Friday, May 19, 2017

Women Encouraging Women


Women Encouraging Women

 Ladies, We are better working together, not against each other. 

When we fall for the comparison or jealousy trap, when we gossip or spread rumors, when we don't support and encourage each other--We ALL suffer. 

Not only do we suffer, but we are taking the bait of the enemy who kills, steals and destroys.

Beloved Sister, consider the influence you could have on others. That difficult daughter-in-law, she could be a like daughter! That co-worker that grates your nerves, she may be hopeless and in great need of a friend. 

 Consider also all the gains in perspective and life being mentored by another woman. 

Father, We pray & believe for relationships and opportunities to open up right before our eyes to grow along side another that can make a difference in our lives and us in hers. In Jesus name, Amen

"And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16

"A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." John 13:34

"...that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the others faith, both yours and mine." 
Romans 1:12

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Coming SOON!!


Introducing the T2W Upcoming DIY Summer Study

WOMEN GONE WISE

"They (women) are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." Titus 2:2-5 

As Titus 2 Women we are eager to learn, grow, teach, encourage and equip each other in wisdom and truth for the legacy of your marriage, children, home and more!

For this summer's study, you will be able to have complete materials available for you to start a group to learn and grow together. 

The concept will be a once a week meeting in your homes or a coffee shop to encourage each other as you work through the materials.   

More details coming soon! 

titus2womendevotional.blogspot.com
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Shalom


Shalom

Anxiety
Over-reacting
Being overly sensitive
Sleeplessness
Carrying Offenses
Anger
Stress
Jealousy
Hurt
Frustration
Unhappiness

Do you have one or more of these? All of this is a result from a lack of PEACE. 

God's word is clear that he wants you to be PEACEFUL. 
His will for you is His Peace.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 

"You keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.." 
Isaiah 26:3

"For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Holding Offenses Can Take You Down


 Holding Offenses Can Take You Down  

I recently heard a story about an eagle who was spotted soaring through the air and swooped down to grab it's prey and started back up soaring again. All of a sudden the beautiful eagle fell to the ground. When those who observed this great creature in flight went to see what happened, what had killed it? They discovered that the eagle had captured a weasel as it's food, but the smaller, weaker weasel began to fight back as they soared through the air. 

The eagle eventually fell from greatness because it refused to let go of what was eating at him.

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:30 

"The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair." Deuteronomy 32:4

"How can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye." when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?" 
Matthew 7:4

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Got Results?


Got Results?

I was once talking to a friend about physical fitness. 
I told her, "I'll never be addicted to going to the gym." She said, "You don't get addicted to the gym, you get addicted to the results." 

And what she said registered in my brain. Going to the gym isn't fun and never will be, but the results are worth the time it takes, the sleep that is lost, and the energy that it takes.

The same is true with Spiritual Fitness. 
Spending time in God's word takes discipline, determination and self-control. You will probably have to give up some things including sleep to spend time with The Lord. 
The results will be His guidance, joy, wisdom, and a peace that passes all understanding.  

When I Lost All Of My Excuses
I Found My Results

 "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:130

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Pride Will Be Your Downfall


Pride Will Be Your Downfall

The other day I witnessed such blatant pride I really haven't been able to get it out of my head. I was at the grocery store and the lady checking me out was asked by her manager to turn off her lane light and as her manger walked off, the woman proceeded to mouth off and completely disregard what she was instructed to do. 

I so wanted to correct her in love by telling her... if it's not already that Pride will be your downfall. 

Beloved Sisters, submitting to authority is not a sign of weakness but a respect and honor for their position and trust of The One who put them over you. There are many blessings that come with a pleasant attitude and swift obedience towards authority.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Resurrection Sunday!

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
Jesus Is Coming Soon!
Today's Reading: Revelation 22:6-21
 “And behold, I am coming soon. 
Blessed is the one who keeps 
the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Revelation 22:7

Ladies, today we celebrate both Resurrection Sunday, and the promise that Jesus will soon return to earth to right every wrong and take us to His Kingdom, a place He has prepared for every born again Saint.

Jesus gave us the book of Revelation so that we would know and could be blessed by choosing Him as our personal Savior.

If you have never accepted Jesus as the Lord of your life, do it today!

     A - Acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a savior
     B - Believe that Jesus is the son of God & rose on the 3rd day
     C - Confess that Jesus is the Lord of your Life 

It is a simple choice of faith. Repent of your sin, take yourself off the throne and put Jesus on the throne of your life.

Ladies be blessed by reading the conclusion of the book of Revelation.
Thank you for taking this journey with us.
Tell someone about Jesus today!

God bless you,
Carri Lynnne Pratt


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lent Season April 15

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The River of Life
Today's Reading: Revelation 22:1-5 

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  

No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever."

