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Being a Faith Person, in a cynical world

Good Morning! 

     I find myself thinking this morning, how difficult it can be to be a faith person, in a cynical world. 

     I am an oddity to many, and I perceive that many just wonder, (and worry a little for me) when they hear the things I believe, and the things I say, on any given day. 

     I am prone to speak faith over situations, and defy the laws of the natural with my words (and prayers). I don’t necessarily believe in “JUST” asking God for something, I believe in speaking faith words into the atmosphere.

   Many do not agree with me, but they are a little bit afraid to argue, too. I can almost hear their thoughts.

     “Should I say something to Laura?” “Doesn’t she realize she isn’t always going to “get what she says?” Or “does she realize God is Sovreign, and what happens, is up to him?” When I speak big things in Faith, I’m sure they wonder, “Is she going to be okay when it doesn’t “GO” How she thinks it will?” 

     Many often think I do need a “reality check.”. Know how I know? No, so I will tell you: I know by the things people (often) say to me what they truly believe. 

  They don’t believe they are cynical. They believe they are right. 

       Jesus really did say in Matthew 21 ” but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

     This does not mean every problem we have we just “speak to it’ and it goes away (according to our whim). However, there are times we do! And, things happen! 

     The “Blab it and Grab it” crowd gives Jesus a bad reputation! I don’t see Jesus speaking to every circumstance that was unpleasant, do you? So when we do this, our immaturity shows for all the world to see! And you give the gospel “a bad name” if you treat his word like a magical sceptor for your own personal gain.

   Jesus did many different things at different times, as he “Did the Will of his Father in Heaven” (John 5:30). There were prophets in the Old Testament who spoke things (by Faith) some of it never happened in their lifetime, They still believed it. 

     A doctrine of man is when ONE thing he did, is emphasized to the point the full message of God gets distorted. If we want to be like Him (Christ-Like) we will reject none of his ways (or methods) but at the same time we will also not take one thing he does (or did) and blow it out of proportion.

     I speak to situations when he leads me to do so. Those who have tried, or have seen someone, try to get rid of every problem Just by speaking Faith (when their hearts did not even believe what they were saying) Begin to get cynical, and think they have to “straighten out” Faith people, who seem to be ‘over the top.” It’s not one or the other, GOD”S WILL OR You Speaking Faith like he did! 

 You can believe for his Will AND speak Faith (to your Mountain) at the same time! The question is, what has his Word taught you to believe? Do you know what it says about every situation? (His word) or are you just listening to those who claim to know?

     And why should we even believe them? Who are THEY to say what you should believe or not believe? Isn’t that between you and God, in your Covenant with Him? 

Something to ponder, 

By Laura Grace Author, https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Grow-study-guide-Rescue/dp/197333187X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535463548&sr=8-1&keywords=grace+to+grow+by+Laura+graceGrace to Grow

 

 

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What’s stopping you from calling on the Lord?

You can always tell when someone has seen their sin and felt the weight of that sin in their life. When they realize they are forgiven they fall so deeply in love with Jesus, nobody can stop them or get them away from him. THEY KNOW! Nobody has to talk them into serving God, they just want to follow him forever.

This is the reality of what it means to be born-again. YOU KNOW you are nothing without Jesus. YOU KNOW how much grace you got when you received his forgiveness and love. Now you are unstoppable. For the rest of your life you will look for ways to testify about him and share what you know. Nobody can talk you into this, and it’s not for sale.

     Maybe today is the day, he is nudging you to just take the plunge, and get all in with Jesus! Have that long talk with him now. Hey Jesus! They say I can have so many great things if I just give my life and heart to you! Here it is “take my life” ….make something good out of it because I can’t seem to do it………” or…….

“Please show me who you are Father in heaven I want to know you.”

Come on, you have today! What’s stopping you? 😐He can help you with that too, if you just ask him……

I testify! I did that over 30 years ago and I’ve never regretted it. Just start talking to him. Write it down. Tell him what you need to get all in with him. He will help you! 

