Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Trust God........

.:: When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up--the flames will not consume you. - Isaiah 43:2 ::.
{{{ When the hospital doors slide open and we aren't sure what news will greet us... God is compassionate.  When the boss calls us for a meeting and a dismissal is a real possibility... God is gentle.  When we return home late at night to find our personal treasures stolen or destroyed... God is comforting.  He cares so deeply for us!
Some see God as distant... vengeful or condemning.  Others see God as kind... affectionate and attentive.  Sometimes circumstances become too overwhelming.  Mountains of anxiety rise up and we feel isolated and alone.  Let no doubt take root!  He is a God who cares deeply...loves fully and remains faithful... ever at our side in times of trouble.  Though our sorrows overwhelm us.. he is the comfort that we need! }}}
** God... I choose to take your hand... offered in love and receive your comforting touch!  I remember your faithfulness.  Let it calm my heart!  You are with me and I will not drown or be consumed by fire!  Lord let me be compassionate and gentle to all.  You love us so unconditionally... no matter our choices... our beliefs or our mistakes!  Please keep my heart humble like yours!  I cling to your promises today! - Amen **


Friday, April 24, 2020

Be content...............

.:: I have learned in whatever situation, I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. - Philippians 4:11-12 ::.
The key to unlocking contentment amidst the trials is in trusting that your needs have been met.  As a world we are going through such tough times right now!   Trust eliminates the spectrum between ... "life is good" and "life is bad."  With trust... all life lived in the strength of Jesus is contentment.  All life is satisfaction.  Everything is a fulfillment of his promise that following him gives us just what we need.
Contentment grows in the midst of growing discomfort.  Joy is found despite the trouble around every corner.  A life of faith prospers amid the ruins.  Comfort is found when you trust in your Father for everything.  We don't need the trappings and shimmer of the temporary.  Whether we have everything or nothing... we trade it all for the eternal.
** God... strengthen me to endure the worldly wanderings... especially during this time...  for the hope and promise of my eternal existence.  I believe that you will meet my every need.  I beieve you for contentment today. - Amen ** ❤


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thankful for my Father in Heaven!

.:: A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in teh stern, sleeping on a cushioun.  The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be Still!"  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no Faith?" - Mark 4:37-40 ::.
It takes  time to adjust to changing situations.  Sailors need time to get their "sea legs" .. Mountain climbers rest in order to adjust their lungs to altitude changes... and Scuba divers surface slowly to regulate pressure.  Even adjusting to daylight-savings can take some time.  Here we sit with a whole new change going on.
During their time with Jesus... the disciples had to adjust quickly to radical situations.  A daughter was raised from the dead... a boy's meager lunch multiplied... a demon was cast into a herd of pigs that threw themselves off a cliff.  Could they have woken up in the morning and sufficiently prepared for such things?  It seems as though the disciples never really adjusted to the upredictability of life with Jesus.  Have you?
*** Father God.. no matter what changes I am facing... I can walk confidently when you are with me.  You are prepared for everything.. you are steady in the storm and you will not leave me to drown! - Amen *** ❤


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hope & Confidence in HIM.............

.:: Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. - Psalm 71:3,5 ::.

The foot traffic in the park was heavy that day... moms pushing strollers... joggers huffing over the trails... kids with baseball gloves and bats heading for the open fields... couples meandering hand-in-hand under the leafy canopy.
Observe closely and one can tell ...a lot about a person. Their posture, especially is revealing. The man on the park bench... shoulders hunched, seems discouraged. One jogger lifts her head towards the sun... hopeful... While a mother's eyes dart nervously back and forth.
it is obvious when our hopes have sunk into shifting sand... we find no peace... no comfort... and no protective fortress from destress. Our foreheads wrinkle... our steps drift... our distraught hands clasp and wring. Our confidence is lost. What do you see when you look in the mirror? Worry lines or laugh lines? Are your eyes cloudy with anxieties or bright with possibilities? Are you hesitant or confident? God is the rock on which you can firmly plant your hopes!

** Father... I lift my eyes to you today and walk with confidence. You are the only hope and assurance I need!! - Amen **

God Bless
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