Tuesday, October 3, 2017


As a very wise man once said to me while I was worrying about something for a while: 

"You've tried to control and do it YOUR OWN way your entire life, how is that working out for you?  Perhaps it's time to let someone else worry about it a bit?" 

Sage advice! 

If things are not working out as well as you had hoped, and you are doing it your own way, perhaps we have little to lose by handing it over to the Lord and let Him take a shot at It? 


Stay Strong!!!

"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…"
(Psalm 37:7, NKJV)

Are you struggling with trying to make a dream come to pass? 

Are you frustrated in a relationship, trying to make someone else change or live right? 

You may mean well, you may have good goals, but if you are trying to orchestrate things to happen your way on your timetable, you are only going to frustrate yourself. 

At some point, you have to turn those circumstances over to God and TRUST that He has your best interest at heart.

How do you turn things over to God? 

Start by making the choice and declaring your resolve. 

Simply say, 

"Father, I choose to let You be God of this situation. 

I take my hands off.
I trust You." 

Then, choose to worship Him. 

Worship is one of the best ways to set your heart and mind in the right place. 

You can't worry and worship at the same time! 

Worship is a sign that you are trusting God; worry is a sign that you are trying to control things.

Today, take the pressure off of yourself and turn things over to God. 

Give Him control and let Him take your setbacks and turn them into comebacks. 

Remember, the God who holds the universe holds you in the palm of His hand. 

TRUST Him and let God be God in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I choose to release every care and concern into Your loving hands. I refuse to worry and choose to trust. Fill me with Your peace. Show me Your ways as I surrender every area of my heart and life to You in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Release Total Control

"Those who Hope in me will not be disappointed."
(Isaiah 49:23, NIV)

Never Disappointed


What a powerful promise we have from Almighty God! 

When we put our hope in Him, we will NEVER be disappointed. 


Of course, that doesn't mean that things will always go our way. 

There may be "temporary" disappointments, but we will NEVER be permanently disappointed. 

Somewhere down the road, God will cause it to all work out for our good. 

With God on your side, you will  ALWAYS end in victory!

Are you carrying frustration, worry or aggravation about something? 

That's usually a clear sign that your hope is in the wrong place. 

If you hope in circumstances, it will deplete you of joy and peace. 

But when you turn those circumstances over to God, when you refuse to worry, when you refuse to allow the temporary things of this world to dictate your happiness, that's when God can do a work in your life. 

When you TRUST in Him, He will make your crooked places straight; 

He will cause you to mount up with wings like the eagle.

Today, choose to put your hope in the Father. 

You won't be disappointed. 

Trust Him because He is faithful. 

Find rest for your soul in knowing that He is good, and He has good things in store for your future!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I give You every frustration, every aggravation, every difficulty. I release total control into Your loving and able hands. Speak to my heart and give me Your peace. Show me Your love as I place my hope in You in Jesus' name. 

Stay Strong!!!

From "Today's Word"

Monday, September 25, 2017


Happy Monday All!!  

Just another calendar day in the week - Do not let it get you down!  

"Monday" offers just as much promise and HOPE as any other day of the week!  

WE define it!  

WE choose what type of day today will be!!

Not the other way around! :)  

Stay Strong!


"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
            (Romans 8:31, NIV)

On Your Side!

Joshua chapter six tells the story about how the odds were stacked against Joshua and the people of Israel. 

They were standing at the massive walls of Jericho that many thought were impenetrable.

I'm sure as he was standing before the well-fortified walls and gates of the city, many around him didn't think his future was too bright. 

But you see Joshua had something others overlooked; he had the promise of Almighty God. 

Joshua had faith because He knew God was on His side, and God had already determined the victory. 

Sure enough, just as God promised, the people marched around the city for six days, and on the seventh day, they shouted the victory and the walls came tumbling down!

Today, don't look at the walls in your life; look at the promise of God. 

He is for you, and if God is for you, NOTHING can stand against you. 

Get a vision of victory and don't let it go. 

Keep moving forward in faith and obedience knowing that when you do, the Most High God is on your side!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for Your favor, grace and victory in my life. I choose to trust You. I choose to follow Your leading. I choose to be faithful to You because You are faithful to me. I love You and bless You in Jesus' name. 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Drained? Rise up!!!

