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November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 12, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
How many of us search for fulfillment daily only to find more frustrations or even experience ongoing failures of being fulfilled in our lives?
One thing that prevents me from becoming frustrated over lack of fulfillment in an area of my life is realizing I live in a world that is imperfect. I need to voice this to myself regularly, especially while reading things on social media and interacting with others daily. There is nothing perfect in this world except God.
I encourage you and others and myself to continuously seek the knowledge needed to develop a close relationship with our Creator, which comes when we trust in Jesus and His words. To me, it satisfies deep yearnings and gives joy that I can’t describe.
God planted a longing for perfection in each of our hearts. It’s a desire which only God can fulfill. I’ve been on the roller coaster of seeking fulfillment from people, things, and even achievements, even achievements, only to find myself disappointed, wanting more, or sometimes feeling a sense of loneliness attached. This desire for self-fulfillment can also become like a god or a false idol. God tells us, “Have no other gods before Me!”
 There is a need to make God the deepest desire of my heart. Each day that I do, the peace enjoy it brings to my soul far surpasses any earthly fulfillment I think I want. The verse that encourages me to write this is…
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ( Psalm 37:4 NKJV)
 May you each find fulfillment in serving Jesus and understand that He is the only One who can provide true fulfillment as you go through your day.

November 11, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 11, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Hands to Heaven
by guest writer/singer, songwriter: Sara Sahm
This song was birthed out of a lot of pain.  I was struggling at the time with severe depression and anxiety. It took all my strength to pray, and the thought of worship seemed impossible.  I was given a card with Isaiah 41:10,
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”
 Those words were so encouraging to me and led me to Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV.
“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
For me, the “them” was the voices in my head telling me I was a failure, that because I was struggling, I shouldn’t come to God.  I was thankful for the encouragement the Word had given me, but I wasn’t sure what to do next.  God then led me to the answer once again: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
In the pain, I made a conscious decision to lift my hands and worship.  I got on my knees, and I prayed.  At first, it felt so awkward, and I wanted to quit, but I kept worshiping.  It was in that place of brokenness I found what willingness is.  I learned that my human thoughts and feelings cannot be depended upon-but God’s Word can!
So today I encourage you, lift your hands in worship and bow your head to pray.  No matter the circumstance God’s word is still true.  He is with you and waiting to meet you wherever you are.  Don’t let feelings cloud your faith!
November 10, 2021

November 10, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 10, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
(Galatians 2:20 NIV)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Life can be so different when we wake up encouraged and expecting God to show up in some way. We look for Him in the streets we walk, in the areas we drive by, in the people we speak to daily. We look for Him in our marriages as we strive to understand the changes that are taking place. We look for Him in our children as they learn to live life according to His will.
 Everywhere we look, Jesus can be found because He lives in us and we are seeing through His eyes. We don’t have to go far to find Him. We just have to call on Him and He will appear. His word then comes alive and begins to encourage, to appease, and to give direction, teaching us to rest in Him.
 Everything is a choice with the Lord. We either do it our way, because we think we know best and because we want a quick result or we choose to wait on Him, no matter how long it takes, and rest in knowing that the end result will be satisfying and perfect just for you.
 What is meant for us by the Father’s hands will always deliver His anointed outcome, covered and protected by His hands and received with joy by a grateful heart that sings all praise to Him.
Waiting on God may not be easy but trusting in Him can be if we are accustomed to knowing that His power, grace, love forgiveness, and compassion for our circumstance will rise above anything we can ever expect when we do it in our own strength.
Thank you to our guest writer, Laurie Sammarco from Pembroke Pines,  Florida.
November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 9, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
Deeper Roots in our LORD JESUS!
Guest writer: Dana Cryer, Pittsboro, Texas
 Do you hope to see more depth in your relationship with Jesus?  Do you want others to see God’s beauty displayed through your life?
Be encouraged to hear the words of Jesus and then allow those words to penetrate deep into the roots of your heart … it’s life-changing when you truly know how much love GOD has for YOU, and the great news it never changes. When you have that personal love relationship with Jesus, then you’ll see the beauty emerge between you and the lover of your spirit, soul, and body, Jesus.
“Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)
When you believe in Jesus Christ,  there’s nowhere else to go.  Christ is everything you need and more.
The LORD has told us to not be troubled but to believe in God.  By having faith in, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ… God’s unfailing love allows us to walk on His truthful path.  Deceit and denial are roadblocks to experiencing intimacy.  We will be motivated to be honest with God even when the truth exposes sin and painful emotions because we will be confident we will be loved after acknowledging them.
Loving God, I pray You will always tug on my heart when I’m in denial about anything in our relationship.  Please give me complete confidence even when I’m afraid.
I want to put my whole trust in You, and always accept Your love without anything holding me back in Your Holy Name. Amen.
Blessings,
Dana
November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 8, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
REPLENISHMENT
Running myself ragged can be my “out of control” captivity in life.  How can I overcome this? How can any of us defeat this way of living to accomplish something far better than we could ever imagine?
One way is to replenish ourselves with a “rest” period.
To define the word replenishment, the Collins Dictionary states it is the process by which something is made full or complete.
An example I can use is the cell phone and how it works.
We give ourselves a “rest” period when the battery is running low.  The phone’s battery shows signs that it needs to be recharged or replenished, correct?? In doing so, the machine regains full capacity of its ability to be used as an electronic device once again.
Replenishing ourselves is an important part of the forward movement in our lives. Many of us don’t readily welcome rest. We are too preoccupied with our busy lifestyles to pay attention to how exhausted we may be, both physically and mentally. I speak to myself here as well.
 God designs our bodies for replenishment. We exude the need to rest in the Lord and learn to trust His timing while giving Him access to who we are and who we wish to become. This all can happen in the replenishment process if we allow it.
During times of replenishment, God may reveal your true motivations, heal hidden wounds, and give you new perspectives for your future desires. He may redefine your dreams, strengthen your identity in Christ, and give you a whole new outlook on life, all while you are enjoying and experiencing your time of replenishment.
He says, “Be still and know that I Am God.” ( Psalm 46:10)
 I encourage you to stop and rest throughout this day. Remember the word. Meditate on it. Every human on this planet needs replenishment. When allowed to happen within you, you may develop a more profound sense of how much the God of the galaxies loves you and how little you do that is apart from Him.
Remember, working on a full battery is much more effective than one that has lost its juice. Please take the time to BE STILL and quiet your heart before God.
November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 7, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
ATONEMENT
“Because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.” (Leviticus 16:30 NIV)
The word “cleanse” in this verse jumped out to me.
We do all types of cleanses, juice cleanses, water cleanses, detox cleanses and even nasal cleanses and bowel cleanses, but how about a spiritual cleanse for our health?
The day of atonement, Yom Kippur, seemed to be the most important annual holiday for ancient Jews. It was the day the high priest entered the inner chamber of the tabernacle (later referred to as the temple) to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the whole nation. The purpose of this sacrifice? To make right between God and his people.
We are God’s people today. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, every day is our day of atonement. Every day we accept that His death paid for our sins.  Every day we can ask forgiveness for what may have hurt God and know that our sins will be forgiven entirely, never to be remembered again.
In reality, sisters, how do we approach our God of the Galaxies? In prayer with excitement? Do we approach Him with values and the love He has given to us?
Do we hope that forgiveness is true and He’ll forgive if we ask? These are all questions we can ask ourselves.
We need to say TODAY IS OUR DAY OF ATONEMENT!
This is for our health and cleansing!! Can we each go to God with a heart of gratitude and thank Him that nothing stands between Him and us? My prayer for you today dear friends is that your health will benefit from atonement spoken in God’s Word of Life.
Remember Leviticus 16:30
November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 6, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Guest writer,
Debra Eddings
Hurting My Savior
Do you ever read a passage of scripture that seems so familiar that you just fly through it only half looking at the words? You think you know how it will speak to you before you even finish.
That happened to me recently in my study of the gospel of Mark. It was a great study and God was teaching me all the way through rather comfortably, then I got to chapter 14. The familiarity of the Last Supper conversations of betrayal and denial always move me but aren’t necessarily new to me.
But as I continued on, being reminded of Jesus’ arrest and brutal treatment as a prisoner of the Sanhedrin, certain words and phrases began to jump off the page as I read and reread the passage again.
“Many testified falsely against Him.” 14:56
“They all condemned Him as worthy of death.” 14:64
“I don’t know this Man you are talking about.” 14:71
“The chief priests accused Him of many things.” 15:3
“And when they had mocked Him…” 15:20
“Those who passed by hurled insults at Him.” 15:29
“The chief priests and the teachers of the Law mocked Him among themselves.” 15:31
“Those crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.” 15:32
These actions were from the people in Jesus’ everyday life. The people that listened to Him teach in the Temple, those who came to learn, and those who were there to teach the things of God. You might expect those kinds of jabs from the Romans, but the Jews? His tribe? Those He came to redeem?
Then it hit me, I’m His daughter, a child of the Most High God. But do I fall in line with those that mocked and insulted and accused when I say things out loud or even in the confines of my own spirit that cut to the core of my Savior? That of course is never my intent, but is it the result?
 Does my questioning, or worse, my criticizing how He may have responded to any given situation slice and dice my LORD’s feelings? Can I hurt the feelings of the God of the universe?
As I read through this all-familiar scene, I began to look past the physical pain, which of course was unimaginable and started to feel the emotional brokenness of our Savior. He carried the sin of those who were condemning and mocking and insulting and accusing Him. Somehow, He pushed through all of that to continue to love and save and redeem.
I don’t ever want to add to the hurt of my Savior. Whether I understand His ways or not, I want to outwardly and inwardly demonstrate my trust and belief in His sovereignty.
 Today, please join me in taking a bold step out of the mocking crowd. Find one thing you know to be true about Jesus and speak it out loud to someone, to Him. Let’s drown out the noise of the mockers with the genuine praise of the redeemed.
November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 5, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Seek God and you WILL find Him. It’s a promise in His Word.
We sometimes cannot see the end of things from the middle, and we must walk by faith, not by sight. The Lord will bring a greater good and His perfect plan out of all frustration we feel and out of all the evil we experience.
 When all is said and done, God uses even injustice to fulfill His promises to us. God is present in every scene and in the movement of every event and every passing moment until He ultimately and finally brings everything to a marvelous climax! He can do this because He is God. He DOES do this because He is God!
God is in the midst of it all because He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He proves Himself Lord of His people. You are on the journey of His plan for YOUR life. Believe it, and enjoy it.
 God is invisibly at work, making even life’s greatest disappointments and tragedies a link in a chain of good things yet to come.
 Trust Him!
“Trust in the Lord with All your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
( Proverbs 3:4-5)
God is faithful, see Him move daily as you wake up and be certain to look for Him in every situation as you pray over your day and then walk out this journey called “life” with a smile and hope.
November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 4, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
I, like Jonah, was in no position to bargain with the Lord. When I was in sin, I was completely disobeying God and I was running from Him. I wasn’t swallowed by a great fish but my life felt like I was in the belly of a whale. It stunk, it was painful, and it was dark. I felt alone.
When I was awakened to what I was doing in my life, and my eyes opened to see God’s Truth in my life, I realized quickly it would have been far better to obey God from the start.
Now knowing this and reflecting back, this is my prayer for you as well, and any sister who may be where I was.
God had mercy on Jonah, and He had mercy on me. Wow, did He have mercy on me! He will be merciful to you when you repent and humble yourself before Him. Open your eyes to what has led you into the place you know you should not be. Give it all to God, 100% of whatever it is, and tell Him you’re sorry and mean it with ALL of your heart. A sorry and repentive heart means you’ll STOP and change your course.
 No matter how far off the path you find yourself, no matter what terrible situation you are in, no matter how dark it looks, God will hear your cry when you call on Him asking for forgiveness and He will lift you from any pit you have fallen into.
 My life is living proof that God forgives and transforms lives.
Repent and surrender to God, no matter how many times it may take! Don’t give up. Change your heart, fully surrender, call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! (Romans 10:13-15) … God is merciful. He will lift you up! ( and if you’ve fallen again, He forgives again. And again!) Run to Him.
November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 3, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Each one of us brings our own excess “baggage” into the Christian life, we end up carrying the weight and not experiencing the “abundant life” that God intends for us to have. How can we have peace if we are still holding on to our unnecessary “baggage”?
No two of us are the same, we come in all shapes and sizes and with all different interests, gifts, and skills, yet many carry different types of “baggage.”
So we must learn to follow Jesus out of our own individuality and leave the so-called heavy, burdensome “baggage” behind.
 Everyone’s baggage is different, don’t compare yours with someone else’s, baggage is baggage-just bring it to the foot of the cross and leave it there.
Jesus will reach out and touch you as a woman called to belong to Him. He sees when you are willing to drop your load and turn to Him. He will supply your every need, heal your disease, give you freedom and show you love all while teaching you how to bear fruit.
“Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me can not be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
And…about our baggage…
“Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27)
Jesus set the bar higher than any one of us can jump on our own. We must hold tight to His teachings, love each other, bear fruit but give up all of our excess baggage that weighs us down  and then carry our own cross and follow Him. Can we do this?
Jesus just asks us to change our priorities from what was once important to us; to His life-changing, love-providing, fruitful abundance which is far easier to carry than any “baggage” we continue to cling to.