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“in Him” (1 John) and Psalm 91: It’s bigger than we think it is!

I was studying John 6 today, and looking at how Jesus was trying to get across the concept that “He is Bread.” With the Help of the Holy Spirit,

I also noted that his followers were just fascinated with the feeding of the 5000, and the loaves and fishes. He spoke to me to cross reference as I studied, and Isaiah 54 just jumped off the page at me, where it says this:

“IN Righteousness you will be established.” “Oppression will be far from you.” (these go together). IS 54:13-14

At some point in my Study the Holy Spirit said “In Him,” In Righteousness, IN the Secret Place (Psalm 91) are all the same thing!” I have known for a long time being “IN HIM.’ is Key.

How do we get that way? WE LET HIM IN! It’s so simple my friends, we just let him in, and invite the Holy Spirit To teach us.

I asked the Lord, why do some people seem to be so spiritual and so sensitive to your Spirit? Again, They just BELIEVE (to hear from Him). It’s not that complicated! If you don’t beleive me, Read John 6 (the whole thing).

With love to you all, in his service, Laura Grace PS Grace to Grow is only 3.99 and includes a study guide. It’s a power packed book! I hope you will consider making a copy of it your own! 🙂

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Every day things……

Every day things……

I believe God has drawn me closer as I commune with him about everyday things, more than any other “Method” that might be out there. I talk to him about meals, ask for help creating them when I don’t have all the ingredients.

I talk to him about helping me organize my time, how I can be a good steward of what he gives me, I even ask him where to get my hair cut! Every little tiny thing we trust him with (and see him assist us) leads to more confidence in Him, that he is truly with us. He likes to be included!

Oh how I enjoy my time with my children! how much More God (with you?)

He loves to be included. in Everything! Sometimes I get in my car and say Lord thank you for going to town with me today? Guide me at the store! “Remind me what I need” for this week….

He doesn’t mind! (at all). Building relationship with him is the most important relationship you will ever have! He knows how to bless your other relationships too, and maximize them!

If you’ve never asked God to help you with the small things, even if you think you know how to do it already, I challenge you, try it today! You might be suprised what he wants to teach you!

Love you Jesus! praise you Lord! Thanks for being my friend!

PS: I incuded pictures of kitchen tools, to remind myself that whatever “Tools” I’ve been given, God shows me how to use them! 😁🤓😍. -Laura Grace

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You are not rejected……..

Gifts and Giftings (Again!) Because this is important!!

God has had gifts and giftings on my heart for weeks now. It’s not so much that people don’t know they are gifted, but often wind up not using them for God’s Glory.

Please listen, because this message developed out of a life time of feeling rejected and left out. I am not left out, and I am not rejected, but for years, I thought I was.

Why? Because that’s all I could see. I would pray and practice my guitar (for years) Learning all the songs from church “thank you Father you have a place for me” (I would say) “I am accepted and beloved in the brethren.”

Still, it never seemed to be the truth.

After awhile, the hurt developed into anger, as I experienced this supposed rejection, time and time again. It caused me to delve in for holiniess, purity, Knowing God’s word more……

The longing just to be a part of what God was doing (as I called it, being on the team). Not being chosen or selected to do things in church HURT so bad. It brought up reminders of school and not being selected for sports (because I was bad at it).

Why am I telling you this? BECAUSE, there are many out there who have decided not to even try anymore. They give up and call it humility. Others say, Okay I’ll go to church, sit on the pew, and “Not even try” and call it obedience.

Just because there is no slot for you, doesnt mean you are rejected by God. There are no trumpet players in most church worship bands, but that doesn’t mean trumpet players are rejected.

Some are anointed to be metal workers.Some are anointed to play guitar, some are artists, and some are called to preach but they seem to have no pulpit to preach from.

We often do not think of washing floors, installing doors, fixing windows, (and a host of other talents or gifts) as being ministry, but we need to start. We need to stop worshipping those who seem to be rock stars, and celebrate every ministry we see, (if they are truly helping!).

The Body of Christ needs to be built up (and it starts with you!).

Find someone and give them a pat on the back for what they do for God’s Kingdom! I know I’m going to. You are not left out! They are not left out! Someone out there needs your encouragment, that what they do does make a difference.

with love and blessings 
Laura Grace

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Your gifts and your calling…..do you know what they are?

