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Prepare

Sunshine’s Word of the Day


Good Morning blog family and friends!  Dear blog, I’ve missed you!  My family and I are doing much better, thank you for the prayers.   I pray that everyone had a blessed and safe Christmas holiday.  God is truly in the blessing business.  Enjoy your day and if you received a lot of snow please make a snowman, snow woman, or snow family.  (Giggling)

John 14:3 (New King James Version)

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Today’s Word: PREPARE

Prepare means to put in proper condition or readiness; to get ready.  2010 has been an interesting year for many and is quickly approaching its end.  Can you believe that 2011 will be here in five days?  We’ll ready or not here it comes.  Each year many people come up with new year’s resolutions.  We sit around saying what we will do different in 2011; whether it’s lose weight, relocate, become more involved in ministry, get a better job, end some relationships or negative friendships, and the list goes on.  We say all of these things and end up unsuccessful because we haven’t prepared for the new year.  We haven’t prepared for the change that will take place in our lives.

We have five days to put things in proper condition or readiness for 2011.  Don’t wait until January 1st to make a change, start preparing for your change now.  Even Jesus knew the importance of being prepared.  Jesus left to put things in proper order for us so that when the appointed time comes everything will be ready for all of His children.  It takes time to get things in order for change or to make things ready for people to move to the next level.  Why not start today.

Start preparing for 2011 by praying today for God to equip you for the new journey.  Start getting your words together to end some unhealthy relationships, start packing up some of the things of your former life to make room for the things of your new life as a Christian, start throwing out the unhealthy foods and start getting active today for your new physical life.  You will have a better success rate of completing a new task or pressing through a journey if you are prepared.

2011 is coming whether you are ready for it to come or not, put your life in the proper condition by reading God’s word more, fasting and praying more, and going to church more.  Don’t wait until January 1st, prepare for a new spiritual life today.

Ask yourself: What are some things that you need to prepare for?  Are you prepared for when Jesus comes?

Food for thought: More people spend more time preparing for summer vacation then they do preparing their spiritual relationship with Christ.

I pray that you have a blessed day in Jesus Name.

Reflections of the Son by: Nicole Ellis is available now in person, by mail order or Pay pal! Contact me at niklellis@live.com or click on the BUY BOOK NOW page on the blog*

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Desperate

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good afternoon!  Happy Monday to you all!  I pray that your weekend was all that you needed it to be.

Proverbs 16:9 (New King James Version)

9 A man’s heart plans his way,
      But the LORD directs his steps.

Today’s Word is Desperate

To be desperate means having an urgent need or desire, making a final ultimate effort; giving your all. 

Are you desperate for Christ?  Do you earnestly seek to do His will, His way?  We have all heard the saying “Desperate times calls for desperate measures”; what are you willing to do or sacrifice to get more of CHRIST?

As believers, we have to have an urgent need and desire to receive more of Christ.  We should give our all to please Him and do His will.  How desperate are you for Christ?  We can become desperate for material things and even desperate to please people, but how urgent is it for you to have all that God has to offer?

Are you so desperate for God that you will seek His word at all times and not just when it’s convenient to you?  Are you willing to give up pleasures of the world and your flesh to do things that are pleasing to Him?  Are you willing to fast, pray, tithe, serve, study, and fellowship with other believers in order to grow closer to God?  Are you willing to praise Him more than you complain?  Are you willing to love your enemies as Christ loves you?  Are you willing to forgive those who hurt you and pray for those who spitefully use you?  Are you willing to become more like Christ?

How desperate are you for God to order your steps and lead your life?  How urgent is developing an intimate relationship with Christ to you?

Spend time thinking about the word “desperate” and ask yourself if you are desperate for Christ.

Have a blessed day.

Reflections of the Son by: Nicole Ellis is available now in person, by mail order or Pay pal! Contact me at niklellis@live.com or click on the BUY BOOK NOW page on the blog*

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

FREEDOM

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good morning!  Happy Friday to you all!  I am so happy that it’s Friday.  God restored my children’s health, clothed me, placed me in my right mind, blessed me with a super fantastic husband, gainfully employed, and the list goes on.  I am too blessed to be stressed.  The enemy tried to discourage me this week, but I gave him an uppercut and right hook with the Word of God, prayer, and fasting.  So glad to be a child of God.