"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."
(Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)

Everyone goes through seasons in life that seem overwhelming; times when you've felt drained of strength and power. 

But you haven't been left without hope. 

You haven't been left without an answer. 

The God of heaven and earth is near you, and He promises to give you strength and might to overcome.

Where does this strength and power come from? 

It comes directly from Him. 

When you connect with Him, you are connecting to your power source. 

It's like plugging a lamp into a light socket. 

You "plug in" through prayer, reading the Word and worshipping Him. 

You "turn on" the switch by the words of your mouth—by declaring what God says.

Remember, you don't have to let the difficult times overwhelm you. 

Rise up and connect with Him because He is your source of strength! 

He promises to equip and empower you for victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor, strength and grace at work in my life. I turn my focus on You today. I turn my thoughts on You. I set my heart and love upon You because You are good. Thank You for filling me with strength, might and power to overcome in Jesus' name! 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017


"Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense."
(Proverbs 19:11, AMPC)

When Things Are Out of Control

Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, be frustrated or get offended. 

Maybe you had plans that didn't work out, or someone was rude to you at the office. 

Maybe you were doing something that should have taken one hour, and it ended up taking three. 

Life is full of inconveniences, but even though we can't always control our circumstances, we can control our reaction. 

I heard somebody say, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond."

We should always go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God's favor. 

But at the same time, we should recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we plan. 

Remember, we were created to live in peace. 

Peace is our position of power. 

If you get stressed because you got off schedule, or upset because your child wouldn't eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, what you're doing is giving away your power. 

Instead, make the decision to release those offenses and disappointments so you can live in peace and enjoy the day as the blessing God prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, today I release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to You. I choose to keep the peace that You have given me. I look forward to today knowing that You are with me, leading me in victory in Jesus' name! 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just Do It

"I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments."

(Psalm 119:60, NKJV)

Don't Delay

Isn't it interesting how easy it is to put things off? 

We plan on doing something. 

We have good intentions. 

We just plan to do it later.

 "One day, I'm going to start exercising.

 One day, I'm going to get my finances in order.

 One day, I'm going to forgive that person who hurt me." 

The problem with this kind of thinking is that "one day" never comes. 

There will always be some reason to keep delaying it.

Is there something in your heart that you know you need to do? 

Maybe God has been dealing with you, and you keep putting it off. 

You think:

"As soon as I get through this busy season, then I'll spend more time with my family." 

"As soon as the price of gas goes down, then I'll start tithing my income." 

"As soon as my child gets out of diapers, then I'm going to get my family back in church." 

But friend, good intentions don't equal obedience. 

The quicker you do what you feel down in your spirit, the happier you're going to be. 

Don't let unfinished business keep you from God's best. 

Step out. 

Obey His voice and walk in the blessing He has for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, thank You for Your patience and grace toward me. Search my heart. Show me the way to go. I choose to obey Your voice quickly and honor You in all that I do in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word" 

Stay Strong!!

Monday, September 11, 2017


As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…"
(Isaiah 66:13, NIV)

The God of Comfort

Oftentimes when people face challenges, they seek comfort by surrounding themselves with things that are familiar. 

It may be work, a sport or hobby; it may be relationships; or of course, we all know about comfort food. 

But those things are only temporary, and they can only bring temporary comfort. 

True, lasting comfort is available, and it's only found in a personal relationship with God the Father through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

According to Webster's dictionary, comfort means:

"To give strength and hope; to ease grief or trouble."
No matter what difficulty you may be facing today, God wants to bring you comfort. 

Like a mother cares for her child, He longs to give you strength, hope and confidence. 

Make the decision to put Him first in every area of your life. 

Let go of those things you know are holding you back. 

Let Him be Lord over all! 

As you surrender to His grace, you will be filled with His peace and joy. 

You'll be empowered to overcome every obstacle, and you will live in victory all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, I come to You today and invite You to fill my whole being. Give me Your lasting comfort and strength. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to live in the victory You have established for me in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word "

Stay Strong!!!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. 

At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose."
(Acts 16:25-26, NIV)

Your Midnight Hour

Paul and Silas were put in jail for spreading good news. 

It wasn't fair. 

They were beaten and accused without a trial. 

As they sat in the prison, bloodied, bruised and hopeless, it looked like things were over for them. 

When they had no hope, nowhere to turn, when they were literally trapped and bound in their circumstances, they began to sing praises to God. 

As they did, right at midnight—their darkest hour—there was suddenly a great earthquake. 

The prison doors flung open, their chains fell off, and they walked out as free men!

We've all had times when we felt completely trapped by circumstances. 

We've all felt lonely and hopeless. 

So many along the Gulf Coast are facing their darkest hours. 

Today, I encourage you to do what Paul and Silas did and begin to praise God! 

When you praise Him no matter what, that's when God enters your situation. 

That's when He can break your chains and set you free. 

Praise Him in your midnight hour and watch Him show up and set you free!!!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, right now I lift my heart to You. You are worthy to be praised! I will bless You in the midnight hour knowing that You are good, and You have victory and freedom in store for me in Jesus' name! Amen."

From Today's Word 
Stay Strong!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Give them Up

Happy Weekend!!! 

Stay Strong!!

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
(1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

Give Him Your Cares

God desires to take care of whatever may be concerning you today. 

He invites you to give your worries and cares to Him simply because He loves you!

How do you give Him your cares? 

First of all, understand that cares show up in your mind. 

When negative, self-defeating thoughts of worry come, you have to recognize them as cares and replace them with the Word of God. 

For example, if you are concerned about a need today, say out loud, 

"My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory." 

If you have fear about something, say out loud, 

"God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." 

If you have sickness in your body, declare, 

"By His stripes I am healed." 

As you meditate on the truth and focus your heart and mind on the Father, those cares and concerns will disappear.

Then, thank Him for giving you peace and joy. 

Thank Him for working in your life. 

As you keep an attitude of faith and expectancy, give Him your worries and cares and get ready for the blessing He has for your future!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, I come to You today casting my cares on You. I choose to believe Your Word and trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I give You all the praise and glory in Jesus' name. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hang on!!!

Happy Weekend All!!  

Dawn is Near -  Stay Strong!! :)   

"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded."
(Hebrews 10:35, NIV)

Closer Than You Think

Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it's taking a lot longer than you thought? 

Many times, people can miss God's best simply because they give up before they see their "due season" come. 

Don't let that be you! 

Be encouraged today, your answer is closer than you think. 

If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to your victory!!

It's always darkest just before the dawn arrives.

You serve a faithful God, and He's working behind the scenes on your behalf. 

Don't cast away your confidence today because your reward is coming. 

And just like a new mother forgets about her labor pain when she is finally holding her newborn, you'll forget about your struggle when you are holding on to your promise.

While you are waiting, keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. 

Wake up every morning and say out loud, 

"I've come too far to give up now. My due season is coming. I will reap my harvest." 

Stay in faith and look for His hand of blessing because He has promised you victory, and it's closer than you think!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, today I stand believing that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Give me Your strength to continue believing until I see Your promises fulfilled in my life in Jesus' name. 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waiting....the Right Way

"…faith without works is dead."
(James 2:20, NKJV)

Are you waiting for God to do something in your life? 

One thing I've learned is that waiting should not be a passive thing. 

When we're waiting the correct way, we're on the lookout. 

We talk like what we are believing for is going to happen. 

We act like it's going to happen. 

We're making preparations.

It's just like when you're expecting someone for dinner; you don't wait till they show up before you decide to start cooking. 

Most likely you start early in the day. 

You make sure the house is clean, you go to the grocery store, and maybe you buy some flowers for the table. 

You make preparations because you're expecting someone. 

Well, that's the attitude we need to have while we're waiting for God's promises to come to pass. 

Put your faith to work. 

Prepare for the answer to come. 

Keep standing, keep believing, and keep hoping because your answer is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, I choose to put actions behind my faith today. I trust that You are at work in my life. I will wait the right way—with expectancy—knowing that my faith in You opens the door for Your hand to move in my life in Jesus' name. 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Press Forward

"For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you…to give you hope in your final outcome."
(Jeremiah 29:11, AMPC)

Flourishing Finish

God desires to see you flourish in this life. 

He wants to see you come out of setbacks stronger, wiser, increased and promoted. 

He wants to give you hope in your final outcome and see you come to a flourishing finish.

When my father died unexpectedly, all in our family was not well. 

We didn't know how everything was going to turn out. 

We didn't have all the answers, but we understood the principle that God never ends on a negative. 

Instead of getting stuck on that page, we just kept moving forward little by little, doing our best, being faithful, being good to people. 

When I look out today, I can see the faithfulness of God. 

I can say like David, 

"Look what the Lord has done!"

Remember, when you encounter adversity, know that God isn't finished yet. 

He never ends on a negative. 

He has more in store for you if you will keep pressing forward. 

Don't let your thoughts get stuck on the circumstances. 

Instead, lift up your eyes to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith. 

Trust that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf, and He will lead you into a flourishing finish!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I humbly come to You ready to receive Your favor, grace and mercy. 
I cast my cares on You. 
I cast my questions on You. 
I put my hope in You, knowing that You will bring me to a flourishing finish in Jesus' name! 

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Patience in Faith!!

Happy Monday All!!

Stay Strong!!!

"Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
(James 1:3-4, NKJV)

Lacking Nothing

God wants you to be perfect and complete, living in His abundance, and lacking nothing on this earth. 

That may seem like a stretch from where you are today. 

It may seem far off; but in an instant, things can turn around. 

God has set up a system of blessing for you, and it starts with His Word. 

The Bible says that God has given each of us a measure of faith. 

We all have faith, and it's up to us to develop it. 

Romans 10:17 says that faith grows as we read and study His Word. 

Faith, in turn, produces patience, and when we allow patience to have its perfect work in us, we will lack no good thing.

Today, no matter where you are in the process, the key is to keep moving forward by reading and hearing His Word. 

His Word is alive. 

His Word will heal your heart and restore your soul. 

His Word will produce patience in your life so that you can move forward, being complete and lacking nothing all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for Your Word which lights my path and directs my way. I choose to put You first place. I choose to meditate on Your Word, knowing that You are leading me in Your paths of life in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word" 

Stay Strong!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shake it Off

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
(Romans 12:2, NKJV)

Retrain Your Brain

Living in victory means that sometimes you have to develop new habits. 

If you've been negative for a long time, you've got to retrain your thinking from "I can't" to "I can;" 

From "It won't happen" to "It will happen;"

From "I'll never get well" to "God is restoring health unto me;" 

From "I never get any good breaks" to "God's favor surrounds me like a shield;"

From "I've made too many mistakes. I'm all washed up" to "I'm redeemed and forgiven. My best days are still out in front of me." 

It's like reprogramming a computer. 

Sometimes you have to wipe off the old, outdated, dysfunctional software and load in something new.

If you've spent your days focused on how things won't work, it's time to focus on how things will work out! 

It doesn't matter how bad it looks, how many people have told you no, or how long it's been that way, God has the final say. 

It's not over till God says it's over. 

Shake off the self-pity. 

Shake off the disappointment. 

Let go of the old and choose to believe Him. 

Declare His promises over your life and see His blessing and victory as you align yourself with Him!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for the transformation power in Your Word! Thank You for giving me hope for my future. I choose to trust You, I choose to believe Your Word, and I choose to declare Your truth and watch victory unfold in Jesus' name! 

From "Today's Word" 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trust and Release

"The secret things belong unto the Lord our God…"
(Deuteronomy 29:29, AMPC)

The Secret Things

Are you going through a situation in your life that you don't quite understand? 

During these uncertain seasons, it's natural to question things in your mind. 

But in order to move forward, we have to look forward with our hearts. 

We have to look beyond the questions and continue to TRUST in Almighty God.

Serving God means we're going to have some unanswered questions. 

You may never understand why a relationship ended sooner than you would have liked. 

You may never understand why you lost a loved one. 

You may never understand why you went through something difficult or why your prayers didn't get answered. 

But at some point, you have to decide to put your questions aside and go on with God. 

We have to decide to trust His character even when our circumstances don't make sense. 

The Bible tells us that adversity will come, but God is the one who promises to lead us into victory. 

He has promised that He's going to turn that difficulty around and use it for your advantage. 

He is faithful to His Word, and you can be sure that He will fulfill every promise He's made to you.

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, I choose to TRUST You with my unanswered questions. I choose to RELEASE any doubt and confusion to You. Help me to focus on Your Word which is truth that sets me free. Thank You for Your goodness and for the blessings You have in store for me in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


''Believe that you have received it.'' 

Clearly, what we are to believe is that we receive the very things we ask for.

The Savior does not even hint that because the Father knows what is best, 

He may give us something else. 

The very mountain that faith bids depart is cast into the sea. 

There is a prayer in which we make known our requests to God, and the reward is the sweet peace of His keeping our heart and mind at rest. 

This is the prayer of TRUST.  

It has reference to things in which we cannot know the will of God. 

As children we make known our desires in the countless areas of daily life and leave them to the Father to give or not to give as He sees best. 

But the prayer of faith that Jesus speaks of is something different, something higher. 

When in the Master's work or in our daily life the soul sees that nothing so honors the Father as the faith that He will do what He has said— grant us whatever we ask—and then takes its stand on that promise as brought home by the Spirit, it may know for certain that it will receive exactly what it asks. 

The Lord sets this clearly before us in verse 23: 

''If anyone . . . does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.'' 

This is the blessing of the prayer of faith that Jesus speaks of."

From "Teach me to Pray" by Andrew Murray

Stay Strong!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Our Shelter

"In the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock."
(Psalm 27:5, NIV)

Hiding in the Right Place

Have you ever watched children play hide and seek? 

They look for the best place to hide in the house or yard and wait quietly for their friend to try to find them. 

It's a fun game for kids, but even as adults, we need a good place to hide from time to time. 

Sometimes we need a place of refuge, we need a place of safety, and we need a place to rest when we feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life—a place where the enemy of our soul can never find us.

The good news is that God has the perfect hiding place for you! 

You don't have to hide in your job. 

You don't have to hide in relationships.

You don't have to hide in food or addictions because God Himself promises to hide you! 

He freely offers you shelter from the storms of life any time you call upon His name.

Remember, there's only one place the enemy cannot find you. 

There's only one place where opposition cannot steal from you. 

There's only one true place of safety and rest for your soul, and that is in the arms of Jesus. 

Know that He loves you, and He is ready to receive you when you call upon His name!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I come humbly before You giving You all that I am. Thank You for hiding me in Your shelter and keeping me safe from the storms of life. My soul finds rest in You as I seek You and praise Your holy name in Jesus' name. 

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

To Completion

"And David said to his son Solomon, 'Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God--my God--will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD'." 
(1 Chronicles 28:20, NK)

He Will Complete It

Is there something you've been believing for, something you've been hoping for that's taking longer than you expected? 

You might be tempted to just accept things the way they are.

 You might be tempted to think it's never going to happen. 

If that's you today, be encouraged because God is a finisher! 

He will complete what He's started in you!

Your part is to believe. 

Your part is to keep your eyes on Him. 

When you believe, you have the Creator of the universe fighting your battles, arranging things in your favor, going before you, moving the wrong people out of the way. 

Don't be intimidated by the size of a problem or the size of your dream! 

Don't let circumstances convince you to stop believing. "Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, is still on the throne. 

One touch of God's favor and you'll go from barely getting by to having more than enough! 

Begin to thank Him and declare that God is at work. 

Declare that He is perfecting what concerns you. 

Declare that He will complete everything He's started in your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, I thank You for completing every good work that You have started in my life. I choose to believe Your Word, even when things look impossible. I choose to believe that You are working behind the scenes and that You will bring victory and breakthrough to every area of my life in Jesus' name!

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Making A Way

...'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts."
(Zechariah 4:6,)

How Will You Accomplish Your Dreams?

Are you facing a situation that seems impossible?

 Have you been fighting a battle for a long time? 

The key is: don't go around talking about how big the problem is. 

Don't go around confessing that you're never going to make it. 

No, start declaring, "The gracious hand of God is upon my life!" 

When you realize God's hand of favor is upon you, you will accomplish your dreams faster than you thought!

When those thoughts of doubt come, declare the truth of God's Word!

 "How are you going to get out of debt?" 

"The gracious hand of God is upon my life." 

"How are you going to get well?" 

"The gracious hand of God is upon my life." 

"How are you going to break that addiction?" 

"The gracious hand of God." 

"How are you going to accomplish your dreams?" 

"The gracious hand of God!"

The more you brag on God's favor, the more you declare and believe His promises, the more you'll see His favor. 

As you keep standing in faith, as You keep hoping in Him, you'll see His promises manifest in your life. 

You'll experience His favor and victory and see every dream and desire come to pass!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for placing Your dreams and desires within me and for creating a plan to bring them to pass. Even when I can't see a way, I TRUST that YOU are making a way. You are good, and today I declare that Your gracious hand is upon every area of my life in Jesus' name! 

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong!!!

Posted By CIM to Stay Strong at 7/11/2017 08:55:00 AM

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Making A Way

...'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts."
(Zechariah 4:6,)

How Will You Accomplish Your Dreams?

Are you facing a situation that seems impossible?

 Have you been fighting a battle for a long time? 

The key is: don't go around talking about how big the problem is. 

Don't go around confessing that you're never going to make it. 

No, start declaring, "The gracious hand of God is upon my life!" 

When you realize God's hand of favor is upon you, you will accomplish your dreams faster than you thought!

When those thoughts of doubt come, declare the truth of God's Word!

 "How are you going to get out of debt?" 

"The gracious hand of God is upon my life." 

"How are you going to get well?" 

"The gracious hand of God is upon my life." 

"How are you going to break that addiction?" 

"The gracious hand of God." 

"How are you going to accomplish your dreams?" 

"The gracious hand of God!"

The more you brag on God's favor, the more you declare and believe His promises, the more you'll see His favor. 

As you keep standing in faith, as You keep hoping in Him, you'll see His promises manifest in your life. 

You'll experience His favor and victory and see every dream and desire come to pass!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for placing Your dreams and desires within me and for creating a plan to bring them to pass. Even when I can't see a way, I TRUST that YOU are making a way. You are good, and today I declare that Your gracious hand is upon every area of my life in Jesus' name! 

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong!!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fully Equipped

Happy Weekend All!!!   

Stay Strong!! 

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…"
(Acts 1:8, NKJV)

God wants to empower you. 

He wants to strengthen you and equip you to rise higher in every area of your life. 

He wants to see you become all that He has created you to be and walk in victory each and every day.

Scripture tells us that when Jesus left the earth, He told the disciples that He was sending a comforter. 

He was talking about the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is not only our comforter, He's our counselor, teacher and stand by. 

He searches our hearts and helps us understand scripture.

Today, if you desire to be filled with God's power, invite the Holy Spirit of God to do a work in you. 

When you read the Bible, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and reveal God's plan to you. 

As you invite the Holy Spirit to operate in your life, today's scripture says that you'll receive God's power! 

You will be strengthened and equipped for everything God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word " 

Stay Strong!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Keep on....

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you."
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)

Keep Seeking

Is there something you are believing God for today? 

Does it seem like it's taking a long time to come to pass? 

Be encouraged because the Bible says that through faith and patience, you will inherit His promises! 

If you'll stay in faith, if you'll keep on seeking Him, it won't be long until you see that breakthrough!

The problem is that most people give up just before they get their miracle. 

They stop when things get hard or when they don't get the answer they want the first time. 

But today's verse encourages us to continually ask and continually seek. 

That doesn't mean that we seek Him one time and then stop. 

No, we seek Him until we have the promise!

Today, submit your prayers to the Lord and keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. 

Keep on asking. 

Keep on seeking. 

Keep on knocking on the door, and it will be opened to you. 

Know that God is working behind the scenes. 

He is perfecting whatever concerns you. 

Don't give up! 

Instead, start thanking Him for His faithfulness in your life. 

Thank Him for His promise that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, thank You for giving me a diligent spirit. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Give me strength to stand and seek You until I see Your promises fulfilled in every area of my life in Jesus' name! 

From "Today's Word "


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rise Up

"And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."
(Romans 8:11, NIV)

Same Spirit, Same Power

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside of you. 

That's God Himself, the same Spirit with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! 

His resurrection power can bring back health, strength and life to your physical body. He can restore hope and breathe life into your dreams. 

In fact, He can resurrect any area that may seem dormant on the inside of you!

The next time you feel overwhelmed by sickness, challenges or despair, remember, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you through Christ Jesus. 

You may have been burdened by an addiction, fear or worry, but there's nothing that can stand against the power of God. 

Rise up and declare by faith, "He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. 

I am restored and healed in the name of Jesus! 

No weapon formed against me can prosper!" 

