THE PITS, THE ROCK AND A SONG

 

July 24 2002 at approximately 9:00p, at the Quecreek coal mine in Summerset county Pa., over 50 million gallons of water trapped nine miners 240′ below the surface in a 4′ high shaft for 77 hours.  At one point, the men fearing their deaths was less than an hour away, wrote notes to their loved ones, said their prayers and tied a rope connecting them together so that when they died, they stayed together.  However, at that time, the pumps were becoming effective and the water crested and started to recede.  At 2:45am on July 28 2002 the last miner was pulled out of the pit in a 22 inch cage through a 24 inch hole.  Psalm 40:1-3 literally came to life for these men that day.

Psalm 40:1-3

Scripture says in Psalm 40:2 “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.”

What do you think of when you read “horrible pit” and “miry clay”?  I think we all can agree that they’re dirty, they’re dark and they cause stains. There’s nothing clean and proper about it. It’s messy.  The more you struggle on your own, the more stuck you get!  Some of you maybe in a pit, spiritually, emotionally, etc…, you may be feeling like you’re drowning, suffocating, you’re at a point where there’s barely enough space to breath.  You must know this, you’re not going to get free unless you have help. I can’t hold your head up, but I can point you to freedom.   That freedom is Jesus Christ!

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that ministry is messy.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just that if it’s done right, you’re going to deal with and in areas of people’s lives that many may be leary of. Often I feel when folks think of ministry, they think of preaching, teaching, maybe even working nursery, (which on second thought can be messy in its own way) but the type of ministry I’m referring to are the individuals who help those who struggle with emotional scars, personal tragedies, temptations, addictions, sins, etc… In their lives that are taboo in many mainstream congregations. What do you say to a female that’d been raped?  What do you say to a man that was molested by a trusted adult? How about the young couple who just lost their child? Or the parent who’s child is lost in their addiction? The list goes on and on and on and I’m here to tell you as an associate pastor, that there aren’t always words. I’ve found that many, if not most,folks aren’t looking for words, they’re looking for someone to just care. To listen to their hurt and to hurt with them. A shoulder to cry on.  The fact of the matter is it’s hard to see the hope when you’re in the midst of your hurt and sometimes we lose our song.

The pressures of life, the pressures of family problems or the pressure of sickness can, if we allow it, snatch our song and some morning we wake up and realize it has been awhile since we’ve caught ourselves singing.   I think the Psalmist found himself in that situation. He has been bogged down by the problems He faced. He has apparently lost his song.  Whatever “the pit” may have been, it was uncomfortable, it was dark and wet, and impossible to get out of without someone else’s help.

Maybe you’re in a pit today of helplessness, desperation, and apparent hopelessness. The pit is the breaking point.  Anything that causes a sense of helplessness and desperation and threatens to ruin life or take it away – that is the pit.

The Psalmist cried out to God in urgency and sincerity while in the pit and God made a way of escape for him. Cry out to God.

Psalm 40:1 I relied completely on the Lord, and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. 40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. When you’re in a dark, muddy, slimy pit, there is no secure footing.   If you can’t stand up, you can’t escape. Furthermore, when you’re in mud, the more you squirm, the deeper you sink. You’re stuck!   The Psalmist, overwhelmed by his rescue, thought of “a rock” when he thought of God’s deliverance. He wouldn’t have to sink any more. He could freely move about, unrestricted on a sure foundation.

Matthew 7:24-27 tells us about the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Have you ever noticed when you’re at the beach how sand sticks to you and invades every personal space you have? Have you also noticed that at the entrance to the beach, most places have a concrete pad to stand on with a shower head to rinse sand off of you before walking down the path made for you leading back to your hotel.  You cant clean off sand while you’re standing in the middle of the sand. Like the miry clay and horrible pit, you cant free of the pit and clay if you choose to stay in the pit and clay.  You have to stand on the rock (Jesus) in order to get free and get clean.

