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National Day of Prayer

 National Day of Prayer! What is prayer? Prayer is a dialogue communication relationship that we have with God, requesting help or giving thanks.  Christian Books. We have all types of dialogue everyday without even thinking about it such as:  Wife to Husband – “Don’t forget to put the garbage out.” Husband to Wife – “Ok.” Son to Father – “Dad you have been working every weekend for the past month, don’t forget my baseball game this Saturday.” Father to Son – “I will be there son, I promise.” Daughter to Mother – “Mom, remember you promised to give me money to get my nails & toes polished for the play at school this Friday.” Mother to Daughter – “I will have it for you tomorrow.” Bank Teller to Customer – “How would you like your cash back?” Customer to Bank Teller – “In large bills please, thank you.”

These are all forms of regular everyday natural conversation and dialogue with people. Why then do we become tense and over think how to pray? Eventually, we get frustrated and all tied up, because we feel if we are not eloquent when praying why bother. Christian Books.

In the Old Testament of the Bible when people wanted to ask God for forgiveness or give thanks they had to come with an offering of an animal, Normally a ram, goat, bull, or bird (dove).

When Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead three days later that was a glorious day! The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross, and gives us access to a right relationship with him. So if we now have a right relationship with him just keep it simple. What is an example of simplicity with no thought process? Breathing! For the majority of us we never really think about it except; for allergy season, or when we have a cold and we are unable to breathe through our nose or our chest feels tight.

Today is National Day of Prayer. It seems like every month now has a celebratory day for something. www.wickipedia.com

April = Administrative Professionals Day & Earth Day, September = Grandparents Day, – October = National Boss’ Day.

Scientists have stated that women speak 20,000 words per day while men speak only 7,000 due to higher levels of protein found in the female brain.

When it comes down to it all, it doesn’t matter how many words we speak just keep it simple and apply some to daily prayer. We shouldn’t have to place a spotlight on a specific day to have dialogue/conversation with God, that should be everyday. If you don’t know what to say revert to the 23rd Psalm which you can access anywhere, anytime now with modern technology on your cell phone, tablet, laptops, etc. When all else fails keep it simple:  Thank you Lord for all of your blessings. You know my needs and desires, and I have faith in you that you will work it all out for my good. Amen. Christian Books.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Christian Books.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of GOD

 

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God

The goodness of God is not only an attribute of God but a foundational truth every Christian should embrace and one that is found in most Christian books.

“no person can be his own savior…An individual must come before God in penitence, confess his sin and obtain pardon from a merciful God who repudiates sin but shows covenant love to the sinner.” – R. K. Harrison ( was an Old testament Scholar).

Goodness is the state or quality of being good, moral excellence; virtue, kindly feeling; kindness; generosity, excellence of quality, the best part of anything; essence; strength. – http://www.dictionary.com

Instead of a river, God often gives us a brook, which may be running today and dried up tomorrow. Why? To teach us not to rest in our blessings, but in the blesser Himself. – Arthur Pink ( was an English bible teacher who sparked a renewed interest in the exposition of Calvinism. This is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice of John Calvin and other reformation – era theologians. Pink became one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century). Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

There isn’t a single person reading this blog now who hasn’t experienced outrageous, lavish, unexpected, undeserved kindness. What is more, we experience these serendipities every single day. They are poured out over us constantly. I know I have. At one time or another most of us have been driving and look in our rear view mirror and see those blue flashing lights. Our hearts start to palpitate and we know what we’re in for. That happened to me about 1 1/2 years ago. I was running late and needed to make time and the police officer pulled me over. You know the regular routine:  license and registration. I had just been to the bank the previous day and needed to present my license for a withdrawal and forgot to put it back in my wallet. That made the stop with the officer even longer because now I had to provide my DOB and have him check for tickets, warrants, etc. Eventually he returned to my car and gave me a monologue about all the tickets he could have given me doing 65 in a 45 zone, no license etc. instead he gave me a warning and let me go.  That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

Now, you may not have a story like mine but everyday we all receive goodness from God. You may have noticed a sale at your local supermarket, pharmacy, clothing or shoe store and then life got in the way and you didn’t make it there within the dates. You stop by anyway and notice that the sale signs are still listed and the store personnel states they will give you the items at the sales price anyway because it was their error that the signs weren’t removed. That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

Your friend has a big birthday party the night before you have a doctor’s apt and you forgot about the appointment and stay out late eating past the bewitching hour. Once you return home you check your date planner or refrigerator and see the scheduled appointment. You are going for your second A1C testing and have been advised if the numbers don’t add up you will need to go on medication. Now you can’t sleep and you’re worried what the test results will be. You go to the doctor’s and do your testing and now you wait for the results. After a few days you are told everything looks fine. WOW! Relief sweeps over you because you know that all your proper eating and managing yourself did not go to waste in one night. That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

GOD is goodness and it’s listed in his word in the bible:

Psalms 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalms 31:19 – [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Psalms 27:13 – [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalms 65:4 – Blessed [is the man whom] thou choosest, and causest to approach [unto thee, that] he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, [even] of thy holy temple.

Psalms 25:7 – Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

The goodness of God is everywhere everyday. Take some time and reflect on your life and once the smile comes across your face you will have your own testimony of God’s goodness.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle

 

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The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris’ Sport Palace the militants of the “Movement for the Peace”. “Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King’s killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)

Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

What is a miracle? It’s getting past yourself and giving back to the world. – Ryan C. Lowe (Positive Attitude Coach). We are all looking for a miracle in some form or fashion. Once we receive it then life throws us another curve ball and then we are in hot pursuit of another miracle. Jesus performed countless miracles in the bible but it was contingent on doing something first. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle. The Wedding in Cana:  John 2:1-11 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. So what was done for the miracle to happen? And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Man born Blind Healed:  John 9:1-7 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. So what was done for the miracle to happen? And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. Tax/Tribute Money:  Matthew 17:24-27 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. So what was done for the miracle to happen? Go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

There is a recent story on the internet about a woman named Caroline Boudreaux, who had all the material things she wanted living in Austin TX, but was dissatisfied with her life. She took a year off from work to travel the world and came across an orphanage in rural India. There was not enough food for the children there to eat and poor living conditions. She was so moved by what she saw that she created an organization called The Miracle Foundation. They have now been in existence for over 16 years and have helped over 1,700 children. Caroline is now satisfied with her life. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

I recently attended a “Night of Hope” event with Joel Osteen and was so moved by the amount of people that chose to become a part of an organization named World Vision where you can sponsor a child. There were hundreds of people in line holding their card with the picture of the child they were given to sponsor including my husband and myself. My husband jokingly said to me, it’s taken you 31 years of marriage to finally give me a son.” I can tell you it is a rewarding experience to help someone else. If you don’t believe me, here are quotes from other people:

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington

I prefer death to tiredness. I am never tired of serving others. – Leonardo di Vinci

We rise by lifting others. – Robert Ingersall

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quicker by helping others to succeed. – Napolean Hill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyan

However, let’s look at what GOD has to say about helping others:

Hebrews 13:16 – But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Philippians 2:4 – Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

1 John 3:17 – But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Matthew 25:35-40 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

James 2:14-17 – What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Matthew 5:42 – Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Romans 15:1 – We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

YOU WANT TO ACCELERATE YOUR MIRACLE—–BE SOMEONE’S ELSES MIRACLE! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic

SheepDayPicSheepChristian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic? My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27. http://www.biblegateway.com.

The dictionary definition of a sheep states:  an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin. Then it goes on to say:  a timid defenseless creature. www.merriam-webster.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Sheep are gentle, quiet, innocent animals. They do not give their shepard’s a lot of problems. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Sheep are mentioned in the bible more than 500 times, more than any other animal. Now, there has to be a reason why GOD placed so much emphasis on sheep in the bible. GOD wants us to be like these animals that are timid and defenseless so then he can mold us to be the images he do desires. GOD wants to purify us like how a fining pot (a vessel) refines metals. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Goats unlike sheep are rebellious. In the bible goats are sometimes used to symbolize evil.

God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? – Pslam 74:1

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. – Psalm 100:3

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16

So who should we mimic, a sheep but of course! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance

Steve JobsChristian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance! The definition of perseverance says the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. – http://www.merriam-webster.com/

If we are to enjoy the good things in life that GOD wants for us we all must learn how to persevere. Nothing good in life comes without endurance and hard work. Does GOD really want us to enjoy the good things in life and live abundantly, you better believe he does because he says it in his word. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10. However we are not to skate through life and expect to be blessed abundantly. GOD’s word has a lot to say about that also. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.  The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death. – Proverbs 12:24-28. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. – Proverbs 18:9. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. – Proverbs 10:2-8. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. – Proverbs 19:5.Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. – Proverbs 6:6-11. http://www.biblegateway.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Prayer is the acid test of the inner man’s strength. A strong spirit is capable of perseverance until the answer comes. A weak one grows weary and fainthearted in the maintenance of praying. Watchman Nee. He was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century. Christian Books – Donna /Louis – Perseverance.

Our motto must continue to be perseverance and ultimately I trust the almighty will crown our efforts with success. William Wilberforce. He was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. – James 5:11

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. – Revelation 2:2-3

Below is a collection of quotes on perseverance from people from all walks of life:  past presidents, past prime ministers, philosophers, inventors, novelists, hall of fame baseball player, wwe wrestler, famous musician, son of a hall of fame past football player and coach, physicist and chemist, a king. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have. Woodrow Wilson

To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny. – George Washington

If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston S. Churchill

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H.G. Wells

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

When things go wrong, don’t go with them. – Elvis Presley

When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Once you learn to quit it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi Jr.

Dreams become reality through faith and perseverance. – K D Hanes

Get on top of the obstacles and they become vantage points. – Tom Althouse

I’ve often said a man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but what he does when his back is against the wall. So no matter how great the setback, how severe the failure, you never give up. – John Cena

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie

Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. – King Solomon

King Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and even he knew the value of perseverance.

Challenge yourself on a daily basis to persevere and maybe you will come up with your own quote to inspire someone else one day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration

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Multiple services and the beautiful sunrise service especially designed for all of the early risers and day people.

Coloring eggs, making baskets, and the egg hunts for the young people. Elaborate Easter dinners with family and friends at your home to celebrate the day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday is special because of what it represents historically, biblically, spiritually, and personally. http://www.wickipedia.com

What happens when all of the hoopla is over? When the congregations have depleted and the pews/seating in the church is back to normal? Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday and Palm Sunday have always traditionally had churches packed. People who are normally too busy for church seem to remember Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If when you were a child and your parents always took you to church on these special dates you will remember this and attend. Churches make it so easy to attend with the multiple services they offer on Easter Sunday. My church for example had four services with the last one starting at 1:30pm. They also did a wonderful play depiction. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Why is it so easy to revert back to our old ways after two weeks? Why are we inclined to feel that it is fine to put GOD and church on the back burner after Easter and Palm Sunday?

If we want GOD to show up in our homes and lives regularly with blessings then we need to show up with praise and worship in his  home regularly! Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor

Picture of FavorChristian Books – Donna Louis – Favor. Favor, what does it really mean? When you receive favor you are getting an attitude of approval or liking. It is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.

Has any of these situations ever happened to you?

a) – You pay a bill but then you forgot about it until you see that it has posted to your bank account before your payroll. Miraculously, you don’t get a bank fee charge for overdraft or insufficient funds. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

b) – You’re in a hurry and you’re speeding, the police pull you over. You know the drill license and registration. You forgot your license at home. The police officer asks for your name, address, and date of birth. Now you sit and wait for an eternity as if you weren’t in a rush in the beginning. Miraculously, when the officer returns to your car he says your info checks out, you don’t have any warrants or outstanding tickets so I’m going to let you go with a warning. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

c) – You rush out the house to pick up your child from school but you forgot you left a pot on the stove boiling. You immediately make a U-turn and head back to your home. Miraculously, the pot has boiled out, and the contents of the pot has begun to burn but, no smoke or fire has started. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

THESE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

Let’s take a look at what the bible says about favor: http://www.biblegateway.com

Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. – Job 10:12

For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:12

Lord, by thy favor thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. – Psalm 30:7

For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. – Psalm 89:17

So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. – Proverbs 3:4

 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. – Proverbs 11:27

A good man obtaineth favor of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor. – Proverbs 14:9

So let’s be mindful when things happen that we know should have turned out in a negative fashion but, instead was positive it’s not a lucky break it is THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – God’s Architect

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La Sagrada Familia Church in Daylight designed by Antoni Gaudi

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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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