Receive His truth, declare the Word, and activate His power within you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your power by the Holy Spirit. I choose to feed my faith by declaring Your Word. I choose to walk in Your ways and honor You in everything I do in Jesus' name. 

From Today's Word "

Stay Strong!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Press Through

"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'..."
(2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV)

We all go through seasons of difficulty and face storms in life. 

But during those times, we have to remember that Almighty God is greater than any struggle we face! 

He'll take those challenges and use them to strengthen us, but we have to do our part and take a step of faith toward the victory.

Think about the caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly. 

When it's wrapped in its dark cocoon on the backside of some tree, it doesn't look like it has many options. 

But when it becomes a butterfly inside that cocoon, it doesn't just sit and wait for someone to come and let it out. 

No, that butterfly knows that it has to make a move if it's going to be set free to fly. 

In the same way, we have to do something to get out of the confining places we are in. 

We have to pray, we have to believe, and we have to press through to victory.

Today, no matter what you may be facing, remember, His grace is sufficient for you. 

His STRENGTH is made perfect in you. 

He has given you EVERYTHING you need to overcome in this life. 

NOW is the time to break free and rise to new levels because He has victory and blessing prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Heavenly Father, thank You for the strength to make it through any challenge I may face. 
I choose to put my trust in You. 
I declare that You are good and faithful. 
Thank You for equipping me for victory in every area of my life in Jesus' name. 

From "Today's Word "

Stay Strong!!! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017



I speak softly to you, in the depths of your being. 

Your mind shuttles back and forth, hither and yon, weaving webs of anxious confusion. 

As My thoughts rise up within you, they become entangled in those sticky webs of worry. 

Thus, My voice is muffled, and you hear only "white noise."

Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can think My thoughts. 

This ability is an awesome benefit of being My child, patterned after My own image. 

Do not be deafened by the noise of the world or that of your own thinking. 

Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

Sit quietly in My Presence, letting My thoughts reprogram your thinking. 

From "Jesus Today " by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!!!


"And that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. "


"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

—GENESIS 1: 27 

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." 


Friday, June 16, 2017


Happy Weekend All and Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!!! :) 

Stay Strong!!

THIS IS the secret of living victoriously. 

Your tendency is to gaze at problems for prolonged periods of time, glancing at Me for help. 

This is natural for someone with a fallen mind living in a fallen world. 

However, I have called you to live supernaturally, and I have empowered you to do so. 

The Holy Spirit, who lives in all My followers, enables you to live beyond yourself—to transcend your natural tendencies. 

Ask My Spirit to help you fix your gaze on Me. 

Invite Him to alert you whenever you get overly focused on problems so you can redirect your attention to Me. 

This is hard work, because it is not only unnatural but also countercultural. 

Moreover, the evil one and his demons seek to distract you from My Presence. 

All these influences working together put massive pressure on you to pay attention to your problems—or else! 

So you need the assistance of My Spirit continually. 

Ask Him to help you deal with difficulties as needed, while reserving the bulk of your attention for Me—your constant Companion.

From "Jesus Lives" by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!!!


"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
—Hebrews 12:2 

"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 

"We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
—2 Corinthians 4:18

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Tag Me".....


I know how weary you are, My child. 

You have been struggling just to keep your head above water, and your strength is running low. 

Now is the time for you to stop striving and let Me fight for you. 

I know this is not easy for you to do. 

You feel as if you must keep struggling in order to survive, but I am calling you to rest in Me. 

I am working on your behalf; so be still, and know that I am God. 

Quieting your body is somewhat challenging for you, but stilling your mind may often seem downright impossible. 

In your striving to feel secure, you have relied too heavily on your own thinking. 

This struggle to be in control has elevated your mind to a position of autonomy. 

So you need the intervention of the Holy Spirit. 

Ask Him to control your mind more and more— soothing you from the inside out. 

Take time to rest in the shadow of the Almighty while I fight for you. 

From "Jesus Today" by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!


"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
—Exodus 14:14 

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"
—Psalm 46:10 NKJV 

"The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. —Romans 8:6 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." 
—Psalm 91:1

Monday, June 12, 2017

Guarantee.... In Times of Need

Today's mass and accompanying (thank you Magnificat) readings were ANYTHING but subtle in their clear message on this beautiful Monday morning!!

