddesses with childlike wonder, I saw them as simply stories, yet amazing characters indeed. Athena was my favorite, a woman who was wise and just. As I have grown, the stories of old have taken on a different meaning to me. My heart is saddened that they did not know of the one true God, in His almighty splender. However, as we read in Acts they had an inkling that there was a Most High out there.

For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. What therefore ye worship in ignorance, this I set forth unto you. The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain even of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Acts 17:23-28

Of course this downcast sentiment does not extend only to the Greeks, but I find solace in knowing that El Elyon has made himself known to all people. Did you know that even though the Egyptians in a whole where engulfed in polytheism, Akhenaten (husband to Nefertiti) believed there to be only one true God whom he dubbed as Aten? As Plumb so eloquently sings, "There is a God-shaped hole in all of us". Yet it is for the individually to believe or not, to trust and have faith, or to simply dismiss the truth for the guise of lies.