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Eat your Spinach!

A bowl of Spinach………

I know this is probably not what you want to hear…….

God wants you to be well rounded! He wants your spiritual diet to be healthy, too.

3rd John 1:2 says “beloved, I desire that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers…”

I wish this passage was mentioned more often.

To have spiritual health, we must have every aspect of God’s word.

He said it was food.

There is a reason we have all those stories in the Old Testemant,

and all the various examples we have in the new Testemant too.

In order to prosper, we need healthy diet of God’s word.

We need the things we want to hear,

We need the things we don’t want to hear…….

My suggestion is this: Pray for spiritual health today!

Pray your soul prospers…….

And watch what God does in your life.

It will be amazing!

“I testify”

Laura Grace

1 John 1:7

Being Salty

                                                                           Being Salty

Matthew 5:13 Lev 2:13 2Chron 13:5 Numbers 18:19 Ez 43:23 Gen 19:23 Luke 17:32 Mark 9:42 Col 4:2

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God has a to say about Salt! Salt was obtained from the dead sea in ancient times and put in pits and left in the sun until the water dried out of it and all that was left in the pit was salt. In ancient Israel just in our own history Salt was a vital part of their daily lives. But what did Jesus mean when he said be Salty?

                                                                 Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth…….

                            But if salt becomes “un-salty’ it is good for nothing but to be trampled ………

Have you ever met someone who is ‘Un-salty” in their Christian life?

 It is almost like they have been “neutralized.” When something is neutralized it has no effect.

When I had my teeth pulled the dentist recommended I gargle with salt water, after having more than one tooth pulled at a time. He said at my age, infection could kill me. I was swift to listen to his advice and marvelled how quickly I healed when I gargled with salt water.

Sometimes I think people need to swish the word of God around in their minds and hearts.

James says salty and fresh water can’t flow from the same fountain! They Can but if you try to

Be un-salty (not allowing the word of God to season you) soon everything you say will be of the earth and not the salty flavor that comes by living in the words of God.

Salt preserves, (rotting meat) salt heals in the sense of eliminating bacteria………

“If you lose your saltiness” you’ll be trampled……I’ve noticed this is true …..

When I begin to try and relate to people in my carnal mind or thinking I find I get trampled by more and more of the opinions of men, and lose my grip on the word of God.

It’s nice to try to get along with others but “being mrs nice guy” has never served me well.

Have you ever been in a situation you try to compromise and leave God out of it? It gets messier and messier (and messier) the more you try to leave God out of it.

 People who want to play King of the Hill will never stop. Best to settle in our minds Jesus is Lord (once and for all) and let him be the boss.Light makes people in the dark angry (they want to stay there) Salt hurts those who have wounds. You don’t stop being salt just because someone won’t allow you to apply it.  What if I hadn’t listened to my Dentist when he said “You need salt” ……What then? Would I have died? Maybe……

We need to be and stay Salty…….

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Big Brother Syndrome……..

Big Brother Syndrome (by Laura Grace)

So many in the church seem to have what I call “big brother syndrome.” They have been faithful, paid their tithes, took care of the windows, vaccuumed the carpets, cleaned the pews.

For years they have been faithful, bad weather or good weather rain or shine. They are always in church.

Many cannot fathom or even understand the hell on earth others have walked through! In the story of the prodigal son, (Luke 15) We see a startling picture of how God views “the lost child” that went astray. When the child returns to his Father (who has been watching the road for him to return) the older brother is aghast!

“I’ve been here this whole time” (he says)! He is horrified the Father wants to kill a fatted calf and put a ring on his sons’ finger! He feels HE deserves a big reward for being faithful!

His judgment shows “That brother of mine squandered his inheritance” He yells! “He doesn’t deserve a celebration!!”

The Father gently reminds him of the true meaning of life “Your brother who was dead now lives” He says……

He knows what the little brother has suffered. His money was stolen. His friends abandoned him. He ate hog food! 😢😢😢

Heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting. The Prodigal son had to be very humble to return.
He saw the error of his ways……

So His Father rejjoiced and threw a party!

Luke 15:10 ” Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Judging a matter, vs Judging

Judgement and Judging: Let’s talk about this:

In the bible, there are many references to Judging, and Judgement.

In Every day life, the word means to be able to come to a sensible conclusion about a matter. (Webster’s Dictionary)

We are all subject to Jury duty, where we would have to hear both sides and come to a ‘conclusion” as to whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime. Every day of our lives, we make “judgement calls.”

I had to make them while raising my kids. “No you cannot spend time with someone who (does this or that). I was not Judging them as in “pronouncing a sentence” or even saying if they MEANT to be the way they are!

God says not to hang out with hot-tempered people, he said not to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. He said not to listen to fools who do not fear God. Sound Judgemental?

