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Peace!

The words (of Jesus) “Let not your heart be troubled” are still valid today. (John 14:27)

Did he ask us to have troubled hearts over this disease or the supposed government conspiricies that go with it? Did he ask us to worry and be all worked up? No, Again!

Why Have Peace? Even 911 operators are expected to stay calm! Why? Because if you are upset along with everyone else, you cannot help anyone (for starters) and in fact, you might even cause more harm! Peace does not mean to not take action!

The Peace of God works with his wisdom, his righteousness and everything else that is of God! All of his attributes are in agreement! So, be at rest, be at Peace, be in His Wisdom…

Anger, Fear and all these things of the flesh will not help you make wise decisions in God! Get rid of those things (praying for his help) and you will fare better in being led by God’s spirit. -Laura Grace

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Burying the Hatchet…….by Laura Grace

Burying the Hatchet, and the Eye of the Needle

A long time ago, when I lived in a housing unit in Washington State, I prayed and decided I was going to “bury the hatchet” about some things that happened in the past, things that had hurt me deeply, things I didn’t understand, and it was messing with my soul life. I knew, because these hurts kept coming up and tripping me up, time and time again. I struggled tounderstand (this other person) who had such a significant impact on my life, and I could not for the life of me, understand her! I had this journal where I had witten down all my feelings and also her supposed treachery toward me.

Oh these feelings were real! I did blame “Her’ for a lot of my woes and problems, and lack of ability to overcome. 


I said this prayer; “Father I forgive her, and I want to bury the hatchet now, and not leave the handle sticking up!” I had heard a sermon on how sometimes we bury the hatchet, but the handle is still sticking out of the ground, and we pull it back out and our decision to forgive seems undone, as if we didn’t really forgive at all!

I prayed and buried the journals that day, having an actual funeral service of sorts, and saying Father “I mean it” I don’t want to remember this stuff anymore.”

The funny thing is, I still do remember, but the anger associated with that person is gone, and I am able to love her now, and see her through a new set of eyes. I would dare to say, I see her through the eyes of Jesus now. Do I see her faults? Well, yes I do! I do not take it personally anymore, the things that happened in the past. I see she did not do it on purpose! That is the work of Jesus, my friend. 


Years later, I find myself always crying about my broken dreams. Fast forward to 10 years later, I am asking God about all the things he promised me, the things I had prayed for, and said now, “I have “prayed and believed” for these things for years Father, it’s hurting me it’s not coming to pass.” One was a home of my own, something I stood in faith for for many years, as well as a few other key things I had prayed for. I wrote them down, God led me to make this paper with little tombstones on it, and I wrote the things I’d believed for on the miniature tombstones!!! 


I know this sounds a bit bizarre, but I actualy had a funeral service over that too, and laid it all to rest in his arms. The scripture was “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle” than for a rich man to enter heaven. While i wasn’t rich, I had a pretty healthy ability to dream. 


I needed to give these dreams to God, and let go of them, not allowing them to keep me from entering further into his Kingdom. You see? After I did this, I had tremendous peace I had put it all into his hands. I just knew, deep down, he knew how important these (10) things were to me, and in putting it into his hands for safe keeping, these dreams were safer than they ever were when I was fervently praying about them.

Every single one of those prayers has been answered. Every one! EmojiOne was a house of my own, that has happened twice now. I can remember when it looked impossible………

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Another is a 12-string guitar we found (by God’s leading) and I am playing that guitar to this day! That happened in 2003. I prayed for that guitar since the early 90’s……
I hope this little testimony blessed you today! Remember that God’s ways are not our ways, and his timing is not our timing. We can trust him with our dreams, and we can trust him with ourselves! He is “trustworthy” but we won’t know that until we surrender things to him.
 

with love and blessings, Laura Grace Author Page: amazon.com/author/lauragrace

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avoiding strife!

There are people who love to argue…..but the bible says:


“But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2 Timothy 2:23).

strife: vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife. a quarrel, struggle, or clash.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 King James Version (KJV) says this:


“16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
So if we want to be Holy, we need to pray and concern ourselves with where our heart is.

Do we love strife? Sowing Discord? If so, it’s really not God’s way. We think it’s fun (at times) it reminds us of those playground confrontations when everyone stands around saying “Fight Fight Fight.”

Strife is a thing of the flesh, it’s normal to want to argue when we are passionate about something, but the truth is, it never leads to inspired revelation and truth.

