Saturday, July 29, 2017

Refreshed

 
"What's On My Heart Today"
 
Greetings Dearest Sisters,

I'm looking at the calendar and realizing that August is just around the corner. My goodness gracious! I trust that each of you are having a lovely summer filled with the sweetest of memories? I'm just dropping in to say "Hi" and to catch you up. I've been away from my blog for several months for two reasons;

1. God closed the door to a long and arduous season for me. When God moves us through seasons it sometimes can feel like upheaval, but God set this moment for a reason. When we find ourselves in these spaces, our thoughts must be stilled. When we allow God to do His work in our life, we will begin to see His power, and feel His love in new ways. For me, this quiet time has been about learning to live and dwell in His sweet presence. It is in this special place that I have found beautiful and perfect peace.

2. I had been suffering for nearly a year with a back issue that impeded my ability to get around and left me with a considerable amount of discomfort. While I prayed that I would receive an instant Divine healing, God chose to take me down a different path.  Let me rephrase that...God did Divinely heal me... in His time and place. It is in this journey that I have much to share. After all, what good would these deep valley experiences be if God's light did not shine through them? To God be ALL the glory! In the next few weeks I will be sharing this amazing journey to wholeness from my back to my heart.

What's Coming

Beginning after Labor Day, our blog will take on a new face. We will chat daily about Biblical principles for women to live by. Gods Word is eternal. The Bible presents valuable principles for everyday living. We will share guest devotionals and even have a fun day. You know, things that touch the heart of God's daughters. We will also continue our "Extraordinary Women Of The Bible Study." We have arrived at the New Testament and we can hardly wait to dig deep into the lives of these women who's challenges mirror ours today. Come and see how God enabled ordinary women to live extraordinary lives by turning their weaknesses into strengths, their sorrows into joy, their despair into hope. We pray this will be a safe place where you can come and be encouraged and leave refreshed.

We may not know each other face to face, but we know each other heart to heart!

 
"Thus says the Lord: "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16
 
Sweet Blessings,
Jo
 

 


Friday, May 26, 2017

I'm Pressing Pause


What's On My Heart Today...

I'm Pressing Pause...Life is a perpetual motion. Seasons come and go. With each passing phase of our life the wind of change comes. God is God. He knows what He is doing when He moves us through seasons. God knows the heart of His daughters. Recently, change has been tugging on my heart.

I began my journey of blogging five years ago when God set a new season in my life into motion. It was a beautiful season of wonderment but also peppered with challenges and heartbreak. It is through this season that God shaped and molded me into the woman I am today. A woman with a heart for God. I learned to serve God does not always mean the easiest roads. I learned that a wilderness experience can be the best place to experience an abundant Life!! In all honesty, their were times I could not see the hand of God. When I couldn't see his hand. I learned to trust His heart. It has been a journey of God's amazing grace.

This is my heartbeat...I want my heart and life to reflect Jesus alone.“My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24.

Today, I am reminded of the importance of resting in the presence of my Heavenly Father. For this reason I am pressing pause. I will open the window and let the fresh air in. There is a calm that gently reminds me to breathe. My thoughts must be stilled. It's a sweet thing to sit quietly and talk to God for awhile. To greet my Lord in His awesome wonder. God waits until we are ready, until the pace of our life has slowed enough to appreciate the beauty of His love for us...then He speaks.

Every season comes bearing the gift of a new beginning. God set this moment in time for a reason. It is for this reason that I will be laying my pen down for the summer, starting immediately and will not be posting on this blog as I pray and seek God's will for the next season in my life.

I thank you, my precious followers that have faithfully journeyed beside me, who encouraged me when you sensed the pain in my words and rejoiced when you could see the many blessings God so graciously bestowed upon our life. I am not the same person that I was five years ago. I have grown in ways that can not be explained if you do not understand the ways of our Almighty God. I walk hand in hand, heart to heart with my Lord Jesus Christ. My testimony is  this...

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20.

I don't know what the next journey for me will look like. I know that our callings are for life and beyond, so I have no doubt that it will be in His service. I will serve him with open hands and a open heart. Can I ask you to please whisper my name to the Throne Room for guidance. I have long since learned that to fined peace and joy begins in our obedience to our Lord. To God be all the glory!

May you be showered with blessings of love, hope, good health and happiness!

In His Most Precious Love,
Jo Kent

*For those of you that have been following The "Extraordinary Women of The Bible" study, We will return in September on this revised blog with all the remaining women in the New Testament. If you are already subscribed to this blog it will automatically arrive in your email.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spiritual Blessings


What's On My Heart Today... "Spiritual Blessings"

Do you recognize Spiritual blessings in your life? Sometimes we are so busy looking for the earthly blessings that we forget the Spiritual blessings. We can live a blessed life but rarely is it a carefree life, a problem-free life, or even an easy life. However, in spite of all our struggles, we can live a blessed life. The Lord favors believers with His encouragement, hope, joy, forgiveness, grace and Eternal life. Blessings don't mean that everything will go perfectly in our lives. But it's a matter of knowing that your life has been set apart for continual blessings. Spiritual blessings can only be seen by our faith. By faith let us claim every spiritual blessing that God has given us. Begin today by praising Him for what He has done, is doing, and will still do for you. Today, God would say to you...

"I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because you belong to Me.”  Ephesians 1:3