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December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 13, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
We all seem to be asking ourselves these days, “God, what is Your plan for my tomorrow?
Holidays are upon us.
 These days this past year have been taking a toll on us and here we are facing a holiday and most likely it will be experienced like never before. Some lost loved ones, others suffered job loss, many had life-altering changes. Times are different. Do you know yet what your Christmas and New Year’s will look like this year?
Time is running out, does God seem to be silent?  What do we do with our tomorrow? We can’t always choose how we feel, but we can choose how we respond to our feelings during this holiday! Take a deep breath and read the Word God gave us…
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5-16-18)
A fun suggestion that may help you smile at this year’s holidays table. (even if it is spent all “alone” in your home and you’re the only one present) start yourself with a new tradition. Why?  Because you are NEVER alone!  If you’re by yourself or even if you have a house full, this idea can become a blessing, a beautiful tradition before Christmas time.
Plan a time where you can incorporate all your “joy,” all your “thanks” and give God all your “praise” through “prayer”.
The idea:
Set your table with all the beauty you can…but just for  Jesus. Be creative. Use your imagination and have the others help. Not with utensils but with your “gifts” to Him. What gifts can you lay out for Him on your table setting? Something handmade, a written poem, a song you’ll sing just for Him… a meal you’ll share as you talk with Him? Again, be creative.
 Then…get all dressed up for your Heavenly Father by showing Him He is worth ALL of your efforts to dine with Him. Let your family know the table is set for “just Him” and they will all be a guest at the table set to honor God. Be prepared to make it “all about Jesus”. He will be your food, your sustenance for the “time period” you all sit together to honor Him. Present your gifts of “joy” to Him at the table, one by one discuss them. Bring “creativity”  bring “JOY” to this setting and honor God with everyone’s full presence before Him.
 After presenting gifts, sit back and go around the table thanking Him for everything. After you’ve each said “thank you,” pray like you’ve never prayed before together. Make it fun, make it memorable, even if you don’t have family to do it with, do it alone with Jesus. Remember, One on One with Jesus is a “joy” in itself.
 Sit and have a fellowship time with our Father God at your table of joy, laughter, thanks, and prayer.
Remember, this setting is not about food this time unless you wish to add it in~ it’s only about Him. It’s different but it can be a special “new tradition.”
If done with focus on Him, I think your family and children will remember these cherished made memories forever!
December 12, 2021

December 12, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 12, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
As the spirit of God dwells in us and we become more in tune with His presence we begin to learn of God and all His ways and He, in turn, enables us to understand the depth of His purpose and what part we partake in assisting God to spread His good word.
 If we are not living for God then our struggles will continue to rage, our loneliness will carry on as if no one cares, our direction will remain unclear without a clue as to what our next step will be, most of all we will have lost the privilege of being fully and completely loved by a Father who is attentive to our every need.
 Many are struggling in this world because God has been forgotten. They can’t remember the last time they sat quietly with the Lord and just listened to His heartbeat in tune with theirs.
 We are marked by who we are and who we represent and if we are not walking and speaking in the image of Christ, then we are but followers of this world. We are led in confusion with no real destination or hope in the things that God wants to teach us.
In Isaiah 55:9 God speaks of His ways and His thoughts being higher than our ways and our thoughts. As we dwell on our submission to Him and release who we think we want to become to who the Father has purposed us to be, then and only then will we experience living life in His grace and to the fullest.
Be counted as one who will live for God and God will receive you as His own. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Thank you to our Guest Writer: Laurie Sammarco
Pembroke Pines Florida.

December 11, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 11, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Today we hope you will listen to 2-minute monologue.
It’s about the Woman with the Issue of Blood. She had done everything she could and nothing had worked. She was hopeless but she chose to take a risk and go to Jesus as she knew she would be healed!
 Her risk paid off because Jesus is the answer and He is our only hope. This woman was not only healed but reinstated as a Daughter, her true identity.
When you feel lost and all seems hopeless, run to Jesus as He is the answer and He will provide all you need. He will look at you with love in His eyes and say come, Daughter, I am here. Sometimes we might not understand what is happening but when we run to Jesus He will bring peace, healing, and restoration.
Jesus will give you all that you need, you just need to take the step towards Him and reach out. He will meet you there.
Thank you Donna Clare from the UK, for using such a beautiful gift to share and bless us.
December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on December 10, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
How do we get filled with “just enough” in a world that has an excess of everything? We tend to want more and more and find ourselves asking God for more.
“Just enough” is a saying that many of us tend to use when we look to God and we pray. If He would give us just enough to get through this day…
God WILL give us just enough patience and love to be the moms we need to be today.  (I’m walking this out right now, despite my past failures, God gives me strength to persevere through the pain of rejection today) It’s definitely not easy but “just enough” to get me through it until He changes the current situation… look for what you pray for.
God WILL give us just enough grace and respect for our husbands today if we ask Him for it and be satisfied with what He gives.
God WILL give us just enough confidence to accept ourselves as beautiful vessels for God’s work. Believe what you ask Him for. You are a gorgeous masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10 tells you so.
God wants us to come to Him each and every day to receive our daily portion. He wants our daily dependence to be on Him and nothing or no one else. He will fill us to overflowing if you trust Him and obediently walk with Him. Can you do this?
Wake up each morning and dedicate the roles you play each day, to God. Ask Him to fill your every need! You will always have “just enough”, you will always be given “just enough”, and it will come from our God who knows your every need and loves YOU and never lets go!
“Trust in the Lord with All your heart and do not lean to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust Him and He will provide “just enough.”
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)