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December 9, 2021

December 9, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 9, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
My Bible reading today was in the book of Mark and about the hemorrhaging women. I thought wow, how her example can teach us how to find Jesus in our pain. Strong Faith.
This woman bled for 12 straight years, can you imagine? It’s assumed that this was a menstrual flow for these 12 long years but it’s not for certain but either way, it meant constant suffering and weakness and possibly depression, think about this.
 For us with modern medicine, it could be exhausting and debilitating but I can’t even imagine living like this back then, can you?
She was considered unclean, and anything or anyone who touched her was considered “unclean” back then, not to mention her clothes and her utensils, and her home.  Washing clothes and bathing back then was not easy. It meant she had to be isolated and alone while she bled and be constantly working to take care of herself alone. What pain she endured for 12 years!
She suffered a great deal reading about her story in the Bible in the book of Mark.
This bleeding woman heard of Jesus and she had the faith that “if I just touch His clothes, I will be healed”. She believed all she suffered in her body would end by reaching to Jesus and touching Him.
That’s faith. Strong faith. And what happened because of it?
Amidst pushing, shoving, and the embarrassment of herself, she made her way to Jesus as her desperation propelled her forward.
She came up behind Jesus, reached out in a struggle, and touched His garment. And the bible tells us INSTANTLY, Jesus knew her faith but yet He asked “who touched me?”
She answered Him. She didn’t beg and plead with Him to heal her. She answered Him and fell at His feet. It was enough that she believed and had faith. It was her miracle.
Jesus answered her saying, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.”
Do we believe we can find Jesus in our pain right now? Whatever it is? Do we believe and have the strongest faith that He can heal us from it, whatever it is?
We need to.
 This kind of faith is what brings healing.
December 8, 2021

December 8, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 8, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Guest writer: Laurie Sammarco
James 4:3 (NIV)
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
How are we to ask when we come before God? What is our purpose for asking? How is God involved in what we ask for? Our motives are very important and we need to think about them carefully before we come before God.
Is our motive going to advance the Kingdom of God or will it just bring pleasure to our lives? It’s not wrong to want the good things in life but it is a fault to put those things before your relationship with God.
Your passion for what you desire and why you desire it can be the reason why you’re not progressing in your journey with the Lord and why you feel stagnant in the stage of your partnership with God.
What’s holding you back from being one step closer to the Lord could be the reason that you’re depressed, insecure, still stuck in your circumstance, or feeling unloved. God wants more of you and He’s not willing to give you what you desire if it’s going to cause distance between you and Him. That’s not in His plan.
 Give up what you desire, trade it in for a closer relationship with Him and He will bless you with unimaginable grace and goodness. What you thought would bring you happiness will not compare to what He has planned for you, so ask for what God’s will is for your life and He will perfectly give you what He desires for you, and whatever that is will fit your life completely and thoroughly fill your needs.
 Have a blessed day in the Lord.
December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 7, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Ladies who have men in their lives and may be hurting as a result of the partner’s past mistakes, you have hope.
Being set free from the past can oftentimes happen quickly for some while it could be a step-by-step process for others, depending on what God may be teaching. I dealt with this for years but God delivered me from the pain of my past mistakes in a marriage! It doesn’t mean I don’t ever think about them, I do, I just no longer dwell on them.
“You” sweet woman of God need to be patient and have a mindset that says” I will pray as long as it takes” to keep the voices of the past at bay so that me or my husband no longer listens to them.
Pray that God enlarges all understanding and that He makes all things new in your minds. Pray that God gives you both the mind of Christ so that you can clearly discern voices from the past that rise up and be able to quickly shut them down with truth from God’s word. Pray it with all your might!
Pray that God binds up wounds, restores the soul and helps release either person from past wounds to heal each other, so you can both walk in freedom together as God has called you to do.
You can learn not to live in the past but truly learn from it, break out of it, then away from it and move forward by renewing your mind.
Please take a moment to read Ephesians 4:22-24
Put off your “old conduct”, put on the “new man”.
 Pray without ceasing. God will wipe every tear from your eyes because the former things have passed away.
(Revelation 21:14)
I’m not saying it’s easy but I am saying with God, all things are possible.
Patience and prayer! Renew your minds. It is worth every effort.
December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 6, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Rev. Lisa Morrison, Guest Writer, WWL
Bittersweet
Life is bittersweet. It comes with the bitter and the sweet. We have the opportunity to learn and grow from the bitter, but we much prefer the sweet. This is only natural, but as long as we live in this fallen world, we will have to learn how to handle the bitter.
We love our kids (sweet), but sometimes they break our hearts (bitter). We land our dream job (sweet), but we have a coworker who gets on every nerve we have (bitter). We live on the ocean (sweet), but we end up with damage from the storms (bitter).
Recently, I found myself doing some work for my brother on his 40-acre property. He let me know he wanted me to uproot the bittersweet on his property – all 40 acres of it! I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me! It’s everywhere!” I literally spent weeks in the woods pulling up bittersweet roots, and if I happened to miss one, he let me know.
The more time I spent pulling up the roots, the more I understood how invasive bittersweet is. If it is not uprooted, it wraps itself around a tree and squeezes the life out of it. The only way to get rid of it is to pull up the whole root. It is a strenuous job because the roots are strong, long, and multiple shoots can come off one root.
As I spent weeks uprooting bittersweet, I had the visual image of what bitterness does to us if we allow it to take root in our lives. It becomes invasive, difficult to eliminate, and squeezes the life out of us. We can be completely destroyed by the roots of bitterness.
I eventually made peace with uprooting the bittersweet because I realized I was saving the trees.  Each root I pulled up saved the life of another tree. This became the sweetness in the midst of the bitterness. We can have sweetness in our lives as we uproot the bitterness. We become free from its death grip just as I freed the trees of the death grip of bittersweet.
Life is full of bittersweet. May we “make sure we do not fall short of the grace of God by allowing a root of bitterness to spring up causing trouble, which will [choke the life out of us].” (Hebrews 12:15) Dear daughter of the living God, choose to live in the sweetness of a life free of bitterness.
December 5, 2021