To follow him means we HAVE TO Make some judgment calls as to what we will follow or not follow, or what we wil join ourselves with! It’s inescapable, if you want to follow Jesus.

God will Judge us and does make Judgement calls all the time concerning US. He can decide if we get mercy or we are accountable. The church is supposed to judge whether a matter is right or wrong. For example, even a prophetic word given, the others are to hold that person accountable…..

1 Corinthians and especially Chapter 5 talks about all this.

“Father, Help us undertand what you mean in your word when you say “Judge not.” But then tell us the least of us can judge a matter.” Give us understanding Father, so we may learn your ways…in Jesus’ name, amen

With Love, Laura Grace

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Walking in the Light

Walking with Jesus is a rich, vibrant, life-giving, satisfying experience. It’s something I will not give up for anyone.

Growing is not ‘surviving’ and just “getting through something” by the skin of your teeth. It involves getting to know Jesus in a deeper and deeper way, through every single trial and Joy.

Growing is understanding how to live in the light of Jesus, and that light involves full exposure of every bit of darkness within us.

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We can have as much of him as we want, or we can choose to only allow a thimble-full of HIM to live withiin us.

Everything he said in is his word IS LOVE!

WE must adapt to him, not the other way around! He changes for no one!

” This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1-8

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Potatoes and Gravy!

The bible talks about the sincere “Milk of the Word” that as for those not ready for meat. What does that mean? Some concepts in the bible are hard for people to swallow (or even chew). It doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you, You just aren’t ready for it yet.

My daughter started wanting more than milk, so I gave her rice cereal, and soon that wasn’t keeping her full, so I gave her potatoes and gravy. I only gave her a few bites to make sure it wouldn’t make her sick, but then when I saw she ate it and was happy (and slept good) It was added to her menu!

One day when she got older, she started really liking steak! the word of God is food to our souls (God said so) and was never meant to be a thing we use to “Lord over others.”

It’s my aim (and goal) to write messages and books that are food to the soul! For some this is hard to grasp, they want power scriptures or magic wands. I tried to get around growing and curtail God’s plan for me at one time, it didn’t go too well! In My daily life, I was always aware of my “need to Grow’ and be able to handle EVERY aspect of life with his help!

The only way this can really happen is if we grow in Grace and the knowledge of him (In every area) otherwise we end up “spiritually dysfunctional” and it’s not Gods’ best for us!

Love you all! Laura Grace, Author Grace to grow And this text is revised and contains a study guide. 

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Hebrews 5:12

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Let’s Talk about Injustice ……..

InJustice! Let’s talk about this for a minute……by Laura Grace

It happens all the time! In big ways, in small ways, and even in life-threatening ways. I just talked to a friend having a terrible injustice issue, and I know some more as well, right now who are battliing horrible injustice issues. Not fair, they didn’t deserve this, and I’m sorry, but just saying “love your Judas” doesn’t help them recover, nor pick of the pieces of “INJUSTICE”

I”m dealing with some right now in my own life, some of it has cost us thousands of dollars and the people who do this just “go on their merry way” Why do we love superhero’s so much? Why are we drawn to those movies? I say mostly, we love Justice!

Did you know in my 33 years of serving God, when I asked people why they are hesitant to serve him, they begin to talk about injustice! Horrible things that happend and “Where was God?” Is what they say to me and “Why did he let this happen?”

And another one “Why do they get away with it?” God’s justice for you is YOU get to be okay! HE will take care of you! HE will hear your prayers when you forgive and I just said this the other day as I was struggling to forgive another injustice…..

Lord my unforgiveness changes NOTHING but I do know if I forgive it wil clear MY soul of anger so I can hear from you! Not only that it opens the door for you to save them…….”

We all want to see our enemies defeated, but I wil tell you something……#1 THEY WILL BE and #2 YOU may have to change (and let it go) before it ever happens. Joseph’s brothers threw him in a pit because they were Jealous……

Abel was killed for his walk with God (Jealousy again) And his blood cried out from the ground! Joseph was put in charge of all the goods to feed people and said “What you meant for evil God turned it for my good” and he forgave and fed them “revealing God’s GLORY!!” ……

Our superhero’s are nothing compared to God and his power. Super hero’s save lives GOD SAVES SOULS for all eternity! What if your forgiveness and mercy to pray for your enemy saved their soul? IS it worth it! I would say yes, it is…….

So Father, we have not resisted to the point of shedding our blood and I pray mercy on my enemies right now and those who have wronged me! Because I know Father you saw it all and YOU WILL bring Justice, whatever that means or whatever it looks like to you! If It means their soul is saved, I say HALLELUIAH! and amen.

-Laura Grace

PS “vengeance is mine I will repay” says the Lord! He may repay by blessing you so much they just say wow why was I not able to destroy them? 

Upset about injustice? Me too sometimes!
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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”