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You are More than Your Circumstance!

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Today’s Word Jewel: You are more than your problems. God is for you!

What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?

Romans 8:31

Wonderful people if our God is for us, who can be against us? Remember, nobody can separate us from the love of Christ! And no one can stop what God has declared will be.

His truth makes us MORE than conquers! It means we’re more than our problems, our circumstances, and our flaws. We are more than the hardships or losses we encounter. We are bone of His bone and spirit of His Holy Spirit. We are, and will always be, victorious because the Greater One—the Alpha and Omega—lives on the inside of us. The Greater One is with us – who will be successful against us?

Wonderful people, our confidence is based on what God’s Word says about us. It’s based on the power of His word—that He loves us and hears our prayers as we petition Him according to His will. We know hard times and seasons inevitably happen but His word reminds us that weeping and sorrow may endure a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Oh God, we thank you! We trust you! We believe you!

Blessing & love from my heart to yours!

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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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Just Keep Running

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Today’s word jewel:  Run With Endurance

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Hebrew 12:1

Beautiful Ones, strip off every weight that’s slowing you down, every care that keeps you burdened, distracted or fearful. We are created in God’s image. We are created to endure and run our race knowing that we are never alone. Success is ours. Joy is ours.

Let’s pray…

Father, as we run the race you set before us, let us run with endurance, not allowing anything or anyone to distract us from being successful in life, from fulfilling our purpose in the earth. Be a lamp to our feet and a compass for our lives. 

Blessings & Love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

Who Needs Comfort? Well, You.

​Blessings and love Beautiful Ones,

Comfort is defined as “the state of physical ease, freedom from pain or constraint. The easing of a person’s grief or distress; to console.” Let’s pause and think on that for a moment.

Now let’s read that again.

The easing of a person’s grief or distress.

Thirty-six characters. Eight words. One powerful statement. 

In the wake of turmoil, unrest, and escalating events that often leave us gasping for a breath – searching for a way out – hoping for a little reprieve, these eight simple words offer us a lifeline.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthian 1:3-4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalms 23:4

God is with us. God will comfort us.  

Two sentences. Two phrases designed to breathe peace into our hearts and bring about a collective exhale of relief. We’re not alone. Comfort is our birthright. And we can allow the Lover of our souls to wrap us in it, at will.

His promises are yes and amen. Let the Comforter strengthen and relieve you of your distress and your grief. You’ll be so glad you did.

From My Heart To Yours💚

A Prayer for the Anxious, Worried or Fearful | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise The Lord All You Wonderful People

Today’s Jewel: Cast your cares and receive God’s blessing of peace!

Anxiousness. Worry. Fear. When you look at the state of the world today, it’s not too difficult to understand why so many of us are battling the after effects of these three emotions. Some of us aren’t sleeping. Some aren’t eating. But for some of us, the effects are more intense. We become overwhelmed – paralyzed as we scramble to find some semblance of relief or normalcy.

It helps to know that even at the height of our troubles, anxiousness is optional.

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 

Philippians 4:6

Worry is optional.

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

Fear is optional.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, of cowardice, but He has given us a spirt of power, love and sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a clam, well-balanced mind]

2 Timothy 1:7

These scriptures offer a blueprint – a beautiful example of the kind of prayers we can and should pray when we are anxious, fearful or worried. We understand that we can reject succumbing to anxiousness because God reminds us that we do not have to be anxious about anything. We can cast away worry, because God promises to strengthen and help us. We can rebuke fear because we’ve been given a spirit of power and the ability to be calm and well-balanced.

Regardless of the situation or the emotion, we can present our requests and prayers to God and He will answer us. He will protect us. He will strengthen and help us. And He will cause it all to work to our benefit.

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Let’s petition God together…

Sweet Lord of rest and comfort, we come to you with our heaviness, with our worry, anxiousness and fear. We come to you oh God as the author and finisher of our faith. The Magnificent One. Our hope.

Help us Gracious Lord to cast our cares on you in exchange for your peace, for you hope, for your love and your healing salve. Help us. Strengthen us. Free us. Remind us to lay down our burdens and receive your light and easy yoke. Let your peace envelope us, shield us, and deliver us.

We thank you for helping us release our worries. We thank you for proving to us that we are not alone or forgotten. We thank you for being a light and keeping our shoulders light. We thank you, oh God and we bless you.

Blessing & Love From My Heart To Yours!

 

7 Declarations that Speak Life and Create Hope

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Yes you can. Yes you will. Yes, you are enough.

Sometimes, we need a gentle nudge or tap, a reminder, that we are forever connected to God’s love. We are made in the very image of that love—a love that is everlasting and unfailing. And as image bearers, it’s important that we speak from a place steeped in love, gentleness, acceptance and truth, not solely for others, but also for ourselves.

It’s important that we speak life, encouragement and declarations that reaffirm what we already know: God is able to do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

Beautiful Ones, our words have power. Let’s use them to build us up, not tear us down. These seven declarations can help.

7 Declarations that Speak Life

  • I declare God’s blessings over my life. His abundance is all around me.
  • I declare that I will have a great week.
  • I declare I will enjoy life, and that more abundantly, with family and friends.
  • I declare that me and my family’s week be filled with love, peace, joy, and rest. 
  • I declare that God will give me the desires of my heart.
  • I declare that God will make all my plans successful.
  • I declare good health and inner healing for me and my family. 

Remember, in Jesus you will always win in life!!

Blessings & love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

10 Affirmations to Start Your Day With Hope: You Are More Than Your Mistakes

Blessings All You Wonderful People!

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control] – 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

Can I share something with you? I mean really be honest? Listen very carefully: you are more than your mistakes!

You may have messed up more times than you can count, we all have. But if the only smart decision you ever made was to give your life to the Lord, you are doing great!

You were smart enough to make such a life-changing decision. Now, I want you to focus–feed your faith by focusing on what is good and not the bad. Take time to look at and celebrate what you’ve done right. Don’t just focus on how you’ve stumbled. Let joy rise in your heart. Learning to be who God called you to be is a lifelong process. Be encouraged. You are still evolving, growing and learning.

Say this with me…

I gave my life to the LORD and that makes me one smart person!

I am forgiven for every wrong decision I’ve made.

I receive God’s love, His mercy and His grace.

I am moving forward and I am made stronger and wiser from every wrong decision.

God is increasing me in wisdom and in stature.

I am increasing in favor with God and with man.

I declare and decree I have soundness of mind and the ability to make sound decisions, not fear-based, emotional, or impulsive decisions. But sound decisions that please God.

I’m not stupid! I’m not crazy! I’m not an underachiever!

I’m an overcomer through Jesus Christ!

I love God’s word and I declare I walk in His wisdom and His grace! Glory to God!

Blessings & Love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

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