December 5, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 5, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Holidays bring happy memory making, delightful gatherings of loved ones but for some, it can bring up many wounds and hurts dealing from past or present family struggles.
Many of us have had severe injuries to relationships over the years and sometimes the pain of these times can be fatal to existing in any future interactions or moving forward as loving family and friends.
 Even if the relational memories may be completely destroyed as someone might feel please know that time can heal and God can anything. God can intervene.
We can definitely protect the “love” felt for others by continuing in our prayer life. Pray when it’s hard to pray.  We can make life easier through being the solution and not the problem.
The devil could use ways to manipulate lies, ways we grew up and our pains of the past to “destroy” relationships, especially if we harbor unforgiveness inside. It will eventually emerge and destroy us. That is the ultimate goal of our arch enemy.
We have to live in the present. We must be on guard against battling the past.  Don’t live in the past by harboring gunk! Get it out and verbalized to God.
 The bible says clearly that “every” house divided against itself will not stand”. (Matthew 12:25)
To me, I heed this as a warning…
You cant have “peace” if you are living in discord with someone or drudging up the past over and over. Think this statement through. Pray for your relationships. Nurture them. Don’t force things to happen and don’t re-hash someone’s mistakes!
Relationships are critical to our well-being. The right relationship with someone you love, emotionally and spiritually will balance you and give you a healthy perspective. The quality of your relationships will determine the quality of your life.
If something isn’t right in a relationship,  please bring this before God. Ask Him for His will to be done within the compromised relationship, not yours. Praying this way removes your control and relinquishes it over to God to intervene. Try this, it is your best option.
December 4, 2021

