Gravity

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1,2

grav·i·ty
gravitē/ noun: a. The natural force of attraction exerted by a celestial body, such as Earth, upon objects at or near its surface, tending to draw them toward the center of the body. 
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Gravity is the force that makes objects fall to the ground. The greater the mass, the greater the pull, and the closer two masses are to each other the greater the gravitational pull is. Here the two masses we will be talking about will be Sin and Holiness. Sin in us becomes greater as we live life focused on earthly things. There is a pull that acts upon us in the same manner that gravity does. Let’s examine this further with God’s word.

This world maintains a constant pull on all mankind. Constantly tugging at our sinful nature resulting in death, a consequence that we ourselves cannot escape. Paul explains this struggle with sin and how difficult it is for us with our own will do what is right. This great attraction that drives us to do at times the unthinkable has a solution, Jesus Christ.

Gravity, is all around us and we cannot escape it. Likewise, with this world we cannot escape it & our tendency to sin is ever present. We cannot forget there is another attraction. God is always calling us to be Holy, to live apart from sin, so we wont fall into temptation. The closer we are the more likely we are to fall into it sooner or later. Are you practicing sin? God in His mercy provided us life in Christ so that through obedience we may put to death our sinful nature. How? Now that we have life by faith in Jesus Christ we can focus our life, thoughts and actions on those things from above. As we do this He increases and we decrease to the things of this world. As our attraction becomes more focused on the heavenly, our attraction to holiness is also increases and out attraction to sin and to this world decreases. Keeping us from falling.

Today, we can learn to live lives here on earth free from falling and with the power to control the force of sin that pulls us towards those things we once struggled with. As we walk in obedience we begin walking in higher places with higher expectations. How is gravity affecting you?

Sara Bareilles – Gravity

Shawn McDonald – Gravity

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Psalm of a Healing Heart

He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.” -Psalm 147:3

Sometimes…
when the pain & brokenness of my hearts loss is to much to bare.
When the echoes of this world remind me of whom I once was.

I am reminded…
that even in my brokenness there you stand.
There Your love lifts me up.
There Your words soothe the pain.
There Your faithfulness allows me to breathe.

When the fog of life tries to limit faiths eyes, Your right hand will guides me.

Hillsong United – All For Love

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Blind Spots

““What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—”

-1 Corinthians 2:9

We are all born with blind spots. An area of the eye that obstructs vision, often called the dead spot. What about our spiritual blind spots? Our sinful nature is our blind spot. These dead spots are insensitive to God’s voice. Preventing our ability to see and understand what God’s intentions toward man really are. Praise God for his gift to us all, Jesus. We now can have insight through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. God has given us the amazing opportunity to walk freely in the light, rather than continual stumble in the dark.

  • Blind spots may create FEAR: Many live with paralyzing feelings caused by the fear of the unknown. Often times preventing you from moving forward in life or daily activities. Through Christ we can have peace and reassurance we can overcome because He has overcome the world. Allowing us to face life and it’s challenges with courage.
  • Blind spots can be a STUMBLING BLOCK: As believers we can become a hazard to others with our careless living or behaviors. For some it’s knowing the truth and not allowing God to transform our lives through His word. Others it’s just not taking the time to get to know Him for who He really is. Therefore not reflecting God’s true character in us and His life changing power.
  • Blind spots may give you a false sense of INNOCENCE: It’s very common to try and justify oneself when unaware you truly are at fault. Reality is that no one is innocent and the minute we convince ourself we are free from sin we are mistaken. God is continually working in us and bringing us to perfection. We make a huge mistake the minute we think he’s done with us.

Our sinful nature limit us from living an abundant live apart from God. Do you want clarity in all areas of your life. We can have guidance in all areas of our lives through God’s word. His desire is that we seek after truth and start living abundantly in the knowledge of Christ so we may have light in our blind spots.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” In Jesus name I pray, Amen. -Psalm 139‬:‭23-24‬

Hillsong – Here I Am to Worship

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

The Shoreline…

The current is strong.
My strength fails me.

I will reach the shore.
There is a shoreline.

My arms are weak.
The waves unrelenting.

I will reach the shore.
There is a shoreline.

As far as my eyes can see,
No shore in sight.

I will reach the shore.
There is a shoreline.

Swim!!
Swim against the current,
Till the current is no more.

I will reach the shore.
There is a shoreline.

Jesus, you are the shoreline.

-Eunice Green

“Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” -Psalm 119:116

Bethany Dillon – Be Near Me

Jeremy Camp – Give Me Jesus

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Resistance = Strength

Staying in shape isn’t easy! There is a lot that your mind and body will endure as you build stronger muscles. Not only does exercising help you look and feel great, it restores weak muscles, helps maintain good posture and increases overall strength. The same goes for our spiritual life, as we gain spiritual strength we will have to endure in the mind and body. Gaining strength from the inside out is a job that only the Holy Spirit can help us accomplish. By what means you may ask? RESISTANCE!!!

  • Resistance begins  with the inner manIt all starts with you and spending time in God’s word. Thus being able to make decisions, have a plan (or create boundaries) and taking action. God wants to renew our minds so that we can be able to walk daily according to His will. So that in the event that we fall off our spiritual exercises we are fully aware that it isn’t God’s fault, but our own failure to resist.
  • What are the benefits of resistanceWhen we resist, all the bondage Satan thought he had over us begins to fade. Resisting leads to balance, strength & endurance. Resistance is necessary for building strong spiritual muscles. This is all possible through the victory Jesus gained for you and I on the cross.
  • What are our resources? We need to have the proper attire to exercise. God has given us the resources to resist the devil in the difficult times. The power is in the weapons God has provided for us. Are you ready for spiritual fitnessSuit up!!

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 5:6-11

Owl City – In Christ Alone (I Stand)

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Gratitude is my attitude!

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:11-13

Photograph by E. Green

Ever wish you had just a little more than what you have now. Ever feel like what you have at the present time is not enough and no longer satisfying. You know, this feeling is all to familiar and many are often blinded by the vicious cycle of walking into every opportunity to have just little bit more. Unfortunately, the truth is that none of these opportunities leave us completely satisfied.

Here in these verse, Paul isn’t saying it is wrong to have little nor that it is wrong to have much. What he is trying to teach us is a state of being… content. Contentment isn’t a bad thing. Some people may believe that a person who is content is one who lacks desire, self-esteem, drive, ambition or motivation to better oneself and their future. What is prosperity? When will I reach contentment?

The word of God says if we are faithful with little, we will be faithful with much. I believe that this is speaking about both spiritual and material prosperity. God desires us to prosper, but where do we start? What does it look like? It starts with you seeking the kingdom of God, and HIS righteousness. Then all the things you NEED will be given to you.

Do you want peace of mind, mental and emotional satisfaction?

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” –Psalm 73:25

“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” –Psalm 37:4

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:19

Hillsong – None But Jesus

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Struggling?

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” -Matthew 26:41

What are you struggling with? There are many weaknesses of the flesh… physical, mental, emotional & spiritual. Whatever it is you are struggling with today, remember Jesus overcame them all (John 16:33). We should not be surprised when we have these hardships for they are necessary (Acts 14:22). Jesus said, “It is written!”. So why do we act so lost, clueless and without hope? Our direction, hope & substance is in every word that comes from God (Matthew 4:4). Pick up your bible TODAY and start LIVING!

Need help getting there! Contact me today 🙂

Hillsong – At the Cross

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

I am…

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” -John 15:16

I am a mother. Whether I like it or not I am. Whether I am competent or not, I am. From conception to childbirth, I am. God created me ready and able to become a mother. I didn’t choose myself, He chose me. There are many times I realize that I don’t know how to be all He has called me to be, but I hold on to this one truth… He chose me, created me & therefore I am.

