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Saviela Edwards Thorne

"Love God, Live for God and Experience Life to the Fullest"

5 Major Signs You Are Spiritually Dehydrated

There are five major signs to warn us that we maybe spiritually dehydrated:

1) The Desire to seek counsel from those who are not saved:

We are encouraged in the word of God not to seek counsel from the ungodly as stated in Psalms 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Often times when we are being lead by our flesh (our desires) and not the spirit of God within us. We will begin to seek validation from those who are not in the will of God, causing us to avoiding wise counsel because we know it will not satisfy our desire to do what we know is against the Word of God.

2) Spiritual dryness and fruitlessness:

When our spiritual life begins to dry up, we no longer see fruit within our lives. We stop being effective in ministry and begin to shy away from the things of God. We no longer have a desire to go to church or to fellowship with the people or even pray and read the bible. When we start to notice the dryness in our spiritual life, we must look to God to replenish us. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14, God placed the power in us to live again.

3) A harden heart: 

 Everyone has experienced something bad happen to them at some point within their lives; which often times, if not careful can lead to a harden heart. Some results of a harden heart are bitterness, frustration, hateful and disconnecting ourselves from people. The Bible encourages us to “Harden not your heart…” in Psalms 95:8 KJV. God desires to remove our stony heart as stated in Ezekiel 36:26 KJV, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” If you find yourself in this situation pray that God changes your heart.

4) Sickness:

 Spiritual dehydration may come in the form of sickness and as a result, our faith may shift from believing in God’s healing power to becoming hopeless in the situation. Remember God said in His word that, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” John 11:4 KJV. God wants to work miracles through us but we must be willing to have faith in Him and His Word.

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Click here to see the article published on the Praying Woman online magazine.

Or here to see the article posted on Virtuous Victorious & Valued online magazine (pages 42-43). 

4 Ways to Avoid Spirit of Depression 

“Our experience becomes our teacher.”

Here are 4 ways to avoid the spirit of depression:

1) Praise:

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25

After Paul and Silas were beaten nearly to death for their faith, they begin to praise God and sing hymns while in jail. God encourages us to do the same thing, when you begin to feel the spirit of depression come over you begin to praise God! I know this sounds crazy and believe me I understand how hard it is to praise God when you feel as if your world is crashing before you but the word of God instructs us in Isaiah 61:3 to put on “…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” For example, when you get up in the morning it takes effort to put on your clothes. Your clothes do not just automatically appear on your body. As it is naturally, so it is spiritually, it will take effort for you to praise God in the midst of a depressed state. 

2) Worship: 

“And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.” – 1 Samuel 1:19

Hannah suffered a form of depression due to the fact that she greatly desired to be a mother but she was unable to conceive because the Lord closed her womb (1 Samuel 1:5). After being teased and taunted by Peninnah, who did conceive sons, Hannah cried and stopped eating because her heart was grieved sore. She went to the temple to pour out her heart to the Lord and petition to Him to bless her with a son. After she worshipped the Lord, He blessed her with her heart’s desire and she conceived that very night. Sometimes we have to get to the point of total surrender to the Lord. We have to empty ourselves out completely to God in worship before He can fill us up with our hearts desire. Worshipping God takes us from worry and depression to peace as we place our life in His hands.


3) Forgiveness: 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do….” – St. Luke 23:3

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Click here to read more on, The Praying Woman.com

Lauren Daigle, “Light of the World” Cover

The first song I sung in front of an audience was “This little light of Mine” at the age of 4. I always loved to sing and through the years I joined choir after choir but was rarely picked to sing solos because I had a “different sound”. For many years I stopped believing in myself and in the talent the Lord blessed me with because of the opinions of others. 

I recently stepped out on faith (with the coaching of my husband) and decided I would do my first official cover to one of my favorite songs, “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle. 

My desire is for this song to bless and encourage your heart and soul. 

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Happy New Year! Now is the Time to Get Rid of the Junk in Your Life

http://theprayingwoman.com/5-ways-of-getting-rid-of-the-junk-in-your-life/

Latest Article: 5 Scriptures to Help You In Your Season of Loneliness 

There are several reasons why you may be experiencing a season of loneliness. Maybe a close loved one has died or maybe you’ve been faithfully serving the Lord and your hopes and prayers of a husband seem to go unheard by God. Maybe you’ve been trying to conceive your first child with no success.

This season is often considered one of the worst seasons in a person’s life, but in God’s eyes it’s one of the best seasons because we tend to draw closer to Him during these trying times.

Understand this… Things and people are not permanent in our lives, but our relationship with God is. We have to take this special season and develop or restore our relationship with God.

Click here to read more from the Praying Woman online magazine.