December 4, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 4, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Many women walk about in this life with a smile upon the outward appearance and unfortunately the lives who claim they have a relationship with God can be “surface” saints and it’s known that they are really “frowning” deep within.  How would you know if your smile is fake and worn on the surface?
Let’s think about a few questions we might ask… Do you look at the Lord, wondering what He can do for “you” today?  That’s selfish.
Turn this around by asking Him what YOU can do for Him. Your life will begin to deepen in your relationship with the King if you ask Him this question each day.
Do you only pray to God when you feel things aren’t going well for you or your family? That’s superficial. Let’s pray you can turn this around.
This may be difficult to hear and process, but it’s truth.
Maybe it just takes a “spark” to start “praying” throughout the day so you could be in God’s presence more and more. You’ll deepen your relationship with Him. Watch what happens.
Do you get mad at God when you don’t get your way in prayer? Do you give up and stop praying? That’s a quitter.
Try praising Him through storms and every day you breathe, you will sense a new relationship cultivating between you and your Savior. He will give you endurance and strength to press on.
Do you behave for only the moment you ask God for a request and then go back to living a sinful life? That’s manipulative.
Pray each day and truly repent before you pray to your Heavenly Father. Pray according to His will in your life,  not your own wants and ways, and be genuine and heartfelt with your request before Him.
Strengthen yourself each day with God to get yourself away from the shallow grind of repetition. We can never dig deeper and deeper into a relationship with God unless we spend time with Him. He has so much to speak into your life dear sister. It would be wise to go into the depths of God’s love for you by immersing yourself in His word.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30)
December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 3, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Rev. Lisa Morrison, Guest Writer, Women World Leaders
The Far Side of the Wilderness
Moses found himself tending sheep on the far side of the wilderness after he murdered an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave (Ex 3:1). He fled in order not to be killed by Pharaoh.
Moses had been raised as a prince of Egypt and had received the finest education and training available. He went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low.
I wonder if he thought God had forgotten him in the wilderness as he spent his days doing what the Egyptians despised by tending his father-in-law’s sheep.
I recently found myself on the far side of the wilderness. I had moved home after 40 years of being away. I was in the midst of a major transition and asked my brother if he had any temporary work for me. He said he had some manual labor if I was interested. I thought I would be working for the family business but instead, I found myself in the woods of his 40-acre property pulling up bittersweet weeds and hauling brush from the trees he cut down.
Like Moses, I had been highly educated and trained for my profession, so pulling up weeds in the midst of the woods felt like the lowest of the low. The first day I laid on the ground and cried (I doubt Moses did this…or maybe he did.) I wanted to quit but I heard my mother’s voice in my head say, “You asked your brother for work. He provided it so you cannot quit!”
As I spent my days in the wilderness woods, I wondered if God had forgotten about me.
In Exodus 3:2, we see God hadn’t forgotten about Moses while he was on the far side of the wilderness. God knew exactly where Moses was. He had a purpose for his life, and he had been preparing him for his next BIG assignment.
As I spent time on my far side of the wilderness, I realized God hadn’t forgotten about me. I began to appreciate the time I spent with Him one-on-one in His creation. I was grateful for His presence and calling me deeper in relationship with Him. He was preparing me for when He would let me know what His next assignment was for me.
If you are on the far side of the wilderness, realize you are never forgotten by God, and He always knows exactly where you are. May you allow Him to work in your life so that He can prepare you for your next assignment for Him.

