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Holy Beautiful Music for Lent: "I Got Saved"
As we move deeper into quarantine and closer to Easter, I am filled with a sense of urgency that we need to gather all our friends "into the ark" with us. I am filled the need to share the gospel of Jesus with everyone I know. I don't want anyone left out.
This calls for a back-to-basics approach. I am no master theologian, schooled in apologetics, ready to convert the masses.
I know one thing: I was lost, and Jesus found me. I got saved.
When I make that concept my personal anthem, I let the whole world know the Truth of God's Word and the saving blood of Jesus Christ. I sing my song, you sing yours, our brothers and sisters sing along. Before you know it, we have a choir of voices raised to glorify God. And the world will hear.
What's your story? What's your song? Listen today to Selah's moving testimony, "I Got Saved."
I'm undone by the mercy of Jesus
I'm undone by the goodness of the Lord
I'm restored and made right
He got a hold of my life
I've got Jesus
How could I want more?
If you're stuck at home and anxious, focus on your testimony. Live out your song of salvation. Praise God, friends, we got saved!
Singing for Him with all my heart,
Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women, 2020
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“Salvation belongs to the LORD; May Your blessing be upon Your people. Selah.”
Psalms 3:8 AMP
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their refuge and stronghold in the time of trouble.”
Psalms 37:39 AMP
“The LORD also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble;”
Psalms 9:9 AMP
“They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, And in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied.”
Psalms 37:19 AMP
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; From Him comes my salvation.”
Psalms 62:1 AMP
You are my Refuge, Stronghold, and Strength.
In the days of famine, You provide abundantly.
You are my Rock in times of trouble.
You are my Hope in times of uncertainties.
You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Your faithfulness and lovingkindness never runs out
My soul waits in silence for God alone.
In Jesus’ name I boldly praise, Amen.
Holy Beautiful Ministries, 2020,
Adriana Morales Spokane
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Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst’” (v. 35).
- John 6:22–51
The old English proverb that “bread is the staff of life” is never truer than when it is used to refer to Jesus. His flesh — His life — given for the sins of the world is the staff that upholds us, and only those who trust in Him alone can find eternal salvation. We are to feed on Him by faith daily that we might be sustained by Him and persevere. Have you partaken of the Bread of Life who alone can satisfy all your hunger?
Passages for Further Study
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My hope for you is that God’s presence is real to your heart and mind. He is our salvation in all times. Please know that you are loved far beyond what you can comprehend.
“The Lord God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zeph 3:17 (ESV)
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love (making no mention of your past sins), He will will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
Zeph 3:17 (AMP)
“Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, He will calm you with His love and delight you with His songs.”
Zeph 3:17 (MSG)
The Lord our Warrior, Jehova Tsaba, is going to fight your battles and save you. He will calm our anxious hearts with His love. He will dance and sing over us with joy. What a blessing it is to know that the God of a trillion stars, who authored salvation, created time and all existence, knows our names and fights for us.
For His Glory,
Melisa A. Custer
2020 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women
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Do you see what I see?
Father , Son and Holy Spirit parting the waters.
Healing and restoration will come on the other side.
1 Corinthians 8:6
“yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”
In the Name of the Father, And of the Son,
And of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, we belong to each other as we belong to you, God ever faithful.
By morning and by night may your name be on our lips, a blessing to all our days:
so may kindness and patience be ever among us, a hunger for justice, and songs of thankfulness in all we do. AMEN
May the Lord Jesus, who lived with his holy family in Nazareth, dwell also in our family,
protect it and make all of us one in heart and mind.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN
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Take notes my dear sisters! Look at what wisdom is- read about when and where she began. Observe what happens when you follow her and what happens when you don’t. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but where will she take you? What will she instill within you?
Read on dear ones and infuse her into your very soul!
“I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees. Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments.
I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice. My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries.
The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born— before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth. I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8:12-36 NLT
Living Intentionally Fearlessly Truthfully
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No Valley Too Low
Have you ever gotten stuck in a cycle of noticing all the things you can’t do? I can walk through the routine of my normal day and jot down about 15-20 things I can’t do right now. I can’t even make reservations for the vacation I was going to take my family on, because I don’t even know if we can go. It’s so easy to take note of the things we can’t do. It’s too easy. You ever notice how, when in this cycle, you get sad or feel defeated? I do.
