Feel Free Friday

Regret: Feel Free Friday

Regret can sometimes hold us back from moving forward in life. Whether it’s a break up that hurt us badly or a business plan that we tried and failed at, we regret that we even gave it a try and we get STUCK dwelling on what we WISH we had of done. We beat ourselves up; constantly going over the would haves, could haves, and should haves and it becomes very difficult or nearly impossible for us to FREELY move forward and TRY something NEW again.

I know this feeling all too well; I’m sort of feeling this way right now in fact. However, let me encourage you while I encourage myself. Romans 8:28 (New King James Version) assures us saying, “And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” You hear that?…ALL things; the good, the bad, the ugly, the mistakes, the things we tried and failed at; ALL things!

Maybe it was a lesson you needed to learn. Maybe you needed something to stretch your faith or build your patience. Or perhaps you just needed to be put in a situation in which you were forced to finally understand that God is all you really need. Yeah you might’ve made some mistakes, might’ve gotten hurt, might’ve failed but because you are walking with God, He will take your biggest NEGATIVE and use it to help you grow-He will indeed work it for your GOOD!

So today I encourage you to simply learn your lesson and if you made a mistake ask God for forgiveness. However, after you have done all of that DON’T allow regret to hold you back from TRYING all the GOOD things you want to do. No regret, no hurt, no disappointment should ever keep you from walking freely in your freedom!

I say it all the time and I’m still saying it on today because it’s true. You are free my friends…So FEEL FREE!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work Never Done: Work It Wednesday

I say it all the time, even though God has delivered me from so many things, there are STILL things I need Him to deliver me from. With all the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding God has blessed me with; there are still things that cause me to stumble. Then with all the good works I do for the Lord, I know there’s still MORE I could be doing. I must admit sometimes it is a bit frustrating to continue to stumble, especially when I know what’s right. However, when I fall short it is only a reminder that I’m NOT perfect and that I need God to help me daily-I will NEVER be bigger than God.

Then when I learn of a new need and feel compelled to do MORE, it keeps me in remembrance that my sole purpose here on earth is to not just do what pleases me but to GLORIFY the Lord. God said it Himself in Isaiah 43:7 (New King James Version), “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My Glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made Him. When we help and fill the needs of others we allow God’s glory to shine through us; and there will always be a need of sort present in our homes, churches, and communities.

You see, no matter how much knowledge we obtain or how many good works we do, as long as we are here on earth the work of a TRUE follower of Christ is never done. There’s always room for improvement, always room for elevation-there’s always more. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) even assures us that God will complete every good work in us until the return of Jesus Christ. This means each day, if we walk with God, He will improve us and make us better, until Christ comes back for the saints. So in the midst of all your imperfections and room for improvement I encourage you, DON’T get frustrated and ultimately give up. Just continue to put in the WORK, allowing God to move you closer and closer toward perfection each day. And remember, our work will not be complete until Christ comes back!

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done….So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Think About It Tuesday

Mercy: Think About It Tuesday

So we get mad at people and refuse to forgive them when they do us wrong OVER and OVER again. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. We tell people the things they do hurt or frustrate us; and then we get furious when they CONTINUE to do it after we have already told them how we feel about it. Some nerve we have though, because we do God wrong and sin against Him DAILY; and what does He do?  He extends His MERCY and indeed FORGIVES us. Psalm 145:8-9 (New King James Version) tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.”

However, doesn’t God tell us over and over throughout His Word what offends Him? Doesn’t He encourage us to walk in the way of righteousness and clearly tells us the difference between right and wrong? Yet and still, we sin against Him and He continues to be all so merciful toward us. Now let me remind you that we should imitate God in ALL our ways-the way God treats us is the way we should treat others.

Now I’m not saying that people aren’t wrong in what they do, because sometimes people can do us harm and even be INTENTIONAL about it. Nor am I saying that we have to let people walk over or abuse us. However, what I am saying is that sometimes I believe we could be a little more merciful and patient with others just as God is toward us. And even in those times when we have to separate ourselves from those who hurt or offend us, we can still LOVE them just as God still loves us.

Yeah, this is a lot; and it requires a little MATURITY to actually apply it. But just take a moment…. THINK ABOUT IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Feel Free Friday

Freedom Moves: Feel Free Friday

When you are truly free you will be MOVED in some type of way; and your direction will be FORWARD. Think of a bird when it is released from its cage. It doesn’t just linger inside or around the cage; it gracefully flies AHEAD into the open sky, claiming its new found freedom.  Now we know according to 2 Corinthians 3:17 (New King James Version) that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. So if you are filled with His Spirit you are literally filled with freedom! So walk in that freedom and let it MOVE you! Move forward, do new things, reach your goals, climb to higher heights!

Now I hope you all believe that while I write these beautiful messages to you that I also take my own advice because I do indeed. In fact, I just recently decided to walk in my freedom a bit more by putting a gift of mine to work. I’ve always been very creative and enjoyed drawing and making neat things. So God blessed me with an idea to start a new project called Heavenly Crafts by Adrianna. It includes my very own original paintings, glass table decorations, rearview mirror hangers, and beautiful wall crosses all hand designed by me! I just recently started selling them for a very low price and have experienced success with it thus far. I get to make beautiful things, do what I love, and on of top of that make a profit from it-it’s ABSOLUTELY awesome!

Now I don’t encourage you to go around using your freedom as an excuse to sin or do bad things. However, if there be any GOOD or POSITIVE things you want to do, do them! FLY HIGH just like that bird that’s been released from its cage! Don’t stay STUCK in the same spot for the rest of your life-let your freedom MOVE you!