Psalm 95:1 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!
You have been created to sing. We sing in the shower, we whistle while we work.  We, by our nature, love to sing, even when we sound terrible.   When you’re in a hole in the ground, you may sing songs, but they’re sad songs – songs about tragedy and misfortune, sorrow and grief, anger and bitterness.  But when you get out of the pit, you feel like dancing and singing what the Psalmist called “a new song.” It’s a song that the rescued can sing and it praises the living God.  In fact, you’re so happy to be out of the pit, standing on the rock and singing a new song that your rescue story becomes a great witness to others who are still in the pit. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord!  You’ve been singing sad songs for too long. Sing a new song!

So what do you have to do in order to sing this new song?

  1. Admit you’re in the pit. You can’t be rescued unless you see yourself as stuck. I think there are many who live in the pit of moral darkness and discomfort and who do not realize how much light, freedom, and hope exists on the outside.  This is why our testimony is so important to share with others.  It is wonderful on the outside. Jesus died on the cross to make this rescue possible. The song is beautiful. Salvation and song are inseparable because the joy of the Lord generates music in the soul. Cry out to God today.  Tell Him, “God, I’m in the pit.” Maybe you’re a believer that has fallen into a pit. Tell Him, “God, I’m in the pit.”
  2.  Ask for His help to get out of the pit. God wants to deliver you from the pit of personal sin or extreme grief or a lost dream or a broken family and give you a new song.  Don’t just admit that you’re in the pit. Ask God to help you out of it, “God, lift me out of my pit.
  3.  Wait on God to rescue you. The first reaction when we are in a pit may be to try harder, to get ourselves out, but that may just be tiring us out even more. The new pattern of life calls us to wait patiently. But the funny thing is that most of us when we call out to God for help don’t wait long enough for God to act. After a short while, we start to do things on our own again instead of continuing to ask God and wait for him to act.  David waited patiently for God to act and God in his time, acted.  He lifted David out of the pit and set him on a rock. Tell God, “I’ll wait right here in the pit until you rescue me.”  Because He is faithful and just to do that very thing.

OVERCOMING TRAGEDY

2 Samuel 12:15-23, Ezekiel 37:1-5

From the point of your tragedy; the death of a loved one, the accident, the illness, the divorce, the betrayal, the molestation, and the loss of a job or your business you have felt overwhelmed because you have lost something precious. You feel as though you are living in a valley and there is no way out. You feel as something has died inside of you and it needs a resurrection.

The enemy will use grief in your life to stop your praise.

Overcoming tragedy is a process that we must go through to get to our recovery. It is not a weakness to move through these stages of grief.

    • Shock – In the days and weeks immediately following a devastating loss, common feelings include numbness and unreality, like being trapped in a bad dream.
    • Reality – As the fact of the loss takes hold, deep sorrow sets in, accompanied by weeping and other forms of emotional release. Loneliness and depression may also occur.
    • Reaction – Anger, brought on by feelings of abandonment and helplessness, may be directed toward family, friends, doctors, the one who died or deserted us, or even God. Other typical feelings include listlessness, apathy, and guilt over perceived failures or unresolved personal issues.
    • Recovery – Finally, there is a gradual, almost imperceptible return to normalcy. This is a time of adjustment to the new circumstances in life.

Three Ingredients that David used in 2 Samuel 12 that you will need as well to move through these stages of grief:

