Monday, September 18, 2017

WHAT IS GOD DOING IN YOUR LIFE TODAY? / Your Hand Working In Our Lives

This is the first of three devotions and music videos 
with the Theme of 
"Purpose"



WHAT IS GOD DOING IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from John 12:27-33)

We know two men of God that every time they see us they ask this question, “What is God doing and what is God saying to you?” When they have asked this question, my thoughts immediately became aligned with the mind of Christ. I have asked the same question to others, “What is God speaking to you? What is God doing in your life?” Whether I am asked this question or I ask it to someone, it makes me look beyond the trials and challenges of the day and recognize the hand of God in our lives. Love looks beyond the small stuff and seeks out spiritual implications when challenged with the question, “What is God saying?”

Jesus was troubled and distressed over upcoming events as the cross grew closer. He spoke to His soul and looked at His life through His Father’s eyes and may have asked Himself, 

“What is the Father doing? What is my Father saying?”

The Father always has a definite, precise plan. His plan during the stressful time in Jesus’ life just before His death was that His Son would be lifted up from the earth on a cross and would draw and attract all men throughout all the ages to Himself. Do you think it was worth working through the small stuff to reach the end of the plan that the Father had? Yes! And thank you Lord for enduring the trials and seeking out the Father’s will. What is God doing in Your life?

Lord, thank you for these two wonderful men you sent to cross our paths. Thank you for their friendship and their influence on our lives. I remember the first time I was asked this question and how my mind raced to find the right answer. Now, I ask with a genuine interest wanting to know what You are working and saying in people’s lives. I can sweat the small stuff because I know that You have an interest in my life and You are always working and moving somewhere inside of me.

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RebeccaAnnCooley
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YOUR HAND WORKING IN OUR LIVES
(Adapted from John 12:31-33)
Verse 1:
I get up every morning looking for your hand
Waiting for your plan to unfold
Before the day is over we look back and say,
“That was God’s hand on our lives”
Chorus:
We see Your hand working in our lives;
We see Your plan as daily it unfolds
We’ll take a stand for what we know is right;
We see Your hand upon our lives
Verse 2:
So we humbly bow and totally submit
Our heart to You and our every way
And every time we pray Lord,
We’ll pray according to Your will
With hearts that are so thankful as we say
© LoveWalkPublishing
WordsAndMusic
by
KentCliffordCooley
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A FAITHFUL SHEPHERD / Leading Us Along

This is the first of one devotions And music video 
with the theme 
"The Faithfulness Of God"
We are developing a total of seven devotions and songs
with this theme




A FAITHFUL SHEPHERD 
by
Kent And Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from Psalms 23; John 10:11-18)

David was a faithful shepherd.  He took his job so seriously and valued his sheep so very much that he risked his life for them.  He went up against both a bear and a lion to protect his sheep from harm.  One day, while tending the sheep, David was thinking about the faithfulness of God.  How better to describe the faithfulness of God than to describe the Lord as his shepherd.  So he began to write . . . 

The Lord is my Shepherd
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows,
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
Bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
For you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever. 

Father, we are the sheep of Your pasture and You are the Faithful Shepherd, watching over us.   You are Jehovah Rohi, the Lord who is my Shepherd.  You are the Good Shepherd of John 10.  You go before us and behind us.  Your love is all around us.  We know Your voice and we will follow Your lead. 

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KentAndRebeccaCooley 
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LEADING US ALONG  
(Adapted from Psalms 23; John 10:11-18)
Verse 1
He’s the good shepherd watching over the sheep 
Daily I’ll follow wherever He may lead
Upon the high mountain or through the valley low, 
He leads me beside the still water 
He restoreth  my soul
Chorus
He keeps leading me along, leading us along, 
Singing a song, singing a cheerful song
Ever I’m singing to Him I’m clinging, 
Making right my wrong
He keeps leading me along, leading us along, 
Singing a song, singing a cheerful song,
Ever I’m going, happy in knowing
He keeps leading me along, leading us along

© LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

OUR JOB DESCRIPTION / Love Your Neighbor

This is the first of 1 devotion with the theme
"God Is love"
with the help of our partners
we will be developing 
7 devotions and songs for this and every subject



OUR JOB DESCRIPTION
by
Kent Clifford Cooley

(Adapted from Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13)

Have you ever thought about our job description as believers? Just consider how McDonald's employees must go through training when they first join the company. No matter what their disposition may be, they are trained to wear a happy face and say, “Welcome to McDonald's!” They may never crack a smile or show themselves friendly at any other time of the day, but their new job description at McDonald's requires them to be pleasant and smile during their working hours. These employees are trained to do what will bring the company favor and attract customers to return.

