Dawn Freeman
Christian Speaker / Bible Teacher
                                        
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  (Matthew 6:33, NIV)


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The Lord has spoken to me more about seeking Him first over the last couple of years.  Since I want to be in the center of His perfect will, I have been focusing more on the above scripture verse for my life.  (Romans 12:2)  Therefore, that particular verse is very important to me. 

Over the years, I have had more than my share of trials.  (James 1:2-4)  Those hardships have included poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and unemployment. 

I have realized even more that I am nothing and can do nothing without Jesus.  (John 15:5)  
I have become more dependent on my Father to not only get me through those temporary situations but also to deliver me out of all hardships and trials.  My Father has proven Himself faithful time and time again. 

As I have gone deeper into God's word and into my relationship with Jesus, He has developed more of the 'fruit of the spirit' in me.  I have more peace, joy, patience, kindness, and other 'fruit' even in the midst of temporary circumstances.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

He is working everything together for my good as well as for His purpose and glory. (Romans 8:28) He has revealed to me part of that purpose. The hardships and trials that I have endured are primarily for the good of others. I am able to comfort others as my Father has comforted me. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

I am so dependent on my Father to help me walk into my destiny that He has planned for me. His plans for me are good and hopeful. (Jeremiah 29:11) He is leading, guiding, and directing me into all truth and all righteousness. (Ephesians 5:9) I trust that my Father is ordering my steps by His word and His spirit.    
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