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My Guide is in Control

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Though changes rage and life is wild
I know in Whom I can securely rest
He rules the waves that toss me about
He authored and controls the test

My Savior speaks above the wind
He says, "My child, trust in Me."
I gladly bow in submission then
And say, "Lord, I rely on Thee."

The insecurity from all the changes
Beckons my heart to fear
But I find through the comfort of His word
That He is ever near

I will not fear, I will not doubt
I know He is in control
I will enjoy His guiding hand
And rejoice in the trial of my soul

For it is an exciting experience
To see Him accomplishing His will
Realizing how He was preparing the way
And positioning me His plan to fulfill

The Lord gives, and takes away
He leads, He guides, one step at a time
Sometimes it's tough, but if I surrender
He moves in my…

He is my Life

Weak am I.

My strength is small.

My ability to pick myself up and go on is faulty.

No amount of positive thoughts can change this.

For I am a vile sinner.

I do wrong.

My good is not good enough.

My efforts could never earn me forgiveness of sin.

There is but One way to find this.

Jesus Christ is the only way.

He is my hope.

He is my strength and help.

He is my righteousness, forgiveness and hope.

Without Him, I would not be.

Without Him, I can't.

He is enough.

He is all I need.

He is my life.

~Em Kennedy~
Copyright 2020

Thanks be to God

Thanks be to God who strengthens me each day
To up and run my race, in spite of the struggles I face
For it is only through Him who guides my way
And the daily load of benefits He bestows through grace

Though my body may ache and suffer pain
He my steps infuse
With joy and hope of Heaven's sweet peace,
My soul He won't refuse

His blood He shed on Calvary to buy back my soul from sin
What a price He paid, my soul doth even now rejoice in this!
I've accepted His love and received His grace, He abides within
And one day I will experience Heaven's bliss

No more pain, no more fear, no more death or sinfulness
No more sorrows, no more struggles, no more sick
No more anxious awaiting, no more days of temptation's awfulness
Hallelujah! these symptoms of sinful flesh will no longer afflict

For God in righteousness doth reign, wicked sinners to reclaim
Providing the way to Heaven above, through His mercy, through His love
Interceding on our behalf is Jesus Christ who took G…

Confronted by the Saviour

Originally posted by Em Kennedy on- March 02, 2015 John 4:1-42, please read in your KJV Bible to fully understand this devotional.    In this passage, we see the story of the woman at the well. We know of course, that she was a harlot, or at least a very immoral person. The Bible says that she had had five husbands, and was now living with one she was not married to (vs. 18). She was not exactly a saint, she was a sinner (as we all are); yet you find that Jesus paid her special attention by going to Samaria, as well as talking to her. It was against the Jews religion to speak to a Samaritan. Why then did Jesus make such an effort? Not for popularity, I guarantee that! Jesus had a deep love for this woman’s soul and no doubt for the souls of the other Samaritans as well.                 Jesus did not let this woman’s past stop Him from confronting her about the future. We see several things in this passage. We see that her past did not keep Jesus from speaking about… 1.Her soul—vs. 10 “…

Not by Works of Righteousness

Originally posted by Em Kennedy- June 10, 2015  "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Titus 3:5-7
Have you ever met someone who thought they were to bad to be saved?  Maybe you have met someone who just had such a low self image that they couldn't believe that God would love them just the way they were.  Of course, Salvation is completely about Jesus anyway, but I would like to make a note of something that recently spoke to my heart. God is looking to save the sinner.
You don't have to be PERFECT or do things perfect. You have to admit you do wrong. You don't have to be BEAUTIFUL in anyone's eyes. You have to realize that God sees the sin in your life and it is abhorring to Him. You…

We Will Serve the Lord

Originally posted by Em Kennedy on June 8th, 2015.

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Titus 2:11-14

 We were required to memorize a passage of scripture every week at the Christian School I attended as a teenager. This was one of them. I never forgot the way our teacher explained the meaning of these words of exhortation. At the time, I was the only one that I knew of that was seriously trying to study and not fool around. I did not have a 'boy friend' there, or fit in to any of the 'clicks', so I felt a little out of place (actually a lot). I was very tempted to …

Coming to Jesus

Originally posted By -February 21, 2016. Mark 5:25-34 King James Version (KJV)
"25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him al…

A Heart of True Thankfulness

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?” Psalm 106:1-2 KJV
Every year, as the Holiday’s approach, we find the word “thankful” everywhere. We see it on fall decorations. Cute little turkey figurines holding a “Happy Thanksgiving” sign, and even wreaths on the front doors of many homes mention something about giving thanks. After all, it is one of the most celebrated holidays here in America. I often wonder, though, if we truly understand what it means to be thankful. Many Americans will be traveling to Grandma’s hours to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Many will eat gluttonously and put on a few pounds. To many, this holiday is just “Turkey Day.”

But… What does true thanksgiving look like???

[NOTE: The Mirriam-Webster’s definition of thankful is… (1) conscious of benefit received (2) expressive of thanks (3) well pleased]

What if you didn’t …