Psalm 119:45 (New International Version)

 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Today’s Word is Freedom

Freedom is the exemption from external control or interference.  It also is personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery.  I like this definition, the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior than you are free.  The external control from the world can’t hold you in chains because you are free by the blood of Jesus.  The problem with many believers, much like with slavery, you have been in bondage so long that now that you are free you don’t realize it and so you don’t experience freedom.  Someone is walking around operating as if they are still in bondage from the world.

EMBRACE YOUR FREEDOM.  You are member of a royal priesthood.  You are free to enjoy the rights and ALL of the privileges of being a child of God.  It’s time to recognize that you are free and embrace your freedom.

You no longer have to live in fear, you no longer have to accept mediocrity.  You no longer have to live a bond life headed for destruction.  YOU ARE FREE!  Do you realize  that you have the freedom to pray, fast, read the Word of God, worship, attend church, and so much more without someone trying to kill you over it.  That fact alone is reason enough to embrace your freedom.

Whenever you hear or see the word Freedom, think of ways you can embrace your freedom as a child of God.  Inform people around you who are saved but don’t realize that they are free, that they are in fact free.

ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM!  I am so glad that I am Free.  Freedom reigns in this place!  Have a blessed Friday and a wonderful weekend!

*Reflections of the Son by: Nicole Ellis is available now  in person, by mail order or Pay pal!  Contact me at niklellis@live.com or click on the BUY BOOK NOW page on the blog*

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Prayer

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good afternoon.  I pray that you are having a blessed work/school week thus far. 

Matthew 5:44 (New King James Version)

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you

Luke 6:28 (New King James Version)

28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

Today’s Word is: Prayer

Prayer is a devout petition to God; a spiritual communion with God, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.

I believe we all stand in need of prayer at some point in our lives.  When I am doing well or even when I am struggling I want the children of God to earnestly pray for and with me.  Prayer should be a devout petition to God; a deeply sincere and devoted request to the Lord concerning a certain matter or person.  Don’t pray for someone if you are not sincere.  Don’t pray for a person if you have ill intentions about your request. 

It is easy to pray for those who treat you well and respect you.  The challenge comes when we have to pray for those who have mistreated you, abused you, misused you, disrespected you, lied on you, talked about you, etc.  It’s not enough to say that you are praying for someone when you have the wrong motives for praying for them.  When you go to God in prayer you go to commune with Him and to offer confession, thanksgiving, adoration and petitions to Him.  Don’t taint the communion with God when you go in prayer with a harden heart.

There is power in prayer and it should not be used to taunt or “threaten” anyone.  Pray for God to give you a sincere heart before you begin praying for enemies and those who spitefully use you.  You want your fellowship with God to be decent and in order.

Food for thought: When was the last time you prayed for your enemy or someone who mistreated you with a sincere heart?  Maybe it’s time to change your prayer and ask God to work on you so that you can pray for people the right way.

Have a blessed day praying for everyone!!!  EVERYONE!!! 

*Reflections of the Son by: Nicole Ellis is available now by mail order or Pay pal!  Contact me at niklellis@live.com or click on the BUY BOOK NOW page on the blog*

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blogs author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole L. Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Confidence

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good morning.  I pray that you have a blessed day and wonderful weekend.  Give God some glory because He is a good God. 

Hebrews 10:35-36 (New International Version) 

 
 
35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 

Today’s word is confidence  

Confidence means to have full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing, assurance.

The scripture says do not throw away your confidence.  We have to remain confident in the Word of God.  We have to remain confident in the Promises of God and about who we are in Him.  When a person has confidence in someone or in something there is a sense of peace that hangs over them.  They place a guarantee on the person carrying out their task.  Think about your life for a moment there are people you have confidence in that when something needs to get done you know it will get done.  You don’t have to go stalking them, you don’t have to remind them; all you have to do is give them a task and you know it will be completed. 

If we can place that type of confidence in other people, material things or even ourselves, then surely we should be able to have confidence in the only wise, unchanging, powerful never-failing God.  We need to remain confident in the things that God has called us to do.  Have full trust that God will see us through.   

I know you may have a lot on your plate right now and you don’t know which way is up or down, but I dare you to believe in the power of Jesus Christ and know that He will see you through.  I know it looks impossible to the naked eye, but we have assurance in God that it will get done.  Philippians 1:6 (one of my favorite scriptures) says,   

6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

God’s word is true and we have to be confident that everything that God has for our lives He will complete it in us.  Do not throw away your confidence.  Continue to persevere so that you can continue to do the will of God.  There are promises from God that are waiting for you, but you must remain confident and finish what God has called you to do.  I know at times you may get discouraged and when doubt or fear enters in your mind ask yourself “Where is my confidence; is it resting in a deceiving changing world or in a trustworthy unchanging God?”

I pray that you remain confident and persevere in all that God has called you to do.

God bless!  Have a wonderful weekend!  

*P.S. My first book of inspirational poetry is  scheduled to release soon.  Be one of my supporters contact me at niklellis@live.com if you are interested in committing to a copy or multiple copies of Reflections of the Son; a collection of Christian inspirational poetry.  God bless.  

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis       

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.       

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.   

Wisdom

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good afternoon!  I pray that your week is going well. 

James 3:13 (New King James Version)

   
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

Today’s word is Wisdom

Wisdom is the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; discernment or insight.

Would you consider yourself wise?  When you handle your daily affairs do you exercise wisdom?  When I look over my life I must say 1 Corinthians 13:11 says it best; ” When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  It is expected to lack knowledge and wisdom when you are a child.  It is also expected that as you grow older you will acquire more knowledge and with more knowledge and experience you will become wiser.  However, that is not always the case.  Some people have knowledge yet lack wisdom.
 
A person who exercises wisdom in their life is not puffed up or proud.  They don’t walk around saying, “I told you so”.  They know what is true only because they seek the truth and then they are gentle and kind in their approach to sharing their knowledge. 
 
They make good decisions and they perform them all in a humble fashion.  When we think of a person that is wise we instantly look to our elders.  Many of them are rich with knowledge and full of experiences both good and bad and can deposit information into our lives.  A wise person verifies information and then applies it to their lives. 
 
Note: Just because you think you have mastered something, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn more about that subject.  Always be open to learning more about the Word of God and about life.  Never close your mind to the world because you think you know it all.  Never shun a child just because you are their elder.  God has raised up some children who are full of knowledge and wise beyond their years.  Be open to new information and use discernment when receiving new information or trying new things.  The possibilities in this world are endless and God wants us to exercise wisdom in all that we do.    

James 3:17 (NIV) says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

When you think about a wisdom think about wisdom that comes from the Lord.  When you spend consistent time in God’s word you will obtain the wisdom of God.  Do you exercise wisdom in all you do?  Spend some time thinking about that.  

 Have a blessed day making wise decisions.

*P.S. My first book of inspirational poetry is  scheduled to release soon.  Be one of my supporters contact me at niklellis@live.com if you are interested in committing to a copy or multiple copies of Reflections of the Son; a collection of Christian inspirational poetry.  God bless.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis    

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.    

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Refuge

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good morning!  Happy Tuesday to you all!

Psalm 46:1; 10 (New King James Version)

 
 1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Today’s word is Refuge

Refuge is a shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm; a place of shelter, protection, or safety; anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape

Have you ever been to church and the preacher spoke so eloquently and possessed an extensive vocabulary that made the word sound so good and interesting, however the meaning was lost because you didn’t know what half of those words meant?  Sometimes preachers try too hard to sound educated that they miss the mark.  I pray that this will be something simple that you can take back and apply to your life.

God is YOUR REFUGE.  God is your shelter or protection from danger and trouble.  God is a place where you can feel safe.  God can be anything that you need that will provide aid, relief, and escape for you.  God IS YOUR REFUGE.

It is awesome to know that when you feel scared or in danger that you can hide up under the covering of God.  He will protect you from dangers seen and unseen.  When you are being attacked physically, God will protect you.  When you are attacked spiritually, God will protect you.  When you want to hide from the insanity and confusion that is taking place in your home, on your job, at your school; you can go to God and feel safe.  When you begin feeling overwhelmed by the lack that you are experiencing in life; lack of income, lack of food, lack of friends, lack of support, lack of comfort, lack of education; you can find relief and the assistance that you need from God.

GOD IS YOUR REFUGE.  This is not just a statement that should make you feel good, it’s a TRUE statement.  In the midst of everything that you are experiencing in your life you can find a safe getaway or hideaway in the arms of the Lord.  GOD IS YOUR REFUGE.

Have a blessed day.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis   

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.   

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Accountable

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

I want to say good morning to my “blog” family.  I pray that you had a spectacular weekend.  I want to encourage you all to take time each day and marvel at the splendor of God.  I know it has been a super hot weekend for many people, but even in the midst of the heat there are still blessings from God.  Make sure you take time to recognize them.

1 John 4:21 (New King James Version)

21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Galatians 6:1-2 (New International Version)

 1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Today’s word is accountable

To be accountable means to be responsible to someone or for something.  As Christians we are accountable to God and accountable for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and ourselves.

