Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect. Antoni Gaudi was called God’s Architect by his contemporaries. Gaudi stated that his very rich and expensive quality of his architectural designs was for the glory of God. His greatest design is the 560 feet church La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona Spain. http://www.wickipedia.com Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

Antoni Gaudi was a man of great pride, great creativity, great spirituality, and great nationalism. Gaudi was quoted as saying, “Enlightened or not, a dictatorship cannot last because it is useful only temporarily. A dictatorship is like a bridge between two ways of ruling. And people do not dwell on bridges, they only walk across them.” Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

Gaudi was a devout man. He went to church twice a day. He believed with conviction his architectural ability was a gift from God. He said, “Social excellence can be achieved when everyone uses their own God-given gift.” Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

We all have God-given gifts and talents but sadly we let them lie dormant. Dr. Wayne Cordeiro,  Pastor and Author stated in his book, The Dream Releasers, “the graveyard is the wealthiest place in all of creation.” When we were children we used to dream big dreams. We also believed that the world was our oyster. Then we aged some, and encountered some trials and tribulations, and we forgot our dreams and began to settle for what came our way. Some of the greatest people in the bible encountered difficult times. Moses, Joseph, Ruth, and David. Donna Louis – Christian Books – God’s Architect.

Moses – He was a Hebrew who was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter instead of his Hebrew mother. Moses committed murder when he killed an Egyptian slave master because he was smiting a Hebrew. However, God chose Moses to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt under Pharaoh.

Joseph – He was a dreamer, who had several brothers and was hated by them because his father Israel loved him the most. As the story goes his brothers conspired to kill him but, instead just threw him in a pit and took his clothes and dipped them in goats blood and told their father Israel he was killed. Joseph was taken by the Midianites into Egypt and was made a captain of the guard however, a lie was concocted that he attempted to rape Potiphar’s wife, (who was a high officer of Pharaoh) and was placed in jail for 13 years. The story goes on to say Pharaoh had a disturbing dream that only Joseph could interpret and once he did Pharaoh released him from jail and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt.

Ruth – She was the most distinguished person of the Moabitish race and was also a widow. Ruth stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi and to survive she worked in the fields gleaning corn. Ultimately, she caught the eye of the rich owner of those fields Boaz and went from poor widow to a rich wife.

David – Everyone knows the biblical story of David and Goliath but did you know that he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then committed the murder of Uriah the Hittite Bathsheba’s husband. Ultimately, however God crowned David as king instead of Saul.

We all have the capabilities to become a designer of some sort for God. Architect, Artist, Author, Teacher, Pastor etc. – Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

What dreams do you hold inside of you that you are allowing to die?

Never Give Up, become a designer for God and not a dormant depositor of the graveyards! Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day

 

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day! On this day that couples celebrate love, let us remember GOD who is the ultimate image of love!

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:34-35. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:30-31. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. – Genesis 29:20. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.  It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

V = Valiant – GOD is strong, powerful, & courageous. Look at what he did by The Red Sea.

A = Amazing – GOD is a wonder. Look how he created the heavens and the earth in six days.

L = Love – Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters Mary & Martha. When Mary fell down before Jesus weeping because Lazarus had died, Jesus groaned in his spirit and was troubled. Jesus wept.

E = Empathy – Our Lord and Savior has empathy towards us. Reference how many times he overlooked the sins of the Israelites in the wilderness when he could have destroyed them.

N = Near – GOD is with us at all times. He is trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit). He tells us that the Holy Spirit dwells and lives within us. – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? – 1 Corinthians 3:16

T = Teacher – Jesus was the greatest teacher of all time. The investment he made in the disciples and the people where he traveled was all for love. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. – John 8:2. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. – John 3:2. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. – Matthew 4:23

I = Infinite – GOD’S love for us is immeasurable and limitless. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

N = Navigator – GOD is the one who directs the course of our lives. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phillipians 4:19 In this bible verse the provision of GOD for his children had its roots deep in the Old Testament. This goes back to when GOD created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden. In the garden Adam and Eve had all they needed. This is the epitome of GOD’S love.

