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TODAY’S LITTLE LETTER FROM LARA

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us…” Psalm 62:8

Dear friend,

We are to trust in the Lord at ALL times. More and more the Lord shows me this. That I am to trust in Him no matter my circumstances, no matter how I feel, no matter what people do, no matter what people say, no matter what I think, no matter how things seem. More and more He shows me where I lack trust, where I need more trust, that I am to trust Him in EVERYTHING at ALL TIMES, and that not trusting Him hurts my Father who is so very good to me ALL THE TIME.

When I was growing up, I was a late developer. I was short and always wanting to grow taller. Like everyone else. I did grow eventually, but oh so slowly. Sometimes I feel that way in my journey following Jesus. Like a late developer. A slower grower. But growing. That’s how I am with trusting in the Lord. I’m growing. With lots more growing to do. Oh, how patient and merciful and loving and kind is the Lord!

Where do you stand with trusting in the Lord? Do you have some growing to do like I do? Let us grow together, friend. It is my hope that the messages He gives me to write are a blessing to you and an encouragement to turn from your sins, to believe in Jesus as Lord, to follow Jesus as Lord, and to keep on growing in His love, in His ways, in trusting in Him, in faithfully following Him as His Spirit leads you forth!

In Christ’s most precious heavenly love,

Lara

TODAY’S DAILY INSPIRATION

A Warning About Our Hearts & Actions!
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” Luke 18:9-14Do you think the Lord honors the churchgoer who dresses exquisitely, has sat on the same pew for the past 40 years every Sunday service without fail, writes a $2000 check weekly on pretty pink paper to delicately place in the offering plate, calls herself a devout Christian, and professes Jesus Christ as Lord though she has never cried out to God to forgive her sins, has never turned from them, and spends her time in between Sundays living for the pleasures and treasures of this life to satisfy her self with her back for all intents and purposes turned on Jesus as she thoroughly enjoys a life of disobedience to God and His Word even while she faithfully continues on with her “religious” activities as though she can earn God’s love and mercy?

Or do you think the Lord honors the homeless man covered in grit and grime, smelly as can be, unshaven, not showered for weeks, poor beyond measure, picking out of the trash for his next meal, who doesn’t hesitate to say he’s a sinner saved only by God’s grace through the Lord Jesus Christ whom He cries out to in faith for forgiveness, for whom He lives and breathes to love, serve, adore, praise, worship, obey, and serve, who huddles up on the freezing cold street corner with an old raggedy Bible some pour soul left had been given and tossed in the trash?

The world honors the beautiful woman whose appearance doesn’t have a single flaw, whose pocketbook is overflowing with the wealth of a successful life by the world’s standards, and whose lifestyle is perfectly in sync with the social and entertainment worldly prized high life, doesn’t it? The world looks down its nose with criticism and condemnation at the dirty smelly man whose heart and eyes are uplifted to Christ if the world even bothers to look in his direction at all, doesn’t it?

Who does the Lord honor in the Bible verses above?

The humble man who knows he’s a sinner and cries out to the Lord for mercy! Who knows he is nothing without the Lord and knows his only hope is in and from the Lord!

God sees our hearts. God sees our actions. He can see right past our appearances. He gets down to the heart of the matter.

The heart of the matter.

Have you humbled yourself before God almighty? Have you acknowledged you’re a sinner in need of God’s mercy? Have you turned from your sins and believe Christ is Lord and died on the cross to pay your sin penalty and was raised from the dead? Have you truly turned to God and His ways? Are you now living your life genuinely and wholly to bring love, praise, honor, and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ?

This, friend, is the heart of the matter. Are you living and breathing day in and day out for God almighty in Christ?

Jesus Christ and faith in Him, with our lives devoted to Him, this is the ONLY way to an everlasting relationship with God instead of forever apart from God in hell and the lake of fire in everlasting torment.

Don’t wait another moment. Give yourself over utterly to Christ – forever! Oh now, now, yes, now, give yourself to Jesus – forevermore! AMEN!

TODAY’S 365 BLESSINGS

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book the Lord has led me to publish piece by piece even as I’m writing it rather than waiting until it’s in print to share it. Please join me & be blessed as I write my latest book…!

Blessing #59

“Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11

Such a simple and powerful and awesome prayer written by a psalmist so long ago, but should this prayer not be our very own? Should we not pray to the Lord with all our hearts that He will teach us His way so we leave behind our own ways and live according to His? Such a beautiful blessing, yes! That we can pray to God through faith in Jesus as Lord, that God hears our prayers, that He answers our prayers when they line up with His will, that He promises His Spirit who lives inside His followers will teach us, that He gives us love and power through His Spirit to learn His ways and to live by them! Thank you, oh blessed forever almighty beautiful precious holy righteous loving Father!

TODAY’S THE CROSS DEVOTIONAL

Strength for This Day 

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:1-2

How will I ever make it into New York City [for another season of streets ministry there]when I have so little strength? I wondered.

The Holy Spirit reminded me He is my strength, He gives me strength, and He gives me the strength I need for each day. His Spirit reminded me just as He gave the Israelites just enough manna to feed them for one day at a time, He is teaching me to trust in and depend on Him one day at a time for all I need for one given day – strength included.

Our trust and dependency, friend, are not to be in and on ourselves and this world. Our trust is to be in the Lord who gives us what we need day by day – strength included – when we live in His will and for His forever glory!

TODAY’S SERVING JESUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.” Col. 3:22-25

I suppose some people might not feel like they’re serving the Lord in their work life if they’re working in jobs not related to a church or ministry and where there may be no mention of the Lord Jesus Christ. But if the Lord calls us to love and serve Him, wouldn’t it make sense He gives us opportunities day by day to do just that? Even in our work lives? Even when we may not be in full-time ministry work as I am?

What do you see in the verses above? I see the words, “…whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,…” Whatever work you’re in, whatever job you have, first of all make sure it’s a job to which the Lord has called you. Second, check your heart and attitude concerning your work and those for whom you work.

The Lord shows us through these verses whatever work we do, that we can perform that work AS THOUGH IT US UNTO THE LORD! As though we are SERVING JESUS!

If you’re at a job to which the Lord has not called you, it’s time to pray to the Lord, seek Him, listen for Him, hear Him, and obey Him by switching to work to which He calls you. But no matter what work it is you do, no matter the job He has given you, no matter those for whom you work, no matter their attitude and behavior, no matter what, do your work AS UNTO THE LORD! And may those around you as they watch you work see in and through you the love, mercy, grace, hope, love, light, and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ!

LATEST MINISTRY UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST

As love, compassion, honesty and kindness seem to be getting swallowed up by dishonest, hatred, evil, and darkness as the Bible prophesies would happen as a result of so many people choosing sin and Satan over the Lord Jesus Christ and righteousness, it definitely makes being on the road for Jesus an exciting, thrilling, beautiful, and humbling opportunity – not to mention incredible challenge!

That said, I would greatly appreciate your prayers as July 1 God willing I head back into New York City for another season of streets ministry there to spread the Gospel message and help people forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

Strength, wisdom, discernment, safety, health, protection, and financial provision are very much on my heart in the way of prayer needs.

Love for each and every one of you in Christ’s name,

Lara

 

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