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The Blessing of Peace | Hestina’s Jewels

Beautiful Ones, today’s word gem consists of three words making up one phrase: “blessed with peace.”

I know what you’re thinking “peace is a blessing?” It certainly is. Here’s how.

You ever have one of those days where wrong was the only right that happened in your day? The kind of day that made you rethink why you had children, started school, took on a new project, or volunteered to help on that assignment. We’ve all been there—some of us longer than others—but when those moments subside and all goes back to being calmer—more tranquil? Whew!

Doesn’t it feel like being wrapped in a warm blanket fresh out the dryer on a frigid day? Can you picture that deep exhale? That collective sigh of release with a sprinkle of relaxation and ease? That’s peace. That’s the blessing. And you know what? We’re happier for it.

The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

And that’s not all. Peace in this passage denotes completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, as well as the absence of agitation or discord.

The absence of agitation or discord. Rest. Safety.

I don’t know about you, but this type of peace seems like the kind of thing we all need. It sounds like the kind of thing that would be a blessing to a weary soul. Like a fresh wind on a stale day. Wouldn’t you agree?

Blessings & love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

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!

Hestina’s Jewels

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

Created for Glory | Hestina’s Jewels

Today’s Word: Isaiah 43:7 (AMP) Even everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, whom I have made.

God created you to put His goodness and truth, and beauty and wisdom, and justice on display. He made you to magnify His greatness!

Isaiah reminds us that we–you–are created for the glory of God. When we revel in His glory, when we return to Him what is due…

Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8 (AMPC)

Blessings & Love From My Heart To Yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

Abundant Peace | Hestina’s Jewels

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Praise the Lord All You Great People!

Today’s Word: Bring Your Request to God!

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Phil. 4:6 (CEB)  

Lord, help us to be anxiety free by bringing every concern to You in prayer. We know that when we do, Your  peace will soothe our hearts and minds. We give You all the Thanks no matter what situation We facing in life. Your already working it out for us. Thank you Lord for answering our prayers.

Blessings & Love from my heart to yours,

Hestina’s Jewels

Speak Until It Manifests | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

Today I want to 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

Five Declarations to Bless Your Life | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise the Lord Beautiful Ones!

The dictionary defines the word bless this way, “to pronounce words in a religious rite, to confer or invoke divine favor upon; to ask God to look favorably on someone or something.” That’s right. We can invoke God’s blessing and favor in our lives by simply asking Him, by declaring affirmations that align with God’s word and His promises to each of us.

Let’s say these aloud together:

I declare God’s blessings over my life. I am blessed beyond measure and favored by God. I rest confidently knowing that regardless of what my circumstances look like now, my latter days will be greater than my former days.

I declare restoration and healing are at work within me. Because I am healing through past pains and disappointments, I can release old offenses. I can enjoy renewed and healthy connections with my family and friends.

I declare that God will give me the desires of my heart. I align with God’s abundance, supernatural provision, and direction for my life. As I trust God, I enlarge my faith, knowing that no good thing will be withheld from me.

I declare that God will make all my plans successful. Trusting in the Lord means I will not be put to shame. It means that with God ordering my steps, success is imminent. I deserve to experience the best that God has for me.

I declare good health and soul-wellness is for me. I take care of my body, rest when tired, and eat foods that nourish me. I make time for prayer. I make time to have fun. I make time for myself.

May these affirmations release blessings and joy in your life!

Blessings & 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

 

Comforted and Never Forsaken | Hestina’s Jewels

Praise The Lord All You Great People!!

Comfort is defined as “a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. The easing or alleviation of a person’s feelings of grief or distress.

In simple terms, to comfort means to “lessen the sadness or sorrow of someone and to strengthen by inspiring with hope and restoring a cheerful outlook. To make grief or distress seem lighter, by means of kindness and thoughtful attentions.”

I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. John 14:18 (AMPC)

The Word of God is clear: God never forsakes us. He never leaves us. And His strength and love will keep you–us–every day. All we need do is run to the Source–the One–who promised “Lo, I am with you always.”

If you are overcome with grief, sadness, helpless or feeling comfortless, RUN to the Father, today! RUN into God’s open arms and trust Him to breathe comfort, healing and strength into your lungs. He is faithful. He is willing. And He is waiting for you.

Blessing & Love From My Heart To Yours!

Hestina’s Jewels 

 

Dwell in Safety | Hestina’s Jewels

Glory To God All You Great People!!

A beautiful reminder: There is safety when we abide in the presence of God!

The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the daylong. Deuteronomy 33:12 (NKJV)

 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Psalm 61:4 (NKJV)

Gems, we can trust in the shelter of the Almighty’s wings. We are His beloved and because of this we can dwell in safety. We can feel safe when life tosses us to and fro. We can feel safe even when it feels like things are falling apart. Why? Because His Spirit of Truth is living in us – guiding and protecting us – as we live our life in tandem with the Word.

Pray with me: 

Lord, we are seeking your guidance and your protection. Instruct us in your ways. Teach us the way to go. Order our steps Gracious God that we may walk therein. Let your wisdom lead us and your protection keep us. Preserve our hearts and lives from evil, Sweet Lord and preserve our souls. In the matchless name of Jesus, we pray…amen.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalms 32:8 (NKJV)

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalms 121:7-8 (NKJV)

Praise The Lord For Guidance And Protection You!!

Blessing & Love From My Heart To Yours,

Hestina’s Jewels