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Grace, Grace, and More Grace | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones

Today’s Word: Grace, grace, and more grace. How? By submitting yourselves to God!

James 4:7-8 says this, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

This verse in the book of James gives us three steps for obtaining grace, grace and more grace. 

  1. Submit yourself to God.
  2. Resist the devil in whatever form he appears.
  3. Come near to God.

Pretty easy, right? We didn’t think so, either. Beautiful Ones, grace is given to each believer to accomplish God’s will. It is an energizing strength that flows from the risen Christ,  operates through the Holy Spirit, and dwells within in the believer. Who is the believer? You. Me. All of us who are marked, called, and chosen by Him –those who profess him as Savior.

We are believers who are given the grace of God. Why is that important? Because we know and understand that with this grace, comes the power to resist the devil, in whatever form he appears. With God’s grace, we can assume a posture of praise and prayer–thanking the Almighty God for his present help. With His grace, we stand firm giving no place to the adversary (Ephesians 4:27). We stand firm in faith. We stand. 

By God’s grace, we stand! Let us thank Him for His gift of grace. 

Blessings and love, from my heart to yours!

Hestina’s Jewels

A Cheerful Heart | Hestina’s Jewels

Beautiful Ones, is your heart full of cheer?

Today’s Word: Keep a cheerful heart!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)

That’s a full word right there! Beautiful Ones, we know that life, ministry, work and the hurdles that come with daily living can be challenging. But even in the midst of all of those challenges, things can also remarkably rewarding. I’ve learned that rejoicing is one of life’s greatest antidotes for worry and anxiousness. Rejoicing revives the heart and helps to carry you through stressful times.

If you suspect you might be suffering from a lack of cheer, let me encourage you to look for ways to laugh more. Laughter is underrated and often overlooked as a legitimate way to nurture our souls and fill our hearts and minds with cheer. It is one of the many facets of rejoicing and is just what the Great Physician has prescribed to improve our health and bring joy back into your lives.

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

Rejoicing is intentional, it’s a deliberate choice rooted in our refusal to allow anyone or anything to overturn it. It’s like a gentle armor for the heart that brings with it gladness and cheerfulness. It reminds us that gladness is always within our grasp. And because of that we choose to keep cheer in our heart.

Blessing & Love From My Heart To Yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

 

The Power of Peace | Hestina’s Jewels

Hello Beautiful Ones!

In a world of uncertainty, angst, pandemics, and every pressing thing on every side, I want to you know this: God is concerned about YOU. He is concerned about YOUR family. He is concerned about YOUR well-being. And even though things may look like they’re falling apart or going every which way but the right way, God’s promises for your life will always come to pass.

This is where peace comes in.  

Peace is power. It is “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts” that infringe on our faith and growth. Peace is a disruptor to fear, anxiety or worry. It anchors us – securing us firmly in place so that we are not easily shaken or intimidated. 

God’s peace surpasses all understanding. If we allow it, peace can permeate every facet of our lives paving the way for our faith to grow – for our trust in God to deepen.

[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the  Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7 (AMP)

Beautiful One, God knew you when you were in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He approved of you as His chosen instrument, and before you were born He set you apart. 

You are unique and wonderfully made. You are created by a God who loves and cares for you. I encourage you to allow His peace to anchor you during your storm.

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. Colossians 3:15 (AMP) 

Remember, God is for you (Romans 8:31), God is with you, and He is ALWAYS on your side. Let His peace lead you from faith to faith, and glory to glory!

Blessing &  Love From My Heart To Yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

 

Run for Your Life | Hestina’s Jewels

Hello Beautiful Ones!

Today, I have one question for you: do you ever want to escape?

I mean really escape. Like you took a good look at all that was on your plate, all that was coming at you, and everything that felt like it was weighing you down and thought to yourself I have got to get out of here!

Yeah, I thought so. Me too. But do you know what I do? I run, fast. I run with all of my might, right into the arms of a loving God. A God who promises never to leave or forsake me at the height of my troubles. And I promise you if He’s that for me, He can be even more for you!

GOD IS our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (AMP)

God IS a refuge – a safe place – for us to run to with our worries, fears, and emotions. We can trust Him to protect and strengthen us. He never sleeps and He never abandons us. So, the next time you want to escape, I encourage you to run to Him – run into His loving arms and don’t look back.

Blessing& Love From My Heart To Yours! 💕

Hestina’s Jewels

Speak Until It Manifests | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Today I want declare some things for you. Will you join me?

I declare God’s favor over you and your family.

I declare God’s blessings over your life!

I declare that you will have a great month.

I declare that you will enjoy life with your families and friends.

I declare that you and your family be filled with God’s awesome love, peace and joy.

I declare that God will give you the desires of your heart.

I declare that God will make all your plans successful.

I  declare good health upon you and your lovely family.

I declare that God will guide, protect, and equip you for everyday of your life.

When it feels like you’re taking three steps back for every seven steps you take forward, I want you to begin to declare these things, out loud, over yourself until it manifests.

Blessings & Love from My Heart to Yours!

Hestina’s Jewels