Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy. Proverbs 13:12 (TLB)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 Ways to Navigate the New Year


Did you make a New Year's Resolution this year?  If so, how's it going so far?  Are you still focused and determined to see your resolution come to pass, or are you beginning to feel a little discouraged?  It can be so hard to stay on track, at times, even with the best intentions!  I want to encourage you today!  You can do this!  You will accomplish that goal.

 God wants you to have a great year too.  I truly believe that God loves it when we set goals, and accomplish them for His glory.  He's rooting for you!  John 16:13(NLT) says When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. Holy Spirit is your teacher, He's your guide, and He is waiting for you to ask for His help.  So go ahead, focus in on that goal, ask Holy Spirit to help you and then, take a look at these 5 ways to navigate the new year:

1.  Pray- Take all of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations, for this year, to God in prayer.  Spend time with Him to ensure that what you are praying for is actually His Will for your life.  Pray consistently, and give Him time to answer.  You may be surprised at what He reveals to you.

2.  Plan- During your prayer time with the Father, He will help you begin to make a plan.  Take the time to really think it through and write out what needs to happen to accomplish your goal.  Create some attainable step-by-step actions.

3.  Pursue- Once you've planned, take some action!  You must do something to begin building momentum.  Get started with step one.  Even if you feel uncomfortable, even if it seems unrealistic, just get started.  Be determined to go after it, and make it happen THIS year!

4. Problem Solve- Whenever you have a great plan, and you start to really get stuff done, things always pop up to get in the way!  Prepare yourself to solve the problems as they occur, and then keep on moving!  

5. Produce- As you begin to really put these four things in motion, you will see that you are starting to produce great results!  You will see your dreams come true, your goals be accomplished, and the makings of a very successful year.


Before you know it, what is now a very, distant goal will soon be a reality.  Let Him heal your soul!



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Prayer:  Heavenly Father,  Thank you for the Holy Spirit who will help me navigate this year.  I will be sure to consult Him at every turn, so that I can be successful and accomplish my goals.  Thank you for loving me.   In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Prayer for the New Year



I want to pray that you have an awesome new year.   Also, I have something that I think you may find to be very beneficial.  

Heavenly Father,

I am asking that you bless every reader today, prepare him/her for a productive new year.  Lord, I trust that you love him/her deeply and care about all that concerns each of them.  Remind your children today that in spite of what may have happened last year, you love them with an everlasting love.  We realize that you have charged us to rejoice and make the most of each new day.  We will walk in this year knowing that you made each day and we won't take that for granted.  

Father, we speak divine alignment over your children as they begin this new year; we know that you have great things in store for them because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.  We command their minds, hands, and plans to come into alignment with your purposes right now in the Name of Jesus.  I speak supernatural order over everything connected to them now by the Blood of Jesus.

We cancel every assignment of the enemy sent to hinder, harm, or hold them up right now in the Mighty Name of Jesus.  We loose favor and abundance now over them in Jesus' Name.  I come into agreement with each reader now for God's grace and protection in Jesus' Name.  

I thank you that even right now each reader is laying down every false burden that he/she has been carrying in regards to this new year.  They are all placed at your feet now.  We trust that this new year will unfold just as you willed it to, in your perfect timing, if we stay submitted to you. 

Even right now I release the blessings of peace, restoration, prosperity, and strength upon these readers this year.  

In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. 



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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Discover the Secret to a Successful New Year


Happy New Year!  2017 is here...a total of 365 days of new possibilities.  Over the holidays, I did some traveling, and I was reminded just how grateful I am for GPS.  What in the world did we do before it?  Oh, that's right...we would print out directions from MapQuest, or use actual paper maps even before that.  Thank goodness for technology!  I love the way GPS is able to detect what is up ahead and reroute, or recalculate when a wrong turn has been made, but most of all, I love the way the 'voice' comes in from time to time to reassure you that your next step is just up ahead.  That got me to thinking...what if there was a GPS of sorts for our souls?  What if that 'GPS' could help us to have a successful new year?


John 16:13(NLT) reads When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.  If you truly desire to have a successful new year, then here is the secret: allow Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth every single day.  If you already have an intimate relationship with The Trinity (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) then this secret is probably no secret to you at all.  However, if you desire to live this year in a new way, and you want it to be a guaranteed success, then simply allow Holy Spirit to lead you.  John 16:13 assures us that the Spirit of truth will guide us and relay what He has seen and heard in Heaven.  

You know, Holy Spirit is like our personal GPS, except He is way more accurate and complex.  He detects what is up ahead and reroutes, or recalculates when a wrong turn has been made.  His 'voice' will even come from time to time to reassure us that our next step is just up ahead.  Please understand that a successful year being led by the Holy Spirit is not a year where everything is perfect.  No, a successful year led by the Holy Spirit is one in which you are able to fully surrender, allow God to order your steps, and watch the pieces of your life come together in a miraculous way.  

There will be some disappointments and setbacks along the way, but there will also be many surprises and joyous occasions this year.  Will you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you through it all and right into a successful year?  I pray that you will.   Let Him heal your soul!



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Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I thank you for allowing me to see a new year.  I am excited about all that you have for me in this new season. Holy Spirit, please lead me into all truth every moment of each day so that I am guaranteed a successful year.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

The 5 Most Popular Posts of 2016


What an amazing year this has been for Haven of Hope!  I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my blogs, share, and post comments.  It is my prayer that you have more hope, found help on the days you needed it, and received the healing that only our Father in Heaven can provide.  Before 2016 comes to a close, click on the links below to take a look at the most popular posts from 2016:


  










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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Discover the Secret to Freedom


When you think about freedom what does that look like for you?  What would life be like if you were free from everything that was holding you and free to live as you wish?  Imagine being free from debt, unhealthy relationships, or insecurities.  What a beautiful life that would be!

Freedom often feels impossible as we face all of life's challenges, but the scriptures state otherwise.  John 8:36 (NLT) reads, so if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.  What is the secret to freedom?  Accept the Son...Embrace your Freedom.  If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, then He has set you free, so you are already free.  It just seems to simple, right?  I believe it is hard for us to grasp because the facts of our lives contradict the Truth of God's Word.  

The bills won't stop pouring in, so we feel bound to debt.

Our pasts continue to haunt us, so we feel bound to our sins.

Your manager won't promote you because of your skill set, so you feel stuck on that level.


In each of these situations, and so many more, the enemy uses our feelings and the facts to imprison us.  We must be determined to just embrace our freedom.  No matter what you are facing today, see your freedom, speak your freedom, step into your freedom.  Do you know why this possible?  Because the Son already set you free!  Let Him heal your soul!



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Prayer:  Heavenly Father, There are times when I feel so bound by life's challenges.  Please help me to fully embrace the freedom you have for me because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.  It is in Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

A Prayer for Your Business



I want to pray for your business today.  There is still hope for your business through the love of Jesus Christ.  Also, I have something that I think you may find to be very beneficial.  

Heavenly Father,

I am asking that you touch  the business or company of every reader today.  Lord, I trust that you love him/her deeply and care about what concerns them.  Remind your child today that in spite of what may be happening with their business, you love each of them with an everlasting love.  God, we know that it is not easy to start a business or company, but you have given each of us the ability to persevere.  Give each business owner the strength to press on today.

Father, we speak freedom over him/her today.  We command anything hindering the progress of his/her business to be removed right now by the Blood of Jesus.  I speak peace, productivity, and profitability over the businesses now in the Name of Jesus!

We break every curse and every lie whispered by the enemy, concerning his/her business or company, right now in the Mighty Name of Jesus.  We loose Truth and wisdom now in Jesus' Name.  I come into agreement with each reader who is following your plan as it relates to his/her business in Jesus Name.  Father, Your Will shall be done. 

I thank you that even right now each reader is laying down every false burden that he/she has been carrying in regards to his/her business.  They are all placed at your feet now.  Lord, thank you for caring about what concerns your children.

In Jesus' Name, it is so, Amen. 



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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Significance of Struggle




What struggles are you facing today?  Is it your finances, family, or job?  Perhaps it is your health, broken relationships, or unanswered prayers?  Whatever it may be, one thing is certain, struggle affects us all.  As much as we would like to avoid these situations, struggle is a significant part of our lives.

That is not to suggest that God wants us stuck and struggling our whole lives.  I do not believe that is accurate at all.  Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly!  Your life has the potential to be overflowing with the goodness of God.  However, struggle will frequently manifest throughout seasons of our lives.  For some, the struggle will last longer than others.   

We find the significance of struggle in Romans 5:3.  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us--they help us learn to be patient.  Romans 5:3 TLB  So, the way I see it, struggle must be like eating vegetables.  You don't really enjoy it, but it's really good for you.  All jokes aside, struggle is significant to you and I because it teaches us patience.  Here are a few additional reasons that struggle is significant in our lives:

1.  Struggle matures us.- The struggles in our lives cause us to rely on God even more.  In turn, we learn to trust Him more because we quickly realize that He is our only source of relief.

2.  Struggle equips us.- Life is full of challenges.  Struggle equips you and I to endure hardships as they come.  There are many things that we would not be able to handle, in our lives, had we not experienced some struggles.  

3.  Struggle humbles us.- Humility is developed during struggle.  During the difficult times, we are stretched to humble ourselves before God.  The pressure encourages you and I to surrender to the Will of God because we are reminded of our limitations.

Just know that even while you experience struggles, God loves you more than you can even imagine.  Struggle is significant because it creates an environment that will develop your character and soul.  Hang on in there today.  Let Him heal your soul!



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Prayer:  Heavenly Father, Thank you for strengthening me and keeping me through life's struggles.  Please remind me that there is significance to the struggles I face.  I trust that it is all working for my good and your glory.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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