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Royalty not Peasantry

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation." ~ Proverbs 3:3-4 ~ (Photograph from Google Images) The unsettling in my spirit and mind were fully apparent physically as the first five minutes of speaking to the ladies were horrendous. My mind and mouth were trying to do everything and the only result was tripping over my words and becoming more cotton mouthed the more I spoke. You could see the desperate eyes looking upon me, wanting to rescue me from me. They each knew something was going on as they know it is not like me to struggle when speaking. In one moment, instead of continuing in pride and stupidity, believing that no one was noticing my struggle when it was fully apparent that they not only noticed, but even the

Another Story of A Penny...

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell If you have not read the original post titled, "A Glimpse of God's Master plan through a Penny", then please click here . To understand the significance of this story, you'll want to read that story first :) Paused with awe. "What? Another story involving a penny?" I am overwhelmed by the resounding testimonies that have been relayed back to me either by phone, email, text message or in person. "Teresa, I got a 'God Kiss' today as I found a penny." "Teresa, I was at work and on the floor in the bakery department there was a shiny penny." "Look! I found a penny in my jacket pocket." "Teresa, I thought of your mom today. I received a God Kiss as I found a penny." "I'll never look at a penny the same way again! ;)" Sharing some of the text messages and comments from my last post , I am delighte

A Glimpse of God's Master Plan Through a Penny

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." ~ Ephesians 2:10, New Living Translation ~ My beautiful mom who is from South Korea is a proverbial woman to say the least. In her Korean accent I have heard her say many times, "You never think you too good to pick up penny. To pick up penny, you must scoop down low to pick up. Not many see value ~ but you must. For it is like what God did when no one else saw value in us, He scoop down low in form of man who is Jesus and pick us up." Understanding the significance of what I share next gives me great joy. For my mom, who, as she would say, enjoys her 'bling-bling', had a teachable moment one day a few years ago when she spotted a penny in the parking lot. In a moment, as she was about to bend down to pick it up, s

Lesson of Repentance

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?" ~ Romans 2:4 ~ Slipping back into time, it was 1988; my eighth grade year. My parents experienced grueling frustration as they were continuously receiving reports from my teachers of me carrying on in class, not taking my classes seriously and consistently getting into trouble for being one of the 'class clowns'. In hind sight, as a parent myself, the acting out wasn't their greatest frustration; it was my overall attitude of not caring, which to say the least, my grades mercilessly reflected. Meanwhile, during this time, I still remember my wonderful dad. I shake my head in awe as my dad continuously believed in me. He would even say in the darkest times of my life, "Teresa, God has a great plan for you." I can still rem

God Is Mercy, Grace and Unfailing Love...and so much more!

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell Before leaving for church, I was in a hurry, as one of my downfalls is being late. My beautiful daughter was sitting on the chair, playing with her itouch, glassy-eyed and completely enveloped by a video she had just made of our cat, when I said, "Honey, we need to go." Usually she is quick to listen when we need to go, yet this time, there was no response. So I said it again with a bit more of a demonstrative tone. Still nothing... Now annoyed, I raised my voice volume a bit higher, revealing my frustration and said it again. When she looked up at me, her eyebrows scrunched low, as they told on her annoyance with me as she simultaneously raised her voice with frustration and said, "WHAT?" In that moment, it was, "O God, hold me back" as all cylinders were on and the very thing I was angry about, was the very thing I did right back raised to the one hundredth d

Sharing video!

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The following video is a beautiful reminder of Why I Hate Religion, BUT LOVE JESUS! "Jesus is the cure while the other is the infection" ~ Paraphrased quote from the following video ~ Please note: If you are watching from my blog site, go to the bottom of the page and 'pause' the music so that you can hear the video.

Breaking Loose the Valiant Sounds of A Victorious Warrior!

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness." ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 ~ The sounds of his neighing and the strength revealed by the deep resounding breaths assists his agility to run with power. Muscles defined as they bow out with every stride. This horse an incredible creation runs with spurts of great speed running against the wind as he makes the valiant sounds of a warrior. Seeing this vision played out in my mind as I write, causes me to be inspired by God's creation as we are seven days into the new year. As we have stepped foot into this new year, let us intentionally see the beautiful definition of God's resounding mercies that are NEW every day. We don't have to wait 365 more days to make another resolution to better our lives. If we run with spurts of great speed and t

Deliverance from defeat and into victory

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Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory (with songs of deliverance)." ~ King David, recorded in Psalm 32:7 (NKJV and NLT) The dark sky, dimly lit by the beautiful stars, accompanied me as I made my way home from the airport this morning. Praying and communing with God in the quietness of my car came forth these words like a 'ticker', "Deliverance from and deliverance into victory; I Am your Deliverer." The beauty in these words as we enter into our second day in 2012; may we be moved by the Faithful, Victorious Deliverer. He sings songs of deliverance, of victory over us... There are those who are longing to be delivered from a dangerous situation revealing deliverance and victory into safety. Perhaps you are desiring to be delivered from affliction revealing deliverance and victorious comfort. It may be you