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The new bible reading plan on the First 5 app is going through the book of Psalms, so I decided that I would journal along with the devotional. Day One challenges us that if we want to love the blessed life, then we find it by seeking the Lord and delighting ourselves in His Word.
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Isaiah 33:22 AMP
For the Lord is our Judge,
The Lord is our Ruler,
The Lord is our King;
He will save us.

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Well just like that, my last day of work was today. It feels so surreal knowing that I am moving to Charlotte in just THREE days. Like wuttttttt.. 😳 this is really happening! If last weekend was any indication of how life in Charlotte will be, then I am so beyond excited. I don’t know what God has in store, but I know that it’s going to be better than what I had planned. 😭
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So if there’s something in your life that you feel like God is telling you to do - starting a business, stepping out in faith, starting that youtube channel, approaching that friend, whatever - then I encourage you to do it. Even when it doesn’t make sense. Even when you’re scared. Even when it’s nothing you had in mind. Because it will be worth EVERY sacrifice and act of obedience. 💗
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God has the best intentions towards you, and even when you have no idea what’s going on, He does and will ALWAYS prove Himself faithful. It’s not in His character to be anything else. 👏🏽
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Now. Down to business. Tell me all your favorite places in Charlotte so I can create my bucket list. Start with best coffee shops cause that’s the real priority. ☕️😂

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When We Feel Far from God

Alexandra Hoover
Today's Reading: Psalms 13-14
Psalm 13:5 (ESV) "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation." I remember a particularly difficult time in my early adult years, where I felt as if God was nowhere to be found. I felt so alone and thought I had done all the right things to keep God around.
I was newly married and sifting through what it meant to be a wife, as well as a Christian and a daughter of the King. I found myself feeling far from God, unseen and forsaken. But feeling far from God or feeling forsaken by God does not mean we are. We see in Psalms 13-14 that it's a choice to press into the truth that our Father is never far, but always near.
Psalms 13-14 are written by David. Historically we know that David had some dark and hard seasons. Though David experienced deep valleys, he was relentless in pursuing God's truth, and we see in Psalms 13 and 14 an example of what it looks like to believe God when we feel far from Him, and how the gift of remembrance and truth points us to the promise and hope of Jesus.
In Psalm 13, we see how in our flesh we become impatient and believe God has forsaken us. We might echo the thoughts of David and wonder why God has hidden Himself from us. (Psalm 13:1-2)
We might feel like God is far away. But instead of allowing our feelings to lead us, we must remember that our feelings are simply a gauge, not a guide. They give us an opportunity to choose God in the moments that seem dark and alone.
Psalm 13 continues, and we go from David feeling forsaken and forgotten, to David showing us what it looks like to choose God and believe His truths. It has everything to do with wanting to remember God's promises and who He is. (Psalm 13:5) And in Psalm 14, we are reminded that when we deny Him and His presence in our lives, we are believing the enemy's lies instead of living from the truth that God is always present and never leaves His children. (Psalm 14:5) (Remaining devotional in comments below) 👇🏽

1041 Jesus invited the disciples to come and have breakfast when he miraculously appeared to them the third time. I love that He reminds us of the power of the simple things. Fellowship and hospitality are those simple things that lead to a deeper relationship with those around us! #100gifts #first5 #first5app

🌿 When we are suspicious of God's absence, we begin to reach for things that will bring us temporary fulfillment and peace. We become overwhelmed with the things of the world and don't call out to God, but rely on ourselves. When we decide to say yes to God out of trust and obedience, we experience the joy of knowing God and being near to Him.
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🌿We are never far from God, and just as Hebrews 13:5-6 reminds us, God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is present, gracious and good.
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🌿David shows us in both of these psalms that remembrance and worship is a gift guiding us back to the truth of God's character. We end Psalm 14 reminded of the greater promise of a King coming to save the lost and bring eternal hope and rest for His children. (Psalm 14:7)

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Feelings.... Oye. Sometimes they can get us in a mess. Feelings are just emotions. If we allow our feelings to control us, we will be in a hot mess. We have to remember to keep our eyes on Jesus and allow Him to speak truth into our feelings. He holds the key to our heart, if we allow Him to have full control, He can guide our feelings with His truth. Psalms 13-14. #girlswithpurpose👑 #notafraidtolovejesus #faithoverfear🙏 #first5app

Good morning and Happy Friday! From today’s #first5 : Psalm 13:5 (ESV) "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation." Psalm 13 continues, and we go from David feeling forsaken and forgotten, to David showing us what it looks like to choose God and believe His truths. It has everything to do with wanting to remember God's promises and who He is. (Psalm 13:5) And in Psalm 14, we are reminded that when we deny Him and His presence in our lives, we are believing the enemy's lies instead of living from the truth that God is always present and never leaves His children. (Psalm 14:5)
When we are suspicious of God's absence, we begin to reach for things that will bring us temporary fulfillment and peace. We become overwhelmed with the things of the world and don't call out to God, but rely on ourselves. When we decide to say yes to God out of trust and obedience, we experience the joy of knowing God and being near to Him.
We are never far from God, and just as Hebrews 13:5-6 reminds us, God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is present, gracious and good.
David shows us in both of these psalms that remembrance and worship is a gift guiding us back to the truth of God's character. We end Psalm 14 reminded of the greater promise of a King coming to save the lost and bring eternal hope and rest for His children. (Psalm 14:7)
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the eternal promise of being held safe in Your arms. Thank You for calling us righteous in Your sight and the promise of Your mighty presence. Remind us, Lord, to use the gift of remembrance, and point our feelings and hearts back to Your truths and who You are. In Jesus' name, amen. “

We can turn our focus away from our problems and onto God. When we turn our thoughts to God, we will see that he is already at work in us to complete the recovery process and to fill us with joy.

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Revelation 3:7-8 KJV - “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

Isaiah 22:22 KJV - “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”

Matthew 16:19 KJV - “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

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Psalm 8:9 KJV - O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

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Luke 10:19-20 AMP

9 - “Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.
20 - Nevertheless do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

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Matthew 19:26 AMP - “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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Romans 8:31 KJV - “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

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Psalm 84:12 AMP - “O Lord of hosts, How blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].”

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Psalm 86:7 AMP - “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.“

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Philippians 1:6 AMP - “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”

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