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Jun 15

by Victoria Robinson

I am a girl who loves the anticipation of something almost more than I enjoy the event itself. There is an excitement in my heart as I eagerly await. A perfect example is Heaven. While I am excited about spending eternity in such a wonderful place, I am not eager to be there yet. Still the Word of God encourages us to fill our minds with thoughts of Heaven. While it is great to think about Heaven, what else are we to anticipate?

Our Lord and Savior anxiously anticipated dinner with friends. admittedly this was no ordinary dinner party—this would be the last time they would all be dining together on this side of eternity.  Who of us has not anticipated a wonderful glowing evening around a dining table with close friends? The laughter and warmth are life-giving to our hearts.

Girlfriends, I know all of you relate to the apostle Paul’s encouragement of looking forward to our new bodies. Many of us have more than one size of clothing hanging in our closets just waiting for the day we lose enough weight to wear that “to die for dress”. Be encouraged, for in eternity we will have that perfect body!

Abraham anticipated the Lord’s provision when he and Isaac went up on the mountain to make a sacrifice. While at first it seems evident to us that he will be sacrificing his own son, Abraham says things that would indicate he knew the Lord’s provision would ultimately come in another way. Twice he uses the term “we” when referring to his return down the mountain. This clearly shows his anticipation of the divine provision which turns out to be a ram caught in a thicket. We need to be just as confident that the Lord will provide for us.

We are to also anticipate the Lord’s deliverance in difficult situations. When looking to the Lord for deliverance, the apostle Paul said, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed …” He anticipated with full confidence that Christ would be exalted through all his sufferings.

Dearest girlfriends, lets us eagerly anticipate the greatness our Lord is going to bring into our lives here on earth and in eternity.

All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. ~ Romans 8:21 NLT 

 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. ~ Philippians 3:20-21 NIV
 
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. ~ Colossians 3:1-4 NLT
 
Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 22:14-16 NLT
And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently. ~ Romans 8:23-25 NLT
 
He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. … Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” ~ Genesis 22:5-8,13-14 NIV
 
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ~ Philippians 1:18-21 NIV

Thought Catchers

Feb 24

by Victoria Robinson

The Word of God is like a sentry catching and tossing out ungodly ideas that try to enter our minds. Our Lord and Savior exemplified this so perfectly when Satan gave Him thoughts that were pure Scripture. To which Jesus responded with the Word of God. Sounds convoluted. How can one fight the Word with the Word? In this case Satan was distorting the Word and Jesus was correctly handling it. Using the Word of truth, He was able to catch these thoughts before they gave birth to sin.

Not all thoughts that need to be taken captive are wonderful sounding such as the scriptures Satan quoted to Jesus. Most are subtle ideas that lead towards sin and inevitable death. While still others are obvious to discern and yet if we savor them for even a moment they can destroy us. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would strive to correctly handle the Word of truth so that the wrong thoughts that come to our minds would get caught by the truth of the Word.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
 
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. ~ Romans 8:5-8 NLT
 
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus … ~ Philippians 2:5 NKJV
 
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ”‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. ~ Mathew 4:1-11 NIV
 
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
 
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. ~ James 1:15 NIV
 
… Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. ~ Philippians 4:8 NLT

Service With a Smile

Feb 06

Service With a Smile 020611by Victoria Robinson

Don’t you just love being waited on at a restaurant or store by someone who is smiling and being attentive to your every need. Hmmm … sounds a lot like the greatest servant of all time, our Lord and Savior! In the book of Matthew He describes his true heart of service as, “… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Girlfriends, do you serve with a smile or do you sometimes find yourself complaining? It is so easy to allow the enemy to plant the seeds in our hearts of self-centered desires which is the opposite of our Lord and Savior. This in turn grows into weeds of complaining and discontent. It is necessary to take these seeds out of our hearts immediately and allow our Lord and Savior’s attitude of “service with a smile” to permeate our hearts.

The only way we can serve with a smile is to serve in the strength God provides. This then will bring glory to God as it says in the book of First Peter, “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would serve with a smile as we rely on the strength of our heavenly Father and bring glory to Him.

Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. ~ Romans 15:17 NIV
 
Do everything without complaining or arguing, ~ Philippians 2:14 NIV 
 
Be dressed ready for service … ~ Luke 12:35 NIV
 
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does … ~ Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV
 
… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ~ Matthew 20:26-28 NIV
 
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV
 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who… made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant … ~ Philippians 2:3-7 NIV

Taking a Spill in “High Heels”

Jan 18

by Victoria Robinson

High heels are so much fun to wear. They are so feminine and can really elongate your legs and make you feel pretty. Sometimes all it takes is a cute high heel to lift a girl’s spirits up. On the other hand, some “high heels” can cause us to take quite a spill. This would include the “high heels” of pride and haughtiness.