In a sense, we have a job description as a believer. However, God is not our employer. He is our Commander In Chief! He is our Leader and His name is Love. We too, go through training, although our training in love is far more extensive than an employee for McDonald's. Our job description is defined in 1 Corinthians 13 and we are encouraged to act like Love all the time because we are always on the job!

Father, I submit myself to the training of love. I may have been on the job for some time but I still need Your training. Take me through the basics of love again and again. You are Love. As I am learning to be like love, I am learning to be like You.
© LoveWalkPublishing KentCliffordCooley




LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
(Adapted from Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13)
Verse 1
He who loves his neighbor,
Who practices love,
Fulfills every law that God has ever given.
Chorus
Love your neighbor even as you do yourself (Repeat)
Verse 2
Endure long, be patient and kind,
Don’t be envious or jealous
If you brag, brag on them . . .
Verse 3
Be considerate of their opinion
Don’t insist on your own rights and ways
Don’t be touchy, fretful or resentful
Take no account of a suffered wrong
Verse 4
Don’t rejoice at injustice
But rejoice when right and truth prevail
Bear up under anything and everything
Always believe the best every man,
Woman boy and girl,
© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Saturday, August 26, 2017

THE EYES OF PURPOSE / I Can See Christ In You

This is the 6th of 6 devotions with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:7
“Love Is Ever Ready To Believe The Best Of Everyone”


THE EYES OF PURPOSE
 by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:7)

What is God saying to you and what is He doing in your life?
We have been acquainted with a great man of God who, when he would see us, would always ask this question. I realize now he asked this question not just because he wanted to know but that he wanted to know if we were connected with God’s purpose in our lives.

I have always kept a personal journal and from time to time logged in a journal with my husband. If you were to read my journal, you would get a sense of where my faith is and pretty much know what God is presently working on in me.

When you log onto our blog, our you tube channel or facebook profile, the first thing you will see is a short profile describing what God is presently saying and doing in our lives.

We are learning to view others with this same perspective and ask the same question, “What is God saying to you today?” God’s purpose in every life is based on this truth: “Every person is one for whom Christ died.”

A person connects with God’s purpose simply by confessing sin and opening their heart to believe God loves them and wants the best for them and wants to use them.

Father, I want to see others the way that you see them – through the eyes of purpose. I get excited when I see your purpose unfold in the lives of others.

©LoveWalkPublishing RebeccaAnnCooley
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I Can See Christ In You
Devotion: The Eyes of Purpose
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:7)
I can see Christ in you as you live out your life
I can see precious fruit in the way that you live
I can see Christ in you and I want you to know
What a joy in my life you have been
©LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by DavidLuther
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley
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Friday, August 25, 2017

FORGETTING THE BAD / REMEMBERING THE GOOD / These Two Things

This is the 5th of 6 devotions with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:7
“Love Is Ever Ready To Believe The Best Of Everyone”



FORGETTING THE BAD / REMEMBERING THE GOOD
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:7; Philippians 4:6-8)

Have you ever thought that most people have selective intelligence? We learn what we want to learn and remember what we want to remember and forget what we want to forget. We remember what we care about and forget the things that we do not care about. What we remember and forget says a lot about us. We can take an inventory about what we remember and what we forget and determine whether we are selfish or selfless.

It is a reflection of my own selfishness when I tend to not remember someone’s birthday or forget their name or their prayer request. I forget the good things and yet I remember every wrong thing that the person has ever done to me. The things I remember and the things I forget are a reflection of my selfishness.

There is a woman that I am acquainted with that I do not choose to get to know. I don’t care for the way she acts. She is loud and doesn’t use proper grammar when she speaks. And she made fun of something about me personally in front of a group of people. When I see her or think about her, that one negative sentence she spoke is what comes to mind! I have chosen not to find out when her birthday is or send her a card. I have forgotten all about her prayer request and have not given a thought about what she might be going through in her personal life.

I can change my thoughts about this person and I can change the intent of my heart toward her and anyone else that I have entertained negative thoughts about. First, I humble myself and get out of denial. I admit my wrong thinking and ask God to give me grace to love her. When the negative thought comes, I override it with a blessing. I take further action by finding out when she celebrates her birthday or any other day that is special to her. I make an effort to see what her needs are and let her know I care about them. This is the process of developing compassion.

