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Set Free from Abuse – S2E3

Believe it or not, there are quite a few people who need to be set free from abuse. In fact, there are people in abusive relationships who don’t even realize it. For one thing, when most people hear the word ‘abuse’ they only relate it to physical harm.

Abuse is not just physical 

Domestic Violence Power and Control Wheel.
The Power and Control Wheel gives clear examples of abuse.

But sadly, that is not the case. In addition to physical harm, abusers often use verbal and/or emotional abuse tactics. Furthermore, abusers use those tactics to intimidate, manipulate, and control another person. 

So, when we look at abuse from that viewpoint, a person can be in an abusive relationship totally unaware. 

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The Refreshing – S2-DE3

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional

O God, you are my God: I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 

Psalm 63:1, NLT 

Devotional 

Much like David, we can find ourselves in a wilderness, lacking and searching for something to quench our thirst and refuel our fire for living. Sometimes, you may feel like you’re alone in this, struggling in life with its many tugs and pulls. And, you need some help to continue on your journey. 

 The exhaustion can take its hold on you and you can feel EMPTY. You are about to give out, feeling weak with every step. Without a doubt, you’re spiritually weary from all the worry, and you’re tired.

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The Divine Delays in Life – S2E2

First, if you are like me, there have been times when you asked or prayed for something to happen but it didn’t happen right away.

Of course, in those times the question was, “Why is it taking so long,” or “Is it even going to happen?” Nonetheless, there was clearly a delay.  

So, let’s look at the definition of delay. It means to put off to a later time; to defer; to postpone. Now, a divine delay, on the other hand, is when God intervenes on a person’s behalf.  

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Ordered Steps – God’s Perfect Timing – S2-DE2

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional Episode 

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” 

Proverbs 16:9, NIV 

Devotional

You ever met someone that changed your life and you couldn’t help but think– “This was meant to happen”? Well, this is what I’d call a divine appointment in God’s Perfect Timing. It’s not just something you can explain—But God.  

Photo of person walking in  the right direction down the road of life,
Walking in the right direction. Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

Our steps can be guided by God’s hand. And, this was the case in the story of a Samaritan woman who came to a well on THE day that Jesus was there to meet a need she did not realize that she had. 

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Faith Through the Storm – S2E1

Although we are not talking about the weather, we know that storms have three stages: a start, a duration, and an end. This is also true about the storms of life. In other words, everyone falls into one of the three stages mentioned above. But what part does faith play in the whole scheme of things?  

Man in chair appearing to be stressed or worried.
Stressed and Worried
Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash 

 
What is faith and why is it important? 

Believe it or not faith impacts every area of our lives in varying degrees. Moreover, according to Dictionary.com faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing. Now, when we look at faith from that perspective it is easy to see that we use faith every day.  

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Jesus Is In Your Boat – S2-DE1

Lady V’s Weekly Devotional 

They all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. The disciples woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We’re going to die!”

But Jesus reprimanded them, “Why are you gripped with fear? Where is your faith?” Then he stood up and rebuked the storm and said, “Be still!” And instantly it became perfectly calm. The disciples were astonished by this miracle and said to one another, “Who is this Man? Even the wind and waves obey his Word.” 

Matthew 8:23-27 TPT 

Devotional 

Boat on the sea with storm clouds above.

Are you having the recurring forecast of storms in your life? Are you facing some giant waves and wondering if you’re about to get wiped out? Life can change in an instant.

You’re riding easy one moment, and faced with a tsunami the next. You may start to wonder, “When will brighter days come and STAY?” 

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Blessings Await the Giver

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. 

Proverbs 11:25, MSG 

Devotional 

Above all, God is the greatest giver. And, God’s giving comes through LOVE and GRACE. Likewise, as we give, we must give with a heart of love and grace

Beloved, God sees and rewards those that help others. You see, God has promised that when we give, we will receive at some point in our lives. Undoubtedly, sometimes your giving may go unappreciated—but give anyway. Blessings await the giver!  

Naturally, there are times you may feel that you’ve emptied your treasury of giving to others–when you need a refilling yourself. Consequently, it may feel like God has forgotten about you—but He hasn’t. Because, He never sleeps or slumbers (Psalms 121:3-4, NIV). 

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The Holiday Season and Family – S1E10

Two photos representing the holiday season. The first is of a thanksgiving dinner. The second photo is of a gold star Christmas tree topper.
Take time to enjoy the holiday season. Photo 1 is by Christopher Ryan and photo 2 is by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

It is that time again–the holiday season has begun. And for many of us, it is a joyous time to behold. For the most part, people look forward to spending the holiday season with family and friends. Of course, others are happy for the long-awaited vacation time from work or school. 

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Christianity Misunderstood–Understanding Grace-S1E9

Why is Christianity misunderstood? 

Well, Christianity is misunderstood because some Christians do not understand Grace. You see, grace and truth come by Jesus Christ. He showed love to everyone He met. Unfortunately, there are Christians who don’t represent Him well. Thus, causing others to not want anything to do with Him. 

So then, some people give Christians a bad rap. They stereotype all Christians as angry, judgmental, hypocrites. And that’s not true for so many of us. I say us; because Lady V and I are Christians too. And we have experienced those reactions first-hand. 

Trust me, we get it because there are Christians who present themselves as perfect. And that is far from the truth of the matter. Jesus is the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. Believe it or not, we all needed a savior; that’s why Jesus came, died, and rose from the grave. 

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The God of ALL Grace—JESUS IS LORD!

So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. He understands humanity, for as a Man; our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.

So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

Hebrews 4: 14-16, TPT

Devotional

I’m not perfect. Shockingly enough, that’s no surprise to God. I recall growing up thinking I had to be perfect to believe in Jesus, and yet I had it twisted. My believing in Jesus was my having faith that He did something I could not do for myself. He justified me before God.

There was absolutely nothing I could do to make myself righteous. I needed a Savior! Jesus atoned for my sins and the sins of the world so that those that believe in Him would be made righteous through Him, by justification, through faith in Him, and not by works.

Galatians 2:16, (NLT), states “Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law…”

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