Good Morning!

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

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Good Morning!

I woke up this morning, and you were on my mind!

How can I stir you to love?

How can I be kind?

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I want to encourage you,

To let you know:

God is not done with you.

You are in this situation so that you may grow.

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For those who are lonely,

For those who are aching,

Turn your eyes up to Jesus,

Full of anticipating.

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Long for Him as you did

When you first came to know

Him as your first love.

May that love now deepen and grow.

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Cry out to Him,

To His side, draw near.

Pray to Him;

Give Him all your fears.

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Dear one, if you are cheerful

And full of great joy,

Sing out His praises with great gusto,

Every girl and every boy!

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We are all so loved

By our wondrous Maker.

He is our soul’s Lover

And our Creator!

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O, Dear One,

Can you now see?

Just how much

He loves you and me?

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And so this morning

May we rejoice!

May it be our pleasure;

May it be our choice!

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Grace and peace be upon

The household of God!

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In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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Hebrews 10:24 (NASB)

“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”

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In God’s Presence May We Be Found

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

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James 5:13 (NASB)

“Is anyone among you suffering?  Then he must pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  He is to sing praises.”

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Are you suffering today?

May you cry out to God and pray.

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Are you full of joy and cheer?

Let God your praises hear.

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So often life is difficult.

We shrug off others’ pain and hurt.

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Then it comes to be our turn

And that is when a lesson is learned.

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Are you suffering today?

O, please bow your knees and pray.

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Or are you full of joy and cheer?

Then praise the One who is always near.

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Your heart will be so glad you did.

When you find shelter as your Heavenly Father’s kid.

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For as His kids, we are blessed with grace.

And Someone to rely on, no matter life’s pace.

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So rain or drought,

We are never without

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The love of our true Father.

So, may we too love one another.

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May we remember when another is in pain,

That on this earth, we will all have times of suffering.

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Hold your loved one close, and remind them to pray.

As the tears fall down, God will comfort them in their pain.

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And when comes joy and cheerfulness,

Remember, too God’s constant nearness.

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Give Him praise for the source of your cheer.

Remember that God is the reason that you are here.

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So, be it up, or be it down,

In God’s presence may we always be found!

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Freedom

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

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Freedom is a gift–

In the USA, it is ours.

Freedom to worship God

And shine our light for Him as bright as the stars.

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 But there is a bigger Gift

That all have been given–

A Gift for the entire world–

A Gift of freedom from death and sin.

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Both gifts that have been offered–

In the USA and for all–

Came through a heavy price.

Blood was spilled to tear down a wall.

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On July 4th we remember

As Americans, those who died for us.

As Christians, every day we remember

The Great Love and sacrifice of Jesus.

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On July 4th, we celebrate freedom,

And we give thanks, too

For every man and woman

Who for freedom gave their lives for me and you.

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We remember too the families

Who gave their loved ones up

That we may embrace our freedom,

That we may freely live lives of love.

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As Christians, Freedom has an even greater meaning

That can’t be contained in a single country.

It is freedom for every boy and girl–

Every man and woman to know and see.

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This freedom is so special–

But it wasn’t free.

It was paid for with the highest price–

Jesus’ blood on Calvary.

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It is freedom from the power of sin and death

Available to all who come

To Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord–

It is for everyone!

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This freedom is offered by God’s grace–

A Divine favor that cannot be earned.

For we all need God’s pardon–

We have all done wrong in thought, deed, and word.

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My friend, this is such good news!

There is Someone to save us from our sin!

When we come to Jesus to ask His forgiveness,

We can begin again.

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So this July 4th, may we rejoice

In all that we know is true.

We are free in the USA

And Jesus offers freedom to the whole world–including me and you!

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Painting:

“It is for Freedom Christ set us Free”

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

(Galatians 5:1)

A Song of Joy ~ Hope for the Believer

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

 

A song of joy rings loud and clear

From my lips today.

A song of joy no matter what

Happens to come my way.

 

For my Lord is in control

Of all that comes to be.

He has charge of everything

That is concerning me.

 

So when good things come to pass,

Or when bad things happen too,

I will lift a song of praise,

For I trust God’s Word is true!

“I know, Lord, You are using this

To make me more like You!”

 

“In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

 

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Romans 8:28-29 NASB

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

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Some days are just plain hard.

 

But you know what?

 

That’s the point, isn’t it?

 

We need hard days on this earth sometimes.

 

Why?

 

They teach us endurance, and God uses them to make us more like Jesus.

 

As we choose to cling to the Lord and praise Him even when times are hard, something happens in us.

 

A supernatural strength is born that cannot be taken away.

 

We, as God’s children, can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

(Philippians 4:13)

 

Do you know what that means?

 

That means that with the strength of Jesus, we have the power to give thanks in EVERY circumstance.  To be content and full of joy no matter what!

 

That kind of power (2 Timothy 1:7) is ours in the Lord Jesus Christ.  That kind of power makes us unstoppable to do the will of God–to love others and obey Him no matter what!

 

So let us give thanks when various trials and hardships come our way.  They are a reason to rejoice, because God will use them in our lives to make us more like Jesus–to strengthen us in the power and love of our Savior and Lord.

 

 

Will you pray with me?:

 

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“Dear Heavenly Father,

 

Thank You today for the trials I am going through.

 

Thank You that You are in control, and You are worthy of my trust.

 

You are so Good, Dear Lord.

 

That truth never changes, no matter what I go through.

 

Dear Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

 

I pray that as we endure hardship, You would increase our trust in You.

 

Work a powerful work in Your people, Dear Lord.

 

A work of contentment, trust, and joy–of power, love, and self-control NO MATTER WHAT.

 

No matter what happens to us, Lord, may we remember that it is our God that is in control, and we can trust You fully with our lives.

 

For what can man do to us?

 

Lord, help us see beyond today, beyond the now, beyond the present pain.

 

Help us see instead with eyes of faith what You are working in us.

 

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Help us trust what we cannot see.

Help us, dear Lord, to believe.

Give us a hunger for Your Word, and the discipline to get into the Bible every day.

Help us, dear Lord to love each other and to pray.

 

Apart from You, we can do nothing, dear Lord. (John 15:5)

 

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Thank You for the opportunity that is given to us every time we face trials and hard times.

 

May we take these opportunities to trust You instead of blame You, to grow and move forward instead of take steps backward by the power of Your Holy Spirit at work within us.

 

We love You, dear Lord!

 

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

 

Amen.”

 

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Jesus, You are so Good to Me!

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

 

Jesus, You are so Good

When no one else will be.

Jesus, You are so Good,

So very Good to me!

 

Jesus, I never want,

Nor do I ever need

Anything but You.

You are always enough for me!

 

Jesus, You are so Good!

So very Good to me!

And so I will sing to You this day

For all the world to hear and see!

 

Jesus, You are so Good!

I want everyone to know

Just how great You are

And how I love You so!

 

Be glorified in me this day,

And lead me through every step.

I know You are always Faithful!

For my soul You have always kept.

 

Dear Jesus, You are so Good!

So very Good to me!

So today I will take the time,

And in Your presence simply be.

 

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“Dear Heavenly Father,

 

I pray today for my Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

 

Each one is precious and unique, and we are all called for a special purpose in Your kingdom.

 

May we live this day to fulfill Your calling on our lives, dear Lord.

 

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To love You and to love others in that specific way that only we can with our unique gifts that You have blessed us with.

 

May we do all for Your glory and all with thanksgiving in the name of Your Son, Jesus.

 

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Dear Lord, You are so Good.  So very Good to us.

May we always live for You and to bring glory to the name of Jesus!

 

In Jesus’ Name I ask, In Jesus’ Name I pray,

And now may all the church join with me and say,

Glory Hallelujah to the Ancient of Days!

 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen! And Amen.”

 

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Happy Sunday!

Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Lores

 

Good morning, and Happy Sunday!

 

I pray that it will be a blessed one for you!

 

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Today, as we go about our days, I pray that we will remember the One who has given us life.  It is so easy to forget God as we get caught up in all that swirls around us.

 

But may I point out a reminder that I often need:  If it were not for God, we would have nothing.  This whole world was created by Him, through Him, and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-17)  That includes you and me!

 

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God deserves our worship every day.

 

What does worship look like?  It is to joyfully do all that we do with thanksgiving and praise for our Maker and Lord Jesus Christ. (Colossians 3:17,23)

 

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So whatever your plans are today, I encourage you to make God your focal point.

 

He is the reason we exist, and the reason we are alive.

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To know Him is the greatest gain.

May knowing Him be our life’s true aim!

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In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen!

 

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Free eBook! “What is the Answer?” By Michelle Lores

What is the Answer?  is a short eBook filled with beautiful photography and the lyrics of a song I wrote about the times we are living in.

 

What is the Answer to the hate and unrest we see?

 

You will find the Answer in this song.  If you know the Answer, I pray that you will begin  to share it today, in the form of love, with everyone you meet.

 

What is the Answer?  Download today’s free eBook to find out!

 

If you like the eBook, please check out my Amazon page!  This book is available in print form as well.  Here is the link to my author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/michellelores

 

Enjoy the book!

Here is the link to the downloadable pdf, readable on all of your eBook devices!

eBook What is the Answer

 

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