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Smh I’m not the busiest woman in the world but I balance allot between 2 jobs, while still building a career, a 3 bedroom/finished basement household & oh😳 Did I mention 3 kids. If a man “wants” me the 1st thing he’ll have to do is UNDERSTAND if he dnt want a broke, always begging woman he will have to deal with a “busy always working 1” I’m single asl💯 #abstanance bearly text a mf but am I 👀 for a man, NO!! I’m preparing myself to be a better woman for when that “MAN” finds me💪💯💯💯🏡💸📚💍
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16 FEBRUARY 2016
‘A gentle south wind began to blow.’
Acts 27:13 NIV (2011 Edition)
You can’t afford to be guided by circumstances alone. ‘When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they … sailed along the shore of Crete. Before very long, a wind of hurricane force … swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm’ (vv. 13-15 NIV 1984 Edition). It’s foolish to ignore what God says, even when your circumstances seem to contradict it. Things may look good to you right now, yet you could be sailing straight into a storm. You say, ‘This decision must be okay because I feel so good about it’. Do you remember the words from Debby Boone’s old hit song: ‘It can’t be wrong when it feels so right’? Feelings can lie, and if God says, ‘Wait in the harbour,’ you’d better do it because the Devil can arrange undesirable circumstances if you put out to sea. Notice the words: ‘When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted’. When it comes to the important decisions in your life, stand on these Scriptures: ‘Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make straight your way before me’ (Psalm 5:8 NIV 1984 Edition). ‘Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long’ (Psalm 25:5 NIVUK 2011 Edition). ‘Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path’ (Psalm 27:11 NIV 2011 Edition). ‘Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground’ (Psalm 143:10 NIV 2011 Edition). When you pray that way, God will guide you in the right direction.
Bible in a Year: Lev 6-7; Matt 25:1-30;
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15 FEBRUARY 2016
‘The officer in charge … listened … to the ship’s captain.’
Acts 27:11 NLT
Here are two more pointers on how to avoid shipwreck: 1) Don’t take advice from the wrong people, even the so-called ‘experts’. The Bible says, ‘But the officer in charge … listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul’. Chances are, the ship’s owner was an expert in business and its captain an expert in maritime matters. Nevertheless, both men were incapable of hearing the voice of God. Bottom line: Be discerning about who you allow to speak into your life. Just because someone’s successful in a secular field doesn’t mean they’re qualified to give you spiritual guidance. ‘Honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work … and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work’ (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NLT). Where should you go when you need spiritual guidance? To leaders in God’s work who have proven themselves worthy of your love and respect. 2) Remember that sometimes the majority gets it wrong. ‘Most of the crew wanted to go on to Phoenix’ (Acts 27:12 NLT). The fact is the majority can be wrong! Remember what happened when Moses started to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land? The majority wanted to return to Egypt. But they were wrong – dead wrong – and they perished in the wilderness. We can get ourselves into a real mess by following prevailing opinion and the most popular ideas. Listen for God’s voice and you’ll always go in the right direction. ‘He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way’ (Psalm 25:9 NIV 2011 Edition).
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14 FEBRUARY 2016
‘There is trouble ahead if we go on – shipwreck.’
Acts 27:10 NLT
The apostle Paul was a prisoner on board a ship headed from Palestine to Rome. After they ventured through the Mediterranean Sea and docked at the island of Crete, God told Paul to advise the crew not to leave the harbour because there was going to be a great storm. But they wouldn’t listen, and they ended up shipwrecked. Why? Impatience! They had a schedule to keep (see vv. 9-12 NLT). The truth is, when we allow ourselves to become impatient we often end up in a storm. One pastor writes: ‘I’ve spoken with many crisis-ridden people who were impatient to get married … or get a new job … or move to the other side of town. They didn’t take time to check things out with God, and they sailed right into the awaiting storms’. Instead of waiting for God’s choice of a mate, loneliness can drive you into the arms of the wrong person and a lifetime of misery. Making financial decisions without consulting God first can land you in debt that may take years to get out of. Sometimes when God says no, He doesn’t mean never. He’s simply saying, ‘Not now’. And what He has in store for you is worth waiting for! Here’s something you’d do well to keep in mind: God does a work of preparation within you to equip you for what He has in mind for you. His Word says, ‘He that believeth shall not make haste’ (Isaiah 28:16 KJV), so don’t get impatient and jump the gun. ‘Wait … for the LORD … follow his path, and he will honor you’ (Psalm 37:34 GWT).
Bible in a Year: Luke 3:1-19; Ps 18-19;