  1. Washed-
    1. A born again experience is a must. You will never move through this process without making Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.
      1. Some will come to Jesus till the pain gets to a tolerable level and then they try to go their own way.
      2. We are pointing to a supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ; reading The Word and becoming a part of the Body of Christ.
    2. Release the anger that you have at yourself and at God.
      1. Understand that we live in a fallen world and that God is not punishing you by this tragedy. We never know the reason for tragedies but He does. He sees the big picture and he is in control of everything (Romans 8:28).
      2. Do not blame others for the situation.
        1. Settle lawsuits
        2. Luke 9:60 “Jesus said unto him, let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
        3. Stop fighting if someone wants to stay mad, let them. Stay away from people that want to keep you in the middle of the fight or urge you to keep fighting.
    3. Forgiveness.
      1. Release yourself or anyone else that may have been involved in the tragedy.
  2. Worship
    1. Matthew 22:32 tells us he is not the God of the dead but of the living. We end up worshipping the tragedy, the person or thing that has died more than the God who is of the living.
      1. We stay beside the casket or the Cross when we need to move to the Tomb where the resurrection is. We become so consumed with the death we forget to live.
      2. Worship will give you a new perspective and will allow us to see what this tragedy has given us instead of taken away. It will allow us to have hope for the future.
      3. Jeremiah 17:7-8 tells us that dead things do not bear fruit but we but we become alive when we worship.
      4. Pain is a part of the process but misery is an option.
  3. Went
    1. We must begin a process of moving forward. Do not be afraid to move forward the scars of this tragedy will always be with us we are not leaving them behind.
    2. David began to comfort his wife. We will find comfort in comforting others it is part of the healing process.
    3. You have to have a resurrection which means to raise this tragedy up in purpose.
    4. Stay on this diligent process:
      1. Grieve – Though grief is bitter, we must let sorrow run its natural course. Isaiah 53:3b describes Jesus as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Denying or repressing pain can lead to emotional problems.
      2. Believe – We need to put our faith in God’s promises, trusting that our Heavenly Father knows best and that His understanding is perfect. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
      3. Receive – God desires to give us comfort, but we must reach out and accept it. Through prayer and meditation on His Word, we can find a place in God’s presence where He will wrap His arms around us as a loving father would console a hurting child.

This writing is from the: Effective Ministry Training Manual, Written By Pastor’s Barry Pelphrey and Andy Day

 

Waiting With an Expectant Heart of Worship

Read:  Luke 10:38-42 At the home of Martha and Mary

John 11:1-44 The Death of Lazarus and Jesus raises Lazarus

John 12:1-6 Mary pours perfume on Jesus at Bethany

I think we would all agree there are times when we are in a circumstance and find ourselves waiting for the Lord to move in our lives.  We can be in a situation with a relationship gone badly, the loss of a job, an illness or the loss of a loved one. No matter the details, waiting is hard……but the attitude we have during those times can make every difference to us and also to those around us.

The Bible talks of a few account of a woman named Mary of Bethany.  In the 10th chapter of Luke he tells us that on this particular day Jesus along with His disciples stopped at the home of a woman named Martha, who opened her home to them for a meal.  She had a sister named Mary and as they were preparing the meal Martha became caught up in the busyness and work.  She was so distracted with the details of the preparations they became her priority and focus.  Her sister Mary however, slipped away and sat at Jesus feet to listen to His word.

I can see it now, can you picture the excitement and chaos in the kitchen that day.  It’s happened at my house when company was coming over, can you imagine if you were going to be hosting a dinner party for the Messiah!  Martha wanted every detail to be perfect and when she realized Mary was no longer working she said to Jesus, “Don’t you care that Mary has left me to do all this work, tell her to help me”.  Jesus said” you are upset about all this when there is only one thing that matters and Mary has chosen that which cannot be taken away from her.

Later in John 11:1-44 we read the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Lazarus the brother of Martha and Mary had fallen ill and the sisters sent a message to Jesus saying your friend needs you.  When Jesus received the message He didn’t take off right away to go to the sick bed of his dear friend He waited two days.  He intentionally waited.  Why?  Because His timing is best; His timing is perfect.  If Jesus had gone right when they sent for Him it wouldn’t have been as great of a miracle.

If we were in Martha and Mary’s shoes we would be waiting.  Waiting with hope we had in our dear friend, Jesus, the Son of God.  I’m sure the time seemed to drag on as they became restless, impatient, and fearful… and then it happened.  Lazarus died.  They were heart broken, they cried and they mourned.  Their beloved brother was gone.

