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Reap the Fruit

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"Sow for yourselves righteousness,reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up the unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you." Hosea 10:12 After we have planted some righteous seeds, the process of blessing has begun. Since we know that whatever we sow we will also reap, we can begin to expect something. Reap the fruit of unfailing love. Unfailing love is the fruit that never loses its flavor. In 1 Corinthians 13 we find out that love is patient and love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.The bible says that perfect love throws fear out the door! And best of all, love NEVER fails. Galatians 5:22 lists out all of the fruit of the Spirit. By making the right choices, living …

Faith Pieces

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Imagine a young girl asleep on the second story of her home. She awakes one night—middle of the night—and there is the smell of smoke. She stumbles to the door and opens it to a sheet of fire. The young lady slams the door against the flames and stumbles to the window and stares down into the smoke and the darkness. From the ground below the young lady hears her father's voice saying, "Honey, jump!" The young lady replies, "But, Daddy, I can't see you."
The father replies, "It's all right, Honey, I can see you. Jump!"
So the young lady jumps into her father's arms.
Faith often comes in pieces. It's one piece of faith for that young lady to believe her father is there. It's another piece of faith to believe in her father, to feel that her father is able to catch her. It's the essence of faith to throw herself into a father's waiting arms.

Don't worry if you're still learning how to rely upon your heavenly Father. Kee…

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

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For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1:6 NLT)
This journey in life that we are taking does not have to be difficult. There is a predetermined design that has been set up by our Creator. There is also another way that is filled with more of us than God. The Bible even goes so far to say that there is a "way that seems right to man but the end is destruction." That's not an end that I want to come across. I try the best I can to make the right choices but I have to admit that many times I fall short. I need someone to watch over me and help me stay the course. I have realized that "Father knows best" when it comes to Cup of Joe's journey. He does indeed watch over me, prompt me to move or redirect and He always has my best interests at heart.  My idea of the right start to each day is to surrender control: to turn the reigns over to the Lord and trust His plan. To say, Lord, please watch over…

Reliable

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We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety. 2 Cor 1:8-11
Each one of us can probably relate to having faced something that absolutely overwhelmed us beyond our ability to endure. When your spirit is crushed and hope is lost, despair rises. Paul is describing some pretty dark times when hope was gone and so was the belief that they could survive. He says, "we expected to die." It would ha…

When the DOG Shows you GOD

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Midnight aka "Midi"
Some time ago I had a beautiful miniature dachshund named Midnight. One day I gave MIDI 4 little milk bones. He loved them so much and would even go to the kitchen and sit in front of the pantry door until I got up to get him some. I would usually bring them over and lay them on the edge of the coffee table so he could get them when he wanted to. I know that dogs love to bury their treats and save them for later. I watched MIDI do this in the yard when he was given a bone.
On this day, he grabbed a  milk bone and went to the corner of the room. He placed the little treat right in the very corner of the room away from the places that we walk. And then he started using his paws and pushing the carpet in the direction of the bone...like he was covering the bone up so I couldn't see it. Only there was nothing to cover it with but he still went through the motions! It was hilarious!
And then I realized how many times I have tried to place an "imagina…

Life is Beautiful

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For the last several weeks I have been enjoying just how beautiful life can be. There is so much beauty around us each and everyday if you just become aware of it. I thought I've a song I heard called Life is Beautiful by Vega4. (from the movie My Sisters Keeper) One of the lines in the last part of the song says,"I will hold you tightly, when the hurting kicks in....Life is Beautiful, but its complicated, we barely make it. We don't need to understand, there are miracles." Something just ignited inside my soul when I heard that. If you are like me you may always want to understand why everything happens and how everything ties together and resolves. However, if we knew it all we wouldn't need faith. Where's the fun in that? We don't need to understand how it all fits together! We just need to know the One who fits it together! Scripture tells us that ALL things are  mixed and mingled together for our good if we love Him. Part of that process if to love …

Cultivate & Eliminate

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I heard someone once define drought like this… A drought in your life is whenever you must do without something you need, such as time, energy, money, or support.