2 de diciembre del 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 2, 2021

EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
Esta canción de 2 minutos me fue enviada para alegrar mi día hace aproximadamente un mes. Lloré. Mi corazón se derritió al escuchar a esta preciosa niña cantar desde a Jesús desde su corazón. Rápidamente le pedí a su madre que escribiera una publicación para esto para que pudiéramos compartir ambas contigo. ¡Aquí está! bendiciones.
Corazón de un niño
Por: Sara Sahm
Oh, tener el corazón de un niño. Mi hija mayor me dio esta letra una vez, “Ojalá estuviera desnudo como el mar abierto”. Si supiera que está recitando algo con lo que la mayoría de nosotros podemos relacionarnos. La vida duele, la gente nos defrauda, ​​los sueños fallan y, a veces, incluso nos fallamos a nosotros mismos. Esto puede hacer que el alma se sienta cansada y el corazón duro. Entonces, no encuentro ninguna coincidencia que estos versos casi idénticos estén colocados en tres libros diferentes:
Y él dijo: “En verdad les digo que a menos que cambien y se vuelvan como niños, nunca entrarán en el reino de los cielos”.
Mateo 18: 3 (NVI)
“De cierto os digo que el que no reciba el reino de Dios como un niño, no entrará jamás en él”. Lucas 18:17 (NVI) y Marcos 10:15 (NVI)
Estas declaraciones no fueron hechas por cualquiera, fueron las palabras del mismo Jesús. Creo que Jesús realmente estaba tratando de expresarnos el deseo más profundo del corazón del Padre. Cuando la Biblia se repite, ¡es importante! Dios quiere que vayamos a Él con nuestros corazones frágiles y expuestos, pero seguros de Su fuerza y ​​consolados por Su presencia.
Todo este devocional llegó a ser a través del corazón de un niño. Estaba trabajando en una grabación, cuando vino mi hijo menor a verme. “¡Quiero cantar mami!” Ella exclamo. Configuré el micrófono y le di los auriculares. No tenía idea de lo que iba a cantar, asumí que era una canción infantil, pero en cambio ella le cantó directamente desde su corazón a Jesús. Fue un momento de orgullo para mí como su madre, pero no puedo atribuirme el mérito de su corazón, eso es todo el Señor.
Mientras reproducía su canción, me sorprendió lo estrechamente alineada que estaba con las escrituras reales.
• Le dice a Dios quién sabe que es, “el que creó la naturaleza”.
• Expresa su amor, agradecimiento y necesidad de Dios.
• Le recuerda a Dios sus buenas obras y su fidelidad, “¡guíanos siempre a través de la niebla!”
• Le deja saber a Dios que ella canta por una razón diferente a quien es Él, “¡solo quiero cantar, por ti!”
• Termina la canción con gratitud por el gozo que le brinda la adoración. “¡Me encanta cantar, siempre!”
Oro para que su corazón esté siempre tan abierto al Espíritu Santo. Oro para que Su presencia la deje con un hambre cada vez mayor de la palabra de Dios. Que anhelaría la leche espiritual. 1 Pedro 2: 2 dice esto: “Como bebés recién nacidos, anhelen leche espiritual pura, para que por ella puedan crecer en su salvación”. El deseo de Dios no es que los creyentes permanezcan como niños en el pensamiento, sino como niños en el deseo de la Palabra de Dios. Así como la supervivencia de un bebé depende de su sed de leche, nuestra salvación se sustenta en nuestro hambre de estar en Su presencia.
¿Qué mejor razón para volver a ser un niño que porque el Señor te lo pide? Oro por mí y por cada creyente, para que seamos cristianos que entremos a la presencia de Dios frágiles, hambrientos y esperando ser satisfechos.

December 2, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 2, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
This 2-minute song was sent to me to brighten my day about a month ago. I cried. My heart melted to hear this precious child sing from her heart to Jesus. I quickly asked her mother to please write a post for this so that we could share both with you. Here it is! Be blessed.
Heart of a Child
By: Sara Sahm
Nov 11, 2021
Oh, to have the heart of a child.  My older daughter gave me this lyric once, “wish I were bare like the open sea”.  If she only knew she was reciting something most of us can relate to.  Life hurts, people let us down, dreams fail, and sometimes we even fail ourselves.  This can leave a soul feeling jaded and the heart hard. So, I find it no coincidence that these almost identical verses are placed in three different books:
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3(NIV)
“Truly I say to you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 (NIV) and Mark 10:15 (NIV)
These statements weren’t made by just anyone, they were the words of Jesus himself.  I think Jesus was really trying to express to us the deepest desire of the Father’s heart.  When the Bible repeats itself, it’s important!  God wants us to come to Him with our hearts fragile and exposed but sure of His strength and comforted by His presence.
This whole devotional came to be thru the heart of a child. I was working on a recording when my youngest came in to see me. “I want to sing mommy!” she exclaimed.  I set up the microphone and gave her the headphones.  I had no idea what she was going to sing, I assumed a kid’s song, but instead, she sang straight from her heart to Jesus.  It was a proud moment for me as her mom, but I can’t take credit for her heart, that is all the Lord.
As I replayed her song, I was amazed at how closely aligned it was with actual scripture.
• Tells God who she knows him to be, “the one who created nature”.
• States her love, thanks, and need for God.
• Reminds God of His good deeds and faithfulness, “lead us thru the mist always!”
• Let’s God know she sings for other reason than who He is, “just want to sing, because of you!”
• Ends the song with gratitude for the joy that worship gives her.  “Love to sing, always!”
I pray her heart always stays so open to the Holy Spirit.  I pray that His presence leaves her with an ever-increasing hunger for God’s word.  That she would crave spiritual milk.  1 Peter 2:2 Says this, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”  God’s desire is not for believers to stay childlike in thinking, but childlike in desire for the Word of God.  As a baby’s survival depends on its thirst for milk, so our salvation is sustained by our hunger to be in His presence.
What better reason to be a kid again than because the Lord asks you to?  I pray for myself as well as every believer, that we would be Christians who enter the presence of God fragile, hungry, and expecting to be satisfied.
1 de diciembre del 2021

1 de diciembre del 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 1, 2021

EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
¿Cuántas veces podemos mirar hacia atrás y saber que Dios nos ha cumplido una o dos veces? Creo que a todos se nos ha asignado ángeles que nos vigilan.
Hice mis oraciones matutinas esta mañana, que siempre incluyen una cerca de protección a mi alrededor incluso antes de salir de la cama. Esta mañana no fue diferente … oré en detalles al respecto.
Ore con la mano de Dios sobre lo que haría hoy, adónde iría y el tiempo en casa o en cualquier viaje. Cuando salí unos minutos más tarde en mi rápida caminata matutina, al otro lado de la calle había una niña paseando a un perro extremadamente grande.
En cuestión de segundos, el perro me ve haciendo contacto visual. Lo siguiente que sé es que escuché a la chica gritar mientras la levantaban por completo y la dejaban caer al suelo boca abajo. La correa se soltó de su agarre mientras ella yacía en el cemento gritándome “no te muevas”.
 Cuando el perro vino directamente hacia mí agresivamente y arremetió, comencé a darle la espalda.
Fue una mañana que Dios me impulsó por alguna razón a poner esta gran bolsa de cuero para cinturón alrededor de mi cintura para que pudiera sostener mi teléfono en ella. Por lo general, solo camino y sostengo mi teléfono en mis manos, pero esta mañana en particular fue diferente. Sé que Dios me impulsó a buscar esta gran bolsa de cuero en un cinturón y pude escuchar mi aplicación de la Biblia “manos libres” y caminar más rápido.
Al ver al perro casi encima de mí, le di la espalda y se abalanzó sobre mí gruñendo y atacando brutalmente con muchos mordiscos. ¡Solo llegó tan lejos como para atacar mi bolsa de cuero que estaba hablando la palabra de Dios desde mi teléfono! Honestamente. No puedo inventar esto. ¡Tenía tanto agarre sobre él y cuando lo soltó, volvió a atacarlo de nuevo!
Continuó mordiendo pero todo el tiempo solo perforando el cuero que me protegía. Mantuve la calma como un pepino mientras continuaba este tira y afloja con mi cuerpo y el perro de ataque. (¡Es posible que alguien más haya entrado en estado de shock en este momento, pero Dios me dio paz a través de eso ya que pude mantener el equilibrio y permanecer en dos pies de pie!)
Para entonces, la niña se había levantado y corrió a quitarme al perro. ¡Este perro se volvió inmediatamente para atacarla! ¡Fue la cosa más loca de todas! Mordiéndola y gruñendo de la forma más agresiva. Simplemente no podía creer lo que veía.
Mientras lo alejaba, seguía gritando: “Corre, estoy bien, lo siento, lo siento, lo siento, ¡solo vete!” Y el perro siguió intentando morderla. ¡Realmente quería salvarla, pero Dios me dio sabiduría para irme!
Era un sitio.
Al revisar la escena mientras me alejaba, vi que había logrado controlar a este perro para que dejara de morder y rápidamente corrió hacia el otro lado.
Con mi propio corazón acelerado cuando me fui, miré al cielo diciendo “Dios, gracias, solo tú me salvaste de esa agresión”.
Todo lo que consiguió el perro fue mi gran bolsa de cuero que colgaba de mi cadera, lo cual es un milagro.
Lo que pudo haber sido un ataque de baño de sangre no lo fue. ¡Vi la intervención divina y la protección de Dios sobre mí todo el tiempo! Lo veo mientras escribo esto en cámara lenta … Dios estaba allí, así que somos Sus ángeles. Sabía que era la oración y mientras reflexionaba sobre lo que oraba antes de levantarme de la cama esta mañana, me di cuenta de por qué oro eso cada mañana. Por esta misma razón …
Sabía que Dios escuchó mi oración y fue delante de mí con Su vuelo de ángeles como le había pedido. Tenía la autoridad para mantener la calma porque sabía que Dios intervendría de alguna manera. Mi oración llena de fe protegió mi vida esa mañana.
“Sé que el Señor está siempre conmigo. No seré conmovido …” (Salmo 121:5)
“El Señor tu Dios pelea por ti, tal como lo prometió. Así que ten mucho cuidado de amar al Señor tu Dios”. (Josué 23: 10-11)
“No temas ni te desanimes, porque el Señor personalmente irá delante de ti …”
(Deuteronomio 31:8)