Father, I clear out my selfish bank by forgiving. I forgive and forget the wrongs others have done to me. Develop compassion in me concerning the needs and concerns of others. I want to make an effort to get to know the people I have not chosen to be my friends because of negative things I have stored in my selfish bank. I determine to let people know that I care about them whenever negative thoughts arise. Develop selflessness in me, Lord and love through me.

© LoveWalkPublishing RebeccaAnnCooley



THESE TWO THINGS
Devotion: Forgetting The Bad / Remembering The Good
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:7; Philippians 4:6-8)
Verse:
I say that I’m forgetful
I’m bad about names
I claim that I’m forgetful about so many things
Then I say that I forgive them,
But I never will forget
Yet my love walk is determined
By just two things
By the thing that I remember
And the things that I forget
Chorus:
Do I forget their birthdays?
Do I forget their names?
Do I forget the prayer requests
That they bring before the saints
Yet I remember every wrong
That they’ve ever done to me yet
My love walk is determined
By these two things
By the thing that I remember
And the things that I forget
Bridge:
Folks don’t care how much we know
Till they know how much we care
May I be aware about them and not me
May I be aware of the important things
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Thursday, August 24, 2017

DIVINE PURPOSE / Love Attributes Value

This is the 4th of 6 devotions with the theme from 1 Corinthians 13:7
“Love Is Ever Ready To Believe The Best Of Everyone”



DIVINE PURPOSE
by
Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from John 1:40-47)

Let’s go again to the place near the Jordan River where John the Baptist had been baptizing:

Andrew had just spent the day and probably spent the night with Jesus. He runs home to find his brother, Simon. He finds Simon and tells him, “We have found the Messiah!” They hurry to Jesus. Upon meeting Simon, Jesus looked intently into his eyes and said,

“You are Simon, the son of John
but you will be called Peter!
You are a stone!”

Jesus affirmed Andrew’s brother, “You are a rock. You are solid. You will not be moved. People will stand on you. You are strong! You are part of God’s purpose!” Jesus told Peter what was inside of him. He pulled out something of value that was inside of Peter. He spoke life over Peter. He affirmed him.

The next day they all went to Galilee. Jesus found Philip and affirmed him. And Philip took off to find his friend Nathanael. Nathanael’s reaction was a bit different. When Philip told Nathanael that they had discovered the Messiah and he was Joseph’s son from Nazareth, Nathanael’s reply was, “Nazareth! Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” As Philip and Nathanael approached Jesus, Jesus said,

“Now here is a genuine son of Israel, a man of complete integrity!”

Nathanael had deemed little value on Jesus when he heard that Jesus was from Nazareth. Jesus probably sensed that attitude when he met Nathanael and purposefully spoke value over Nathanael.

Love attributes value to everyone that love meets. Love builds up. Love makes eye contact. Love listens. Love believes the best in everyone. Love affirms. Love looks for divine purpose in everyone. Love prophesies.

Lord, I repent for feeling superior to others. I repent for thinking myself as better than someone else. Forgive me for not placing value on everyone I meet or see or read about. YOU pull something good out of every single person! I take on that attitude today! I walk in love and I attribute value to every person I meet and every person I think about today! The love inside of me builds up people. The love inside of me believes the best in people. My love affirms people and looks deep inside to see divine purpose. I can even prophesize your Word over people today! Thank you that my life is valuable to you Lord.

Thank you for teaching me to attribute value to every person
and believe that you can work in their lives.

© LoveWalkPublishing RebeccaAnnCooley


LOVE ATTRIBUTES VALUE
(Adapted from John 1:40-47)
Chorus:
Love attributed value to everyone that
Love came in contact with
Love attributed value to everyone that
Love came in contact with
Verse 1:
Simon, son of John
You shall be called
Peter a Stone
Nathaniel, an Israelite indeed
A man of integrity
Repeat Chorus
Verse 2:
Love built them up
Affirmed them
Saw God’s divine purpose in them
Love built them up
Affirmed them
Saw God’s divine purpose in them
2nd Chorus:
I’ll attribute value to
Everyone that I come in contact with
I’ll attribute value to
Everyone that I come in contact with
Verse 3:
I’ll build them up
Affirm them
See God’s divine purpose in them
I’ll build them up
Affirm them
See God’s divine purpose in them
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley