Don't waste another second of your day!

 I couldn't wait to share with you today. Today's thought came as I was studying on my daughter's birthday. She was so upset because just one street over from her townhouse there was a murder of an amazing student that was well known in their college town. She was so sad because here she was to be celebrating her birthday but couldn't because this wonderful young man was being mourned by her and so many others! God immediately took me to this scripture that I am sharing with you today!
 
So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom. ~Psalms 90:12
 
It's so simple. We must learn and understand to number our days! This really hit my heart hard as I was trying to comfort Kaylee. You may have heard that we are not promised tomorrow but it is true and it is a fact-- tomorrow is a gift from God! My heart just broke for the young man killed because his life was cut short of living life to the fullest down here. It made me really ask myself, "Do I truly number my days?"
                                                                                                                          
My heart cries out for those that lose their lives too early. My heart also is burdened for the many that fill their today with yesterday's events, thoughts, and failures. My one desire for all is to make sure that we live today, the present, and the NOW to the fullest. Also I pray that we seek God with all of our heart's and ask for His wisdom in every area of life. I just don't want any of us to miss today because we truly may not have tomorrow!
 
My challenge this week is: ask yourself if you are living for today? Are you bringing yesterday's pains, disappointments, failures, or events into today? Are you truly seeking God for today's daily bread? My prayer for all of us is that we become more aware of how valuable our today is and how tomorrow is a gift. I pray that we can start each day in God's amazing new mercies and seek Him with all of our hearts. Then and only then will we live each day in complete surrender to God's will and plans for every day of our lives. Remember this one thought today: we all have an expiration date so make sure to make the most of every second of every day giving God glory and bringing other's closer to Him!
 
 I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! Please send my any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts on what today's message meant to you. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 

 

 
 

God's goodness is everywhere!
 
 
"[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord." ~ Psalms 27:13-14  AMP
 
Good morning! I pray that you are enjoying the cool winds of fall. I love the change of seasons especially fall because I absolutely adore wearing boots! At the beach-side church service the other night I even wore my suede boots through the sand! This morning I wanted to share with you these two scriptures that brought me such hope and encouragement today. I pray that you will be inspired, too!
 
The first point today is that one of the keys to hope is to believe and expect God always! We must seek His goodness in all of life even when it hurts or does not seem to make sense. God is everywhere! We must just train our eyes and hearts to see Him in the land of the living!                                                                                                                       
Then we must wait and expect the Lord to show up with victory! As the scriptures share we must be brave and full of courage. These are NOT easy times for Christ followers! We must be bold and courageous expecting God to be with us and to have the ability to see His goodness in everything! No matter what happens in the upcoming months after the election we must not let our hearts grow weary! No matter what-- we must endure to the end pursuing the goodness of our God and sharing His great love and goodness to all we see.
 
My challenge this week is: if you are feeling anxious and insecure about our future as Americans and Christ followers then start looking for God's goodness everywhere! Don't lose hope! Keep your heart close to God's own heart and expect Him to show up in every area of life! If you struggle with anxiety, pain, or discouragement then wait upon the Lord until He shows up! These are the days that our faith may be tested to limits we have never seen, so I urge you to expect the Lord in everything and look for His goodness everywhere!
 

 

As we get closer to voting for our next President for the United States, please pray for our country that we will repent and turn away from our wicked ways so that God can heal our land. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!
 
Livin' Lively with Love,
Laine Lawson Craft
 
  

The secret to unlocking your destiny!
 
 
1 Peter 5:5-9 New King James Version
 
"Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
 
Good morning! I hope that you are having a great Monday morning. I have been on the road for over a week and it was great to come home. I loved crawling into my bed with my pillows and having my sweet family with me once again! My heart has been in a painful place recently. I felt that many of you were experiencing the same challenges. The Lord has been working with me double time to get my attention! I have been learning the hard way! You know God loves us so much but when we need to be straightened out- God will forever seek us and help us! You know when I was studying for today's inspiration it was very difficult. It took me forever to gather my thoughts and verses to communicate what the Lord is downloading to me to share with you today. I pray right now that your heart is open and that you know how much I love each of you! I pray that God touches your heart today and reveals the key to your destiny!
 
The KEY to fulfilling our destiny is defeating pride and to be clothed in humility! WHOA!!!! Doesn't this sound so easy? Well it is the greatest obstacle to fulfilling the God given purpose for our lives. One of the greatest Christian influences of the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis put it like this, "it is the great sin," "it is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense," and "According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind... it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began." So my search began into my own heart, life, and soul. Then I searched into all kinds of studies on pride. It blew me away on the lack of teachings on the subject of pride! Particularly when you take into account these two truths: it is our own sinful human nature to be self-centered coupled with the fact we live in the "ME" culture. Fame, fortune, and followers are our greatest goals in life in today's world! Obviously pride is a huge stumbling block for most. 
 