God’s way is to speak to us in the Secret place, (away from clamoring and strife!). The wisdom from above is gentle, peaceable, full of Mercy and Good fruit!. If we remember this, we walk in Gods ways. If we walk in his ways (and not our own) we are becoming “like him.” This is God’s #1 dream for us, “Being Transformed” “Becoming like him!”. It’s part of the Salvation process! God never intended to leave us the way we are.

Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow, Dysfunctional People ABC’s of Christianity, And more!


Let’s pray;


“Father forgive us for the times we argue, strive, sow discord, and do not reflect YOU! “Have mercy on us Father, help us to listen to you!! We humble ourselves and admit, in many ways we have failed to hit the mark.
Please help us to grow in Grace and the knowledge of you Father! Forgive us for thinking we’ve arrived or that we are better than others. In Jesus’ name we pray. amen”

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God’s Trees………..

Gods’ Trees:

“Grow in Grace” is no understatement. It means we continue to be like a tree, (Planted by the living waters) Growing fruit in our lives as a living being IN HIM. No tree ever grew better from having a list of rules read to it, or being read the riot act.

God plants (his word in you) and he will surely water it and cause it to grow. Our job is surrender, Trusting Him, Believing in Him (for all things) And even Self-Control is a fruit of the Spirit, and not a work of the flesh. (See Galations). 

Think about that for a moment! “Hello there, righteous little tree!

God loves you, SO MUCH!”

2 Peter 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.” Amen.

-Laura Grace

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A Prayer To End Corona virus

 

I was thinking about Abraham this week, He asked God to save Sodom and Gommorah if there were just 10 righteous People. God said Yes but he could not find 10…….

I thought about God’s Mercy, and how even though we don’t deserve it, he does hear our prayers………

How he said if two or more will agree It shall be done!

So Many people out there have never seen a miracle………

Let’s just believe for one Okay?

That this Virus would be vanquished! ……..

and disappear as quickly as it came!


Let’s trust God that he is good and his mercy endures forever….(Psalm 107) 


and promise that if he will answer this prayer…..

we will give him the glory….


Father we believe that you are good! What ever we have ever blamed you for please forgive us! 


In our hearts we know you are good Father, that you are THERE and you really do CARE …
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So we unite our voices right now in Prayer saying Father! Father we ask you “VANQUISH THIS VIRUS” 

We ask you to do it in such a way, everyone can see it was you Father! and have the option to give you the glory! (and praise) 


IN Jesus’ name…..the name above all names……amen

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Have no Fear! Jesus is here…..

It’s so easy to say isn’t it? “Have no fear?

The truth is, our bodies (and minds) were made with this “fight or flee” response to danger, and we can’t even help it! Jesus knew that, so when he said not to fear, he was not getting on their cases in a condemning way. You have to see his heart behind this.

See, we sometimes view God’s words through the lense of our parents, and the impressions we got as a very small child. If there was shame or condemnation in our parent’s voices (as children) when we read “OH you of little Faith” spoken in our text of the bible, we may begin to feel like God is “mad at us’ for not having enough faith!

How often have you found yourself saying “I”m sorry Father for my lack of Faith,” or I’m sorry for not trusting in you?”

Where does this come from? It comes from the overwhelming FEELING he must be displeased with us!

Now, come on! Deep down, we know he is not that unfair or unjust, that he would chastize and berate us for not having Faith, when he knows we have not had experiences that have LED to having Faith in him! He, as a good Father and as a gentle loving Shepherd, understands that he needs to take us by the hand and LEAD US into life everlasting, WHILE we are still upon this earth, “Taking his Yoke” and learning of him!

What if you were Noah? (Just think with me for a moment) There is nobody else around but you and God? Could you believe to hear from him? Noah believed in the goodness of God (that’s why he found Grace!). So did Moses, So did King David, and this was all “before” Jesus came to earth to save us!

Now, that’s the kind of Faith God wants us to have my friends, Faith in his Goodness (and unfailing love). You are the desire of his heart and he doesn’t want to lose you! You are so precious to him! Ponder on that for a second……..

Try going to biblegateway.com and type in “the love of God” Or “Mercy” and see how many scriptures you come up with! Ponder that, and get back to me………

With love,

Laura Grace

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strive to enter in…………

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate”

“Strive and fight to enter in”

It’s easy to say “I won’t fear evil tidings, my heart is steadfast trusting the Lord'” HOWEVER when the odds begin to stack against us, when the bills pile on, when a lot of stuff seems to be going wrong THAT is when the rubber meets the road my friends!

A friend of mine sent a video this morning this gal just being so real saying she was stressed and afraid but she began to just declare psalm 121 “MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD” she said and made this decision “I will not fear I will trust GOD!” As she made her decision God began to establish her and let her know HELP WAS ON THE WAY!

This has happened to me so many times! The process however of going from Fear to Faith can be pretty turbulent business! so if anyone ever told you it’s EASY I am sorry about that!

Sometimes it’s a very violent and deliberate decision telling your flesh to shut up and maybe even screaming to the heavenliesl “FATHER I WILL TRUST YOU I want to trust you now “Help me do it” ……..Just sharing “it’s not always easy” but God has never failed me yet! And I don’t believe he ever will…..With Love, (and here is the scripture)

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” And why are they not able? Because they will not give up their own ways and do things God’s way!

-Laura Grace

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Feelings of lost identity? You are not alone!

a little word on relationships…

I feel led to share this, this morning. A lot of times when kids leave the next (grow up and move away) parents feel they have no vaue anymore, other than to help financially or baby sit. Everyone understands how a job loss can be traumatic but when our children grow up and move out of the home there can be a real sense of “loss of identity.”

It feels like we have lost our jobs, and when children make different choices than we did, or discard our advice, it can feel like we’ve been fired, have no value, have no say in their lives anymore. This can lead to feelings of frustration and even anger sometimes. As we stuff these feelings trying to love and be supportive, sometimes it only gets worse.

For the children, there is frustration such as “I have to find my own way, I am not you, I cannot do it like you did!” They often feel conditionally loved, as they struggle to make their own decisions, knowing ‘The parent” does not approve of how they are doing things! We don’t talk about these emotions very often in church!

We say things ilke “Be at Peace” or “just Pray” Or “just trust God!” What do we do with all these emotions?

Too often, we wind up crying by ourselves in some dark corner , wondering if anyone else feels the way we do. We try to make sense of it all, but often it makes no sense!

Here is the truth of the matter (as I have learned), That God CAN and WILL do a new thing in our lives! We can begin to see our children as the adults they are and have respect for their decisions, being supportive, even if it’s not the decision we would have made.

We can find a new Identity and let go and stop taking it so personally when they “reject” our opinions or advice. In this way we have become a great example to them, as they too will face these feelings as they get older, and would love to have a great example to light their way! We never stop being a parent to our children, we didn’t lose our jobs…..

Just how it is done is defined differently now, like a new Job Description! Someone needs to hear this.

With Love,

Laura Grace

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Christmas’s Gone By…..(A Little Testimony Time!)

Christmas can be a hard time of year. I love Christmas, but I don’t deceive myself, that it is a hard time for many.

In the Past, I can remember times I could not afford to get the presents, and even used food stamps to buy gifts for some, and to stuff my kids’s stockings with candy.

Many times, we went to food banks and rejoiced over a free turkey, and many times I was on my knees praying there would be something under our tree. “Lord Please, Don’t let my kids feel unloved, I cried” Please provide for Christmas! I struggled with it, when people told me what a “pagan holiday it is” (making me feel horrible for celebrating it) or sometimes, even told me “Just be thankful if you have something to eat,” When I would ask for prayer.

I”m sure these folks meant well, but eventually I just prayed, and made my requests between myself and God. He understood, I told myself, that the kids were already going through enough: Trouble at school, poverty, a dad drinking and carrying on. The last thing they needed was for kids to brag on their wonderful presents and school, while they sat feeling “unloved.”

If you are one who helps others at Christmas time, just be aware you have NO IDEA How big of an impact you may be making. For all you know, this Christmas coud have been blessed, JUST BECAUSE of what you do. Many people blessed us and some, I never got to thank. There were toys from Toy drives, food from unidentified donors, and believe me, It all made a difference.

As a young Mother, I thanked God so many times for benevolent persons, like the friend that bought me a Christmas tree, the time someone loaned me her fancy ornaments, the one who bought my kids a winter coat one time, and so many other unexpected blessings through the years.

As I sit here, just remembing that somehow, every single year, God came through, provided for us, and every single Christmas while different, was always a blessing as we watched for his love. WE WATCHED FOR HIS LOVE! We expected him to show up, but I never told him how to do it.

My prayers, “Father please, just bless Christmas, I don’t know what to do,” Were always answered in some way. As a result, we still love Christmas! What I’ll always remember is we sought God, Thanked God, and Watched God “SHOW UP” in a multitude of ways. God is the true “Father” Of Christmas and he knows just how to bless you. “Ask!” Then Watch for him to show up.

He Knows Exactly the right way to bless you, Trust in Him. Laura Grace Author