I can get frustrated because of the things I can’t do. I can’t pack my kids in a car and take a road trip on a whim. I can’t run up the road to visit friends. My kids can’t visit friends or go to school. I can’t take an unintentional trip to the store without decontaminating myself after. I can’t turn on the TV without hearing about imminent death and destruction. I can’t watch my son leave for his job, at the local grocer, without a sharp pang of concern. I am frustrated because, if I chose to selfishly break any safety protocols, I would be placing all of the people I love at risk. I am the most frustrated because I can’t control any of this. Can you relate? I sure hope I am not the only one being real this morning.
So what can we do?
We can choose. We can choose to continually go over and over all the things that we can’t do, control, or help. We can choose to keep our eyes fixed on the news channels and the “in your face” death tickers. We can choose to get into petty fights over toilet paper and bread in the grocery aisles. We can choose to hoard the supplies on the shelves. We can choose our selfish needs and wants in this hour. We can choose to focus on the horror of it all.
We have another option. We can choose to focus on Him.
The book of Psalms is a greatest hits list of King David’s reverence to the majesty of God. David wrote most of his Psalms in the hardest, bleakest, most dangerous times of his life. In fact, what’s amazing is that we can read how David chose to remind himself of the power, sovereignty, and strength of the Lord in hard times. The darker the problem, the more He magnified the name of God. He opens one of these Psalms with such beautiful praise.
“I will love you Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust. My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
In that passage he openly declared the strength and greatness of God. If you keep reading, he isn’t declaring these things in the midst of celebration. He gave these praises to God, in faith, during a horrible time of tribulation in his life. David could have chosen to wallow in the depth of his despair. He wrote about the feelings he was having in the midst of his trials. He was honest about how they made him feel. He writes:
“The pangs of death surrounded me, and the flood of ungodliness made me afraid”
He paints a dreadful picture, doesn’t he? He described something that sounded pretty hopeless. He paints a picture of something bleak. This is a description of something out of his control that he can’t fix. Does any of this sound familiar? Wasn’t David presented with the same choice we have now? What he did, even when all bets were against him, was what turned the tide. In the vast, bleak darkness that was creeping upon him, David made the decision to look past the circumstances surrounding him. What he chose to do sets the example for all of us right now. He chose to contrast the physical view of his situation with the everlasting truth of his Savior. He chose to turn His eyes and his cries to God.
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to his ears.”
He found hope in a hopeless situation. He cried out to God, knowing in His heart that he would be heard. When every bit of life was crumbling under his feet, he stood in faith and God met him in his valley.
“He sent from above. He took me. He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me...the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Psalm 18:16-17, 18b-19(NKJV)
Why can’t we choose to surrender in faith and cry out to our God? We are in a valley. We are surrounded by the opportunistic media reporting the death all around us. We are surrounded by fear, doubt, and hopelessness. We could choose to give in. We should choose to cry out! God hears us when we cry.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of their troubles.”
We can choose to humble ourselves and cry out to God, knowing He will hear us. We can choose hope. We choose trust. We can choose faith over fear.
No matter what is physically true about this time, our God is bigger. When we can’t, He can! When I can’t be there for my loved ones, I know in my heart that He is already there. When I can’t control what is happening all around me, Abba, my Father, beckons me to be still and know He is God. There isn’t a valley that is too low for God to reach us.
“Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley if the deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me, and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and peace. The comfort of your love takes away all my fear. I’ll never be lonely because you are near.”
Surrender in faith with me and all believers right now. Remain vigilant in your safety protocols. Don’t suppress your feelings about this mess. It’s alright to feel the way you do. Don’t dwell on them, or what we can’t do, though. Don’t focus on the sad events out of our control. Instead, fix your eyes on Him, magnify His name, and just watch what happens.
For His Glory,
Melisa A. Custer
2020 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women
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HAM AND CHEESE SOUP
2 cups diced peeled potatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup butter cubes
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
Dash of salt dash of pepper
2 cups ( 8 oz) shredded cheddar
1 and 1/2 cups cooked ham, cube
1 cup corn
In a large saucepan combine postures carrots onion and broth, bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
In another saucepan melt butter, stir in flour until smooth and gradually add milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for two minutes until thickened. Stir mixture into potatoes and chicken broth. Stir in cheese until melted, add corn and ham until heated through.
