encouragement

Peace

Peace by Luis Massa Jr

In a time where panic and fear is being consumed by the gallons, and anxiety is stacked in hearts and homes higher than the Empire State building, I am reminded of something that seems to have been left on the shelves in abundant proportions: PEACE! 

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day and I landed on the picture above by an incredibly gifted, young artist named Luis Massa Jr. In his post, he spoke on how in the times we’re facing right now, we need the peace of Christ. When I saw this piece of art, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite verses in the bible: John 14:27. In this verse, Jesus specifically tells us of the incredible gift that He is leaving for us: His peace.

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27

He leaves with us, and it’s His perfect peace is what He gives to us. Reading this, it makes me think of how Jesus is the most perfect gift giver. He doesn’t just give us what we want, but He gives us what He knows we will need. He knew we would encounter peace snatchers and havoc shakers all throughout history, so He left us with a treasure that would be unending and able to stand the tests of time. 

The peace He has gifted to us literally means “to have a state of national tranquility that is exempt from rage and havoc of war; it means harmony, security, safety, and prosperity”.

My oh my…what a gift, what a gift. Then He specifically and intentionally continues by telling us that this is not a gift that the world is able to give us. That it is something that can ONLY be gotten from Him. Peace gotten from the world runs out, but the PEACE of God is one that is everlasting, and everflowing like a rapid, waterfall pouring out at the rate at which we need it. And His Peace is the only thing that is able to give us the ability to obey the command that proceeds the gift: “Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” 

God did not give us the spirit of fear, which creates bondage, selfishness, fearfulness, cowardness. But He gave us His Spirit that consists of power (miraculous power and strength), love that is charitable and affectionate and soundness of mind.

I was sitting in prayer the other day and Psalms 121 popped into my mind. It starts with I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” In an instant, God spoke to my heart and said: “you have to be willing to look up to Me in order to receive what you are in need of”. In these coming weeks, it will so easy for us to be consumed by looking all-around at the media and news feeds to get the insight and direction and maybe even peace and comfort of what to do. We have been so consumed with the spirit of fear from our horizontal looking at events unfolding in our world, that so many of us have fallen away from a vertical looking to where our True Help comes from.

“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.” Psalm 3:3-4

Whether it’s doubt, fear, or the uncertainty of what is going to happen, God is willing and able to lift our head up to Him and be a surrounding shield of peace and protection. He desires to be at the center of all things in our lives. He is not surprised by what is happening; he has the remedy to this whole situation but it starts with us looking to him and grabbing a hold of all that He is. So as you go to Him and you allow Him to lift your head, be reminded that as His child when you call Him, He hears the ring in heaven, and picks it up to answer you!

Will you call on Him? I hope so. I pray we all will; with one sound and with one voice, calling out to the King and Creator of the galaxies to forgive our sins, and heal our land.

Blessings,

Arnita Faith

 

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He Is Mindful of You!

 

“There is none like You, No one else can touch my heart like You do, I can search for all eternity Lord And find, there is none like You.” ‘There is None Like You’ by Lenny LeBlanc

Have you ever looked at your life and thought about the ways God has shown His mindfulness of you? As I was at work on my break one day, He began to open my mind and heart to His mindfulness of me. From my current job to my relationships to my friendships to my family; to how He speaks to me; to the surprises that pop up in my day to how He places the right people in my path every day at the right time and how He places me in other peoples path every day at the right time.

Maybe for you, He shows His thoughtfulness of you by causing someone to think of you when you feel alone and forgotten. Maybe He shows it by using you to leave notes for others you see are having a bad day because He knows loving on people perks you up. Maybe it’s in someone surprising you with lunch on a day you forgot yours. Or maybe it’s in hearing a story that makes you laugh so hard it brings tears to your eyes, it makes your stomach hurt, and puts you on the floor (which of course this is the best kind of laugh there is!!). Maybe it’s how He has given you people you can really trust or people that love you unconditionally; who believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Or maybe it’s in hearing a song that encouraged you or discovering a bible verse that is EXACTLY what you needed in your life at that moment in time. 

Oh Lord, how wonderful are Your thoughtfulness towards us!

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4

These things are not just a coincidence that randomly happens, but they are ways God shows His mindfulness of us. He knit us together in our mother’s womb. He knows what we crave, what we need, and why we are the way we are. He understands why we need the affections we do and He REGULARLY attends to them whether we realize it or not. His love for humanity blows me away. His love for people goes far beyond our understanding.

Take some time to reflect for yourself of the ways Jesus is mindful of you. Life tries to magnify the bad in our lives and the hardships we face, all for the purpose of distracting us from God and His unfailing love. Because when we reflect on Him and His goodness, praise and thanksgiving begin to happen and shift our perspective! Let’s get this perspective shift together. Really take some time and allow Him to open you up to everything you can think of. He loves each of us in ways we will never fully understand; oh but how grateful I am that He continues with us in this life even when we don’t get it! He surprises us daily with things we tend to take for granted. He knows the ways we need to be loved more than we could ever imagine or think of. Know this: You are His favorite thought!

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.” Psalm 139:17-18

Blessings, 

Arnita Faith 

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Love Is On Our Side

This is for anyone who just needs the reminder that God’s love is for you and is on your side! He hasn’t forgotten about you and He NEVER will! He is willing to continue with you every day of every year. Life has its ups and downs, but God’s love is unchanging, unending, constant and steady in the storm! He is faithful, enduring, and loves you unconditionally! The song below is called, “Love is On Our Side” by Capital Kings! I pray you are encouraged by the truth of the lyrics, filled with hope and joy like never before, and you give yourself the opportunity to sing and dance like no one is watching! God Bless!

Capital Kings – Love Is On Our Side (Official Audio)

Love Is Our Side

If there’s an open way, I’ll just run
When everything else fades, and turns to dust
We’re searching to find a way from here
We’ll follow our souls
Into the night, let’s disappear
‘Cause wherever we go
Love is on our side
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now (Your love is on our side)
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Keep rolling like the waves and crash the sin
With every word You say, in faith we stand
Rising our planks to clouds of smoke, reaching new heights
We’re breathing the sun and feel the glow
Like we’re touching the sky
Love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Love is on our side
On our side, on our side
On our side, on our side (Your love is on our side)
On our side, on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Your love is on our side
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Feel the love right now
The love right now
Come back to life again
Again
Your love is on our side
This video was retrieved from YouTube and the lyrics were retrieved from Google.
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A Quick Reminder

Just in case you didn’t know, or just need a reminder: Jesus loves you!!
Life happens, and it can throw us for some major and heart wrenching loops. When this happens and disappointment sets in, it is so easy to miss or forget that we are loved by an immeasurably, infinite God. One who sees us at our worst, understands the source of our weaknesses and shortcomings, and still chooses to love us, beyond us, in ways no one else can. His mercies are new each day (and never run dry), His compassion towards us is never ending and His pure joy gives us the strength we didn’t even realize we needed or were missing. Smile and rejoice! There is never a moment in time that you are not loved, not being thought of, or not being perfected by the Creator of the Universe! You are special and precious in His sight!!!
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Psalm 63

Happy Sunday everyone!! I was reading this yesterday and it put a rejoicing in my heart!! Just wanted to share!!!

Let’s praise Him and seek Him together with an earnest heart!!!!
Psalm 63
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”
God Bless,
Arnita Faith
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His Love

His Love Image

God is love…

His love is one that is uncanny and unmatched to anything ever seen in all of humanity. It is just, yet graceful; it is stern yet tender; it keeps us in times when we should be let go; it is steady when our choices and habits make the ground of our lives rocky and turbulent. It is patient and kind when we are hasty and disingenuous. It is forgiving and it is willing to walk us through the hurricane winds of unforgiveness that pressure us to discard those that have ushered in the storms of hurt and pain into our lives. It is selfless when we are selfish and self-seeking. It is a healing balm to our wounds that ooze out infectious toxins that debilitate and cripple us from moving forward in our lives.

His love deeply penetrates like a scalpel making an incision for surgery; opening us up to remove what has caused the toxicity within us. His love cleanses us of bitterness, hate, insecurity, confusion, rebellion, hopelessness, brokeness, unrighteousness, emptiness, unforgiveness, pain that was never meant to cause the damage that it did, hurt that was never given to Him to deal with that has lingered within us that’s caused a cancerous-like mass of disdain toward people, situations, and relationships. His love severs roots of old that have tried to choke out our purpose, our dreams, our light, and our wonder from within us. Christ’s love is one that soothes and cleanses like soap and water to a skinned knee; it wipes away the dust and dirt of this world that has sliced into hearts and minds and bandages us up delicately to allow us to heal in such a way that causes us to become better versions of who we were even before we encountered the heavy-handed hit of the world to our lives. 

Oh! How beautiful is this love?! 

He embodies a love so world-renowned that all of mankind is chasing after it but with misinformation of where to find it. So instead of tapping into the Original Spring, we go out and try to find it in broken relationships, turned up bottles, pill concoctions, and hallucinogens that get us off-balanced. We try to find it in titles, affirmations, and validations. We look for it in chasing money, gossip, and in all the “latest and greatest” things. We look for it in the universe, nature, rocks, crystal and good energy. We seek higher powers that don’t talk back to us and lead us only to destruction. And we even turn inwardly to ourselves as our own high power, believing that we know, in our own finite knowledge, what’s best for us.

So we miss it. We miss the opportunity to get to know the love of the One who created us with a purpose in mind. We miss experiencing the purest love that we will ever find. Love that is patient and kind. Love that keeps no record of wrongs, and a love that picks us up when we fall without a condemning grasp. We miss the opportunity to experience a father’s love; our Father, the One and True Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ Himself. 

In Him is the love, joy, peace, strength, and hope we look for in day to day occurrences, but the truth is, there is only one way to experience fulfillment, purpose and the wholeness we are all striving to experience…through getting to know the One who fashioned your days and created each of us with a special, unique design. Experiencing God’s love is the only way to satisfy the hunger in our lives we are so desperately trying to feed. He is the only One that has what it takes to satisfy the appetite of our unending desires. He is waiting for us to come to Him with a simple asking for His love because within Him is all that we need.   

God Bless.

Arnita Faith

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A Little Pick Me Up

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For those of us that need a little pick me up today, keep reading. 

Life can make us feel so inadequate when we mess up or face failure. Even to the point of us identifying ourselves as a failure, or as a mistake; we can even begin feeling as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel we’re going through.

BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE AT ALL!

Even on the stormiest of days, you can still see the rainbow in the puddles and in the sky overhead. And for me, with every rainbow comes a smile because I am reminded that everything will get better. Even if it’s not today or tomorrow, I smile because I hold fast to the hope that there are better days coming because God is with me. 

One thing that I desire to do is to create a consistent habit of affirming myself daily. Affirming oneself daily, even when you don’t want to or you don’t fully believe it, has the ability to energize our spirit. It starts with a thought, and as we consistently do it, we begin to see ourselves in a greater light. Not because we’ll be living 100% without mistakes, but because in-spite of our shortcomings,we are able to see that our mess ups don’t have to destroy us, but they can become a beauty mark instead of a blemish.  Trust me. It gets better. Jesus created a masterpiece when He created you. Flaws and all, and when you begin believing in you, the beauty of Christ has the opportunity to shine brightly through you. He is not intimidated by our issues, and neither should we. But instead He embraces us, lovingly smoothing out our rough edges, opening us up to who He has really created us to be.

So today, take some time out to write down some affirmations for yourself and post them in places that you can see. In your bathroom, on your mirror, in your car, in your kitchen, wherever your eyes can go. I promise it will help to brighten your day when you read them, and it will soon transform how you think and view yourself. I have listed a few below paired with a few of my favorite scriptures, but don’t stop there; find the words that YOU need to hear. Write them down, look in the mirror, speak to yourself. Do this as often as you remember, and watch how your mind transforms! God Bless.  -Arnita Faith

I MATTER.

(Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.)

I Am LOVED.

(John 3:16 –  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.)

(Psalm 86:15 – But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.)

I Am THOUGHT OF.

(Psalm 139:18-19 – How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.)

I Am ENOUGH.

(Genesis 1:31-God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.)

I Can MAKE IT THROUGH THIS

(Phil 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.)

I am SPECIAL.

(Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.)

 I Am a GEM.

(1 Peter 2:9 – However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.)