There are people all around us that are going through a season of drought…financially, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. They are "doing without" something they need all the time. We have been designed to be fruitful and the multiply. In fact scripture tells us that you will know a believer by their “fruit”. To become fruit-full you have to be full of fruit! Let me offer you two tips in defeating the drought and keeping your life saturated with blessings and fruit.

First thing is that there can be no fruit without roots and the simple fact in ministry and life is that you will need healthy roots when the seasons of drought come. You need to cultivate roots. We will all face seasons of drought at some time or another. The deeper the roots, the longer you will be able to survive when your resources are limi…

I Believe in You!

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Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" I have always loved to read this scripture and let the words sink into my heart: God will finish the good things He begins in me. By default I would say that I am a great starter. I enjoy new projects and getting involved in new things. I am especially fond of the things that God begins in me that He has not done before. I like the excitement and the anticipation of considering how everything is going to work out. But its not always easy. If I am honest, I must say that there have been many times when I wondered if what the Lord had started in me were ever going to be completed. Will I lose interest before God brings it to pass? Will I be faithful enough to stay in the game even when I don't like what is happening?  I am realizing more and more that everything happens in season and everything happens for a reason. And the way to fini…

Do to Others

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Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets." Matt 7:12 Can you imagine a world where we all operated under this principle? You can't just stop reading after those first four words and be ok!! "Do to others whatever..." That just doesn't work, does it? Picture an office space where people treat each other like they want to be treated. Envision a church where the people actually honor each other and are praying for the success of their brothers and sisters in the Lord? What if competition and comparison were replaced with compassion and consideration? It may seem a bit up unreachable at times but if we approached others knowing that the way we treated them was going to be the way we were treated, I'm certain things would change. It begins with one conversation, one meeting, one day. If you want people to be kind to you, be kind. If you want to be loved, love others. If you want…

The Other Side

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I go over bridges everyday. But this weekend, I walked across a bridge that was so special and significant to me. As I stood on this side of the bridge, I thought about where I was in my life right now and the many things that brought me to this very spot. I have been so incredibly blessed with an amazing journey that has been filled with joyful and historic moments. It's been so good that at times I often wondered if there was anything more that God desired for me to do. That may sound silly but it's the truth. As my friend and I looked at this bridge, we talked about purpose...destiny...and what we hoped for and wanted "on the other side". It was then I realized that I know so many people that long to see the "other side" of divorce, the loss of a loved one, the failure of a business or a dream unrealized. But this wasn't only about them. I needed (I wanted) to know what was "on the other side". This moment was divinely arranged and the Hol…

What Are You Willing to Do?

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When was the last time you made a decision that required action but you fell short in completing the task? Yesterday? This morning?
Being willing is only part of the process. Good intentions are great but they must be followed up by good actions. Philippians 2:13 tells us that "it is God at work in you both to will and to do according to his good pleasure". Having a "will" speaks of the desire. The "to do" part is what we need more of. If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse. Why not put some legs of action behind the things that you really desire to do? The Lord will give YOU the desires of your heart. What you do with them will all be left up to you and how you let God work IN you. So ask yourself...how bad do you really want it? What are you WILLing TO DO?

Celebrate Freedom!

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Thanking the Lord today for the freedom that we still enjoy. It's getting more and more important to fight for the things that matter. Always remember that "where the Spirit of the Lord is...there is freedom". Let's keep that Spirit in these United States of America. God bless this great nation! Have a great July 4th! Celebrate freedom and be safe!

Desires of Your Heart

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To "delight" means to please someone greatly; to bring great pleasure. In Psalm 37:4 we are given the secret to finding fulfillment in every area of our lives. "Delight yourself in the Lord." When we "delight in the Lord", His pleasure becomes our pleasure and the things that He has designed for our lives actually becomes aligned with the hopes and desires we have in our hearts. Why? Because those desires in our hearts our actually placed there by Him! It sounds simple but too often we get sidetracked going after something we think we need or want. When that happens, our focus turns towards "delighting in us" rather than in the Lord. Our desires can never satisfy like those the Lord provides. When we delight in anything other than the Lord, it leads to frustration and disappointment. It just never seems to hit the mark. Delight YOURSELF!
We all have desires in our heart, some that we placed there and some that the Lord has put there to bring us g…