I say it all the time my friends: You are free…so FEEL FREE!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work AND Rest: Work It Wednesday

Diligently doing the work of God does not mean you can’t rest! There are several scriptures in the Bible that talk about the REST we have in God.  In Matthew 11:28-29 (New King James Version) Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Yes, we have to take up the “yoke” or the responsibility of ministering to people and doing the work of God just as Jesus did. However, Jesus even said it Himself that we also have rest in Him. Just think about it, with all the afflicted people in the world we would burn ourselves out if we tried to help EVERY single person we saw in need.

Let me give you an example: I often visit my local nursing homes and while there I enjoy having one on one conversations with the elderly. We talk about God, things they’ve experienced in their lives, and so many other wonderful things. Any given nursing home may have at least 100 plus patients. Now it would be nearly impossible for me to sit with every elderly person there and give them the same one on one attention and company. So I simply do what I can-I bless the ones that I am able to bless and I pray that God will send MORE people like me to minister to the elderly. This is why the WHOLE Body of Christ is so important because ONE member or believer can’t possibly do all the work that needs to be done-it takes a team!

So whatever you’re calling may be, whether it’s ministering to the sick, pastoring, or seeing about fatherless children; know that you don’t have to OVERWORK yourself. God knows we are only human and that our fleshly bodies, which are only made from dirt, get weak sometimes and REQUIRE rest (Psalm 103:14, NKJV). He knows exactly how much money, time, and other resources we have available to help others. And He even understands the other responsibilities we may have, such as our jobs or taking care of our own families. So I encourage you my friends, put in the WORK, but don’t exhaust yourself. Do what you CAN, while you can, with what you’ve got. And during those times that you need rest or your resources prevent you from being able to do the work of God as you desire, pray that God will raise up another BELIEVER to fill in the gap.

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done. So enough said…let’s WORK IT!
-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Think About It Tuesday

The Veil: Think About It Tuesday

Think of a veil that covers a bride’s face as she walks down the aisle toward her soon to be husband. The veil keeps the groom from beholding the bride’s face in its fullness. However, through the veil he may be able to see bits and pieces of her face. Now the Old Testament of the Bible is much like the bride’s veil as it shielded the fullness of God’s GRACE and MERCY towards His people (2 Corinthians 3:15-18 and John 1:17, New King James Version).  You see, in the Old Testament the high priest was to sacrifice the blood of animals for the remission of the people’s sins EVERY year (Hebrews 9:7, NKJV). However, when God gave His only begotten son for us in the New Testament, this blood was indeed PRECIOUS enough to wipe out our sins once and for all and it showed us more CLEARLY how much God loves us (John 3:16, NKJV).

The fact that we can now go to God, through Jesus Christ, and receive forgiveness and everlasting mercy shows us a side of God that those in the Old Testament were not able to see as clearly. I am so glad Jesus died for us and removed the veil, allowing us to see God’s grace, mercy, and love more openly. However, I believe there is still another veil, so to speak, to be removed because we know according to John 1:18 (NKJV) no man has ever seen the face or fullness of God. God’s face is too glorious and too overwhelming great for us to behold its fullness in the flesh. However, we can see bits and pieces of God, His image, and His light through other people who have His Spirit within them and also through the mighty acts He performs.

Now even though we can’t actually look upon God’s face right now in the flesh, we have hope that we will one day see Him in the spirit. Luke 12:2 assures us saying, “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” One day we will indeed see God in His fullness, not in a mirror, or through a glass, not merely a glimpse or an image of Him; but face to face we will stand before the King. We will behold all of His goodness, all of His greatness, and at that moment the FINAL veil will be removed. My prayer is that on this day I will not only see His face but here Him say well done thy good and faithful servant. I pray this for you all as well!

Now until this great day, I think it is our duty to remove the veil as much as we can and let God show Himself to others through us. The kind word you could speak to someone, the helping hand you could lend, even your testimony of how God brought you through could remove the veil a little bit more for someone, allowing them to see God more clearly and revealing His Glory all the more. This is a lot, I know…just THINK ABOUT IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Feel Free Friday

Everything Freedom: Feel Free Friday

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, purchased our freedom long ago. Now once a prisoner has been set free, he DOES NOT walk right back into the cell which held him captive. Likewise, since Jesus has made us free from sin and all other forms of darkness, we should be CAREFUL to not return to those things which once held us in bondage. Galatians 5:1 (New King James Version) instructs us saying, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

You are free-so EVERYTHING about your life should be freedom. Your relationships should exhibit freedom-say goodbye to those bad friendships and relationships that weigh you down and keep you from moving forward in life. Your job should be freedom-reject those jobs that cause you to sin against God and interfere with your relationship with Him. Your church should be freedom-disconnect from those churches that only teach you routine, while neglecting to teach you the true Word of God. Even your thoughts should be freedom-cast down those thoughts of fear and doubt that keep you from going to the next level in God.

When you are truly free, everything attached to you is free! When you are truly free everything you produce should be free. Your children, your spouse, your friends, your business plans, your thoughts, your dreams…everything should scream freedom! So I urge you to stop what you’re doing for a moment and evaluate some things in your life. Are their some things attached to you that are NOT free?…If your answer is yes, I encourage you to cut those things a loose because if it’s tied to you and it’s not about freedom, it is indeed weighing you down!

Again EVERYTHING about your life should be freedom, because you are free my friend!…So FEEL FREE!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights