My Birthday Blessing

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Dear friend,

You may have read recently in my Good News Daily that I unexpectedly lost my beloved long-time paralyzed ministry dog Mr. Simeon and that I described myself as totally heartbroken and crushed and faced other struggles as well. Years ago, a sister in the Lord wisely told me God could use my brokenness. I praise the Lord that even as I continue on in a hard season of my life for multiple reasons, that He indeed is using my brokenness. I praise the Lord that I have never been closer to Him, never felt more humble before Him, never felt weaker in the flesh and stronger in His strength, and never been more excited to tell the world about Jesus. I hope you are blessed, encouraged, challenged, and helped in reading my Good News Daily and watching my Video Devotionals all for the glory of the Lord! Below please find a message He placed on my heart this morning. Look forward to sending more Lord willing in the near future.

love & blessings, 
lara

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MY BIRTHDAY BLESSING 
Ever woken up on your birthday and wished you could crawl back under the covers, hide, go back to sleep, and wake up to face different life’s circumstances than the ones you currently face? I won’t go into any detail, only to say I PRAISE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY that He reminded me shortly after I woke today that I have a decision to make. It’s the same decision we all have to make each and every day of our lives. We can focus on the negative, the hard, the challenging, the ugly, the evil, the dark, the unpleasant, the hurdles, obstacles, trials, struggles, and tribulations. Or we can make another decision altogether!

We can FOCUS ON THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND ON THE BIBLE AND ON HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES. We can FOCUS ON REJOICING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, that ALL WHO TURN FROM THEIR SINS AND BELIEVE JESUS IS LORD AND THAT HE DIED TO PAY OUR SIN PENALTY AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, TRULY TURNING OUR HEARTS AND LIVES OVER TO GOD AND HIS WAYS, ARE FORGIVEN AND GIVEN EVERLASTING LIFE WITH HIM INSTEAD OF HELL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE IN FOREVER TORMENT. WE CAN PRAISE THE LORD THAT NO MATTER OUR TRIALS, JESUS IS RIGHT HERE WITH US WHO BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW HIM.

WE CAN TAKE JOY IN DEVELOPING AN EVER-CLOSER, EVER-DEEPER INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS – NOW AND FOREVER! WE CAN FOCUS ON ALL HIS BEAUTIFUL BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS INCLUDING THE SPIRITUAL ONES LIKE LOVE, HOPE, PEACE, JOY, GRACE, MERCY, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS, ETC., AND ON HIS PHYSICAL BLESSINGS. WE CAN READ THE BIBLE DAILY AND SPEND TIME ALONE IN HIS PRESENCE AND HAVE 24-7 ABILITY TO FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM WE WOULD NOT OTHERWISE HAVE BECAUSE OF OUR SINS WHICH SEPARATE US FROM HIM.

THIS WE CAN HAVE THROUGH FAITH IN HIM AND A LIFE DEDICATED TO HIM. WE CAN SING TO THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD, HONOR THE LORD, WORSHIP THE LORD, OBEY THE LORD, SERVE THE LORD, GLORIFY THE LORD, AND EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY THE GLORIOUS PRESENCE OF THE LORD!

Today, on my birthday, I woke up facing some challenging stuff. But I made a decision to love and follow Jesus today with all of my heart.

The Holy Spirit gave me the words JOY and REJOICE today, and soon enough I was singing to the Lord and feeling a whole lot better!

Need to change your focus? Need to make a decision? Turn to the Lord, friend. Turn to Him! Doesn’t mean we won’t have our challenges. We will. Doesn’t mean we won’t cry and grieve and hurt and struggle. We will at times. But for those of us whose lives are devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, we can rest assured He is with us always, and we are with Him forevermore. AMEN!

My birthday blessing? Not sure what will come my way today in the way of birthday blessings. But I know I already have the greatest blessing of all. The Lord – forever and ever, AMEN!

Turn, turn, turn to the Lord! Oh, turn! Amen! Hallelujah! Rejoice! Amen!

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

P.S. For my birthday, for anyone led by the Lord to do so, I would love prayer & I would love donations & new Monthly Sponsors to help me fulfill my life’s calling to help people worldwide to find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Donations can be made & Monthly Sponsorship can be set up by contacting me at lara@GoodNews.love or 843-338-2219 or by clicking on the Donate button. Thank you!!

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