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Understanding What Love IS – S3E7

Wisdom Series Pt.2 

To begin with, relationships are a part of life. Whether family, friendship, romantic, or professional we all have them. At the end of the day, that is why ‘Understanding What Love IS’ is so important. Because for the most part, no ‘successful’ relationship happens without love. 

It is true some people believe love is the most powerful force in the universe. As a Christian, I believe in the power of love because the Holy Bible tells us that God is love. And He created everything out of love. You may be thinking, “But SD, does ‘every’ successful relationship ‘really’ operate from a place of love?” And my answer is a resounding “Yes!” 

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Heaven’s Perspective of LOVE — S3-DE7

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

John 3:16-17 (ERV) says: 

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him.” 

John 3:16-17 (ERV) 

Devotional  

The love God has for HIS creation goes far beyond our imagination. And, this love did not come without a cost. In John 3:16-17, we find that this love had a hefty price to be paid by Jesus Christ and came with a divine purpose—Salvation.  

Photo of a hand reaching down and another hand reaching up. Pic represents God reaching down depicting heaven's perspective of love.

You see, Heaven’s Perspective of Love is that it’s a sacrificial giving of all that you are to benefit another.  In fact, this love carries a load that belongs to another. This love lifts every burden, every problem, and every dreaded thing upon itself.  

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The BIG Message—GOD Has a Plan – S3E6

Wisdom Series Pt.1 

Photo of a replica of Noah's Arc. Photo represents the big message of how God has a plan.

The BIG message—GOD has a plan; if you are wondering, SD, what does that have to do with me or how I live my life? Well, I am happy to answer that for you. As I have shared in earlier blog posts, when we seek God’s wisdom for direction and instruction, the outcome is always ‘good.’ Simply put, those who sought His wisdom received His best for their lives. 

Jeremiah 29:11 Modern English Version says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Now this is a common theme throughout the Holy Bible.  

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MY God Provides — S3-DE6

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Philippians 4:19 (TPT) says: 

I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ! 

Philippians 4:19 (TPT) 

Devotional  

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where there were no options? Then God stepped into the situation and worked it ALL out. Well, I’ve experienced this before and still experience it today–God’s hand [invisible, but not really] in my circumstances to help whenever I need it.  

My God Provides! 

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Refuse to Give Up – S3E5

When making life decisions, there are two groups of people–those who give up and those who refuse to give up. In general, the majority of those who give up do so for different reasons. Contrary to what others may think, it is not always because of laziness or lack of ambition. Believe it or not they give up for reasons that very well may be are out of their control. Such as, illness, lack of finances, education, or family support. 

Photo of a man climbing a mountain on his hands and knees. Photo represents the determination to push forward through challenges in life. When God makes a promise one must refuse to give up on that promise.

Refuse to give up on God’s promises 

Now for the sake of this blog post when I say, “Refuse to Give Up,” I am talking about God and His promises. What I know for sure is that when God makes a promise it will come to pass. 2 Corinthians 1:20 New Living Translation says, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 

In other words, if He promised it in His Word, trust and believe you will see it. And if He put a promise in your spirit you can bank on it happening. Numbers 23:19 New Living Translation is very clear; “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” 

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God Our Sustainer – S3-DE5

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 143:7-9 (NLT), says: 

“Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.  

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.  

Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me.” 

Psalm 143:7-9 (NLT) 

Devotional 

David was like many of us who have experienced a deep depression and begun to lose hope. You realize you need help when those constant drowning thoughts flood your mind of everything hopeless. 

So, David expressed his need for God’s help for direction and protection. He wasn’t ashamed to admit he’d come to the end of his rope. It was at that moment David remembered he had an ever-present HELP in Almighty God. Besides, God had done it before, and surely He could do it again. 

God is a sustainer! 

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In a Moment…- S3E4

Have you prayed for something and it seemed as if the answer to your prayer wouldn’t happen? Not only that, but have you also been waiting a long time? Just know this, in a moment everything can change. 

Of course, there are things that happen in life that can have a major effect on how one lives. Such as sickness, disease, a loss of some kind, and or financial problems. Keep in mind, no matter what life brings your way, in a moment, things can change. 

An hour glass representing how things can change in a moment.
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Only Believe – S3-DE4

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV), says: 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 

Devotional 

When I was younger my dad would have my older sister and me sit at the kitchen table to read Bible verses. I didn’t quite understand what I read in scripture, but I believed God was real. And I believed in Jesus. 

As I grew older, I began to see things happen in my life that I couldn’t quite explain. Things I hoped for began to happen for me.  

I didn’t quite grasp at that time that God knew the secret petitions of my heart, and most importantly—He knew me! 

Nothing was kept from Him and everything was right in front of Him. He cared about whatever concerned me. 

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Pressure Applied Prayer – S3E3

In general, most people have experienced or are experiencing some type of pressure. Hence, the need for this episode, Pressure Applied Prayer. Now, before going any further the educator in me wants to make sure we are all on the same page. Because the word ‘pressure’ has several different meanings. 

Photo 1 White woman sitting in front of computer trying to work while surrounded by her children and pet cat. Photo 2 Black woman sitting in front of computer with her hands in the prayer position. Both pics represent the message--Pressure Applied Prayer. Because when under great pressure, applied prayer is the best way to get direction and peace.

So, for this post, the pressure we are referring to means burdens of physical or mental distress. No doubt, we can all agree, the COVID-19 pandemic put families around the world under a great deal of pressure. For me, I could not go through the pressures of life without pressing back with prayer.  

Apply prayer to every situation 

Have you ever heard the phrase “Prayer changes things?” I am a witness; I know prayer works. You see, I know for a fact that when I pray, God always hears me. And He has shown me as such, time and time again throughout my life. 

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God Knows What We NEED —S3-DE3

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) says: 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” 

“And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” 

Romans 8:26-28 (NLT) 

Woman outside with arms raised in worship position in thankfulness to God. Photo represents God knows what we need.

Devotional 

Who among you likes for things to always go your way? 

We all have at some point in our lives. I know I’ve had my seasons of asking God to do things—my way. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with—my way.  The problem lies with our limited knowledge of what’s ahead.  

But, Father God, being All-knowing, has the foreknowledge of what’s best for our lives. God knows what we need.  

And in, Romans chapter 8, verses 26-28, we find Apostle Paul teaching a valuable lesson. We don’t know what to pray, but the Holy Spirit does. We need to live with His leading—even in prayer. 

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