Loving God With Your ALL

by Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

There are many people today, young and old who have forgotten some basic  things about God. Unfortunately, often people have been led astray by leaders or teachers in established churches or home churches. These people focus on almost everything else but having a heartfelt passion and love for God and a love for one’s neighbor.  


Today, I want to invite you to be reminded that you will know the truth of what is being taught to you in your local church or by other Christian leaders or teachers if you read the Word of God yourself. Reading the Bible will show you the truth. Otherwise you’re just taking what a person is saying to you without checking things out for yourself.


“And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ 40 The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

          Matthew 22:37-40 (AMP)



A believer in Jesus Christ will hear and know the truth as you are studying the Word of God. The Holy Spirit that resides in you will teach you as you read giving you revelation from the Word. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a blessing being able to fellowship and hear the Word of God being rightly discerned and brought forth in a sermon from a leader or teacher in a local church who not only knows the Bible but who has also had direct experiences with God’s grace, mercy and love first hand. But do not be deceived by false teachers. The Bible tells us that their trickery exist in churches so stay awake and have the Word of God written across your heart.


“For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, 4 and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable].

           2 Timothy 4:3-4 (AMP)



Blessings & Peace to you.

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What or Who Leads You?

There are so many negative distractions (alcohol, drugs, emotions, over eating, relationships, lust, spending money, etc.) that we often open the door to and let lead us but today, I invite you to let go of negative distractions and open your heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings & Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

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Praying Does a Person Good

James 5:16(AMP)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt andpersistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].”

Good Morning All,

I hope your morning has been easy, hopeful and full of whatever you may have needed.


For some people asking to be prayed for or sending out a prayer request can seem like you’re not doing anything or that it’s kind of strange. In my world, asking for prayer is normal and never seen as something strange. In fact, I take it very serious. It’s my privilege to pray with you and for others.


If you have prayer requests for yourself or for someone else, please feel free to let me know. You can contact me via WordPress, Twitter, Email or Facebook .


If you need ongoing support through a tough time or help with spiritual concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.


Blessings and Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

Making A Decision, Oh My!

Making decisions can be difficult at times. For some making small decisions can be easier than dealing with making the larger ones and for others it’s visa versa. So what does one do?

Well, you could decide not to make a decision on the larger things or the smaller things but remember there will be a consequence no matter what. Your participation in the decision making process will be directly linked to the consequence of making that decision or leaving it unmade.

One way or the other at some point you have to decide about something. The good news is that you can make a decision. Even though you have made mistakes in the past regarding decisions, you can learn from that process and make a better decision today.


Here are some pointers on how to make the best decision for yourself. Go to God in prayer asking for the Holy Spirit to lead you in the right direction. Locate Scripture that speak to the situation you are dealing with. Weigh the pros and cons. Reflect on what the evidence has told you about the situation. Seek counsel from a trusted informed source. Don’t make a decision out of your emotional place. Decide.


I hope this little conversation was helpful to you.


If you’re in need of spiritual support, please feel free to contact me at the email address below for more information.


Blessings and Peace,

Barbara J Couch, MDiv.

Barbarajcouch9@gmail.com