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You have something to give your world that no other person has. Your family and your community need the deposit of Himself that God has placed in your life…


And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”  2 Corinthians.. 3:8

God called you by name and created you to be a reflection of His glory. Be blessed as Jesus is reflected in your life. You are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.

God created you for a purpose. You are an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor (Isaiah 61:3). You were created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Listen to your Father’s voice as He speaks your purpose as He sees it. Trust that He will provide all that is needed for you to fulfill His purposes. He has more resources than you can begin to imagine. He has connections to people you haven’t met yet.

Be true to the masterpiece that you are. The Lord your Maker crowns you with glory and honor (Isaiah 54:5; Psalms 8:5). Never apologize for being who God created you to be. Shine forth your unique display of His image in you.

You have something to give your world that no other person has. Your family and your community need the deposit of Himself that God has placed in your life…”Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27b).

You are of great worth.

You are a champion, a treasure.

Be blessed as you live from a heart fully alive, being who He made you to be and doing what you were born to do from the inside out.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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“Bring Him your grief and pain as often as you need to and receive His crown of beauty and oil of gladness. Allow Him to heal all your wounded places and restore you with His love. He is more than enough for your every need.”


“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me… He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted … to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” Isaiah 61:1-3

Your Heavenly Father is faithful to comfort you in your grief.

These days may not feel like His goodness or His faithfulness. Be blessed to trust that God is good and kind even if it doesn’t feel like it in this moment. Hear His gentle invitation to come to Him and receive His love, comfort, and guidance. The indwelling Christ is anointed in your life to bring good news to you, to bind up your broken heart.

He hears your prayers and your tears when there are no words. He counts them as liquid intercession, which is precious to Him (Psalm 56:8a). Be blessed to know Him as your Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Receive the covering of His sweet presence and peace that passes all understanding. Be blessed with strength and courage as you face the days ahead. You are not alone. He is your Mighty Warrior and contends with those forces that are contending with you (Isaiah 42:13; Psalm 35:1). May you be at peace with a still heart, while He fights for you (Exodus 14:14; Psalm 46:10).

Be blessed in His covenant of love that can never be taken from you (Romans 8:35, 38-39). He will never leave you. His promises can never be broken. He never loses sight of who He created you uniquely to be.

Bring Him your grief and pain as often as you need to and receive His crown of beauty and oil of gladness. Allow Him to heal all your wounded places and restore you with His love. He is more than enough for your every need.

By Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter
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Recently I read again what Jesus said in answer to the question of the disciples,

“What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Believe… “

(John 6:28-29). That is our work. Paul wrote, “God’s work, which is by faith” (1 Timothy 1:4).

This is good news. My work for Him is faith. I remembered that in the Complete Jewish Bible faith is always translated TRUST, for that’s what it means. That puts a different spin on it, doesn’t it? My work for him is TRUST.

Romans 1:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.”

Hebrews 11:6 (CJB) And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.

Ephesians 6:16 (CJB) Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (CJB) But for now, three things last – trust, hope, love...

So let’s return to the question:

What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Trust…”

God asks us to trust
that He loves us.
that He is with us this moment.
that He rewards those who seek Him.
that He will provide in the future as He has in the past.
that He is working all things together for our good.
that He is directing us and living His life through us.
that He continually gives the wisdom we need.
that He hears and answers our prayers.

Easy to say, harder sometimes for the heart to fully do. Father, we want to trust you with all things today.

By Sylvia Gunter  and Elizabeth Gunter
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From: Finding The Love You Have Always Wanted

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A.W. Tozer said “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Pain and disappointment have a way of distorting in our minds what is true about Heavenly Father. When life gets hard, the temptation is to believe that God is uninterested and uninvolved. Yet, He is near and He cares. Regardless of what your current or past circumstances try to tell you, take a moment to meditate on this portrait of your Heavenly Father.

Your Father is perfectly faithful.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Your Father is a generous provider.

Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

Your Father is loving and compassionate.

John 17:23 (Jesus speaking to His Father) “You have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on His children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Your Father is forgiving and accepting.

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Your Father is a patient teacher.

Isaiah 30:20-21 Your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (NASB)

Your Father is an understanding counselor.

Isaiah 9:6 He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Your Father is a wise communicator.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 3:17 The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Your Father gives good gifts.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Your Father is attentive to your needs.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Your Father is strong yet personal.

Isaiah 40:26 He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing

Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

And so much more. He is more wonderful than our mind can comprehend. He is there, even if we feel that He has left or that He ought to leave, and even when we turn our backs on Him. Our Father is love, pure love, and He does not change.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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From Safe In The Father’s Heart

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“For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).

Who you are and everything you have is the result of God’s favor. He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). You are surrounded by His grace.

Your Abba wants to take you as His precious child right up next to His heart today. He will keep you close and make His face shine on you and be gracious to you (Numbers 6:24-25). Your Father smiles on you with His compassion as you seek Him (Isaiah 30:18).

Your Father’s providence goes before you to provide for every need. He is with you to strengthen you and keep you from harm (1 Chronicles 4:10). The Lord God is a sun and shield; He bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold (Psalm 84:11).

He has written this day of your life in His book. Be blessed as His favor rests on His appointed work through your hands (Psalm 90:17). See the great thing He is about to do (1 Samuel 12:6). His Word says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1). Be blessed as God breaks through hindrances and uses everything to fulfill His purposes. He rejoices today in doing you good (Jeremiah 32:41).

Even if circumstances make it hard to believe, trust in His unfailing love. He is not slow in keeping His promise. He surrounds you with the shield of His presence (Psalm  5:12). He promises that weeping may endure for a night, and His anger is only for a moment. Joy comes in the morning, and His favor lasts for your lifetime (Psalms 30:5). He keeps you today in His love and faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-4). He is inviting you to live in the assurance of your Father’s blessing and favor. Be blessed to trust His goodness toward you today.

By Sylvia & Elizabeth Gunter
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Hebrews 13:5

Father God has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you. He has not abandoned you. His perfect love casts out all fear. Rest in His love. Receive from your heavenly Father all the father’s blessing that you craved from your earthly father.

Be blessed with life-changing encounters with the Father heart of God. Be blessed to receive His perfect healing that can make you whole. Allow Him to bring healing, recovery, and restoration of your broken trust.

Your Father’s best healing work restores your heart and soul according to His design that He had for you before He laid the foundations of the world. As you drink in your Father’s love, He will re-innocence you, restoring your childlike faith and trust.

Respond this way:

God, I choose to trust you today. I choose to believe Your heart toward me is kind, good, loving, approachable, and accepting. I choose to bind my will to Your will. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ. I bind my emotions to the Holy Spirit for healing and alignment.

Thank You for wanting to be my Father, not my taskmaster or my boss. You are indeed loving Master, Sovereign, Judge, King, and so much more. How majestic is Your name in all the earth (Psalms 8). I am in awe of all You are, but You are first of all my “Abba, Papa.”

Thank You that You created me to be loved as Your child and for me to love You. It’s that simple. You like me and You like having me around. Thank You that the greatest blessing is nearness to You, and You want me near You. Thank You for inviting me to draw near to You so that I may experience joy and peace in Your presence. Thank You for Your promise to hold me in Your everlasting loving arms.

I accept Your invitation to come closer to Your Father heart.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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From: Safe In The Father’s Heart: Finding The Love You Have Always Wanted

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“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” Psalms 32:8

Your life is like a treasure map, and you are on a journey of discovery. As you follow after God you will see that it is not a specific destination that is most important. Each stop along the way is created by God to show you more of Himself.

Be blessed as you follow His faithful guidance. He will teach you His ways and make you sensitive to His hand on your life. Be blessed with assurance that you don’t go anywhere today without your personal Guide. Be blessed with His open door before you that no one can shut, according to His sovereign will, and with closed doors that are outside His purposes for you (Revelation 3:7-8). May the blessing of His presence lead your spirit.

Wherever you go, God promises “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21). Be blessed as you hear Him whisper direction, “This is the way. Walk this way.” If His word is to fight, let it be for His glory. If He says to wait, let it be with hope and grace, secure in His timing and sovereign hand. If His word is to flee, let it be with His permission and at His direction. If He tells you to offer a sacrifice of praise, let it be with thanksgiving that is sweet to Him.

Be blessed to be confident that He is working out all things for good, whether you see it or feel it now. His eyes are open to all your ways (Jeremiah 32:19). Let your expectation be centered in Him (Psalms 62:1&5). Receive His peace as He directs your paths. He promises that He will keep in perfect peace those whose eyes are fixed on Him, because you trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).

By Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter
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From:  Blessing For Life: Word Of Hope and Healing

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The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singingZephaniah 3:17.

“The Lord Your God is in the midst of you, a mighty One, a Savior—who saves! He will rejoice over you with joy. He will rest in silent satisfaction… He will exult over you with singing” (Amplified).

Your Father’s heart longs for you.

Be blessed as you receive His embrace. He loves you in the way you were created to be loved. He has come to overwhelm you with His love. He takes great delight in you. The prayer of Jesus was

Father, let them know deep inside that as You love Me, so You love them, they in Me and I in You” (John 17:21,26 paraphrased).

God loves you as much as He loves His Son. His love for you is way beyond anything you can imagine.

Rest in His presence and let His peace quiet your mind. Let His love calm your heart. He is for you. God is mighty to save. He will fight your battles for you. He has said to you,

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you” (2 Chronicles. 20:17).

Your Father smiles at you today. God likes you — today, every day, every moment. Hear Him rejoicing over you with singing. Let His love be the foundation of your life. You are beloved in the complete finished work of Jesus. God delights in showing you His love.

Let go of the past, as you face the future with your Father. Be blessed with joy, peace, and rest in Him. Be blessed with refreshing and renewal in His presence, as you pursue the fulfillment that He has created for you. Be blessed as He gives you victory and rejoices over you.

By Sylvia and Elizabeth Gunter
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from Blessings For Life: Words Of Hope and Healing
p. 25, © 2017 by Sylvia Gunter and Elizabeth Gunter


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