Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hope, Strength, Encouragement

YOU CAN REJOICE IN YOUR SUFFERINGS, because you know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope!

Problems that cause you pain can ultimately increase your hope.

However, this doesn't happen automatically.

You have to cooperate with My Spirit as He guides you through times of suffering.

Perseverance is a rare commodity in this day and age.

Most people look for and long for a quick fix.

But lingering adversity—accepted with trust and confidence in Me—develops Christ-like character.

This prepares you for an eternity of problem-free living with Me.

Your changed character will bless you and others in this world also, because I crafted you in My own image—to be like Me.

The more you become like Me, the more you can experience hope.

Your transformed character convinces you that you do indeed belong to Me.

This helps you cope with the problems you face, trusting that you and I together can handle them.

And the wondrous hope of heaven shines on you daily, strengthening and encouraging you.

--  From "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!

"We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
—Romans 5: 3–5

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide in you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
—John 14: 15–17 NKJV

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
—Philippians 4: 13 NKJV

Friday, October 30, 2015

I am Taking care of You

Happy Friday!!

Powerful message and reminder below for all who continue to fight the good fight and are in the midst of some tough storms that just don't seem to subside!  ;) 

Hang in there - they will! 

Happy Weekend!

Trust, Relax, Believe - Stay Strong!


I KNOW HOW HARD this is to believe when conditions that are troubling you get worse instead of better.

It's easy to feel as if I am letting you down—as if I really don't care about what you're going through.

You know I could instantly change your circumstances, and you can't understand why I seem to be so unresponsive to your prayers.

But I repeat: I am taking care of you.

To become aware of My loving Presence, you need to relax and stop trying to control things.

Give up your futile efforts to think your way through your problems.

Fall back into My strong arms with a sigh of trust.

Cease striving and simply enjoy being in My Presence.

Though there are many things you don't understand, you can rest in My unfailing Love.

This Love is independent of all circumstances, and it will never be taken away from you.

Although My ways may be mysterious and unfathomable, My Love is perfect and everlasting.

Watch in hope for Me, remembering that I am God your Savior.

From "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!

"Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
—1 Peter 5: 6–7 NKJV

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
—Psalm 46: 10 NASB

"And [the LORD] said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."—Exodus 33: 14 NKJV As for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
—Micah 7: 7

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Do Not Give Up Now!

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."
(Galatians 6:9, NLT)

At Just the Right Time

Are you praying for something that's taking longer than you thought or expected?

No matter how long you may have been standing on God's promises, don't give up!

Your season is coming.

Your harvest of blessing is on its way.

It might be today, it might be tomorrow, it might be next week, next month or next year; but remember, at just the right time, you will experience your breakthrough.

Be encouraged because God is faithful, and His promises are true.

Keep standing,
keep hoping,
keep believing.

Keep doing good.
Keep declaring the promises of God over your life.

Choose to be around people who are going to encourage you.

Make sure you fill your heart and mind with God's Word.

Let a song of praise come out of your mouth.

Press on in faith because at just the right time, your harvest of blessing will come!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. Thank You for refreshing and renewing my heart. Fill me with Your peace; fill me with Your strength. Help me to do good and stand firm until I see my harvest of blessing in Jesus' name.

- Joel O.

Stay Strong!

I Am With You


I am with you.

I am with you.

Heaven's bells continually peal with that promise of My Presence.

Some people never hear those bells because their minds are earthbound and their hearts are closed to Me.

Others hear the bells only once or twice in their lifetimes, in rare moments of seeking Me above all else.

My desire is that My "sheep"hear My voice continually, for I am the ever-present Shepherd.

Quietness is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice.

Beginners need a quiet place in order to still their minds.

As you advance in this discipline, you gradually learn to carry the stillness with you wherever you go.

When you step back into the mainstream of life, strain to hear those glorious bells:

I am with you. I am with you. I am with you.

- "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!

"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
—JEREMIAH 29: 12–13

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. . . . My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."
—JOHN 10: 14, 27–28

Monday, October 26, 2015

All You Need, Just When You Need It

COME TO ME when you are hurting, and I will soothe your pain.

Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy, multiplying it many times over.

I am All you need, just when you need it.

Your deepest desires find fulfillment in Me alone.

This is the age of self-help.

Bookstores abound with books about "taking care of number one,"making oneself the center of all things.

The main goal of these methodologies is to become self-sufficient and confident.

You, however, have been called to take a "road less traveled": continual dependence on Me.

True confidence comes from knowing you are complete in My Presence.

Everything you need has its counterpart in Me.

--  From "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
—JOHN 15: 5

"Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
—JAMES 1: 4

Saturday, October 24, 2015

"Remember, You are Never Alone in your Struggles - Let me have all your Worries and Cares"


I AM always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

You, however, are only human, and you will lose sight of Me at times.

