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This is GRACE – S4 Ep7 

Grace, grace, grace — when you hear that word, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Well, the grace I am speaking of is the grace of God. But, why is His ‘grace’ of the utmost importance? Better yet, why should it matter to me? That my friend is an excellent question. Hence, this podcast episode, titled This is GRACE. 

This is GRACE-Photo of one person reaching down for another person reaching up. Pic represents how God's grace is readily available for those who would reach out and receive it.

So, before we go any further, take a moment to look back over your life. Mainly, think about the mistakes you made, whether intentional or unintentional. No doubt, some mistakes were small, whereas others were doozies. But God had grace for it all. Moreover, His grace is available even now. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 English Standard Version says, 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 

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The Good News: Salvation by GRACE Through FAITH – S4 DEp7 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) says: 

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) 

Devotional 

For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only Son, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV) 

That is such a powerful statement of God’s nature.  

Photo of a Holy Bible representing the gospel. This is The Good News: Salvation by GRACE through FAITH.

And to think—HE who is LOVE demonstrated HIS love through the greatest sacrifice of all time. HIS love is revealed through HIS Son on the Cross displaying—goodness, mercy, grace, and truth.  

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The Invitation – S4 Ep6 

To begin with, I have a question for you to ponder. When was the last time you turned down an invitation? No matter what it was — you chose not to attend or accept it. I’m pretty sure, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. And how do I know that to be true? Because I have done so myself. Now, the invitation I’m talking about — if accepted, guarantees eternal life. 

You are invited 

It is possible, that you have never thought about where you will spend eternity. Or you don’t believe in life after death. Well, I must ask you this question if you are of the latter group. Are you willing to gamble with your eternity? Either way, if you are still reading this blog post, don’t let this moment pass you by. If you are willing to accept it — Jesus of Nazareth has extended the invitation for eternal life to you. 

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First Things First – S4 DEp6 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) says: 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and HE will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” 

Matthew 6:33-34 (NLT) 

Devotional 

Have you ever gotten so caught up in what you wanted that you forgot what you needed? Our minds can get so crowded with wants and worries that we tend to focus on what is meaningless compared to God. 

As a result, we stress out. We focus on career goals, marriage goals, life goals, and yet forget to consult the Creator of all things.  

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STRONG in the LORD: A Fight to the Finish – S4 Ep5 

In general, no one is exempt from problems. No doubt, those challenges vary in degrees of difficulty. Moreover, for some people, their problems overwhelm them to the point of hopelessness. Why? Because, when one feels as if they are always fighting battles from day to day, it can take a toll on their mind and spirit. And it is in those times of weakness that the thoughts of suicide have overtaken many. But there is another way. Hence, this episode — STRONG in the LORD: A Fight to the Finish. 

Woman punching vertical concrete slabs. Photo represents being strong in the Lord: a fight to the finish.
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God is Close – S4 DEp5

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT) says: 

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. 

Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT)  

Devotional  

I’m a mother. And ever since my daughter was a baby, I had my ears tuned to hear her cry. And, although she is an adult now, I’m still concerned about her well-being.  

So much so, I’ll come running when she needs me! I want to know when something troubles her! I want to rescue her from any hurts or disappointments. I love her that much! 

No doubt, love makes you want to rescue the ones you love! 

Man looking up with his hands together in prayer. Photo represents how God is close to all who depend upon Him.

So, when we read Psalm 34:17-19 (NLT), we are reminded of the Heavenly Father’s love for us. The Heavenly Father tunes in to HIS children too. He’s not a distant God. He is close enough to hear our cries!  

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From Weeping to JOY – S4 Ep4 

In general, most people understand that life consists of ebbs and flows. We all have or will experience ups and downs, easy times as well as tough times. Sadly, for some individuals, the hard times overwhelm and overtake them. In other words, they only see suicide as the solution to their troubles. But oh, my friends, there is a better way — trusting God. In my experience, trusting Him took me from weeping to joy. 

Collage of four women, two sad and two happy. Pic represents from weeping to joy.

Of course, I must show you what the Holy Bible says about the matter in the following scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6 English Standard Version says, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” 

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He Turned My Mourning into Dancing—S4 DEp4 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 30:4-5 (GNT) says: 

Sing praise to the LORD, all his faithful people! Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks! 

His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning.  

Psalm 30:4-5 (GNT) 

Devotional 

When we read about David, we find that although he suffered through many trials, God favored him a whole lot. David had so many victories in his life. In fact, you would have thought he was a star athlete always at the top of his game.  

But, like us, David had some issues and wasn’t without fault. So much so, David suffered a great deal because of it. His list of sins was long. He had many moments of a lapse in judgment.  

Yet, God was merciful to him. And yes, God’s grace and favor was right there to save him.  

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Hold on: Help is on the Way – S4 Ep3 

I don’t know about you, but there have been times in my life when I felt helpless in certain situations. No doubt, most people have experienced that feeling of helplessness. 

Photo of a person holding a bullhorn and the words Hild on: Help is on the Way.

In all likelihood, someone is feeling it this very moment. Hence, this episode title — Hold on: Help is on the Way. So, are you or someone you know feeling an overwhelming sense of helplessness? 

If the answer to the above question is yes, my next question to you is, have you prayed about it? Whether your answer is yes or no, I urge you to take a moment and think about exactly, what it is you need. And then, talk to God about it. 

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HIS Help Never Ceases—S4 DEp3 

Lady V’s Devotional Episode 

Psalm 91:14-16 (TLB) The Living Bible says: 

For the Lord says, “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name.  

When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him.  

I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.” 

Psalm 91:14-16 (TLB) 

Devotional 

When we depend totally on God, we find out how reliable He truly is. He’s the kind of Father, that wants the ultimate best for HIS children. HIS grace keeps on saving us! 

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