 

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Psalm 144:7 “Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters”
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Pride (the sin of Pride) it hurts YOU.

People get hurt, don’t go to God with it, then they want to protect themselves from further hurt. We often think, ‘oh what’s the big deal?” I am just fine! As if saying we are fine will make it okay. No. We need to ask God to heal the hurt, or if we are offended, take away the offense. It’s like a big sliver in your heart, and it leads to other (nasty ) things at times. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

Hurt can lead to things like self-righteousness (not seeing their part in what happened) so in fear of being hurt again. People put up walls, justify the walls, stay behind

PRIDE PICTure.jpg(those walls), and eventually after much time goes by, they get cemented in pride, believing that the decisions they made, the walls they erected, and the refusal to go To God with it all, was perfectly justified.

     The sin of pride hurts US, and limits what God can do in our lives. Sometimes when people finally cry out WHAT is going on, Father? “HELP ME!” God responds, but the help he sends, sometimes, is breaking the pride, which leads to the “Blessed to be Broken” message many talk about. This process is painful. 

     You don’t have to wait to be broken, you can talk to God about Pride today, and ask him if you have pride.  He can remove it more gently, IF we ask him to convict and correct us today. We have a choice. the Easy way….or the hard way…..:) 

   

     Pride hurts others, but it hurts you more than anyone else. Sin is like a weed, ask God to yank it out of your heart. You can speak to it “Pride you have to go out of my soul!” I command this pride to be removed today, in jesus’ name!” I’ve done this. I was amazed at the supernatural experiences i had, as a result. 

Sin (Pride, Self rightousness, and others)  First and foremost,  hurts YOU. God loves you, he wants the best for you! Pursue a relationship with him today. It’s not too late! 

Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

 with love, …….. Laura, Author, Grace to Grow 

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A Good day!

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     Tim and I had a great day the other day, I wanted to share about it. We didnt’ go to the Bahama’s and we didn’t go to Disneyland.

We BBQ’d and enjoyed some corn from a friend nearby, who brought me some corn on the cob, just because they remembered how much I love it. it’s funny how a still day, no wind hardly, BBQ smells emerging from the charcoal, and the dog laying there in anticipation of a bite can eminate such a wonderous atmosphere. 

Suddenly, all the pain, fear, and turbulence from the past months just went away. I don’t think it was because of the BBQ.

It was just a reflection of the peace that had emerged inside me from acceptance, love, forgiveness, and just letting go of all the pain and allowing God to take over. 

I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe in God, but then again, there are many who call on him in times of trouble, who don’t normally call on him otherwise. 

I do believe in God, as I have seen evidence he exists time and time again. I wrote books about it too, but they are not selling too well right now, but that’s okay! 🙂 

My success does not depend on what man has to say about me, so no worries there. Here’s the thing, God said in his word there is nothing better than to eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Isn’t that awesome?

He didn’t say there is nothing better than to work your buns off, or there is nothing better than to sacrifice to the flames, or be a huge success in this world’s eyes…..

He said “Via his Servant’ 

“So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.” 
Ecclesiastes 8:15
Wow!
Why do you think this is? Nothing better, he says? I agree. That BBQ and Corn was just awesome. And so is the loving man I shared it with.  Just think, the wisest man in the world said these words…….so let’s not do over-kill on performance, shall we? 
-Laura Grace 
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My Dad passed away……

Dad and me 2017.jpg I know many of you haven’t heard from me for a time. This blog is called “Grace to Grow Daily” so I feel a little bad about not writing, for so long. This is my Dad. His name was Jack Swensen, and for all who knew him, he was quite the mystery sometimes. He told me one time, “Maybe I’ll 

write my memoires one day.” He Loved Racing, and he loved cars, especially Mopar engines. He was a fine mechanic and a good friend to a chosen few. They used to call him “Smilin’ Jack” a long time ago, and he was always smiling, I’ll give him that. 