I know how hard it is for you to stay focused on Me, especially when you are feeling weak or weary.

So give yourself grace whenever you realize your mind and heart have wandered from Me.

And waste no time in returning to Me by praising Me in thought, word, or song.

Even whispering My Name—reverently, lovingly—can be worship.

Let Me have all your worries and cares.

This may sound easy, but it is not; you are accustomed to worry-thoughts roaming freely in your brain.

So you must train yourself to bring all your cares into My Presence, trusting Me to help you.

Remember that you are never alone in your struggles: I am always aware of you and your circumstances.

I can help you because I have all authority in heaven and on earth.

As you come into My Presence, let go of your worries and cares—so you can cling to Me in childlike trust.

"Jesus Today" by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!

"Let [God] have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you."
—1 Peter 5: 7 TLB

"Jesus came and spoke to [the disciples], saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth."
—Matthew 28: 18 NKJV

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
—Matthew 18: 1–4

Friday, October 23, 2015

Unlimited Resources


This is not an easy time, but it is nonetheless good—full of blessings as well as struggles.

Be open to learning all that I want to teach you as you journey through challenging terrain.

And be willing to let go of familiar comforts so you can say a wholehearted "Yes!" to this adventure.

I will give you everything you need to cope with the challenges you face.

Don't waste energy projecting yourself into the future—trying to walk through those "not yet" times in your mind.

This is a form of unbelief.

I have unlimited resources to provide what you need, including a vast army of angels at My beck and call.

Pray continually as you make decisions about this journey.

I can help you make wise choices because I know everything—including what lies ahead on your path.

Your mind makes various plans about your way, but I am the One who directs your steps and makes them sure.

- from "Jesus Today"
by Sarah Young

Happy Friday - Stay Strong!

"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
—Deuteronomy 29: 29 NKJV

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
—Psalm 91: 11–12

"Pray continually.'
—1 Thessalonians 5: 17

"A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure." —Proverbs 16: 9 AMP

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Joy in even the Grayest of Days

NO MATTER WHAT your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence.

On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.

On days like that, being content is as simple as breathing the next breath or taking the next step.

Other days are overcast and gloomy; you feel the strain of the journey, which seems endless.

Dull gray rocks greet your gaze and cause your feet to ache.

Yet Joy is still attainable.

Search for it as for hidden treasure.

Begin by remembering that I have created this day; it is not a chance occurrence.

Recall that I am present with you whether you sense My Presence or not.

Then, start talking with Me about whatever is on your mind.

Rejoice in the fact that I understand you perfectly, and I know exactly what you are experiencing.

As you continue communicating with Me, your mood will gradually lighten.

Awareness of My marvelous Companionship can infuse Joy into the grayest day.

- "Jesus Calling"

Stay Strong! 

"Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. "
—PSALM 21: 6

"And if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure."

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Let Me Protect you from Danger and Fear


So come close to Me and hover under the umbrella of My shielding Presence.

You sometimes feel unprotected and exposed to dangers.

This happens when you crawl out from under My protective Presence and try to face the world on your own.

You do this unconsciously, whenever you forget the essential truth that I am with you.

The fear you feel at such times can alert you to what has happened, and the remedy is simple:

Take refuge in Me.

Shielding you from dangers is part of My job description because I am your Shepherd.

I am vigilant, and I know exactly what is on the path ahead of you.

I anticipate perilous situations and prepare you for them.

A masterful shepherd can often take care of trouble so skillfully that his sheep remain blissfully unaware of it.

So it is wise to choose carefully the one whom you will follow—your "shepherd."

I am the only absolutely Good Shepherd. Follow Me and My ways; let Me protect you from danger and from fear.

Stay Strong!

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
—2 Samuel 22: 31

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
—Psalm 23: 1–4

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. . . . I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep."
—John 10: 11, 14–15 NKJV

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Be Joyful Always; Pray Continually


Many people view dependence as a despicable condition, so they strive to be as self-sufficient as possible.

This is not My way for you!

I designed you to need Me continually—and to delight in that neediness.

When you live in harmony with your Creator's intentions for you, you can maximize your potential and enjoy your life more.

The apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be joyful always and to pray continually.

There is always Joy to be found in My Presence, and I have promised I will not leave you or forsake you.

So you can speak to Me at all times, knowing that I hear and I care.

Praying continually is a way of demonstrating your deliberate dependence on Me—the One to whom you pray.

Another powerful way of relying on Me is studying My Word, asking Me to use it to transform you through and through.

These delightful disciplines help you live in joyful dependence on Me.

Delight yourself in Me more and more; this increases your Joy and glorifies Me.

Stay Strong!

