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Everyone, everyday, celebrates a birth day.  Not just the day they were birthed, but those days they are born and reborn.  Whether this birth is a physical one or a spiritual one, it deserves recognition and celebration.  

This series is a collection of all the Biblical verses represented by my physical birth date, that I have birthed into a new message for all of you.  There are 29 in all.  I will try and write a message each week for each one, in no particular order.

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          Minister Cheryl Moore    

Wednesday, August 22 2018

My most favorite saying is:  If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it! 

There is nothing too great for God, and there is nothing he will put upon you that will be too great for you!  You may not believe it when you are faced with a problem or situation that may seem unsurmountable to you...but the only limit is the one you put on yourself.  Have you ever heard the story of the room full of crosses?

A young man was at the end of his rope one day. He felt as though he had tried everything he knew to remedy his situation. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.

"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy of a cross to bear."

The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."

The man was filled with relief. "Thank you, Lord," he sighed as he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large that the tops were not visible. After what seemed like and eternity, he spotted a small cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered.

And the Lord smiled and replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."

The young man had just been taught that when life's problems seem overwhelming, he should look around and see the problems of others.  He probably will find — as we all would — that he is far more fortunate than he ever imagined.

When is the last time you stopped and looked around to consider your blessings?

We all have a cross to carry, so the next time you want to complain about how big yours is....stop and look what others are carrying.

Then looking at how they are carrying theirs.  Maybe it isn't the size or weight of the cross at all, but how you are dragging it, or allowing it to wear you down.  Maybe you are pushing instead of pulling.  Maybe you are taking all of the weight in the front, and you should be in the back.  You have to decide what will work best for you, but you also have to know that it WILL work for you.  You also have to decide if you even need to carry it at all!  There is no shame in leaving it behind or asking someone to help you carry it.  Sometimes, you might have to take it apart and carry it in pieces.  Be smart, and learn to lesson the load to one that is do-able for you.

What size load will you carry?

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Wednesday, August 15 2018

We had torrential rains this month, and lots of, cars and property were ruined.  But new life always sprouts out of the ruins.

Matthew 7:25  25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

We live in a microwave.....we want everything in a hurry.  We like drive-thru convenience, all things disposable, and cell phone availability.

And yet, we complain - that we don't have enough time to do things, in order to be able to enjoy life.  

We sacrifice quality for convenience, building unstable foundations in order to just get the job done.  But a weak foundation will sooner or later result in downfall or collapse. The problem is, you never know when the rains will come, or how hard they would be.  So how do you prepare for devastation?  And how do you not only survive it, but come out of it better?

Well the one answer that can apply to all is to believe and trust in the Lord.  If God is your foundation, your rock - there is nothing you can't build that will not last for an eternity.  

The waters of the flood rushed in.  They weakened the foundation.  They ruined the material items we had tucked away for 'safe' keeping.  They created a mess that would take days, weeks, even months to clean and clear.  But when they were over, there was a rainbow of hope, of fullfillment and of redemption.

And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.  You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over.  But one thing is certain.  When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in.

Whatever is washed away or ruined in the storms of life, are for your benefit.  To make you better, stronger, bigger and more faithful.  God is your rock and he rock solid.  And you can be sure, that with God as your foundation, you are solid as a rock as well.

  Minister Cheryl Moore

Tuesday, August 07 2018

People are always complimenting my granddaughter for how smart she is.  They say things like, "She is far beyond her years!"  "She speaks like a grown person!"  and "She has such a wonderful vocabulary!".  Then they always ask if she is in school, and I tell them, "No, I teach her at home." 

The fact is that I have a wonderful relationship with her.  She knows she can ask me anything and I will tell her an honest answer.  She knows that is I do not know the answer, we play the "Let's find out together" game.  

Age is not a barrier, it's a limitation you put on your own mind. I teach and tell her about everything, and if I feel it is beyond her age, I simplify it, so she can understand it.  I use extravagant words, and tell her what they mean, and repeat them and their meaning...a whole lot!  Next thing you know, she is using those words, correctly and confidently.

I tell her that "can't" is a limit.  If you tell yourself you can't do something, then it stops there - THE END.  She is too young for THE END.  Her story is just beginning.  She has a endless amount of "I wish" and "I'll try" and even "Maybe's" ahead.  She trusts that I will be there to help her, to build and mold her, to pick her up and even to let her fail so she can find the win.  

Don't limit yourself.  Expand, enlarge, extend yourself to new levels and heights.  Broaden your mind, strengthen your body, fill and re-fill your spirit.  Speak, teach, and preach to yourself everday.  

Thomas Edison said,

"If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves!"  

God has no limits, his power is limitless, and since we are created in His image, so is ours.    Your story is not finished yet, only the beginning has ended.

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Psalm 23

New International Version

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

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