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Finding Peace in Uncertain Times – S2E13

In uncertain times, anxiety can cause some people to lose peace of mind. That’s why finding peace in uncertain times is so important. For instance, in January 2020 we wouldn’t have expected that by March our way of life would change. 

Serious Caucasian businessman in suit leaning on desk and staring at a laptop. Photo representing worry from the uncertainty of the times following COVID-19.

In a matter of a few months, COVID-19 has made its mark on countries around the world. And as a result, families have experienced devastating losses. Such as the loss of a family member, a business, a job, or finances. 

Naturally, people are anxious about the future. And for that reason alone, anxiety can void one of his or her peace. Hence, the topic of discussion–Finding Peace in Uncertain Times. 

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The “Gift of Peace” To Those Left Behind – S2-DE13

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” 

John 14:27, NLT 

Devotional 

A Caucasian woman holding flowers in a distraught state. This Greyscale  photo is representing the loss of a loved one.

When you lose someone you love it is often devastating. The uncertainty of life going forward can seem unbearable to face. You need peace.  

People want to comfort you. But who knows what to say? Your peace is stolen and your heart is broken. In actuality, you’re tuning every word out anyway. In fact, you want to go back to yesterday before it all happened.  

So, you may ask; “How does one find peace in this?”  

Well, in John 14:27, we find Jesus talking to His disciples, preparing them for His departure here on earth. Jesus knew he was about to face death and He wanted to leave the disciples with words that would impart in them—the gift of perfect peace. 

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Surrendered to the Process—Doing Our Part – S2E12

In the wake of COVID-19, the government has set forth certain stipulations. And social distancing guidelines play a vital part in preventing the spread of the virus. Hence our topic, Surrendered to the Process—Doing Our Part. 

A collage with five photos. 1) a mask and hand sanitizer on a table 2) two women separated by a window; one wear a mask 3) A girl doing online schooling 4) A cleaning person wearing white protective gear spraying disinfectant 5) Someone disinfecting a laptop all representing being surrendered to the process--doing our part.

Of course, when some people hear the word surrender, they view it as a negative action. No doubt in some cases that may well be true. But in other circumstances when one is surrendered to the process it could well save his/her life. Such as, in the case of COVID-19. 

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The God of Mercy – S2-DE12

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 

Lamentations 3:22-24, NLT 

Devotional 

Collage of photos representing the God of Mercy. 1) a woman standing against a blue and white wall, 2) a crown of thorns, 3) a person's hands breaking free of chains, and 4) a light at the end of a tunnel.

Do you have moments where you feel hopeless? Does it seem like you’re in a dark tunnel and you can’t see your way out? Who hasn’t had a moment like that? 

It may surprise you, but in the midst of those dark, places we CAN find hope. That hope is in Jesus. 

Truth be told, the love of Jesus is faithful and does not end. He specializes in freeing people from dark places and lights the path to a fresh start. 

Let me tell you about a man who was in desperate need of a fresh start. Folks in town called him the ‘blind beggar.’ He was homeless, blind, overlooked and deemed as insignificant to people. He knew what it felt like to feel hopeless. 

 No doubt, he needed a breakthrough. Suddenly, the day came when his life changed dramatically. He met Jesus and Mercy showed up!  

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Don’t Succumb to Fear – S2E11

Fear–how can one emotion grip people in such a way that it paralyzes certain areas of their lives? Well, to answer that question we must first look at fear for what it is. Fear is a distressing emotion that stems from a threat. And that threat may be real or perceived. But the truth is, either way–you don’t want to succumb to fear.

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Live Beyond Fear–S2-DE11

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

Mark 5:35-36, NIV  

Devotional 

Photo of a person leaping across a canyon representing how trusting God will help you live beyond fear.
Take a leap and trust God to help you live beyond fear.
Photo by Sammie Vasquez on Unsplash

Have you heard some bad news lately that shook you to your core? We all have at some point in life. But, it takes knowing God and trusting God to LIVE BEYOND FEAR

Jairus, the leader of the synagogue, was given some terrible news by a messenger about his daughter. She had just died and now it looked like all hope was lost. 

Jairus, must have paused for a second to catch his breath. His emotions now caught up in a whirlwind of FEAR. Was he too late?  

For you see, he had journeyed to find Jesus to ask HIM to come, and heal his daughter who was deathly ill when he left home. This was a pivotal moment! —FEAR or FAITH.  

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Identity Crisis–Do You Know Who You Are? S2E10

Quite often, people make the mistake of placing their identity in the wrong things. Now let’s look at some examples. First, there are those who find identity in the number of likes they get on social media. If the response is not what they expected, they take it as rejection. Second, let’s say an award-winning singer can no longer sing. Said singer then goes into a severe depression. Why? Because his identity was only in his voice.

And what about the pro football player who gets injured who can never play again. He then turns to alcohol because, for him, football was his life. Last, what about a multi-millionaire who loses all his money. He later commits suicide. Again why? Because he could not live without the power and authority that his money once afforded him. 

Mirror image of woman in white top standing in front of a gray wall. Photo represents one's assessment of who they are.
Original photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash

In the examples mentioned earlier, each person found themselves in an identity crisis. So, the question and topic are Identity Crisis–Do You Know Who You Are? When looking at oneself–where do you place your identity? 

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Marvelously Made—S2-DE10

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. 

I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.  

It simply amazes me to think about it! 

How thoroughly you know me, Lord! 

You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.  

You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book. 

Psalm 139:13-16 The Passion Translation 

Devotional 

When we look in the mirror, sometimes we can be our biggest critic.  We see things we want to change about ourselves, and yet God sees HIS masterpiece.  We were MARVELOUSLY MADE! 

As God sculpted us in secret, a mysterious work of art was unfolding. Every moment was crafted to be a step closer to the appointed time that HIS latest work of art was to be revealed. 

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Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say – S2E9

In our episode Watch What You are Saying, Lady V and I discussed how important words are. So, several questions come to mind. Such as, when going about your day do you ever consider your words, whether in thought or spoken form? Do you always think before you speak? Can others trust what you say is truthful? Do you honor your word? Moreover, do you say what you mean and mean what you say? 

Man talking on a stage in front of a blue curtain. Photo represents trusting someone's word because they say what they mean and mean what they say.

So, let’s look at what the Holy Bible says about it. Now, Proverbs 16:23 Good News Translation says, “Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.” Also, Ecclesiastes 5:5 Good News Translation says, “Better not to promise at all than to make a promise and not keep it.” 

As we can see, scripture even attests to how important it is to say what you mean and mean what you say. 

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The Integrity of Our Words – S2-DE9

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies….”

 1 Peter 3:10, NLT 

Devotional 

Woman with yellow-gold top sitting at a table with a bible another book and a cup of coffee. Photo represents the the integrity of our words lead to a life of joy.
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Can people trust what you say? Do you say words that connect you with having integrity?

Believe it or not; our words speak to our character. And, whenever we open our mouths it will say something about us.  

The words that we speak can be a lot like a ‘social media’ post gone viral; it can spark a whirlwind of conversation. Thus, it is important that we communicate words with integrity. 

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