"Be joyful always; pray continually."
—1 Thessalonians 5: 16–17

"The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."
—Deuteronomy 31: 8 NKJV

"With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes."
—Psalm 119: 10–12 NKJV

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart"
—Psalm 37: 4

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Please join us for the St Jude Novena ..starting tomorrow!! :) Sign up link below! :)

Just a quick reminder that the St. Jude Novena starts on Monday!

We are excited to pray with you!

If you haven't already, please help spread the word!

Your friends and family can sign up to pray with us here:

Thank you for praying with us!

We are praying for you!

God bless you!

John-Paul & Annie -

"Why do you worry about the Rest?"

ANXIETY IS A RESULT OF envisioning the future without Me.

So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me.

When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively.

Remember to listen, as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.

If you must consider upcoming events, follow these rules:

1) Do not linger in the future, because anxieties sprout up like mushrooms when you wander there.

2) Remember the promise of My continual Presence; include Me in any imagery that comes to mind.

This mental discipline does not come easily, because you are accustomed to being god of your fantasies.

However, the reality of My Presence with you, now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.

Stay Strong!

"Then Jesus said to his disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?"
—LUKE 12: 22–26

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
—EPHESIANS 3: 20–21

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Not Sent to Destroy but to Strengthen

"I've discovered that sometimes the things we get discouraged about are the very things God uses to promote us.

God will not allow a trial to come into your life unless He has a purpose.

He doesn't send the storms, but He uses them.

When you're in difficult times, know that this challenge was not sent to destroy you.

It was sent to promote you, to increase you, to strengthen you.

You may not see how it will do that, at first, but God has a way.

He sends adversity to bring out potential we didn't even know we had.

Maybe you've been through a loss and you don't see anything bright in your future.

It feels like people are walking on top of you. You feel like you've been buried.

Just remember, there is a process taking place. Like that little planted seed, new growth is springing forth in you—new talent, new determination, new opportunities, new friendships.

God is birthing something in you greater than you are right now.

Keep reminding yourself, "God is still on the throne. This is not the end. It's only the beginning. I've got comeback power in my DNA."

Don't live with a chip on your shoulder.

Don't dwell on your disappointments, on what didn't work out.

Bitterness will keep your seed from taking root.

Self-pity will hinder your growth.

Self-condemnation and feeling unworthy of God's goodness will only limit how high you can go.

Shake off those feelings.

Step up into faith.

Understand that the only difference between being buried and being planted is what you expect.

If you expect that difficulty to be the end of you and you give up on your dreams, then even though you're a seed with the life of Almighty God, even though God has already planned your comeback, because of your own thinking, it won't happen.

I've seen people go through incredible challenges with smiles on their faces.

They're hoping, believing, expecting.

You know what they're saying?

"God, I know I'm not buried. I'm planted, and I can't wait to see what You will do next. I can't wait to see the new doors You'll open, the new friends I'll make, the new opportunities I will have."

If you'll stay in faith like those smiling people, you will rise above your difficulties to a new fullness.

You'll see God blossom your life in ways you've never imagined."

- "It's Your Time "

Stay Strong!

Present and Proven Help in Times of Distress


My Presence is always with you, but I am very present in times of distress.

Because you are a member of My royal family—a citizen of My heavenly kingdom—I am committed to caring for you.

During stressful times, your heart may race and your adrenaline level may soar.

These physiological changes can block your awareness of My Presence.

So it's vital at such times to remind yourself:

"Jesus is here with me; in fact, He is very present with me in this hard situation."

Then, take some slow, deep breaths so you can relax enough to connect with Me and draw strength from Me.

Biblical history has many examples of My faithfulness during times of trouble. World history—including current events—also contains proof of My powerful Presence.

You won't hear of this in secular news reports, but I continue to do miracles in your world.

Moreover, as you look back over the years of your own life, you will see many instances of My meeting your needs in hard times.

Since I am such a well-proved Help, you can trust Me to help you now!

Stay Strong!

"God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble." —Psalm 46: 1 AMP

"The LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over."
—Joshua 4: 23

"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!"
—Jude 24–25

Friday, October 16, 2015

One Source of Help and Hope

I am your risen, living Savior!

Through My resurrection you have been born again to an ever-living hope.

It is vital for you to remain hopeful, no matter what is going on in your life. . . .

When storms break upon your life, you can find only one adequate source of help— Me!


Comeback Power!!

"At some point, we all face major challenges—the loss of a job, a broken relationship, an illness—that easily could bury us in despair.

Negative thoughts can overpower you at such times, bombarding your mind, telling you, It's over. You've seen your best days. Your future is tainted. Your life is ruined.

Yet there is a difference between being buried and being planted.

That difference boils down to your expectation of what happens next.

We all face difficulties, but you have the seed of Almighty God on the inside. He breathed His life into you.