Four days after Lazarus’ death Jesus arrives, He is so struck with emotions that in verse 35 it simply says. Jesus wept.  Here is the part that spoke to me. In Verses 38 and 39 they go to the tomb where Lazarus had been laid.  Jesus tells them to roll the stone away but Martha cries out “But Lord he will smell, he has been dead four days.”  Mary who was also present remained silent, why?  Because she was expectant.  Mary and Martha both cried out to Jesus that their brother had already died. But when Jesus told them to roll the stone away it was Martha who waivered.  As though it mattered He had been dead four days.  After all, this was the Son of the God.  It was Mary whose silence, to me shows she knew it wasn’t over, she knew it didn’t matter what circumstance they found themselves in; what mattered was their faith in God.  Martha too loved Jesus proclaiming He was the Messiah yet she hadn’t spent the time with Jesus that Mary had, listening to His teaching hanging on His every word, worshipping at His feet.

In John 12:1-6 we read about Mary of Bethany pouring perfume out on Jesus.  This perfume wasn’t some cheap Dollar Store perfume, it was pure nard, which costs about a years’ wages.  As she began to pour out this perfume along with her tears, some of those present began to say how wasteful this act was; shouldn’t that perfume have been sold to get money and help the poor. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone, you will always have the poor but you won’t always have Me”.  After she anointed Jesus with the perfume she began to wipe His feet with her hair.  Can you picture this in your mind the love that she poured out on Him as she blocked out the comments and opinions that were flying around the room and focused on Him and ONLY HIM.

God will always be God, The Most High God, The Lord of the Lords, Yahweh, The King of Kings, My Provider, My Deliverer, My Shepherd,  Jehovah Jireh, The Bright and Morning Star, The Prince of Peace, The Bread of Life, Elohim, El Shaddai,  Adonai, El Elyon, , The Author of Salvation, The Ancient of  Days, The Alpha and the Omega, The Name Above All Names, The Great I Am…..He is The God of Heaven, The One True God, The Everlasting God who never grows tired or weary and His understanding no one can fathom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What we do will not change Him…….BUT WHAT WE DO WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING ABOUT US.

When we are in the midst of it (as season, a storm, a trial) and we ask Him to intercede sometimes He chooses to wait. Why? So our miracle will be bigger, our outcome will be better, His timing always perfect, never too late.  If you choose to sit at His feet and listen, spending time in His presence, when the time comes that you find yourself waiting and drawing on your faith, exercising your patience. You can more easily call up an attitude of trust and expectation that He will provide exactly what you need at just the right time….Your situation will not smell as bad as what you think…Pour out your expensive perfume over Him, give Him all of your attention, all of your love. Believe and expect Him to provide exactly what you need at exactly the right time.

 

 

 

 

5 Principles to Power

  1. Mission.I have found as a pastor many people spend their time seeking position, purpose and status without every understanding the mission that God has for them. Have you ever asked yourself what is my Kingdom Mission? Once you understand your mission, purpose and position will follow accordingly. But most of the time we spend time in prayer asking God to change our position when we need to be in prayer seeking our mission because when we understand the mission the position changes come naturally. Determine today that I am on a mission to make a difference for the Kingdom and watch your positions and situations make dramatic changes.
  2. Maneuver. When God has a plan for your life He will maneuver you. He will change your job, your location and put things, people and places in your life to accomplish the mission he has set forth for your life. The downfall to this is that sometime the maneuver often does not look like a dream but a nightmare as sometimes we have to go to the pit and prison before we ever get to the palace as Joseph did. But the one thing we must do during the maneuver that often looks as a demotion is be like Joseph in that He continued to look up and continued to praise Him understanding that the maneuver is placing you in position to accomplish your mission.
  3. Manage. Ask yourself can you handle it when you get there? Can you handle the stress of the new position, the change in status and the possible success it may bring to your life? The thing Joseph did was that he managed whatever was thrown in his life. If he was in the pit, Potiphar’s house or the prison he managed it. He did not cry over it, did not complain about being overwhelmed he managed it and that is the thing that we need to do as well. We need to break the spirit of procrastination on our life and begin living a life of preparation and organization. How can we be fit for the blessings that come our way if we cannot manage the process of getting there?
  4. Mediate. This is the mission. This is Jesus placing you in a position of power to mediate on behalf of others to be in a position to make a difference in the lives of other people. Joseph was put in a position to make a difference not only for his family but he saved an entire nation because he had a mission, handled the maneuver and managed the ups and downs to get to this position of mediation.
  5. Manifest. Romans chapter 8 tells us that the world is waiting on the manifestation of the sons of God as they are waiting on us to come into our mission. Who is waiting on you?

