Focus Friday-Faith

Focus on this scripture throughout the day.

It’s God’s Word about standing firm in your faith about His love for you. It’s what He desires us to believe. Believe it is true for you because God’s Word is Truth.

Use it as an affirmation. Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day. Personalize it by putting your name in it!

Stand Firm in Your Faith

 

Thanks to F-words, I’ll Be Rockin’ It For the Rest of 2014

Earlier this year, I attended a retreat that I hoped would help me gain more focus in business-building activities and in personal matters. As an activity, we wrote on a smooth stone the one thing that would be our target for the remainder of the year. I wrote, “FINISH” on mine because I was finding that there were a number of things in my life I would start but didn’t finish.

A couple of months passed and as I thought more about how to finish the things that I start, I realized I also needed to target some other issues as well. Going through this thought process brought other “F-words” to mind. No, not the bad “F-words.”  :)

I wrote the new F-words on stones and placed them on my desk as a tangible reminder of what I’m doing—FINISHING STRONG!

Here are my “F-words to Live By” for the remainder of the year:

My "F-word" Rocks

My “F-word” Rocks

In June, I decided I’d put some energy behind one of these words each month for the remainder of 2014. Hopefully, as I do so, I’ll be building some good habits along the way. This month, I’ve been concentrating on Fellowship.

Fellowship= sharing; participating with another; constant companionship; communion

My desire is to fellowship more with friends and family, as well as, and most importantly, with Holy Spirit.

I became more intentional about spending time with my daughter while she’s home from college for the summer. I’ve been intentional about getting together with each of my sons, individually. Making sure that I schedule date nights with my hubby became a priority again. Phone calls to extended family members who live back East have become more frequent, just so I can say, “I’ve been thinking about you.”

But how would I target fellowshipping with Holy Spirit?

How would I increase that time and experience more enjoyment out of it?

I made a decision to just do it. I started using my afternoon PIT Stop everyday to spend “extra” time with Him. I made a list of things I wanted to be sure to do with Him.

F-words Fellowship Card

My F-words “Fellowship” Card

 

Just like I scheduled time with each of my children, with my husband, and, for the phone calls, I put God on my schedule. I made an appointment with myself so that I could not only talk to God and read the Bible, but to also hear from Him.

“My fellowship with God enables me to gain a victory over the evil one.” 1 John 2:14b (MSG)

Guess what happened! I began to feel less anxious about things in my life. I’m experiencing greater peace about the challenges I face because I know He’ll get me through them. I’ve begun to glean more wisdom from Him through His Word. Maybe the best thing is that I‘ve grown to really look forward to that time with Him because I’m excited about what He’s going to show me about His love for me! I protect this time from the distractions life throws at me.

Want to join me on this quest of filling each month with an “F-word?” You can. Just make a decision to do so (which means cutting off all other options and excuses). Then let me know you’ve joined the movement.

What are some of the things you do to fellowship with others and with God? Please share!

Next month’s keyword is FOCUS. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about that in August.

Yes, I’m joining the F-word movement!

iHope Fertility Retreat – Save the Date!

If you’ve been thinking that you need to get to the iHope Fertility Retreat, you can now put it on your calendar for this fall. Registration details are coming soon but until then, let me know you’re interested by sending an email to Evangeline@EvangelineColbert.com.

And just in case you’ve been wondering what the spring fertility retreat was like, check out the recap.

 

Fertility Retreat-- Save the Date

Monday’s Marinade-No Condemnation

Monday’s Marinade is provided to you as a means of “soaking yourself” in the hope-filled Word of God at the beginning of your week. Start your week by meditating on this Word. Repeatedly think about and quietly say it to yourself.  Marinate and season your week with hope and a confident expectation of good things happening!

 

Here’s your spiritual marinade for this week:

Monday's Marinade

Focus Friday-Inseparable from His Love

Focus on this scripture throughout the day.

It’s God’s Word about Jesus’ love for us. It’s what He desires us to believe. Believe it is true for you because God’s Word is Truth.

Use it as an affirmation. Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day. Personalize it by putting your name in it!

Inseparable Rom 8-35-37

 

Hope is a Renewable Resource!

 

Image by KROMKRATHOG | Freedigitalphotos.net

Image by KROMKRATHOG | Freedigitalphotos.net

Renewable resource– it’s a term we hear often now that our environment  struggles to keep up with all that’s being consumed around the world. It is typically a source of power and is sustainable in its application. A renewable resource is a resource which can replenish with the passage of time.  Renewable resources are any type of resource that can be regenerated at a rate that is at least equal to the speed with which humanity can consume that resource” (Source: Wisegeek.com). 

Hope is a renewable resource for your soul. Are you a consumer of hope? It is renewable, sustainable (because of Jesus), and filled with power. No matter how quickly you consume it, there is always a fresh supply to tap into. It will never run out! Everyday, we have the opportunity to live with an even greater hope-filled focus in life because of the unending supply of hope given to us in the promises of God.

What is hope?

It is the confident expectation of good. You can have confidence that good things are coming your way when you trust in God’s promises as your personal truth.

The Bible tells us that hope is eternal, it is unending and unfailing. Its power is always readily available to be tapped into and harnessed.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT

“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” ~Romans 5:5 NLT

How can we get hope, increase it, or renew it?

We get hope by using the Word of God as our supplier of it. God’s Word is Truth. The Truth is given to us so that we may overflow with hope!

“Your promises are my only source of hope.” Psalm 119:114 TLB

“And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” ~ Romans 15:4 NLT

Even in the midst of infertility and other struggles in life, it is possible, no, imperative to have hope. Without it, how can you look forward to a future filled with joy, peace, and the gifts of favor that God desires to give you?

Need help?

Be sure to get a copy of my FREE tips sheet, “How to Have Hope in Hard Places.” Request it in the blue box to the right of this page. 

Focus Friday-Believe

Focus on this scripture throughout the day. It’s God’s Word and it’s what He desires us to believe.

Believe it is true for you because God’s Word is Truth.

Use it as an affirmation. Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day.

Personalize it by putting your name in it!

Evangeline Colbert Focus Friday Affirmation

Expect the Unexpected!

I recently received an email from a reader of my book, A Seed of Hope: God’s Promises of Fertility. She gave me a bit of exciting news.

She’s pregnant! YEA!!!

What Should I Expect?

I’ve been sharing my thoughts through this blog for 3 years and I’m still surprised when I get a note like hers.

But why am I surprised? Shouldn’t I EXPECT to receive news like that on a regular basis? If I’m praying that someone receive the gift of a child from God, shouldn’t I expect that it will happen? Should I anticipate and look for it to happen?

According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, I should.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

God’s answers to His promises are a  resounding “YES” in Christ because Jesus has done absolutely everything for us to be able to receive the promise. He has made us righteous so we can stand before the Father with no shame and no self-condemnation, having only an expectation of good. He took every punishment that was meant to come our way so that we could take every blessing that was meant to come His way. He did it all because He valued us above His own life.

Jesus did everything it takes for us to experience and enjoy every promise the Father made. That’s why we can confidently expect good gifts and perfect gifts to come our way as we put our faith in His promises.

 

What are you praying for today? If it’s based on the promises of God, are you EXPECTING it to happen?

 

 

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Monday’s Marinade – A Word for Your Nation

Monday’s Marinade is provided to you as a means of “soaking yourself” in the hope-filled Word of God at the beginning of your week.

Today’s scripture is provided in light of celebrating America’s birthday last week. No matter where on the earth you live, you can pray for you nation. Marinate your nation with a Word-based prayer each day and live with a hope-filled focus.

Start your week by meditating on this Word for your nation and expect good things to happen!

Monday's Marinade for your nation