I am helper, I am comfort,

I am healer, I am forgiveness,

I am bravery, I am strong,

I am giving, I am kind,

I am teacher, I am patience,

I am courageous, I am discipline,

I am safety, I am encouragement,

I am wisdom, I am support,

I am loyal, I am trust,

I am passion, I am love… I am a mother…

Happy Mother’s Day & blessings to all the mothers out there and a special blessing to my mother. Words can not express my appreciation, gratitude, admiration and love for you. You are the woman chosen by God to be my compass not only as I transformed from a girl to a woman, but also as a wife and today as a mother. It is amazing to know that when God thought of me… He created you. How wonderful are His thoughts towards me. I love you mami…

“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” -Psalm 8:3-4

Nicole Nordeman – I Am

Nicole Nordeman – Gratitude

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Looking Back

Is God wanting to take you somewhere different in your life? Do you take one looks at your life and know you are not where He wants you to be? Maybe it’s a relationships, failure, or life’s unforgivable and unforgotten experiences. This type of clutch may not allow you to move forward in your life. How tight is your grip? God is already calling it your past. What do you see when you look back?

Photograph by: A. Lelo

Sodom and Gomorrah was a place God had decided to destroy. The sin of the people was so great that there was no other option. Abraham pleaded with God to save the city, because he had relatives living there. Therefore, God sent angels to the city to warn and rescue Lot and his family.

  • How many times have you had someone in your life give you advice, warn you or even tell you to change your ways? God sometimes sends people to our lives to warn us, some to pray for us and then we have the Holy Spirit.
    • Sometimes you ignore the warning and blow it off. Like Lot’s sons-in law and stayed behind.
    • You may hesitate because there is a strong attachment to stay where you are.
    • Others may experience being dragged out by someone or some sudden event. In Lot’s case the angels grasped his hand, his wife’s and two daughters and took them to safety.

After Lot, his wife and daughters were out of the city of hope, they were warned not to look back. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. Why did she look back?

  • Why do we look back?… contemplating those moments, the what if’s and memories of times past. Sometimes chapters of our lives come to a sudden end and we have to trust that it is for the best. We have to believe that God is taking us to a better place in our journey of faith. We have to press forward and look at what is ahead.
  • Thank God today we have Gods grace that prevents us from turning into stone, but be careful when looking back. It can slow down your blessing or you may remain stagnant right where you are.

Make a choice today, to trust the changes that are happening in your life are for good. Seek God in the transition between chapters. It will take adjustments and it may even cause some pain, but those who persevere till the end will be saved. Don’t look back!! Don’t give up!!

One day you will be able to look back with gratitude. You will realize what you were delivered from and be content enjoying the blessings you walk in everyday.

Jeremy Camp – Walk By Faith

Jeremy Camp – I Still Believe

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green

Stand in the Gap

Tired? Need to relax & unwind? Can’t wait for the weekend or some time off from work, kids or house duties?

Today we are so eager and so easily satisfied with me time, girl time, movie time, time with the guys, etc. This is usually what takes up most of our RR or rest and relaxation time. We need to get back to what really satisfies. Lets not live our lives looking for ways to fill in the gap, but I challenge you to stand in the gap.

prayer

THE GAP: There are gaps that we have to create and some we are thrown into, but no matter the circumstances of how we get there, just stand.

While I stand in the gap it is an opportunity to empty myself. Doing so I am making more room, which in-turn often feels like a larger void then what I started in. There in the quiet and in the stillness, it seems almost painful at first, but in patience and with faith… I wait for Him… just wait for Him to fill the gap in my life.

You will find Him in the gap of your day off, vacation time, routine jog, morning coffee, in the shower, quiet time, your alone time, in the middle of your pain, sadness, your boredom, insomnia, sickness, fears, singleness, through the death of a loved one, in your addiction, in your depression, failures, the darkest & loneliest nights. He will even be there when you create a gap in your successes, victories, joys & new beginnings. In every season of our life… just…

“Be still, and know that I am God; Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” -Psalm 46:10; Matthew 11:28; 1 Peter 5:7

Kari Jobe – Here

“Stay encouraged & Stay in the word!” -Eunice Green