God's Roadmap

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).

Saturday, January 26, 2019

What are the Ramifications of New York's Change in Abortion Laws?

by Barbara Latta

The news coming out of New York in the past week has been shocking and alarming. The
Reproductive Health Act was voted on and passed and Governor Cuomo signed it into law on January 22, 2019.

The fact that New York proposed and voted on this law was due to their fear that Roe v. Wade would be overturned because we now have a president who is more forceful and outspoken against abortion than any of his predecessors.

So what does this law really mean and what will it allow?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Conquer the Darkness that Attacks Your Soul

 by Barbara Latta

Darkness draws us toward light. The pursuit of God will propel us toward His light and conquer the darkness that may be attacking our souls. The key is to continue the pursuit.
How to conquer the darkness that attacks your soul

Several years ago my husband and I toured some caverns in a national park. The stalactites and stalagmites were impressive and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned out the light and the darkness that pervaded the space was as black as ink. Nothing could be seen, not even my hand one inch from my face. The thought shot through my mind that without light we couldn’t get out of this hole in the ground. After a few seconds of total darkness panic had almost set in. Soon the guide clicked on multi-colored lights that had been strategically placed inside the cave and the moist cavern walls reflected the light like a rainbow. Sighs of relief were heard through the group as the lights came on. This darkness had been physically felt. The bodies in the cave wanted to pursue light.

But there is another kind of darkness we all experience at one time or another in our spiritual lives and that is condemnation and guilt. When guilt weighs us down it can feel like we are in a dark cave with no hope of finding light again. Hopelessness and depression are anchors holding us captive to the pain of past sins and failures.

Because humans were not created to like darkness, other than for sleep, we try to avoid the absence of light unless we are trying to hide. Sin causes us to want to shun anything that exposes the deeds, but it also brings blackness to the soul. The God-shaped void will always drive a person toward a solution to get out of the pain caused by disobeying Him, but poor choices lead to more darkness rather than the sought after relief.

The answer for this darkness is the pursuit of the Word of God. He tells us “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). When we meditate on what God says about us and ignore condemning thoughts, a rainbow of hope shines on our hearts and the heaviness of condemnation is lifted.

When we are in a dark room even a pin hole of light can lead us to the way out. Once we have found the door, we can let in more light. Likewise, the more of the Word of God we put into our minds, the more we walk out of the darkness that plagues us and we are released out of the prison.

Condemnation and guilt were buried in a dark cavern with Jesus. Our part is to leave them buried there and remember that resurrection made light win over darkness.  Continue the pursuit of God’s light to keep the darkness at bay.

Which scriptures show you God’s light? Share your thoughts.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Prayers for the New Year

by Barbara Latta

Each year brings new challenges and adventures, but no challenge can go unmet and no adventure unfulfilled when we let God rule our choices. Only when His Word takes precedence can victory over circumstances reign.

In following my word choice for the year, pursue, I am posting these prayers for the New Year. These are prayers based on the scripture reference ascribed to the meme and are prayers you can use for your life too.

Pursue God, pursue wisdom, pursue learning

Join the conversation and share your thoughts and prayers for the New Year.

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Prayers for the New Year

Sunday, January 6, 2019

5 Ways to Set Goals Without Being Overwhelmed

by Barbara Latta

Each new year brings advice on setting goals and resolutions. I don’t make resolutions
5 ways to set goals
anymore because I don’t keep them. But we should never stop setting goals and one way to make sure we meet the finish line is to make sure the prize before us is not overwhelming.

Multi-tasking has become a word associated with skill and success. The idea is that we accomplish more in less time, but in reality doing more than one thing at a time divides our attention and nothing gets 100% of the effort.

Here are 5 ways to set goals without being overwhelmed: