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To the Prisoner of Hope — S3E2

To the Prisoner of Hope. Photo of Woman head down in her hand and then with her hands raised high. Photo represents one breaking free.

In general, most people fit into one of two categories: the hopeless or the hopeful. The question then is how can a hopeful person become a prisoner of hope? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

Hence, the title — To the Prisoner of HOPE. Because some people may not realize they have become just that–a prisoner to their hopes. 

Thus, before we go any further, let’s look at some definitions for ‘hope’ and ‘prisoner’ so that we are all on the same page. Hope means to look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence. A prisoner is a person legally held in prison for the punishment of crimes committed. Also, a prisoner can be a person who feels confined or trapped by a situation or set of circumstances. 

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Reliance on the LORD—S3-DE2

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) says: 

In you, LORD my God, I put my trust. I trust in you, do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” 

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.” 

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” 

Psalm 25:1-5 (NIV) 

Photo of Jesus in the clouds with arms open wide. Represents reliance on the Lord.

Devotional 

The oxygen of the believer is reliance upon the LORD. Our total trust in Him is vital to our survival and our walk with Christ.  Having faith in God’s guidance and total trust in HIS will keeps us on the right path in life. 

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PRAYER—Communication with God—S3E1

Season 3 Premiere of We R S.H.E.Talks Podcast 

A new year—a new beginning 

Caucasian woman standing with head bowed and hands claps together, surrounded by nature. Photo represents Prayer--Communication with God.

Happy New Year!!! We all can agree, 2020 was a doozy. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world. Therefore, 2021 was a welcomed sight. A new year and a new beginning.

As a person of faith, I could not have made it through 2020 without prayer. Thus, praying is a major part of my daily life, because prayer is how I communicate with God. 

If you are reading this blog post then you are alive; that is a blessing. You lived to see a new year. And no matter how you got here; you are here. So, take this opportunity to begin again. But I would suggest you start 2021 with prayer because prayer is simply conversing with God. No doubt, He wants to hear from you. 

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The GOD of Salvation Hears You — S3-DE1

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Isaiah Chapter 30, verses 19-21 states, 

“O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left. 

Isaiah 30:19-21, NLT 

A woman with arms stretched wide in worship and prayer to God. Photo represents the God of salvation hears you.

Devotional 

It is ultimately impossible to go through life without battle scars from life’s many lessons. And although, some difficulties are great and some small; God’s mercy, grace, and love are interwoven in those ups and downs. 

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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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