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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Walking Dead Gives Lesson on Life

by Barbara Latta

“Blood thirsty rogues and unrepentant cutthroats,” said Ezekiel as a crowd gathered around
Leave the dead girl in the grave

him. His comment was meant to describe those who were pursuing him and his band of followers.

This Ezekiel is not the biblical prophet, but a character from the TV series, The Walking Dead. I admit I have never watched an entire episode, but I have seen enough to know the humans are fleeing from zombies.

A dead body powered by an evil spirit in a post-apocalyptic world is out to suck the life out of those who are still alive. If a zombie bites or scratches a human, that human is doomed to become one of the walking dead. Wouldn’t you flee, too? A decaying, bloody skin-covered skeleton with all the characteristics of death wants your life.  Yeah, run!

The Bible says if we are born again, we are new creations. Then why do we sometimes act like we are friends with a zombie?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

5 Reasons Multi-Tasking is Not an Asset to our Lives

by Barbara Latta

Multi-tasking is not an asset
"Too many priorities paralyze us," John Maxwell.

Multi-tasking has become the buzz word for resume' writing. The more we appear to be able to do, the better we think we will appear to a potential employer. The idea is that we accomplish more in less time, but the truth is doing more than one thing at a time divides our attention and nothing gets 100% of the effort.

Here are 5 reasons multi-tasking is not an asset to our lives:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sharing Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow

by Barbara Latta

I thought a good way to start the year would be to share some of the blogs I read and follow for advice, inspiration and direction. The internet brings a whole new world to our way of gathering
Sharing Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow
information and experiences.
You will be blessed by reading any of these blogs. 

Lisa Hetzel is a living kidney donor. She writes about the importance of organ donation and answers questions and dispels myths about transplants. 

Terri Webster has set up a foundation for women in various stages of need and writes to encourage and inspire hope in those who are hurting.

Bobbie Iliff shares her story of finding Christ and filling her life with living water. She will be hosting Free Beauty Treatments to Pamper and Nourish Your Soul on February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts in Monroe, Georgia. 

Julie Garmon has written numerous articles for Guideposts and shares lovely thoughts and encouraging posts about learning from friends, life and love.

Edie Melson shares instruction and direction about writing, social media and marketing. Her classes and blog are the inspiration that started this blog of mine.

Lori Hatcher shares posts and devotions teaching us to have a closer walk with God and listening to His voice. 

Putting On the New is a website sharing daily devotions from a different writer each day and one that I contribute to each month. 

LaTan Roland Murphy is a worship leader and interior decorator who brings decorating tips into our worship life showing us how to make everything beautiful. 

Christa Hutchins gives instruction on finding your purpose for a ministry or business and keeping everything organized. 

Cindy Sproles writes Appalachian fiction and is the co-founder of Christian Devotions. She writes from the heart about God's remedy for life's struggles.

There are many more that help me in my writing journey and my devotional walk with God. I hope you will visit these sites and see what helpful and encouraging words you can encounter for your life. Click on the name and you will be taken to their site. 

Please feel free to share any blogs or devotion sites that inspire you.

Happy January!

Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow (click to tweet)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Can A Peaceful Mind Exist in the Middle of Chaos?

by Barbara Latta

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Every year that goes by disasters and tragedies are rampant. Because we live in a fallen,
Can peace exist in the middle of chaos?
sinful world we know these events will continue to unfold. How can we keep a peaceful mind when surrounded by chaos, destruction and evil?

Peace isn’t going to come knocking on our door and plop down in our heads. A decision must be made to keep our minds on the things of God and not of this world. While we do live in the atmosphere of sin, we do not have to let it corrupt our minds.

Here are some words of wisdom from our heavenly Father to keep fear at bay and peace at the forefront:

Focus on the Prince of Peace.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NKJV).

Stay away from bad influences. This doesn’t mean we totally isolate ourselves from the world. Jesus went where sinners were, but He went there to change their lives not to let them change His.
Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Don’t worry about anything. Worry doesn’t solve any problem, it actually can compound it by causing physical and emotional symptoms.
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27).

Be thankful. We are not instructed to be thankful for bad times but to be thankful we have a heavenly Father who is the answer to anything that comes against us.
Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus ( Philippians 4:6-7).

Monitor what is heard through media and politics and prevent bad reports from altering stands on issues. Political persuasions and moral attitudes should remain grounded in the Word of God.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Psalm 91:14
We are promised God’s protection when we stand on His Word and claim it.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high; because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (Psalm 91: 14-16).

Peace is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and has been given to us by God. When we dwell in the spiritual realm, spiritual fruit grows and weeds die.

By implementing promises from the Word of God a peaceful year can reign despite the circumstances around us.

Feel free to share your thoughts and your remedy for remaining in peace.

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