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Because HE is With Us – HE Still Provides S4 Ep1

Happy New Year and Welcome to Season 4 Episode 1 of We R S.H.E.Talks Podcast 

Photo of a cross in the midst of a sunset. representing the cross of Jesus Christ. To Christ-followers this means, Because HE is With Us--HE Still Provides.

In the past two years since the pandemic, many around the world have experienced great losses. Also, with those losses came hardships in different forms. Although, some people have bounced back; there are others who have not been as fortunate. Now, in my experience, when I trust God–everything always works out. Why? Because HE is with us HE Still Provides. And, how do I know that to be true? 

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Living in the Overflow—S4 DEp1

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP) says; 

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 

21 To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.  

Ephesians 3:20-21 (AMP) 

Devotional  

In Christ, we have the advantage over the rest of the world. We serve a God that has unlimited resources and power. We serve the God of the OVERFLOW.  

LIVING in the OVERFLOW has everything to do with being IN CHRIST

IN CHRIST—there is no lack! 

Photo of a large waterfall representing Living in the Overflow of God's blessings.

Often times, life doesn’t quite look like we are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath—but it’s true. God’s Word declares that we are set apart. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus our LORD. WE are HIS heirs because we are joint heirs with Christ.  

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HIM: The Importance of God’s Presence – S3E17

In full transparency, there have been times when situations and circumstances overwhelmed me. I found myself trying to figure out the solution to each problem in and of myself. And therein lies the mistake. Because  1 Peter 5:7 New Living Translation says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Thus, when I do what 1 Peter 5:7 has instructed — God leads and guides me. In fact, that is why His presence is so important. Hence, this podcast episode, HIM: The Importance of God’s Presence. 

Woman outside holding up a Holy Bible. Photo represents  HIM: The Importance of God's Presence.
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In HIS Presence – S3-DE17

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 16:11 (AMP) Amplified Translation says; 

11 You will show me the path of life;  

In Your presence is fullness of joy;  

In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. 

Psalm 16:11 (AMP)  

Woman praying representing being In HIS Presence.

Devotional 

Are you a planner? I am. In my human nature, I want to plan what’s next. It’s a defense mechanism for me so that I can feel a sense of control over my life. But I have learned that my plans aren’t what God has planned for me. 

You see, since the beginning of time—God had a plan for each one of us. And HIS plan involved HIM in everything that concerns us. HE wants to be an infinite part of our lives. Because HE knows what’s best for us. 

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Lost and Found: The Compassion of Christ – S3E16

To begin with, the question on the table is, “Have you ever felt completely lost in life?” In other words, no matter how hard you tried you still couldn’t seem to find your way. When you think about it – did anyone show you any compassion? Hence this podcast episode – Lost and Found: The Compassion of Christ. 

In general, most people have experienced a sense of helplessness at some point, even if they don’t admit it. No doubt, some of you may be feeling lost this very moment. To continue, others feel like they are a lost cause. But, I’m here to tell you – that is not true. In fact, you are valuable! 

As we can see, Luke 12:7 Easy-to-Read Version says, “{Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds.” 

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Heart of Compassion – S3-DE16

Lady V’s Devotional Episode   

Luke 19:1-10 (TLB) The Living Bible says; 

1-2 As Jesus was passing through Jericho, a man named Zacchaeus, one of the most influential Jews in the Roman tax-collecting business (and, of course, a very rich man), 3 tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowds. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree beside the road, to watch from there.

 5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name! “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick! Come down! For I am going to be a guest in your home today!” 6 Zacchaeus hurriedly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the crowds were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. 

8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “Sir, from now on I will give half my wealth to the poor, and if I find I have overcharged anyone on his taxes, I will penalize myself by giving him back four times as much!” 

9-10 Jesus told him, “This shows that salvation has come to this home today. This man was one of the lost sons of Abraham, and I, the Messiah, have come to search for and to save such souls as his.” 

Luke 19:1-10 TLB 

Children making a heart with their hands just above their heads. Photo represents a heart of compassion.

Devotional 

Are you lost? Do you feel invisible? Have you ever wondered if your life matters to God? Well—IT DOES! And like Zacchaeus, HE KNOWS YOUR NAME! Zacchaeus was trying to get a glimpse of Jesus, trying to get noticed. He didn’t realize Jesus had already noticed him. 

Although it may not seem like it, God notices you too. So much so, God knows the number of hairs on your head—which is proof that He’s paying attention. He has a compassionate love for you! 

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A Letter to the Church – S3E15

Most Christian scholars refer to The Book of James in the Holy Bible as ‘A Letter to the Church.’ Why? Because James, a brother of Jesus, sent letters to Jewish believers throughout the Roman empire. And those letters included some of his best teachings. 

In other words, the believers of that time respected him. In addition, they appreciated his advice and his wise decision-making skills. 

Although the title of this episode is ‘A Letter to the Church,’ everyone will benefit from the wisdom of James. 

Photo of the Holy Bible opened to the Book of James--A Letter to the Church.

Love your neighbor as yourself 

Now, the focus of this post is James 2:1-9. So, let’s look at it in the New Internation Version. It reads as follows: 

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Love Reveals GOD — S3-DE15

Lady V’s Devotional Episode   

1 John 4:7-10 (MSG) says; 

7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.

This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. 

1 John 4:7-10 (MSG) 

Photo of one person taking hold of the hand of another. For this blog post the photo represents the hand of God. God is love and Love reveals God.

Devotional  

When you look around, watch the nightly news, walk into a department store during the Christmas holidays—what do you see? You find everything but love among people. Why do you think that is? Does ANYONE know God?  

I realized the problem—People that don’t love others can’t know Jesus as LORD. Thus, they don’t know God!  The renewing of your mind begins with faith in Jesus, and time in HIS Word to learn what love is. And it takes learning about Jesus to see what LOVE looks like.  

Truth is—the excellence of LOVE reveals GOD. 

The sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for the sins of the world was unselfish, enduring love. This love was kind, thoughtful, truthful, and full of grace.  

Jesus didn’t let someone’s race, financial status, or a political party decide whether He would go on the Cross for them. NO! JESUS let love guide the decisions He made. And we too must let love guide us.  

We must learn how to love others as God has loved us

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Grace – God’s Generosity – S3E14

In general, if you ask some people the meaning of the word ‘grace’ they may say it is the prayer offered at a meal. Whereas for others ‘grace’ is the period of time between a bill due date and final notice. Although grace has several definitions, for this post, I am talking about the grace of God. Hence, the title of this podcast episode; Grace–God’s Generosity. 

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ALL YOU NEED — S3-DE14

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Ephesians 1:7-10 (TPT) says; 

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace.  

This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us, releasing all forms of wisdom and practical understanding.  

And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time.  

And because of God’s unfailing purpose, this detailed plan will reign supreme through every period of time until the fulfillment of all the ages finally reaches its climax—when God makes all things new in all of heaven and earth through Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 1:7-10 (TPT) 

Devotional  

Salvation—New Life through Jesus Christ, comes with a grace gift that has ALL YOU NEED. The truth is this immeasurable grace gift begins with Jesus because He is grace personified. Grace and truth came through Him. 

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