While my Dad and I had our differences through the years, I always loved him. I can’t say I understood him very often, but love him I did, and I think deep down, he loved me as well. I know one time, he shot a dog in the behind because it came after me and scared me (with a pellet gun) and the cops came and said “do not do that again”. He said, “If it goes after my daughter, I will do it again.” 

He was supportive of my guitar playing and music, always asking me to do a song for him when I came to visit him. He loved Chicken, Pizza, Nascar, All kinds of racing, and collecting coins at the end. 

He didn’t treat me like his little princess, so much of the time I felt like he didn’t love me or want me, I must admit. In the end, I understood he didn’t know how to love me, because he really never experienced God’s love for himself. 

I just never knew (never knew) my friends, that losing a parent could be so difficult if you didn’t feel that close to them, really. I had no idea. There is a hole in my heart now, where Dad used to be. I must pray God fills that hole with himself, lest I spend my life in mourning. Father, would you please fill this empty space in my heart with you? Only you know what I need most Father……come Holy Spirit, fill my heart I pray with your goodness, kindness, love and blessings that can only come from you. 

 

In Jesus’ name….amen PS: I loved you Dad. 

 

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Not making our brother stumble, Spiritual Food (Romans 14)

Spiritual Food comes in the form of milk, vegetables and Meat. In Romans 14, Paul addresses this matter, in great detail.

Many times preachers (including myself) get so fired up about what God shows them, they assume everyone should believe as they do. The truth is, other than the basic of Jesus being our Saviour, (and a few other things) how we believe really is a personal choice, and we are wrong to cram meat down someone’s throat.

I have struggled with my friends who eat “Mostly Vegetables” concerning the Word of God and those who eat more Meat.

It’s very simple really, to get along, and I wish I had seen this sooner.

Spiritual Meat can be harder to chew, harder to swallow, and you actualy need teeth to chew on it. I’m going to say some denominational churches eat “mostly vegetables” where as somechurches study what I would call the “meat’ of the word of God. Even in a simple thing like believing, you can become another son, become a minister, become a person who actually sees signs and wonders following you (Mark 16), or believing FOR miracles requires us to chew on some meat In the bible. There are also (Healthy) vegetables about basic Salvation, being a servant, and following him.

All of the word of God is food. Think with me- why they got manna in the wilderness (Bread of Life) it was the basics of what they needed to survive. They cried for Meat and choked on it, because they were not receiving even the basics by Faith and were not GROWING spiritually when they were following Moses. Why? (Ref: book of Exodus)

They were too busy whining about what they didn’t have, and their main goal was not to hear God, but have their comfort zone put back in place.

My Point is, we are not to Judge each other over such issues. this causes unnecessary divisions and strife in the Body, and it is not of God. The children of Israel were judged when their desires exceeded their love and respect for God so they literally turned on him, and turned to other gods. (Idols). Then they were judged by God.

You can read all of Romans 14 and see what I mean about meat and vegetables, but here is Romans 14 in Part:

6.”He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:

“As I live, says the LORD,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” NKJV

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Dysfunctional People…..they come in all shapes and sizes!

ANOUNCEMENT! I have finished the book Dysfunctional People! 

    This book is fun and easy on the eyes……

This book contains timeless truths and reflective helps to think on as you deal with…… 

DYSFUNcTIONAL PEOPLE

I have really prayed over this book, and the work involved is one of the reasons I have not posted for awhile.  Here’s a video clip describing it: 

 

Here is the link to purchase the book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FR6Z4QY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532203311&sr=8-1&keywords=dysfunctional+people+by+laura+grace

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With Love!

Laura Grace, Author Grace to the Rescue, Grace to Grow and Grace to Soar

Available on Amazon. Type the name of the book plus my name like this:

Grace to the rescue by Laura Grace, Grace to grow by Laura Grace…..

this is how to find the books in the amazon search bar. thanks so much!