When you go through disappointments and you're in tough times, you may feel like you've been buried, but the fact is, you've simply been planted.

That means you're coming back.

And you're not only coming back, you will come back better, increased, stronger.

Only after your seed has been planted and it goes through the process of germination—the outer shell breaks off, the new growth springs forth—will it blossom and produce more fruit.

No matter what comes against you in life, you are not buried.

You are planted.

You may feel as though you are buried in dirt right now.

You're in a tough time.

Something was unfair.

It seems like your situation will never change.

But if you keep shaking off the dirt, shaking off the self-pity, shaking off the negative thoughts, then you too—like that little seed—will begin to feel the life of God spring forth.

The same power that raised Christ from the dead is on the inside of you.

That sickness will tell you: "You can't push me out of the way. I'm much bigger than you. I've got you buried."

Don't believe that lie.

Just say, like the seed, "I'm coming back.

This economy may have knocked me down. It may have cost me my job. It may have drained my savings.

But I'm not buried. I'm planted. I've got comeback power.  This is not the end. It's only the beginning."

Or in a different scenario:

"I may be lying in the hospital right now, but this sickness is only temporary. This chemo may have taken my strength, my energy, my hair.

But know this today: I've got comeback power. This is not the end. It's only the beginning.

"When you have faith, your potential is never buried.

Know that whomever the Son sets free is free indeed.

God has another victory in your future.

Your best days are in front of you.

God will not let you go through more than you can handle.

If you have a big challenge today, that just means you have a big destiny.

Extraordinary people face extraordinary difficulties.

But the good news is we serve an extraordinary God.

He has you in the palm of His hand."

-""It's Your Time"

Stay Strong!

Strength for All Things

A powerful and inspirational Promise on this beautiful Friday - and the start to a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

Stay Strong! :)

I EMPOWER YOU—INFUSING INNER STRENGTH into you so that you are ready for anything and equal to anything.

It's essential to remember that this inner strength comes through Me, through your connection with Me.

It comes to you as you need it—as you take trusting steps of dependence, moving forward with your eyes on Me.

This promise is a powerful antidote to fear—especially your fear of being overwhelmed by circumstances you see looming ahead.

They may look daunting, but in Me you are indeed ready for anything and equal to anything.

Of course, you're not currently ready for every imaginable situation.

I carefully control what happens in your life.

I am constantly protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. And I provide strength, just when you need it, for everything I allow to touch your life.

Many of the future things you anxiously anticipate will not actually reach you.

My promise is for things you face in the present, and it is sufficient.

So when you are feeling the strain of an uphill journey, tell yourself the truth: "I have strength for all things through Christ who empowers me! "

- "Jesus Today "

"I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency."
—Philippians 4: 13 AMP

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."
—John 15: 4 NKJV

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song."
—Psalm 28: 7

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Never Alone in Your Struggles

TRUST ME IN TIMES OF CONFUSION AND IN STORMS—WHEN things don't make sense and nothing you do seems to help.

This type of trust delights Me, because I know it is real.

Invite Me to enter into your struggles—to be ever so close to you.

Though other people may not really understand what you're going through, I understand perfectly.

Find comfort in knowing you're not alone in your struggles.

I am with you, watching over you continually.

Long-term trials can drain you of energy and hope, making it hard for you to keep trusting Me.

But I have given you a wonderful Helper, the Holy Spirit, who never runs out of strength.

You can ask for His help, praying:

"I trust You, Jesus; help me, Holy Spirit."

Instead of trying to resolve all your problems, simply rest in My Presence.

Trust that there is a way forward, even though you can't yet see it.

I am providing a good way for you, though it is bumpy at times.

When the road is rough, cling all the more tightly to Me.

As your soul clings to Me, My right hand upholds you.

- " Jesus Today"

Stay Strong!

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
—Genesis 28: 15

"When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me."
—John 15: 26 NKJV

"My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
—Psalm 63: 8

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Everything You Need.....

"Get this down in your spirit: God wants you to reach new levels of fulfillment, new levels of increase, new levels of promotion, new levels of victory.

You have been faithful.

You've served others.

You've been your best day in and day out.

You're about to see a major shift.

You're about to come across a handful on purpose that will propel you to a new level.

You will step into a new dimension—the overflow anointing.

If you are discouraged right now, know that if God had not already released good things into your future, you wouldn't be here.

He would have taken you on home.

As long as you're breathing, there's another handful on purpose in front of you.

Somewhere in your path there's promotion, increase, good breaks, divine connections.

When you really understand this principle, it puts a spring in your step.

You'll go out each day excited, thinking, I wonder when that next handful is coming.

It could be today.

It could be tomorrow.

It could be next week.

When you stay in faith, you will walk into God's blessings.