 

Love Command

Part of my daily prayer is asking God to teach me how to love like He loved and serve like He served.  Jesus was often seen in the company of people who were in sin.  He chose to share with them, receive them and show them love.  Instead of running the other way he chose to interact with them so they would see what He is all about, so they could accept what He wanted to give.

How great for us He chose not to run from the sinner, but to love in the midst of sin giving (of) himself and ultimately giving Himself.  As Christians we are called through the second love commandment in Mark12:31 to   “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

Perhaps the reason why some of us have such a difficult time loving others, as we are called to do, is because we have such a difficult time loving ourselves. Until we surrender to God’s will for our lives, understand who we are in Christ and adopt a Jesus mentality are we going to be capable of loving our neighbor?

It’s also hard for some of us to reach this level of love because of the plank in our eyes.  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 (NIV) Ouch, plank or speck, either way this is painful.  I’m praying for the best in this area, praying I’m a fast learner and God will reveal my planks.  If I have learned one thing it’s that Jesus sees us with love and compassion.  It want to learn to love myself as He loves me and let it spill out.

Jesus also spoke these words, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (AMP). How about that childlike innocence:  At what point do we lose that?  If we believe the Bible (which I do), stories of Noah’s Ark, the Parting of the Red Sea and oh yes, Jonah and the Whale.  We still must possess some of that childlike innocence.  But where does it go when we are called to love the sinner.  I’m not suggesting condoning any type of sinful behavior.  I am however talking about loving the sinner.  And of course there’s this, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.  (However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:7 (AMP); if you continue to read in the 8th chapter of John you will see that each one of the woman’s accusers after thinking about what Jesus said, left.  I’m sure if we all want to be painfully honest with ourselves each of us would be dropping our stones and leaving the scene.

When fear and unacceptance guide our heart and mind we allow the enemy control.  If Jesus is in control of our thoughts and actions our love simply cannot be contained; rendering the enemy powerless.  Jesus touched those no one else would dare to touch.  He loved those society rejected.

I pray we can be Jesus hands and feet, reaching our full potential and living out His desires. Loving unabated, not condoning sin or watering it down but standing true to God’s word.  Just loving everyone and making a mark on the world for Him.

Cindy Montgomery- Women’s Leader, New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

The Peace Process

Many times over the years I have been asked by people how do I know God’s will for my life, the will for the situation that I am in, the will for the relationship I am in and is this opportunity is it God for me. Years ago God shared with me a formula that has been a great benefit to me as well as many others called the P.E.A.C.E Process. I believe we can apply this to many areas of our lives and see a great benefit from it.

P- Stands for Providence- Did God or Has God opened the door or does it have to be knocked down; if    it has to be knocked down and pried open there is a good chance that I am in the flesh and it is not from God.

E- Stands for Enemy- What do you think the devil your enemy would want you to do? After you make      this determination do the opposite.

A- Stands for Authority- What does the Word of God say? The Holy Spirit would never lead you in a way that is contrary to the Word of God and the authority of that Word.

C- Stands for Confidence- When you pray and ask God about the situation does confidence swell up inside of you? If so, I have learned to recognize it as sure signal that the Lord is it. If I have fear, is it based on what God thinks or what people will think?

E- Stands for Ease- Do I feel at ease with my decision, do I have peace on it. God will never allow you to be untrue to yourself or in a way violate you conscience

If these five things do not line up it is a good chance that the Lord is not leading you in this matter at this time and the best decision would be to back away from the situation, relationship or opening.

Pastor Barry Pelphrey,

Senior Pastor New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

 

Relentless

  1. Repent– The Bible tells us that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. It also tells us to repent and turn from our sin. So often we try to do this on our own, instead of relying on God to give us all that we need.  Knowing we aren’t trying to navigate this life alone is a huge comfort.  Through His grace, mixed with a lot of love and an extra portion of mercy you have a recipe for success. If we are weak He will give us strength, if we are stressed he will give us peace and if the enemy whispers lies, He will be there to speak truth.

~~Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:19 (NLT)

  1. Redeem-Did you know that the same God who created the universe and everything in it has summoned you by name? He has also laid claim to you by saying you are His. Close your eyes and picture with me, if you will.  Jesus standing before you.  Imagine that he reaches out His hand to you and says, “Come with Me” and He calls you by name.   Remember that the same hand He has outstretched to you is the same hand that was nailed on the cross so that you are redeemed.  Go ahead, take ahold of His hand.

~~ But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

  1. Relax– Have you ever been upset and tried to relax? What about anxiety or fear over something and tried not to worry? I don’t think it’s possible to do this on our own.  The Lord has given each one of us the gift of peace.  He covered all the bases too, mind and heart.  If you have ever sought peace in something besides Him, I think you will have already learned it doesn’t work.  You may get temporary relief.  But temporary and counterfeit peace is no match for the perfect, supernatural peace that God has in mind.  If your heart and mind are troubled and afraid cast all your cares on Him; accept His gift and relax.  All your troubles now belong to Him.

~~ “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.   John 14:27 (NLT)

  1. Rest-If you have ever suffered from insomnia you will know just how much lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life. Our Heavenly Father created us to work and also to rest. He made the sun to shine by day and the moon to light the night.  Just enough light, so that we can rest.  The enemy of this world knows how important our sleep is and yes he can attack us while we sleep.  The enemy of this world doesn’t know the words “off limits”.  He will stop at nothing to cause God’s children pain and distraction.  But God says, do not be afraid and our sleep will be sweet.  And to come to Him all who are weak and He will give you rest.  Playing praise and worship music softly has become an important part of our nightly routine. It has helped to bring a peace; ushering in His presence.  Where you seek Him you shall find Him. Trust in Him to bring you rest.

~~ You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.  Psalm 3:24 (NLT)

  1. Restore-It’s always nice to get new things. Anybody who knows me well knows I love to go the thrift stores and flea markets.  Something doesn’t have to be brand new to get my attention, just new to me, something unique; it’s exciting.  How exciting that because Christ died for us we become new.  “Behold new things have come (spiritual awakening).  I’m thankful Jesus decided like those flea market finds He could turn our trash into treasure.  I’m thankful He knew we could be restored and when He looks at us He doesn’t see that old broken person, He sees the “New You”.

~~Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].  2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

  1. Resolve-The word resolve is defined as firmly determined. In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, he firmly determined he was not going to defile himself by eating food from the king’s table. Impressive, considering Daniel and his young friends had just witnessed the destruction of their home and been marched miles and miles across a dry and weary land to be held as prisoners in the palace.  He was young as well, early teens.  I desire to be strong and have resolve like Daniel when faced with decisions in my life.  When faced with temptations and things this world entices us with help us to resolve ourselves to choose You God.

~~But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 (NIV)

  1. Relent– Seek God with a constant, unceasing persistence. Desire Him more than anything you have ever wanted. Long for Him in a relationship that is deeper than anything you have ever known. Pursue Him, revere Him and adore Him. Your life will never be the same.

~~ Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy  unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
  Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.   Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NIV)

Cindy Montgomery- New Beginnings Outreach, Womens Leader