E = Everlasting – GOD’S love for us is everlasting. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) – Ephesians 2:4-5. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3

So, while you are cuddling with the one you love, dining, watching a romantic movie etc., stop and be grateful, and thank GOD,  that he has given you that special person to enjoy this day with. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Valentine’s Day.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Football Trusting The Quarterback

 

football-helmet-and-football Christian Books – Donna Louis – Football Trusting The Quarterback! The rules of football can be complex and vary depending on the level of play.  There are many rules and penalties that are enforced during a football game. Most football penalties result in a loss or gain of yardage depending on whether the penalty is against the offense or the defense. The severity of the penalty determines the number of yards. These are some of them:  False Start, Offside, Holding, Pass Interference, Facemask, Roughing the Passer or Kicker, Intentional Grounding, Ineligible Receiver Downfield, etc. http://www.wickipedia.com Christian Books – Donna Louis – Football Trusting The Quarterback.

Then there is the Quarterback. The quarterback is arguably the most important position on a football team. The quarterback leads the offense and sets the tone for the team. There are certain skills needed to be a Quarterback. For example, the quarterback needs to have Leadership and Intelligence. These are skills that GOD our heavenly father has as well, which is why we should be trusting him fully because he is the one who sets the tone for our lives. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Football Trusting The Quarterback.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the Lord? and who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. – 2 Samuel 22:31-33

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. – Psalm 2:12

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. – Psalm 18:2-3

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. – Psalm 20:7

But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. – Psalm 31:14-15

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. – Psalm 56:3-4

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. – Psalm 62:8

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. – Proverbs 29:25

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. – Isaiah 30:15

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. – Nahum 1:7

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. – 1Timothy 4:10

And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. – Hebrews 2:13

So as you sit down today to enjoy the SUPERBOWL and trust that the team you are rooting for to win that their Quarterback will win the game, remember the biggest Quarterback of them all GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Football Trusting The Quarterback.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Believe

Believe - MiraclesForget-all-the-reasons-why-it-wont-work-and-believe-the-one-reason-why-it-willChristian Books – Donna Louis – Believe! The definition of the word BELIEVE states – to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something. a psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. Religious belief, a belief regarding the supernatural, sacred, or divine. http://www.wickipdeia.com Christian Books – Donna Louis – Believe.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. – John 6:47

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. – Romans 10:9

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:22

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. – Romans 15:13

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:10

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. – Hebrews 11:6

As you can see the BIBLE has an enormous amount to say about believing. Joyce Meyer once stated, “We are called “believers,” not “achievers,” so let’s make sure we always believe first and then do what God leads us to do.” Christian Books – Donna Louis – Believe.

B = Begin – to give attention to something. We should all start our day with prayer, thanksgiving, and gratitude because we know not when our time is up. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. – Ecclesiastes 9:12

E = Emulate – to try to be like (someone or something you admire). If we say we want to be like Christ so we can get to heaven then we need to copy his ways. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. – 1 John 2:6

L = Love – a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. The object of attachment, devotion, or admiration. GOD commands us to love one another. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. – John 13:34. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

I = Invest – to involve or engage especially emotionally. We are to invest time in our walk with GOD. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. – Psalm 1:2. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:15-16

E = Endure – to regard with acceptance or tolerance. To undergo especially without giving in. Unfortunately now too often we hear of someone committing suicide. If we are to emulate Christ then we are to endure. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:

V = Vision – something that you imagine. A picture that you see in your mind. If you want to keep your belief in something you should have a vision board. Put up pictures of the things you want to achieve and keep it close so you will always keep striving and reaching. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18

E -= Enjoy – to take pleasure in something. To have or experience (something good or helpful). It is important for you to enjoy your life and to do that you need a proper balance. That is what GOD wants for you. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. – John 10:10

Some of the greatest minds knew how important it is to keep believing always and they spoke on the subject. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Believe.

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. – Charles F. Kettering

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. – Denis Waitley

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done. – Dale Carnegie

You can do it if you believe you can. – Napoleon Hill

Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality. – Brian Tracy

So go for it – BELIEVE – BELIEVE – BELIEVE. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Believe.

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