God is counting on you today!

Hello! I hope you are having a great day! I have just one quick thought to share with you today. I know many of you wonder why in the world God created you. Some of you feel like you have missed your timing, missed your chance, or simply that you have never really fulfilled the purpose of  why you were made. Today I leave you with a few facts and thoughts that I pray will stir you and affirm you to make a difference for God starting today!
 
Jesus was our best example on how to fulfill God's purpose through us. Jesus made God His first priority. The most powerful way He stay connected to God was through prayer and spending a lot of time with God. So many times Jesus just had to pull away and go alone to spend time with God! I found this survey below and I wanted to share it with you today.
 
Did you know that a 1992 survey found that aside from sleeping and work, television was the number one thing most people spent their time on? Here is the estimate of how a typical life span of 70 years is spent:

Sleep..................23 years..........32.9%
Work.................16 years...........22.8%
TV.......................8 years...........11.4%
Eating...................6 years...........8.6%
Travel...................6 years...........8.6%
Leisure..............4.5 years...........6.5%
Illness...................4 years...........5.7%
Dressing...............2 years...........2.8%
Things of God....0.5 years...........0.7%

Total................70 years............100%
 
Truly this shocked me! You can't get away from sleep and work. But the rest of most of your time is definitely in your control. Jesus showed us that God should be our first priority! You can even take God to work everyday-- matter of fact that is where your harvest is that God laid out just for you-- to impact those that you work with for the Kingdom of God! If you feel like you are not living on purpose, if you are in a place of darkness, or if you just feel lost-- take this encouragement today. God has a purpose for each one of us and He is counting on you!
 
My challenge this week is: look at where you are spending your time and if you want to shift where you are spending your time do it today. Ask God to help you reach those that you see everyday. Ask God to direct every minute of your day. Give God the first minutes of every day and He will never fail you. You will immediately feel fulfilled and you will be certain He is with you no matter what your day brings! Make God your top priority today and follow the example of Jesus in today's scriptures-- Help God to set the captives free of this world through YOU starting TODAY!
 
Have a great week! I love each of you! Have a Lively week!
 
LivinLively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft

 YOUR faith releases God to fulfill your expectations

"Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God." ~Ezekial 1:1

I have so much to share with you today! God is so good and He is so faithful! I pray right now that God will open your hearts to embrace what I am sharing today is truth. I am totally amazed at God right now! I laughed and cried sharing to Him that He never ceases to amaze me and He pressed right back into my heart sharing that's His whole intention for all of us - we serve an amazing God so why are we so shocked when He amazes us!?

This past week I had a heavenly visitation. YES! I know right - really a visit from angels? Yes Really! One night I was wrestling with God and I looked up wide awake and saw blinks of light. They looked like lightning bugs in the summer. Then clouds or smoke filled my room and I was amazed! I asked for a voice and got none. I asked for the faces of the six-winged angels and saw none. But as I searched the next day in scriptures these are seraphim angels and they cover their faces. They are in the throne room of God! I know what some of you may be thinking, "Laine has lost it and now she is seeing things and calling it God." That's okay. Look I completely understand! I am the biggest skeptic of all. But I am telling you with all that I am and all that God has purposed for me that I had a visitation into the heavenlies.

 The only take away I want you to grasp in your heart today is this-- if you will enlarge your vision of who God is and release a higher level of expectation of what God can do, I know God is using my experience to tell you that He will answer supernaturally! The dictionary defines expectation as the degree of probability that something will occur. What probability do you give your prayer requests? Do you really believe in what you are praying for God to answer? He showed me that every action that Moses did by faith was already settled in his heart and carried expectation with it. When Moses moved in faith it released the expectation of God. Just as Ezekiel in the scriptures above was expectant for God to show and the heavens opened up!! Fresh expectations are a collision of our faith with Gods hope. 

My challenge this week is: Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow-- we serve a God that doesn't change? If God healed the blind to see, deaf to hear, and visited many in visions and in person-- then He is still doing this today! I urge you today to go to God with your biggest prayer request-- your greatest heart need from Him- and BELIEVE with a fresh expectation of who He is and what He can do for you and HE WILL show up! He is a God that never changes and He will never fail us!

Have a great week! I love each of you! Email me your prayer requests and thoughts - I would love to hear from you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Livin' Lively with Love,
Laine Lawson Craft

 

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." ~Romans 5:17 (KJV)

Hello! Is it March already?! This year has been a blink so far. I know that this Spring will be an exciting one for all. The Lord is moving in a mighty way this season. Some of us seem to be in a holding pattern. Don't mistake that as God not being with you or hearing you. God is maneuvering His perfect way for you and it just takes time. Today I leave you with one thought - God has a gift for you today and I pray that you take it and open it right now!

The scripture above says it so well, we have an abundance of grace and righteousness through Christ. The amazing thing about this is that it is a gift! When someone gives you a gift, do you deserve it? Do you work for the gift? Or do you eagerly take the gift and open it? Today God is reminding us that in His only Son we have been given a gift of righteousness.

Righteousness simply means we are in right standing with God. After we take Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we then are in the righteousness of God. It is not the works we do or right conduct that gives us this righteousness. It is a gift given to us by God! I felt you needed this gift today so when the enemy attacks your mind with lies such as you are not worthy, you have sinned too much against God, or that God is not with you-- you open this gift and yell back to the enemy and tell him that you are in right standing with God!

My challenge this week is: have you taken Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life? If not, then do it today. Confess your sins, repent and be baptized, and go tell someone today that you have made Jesus the center of your life. If you have declared Jesus as your Savior but have not truly received His gift of righteousness then today open this gift and claim it as your own. Tell yourself as often as you need to, "I am God's own child, I am His daughter, and through Jesus I can believe that I am in right standing with God!" Now you have the best gift of all, YOU will see Jesus one day face to face and live a life eternally with Him!

Have a great week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I will pray with you today and together we will stand in the gap for one another. If you would like to confess your sins, take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and take the free gift of righteousness, please email me and we will pray together. I would love to hear your thoughts on what today's message meant to you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have a Lively week and let your light shine bright in this dark world so that other's can know the love of God through you! ~Livin' lively, Laine


The Gift of the Cross

"His unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus." ~Romans 1:2-7 (Message)

 

Good Morning! I pray that you had an incredible Easter celebration! I don't know about you but the older I get the more special Easter becomes to me. I am just amazed that Jesus loved us so much in our wretched sinning state that He died for ALL of our sins! What extravagant love He has for us! His obedience to death is such a true example of what great love should be. My only thought today as we close the Easter weekend is this, YOU have the resurrection power in you as a Christ follower!

As the scriptures above tell us, Jesus was set apart to die and resurrect from the dead so that the whole world could live and have eternal life. We too are set apart as follower's of Christ to be His hands, His feet, His eyes, and His heart to the lost world. Through His generous gift, dying for us so that we may live, we must be obedient to this act of selfless love and help save the lost.

My challenge this week is: do you believe that you carry the resurrecting power inside of you? Jesus said that we would do greater things than raising people from death! Do you trust Him so much that you are willing to take a dare and pray for someone today? Or ask someone to church or invite them to bible study? As we all know and the scriptures share-- times are urgent for us to share the light and love of Christ so that ALL may know Him before the world ends and eternal life begins. Please show someone today and everyday the love of Christ and share with them the good news that He loved them so much that He gave His life on a cross so that they may live forever with Him!Have a great 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 today's message meant to you. Have a Lively week --Pay this incredible gift of resurrection power forward today! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LivinLively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft

"Don't waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It's a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!" ~Ephesians 5:11-16 (Message)

Hello! Well, if you have been doing a 21 day fast beginning at January 1, then January 21 was your last day. It was a day of celebration. However, this past Thursday the Lord pressed upon my heart that my 21 day fast needed to be extended to a 40 day fast. I was like, "Oh man! I was so close to celebrating all of the amazing things that happened during my fast."

Then later in the day, the Lord completed His reasoning with me. It so happened that astronomers just found another planet in our solar system. Since the beginning of science we were certain that the planet Pluto was the last in our solar system. But just this week they found another planet and it is much larger than earth! WHOA!

With this discovery, the Lord revealed to me that just as the planet beyond Pluto has been in darkness out of man's sight until the light was shown upon it, so it is with my some of the darkest parts of my soul. God laid in my thoughts that even though I am 51 years old that I, too, had some soul work to do. God has some things to work out in me - whether it stems from deep roots of wrong thinking to identifying in a deeper way just exactly and uniquely how God made me. So my heart rested in this nudge from God to extend my fast for 19 more days allowing God to bring His light and love to the innermost parts of me.

My Lively Challenge this week is: join me these next few weeks in looking deep into who you are and ask God to reveal to you any untruths or places that you can be more like Him. We are indeed in desperate times and God needs ALL of us to be who He designed us to be. Then we can be His vessels to bring light into all of the dark places in the world and bring His Kingdom through us so that others can be saved and experience our GREAT and LOVING Father!

As you join me on this challenge, email me and I will pray for you! You can pray for me, too! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Livin' lively, Laine

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