Just because high heels can cause you to trip and fall, does not mean you can never wear them. You just have to wear the right ones. My adorable husband, Rick, knows that a sure way to make me smile is to compliment my shoes by saying, “Cute shoes!” What “cute shoes” does the Word of God encourage us to wear? Try a pair of “humble high heels”. Being a lady who practices humility will ensure you do not trip and fall.

Dearest girlfriends, let us kick off the “high heels” of pride and haughtiness in our life and slip on the “high heels” of humility.

Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor. ~ Proverbs 29:23 TLB
 
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:18 NLT
 
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. ~ Philippians 2:3 NIV
 
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. ~ Proverbs 22:4 NIV
 
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. ~ Proverbs 18:12 NIV 
 
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. ~ Proverbs 11:2 NIV
 
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12 NLT

Embrace Today!

Jan 07

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, fashion experts tell us to dress for the body we have today. Sometimes this is a painful thought as most of us do not feel perfect and would rather wait to embrace the body we imagine having someday, instead of the one we have today. When it comes to our life, we need to be able to embrace our today instead of waiting for the life we imagine having someday. Even with all the imperfections in our lives, our heavenly Father has given us this day to enjoy.

Do you accept your “lot in life” as King Solomon put it? If so, he said you will not need to look back with sorrow on your past. Are you frittering away all your todays waiting on a better life. If so, embrace today by giving your heavenly Father thanks for all He has done for you. Recognize that He is aware of all your circumstances and cares for you.

Dearest girlfriends, whatever today brings, I pray we would embrace the life our heavenly Father has given us.

… 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 everything through him who gives me strength. ~ Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

… To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 TLB
 
So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? ~ Ecclesiastes 3:22 NIV
 
Be joyful always; … give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18 NIV
 
However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV

Letting go …

Dec 26

by Victoria Robinson

There are so many things to let go of in life. To accomplish a fulfilling life we must learn to let go of awful things as well as some great things.  Some awful things to let go of are; your past, your hurts, your failures, and your sins. Some great things to let go of are; your wealth, your position, and even your very own life.

God’s ways are so often contrary to how we see life.

  • If I am hurt—I must forgive.
  • If I want to enjoy life—I must give up sinful pleasures.
  • If I want to be rich—I must give up my wealth.
  • If I want to save my life—I must lose it.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow our heavenly Father to remove all hindrances from our lives, whether awful or great, in order to accomplish a fulfilling life in Christ.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? ~ Luke 9:23-25 NKJV
 
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV
 
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
 
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 3:13 NIV
 
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. ~ 1 Peter 4:1-2 NIV
 
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matthew 20:25-28 NIV

What to do … What to do?

Dec 20

by Victoria Robinson

When your back is against the wall and you just do not know what to do, a story in the book of Second Chronicles gives the answer. When under attack, Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, said, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” Girlfriends, when you just do not now what to do, set your eyes on your heavenly Father and believe He holds the answer to your quandary.

Sometimes the thought of what to do does not come prior to facing the situation. Such is the case when Jesus told us in the book of Luke not to be concerned about what to say when we are brought before rulers and authorities. The Holy Spirit will teach us what to say when we need it.

It is easy for panic to set in when one is unsure of what to do. The peace of God can calm you at times like these. Simply present your petition for help to God with thanksgiving, knowing He will direct you and the peace of God bring comfort for your troubled soul.

Dearest girlfriends, let us set our eyes upon our heavenly Father when we do not know what to do and trust in His direction.

O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
 
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” ~ Luke 12:11-12 NIV

Don’t Put the “Dis” in Obedience

Nov 21

by Victoria Robinson

Do you have a reputation for obedience to your heavenly Father? Your obedience or lack thereof affects all those around you. This can be seen clearly when you observe the shenanigans of a gathering of small children. Chaos can erupt quickly if one gets into mischief. It’s like a row of dominoes falling.  Are you the child of God who is starting chaos amongst your peers through disobedience or are you promoting righteousness through obedience to your heavenly Father?

Standing firm in obedience is a testimony of what our heavenly Father desires in all our lives. Crumbling to disobedience promotes a lack of reverence for our heavenly Father. Our sin will no doubt be the downfall in other’s lives while our obedience will lift others up to our heavenly Father.

Dearest girlfriends, let us be a beacon of the light of our heavenly Father through living in obedience.

Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. ~ Romans 16:19 NIV
 
You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of people who are crooked and stubborn. Shine out among them like beacon lights, holding out to them the Word of Life. ~ Philippians 2:1516 TLB
 
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. ~ 2 John 4:6 NIV