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 

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.

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!!!

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

Stay with Me by Jekalyn Carr

I heard this song for the first time almost a week ago, and I have listened to it almost every day since.

Jeklayn Carr shares that she desires for God to be the company in her life that never has to go home. It is easy for people to overstay their welcome in our homes, but there are a few people who can stay as long as they like without a complaint from us. This is who I desire Christ to be in the lives of ALL humanity; that He would come into our lives, every day visiting with us, and never feeling that we want Him to leave. Below is the YouTube video of “Stay With Me” by Jekalyn Carr and the lyrics are underneath it. My hope is that this song will bless you in ways you didn’t know you needed and that its lyrics will pull on your heart’s desire for Christ to draw closer and closer to you.

Do you desire that He stay with you?

God Bless.

Stay With Me by Jekalyn Carr

So, this song right here, means a lot to me
And I was traveling and God began to speak to me
He said, “When you think about company, they come over to your house
At some point because they are company, they have to go.”
He said, “But with me,
I want to be the person who can stay with you and
For the rest of your life.”
So, my prayer was to God:
You are the company that never have to leave me
So, I need You to stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to Thee
You are my high victory
I can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
Stay with me

Can you lift your hands and say: Stay? (stay with me)
Lord, I need You to stay with me (stay with me)
Somebody tell Him, stay with me (stay with me)
Oh, ’cause we need You, Lord (stay with me)
Say, stay with me (stay with me)
You have to  (stay with me)
Oh, stay with me (stay with me)
Yeah, yeah…

I’ll do whatever it takes, to keep You here with me
It don’t matter how much it costs, ’cause I need You here with me
I’ll lay down my will for You, ’cause I need You here with me, oh Lord
I’ll give whatever You require of me, I need You here with me, Lord
So…

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Now right here, you ought to open up your mouth
And tell Him how much you need Him
Tell Him how much you need Him tonight, oh

I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You, Lord
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

I don’t know about nobody else up in here
But, I need God to stay with me (stay with me)
You oughta, you oughta, you oughta lift your hands
Lift your hands towards heaven
And if it’s your prayer tonight
Open your mouth and tell Him

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Lift up your voice, lift up your voice
And let Him know how much you need Him
Let Him know how much you need Him
You don’t have to leave, You don’t have to leave
Stay with me, Jesus, stay with me, Jesus
‘Cause I need You, I need You

I need You, Lord
I’m just wondering if there’s somebody out there
Who don’t mind breaking yourself loose
And crying out to your master, “Here I am, Lord”
Whatever You need me to do
Whatever You want me to do
My answer is yes
My answer is yes
Open up your mouth
Open up your mouth
Lift up your voice and cry out to Him…

Lord, You Are Welcome

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“I may be broken, But You are welcome, I may need your healing and I say You’re welcome, I know You’re able, In spite how I feel, And I am depending on Your Word reveal, You are welcome” – ‘You Are Welcome’ by Psalmist Raine

We have to let God into our brokenness. From my own experience with this, I know it’s not an easy thing to do because it can cause us to feel open and exposed (like an open cut). But Who better to be open and exposed to than the One who created us?

Years ago, at a women’s conference, I wrote a letter to God. (I wish I still had it, and I may actually go on a hunt for it.) I don’t remember what I wrote to Him, but I do remember the response to it after it was read to those around me. Someone said, “You trust God with your fragility”. I couldn’t fully grasp it then, but it is now a peace that I am continually learning to stand in. God knows how fragile I am. He is hypersensitive to the cracks and missing pieces of my vessel and He is even more aware of how the cracks came about. And I trust Him, in my fragile state, to love me, to cover me, to fill my empty spaces and to still use me as a vessel for His glory.

Our brokenness is not a deterrent for He to come and reside in us. Our brokenness is not a hindrance for He to use us, but instead, our cracked vessel is the perfect place for a full and illuminating God to reside. The image above reflects exactly what I picture in my mind when it comes to the Spirit of God dwelling within our broken vessel. Let me share a secret with you that Christ shared with me, lean in close: it’s in our brokenness that His grace and mercy is able to shine through and light the way for people to come to Him. It’s our brokenness that shows the world that God accepts broken and tattered people. That perfection and wholeness is not the prerequisite for us to be able to come to Him, but instead, it’s a surrendered heart that He desires. And it’s in our brokenness that the Spirit of God is able to shine through and show as the glue that holds us together.

Brokenness doesn’t cause God to push us away, but when we give our broken selves to Him it causes Him to pull us closer. It causes our vulnerabilities to be fully exposed to Him in ways we aren’t aware of and causes Him to spread His blanket of love over us. It opens us up to be able to experience Him as Daddy, as Abba, Father.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalms 51:17 NKJV

Confess your sins before Him. Confess your brokenness to Him and experience His love in ways that are unfathomable. Today, take some time, some real time, to really lay your brokenness down before Him. Pour out your heart withholding nothing from Him, and watch what happens. You are His beautiful broken vessel, pieced together by Him alone.

The song below is one of surrender to God. I pray it becomes your personal confession to God! Lord, You are welcome, have Your way!!!!! 

‘You Are Welcome’ by Psalmist Raine 

I may be broken
But You are welcome
I may need Your healing and I say You’re welcome
(And) I know You’re able
In spite how I feel
And I am depending on Your Word reveal

You are welcome
You are welcome
You are welcome
(Lord) have your way

You are welcome
You are welcome
You are welcome
Have your way

You are welcome
Welcomed in this place God
You are welcome
Welcome into this broken vessel
You are welcome
Now God I give You permission to have Your way
Have your way
(Ayyyyyyy)

You are welcome
Welcomed into my situation Oh God
You are Welcome
Welcomed into my every being
You are welcome
Now I give You permission to please
You are welcome

Video link to the song: Psalmist Raine and The Refresh Live DVD “You Are Welcome” feat. Erick David Townsend

The image and the lyrics above were retrieved from online and I do not own any copyrights to them. The video was retrieved from YouTube and I do not own any copyrights to it. 

Love is___________

While reading my devotional yesterday from “100 Favorite Bible Verses”, it suggested that wherever you see the word love or it, place your name there. As I inserted my name, I realized how easy it is to miss the mark of giving out and showing the love that God gives to us. I realized that even the smallest shifts in our attitudes can taint that love that God desires to be seen through His children. I repented, asking God for forgiveness and help to show His love to the world, even in the tough moments of life.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

To show love to people, is to show Christ to people. Today, do your own personal love inventory and place your name where you see love and it, and in your weak places of love, repent and ask the Holy Spirit for help. We aren’t meant to do this on our own; loving people can be hard. This is why it is so key for us to lean on the Holy Spirit for strength and help. It is in our weaknesses that God’s grace comes in and bridges the gaps in our lives. It is not by our own might nor by our own power but we overcome bleak areas in our lives by the Spirit of God. So let us lean on the One whose love is perfect, and allow Him to teach us, bridging the gap and developing in us His perfect love.

God Bless!