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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!

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Building Strong Faith | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Today’s Jewel:  Strengthen your spiritual muscles to build strong faith.

Beautiful ones, when you exercise your faith – applying it fully to your life – you strengthen your spiritual muscles and strong spiritual muscles produce strong faith.

Did you know that one of the ways to build stronger, bigger muscles in the human body is to “continually challenge the muscle to deal with higher levels of resistance?” The spiritual body is no different in that sometimes, the hard things we overcome are the very things that shape us – that help to strengthen us.

Strong faith anchors you. It fortifies your ability to withstand life’s challenges and thrive despite them. Hurdles, emotional trauma, worry, and disappointments will come. The good news is they don’t have to stop you from operating in your full potential, living your purpose, or enjoying a joy-rich life. It all starts with strong faith.

Always remember, faith is…

  •  A choice
  •  A step of obedience
  •  A spiritual exercise
  •  Taking God at His Word
  •  Saying yes to God
  •  Looking to Jesus for everything
  •  Knowing you are never without hope
  •  A gift from God.
  •  Knowing that everything will work out
  •  The road to peace

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Beautiful Ones, strong faith is a choice. Make the decision to be a person of strong faith today!

Blessing & love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

Radical Acceptance | Hestina’s Jewels

For the weary, the broken-hearted, the lonely, for us all…

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:38-39

Love is defined as the “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another such as the fatherly concern of God for humankind. It means to thrive in; to be the object of devotion or admiration.”

Beautiful Ones, you are loved by God. The Omnipotent, All-seeing, Ancient of Days, not only knows your name, He knows your troubles. He understands your burdens. He sees your brokenness and disappointments. And you know what? He loves you. He’s for you. He stands with you.

One of the best keys to understanding this deep love is living in relationship with Him – sharing your aches with Him and receiving peace, comfort and healing in return. This type of relationship and exchange with God brings with it radical change and radical acceptance. Why? Because it is here that you begin to really see and know that all things are possible! That you are not forgotten. That you are never alone. That God truly does give you beauty for your ashes. That you have been and always will be loved.

God calls us mighty women and men of God who are infused with His strength and called do great exploits and mighty works. Your acceptance of His love for you is the first step to experiencing a deeper and more powerful journey with our God.

This is radical acceptance. Receive this powerful love and expect great things in your life.

Blessing & Love From My Heart To Yours!

Hestina’s Jewels

Joy is Your Strength | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord All You Joyful People

The word of the day is joy. Joy is an emotional stability that overcomes adversity in life. It is both a comfort and shield, but more important: it is our strength.

Don’t be sad, because the JOY you have in the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 (GW)

You make the path of life known to me. Complete JOY is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever. Psalms 16:11, (GW)

You are a child of the Most High God. An heir(ess) to His love, protection and of course, to His strength. Make these declarations over your life:

I declare that I have the joy of the Lord
I declare that I have gladness in my heart
I declare that I rejoice in the Lord
I declare that I have the peace of God
I declare that my life is filled with all the promises of God
I declare that I walk by faith
I declare that I am prosperous and successful
I declare that the favor of God is working in my life
I declare increase in my life
I declare that I invest in God’s word for my life
I declare that I am blessed and protected by the Lord

And I thank you Lord, for answering my prayer!

Have a joyful day, from my heart to yours!

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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