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Let It Go and Receive God’s Best – S2E20

Season 2 Finale Episode 

The holiday season is now among us. And 2020 is quickly coming to an end. Of course, it is always good to do some reflection before entering a new year. But what does it mean to let it go and receive God’s best? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, it is always good to take some time for reflection. 

So, before 2021 comes in, take a moment, and think about your life. When you see or hear the phrase ‘Let It Go,’ what comes to mind? Are there any mistakes or bad decisions you regret? Not only that, but have you found yourself unable to move forward because of them? 

Besides that, are there people who tend to always seem to remember those errors of judgment you would like to forget? Well, whether others refuse to let go of your past missteps — it is time for you to let it go and get ready to receive God’s best. 

Photo 1 Woman with her hands on her face. Photo 2 hands held out opened to receive representing letting go and receiving God's best.
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New Things to Come – S2-DE20

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

The LORD said: “Forget what happened long ago! Don’t think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” 

Isaiah 43:18-19, CEV 

Photo of a sticky note with the words Change is Coming representing New Things to Come when one let's go of the past.

Devotional 

We all have a past. And past mistakes and bad decisions can hold us captive. And much like the children of Israel, those former things tag along for the ride as we travel into what’s next. So, it can keep us going in circles. 

In fact, it’s those mistakes of the past that can hinder us from seeing what lies ahead—something new

Thus, God wants us to forget past mistakes, and look to those new mercies which are available each morning. And not only that, He is working on something new.  

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Peace in Stressful Times – S2E19

Gone is life as the world knew it   

When New Year’s Day 2020 came in, the resolutions began and planners made their plans for the year. Some people already had dates in 2020 scheduled well before 2019 came to an end. Most people in America had no idea that in March 2020 everything would come to a screeching halt. Because COVID-19 changed life as the world knew it. So, with all that is happening daily, there are those who are searching for peace in stressful times.  

A young black man sitting at a desk with an open book and laptop in front of him. His head bowed, eyes closed and hands in the praying position. Photo represents seeking peace in stressful times.

Sadly, many people have lost their lives and others have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. In May of 2020, The Harvard Gazette published the article, The lesson is to never forget, by Liz Mineo. And in it, Olga Jonas, a senior fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, compares COVID-19 to the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918.  

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The Peace of God – S2-DE19

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) 

The pages of an opened book transform into a dove flying into the sunset. Photo represents the peace of God.

Devotional 

People long for peace. Yet, anxiety and stress can steal one’s peace of mind with overwhelming success. So how do we deal with troublesome times? 

When we look to Jesus, THE WORD, we are reminded of how He always turned to Father God in prayer. His prayer life was constant, and His trust in God never wavered.  

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A Safe Place to Lay Your Heart – S2E18

One can’t even begin to discuss a safe place to lay your heart without first discussing trust. Trust plays an essential role in our decision making. According to Dictionary.com trust means to rely on the integrity of a person or thing. For instance, have you ever given anyone the benefit of the doubt? Of course, we all have. And did you later regret it? Yep, been there too.

Well, according to Dr. Phil, we owe no one the benefit of the doubt. He said humans are the only species to sense danger and run headfirst into it. That includes various aspects of life. But, all other species trust their instincts and run in the opposite direction of danger. In other words, as humans, some of us trust too easily when we must be mindful in whom we place our trust at all times. 

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In the Hands of GRACE — S2-DE18

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them.” 

“The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” 

They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.”  

“Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her.” 

“Woman, where are they?” Does no one condemn you?”  

“No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”  

John 8:1-11, (MSG) 

Photo of hands palms up against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. A cross in the midst of the sun well represents in the hands of grace who is Jesus Christ.

Devotional 

You ever got caught doing something you shouldn’t have? Yep, we all have. But when you’re caught in front of a live audience—it’s embarrassing!  

Much like the adulterous woman we’ve all had and/or have hidden secret sins. And when judgmental people find out—they are ready to point fingers and put up picket signs as if they are perfect. 

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Eternity Awaits – S2E17

Have you ever thought about where you will spend eternity? Of course, there are those who do not believe there is life after death. They deny the concept of one going to either heaven or hell at the moment of death. And you know what—that’s their right to do so. But to those of you who are the least bit curious, this podcast episode is for you because—eternity awaits.  

Person walking towards a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Photo represents coming face to face with the realization of heaven or hell after death because eternity awaits. Where will you spend it?

Eternal life  

Generally speaking, there are three main religions that believe in eternal life. And those religions are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. When looking at it from a Christian perspective, the Holy Bible is very clear about eternal life. John 17:3 Modern English Version says, “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”

And John 3:16 Modern English Version says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” 

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“Are You Ready?” S2 – DE17

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.  

The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.” 

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” 

Matthew 25:1-13, NIV 

Photo 1 is a man sitting and watching the sunset over the water. Photo 2 is of a group of people standing in a line. Collage represents how one will be found when Christ returns. Some people will be going about their lives while others will be watching for Him even a they do life. Are you ready?

Devotional 

For the wise, preparation is an essential ingredient in all areas of life. For the Kingdom of God, it’s essential for—eternity.  

A relationship with God is spiritual preparedness that will ready us for life after this one. When Jesus returns for His people, our time spent in God’s Word and in His presence will have made all the difference.  

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But Who Do You Say I AM? — S2E16

To begin with, I pose this question. Have you ever wondered what people say about you when you’re not around? Generally speaking, most people have heard the saying, “I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.” Of course, only long enough to see and hear how people feel about you. So, who do people say you are? Are their perceptions of you formed from a personal relationship with you? Or are they formed based on the opinions of others whether true or false? 

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The Awakening to LIGHT – S2-DE16

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” 

John 1:1-5, NLT 

Devotional 

When I was a child the darkness frightened me because I couldn’t see. I stumbled around in the dark as if I were blind. As soon as I’d find the light switch it was like I’d been saved from the creatures that lurked in the darkness. 

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