Understand that He's already released into your future everything you need to fulfill your destiny.

My prayer for you is that you will receive everything God has in store.

I speak it over you right now: new seasons of increase.

I declare favor over your life.

I speak strength into you.

I speak health.

I speak wisdom.

I speak creativity.

I speak divine connections.

I speak supernatural opportunities.

They are coming your way.

I declare it in the name of Jesus."

     - "It's Your Time"

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Faith over Fear....

A bit long but the message is worth the few extra minutes. ...

Stay Strong!!

Choose faith over Fear.

None of us is immune to fear.

A while back, I was facing a potentially bad situation. It had gone on for months and months.

Every morning, the dread and fear hit me first thing: "This will not work out. It will cause a lot of heartache. You might as well plan for defeat."

Fear will try to dominate your thoughts.

If you allow it, fear will keep you awake at night.

Fear will steal your joy, steal your enthusiasm.

Those fears followed me around like a dark cloud.

But one day I heard God say something—not out loud.

It was just an impression deep within.

He said: "Joel, if you worry about this and you keep mulling over all the reasons why it will not work out, then because of your worry, you will allow that to come to pass. But if you will trust Me and use that same energy to believe instead of worry, then I will turn it around and cause it to work out to your advantage."

When I heard that, I found a new perspective.

I realized that worry, fear, and wrong thinking are not simply bad habits.

They allow the negative to come to pass.

I made a decision from that moment on: I would not worry about the bad situation anymore.

When I was tempted to get discouraged, I used the temptation as a reminder to thank God that He was in control and to thank Him that He was fighting my battles for me.

Several months later that situation resolved in my favor, and it turned out better than I could have imagined.

It was as if God put an exclamation point on it, saying, "See, Joel. If you'll just believe, if you'll just trust Me, I'll not only bring you out, I'll bring you out better off than you were before."

Focus on your faith; let God deal with your fear.

We have so many opportunities to be fearful in these times.

People are concerned about the economy, worried about their health, fearful for their children.

But God says to you what He said to me: "Don't use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe."

Do you know that it takes the same amount of energy to believe as it does to worry?

It's just as easy to say, "God is supplying all of my needs," as it is to say, "I will never make it."

It takes the same amount of effort to say, "I will live a long healthy life,"as it does to say, "I don't think I'll ever get well."

When someone expresses fear about being laid off, I understand the concern.

Your fears may be valid, too, but you can't go around meditating on them, expecting the worst, expecting to have a bad year.

When you dwell on your fears, you use your faith in reverse.

Instead of constantly worrying, simply say, "God, my life is in Your hands. I know You're guiding and directing my steps and I'm not expecting defeat. I'm not expecting failure. I'm expecting to have a blessed year. I'm expecting to go over and not under."

You might ask, "What if I do that and it doesn't happen?"

What if you do it and it does happen?

Even if you were to get laid off, you don't have to get discouraged or think, I knew it wouldn't work for me.

Instead, stay in faith.

Know that when one door closes, God will open up another.

If you keep the right attitude, He'll give you a better job, with better benefits, making better money!

Your fears are almost always greater than the reality.

Fear feels big.

It is intimidating.

It will tell you: "You will never be healthy.""

That child will never change."

"Your finances will fall apart."

You need to face that fear and say, "You sound impressive. You look tough. But I know the truth. There's nothing really to you. You may talk a good talk, but I know your bite is not near as big as your bark.

You may look permanent, but I know you're only temporary.

Things in my life may be a little dark and cloudy right now. It looks like they will never change.

But I have inside information.

I know the sun is still shining and it's just a matter of time before this fog dissipates and the sky will be as clear and beautiful as it's always been."

Your fears become more powerful when you dwell on them.

You give them power by playing out every worst-case scenario as if you were watching a scary movie.

Negative thoughts turn into negative images.

Even small fears can become terrifying when you blow them out of proportion.

Take that small pain in your side. It's nothing.

You just had too much to eat.

But negative thoughts will come creeping: That's cancer. My mother had it. My grandmother had it. Now it's my time.

If you let those discouraging thoughts play out over and over again, before long you'll see yourself in the hospital.

You'll see yourself not able to take care of your children.

You'll see yourself at your own funeral.

No, you should cast down those nagging thoughts.

Don't let negative pictures play on the movie screen of your mind.

You are the director and the audience.

You are in charge.

Take the remote control.

Change the channel.

If you let your imagination run wild, let it run wild in a POSITIVE direction.

Always choose Faith over Fear!"

"It's Your Time"
     - J. Osteen

.......ILMO D. Lopp

The One Who Keeps You Safe


YOU TEND to rely heavily on your thinking and planning, as if that is where your security lies.

When you start to feel anxious about something, your mind goes into overdrive—searching for solutions, searching for security.

All the while I am with you, holding you by your right hand.

Beware of trusting in yourself—which is foolish.

Instead, walk in wisdom and you will be kept safe.

The essence of wisdom is to trust in Me more than in yourself or other people.

I stand ready to guide you with My counsel, so bring all your concerns to Me.

When you are feeling confused, it may be helpful to write out your prayers, asking Me to show you the way forward.

Then wait in My Presence, giving Me time to guide your mind while you focus on Me and My Word.

You can whisper, "Jesus," to help you stay focused.

My Name—representing all that I AM—is a strong tower; those who run to it are safe.

- "Jesus Today "

Stay Strong!

"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire but you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
—Psalm 73: 23–26

"He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe."
—Proverbs 28: 26

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."
—Proverbs 18: 10 NKJV

Monday, October 12, 2015

Stop Worrying

"WORRY IS LARGELY A MATTER OF THINKING about things at the wrong time.

I have built into your brain the amazing capacity to observe your own thoughts.

So it is possible to monitor your thoughts and make choices about them.

To avoid wasting mental and emotional energy, timing is very important.

If you think about certain things at the wrong time—for example, when you're lying in bed—it's all too easy to start worrying about them.

This is why it's so helpful to monitor your thinking.

Instead of waiting until you're deep in worry, you can interrupt anxious thoughts and change the subject.

I want you to discipline your mind to minimize worry and maximize worship.

This will require much ongoing effort, but you'll find that it is a path to freedom.

When you realize you're thinking about something at the wrong time—a worrisome thought at a time when you can do nothing about it—take swift action.

Tell yourself, "Not now!" and direct your mind elsewhere.

The best direction for your thinking is toward Me.

Draw near Me by expressing your trust in Me, your love for Me.

This is worship."

Stay Strong!

"Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?"
—Luke 12: 22–26

"Worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."
—Revelation 14: 7 NKJV

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The One and Only Thing You Need

I AM THE CULMINATION of all your hopes and desires.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last: who is and was and is to come.

Before you knew Me, you expressed your longing for Me in hurtful ways.

You were ever so vulnerable to the evil around you in the world.

But now My Presence safely shields you, enfolding you in My loving arms.

I have lifted you out of darkness into My marvelous Light.

Though I have brought many pleasures into your life, not one of them is essential.

Receive My blessings with open hands.

Enjoy My good gifts, but do not cling to them.

Turn your attention to the Giver of all good things, and rest in the knowledge that you are complete in Me.

The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose:

My Presence with you.

- "Jesus Calling"

Stay Strong!

"Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
—PSALM 62: 5–8

"I am the Alpha and the Omega,"says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."
—1 PETER 2: 9 NKJV

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
—JAMES 1: 17

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Your Fortress and Refuge


Whether or not they realize it, all people lean on—depend on—something: physical strength, intelligence, beauty, wealth, achievements, family, friends, and so on.

All of these are gifts from Me, to be enjoyed gratefully.

However, relying on any of these things is risky, because every one of them can let you down.

When your circumstances are challenging and you are feeling weak, you tend to obsess about how you are going to make it through the day.

This wastes a lot of time and energy; it also distracts you from Me.

Whenever this happens, ask Me to open your eyes so you can find Me in the moment.

"See" Me standing nearby, with My strong arm extended toward you—offering you My help.

Don't try to pretend that you have it all together or that you're stronger than you really are.

Instead, lean hard on Me, letting Me bear most of your weight and help you with your problems.

Rejoice in Me—your Strength—and worship while leaning on Me.

Stay Strong!

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
—Proverbs 18: 24

"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God."
—Psalm 59: 16–17

"By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff."
!zzz —Hebrews 11: 21 NKJV

Friday, October 9, 2015


Now this is what the Lord says—the One who created you and the One who formed you:

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.

You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you."(Isa. 43: 1–2)

I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Phil. 4: 13)

Stay Strong!

Strengthen You with Power through His Spirit

Happy Weekend!

I hope this message provides a nice tailwind into an amazing weekend for you!

Stay Strong!


So do not be afraid; Do Not be discouraged.

I, your loving Savior, am also infinite God!

I am omnipresent: present everywhere at once.

This makes it possible for Me to go ahead of you—opening up the way—without ever leaving your side.

The promise of My Presence is for all time.

No matter where you go or what circumstances you encounter, I will be with you.

This is the basis of your courage and confidence.

Though fear and discouragement may sometimes slink into your heart, this is not their rightful home.

Your heart is My dwelling place, and those hurtful emotions are not from Me.

In fact, My perfect Love casts out fear.

So check your heart from time to time, to see if fear and discouragement are loitering there.

If you discover those unwelcome intruders, ask the Holy Spirit to function as a bouncer and boot them out!

Then, encourage yourself with My promise to go before you and be with you—and let My perfect Love renew your hope.

Stay Strong!

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
—Deuteronomy 31: 8

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."
—Ephesians 3: 16–17

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love."
—1 John 4: 18 NASB

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Take Courage. It is I. Don’t be Afraid

WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED BY your circumstances, take time to listen to Me.

Hear Me saying, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

Listening to Me when you're feeling stressed requires discipline and trust.

Your racing thoughts make it hard to hear My gentle whisper.

Ask the Holy Spirit to calm your mind so that you can hear My voice.

Remember that I—the Prince of Peace—am with you at all times.

I am not only with you; I am also in your circumstances.

Moreover, I am in control of everything that happens to you.

Although I am never the author of evil, I am fully able to use bad things for good.

This does not remove your suffering, but it does redeem it—infusing it with meaning.

So if you are in a storm of difficulties, I say to you,

"Take courage. It is I."

Search for signs of My abiding Presence in your current situation.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Stay Strong!

"Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
—Matthew 14: 27

"After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
—1 Kings 19: 12

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
—Isaiah 9: 6 NKJV

You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
—Jeremiah 29: 13 NKJV

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Extend Forgiveness

Today's Scripture

"Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.'"
(Luke 23:34, KJV)

Extend Forgiveness

When you've been hurt or offended, sometimes it's tempting to hold on to unforgiveness.

But we have to remember, when people wrong us, our battle is not against flesh and blood.

In other words, that person who hurt you is not the real enemy.

The Bible says that your adversary is the devil, and he knows that if you don't forgive, your prayers won't be effective.

Unforgiveness puts up a barrier in your life to the power of God.

In fact, if we don't forgive others, we can't be forgiven by God.

However, when you choose forgiveness, you open the door for God's healing power to flow through you!

Disarm the enemy in your life today by choosing forgiveness.

Bless those who curse you and pray for those who wrong you.

Look at what Jesus did—when He was betrayed, beaten, mocked and disrespected, He chose to forgive.

Follow His example, and open the door for victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, thank You for forgiving me and giving me new life. Today I choose to extend forgiveness to others. I bless those who have wronged me and ask You to heal every broken place in my life in Jesus' name.

Refuse to Get Discouraged


DO NOT BE discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go.

You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak.

However, the weaker you feel, the more effort it takes to choose to be strong.

It all depends on where you look.

If you gaze at yourself and your problems, your courage will melt away.

The choice to be bold rests on your confidence that I am with you and for you.

Through eyes of faith, see Me on the path before you, beckoning you on, one step at a time.

Looking to Me consistently will increase your strength and valor.

When everything seems to be going wrong, refuse to get discouraged.

Remember that I am a God of surprises: I am not limited by the way things are or by the paltry possibilities you can see.

I am infinitely creative and powerful.

With Me all things are possible!

The longer you wait for your prayers to be answered, the closer you are to a breakthrough.

Meanwhile, waiting for Me—aware of My loving Presence—is a blessed way to live.

I am good to those who wait for Me.

Stay Strong!

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
—Joshua 1: 9

Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
—Matthew 19: 26 NKJV

"The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."
—Lamentations 3: 25–26 NKJV

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Joy in the Most Difficult Days

"REMEMBER THAT JOY is not dependent on your circumstances.

Some of the world's most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable.

People who reach the top of the ladder career-wise are often surprised to find emptiness awaiting them.

True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence.

Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons . . . anywhere.

Do not judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties.

Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with Me.

Many of the problems that clamor for your attention will resolve themselves.

Other matters you must deal with, but I will help you with them.

If you make problem-solving secondary to the goal of living close to Me, you can find Joy even in your most difficult days."

-- Excerpt from "Jesus Calling"

Stay Strong!

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights."
—HABAKKUK 3: 17–19

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.
—1 CHRONICLES 16: 27

Monday, October 5, 2015

Your Helper

I AM THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: Lord of all that is and all that will ever be.

Although I am unimaginably vast, I choose to dwell within you, permeating you with My Presence.

Only in the spirit realm could Someone so infinitely great live within someone so very small.

Be awed by the Power and the Glory of My Spirit within you!

Though the Holy Spirit is infinite, He deigns to be your Helper.

He is always ready to offer assistance; all you need to do is ask.

When the path before you looks easy and straightforward, you may be tempted to go it alone instead of relying on Me.

This is when you are in the greatest danger of stumbling.

Ask My Spirit to help you as you go each step of the way.

Never neglect this glorious Source of strength within you.

Stay Strong!

"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."
—JOHN 14: 16–17 NKJV

"But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you."
—JOHN 16: 7

"So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,'says the LORD Almighty."

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Press Through..

