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    by Cecelia Lester

March 17, 2023
Joy in His Presence You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Acts 2:28 (NKJV) Words from Psalm 16:11, spoken by the apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost. God sent His Holy Spirit to the believers. They……  ( Click for more )
March 10, 2023
And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (NKJV) A promise of God given to Moses. Moses talked with God, asking for help to lead the Israelite people on their journey across the wilderness and into the land He had promised them. ……  ( Click for more )
March 3, 2023
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Words of Paul written to the believers in Rome. Paul has just told the Roman believers that hope is the by-product of character.……  ( Click for more )
February 24, 2023

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Matthew 5:3

The MESSAGE Bible has an interesting paraphrase for these words. “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of you rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”

When God’s children face emotional times, their inner beings, if left to their own ways. can deflate to the point of extreme lowliness.

When Jesus went to John the Baptist, John told the crowds that he couldn't touch Jesus’ sandal. He told the crowd “He must…  ( Click for more )

February 17, 2023

Handling Disappointment

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around

like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know

that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

I sometimes get disappointed easily. Any mix-up in plans can cause me great anguish. The only way I can keep myself under control is to pray about the issue. I have to ask the Lord if I am in the wrong or is the other person. There have been…  ( Click for more )

February 10, 2023

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,

for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Because we are human, we have times where fear overtakes us. Our hearts become heavy and our minds focus on the sadness of our lives. We immediately focus on the darker part of issues that affect our lives. Or we lose interest in the things that go on around us. Each day seems to stretch ahead of us or time gets away from us. When anxiety takes over our lives,…  ( Click for more )

February 3, 2023
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. I acknowledged my sin unto You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions/ to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. ……  ( Click for more )
January 27, 2023
Come to Me, all 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Words spoken by Jesus. In this passage, Jesus invites……  ( Click for more )
January 20, 2023

“Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

Have you ever know anyone who never raised their voice or shown any sign of anger to another person? Have you witnessed someone treating another person with kindness during a stressful situation?

These instances demonstrate gentleness. The people who can do this receive the ability to display this attribute from having God in our lives.

Jesus modeled gentleness with the woman caught in adultery, the woman who touched the hem of his garment, the disciples, and with Peter.

We speak of…  ( Click for more )

January 20, 2023
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV) The words of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah gives us insight into the……  ( Click for more )
January 13, 2023
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Psalm 37:7 (NKJV) A Psalm of David David advises his readers to rest in the LORD. What does……  ( Click for more )
January 6, 2023
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. By this all people will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 (ESV) The scene is in the Upper Room, Jesus is talking to His disciples. He has……  ( Click for more )
December 30, 2022

"Let love and faithfulness never leaveyou; bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

We have seen faithfulness in the news recently. A couple in Connecticut have been recognized as the longest married couple in the United States-80 years as man and wife. My thought when I saw this on my computer was they have been married longer than most people live. I was impressed by their marital longevity.

Several years ago, I met a mother who cared for a special-needs child for decades. She and her husband kept him at home.…  ( Click for more )

December 23, 2022

As I started to study this topic, I had some questions about it. How would you define goodness? Do we see goodness in others? How can we achieve goodness in our hearts?

How would you define goodness?

The MSG Bible equates goodness with “a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.” I believe that goodness is a heart quality that is visible to those around us. We see it in those who serve others. A friend steps up and helps someone with a need. People see the goodness we have as they watch us go through our days and how we handle our problems.…  ( Click for more )

December 16, 2022

“He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.” Psalm 18:50 (NIV)

What does God’s kindness look like? We can see it every day, if we look for it. Have we ever experienced God’s kindness? Of course we have. Does it show itself in what He does for us at the time we ask or does it come into view when we later reflect on a time when He withheld one our requests? Did you recognize it when it happens? With practice, we can.

How can we, as God’s people, convey His kindness…  ( Click for more )

December 9, 2022
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD. Isaiah 40:3 (NRSV) During Advent, we prepare our homes for Christmas. Do we also prepare our hearts? At the last session of a Lay Witness Weekend held at a church I was in, there was a time when those of our church who participated in the activities……  ( Click for more )
December 2, 2022
These thoughts came to me a few years ago. They have always been true. They tell us about Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth. Let’s all try to remember that He came for each of us. As a baby, For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this……  ( Click for more )
November 25, 2022

Do you know someone who seems to never get upset about happenings that come their way? They always appear to come through a time of problems unscathed. What is it with these people? They have learned patience. The King James Version of the Bible uses a descriptive term that I really like-long-suffering.

The Apostle James tells us something that we sometimes forget.

“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the LORD. As you know, we consider blessed those who persevered.” (James 5:10-11a,…  ( Click for more )

November 18, 2022

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27 (NIV)

Do you know someone who never seems to get upset about things? Do you wish you could be like that person? Do you try to take a stand only to have your position cause a problem?

As children of God, we learn to yield ourselves to His plan. He guides us through the sticky circumstances of our lives. We have to trust that He knows what He is doing in each area of our lives. Jesus remakes our inner selves, our souls to be more aligned with His.

When we…  ( Click for more )

November 11, 2022

What do we know about this thing called joy? It is a fruit of the spirit. Joy comes from within us. Having it is better than being happy. Why is it so important, so sought after? Why do some people in our lives want to steal it from us?

We feel joy when something happens that fills our hearts with gladness. A friend of mine received a new grandson a few months ago. She is joyous about this baby-it’s her first grandchild. Some people find so much joy in being grandparents they joke about wishing they had grandkids first.

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November 4, 2022
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined to the purpose of Him who works all things to the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:11 (NKJV) In Jesus, we have received a gift from God, a gift determined by the LORD’s aim for us. God works all things in accordance……  ( Click for more )
October 28, 2022
For I know the thoughts [plans] that I think towards [have for] you, says the LORD. Thoughts [plans] of peace not evil, to give you a future and hope. Hebrews 29:11 (NKJV) [NI V] (The words in brackets are how I learned this verse.) The LORD has set in motion a time……  ( Click for more )
October 21, 2022
”Now my soul is troubled and what shall I say? ‘Father save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father glorify Your Name.“John 12:27-28a (NKJV) Here Jesus speaks to God from His humanity. His soul is troubled. He knows what lays ahead for……  ( Click for more )
October 14, 2022
Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified and put to death, whom God raised up, having loosed the pain of death for it was not possible that He should be held by it. Acts 2:23-24 (NKJV) Jesus’ coming to earth,……  ( Click for more )
October 7, 2022
This is a Children’s Moments message I gave a few weeks ago. Before I left church that Sunday, I had two women in my age group tell me they learned about the pledges to the Bible and the Christian flag. Each of them said they never heard these pledges before. I personally believe we need to get back to the……  ( Click for more )
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