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
1 John 1:5-7 (NIV)
Thank You that You have placed us into the family of God and have united us together in love and fellowship. Forgive us for the times when as Your children we allow the foolish issues of the world to mar our relationship with each other - and with You. Unite us together in the bond of peace and knit us together in the godly love, with each other and with You.
Guard our hearts and our lips and may we learn to think and speak in a manner that is pleasing to You and may we become one in practice and purpose – to the praise of Your holy name. May the Lord Jesus influence our conversation and may the Holy Spirit of peace knit us together in love as we look to Jesus, knowing that He alone is our Prince of peace.
Help us to be obedient to our calling and give us a desire to faithfully pray for each other and to consider the needs of others as more important than our own. May we who are a part of Your universal church be a force of good in our local community and may we be faithful witnesses to those that are lost – so that they may see our love for each other and You.. and glorify our Father which is in heaven In Jesus name we pray,
2020 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women
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At the beginning of time, God ordained that there would be six days for working, and one for rest. This rest is called the Sabbath, or a time to be still. However, relationship with our Father is not just for the Sabbath, but for every day. I think a lot of the world has forgotten this. This relationship is strengthened by prayer. Today, even more than ever we need to be connected to God through prayer. Take this time of rest at home to really grow in relationship with Him. What is He teaching you? What is He teaching us? What is He showing the world? What are your prayers?
A Prayer for Your Sunday:
Thank You for this Sunday. Lord, we come before you first and foremost with hearts of gratitude. You have seen us through another week, and we stand at the threshold full of hope for new beginnings. Despite what is going on in the world Lord, help us start this week bright because we have You. Stir in us a deep desire to come into further relationship with You. Remind us that it is not solely by going to Sunday service that we worship and come before You; rather, it is through our daily communion with You through relationship and prayer.
Highlight to us how we may be obedient to Your call and heart. Embrace us with Your love. For we desperately desire to know You and to feel Your love around us now in this time more than ever. A lot of us are hurting and scared Lord. Give us a hunger for Your Word and truth, oh Lord. Help us begin our week this day trusting you in all things. Prepare us Lord through contemplation and connection with You. Strengthen our desire for you.
Feed our souls. Let us find rest in you.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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A Prayer for Our World
God, You alone are worthy of honor, glory, and praise. With You, we can overcome every storm—including the global impact COVID-19 is having on our world.
Right now, we are asking You to:
Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.
Strengthen Your global Church. Reveal to us how we can partner together to reach the needs of those around us.
Calm our fears. Fill us with Your hope, joy, and peace as we continue to trust in You.
Use this pandemic to pave the way for spiritual renewal. We want Your glory, power, and healing to be on display.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Prayer by Life Church / You Version
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Solitude is also a time of gathering.
Gathering our thoughts.
Gathering our prayers.
Solitude brings out Christ because when we are alone without distractions we see and hear clearer.
Over and over the Bible tells us to seek solitude to grow closer to God and know His ways.
“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
“And as theologian Paul Tillich has suggested, there is a distinction between loneliness and solitude. He wrote: “Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” Seeking God in silent prayer opens our hearts to spiritual reassurance that can lift the gloom of loneliness with the healing realization that we’re never truly on our own, because God is omnipresent, ever present.”
Today, I hope you find beauty in solitude.
“Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (David; Psalm 23:1-3
“Solitude is the creation of an open, empty space in our lives by purposely abstaining from interaction with other human beings, so that, freed from competing loyalties, we can be found by God” (Life with God Bible, p. 531).
Have a holy and beautiful weekend everyone.
Remember what he has you gathering in solitude and write it down if you can.
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Reflection on being Brave
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The word WAIT can bring a season that requires us to be brave. Our timing is not His. I am in a season of wait and honestly my heart has began to waiver. You know the wait, the hard place between the asking and the answering. You ask and you believe. You declare the scriptures, reminding Him of His Word, His promise to you and then you wait expectantly but the enemy speaks doubt.
As time passes your thoughts waiver and you get back in the Word and draw strength in that weakness and hold on to the promises knowing He is with us and His Word does not return void. Our timing is not His but He will strengthen us in the waiting!
We are in uncertain times. We stand bravely upon Gods Word as we watch in wonder of all the world is going through. But there is hope and promises for you to cling too.