"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you."
(Matthew 7:7, AMP)

Press Through
In Mark chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years.

The doctors gave her no hope, but she heard that Jesus was passing through town.

Something deep down on the inside was saying, "This is your season. This is your time to get well."

In the natural, when she saw all the people around Him, she thought, "I'll never get to Him. It's so crowded and I'm weak."

She almost missed her season.

But instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts, instead of looking at her situation, she started reminding herself, "If I can just get to Jesus, I will be whole."

She made the choice to turn her thoughts in the right direction and was empowered to take a leap of faith.

She pressed through the crowd until she got just close enough to touch the edge of Jesus' robe.

Instantly, she was made whole.

Jesus said in Mark 5:34, "Daughter, your faith has made you well."

Notice it's our faith that activates God's power.

We have to press through our thoughts, press through our circumstances, press through the crowd and obstacles until we touch Him.

Today, with every step you take, God is drawing closer to you.

He'll meet your faith with His miraculous power so you can embrace the victory He has waiting for you!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I ask You to fill me with Your strength, peace and joy so that I can press through to victory today in Jesus' name.

- J. Osteen

Stay Strong!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Guardian Angels

"The Lord has put angels in charge of you to Guard you in all your ways"

Yesterday marked the Feast of the Guardian Angels.

Every one of us has been given the gift of a Guardian Angel. From birth to death we can count on this protection and guidance in our lives in times of distress and strife.

Take comfort knowing that your Guardian Angel is always with you!


This is not an easy time, but it is nonetheless good—full of blessings as well as struggles.

Be open to learning all that I want to teach you as you journey through challenging terrain.

And be willing to let go of familiar comforts so you can say a wholehearted "Yes!"to this adventure.

I will give you everything you need to cope with the challenges you face.

Don't waste energy projecting yourself into the future—trying to walk through those "not yet" times in your mind.

This is a form of unbelief.

I have unlimited resources to provide what you need, including a vast army of angels at My beck and call.

Pray continually as you make decisions about this journey.

I can help you make wise choices because I know everything—including what lies ahead on your path.

Your mind makes various plans about your way, but I am the One who directs your steps and makes them sure.

Stay Strong!

"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
—Deuteronomy 29: 29 NKJV

"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
—Psalm 91: 11–12

"Pray continually."
—1 Thessalonians 5: 17

"A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure." —Proverbs 16: 9 AMP

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Only One who can Keep You Safe

Before you read the amazingly POWERFUL message and promise of Trust, Hope and Faith below, please take a moment to say a prayer to St Therese de Lisieux - "The Little Flower" whose Feast Day we Celebrate today!

"Through her letters, the word-of-mouth tradition originating with her fellow-nuns, and especially through the publication of "Histoire d'un ame," Therese of the Child Jesus or "The Little Flower" soon came to mean a great deal to numberless people; she had shown them the way of perfection in the small things of every day.

Miracles and graces were being attributed to her intercession, and within twenty-eight years after death, this simple young nun had been canonized.

In 1936 a basilica in her honor at Lisieux was opened and blessed by Cardinal Pacelli; and it was he who, in 1944, as Pope, declared her the secondary patroness of France. "The Little Flower" was an admirer of St. Teresa of Avila, and a comparison at once suggests itself. 

They both patiently endured severe physical sufferings; both had a capacity for intense religious experience; both led lives made radiant by the love of Christ.

St. Therese died at age 24 having devoted her life to Christ from as early an age as she could remember.

While some people have proposed that certain prayers must be said at certain times and before certain hours, and connected with other prayers, this is not Therese's "little way".

She took seriously Jesus' request that we not use lots of words, but rather pray to God our Father in simple, hidden and honest ways." 

"Dear Therese of Lisieux, pray for us on your Feast Day, and show us how little things can be done with great love. 

"Little Flower
In this Hour
Show Your Power.


There is a deep, deep yearning in your heart for safety and security.

You can mask these longings with activity for a time, but only for a time.

These feelings actually serve a very good purpose.

Properly used, they can point you to Me and My sufficiency.

I am the only One who can really, ultimately keep you safe.

Whenever you start to feel insecure—about anything—come to Me.

Talk with Me about your fears and concerns; then affirm your trust in Me.

Voicing your trust connects you with Me at a deep level.

It also pushes back the darkness of deception.

The evil one has been deceiving people ever since time began, since the Garden of Eden.

Do not listen to his lies.

Instead, put your trust in Me, for I am absolute Truth.

As you come to know Me—the Truth—better and better, I make you increasingly free.

-"Jesus Today"

Stay Strong!

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." —Proverbs 29: 25

"The LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
—Genesis 3: 13

"Jesus said to [Thomas], "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
—John 14: 6 NKJV

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
—John 8: 32 NKJV