Today I want to touch only on one point dealing with pride. Pride is the hardest sin to self-evaluate but we must do it because it is a necessity to living the abundant life God has planned for us! It is hard for many of us to detect pride in our own lives. Today I plea with you to go to God. Seek God from the most humble place in your heart and ask Him to reveal any pride within you. Ask yourself about these attitudes, do you say, "I feel that I am self-sufficient, I feel my life is important (more than others), and I feel like I don't need God most of the time." Then look at how you treat others-- do you have an attitude of contempt and indifference? This is where it gets imperative that you get real with yourself and don't allow the enemy to lie to you. Get still, get quiet, and get out of any noise and ask God to show you any places that you need to repent and accept His forgiveness and grace as you get rid of pride in your life.
 
My challenge this week is: get before God and get real with yourself and humbly go before His throne and offer ALL of who you are to Him! Allow God to reveal places of pride that you need to confess and receive His amazing grace. As I shared with my best friends today, on a personal note, I will have to do this thousands of times a day, maybe even with every breath, and ask God to take out all areas of pride within me. Yes the truth hurts but if we continually ask God to wash us new and take away all pride then we can have new mercies everyday! God opposes ALL pride. Get before Him now and you will fulfill the incredible plans He has for your life. Getting rid of pride is the KEY to living out your God given destiny--Start living out your destiny today!
 
I ask you again to  join hearts as we pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts about what this message meant to you. Have a Lively week!  Email: laine@livinlivelywithlaine.com

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 
 
 

 

 
 
 Increase your HOPE today!
 
Hello, Livin' Lively Ladies! What an amazing several weeks I have experienced! I truly have been through some deep valley's and I have had touches of God that literally took me to His chest of comfort. As I was facing some battles, decisions and pain I was also struggling with my hope. It occurred to me as I was praying over many of you that you too have wrestled with the feeling of hopelessness. I pray that today's devotion will increase your hope and will bring you deep encouragement.
 
Last week I defined hope as, "to believe, desire, or trust." But today I offer you a new and fresh revelation of what God has shown in my own personal journey these last two weeks. God has been stretching my definition of hope to this, "knowing that God will not only get me through to the other side but victory will be seen over all of the challenges!" Incredible! So as I write to you today these are my personal hopes: that my health sees victory, my purpose for the Kingdom is clearly defined and realized, that my personal finances and provisions are more than enough to give away, and that my life will be used to save millions of the lost bringing them into relationship with Jesus Christ. So as I walk this out in my mind, body, soul, spirit, and heart-- I wait expectantly in faith and in hope that God will provide victory in all of these areas!
 
"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)
 
My challenge this week is: list what stands in your way of hope-- do you need healing, do you need direction for the purpose that God has uniquely designed for you to do here on earth, do you need a job or financial breakthrough? Whatever you are challenged with or tries to stand in your way to experiencing God's best  - write it down. Next write down the lie that the enemy is telling you about that situation. For example, if you are sick, write down that the enemy tells me I will not be better.  Then, write down the scripture that reveals the devil's lie to you. 1 Peter 2:24, "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed."
 
THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD WILL SQUELCH THE LIE OF THE ENEMY! Then next to each thing listed, write the promise from God that answers your need and declare victory over it. In our example you state, "I am healed through the stripes of Jesus!" Trust God with all that you are and HOPE in Him! God will not fail you! God will not let you down! YOU already have the victory because Jesus Christ died and was resurrected to heaven giving ALL of His believers final victory-- so claim your victory in a greater HOPE today!
 
I ask you again to  join hearts as we pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you!
Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts on what this message meant to you.
laine@livinlivelywithlaine.com
 
Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 
 

Do you hear from God?
 
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."  -John 10:27 NKJV
 
Good Morning! I can't believe it is August 2016. I saw on Facebook yesterday where someone posted 18 more Fridays until Christmas and I was shocked! I pray you are well today. I was so excited to share with you some thoughts today on hearing from God. I pray that this will encourage and enlighten you this week.
 
God has always talked to man. In the garden of Eden, in the beginning of time, God spoke with Adam and Eve. But when they sinned, man became fearful of God and made it harder than ever to hear God. After they ate the forbidden apple that they were told not to eat-- they hid in the bushes. They heard God coming and heard God ask them why are you afraid? Typically when we sin we run and hide from God which makes it harder for us to hear His voice. Jesus came so that we all could hear God's voice any time!
 
Do you hear God's voice? Some of you hear Him though your inner voice. Some see a visual image from God. Others of you feel a nudge in your gut. Then some of us do not hear from Him at all. Many of you have just been taught that He doesn't speak anymore. But if God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow then He is definitely speaking to His children today! For those that do hear Him, you know it is Him because it is so intimate and gentle. There leaves no doubt in what you experience. The best way to hear from God is to get alone with Him. Get into His presence and be intimate with Him. 
 
My challenge this week is: if you hear from God then praise Him for that! Maybe even get into your quiet place more often in the days to come so that you can hear from Him even more. If you don't hear from God then close your eyes right now. Pray to Him and then be still and quiet. You may get a picture, your heart may feel less burdened, you may even hear a thought from deep within-- that is God speaking with you. Just like in the old days before caller ID when you answered your phone. If it was your parent or a dear friend all you had to do is to hear their voice and you knew exactly who it was before they told you! That's exactly how it can be with God! May we all strive to be better listeners to God in our crazy busy lives. Be still and know He is God. His children hear His voice!
 
Let's join our hearts to pray for our country and for unity! Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!
 
Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 
  
 

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