Have you ever tried to reach a goal without being held accountable?  I have and it was not successful.  When it comes to things like losing weight, studying for a test, writing a paper, planning an event, and so forth, if I did not map out a schedule in which I would be accountable for and have a person to check up on me with the schedule then I would not be productive.

The same is true for our spiritual walk, we cannot strive to be a better Christian if we are not held accountable.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not that strong yet.  I have not arrived.  There are times when I need to call one of my sisters for a little push.  We all need to be held accountable.  If you truly love God then you will love your brothers and sisters too and through that love you will seek to hold one another accountable. 

If you see your sister struggling with a no good man, reach out to her and hold her accountable to the things of God.  She has said that she wants to grow closer to God, show her the way.  If you see your brother struggling with alcohol, reach out to him and hold him accountable to stay out of the bars.  We can conquer sin with a strong support system.  Accountability is key.  You do not have to run this race alone. 

Food for thought:  Many people do not like to be held accountable because it will expose their shortcomings and push them to change.  Is your pride more important than changing for Christ?

Examine your life and find ways in which you can be held accountable: Weight loss, saving money, reaching a goal, starting a business, working on a project, etc.

Have a blessed day.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis     

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.     

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Release

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good morning!  Happy Wednesday to you all!

Psalm 22 1:1-2 (New King James Version)

 1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
         Why are You so far from helping Me,
         And from the words of My groaning?
 2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
         And in the night season, and am not silent.

(Please read the Psalm 22 in its entirety)

Today’s word is Release

Release means to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; to let go.  Many of us have experienced feeling like the verses above.  We have felt like God has left us and that our cries have gone unanswered.  Sometimes your minds can play tricks on you, people can influence you to believe that God is not there for you, and the enemy can trick you to thinking that God has left you, but the devil is a liar.

It’s time to come out of bondage and be released.  I encourage you to read Psalm 22 in its entirety because in the beginning David feels like God is not there, then he remembers how God has brought others out, then his prayers are answered, then praise and adoration takes place.  There was a release. 

Much like all of us, we battle with believing and trusting that God is there and when we begin remembering all that God has done for others and even for ourselves we experience a release.  God answers our prayers.  A spiritual release is not limited to the end of a storm it can take place while you are in the midst of a storm.  When you tap into your memory bank of who God is, His promises, and who you are in Him you will be released.

Release those feelings of inadequacy, feelings of depression, feelings of being abandoned by God, feelings of being rejected, feelings that are contrary to the characteristics of God.  FIND RELEASE in the WORD of GOD.  FIND RELEASE in PRAISE unto the LORD.  FIND RELEASE in the MIDST OF IT ALL!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  God has already released you from the bondage of this world.  You just have to realize that you are no longer a slave and step out of your chains.

Have a blessed day.  How has God released you today?

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis  

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.  

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Rejoice

Sunshine’s Word of the Day

Good afternoon!  Happy Wednesday to you all!  I know you thought you weren’t going to get a TFTD today, but here it is.  God bless.

Philippians 4:4 (New King James Version)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Today’s word is Rejoice

Sometimes life can become so difficult or overwhelming that the easiest thing to do is complain.  We complain about long work hours, we complain about the weather, we complain about our children, we complain about our hair, weight, appearance, finances, relationships, etc.

I want to encourage you to step outside of what is easy and push for the things that have meaning.  Rejoice in the Lord.  There is so many things to be grateful for.  Why waste valuable energy complaining when you can spend time rejoicing in the Lord. 

Rejoice in the Lord for He created the sun that keeps us warm.  Rejoice in the Lord for providing you with a job that allows you to provide for your family.  Rejoice in your children because they are a gift from God.  Rejoice in your appearance because you were created in the image of God. 

If you rejoice in the Lord at all times then you won’t have time to complain.  I want to challenge you, starting today, replace every complaint with a way to rejoice in the Lord.  I know you are reading this and saying “Nicole, you must be crazy, that is too hard.”  You can do all things through Christ… Philippians 4:13.  So yes, you can do it.  This is a challenge for me as well.  Before that complaint parts your lips, swallow those words and begin rejoicing in the Lord. 

Lord thank you for giving me the opportunity to minister to your people through this blog.  Thank you for making time within a busy day.  Thank you for your faithfulness.

Have a blessed day.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis 

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation. 

© Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog, 2009 to 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicole Ellis and Sunshine’s Reflections Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.