Joy

JOY

 

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria, so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.” -Ezra 6:22


Child of God, it is time to celebrate with joy!  You might be asking, “What exactly am I celebrating?”  You’re celebrating that your miracle working God is a God who hears your cry and comes to raise you up at the proper time.  He is a God who does miracles beyond your comprehension.  He is a God that does everything with wonder and awe!  He is a God of the impossible!  This is the reason to celebrate with joy.

Now, I ask you what situation are you in?  What are you asking God to do for you?  Is it possible God desires you to pray that He would change the attitude of the person that you need help from?  God has many ways to answer prayer.  God stands with you.  He remains by your side.  He is present.  He is on location ready to help YOU!

One way God helps us is to change the mind and/or the heart of a person who is stopping God’s will in your life.  This verse clearly shows that.  Perhaps you’re dealing with a unsaved husband or a boss that is making your life miserable. Go before God, on your knees, and ask Him, with a heart of thanksgiving and celebrating whom He is and say, “God, grant to me the same as you did Ezra and your people.”  This was no easy task for Ezra or the people, but Ezra knew God was able to help them.

In the beginning of his journey, God had already touched the King’s heart to allow him to go.  Ezra was the King’s cupbearer.  This position was given to a highly trusted individual.  The job of Ezra was to take a sip of the drink the King was going to drink and to make sure no one was trying to poison him.  You could say this job was indispensable, but God allowed the King to let him go and with a letter of protection as he traveled.  He knew just how his God was so powerful! His word says, “The king’s heart is in his hands and he will turn it each way he pleases!”

As you bring your request before God, ask if the attitude change might be your heart He is looking to change, and then ask God to change the heart of the person who is causing the problem.  Lay everything at the altar.  Rejoice and celebrate as you bring your request to Him because He has made it possible through Jesus Christ for you to go in boldly.  Once you go into the Holy of Holies, God himself will meet you there.

Put Your Hope and Trust in God!

 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Does The Window Need Cleaning?

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. -Luke 6:45

Your mouth is the window to your heart! What is being displayed for others to see? Is your “window” clean? Have you washed it lately? Check yourself, Children of God.  What you say and do bears witness to those around you.

Ruth Strait
Vice President,
Thread of Hope, Inc

Take Heart

“You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in Your bottle–not one will be lost. You care about me every time I’ve cried. For it is all recorded in your book of remembrance.” -Psalm 56:8

I’m sad to read on Facebook so many are having a hard time. I couldn’t help but recall this verse that has become a tried and true gem of all gems to me. I’m sharing with you to please take heart and don’t lose hope.

The hardships of our lives cannot compare to the joy God is going to give you. Imagine God of all creation is so intimate connected to you, cares for, and loves you so much. He’s kept track of every hurt, every pain, and all your weeping. God went as far as bottling each tear you ever cried. Your shed tears were not in vain. God saw them. He counted them; He bottled them. They are that important and that precious to him. They were bottled, not one went unnoticed. There is a book of remembrance too. They have been noted and recorded meaning God knows all about your hurt. They serve a greater purpose, and someday it will be revealed. Most importantly, God does and will remember, and restoration is just around the corner.

Take heart, keep going, and know you’re loved.

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder  & President, Thread of Hope, Inc

People of Purpose

 

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“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;  A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” ~Psalm 51:17 NASB

 

 

Very early this morning, I was on a prayer conference call. Three friends and I joined for prayer via conference calling. It was amazing!

We prayed for each other, and we prayed for others who are in need without those people even knowing four people were praying for them before the day even began.  I heard my sisters cry before the Lord as they began to pray about the tough situations they were facing.  I literally felt pain in my heart for them.  I wanted to go through the phone and hug my friends.  They were laying their heavy hearts before the Throne Room of Heaven, totally broken.

God immediately brought to my mind, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

All of a sudden the pain I was feeling for my sisters turned to joy.  I knew God was honoring what they were laying at His feet and what we were believing God for.  God always honors when we come before him and stop pretending everything is fine by getting before Him humbly and emptying our hearts before Him.

When we are real, we allow the Spirit of God to speak to us to fill us with peace and joy.  The joy He gives us isn’t like the joy of any earthly possession we acquire.  The joy He gives is unspeakable, exuberant, and inexplicable. He wants you to experience this type of joy not based on what you are feeling because feelings lie to us all the time.  The world cannot give you this type of joy, only God can take the hurts, disappointments, and turn them to joy unspeakable.

I was very encouraged today.

My three friends and I were in the presence of God, and He made Himself felt in each of our hearts. One of the ladies prayed a prayer, which totally broke me. I had a “wow” moment.  I never knew she was hurting that badly.  She was tired, and she prayed just that.

People, can I just encourage you to always be the kind of person who will wrap your arms around people, encouraging them, loving with the love of God, and pray fully asking God who are the people around you who need that extra moment.  We are to be a people of hope for the hopeless, a beacon of light for those who are lost in the midst of their darkest moments.  There are people who are holding on by a thread of hope.  Be the strong rope that will lift them out of the pit of despair.

There is a new thing happening.   Can you not perceive it?

Be renewed in your spirit, and be the one who is going through the land encouraging, uplifting, and setting the prisoners free from the bondage of despair, hopelessness, and total destruction.  God Himself does not despise a broken heart.  If He doesn’t, don’t you think He’s expecting us not to either?

Let’s be people of purpose with open hearts and outstretched hands and in one accord bringing healing to our lands!


Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

The Importance of Prayer

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Our prayer life is of most importance.  It is the most we can do for each other.  A prayer does not need to be filled with big, long “religious” words.  It doesn’t need to be spoken eloquently nor does it need to be lengthy.  It definitely does not need to be a grocery list type thing either.  A prayer can be as simple as, “Jesus, I can’t do it by myself.  Help me please!”

Jesus isn’t looking at how it is spoken or the words we use;  however, He does look at our heart.  It doesn’t matter how long, how many hours we pray;  it’s a matter of what is in your heart.  Is it God’s will you are asking?  Is it fleshly desire?  Are we earnestly seeking Him in our prayers?  Are we truly sorry for what we have done wrong?  Don’t be like the Pharisees, being long-winded and praying for everybody to see and hear.  Be of humble heart, seeking God’s will alone.

Child of God, go to God and ask Him to remove what is not from Him.  Praise Him for who He is.  Ask, with a pure heart, your desires.  Pray for those who need it, and thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do.  End your time with Him with a praising and joyful heart.  Then go out, and do what you need to.

Prayer is not talking then waiting for God to do all the work.  No, you must do your part too, whatever that may be.  It is a conversation with your best friend, Jesus!  Prayer is not something we do once a day.  It is a way of life.

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Inspiring Publications @

https://www.threadofhope.org/shop.html

Sin Affects Our Spirit

"Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams." -1 Samuel 15:22 (HCSB)

“Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.” -1 Samuel 15:22 (HCSB)

“Sin affects our spirit!  A humble attitude before an Almighty God is essential to receiving God’s blessings.  Be wise today.  Ask God to show you what is wicked in you.  Yes, our hearts are wicked and deceitful.  Only God knows our intentions.  Bow before Him.  He will forgive you, and lift you out of the pit and set your feet on solid ground.  It’s all about obedience and repentance!”

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Inspiring Publications @ https://www.threadofhope.org/shop.html

Not About Flashy Words

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“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.  And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” -1 John 5:14-15
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When we go to God in prayer, our words need not be eloquent or extravagant. What matters is that our prayer comes from deep within our hearts, the depths of our soul. God loves it when we converse with Him, talking and listening, telling Him every little thing.
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It is imperative we take the time to be silent, to be still and listen to what God tells us during our time with Him. Listening is part of praying too. Our prayers are not to be a grocery store list or demands we think God ought to do. We pray and ask according to HIS will. Believe God when He gives you promises, and do your part to show your obedience to Him.
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Radical faith + radical obedience = radical blessings
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Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.
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