What are your gifts? Do you Know?

I recently sang in church, the song I did, I had practiced for weeks, and I have to say it turned out pretty good. When the pastor said, “thank you Laura, you are gifted,” I must admit, I thought gifted? I had to work so hard to learn this song, I didn’t feel like it was a gift at all. From the time I decided to learn to play music, it was always a struggle.

Recently, I spoke in church about gifts, using a passage in Ephesians, as my guide. “He gave gifts to men, ” It says. (Ephesians, 4:8, NKJV).

I never have thought of myself as gifted. I’ve seen other people I thought were gifted, but I never have considered myself one of them.

Learning to speak in front of a crowd had taken a lifetime of overcoming, & facing fears.

Because I believe God called me to do it, I have overcome the fears, got back up and tried again when I seemed to have failed, and have finally come to a place where I have some confidence, both with speaking, and singing in front of others. It was hard won, but I did it, (with God’s help, and a willing mind!).

So, how do we know we are gifted? Does it mean we are just born “good at something?”. No, I don’t think so. My gift is encouragement under the calling of Pastor. I don’t have a church, but I’ve been Pastoring most of my life.

Many years ago, I had stuffed sheep, named after the people I prayed for. When people heard about it, they started to bring me sheep, because they wanted to be included and have me pray over their lives. Music came about because I have a passion to encourage others. My prayer life was cultivated for the same reason. “I want to teach the world to sing” used to be one of my favorite songs, when I was young. Our loves, passions, and desires, are very telling, concerning our giftings.

What about you? What is your passion? I’ve seen people great at fixing cars, baking cakes, taking care of gardens, and those who are especially great at working with children. They have heard too, “You are so talented!” We ought to say, well done, you’ve really developed your gift! For the truth is, if we take our calling seriously in Christ, we’ll cherish and develop those gits he put within us. If we do that, we’ll become “talented,” Or should I say, “developed? More mature”?

There we go, back to growing (Up) again and being all you can be, in Jesus, for Jesus, and for his Kingdom!

With love and affection, Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow. http://www.lauragracebooks.com

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A Sunday Morning Sermon…

My thoughts this morning…..

We’ve all had people in our lives (at times) who we long to be close to, but we cannot seem to get close to them. They like to argue, or get defensive, or sometimes even shut us out.

I’ve had people I just wanted to encourage, or share my heart with them, and sometimes I still get amazed at the reactions that happens in what seems iike such a simple statement of me sharing something God put in my heart, to share with others…….

It’s at that moment, we realize our statement is clashing with their belief system. It’s like “Light meeting the dark,” and it causes a storm.

When this happens, I always go to God and ask if I was wrong. I don’t “assume I am right.” I see God as the teacher, and my part is to continually learn from him. This leads to growing, (up) more and more in him.

It doesn’t matter how many “Years” someone has been with God. it matters how much they have received from him.

The only way I know to keep learning (and growing in Him) is to continually ask the Holy Spirit to teach me. Jesus sent him to teach us, He wants to teach us, so as long as we are willing, our becoming Christ-Like and growing in him is a done deal.

Praise the Lord!  -Laura  Grace , Author, Grace to Grow by Laura Grace

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Thinking about Love today…..how do we do it?

Sometimes it just blows me away, how people treat other people! I know I post some great things (Such as the message previous to this one) but my job is to bring things to a more down to earth level, where people can relate to it.

When someone is shattered and hurt beyond words (by the actions of another) No amount of “You must forgive them” or “just love like Jesus’ type of words is usually going to help.

What they need at that moment in time, is acceptance and love-, in spite of how they feel right now.

We all know the greatest commandment is love, but the truth is, until we find we are loved by God in the midst of our anger, lack of love, rebellion even, or even our big fat hairy attitudes (at times), we will never know how to love others they way he did.

I wish I could tell you I learned to love because of all those great books I read, or great semons I heard, but it’s not true. The Holy Spirit taught me how. And I never could have loved people the way I do, unless I let his love for me soak in deep….

Anything else would have been fake, copy-catting, or just “holdiing my nose right” and pretending to love. 

Father, thank you for allowing us to be real with you. Amen!

-Laura Grace, Author, http://www.lauragracebooks.com 1 John 4 “We love him because he first loved us.”