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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit By: Teresa Criswell "But when the Father sends the Counselor as My representative--and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit--he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you." ~ John 14:26 ~ New Living Translation I am reminded of the beautiful spring, early evening as my daughter and I were taking a walk. I had one mission in mind; to get home. My daughter's mission however, was much different. I was taught a very valuable lesson that beautiful, memorable evening. Her mission being different than mine, it was to enjoy nature; to simply go for a walk. Her cares had nothing to do with getting home 'right now' or to complete the next 'agenda' of life. I realized in that moment that as adults we can be so 'To Do List' oriented that we do not enjoy what is before us; unless of course we 'plan' a day for enjoyment. As we went for our walk, I

January 29, 2011, Trembling and Shaking at Injustice

"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: a servant who becomes king, a fool who is full of food, an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant (positioned to serve) who displaces her mistress (positioned to lead) ." ~ Proverbs 30:21-23 ~ Have you been a witness to someone mistreat a server in a restaurant? What about a customer mistreating a cashier clerk? How about a woman being dominated by a man with hateful words? What about a woman disrespectfully robbing the position of her husband's place? How about a child being mistreated and instead of being treasured like the rare jewel they are; you witness that they are treated like a piece of trash? The scenarios could be listed for many years, however, as I think of these few scenarios, I am reminded how I must be a person that trembles and shakes at the injustices done...just as the earth trembles and quakes at injustice (Proverbs 30:21-23). Our voices are a mighty tool...our stand i

January 14, 2011, "Thorns"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces some hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." ~ Matthew 13:22-23 Thorns?! Ouch! Really Lord? The rushing of life, the rushing of time, the rushing of growing up, the rushing of getting out of the house, the rushing of reading the word of God, the rushing of closing the deal, the rushing of so-called prayer, the rushing of so-called praise and worship, the rushing of technology... We live a life as though the rushing of time revolves around us... to do lists that grow...one 'box' gets crossed off and we add a few more. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! BREATHE! Take a breath! STOP! What are we

January 11, 2011, "Come!"

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." ~ Jesus Christ, The Son of God as recorded in Mattew 11: 28-30 ~ The news a father never imagined would come upon his ears. A single father, receiving word from the doctors that his daughter, 9 years old, has been diagnosed with leukemia. A knock on the door. She opens the door, and finds the officer on her porch, holding his hat in front of his chest; she falls to the floor as she knows and simultaneously screams in horror, "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" Tragedy, devastated by the 'suddenly' moment of the precious life of her daughter, gone. A family receives devastating news of their son, a missionary, killed as he would not deny His Redeemer, His Salvation, Jesus Christ. Another family, as though their hearts were forcefully pull

January 9, 2011, "Victorious Declaration of Praise"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written By: Teresa Criswell "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble." ~ Psalm 46:1 ~ The Victorious Declaration of Praise even when I don't feel like declaring it: God You are so awesome! You are magnificient beyond the boundaries of beauty. Your Holiness and Matchless Power can never be contained! Containment itself would never dare to attempt such an action. There is NONE like You...no not one! You are the most powerful, Holy, Righteous, Just God! You are powerful. I am reminded of the powerful oceans in all the world that toss huge vessels to and fro and yet these massive waves are in absolute awe of You, The Most Powerful God. You are Holy. I am reminded of the mighty angels that declare who You are moment by moment, shouting, "Holy! Holy! Holy!" The angels are monstrous in our eyes and yet in comparison to You, the mighty angels are in awe of such Holiness.

January 1, 2010, God's Grace

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness" ~ The Lord said this to Paul as recorded in II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV ~ Resolute as defined in Webster's Dictionary : firmly determined in purpose: resolved Synonyms: steadfast, stanch, faithful, true, loyal Resolution as defined in Webster's Dictionary : 1) The act or process of resolving 2.) The action of solving: Solution 3.) The quality of being resolute: firmness, determination 4.) A formal statement expressing the opinion, will or intent of a body of persons As I read these defintions of what we attempt within our well intended self-discipline; it is amazing how we are reminded of our strength, determination, and steadfastness that only go so far. Some people have great disciplined strength while others do not...however, when we lean on the grace of God for His strength it doesn&#