​How to Beat the Holiday Blues – 4 Ways to Battle Holiday Grief

“…the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” – Job 1:21 KIV
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two main times of the year Americans come together with family and friends celebrating life and each other. As each year passes sometimes so does some of the lives of our love ones. At times it maybe unbearable. Just last year everyone gathered together to eat Thanksgiving dinner, thanking God for bringing everyone back together again one more time however, this year is different. Anger, frustration, confusion and bitterness overwhelms us as we imagine in our minds how this year will turn out. Questions pounder our minds, “where do we celebrate now? Maybe we should just cancel this year”. Yes it is challenging, yes there are going to be some major adjustments, yes life as you know it may never be the same. But this is a good time to stop, collect your thoughts and praise God. Holiday depression is different from holiday grief. Depression is described as a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. There is a natural side of depression as well as a spiritual side. Grief is different in the sense that it is a reaction or a response but not a state. Depression can become a state of mind if not addressed and corrected. 

Grieving is a natural process following a difficult time or loss. The key is not allowing grief to control our mind and spirits. Depression is real and is often something we “sweep under the rug”. I suffered from depression for many years but was embarrassed to talk about it to anyone because I felt as a Christian, I should not experience depression but it’s much more common than we think, especially in the Bible. [Side note: For more information on how to fight depression please see my Article, “Saved and Battling with Depression” on my website.]

Below is a list of helpful tips on how to fight the Holiday Blues:

1) BE THANKFUL – Thanksgiving does not stop because your love one is no longer here. Thank God for the life of your loved one. The Bible tells us to “Give THANKS in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.  God knows exactly what you are going through right now and really wants the best for you. Thanking God is a way of praising God. When you are praising God you are letting Him know, “I may not understand what you doing right now but I trust you”

2) CELEBRATE – This is a good time to love and cherish the love ones who are still here. Rejoice and vow to enjoy every moment of your time with family and friends. Create new family traditions to include everyone. If you notice someone having a hard time, sit down and talk with them. Enjoy a good laugh. Laughter is good medicine for the heart (Proverbs 17:22).

3) FORGIVE – There is nothing worse than knowing you had an issue that was unresolved with a love one that is no longer here. If there is any hidden hurt or bitterness be sure to resolve it quickly. Make it right before it is too late. Remember God forgave us of our sins its only right for us to forgive others especially if we want to remain in the will of God. Forgiveness destroys strongholds over your life that has control over you. Free yourself by forgiving. 

4) ALWAYS REMEMBER – Celebrating a Holiday without a love one is hard. This year try setting up a candle at the table in their memory. Have everyone share a great and/or funny memory of your loved one at the dinner table. By remembering, you are bringing peace to the situation. You are able to enjoy the good times and reminisce on how much they meant to everyone. Never forget the love that they brought to the table.

Reality is, it will not be easy but God is here to help us through every moment. His arms are opened wide holding and comforting us during our times of grief. Go through the process, allow God to mend and restore your brokenness. Continue to praise him ever when you don’t feel like it. Remember  Judah (whose name means praise) saved Joseph out the pit and praise will save you too. Holidays are a time of joy and festivities. Your loved ones would desire nothing more than for you to be happy, joyful and enjoy your holidays as their legacy  continue to live on in your heart forever. 

*Originally published in November, 2015 by Today’s Purpose Woman

The Power of Music – Food for Thought for Christian Musicians and Singers

My husband Larry, also known as DJ Larry J, is a Gospel/Christian DJ for the BOC (Body of Christ) Christian label. (For more information on the BOC Record Label check out my “Let’s Go In article). This video is a snippet from a Musician workshop he conducted on June 6, 2016. Check out this powerful clip about the impact of music.

*To watch the entire video entitled “Musician Workshop by Larry Thorns Jr. At Elevate Conference June 2016” visit his YouTube channel: crazyfoot85 

So…What now?

​It’s simple…just live.

As Christians, we can rest in assurance that God is ALWAYS in control even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.

For example look at the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the 3rd Chapter of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the three Hebrew boys into the fiery furnace because they refused to bow down to him as god. Their response to the King indicated their complete and utter devotion to God. In Daniel 3:17 they replied to the King,  “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” 

Not once did these young men show any fear, doubt or uncertainty and they knew what would happen if they refused to bow. When our faith and trust is completely in God and His word, our hearts will be at peace. We can find immediate comfort in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

The fire was so hot, it immediately turned the guards into ashes as they threw the three Hebrew boys into the furnace. However the three Hebrew boys were not harmed and were found walking in the midst of it. In fact, we are told in verses 24-25, “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” I get chills just imagining the power of God in the midst of this fiery furnace. The story ends with the three Hebrew boys saved from the furnace with no residuals of smoke or fire on them. This gives us the hope and assurance that no matter what is going on around us, we will not be harmed or destroyed because we are protected by God (Luke 20:19).  

We do not know what the future holds, but we do know who holds our future. It’s not in the hands of the Government but in the hands of the one True King, Jesus Christ. Have faith in God that He will protect and guide you through the uncertainties of tomorrow. Fear not is written 365 times in the Bible for a reason. God wants us not to panic but to put our full trust in Him. You matter to God, you are His child, His inheritance He will protect and cover you. 

While fear is a natural instinct, faith is our spiritual response. When we trust God and His word we are placing our life in His hands and leaving it there. For those times when fear and doubt arise, mediate on these scriptures:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” – Psalm 56:3

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6 NLT

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:9

Article on TPW: How to Build Your Faith in God

Read more at http://www.todayspurposewoman.com/building-your-faith-in-god-1

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