Revelation 22:1-5 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Give Your Love Away


Give Your Love Away

"Let us love one another, for love is of God." 1 John 4:7

One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his deathbed: 

"Dear Mary, a bell's not a bell until you ring it. A song's not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."

After her performance, a number of people rushed backstage, exclaiming, "Mary, what happened to you out there tonight? We have never heard anything like that performance! You sang with more power than you've ever sung! 

Blinking back tears, Mary read them the note from Hammerstein and added, "Tonight I gave my love away!" 

The poorest person in the world has something to give others if he or she has love in their heart. Love's gifts take many forms- a smile, a hug, a gift, a note of thanks, a hand up, and just being there in tough times. 

Love is the one gift that always fits, is always appropriate, and always in season. Jesus said, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another and to all." 

"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all." John 13:35

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God." 
1 Thessalonians 3:12

(This message is from the Daily Devotional- The Word For You Today)

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Good Friday April 14

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The Words of Jesus regarding End Times: Part Two
Today's Reading: Matthew 24:21-51

 "Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Matthew 24:44

Today we will conclude our look at what Jesus had to say about the end times. Again, the words of Jesus about the end times are very powerful. They provide full credibility to the book of Revelation and insight to the reader. As you read today's passage imagine Jesus speaking directly to you.

Things Jesus wants His followers to know:

 - There will be great distress unlike any time in history.
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be."  Matt 24:21

 - God purposely cut the days of the tribulation short for the elect. 
"And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. 
But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short." Matt 24:22

 - False prophets will perform great signs.
"For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." Matt 24:24 

 - Do not be fooled, everyone will know at one time when Jesus returns.
"See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." Matt 24:25-27

 - Jesus will come on the clouds of heaven - many will mourn w/regret.
"Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matt 24:30
 
 - The Elect will be gathered at the trumpet call!
"And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." 
Matt 24:31
  - No  one knows the day and hour, only God.
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." Matt 24:36 

Reflection: Meditate on the words of Jesus. Are you ready for His return?

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reflections Journal Aprill 11 to April 14

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt

 Reflections Journal

Lent Season April 13

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The Words of Jesus regarding The End: Part One
Today's Reading: Matthew 24:3-20

"As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” 
Matthew 24:3 

The words of Jesus about the end times are very powerful. They provide full credibility to the book of Revelation and insight to the reader. As you read today's passage imagine Jesus speaking directly to you. This message is for you. (Consider listening to this scripture @ Biblegateway.com)

We are going to take a couple of days to look directly at what Jesus had to say to His disciples shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection. This was an urgent message He wanted to share before He returned to God.

Things Jesus wants His followers to know:

 - Watch out! Do not be deceived by others claiming to be Messiah.
  "And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray."
Matthew 24:4-5

  - Do not be alarmed by wars/rumors of wars, this is the beginning.
 "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains." Matthew 24:6-8

 - Christians will be persecuted for their faith in Jesus.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake." Matthew 24:9

 - Many Christians will fall away because of the persecution.
"Then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another."
Matthew  24:10  

 - The love of many will grow cold.
"And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold."
Matthew 24:12  
    
 - The Gospel will be preached in all the world, then the end will come.
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matt 24:14  

 - Satan will stand in the temple (We looked at this in Daniel's 70 Wks)
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." Matt 24:15   

It is truly amazing how all of Scripture works together as a testimony of God's plan. Jesus is giving an urgent message but He is also quoting the prophecy God gave to Daniel as well as verifying what John will write in the future in the book of RevelationTo God be the Glory!

Reflection: Meditate on the fact that Jesus wants you to know this urgent message. How will it change the way I live? 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lent Season April 12

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The New Heaven & The New Earth
Today's Reading: Revelation 21:1-27


"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:1-2

This is it! The moment creation has been groaning about and waiting for has arrived!  Everything is being made new; free from the bondage of sin!

We can look forward to a day when there will be no more pain, no more death and no more tears:

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3-4

Reflection:  Can you even imagine this day? 

   

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lent Season April 11

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The Great White Throne Judgment
Today's Reading: Revelation 20:11-15
 "Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne... And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done."  Revelation 20:11-13

Every person will stand at this judgment before Jesus Christ. This event will either be terrifying (for unbelievers) or full of great joy (for believers).  Notice that there are several "books" which are opened.  The most important being the Book of Life. If your name is not written here, you are expelled from the presence of God forever.

We are told the other books are the "works" or righteous deeds of the Saints. Please understand, our works do not save us. 

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God," Ephesians 2:8

However, we will be rewarded for those things we did on earth in anticipation of God's Kingdom. Deeds that pointed others to Christ and expressed our love for God.

Reflection: Consider what you should do to prepare for your personal judgment.