Monthly Archives: March 2013

Written by Paige Junaeus

THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

The Greatest Story ever told…Jesus is Risen, so he is the “Messiah, and therefore he is the world’s true Lord; Jesus Is raised, so God’s new creation has began-and we, his followers, have a job to do!  Jesus is raised, so we must act as his voices, announcing his lordship to the entire community, making his kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven!  Your message, the message of the love of Christ ….Is in your story! Share it today! That’s all I do….

Inspired by NT Wright

“Surprised by Hope”

He is Risen...

He is Risen…

 

 

THE CRUCIFIXION …GOOD FRIDAY

Written by Paige Junaeus

As N.T. Wright commentated, “Crucifixion was a powerful symbol throughout the Roman world. It was not just a means of Liquidating undesirables; it did so with the maximum degradation and humiliation. It said, loud and clear: we are in charge here; you are our property; we can do what we like with you. It insisted, coldly and brutally, on the absolute sovereignty of Rome, and of Caesar. It told an implicit story, of the uselessness of rebel defiance and the ruthlessness of imperial power. It said, in particular; this is what happens to rebel leaders. Crucifixion was a symbolic act with a clear and frightening meaning.” -Jesus and The Victory of God

When Jesus was crucified, the general impression in Jerusalem that day must have been that he was once more in a long line of would-be, but failed, Messiahs.

However the story doesn’t end there, does it? In the death of Christ laid a hidden reality of “Life.” And in those three days of death, Christ was changing our reality forever! He was changing all of creation, time, space, and matter. He was creating a new and “Living Way” for all! This is the greatest story ever told … join me in sharing your life with others. Telling your own story can and will change the minds and hearts of people around you. Ignite your world through the story of hope, guided by the Spirit of Christ. Be gentle and kind, because you never know where people have had to walk. The Spirit of God has been poured out upon all flesh. You will see “Him” in the mercy.~

Good Friday...

Good Friday…

The Celebration of the Resurrection is coming…

Join Me on A Whole New Journey

Everywhere I go, I meet women of influence, inspiration, ideas, creative women, impacting their families, friends and communities. My last visit to South Africa has left her imprint on my heart. Since then, I’ve prayed that I would return to this amazing continent, to be an inspiration to both men and women that call Africa their home. They are living examples of how to move forward in life with God’s grace, elegance, and compassion. They are filled with God’s love, making the difference in others. They sure made a difference in me.

South Africa Tour 2013

Preparing for the South Africa Tour in 2013…

Well, today my prayer was answered … I’ve been invited to come back and speak across South Africa this year 2013! Very excited… I’ll keep you posted on dates and itinerary.

 

 

turn2 a Devotion today…

Written by Paige Junaeus 

“He is the Father to the Fatherless”

Psalms 68:5 (NIV)

A father to the fatherless,

a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.

He is the father to the fatherless...

He is the father to the fatherless…

 

 

 

 

There are many kinds of earthly fathers in the world; some are loving, supportive, merciful, and faithful. The reality of today is that more and more have abandoned the forms and ideals of marriage and parenthood. This may result in society break down which often produces abusive, angry, and   disconnected fathers.

 

My father suffered from alcoholism for many years. So growing up in that environment caused me to develop trust issues and feelings of abandonment. During my adult life as I was seeking the scriptures for healing, so when I read those words with great joy, “He is the Father to the Fatherless,”  I began to realize that God loved me as his own. He was one that I could trust with my past, present and future. He was my very foundation and I wanted to know His Presence.

 

In the book of Matthew 6:9, Jesus directs us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven”. These words bring to us the hope that God is our Father.  He is faithful to those who ask of him, and he knows our frame and how we were brought up. He sees our wounds and our weaknesses with eyes of compassion and mercy. He provided a way to know Him through Christ and empowered us by His Spirit.

 

No matter where you came from or what you have done, you have a Heavenly Father that waits for you to call out for him. And that is one prayer that He will hear, that you may be granted the experience of His loving Presence.

 

Prayer Optional

 

Lord I’m here, to seek your face, to know your voice and find my life in you. As I wait for you with a heart of anticipation, trusting that you are here with me. ‘Cause me to find rest in your Presence’.  Restore me by your Spirit, teaching me your ways. Bless me, ‘Oh God’ that I may know you as Father.

 

"Battle Ground, Holy Ground"

“Battle Ground, Holy Ground”

 

Battle Ground, Holy Ground

Written by Paige Junaeus 

 

Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV)

 

(v1) The Lord is my Light and my salvation-whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my Life-of whom shall I be afraid?

(v2) When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

(v3) Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

 

David was a man after God’s own heart. He understood how important it was to have the Presence of God with him. He won many battles as King over Israel, and each one of them he gave God the honor. He also experienced many challenges and personal failure in his own life. At one point the scriptures describe how he cried out to God in prayer, “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” The psalm goes on to describe that life can go from bad to worse, each battle stronger then the last. However, in our battles there is still hope in Christ. The psalmist continues, “even then will I be confident” and ‘not give up’. Why, because He is my Light and my Savior! It’s a daily decision in our hearts that causes us to be stead fast, walking in the grace that only He can and will provide day by day.  His Presence through Christ is with you, you can be sure of that!

 

Several years ago I was facing personal battles. I could not see any way out. I finally retreated to prayer. I began to Practice His Presence in worship and prayer, using Psalm 27 as my compass, learning how to go from the battle grounds of life to the Holy Ground of God. A supernatural confidence arose in me and the battle was subdued in my heart before the actual battle ended – and it did!

 

In the Holy Ground He will guide you, open up your sight, and give you confidence and rest. He will prepare you for the battle grounds of life, teaching you His ways step by step.  David’s life was one of passion and courage. Take courage in His salvation.

 

 

Prayer Optional 

 

I come before you Lord as a student in the midst of the battle. I need you as my truest source; therefore I bow in worship and humility. As I hear the enemy’s voice and plans, I am afraid, until you are my salvation; therefore I wait in your presence until the rise of my fear becomes confident in you, my God. Once fortified, I move ahead, in faith, believing that your power will be set upon the battle field from on high, and that truth and justice shall prevail.