Many have doubts, fears and have grown weary. We must be brave, trust in Gods Word, keep our eyes fixed on truth and allow God to strengthen us during this time. We know the truth and must share it bravely.
Do not grow faint or weary, draw strength from God. Let your light shine and bravely release hope during this season of waiting. God has prepared us for such a time as this. Be brave and shine bright.
Questions for Reflection:
1. How can I keep my eyes focused on God and not the world?
2. How am I seeing God give me strength?
3. What doubts and fears do I need to address during this season of wait?
4. In what ways can I bravely release hope to others while we wait on Gods promises?
At His Feet,
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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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It’s Your name that is honored from generation to generation. You alone are worthy of all glory and praise.
And You are not shocked by the state of the world right now. Your ways are not our ways, and You are not at a loss about what to do. Nothing is impossible for You.
So today, we are proclaiming that You will be glorified through this pandemic. That Your name will be known and praised throughout the earth.
Pierce the darkness with Your light. Shine brighter than the fear of death, economic ruin, or a long quarantine.
When we look back on this moment in history, would we be filled with joy as we remember the revival, hope, and peace that came out of this season.
Continue to draw this hurting world back to You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Holy Beautiful Music for Lent: "The Blessing"
"The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."
--Numbers 6: 24-26 RSV
Several friends have shared this song with me lately. I think the deeply calming words from Numbers remind us of God's blessing on us. During uncertain times like these, we cling to His promises.
I think about the people living during those "dark years," the years of waiting for a Messiah, tempted to lose hope. How they must have held tightly to the promises of God's blessings. Blessings for their children and their children's children.
Amen, Holy Beautiful sisters, we can stand firm in His promises today, and His promises for our children and our children's children. His love is everlasting.
Hold your babies tight when you feel anxious, and know that God has promised His blessings on us for today and all the days to come.
from "The Blessing"
May His Favor be upon you
And a Thousand Generations
Your Family and your Children
And their Children
And their Children
May His Presence go before you
And Behind you,
And Beside you
All around you and within you
He is with you
He is with you
Singing my life in praise of Him,
Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women, 2020
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“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 NIV
“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,” Deuteronomy 1:30 NIV
“Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22 NIV
￼ “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV
“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
Nehemiah 4:20 NIV
You have always been in control over our life circumstances.
You are orchestrating the details of our lives and taking care of all of us amid global crisis.
I humbly surrender my life, my plans and my heart to You.
Please forgive me for worrying, panicking and not trusting in Your divine plans.
Help me discern between Truth and the enemy’s lies.
I’m reading Your Truth.
I’m reflecting on Your promises.
I’m renewing my mind.
I’m inscribing it ALL in my heart.
Your fingerprints touch the core of my soul every time I am still.
No more worries . No more fears. No more lies.
My soul is refreshed today!
You are already fighting on my behalf.
In Jesus’ name I boldly pray,
Holy Beautiful Ministry, 2020, Adriana Morales-Spokane
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Good morning to you. There is so much going on today that can cause anxiety. Let Jesus give you rest. No amount of worry or stress will take our troubles from us.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.”
Matt 11:28 (NIV)
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me, I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”
Matt 11:28 (TPT)
“Come to me, all who are weary and heavily burdened (by religious rituals that provide no peace), and I will give you rest (refreshing your souls with salvation).”
Matt 11:28 (AMP)
Isn’t it beautiful how this small verse speaks volumes? Jesus is our well and He longs to give us living water that will calm our souls. Is the toil of current events troubling you? He is offering you rest. Trust in Him.
For His Glory,
2020 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women
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If you’re anything like me, it very much feels like the world has turned upside down. In the blink of an eye our social feeds, every conversation, our energy and attention has drastically been pulled into this Coronavirus abyss. What’s happening, what’s working, what’s not, who’s got it, how we’re fighting it, what to do to help; there’s an endless supply of mind-numbing and attention-grabbing information. Some is helpful, I’ve found the great majority to not be.
Whether just downright inaccurate or abjectly fear-mongering, so much of the intake we get nowadays is at best distracting and at worst idolatry.
And everywhere this word... FEAR. It’s a <thing> for sure, and something not to be dismissed lightly. Especially for us girls, who genetically tend to be more anxious than our counterparts- this particular situation is ripe for total loss of our logical minds and better spiritual judgment.
So yes, this is yet another blog about how to help overcome anxiety and fear in this season of so many unknowns. It’s taken from extremely personal experience. It’s not complicated but it calls us to radical action.
Unprecedented times demand unprecedented prayer!
“Prayer is a thing people… and not only a thing… but an extremely powerful thing- a thing that brings peace, calm, and comfort. It’s a thing that nurtures your relationship with Christ, will bring His supernatural aid, and produces results. Simply put, prayer is the lynch-pin to this fearless lifestyle we’re all trying to attain- this mindfulness towards GodStuff and eternity.
We should be circling anything and everything in our lives in prayer- not the least of which is our children!
The obsessive nature of our fearing needs to be turned to obsessive praying! The goal is to pray-walk through every aspect of your life and the lives of your children, yourself, and your loved ones.
First thing in the morning, pray. Before meals, pray, Walking to the park, pray. Have a fear pop up- pray. Worrying about your kids- pray. Sitting at the computer at work- pray. Driving in the car- pray. Let it infuse the beginning of every single new moment of your day. Make it a habit. Make it a very necessary practice in your head.
I’ve spoken some about taking all your fears and thoughts captive, now let’s bind them up,
down, and around and around. Let’s start praying circle upon circle around those fears. Hedge them in with prayer! Make so many prayer circles around them that they are literally strangled out. Death by prayer-asphyxiation! Suck all the life out of them by enrcircling them with prayer.
‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ I Peter 5:7
Those fears that paralyze you, that freak you out, that make day to day normalcy impossible- pray around them, pray and pray
and pray about them, pray through them, underneath them and over them.
I am absolutely all about envisioning things. Putting a minds-eye visual assignment to
stuff. Use this tool if it helps you to ‘see’ what prayers can do. Personally I have all kinds of
prayer visuals- I imagine chains of bondage going around my fears when I pray against them. I shoot ‘arrows’ up towards heaven with improper thoughts I find myself having. I imagine my guardian angels flying through the air to assist me when I know I’m going in to a spiritual warfare situation and I’m praying for strength. Much of this came from my counseling experiences and I’ve found the imagination to be a very helpful place to put spiritual eyes on soul-problems.
Conversely, I pray rings of protection around my children and loved ones all the time. Whenever fears or concerns of any kind rear up (whether logical or not) I pray circles around them. I think of them as layers of spiritual bubble wrap followed by feather pillows surrounded by thick jello and all suspended by angelic parachutes. Seriously, my people are protected! They are earlobe deep in prayer protection all the time.
And I take that to the bank, I stand firm on that hill, and I rest peacefully in their protection- because I’ve been intentional and proactive in my prayers for them. I willfully and faithfully choose to believe that God’s got them because I’ve give them back to Him, prayerfully, all the time. It takes some practice but, for me, it helps.
When it comes to fear, circle it, pray and pray and pray. Everytime you pray-walk around
that fear you strength the bonds that hold it, you create more safety from it, and you diminish it’s ability to rear up and kick you in the shin. Instead of it chaining you to the ground, you are imprisoning it. You are making it captive (very literally a prisoner) to Christ! Bind it spiritually with repetition and persistence until it is strangled out by Christ bonds… and, poof! that fear is no longer able to move, blink, paralyze, or handicap you anymore.”
(Excerpt from Helicopter Mom, ch. 13)
Prayer is such a powerful thing and yet we all too often use it as a last resort. Someone gets ill, we Google it, we ask friends, we try oils, we read a gazillion articles and watch TED talks, etc etc and THEN when all else fails… we pray.
Friends, this should literally be the FIRST thing we do. Our fears, our worries, our anxious thoughts… why are we not taking those early and often to the Throne? Why?? Doesn’t ‘work’ the first time, still battling those demons? Take them to the Father again… and again. And AGAIN. BE that needy widow beseeching the king. BE that irritating ask-er to the Lord. I wrote an entire post about persistence with our Father. Be that one! Spend so much time on your knees that you don’t have the time to actually worry. I promise you… THAT is very much a ‘thing’.
Do THAT kind of thing… you got this! Be that parent that kids grow up seeing on your knees. Let their memories of you be ones of prayer, thanksgiving, and supplication to a very big, very kind, very worthy God.
Be that employee whose co-workers come to for prayer because you are known as a warrior. Be that person who is recognized as a person who has a direct link to Adonai.
Be that daughter who is known for unprecedented prayer.
Living Intentionally Fearlessly Truthfully
LIFT! And be brave!
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Devotion or Drive-Through?
A dear friend shared with me recently that she feels really convicted to spend more time in prayer and Bible reading each morning. She told me she had been using the same devotional book for years and although she loves it, she felt like she was going through a drive-through.
“Every morning I wake up and get my coffee, Bible, devotional book, and journal,” she told me. “Then I read the passage and write out a prayer or list my concerns for the day. It was a good structure for a while, but now it feels like drive-through Jesus.”
We giggled at that phrase. It’s silly sounding, but we later talked about the theological implication of just grabbing some quick minutes with the Word and in prayer, then scurrying off for the day.
I’m confessing to you now that I am too often guilty of grabbing a morning cup of drive-through Jesus.
Later in my day if things are nutty, I remember to take a deep breath and grab another express lane dose of prayer or a Bible verse before dashing back to the fast track of work, family, obligations.
I don’t want to live this frantic, grab-and-go faith life, I want a steady, stable, sustained saturation of God’s grace with me. But how do we do that in our modern lives?
And now that many of us have had our normal routine disrupted and are at home, how has this affected our devotional life?
I want you to ponder with me the meaning and the practice of “devotion.” We here at Holy Beautiful write and share devotions each morning with you. Devotions are writings designed to draw the reader closer to God, to inspire or encourage.
Devotion can also be a religious practice, such as a time of devotion during worship service or celebration.
But the most common meaning of devotion is an attitude of the heart. It’s an act—an ongoing action, not a one-time happening. To be devoted is to be loyal and faithful, to love and cherish. Devotion in this sense is so sweet and comforting. This is the kind of devotion we should strive for.
How do you practice devotion? Do you have a routine or ritual? Share with us! For those who may feel stuck in a rut, let’s be inspired by our sisters here. Maybe try having quiet time at a different time of the day, try a new chair or cozy private place, use music or candles. *We happen to know a great devotional book we think you’ll love #HolyBeautifulBook. Maybe you started a Bible reading plan for the new year you'd like to share? We want to hear from you 🙂
How are you spending special time with the Father and avoiding drive-through Jesus time? Let’s encourage one another!
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Alleluia and amen!
Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women, 2020
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I woke up today with so many thoughts running through my mind. Many things I wanted to share and breathe life into. And then I simply heard God tell me to sit.
“Sit and be sustained”, He said.
You have no need to rush. No need to despair. No need to fear. No need to worry.
Just sit still and bask in who HE is. Let His light shine into the dark.
We are all navigating uncharted waters.
However, the captain of the ship did NOT go down.
He is still controlling the winds and the sea and everything living and breathing thing ever created.
He is controlling disease and life and death and all things in between. He always has.
So sit today. Be still.
Embrace this life and living in all fullness.
This too shall pass. The sea will part and we will walk through to the other side.
Amen and to God the glory.
Please post in the comments if you need prayer for anything. Our team members are available 24 hours a day to pray with you.
Psalm 91 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Safe and Secure
When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai,
you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me,
the only God for me, and my great confidence.
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy,
and he will protect you from false accusation
and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
You can run under his covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
Don’t fear a thing!
Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you,
nor will the powers of evil launched against you.
Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed,
you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
for they will be paid back for what they have done!
When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm.
If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
and keep you from stumbling.
You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,
trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will find and feel my presence
even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
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Reflection on Being Brave
Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV)
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
It takes a brave heart to forgive. To not only forgive once but repeatedly, seventy-seven times. If Gods mercy renews for us daily, then so must our mercy towards others.
We continually forgive. We bravely love. All to keep our own hearts soft and tender towards God. When do not forgive, our hearts harden, it clouds our judgment, vision and puts a wall between God and us.
Forgiving is what we do because we are in constant need of forgiveness.
1. How can I bravely forgive today?
2. Was there a time when I could not forgive at first? What was the outcome?
3. In what ways do I need forgiveness from others today?
At His Feet,
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Fear Not Ladies for our God is with Us!
Isaiah 41:10-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Do not yield to fear, for I am always near.
Never turn your gaze from me,for I am your faithful God.
I will infuse you with my strength
and help you in every situation.
I will hold you firmly with my victorious right hand.’
All who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced.
All who contend with you will perish and disappear.
You will look for your enemies in vain;
those who war against you will vanish without a trace!
Psalm 18:2 The Passion Translation (TPT)
You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet,
like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress,
my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape,
my tower of rescue where none can reach me.
My secret strength and shield around me,
you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside,
always the champion of my cause.
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Holy Beautiful Music for Lent: "Take Courage"
"I have told you these things so that you will be whole and at peace. In this world, you will be plagued with times of trouble, but you need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order."
--John 16:33 The VOICE Translation
Every hour brings new reports and updates about the global pandemic. Workers are displaced. Events are canceled. Families are quarantined.
It's easy to see why people are feeling helpless and hopeless.
So many unknowns.
"Take heart!" Jesus tells us. He told us there would be trials, sorrows, plagues, and disasters. This fallen world offers no firm foundation.
Take heart, Holy Beautiful Sisters! Our faith is in the Triumphant Jesus, the Christ. We may be alone in viral isolation, but we are never alone. He is with us, for us, in us.
Hear these lyrics:
"Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting"
Oh my, sisters. Please hear that. He's in the waiting.
May our days of waiting draw us into His presence,
Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women, 2020
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“My God has sent His angel and has shut the mouths of the lions so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also before you, O king, I have committed no crime.” Daniel 6:22 AMP
￼“For He will command His angels in regard to you, To protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” Psalms 91:11 AMP
“The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience], And He rescues [each of] them.”
Psalms 34:7 AMP
No danger will come close to us. We will not fear.
We will not be harmed amid adversity and uncertainties of the present times.
Your Angels are already there surrounding and protecting us.
Thank You in advance for being our Guardian Angel always.
You protect us. You defend us. You guard us.
Deliver us from all plagues, infectious diseases, evil and temptations today.
In Jesus’ name we boldly praise and courageously pray, Amen.
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You are made in His image. How valuable does that make you?
“Look at the birds, do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your Heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable than they? So which one of you, by worrying, could add anything to your life?”
Matt 6:26 TPT
2020 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women
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My dear Lord Jesus, I come to you now to be restored in you, renewed in you, to receive from you all the grace and mercy I so desperately need this day. I honor you as my Sovereign, and I surrender every aspect and dimension of my life totally and completely to you. I give to you my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I cover myself with your blood—my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I ask your Holy Spirit to restore me in you, renew me in you, and lead this time of prayer. In all that I now pray, I stand in absolute agreement with your Spirit and with my intercessors and allies, by your Spirit and by your Spirit alone.
Dearest God, holy and victorious Trinity, you alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise, all my trust, and all the glory of my life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and you have become my life. I renounce all other gods, every idol, and I give to you the place in my heart and in my life that you truly deserve. This is all about you, God, and not about me; you are the Hero of this story, and I belong to you. I ask your forgiveness for my every sin. I renounce my sins. I ask you to search me and know me and reveal to me where you are working in my life and grant to me the grace of your healing, deliverance, your holiness, and a deep and true repentance.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and choosing me before you made the world. You are my true Father—my creator, redeemer, sustainer, and the true end of all things, including my life. I love you, I trust you, I worship you. I give myself over to you, Father, to be one with you in everything as Jesus is one with you. Thank you for proving your love by sending Jesus; I receive him and all his life and all his work which you ordained for me. Thank you for including me in Christ, for forgiving me my sins, for granting me his righteousness, for making me complete in him. Thank you for making me alive with Christ, raising me with him, seating me with him at your right hand, establishing me in his authority, and anointing me with your love, your Spirit, and your kingdom. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will. I bring the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, throughout my kingdom and domain.
Jesus, thank you for coming to ransom me with your own life. I love you, I worship you, I give myself over to you to be one with you in all things—spirit, soul, and body, heart, mind, and will. I sincerely receive all the work and triumph in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice, through which my every sin is atoned for, I am ransomed and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to your kingdom, my sin nature is removed, my heart is circumcised unto God, and every claim being made against me is disarmed this day. I now take my place in your cross and death, dying with you to sin, to my flesh, to this world, to the evil one and his kingdom. I take up the cross and crucify my flesh with all its pride, arrogance, unbelief, and idolatry [and anything else you are currently struggling with]. I put off the old man. Apply to me all the work in your cross, death, blood, and sacrifice. I receive it with thanks and give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.
I bring the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare and household. I bring the cross, death, blood, and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my Life, and I receive all the work and triumph in your resurrection, through which you have conquered sin, death, judgment, and the evil one. Death has no power over you, nor does any foul thing. And I have been raised with you to a new life, to live your life—dead to sin and alive to God. I take my place now in your resurrection and in your life, and I give my life to you to live your life. I am saved by your life. I reign in life through your life. I receive your hope, love, faith, joy, your goodness, trueness, wisdom, power, and strength. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your resurrection; I receive it with thanks and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.
I bring the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of Jesus Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit, every foul power and black art, against every witch, and against every human being and their spirit, their warfare, and household. I bring the resurrection and the empty tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ to the borders of my kingdom and domain, and I stake it there in Jesus’ name.
Jesus, I also sincerely receive you as my authority, rule, and dominion, my everlasting victory against Satan and his kingdom, and my ability to bring your Kingdom at all times and in every way. I receive all the work and triumph in your ascension, through which Satan has been judged and cast down, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you. All authority in the heavens and on this earth has been given to you, Jesus, and you are worthy to receive all glory and honor, power and dominion, now and forever. I take my place now in your authority and in your throne, through which I have been raised with you to the right hand of the Father and established in your authority. I give myself to you, to reign with you always. Apply to me all the work and triumph in your authority and your throne; I receive it with thanks, and I give it total claim to my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will.
I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ over my life today, over my home, my family, my household, my vehicles, finances, over all my kingdom and domain. I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against Satan, against his kingdom, against every foul and unclean spirit—every ruler, power, authority, and spiritual force of wickedness, their every weapon, claim, and device. [At this point, I specifically name all foul and unclean spirits that I know have been attacking me, such as fear, doubt, accident, injury, death, the religious spirit, pride, arrogance, etc.] I send all foul and unclean spirits bound to the throne of Christ, together with every back-up and replacement, every weapon, claim, and device—by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name. I command the judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the heads of those that refuse to obey, and I send them to judgment, by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.
I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every foul power and black art—every hex, vex, and incantation, every spell, weave, web, veil, shroud, charm, and snare; against every ritual, sacrifice, and device; against every vow, dedication, and sacrifice, every word, judgment, and curse—written, spoken, unspoken, or transferred to me. I command them disarmed and broken by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and in his name.
I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ against every witch, cult, and coven, every channel of black arts to me. I cut them off in the name of the Lord; I send the glory of God to them to turn them in Jesus’ name.
I now bring the authority, rule, and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fullness of the work of Christ between me and every human being—their spirit, soul, body, their sin, warfare, and their household. I bring the full work of Christ between me and [now I name people I’ve counseled or prayed for, family members, folks in crisis looking to me, etc.]. I command their human spirits bound back to their bodies and their warfare bound to the throne of Christ in their life. I bring the full work of Christ between me and my household and all people, in the authority of Jesus Christ and in his name.
Holy Spirit, thank you for coming. I love you, I worship you, I trust you. I honor you as Lord. I receive all the work and triumph in Pentecost, through which you have come, you have clothed me with power from on high, sealed me in Christ, become my union with the Father and the Son, the Spirit of truth in me, the life of God in me, my counselor, comforter, strength, and guide. I honor you as Lord, and I fully give to you every aspect and dimension of my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind, and will—to be filled with you, to walk in step with you in all things. Fill me afresh, Holy Spirit. Restore my union with the Father and the Son. Lead me into all truth, anoint me for all of my life and walk and calling, and lead me deeper into Jesus today. I receive you with thanks, and I give you total claim to my life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for granting to me every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. I claim the riches in Christ Jesus over my life today, over my home, my family, my work, over all of my kingdom and domain. I bring the blood of Christ once more over my spirit, soul, and body, over my heart, mind, and will. I put on the full armor of God: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, helmet of salvation; I take up the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit, and I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of your might, to pray at all times in the Spirit.
Jesus, thank you for your angels. I summon them in the name of Jesus Christ and instruct them to destroy all that is raised against me, to establish your Kingdom over me, to rebuild the shields and hedges of protection around me and my household, and to minister to me your ministry. I ask you to send forth your Spirit to raise up prayer and intercession for me. I now call forth the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout my home, my household, my kingdom, and domain in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving all glory and honor and thanks to him. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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