For anyone seeking reassurance, reminders, or confirmation of God's everlasting, guaranteed and pervasive presence/help in our lives - especially in times of darkness, trials and challenges - you need not look any further than today's mass and daily liturgy!!

Here is a brief summary:

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him. 
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

In short what can we expect from the Lord?

Deliverance from all FEAR..
Safety from all DISTRESS .....
REFUGE in times of strife and trouble...
FREEDOM from Shame...
Radiant JOY...

Wait ..it gets better!!

Psalm 46

"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved/in quiet and in trust your strength lies. 
(Is 30:15B)


"God in his power is refuge and strength,:God in his Mercy is the river that refreshes the soul: God in His Beauty stills all OUR USELESS struggles and gathers us into peace"


"God is for us a refuge and strength, 
a helper close at hand in times of distress: 
so we shall not fear though the Earth should Rock, Though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea,  Even though it's waters rage and foam, Even though the mountains be shaken by its waves."

What?  Not enough encouragement to get you through Monday morning?


"The Lord has spoken/ who formed me as his servant from the womb?/ and I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord/and my God is now my strength."


"You are a helper close at hand in time of distress/ grant peace of heart to all who are Troubled and Afraid"

"You are in our midst when life's ills assail us: keep our hearts fixed on You amid all disturbances"

"Your word is the River of Life which gives Joy to your people:  refresh in prayer all who are burdened."

Hold on....

"Almighty and ever living God, your word is The Rock in which we take REFUGE against all outer disturbances and inner turmoil. 

Put forth upon your people the refreshing stream of Living Water which wells up from the heart of your Son that we may dwell together in inward and outward peace."

Yes...even more from just today....

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every Affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any Affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God."
(Cor 14:7)

And finally....

"The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer/ my God is my Saving Strength."

I don't know about you but that was more than enough for me today and will certainly Carry Me well beyond just today alone!!!

Stay Strong!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Power in Weakness

Happy weekend!!  Stay Strong!! :) 


JUST as the sun is at the center of the solar system, so I am at the center of your entire being—physical, emotional, and spiritual. 

I, the Mighty One who created the universe, live inside you! 

Let this amazing truth reverberate in your mind and soak into your innermost being. 

Ponder what it means to have so much Power dwelling inside you. 

One implication is that you don't need to worry about your lack of strength. 

In fact, my Power shows itself most effective in your weakness. 

Remind yourself frequently that I live inside you and I am mighty! 

Let your awareness of My indwelling Presence drive out discouragement and fill you with great Joy. 

As My Life flows into yours, you are strengthened with divine might. 

From "Jesus Today' by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!


"The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." 
—Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV 

"The Lord said to me, My grace, My favor, my loving kindness and mercy is sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble; for My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves most effective in your weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ may rest upon me!"
—2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP 

"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy."
—Jude 24

Thursday, June 8, 2017


"Christians are meant to grow—to become godlier, more loving, more self-controlled, better at persevering—so we don't stagnate spiritually. 

Spiritual growth doesn't happen automatically, accidentally, or overnight. 

Spiritual growth is a lifetime process we never outgrow. 

It takes conscious effort—every effort, in fact. 

The perfectionist in me finds this both overwhelming and comforting—overwhelming because I want to be done growing (meaning perfect) yesterday; comforting because I realize I'm not supposed to be done growing yet. 

Character is built slowly: step-by-step, choice by choice, even mistake by mistake, one strength building on another over time. 

Smack in the middle of this character-building process we find the trait we desperately need when we are waiting: PERSEVERE!

Now let's pair this passage with what James says about perseverance: 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
 JAMES 1:2–4 

Did you catch that last phrase—

"let perseverance finish its work"—as in it's up to us to allow that work to happen so we can grow? 

As in trials produce perseverance, and perseverance can lead to spiritual maturity, but we have to let it happen, not fight the process? (I know, probably not what you wanted to hear—me neither.) 

If we let Him, God can use our waiting journeys to shape us, to make us into the people He created us to be.

Waiting seasons aren't fun, but they are opportunities. 

Through our waiting seasons—yes, through the not knowing—we can build character one step at a time. 

Through our waiting seasons, perseverance can gradually "finish" its never-ending work in us. 

As waiting does its thing, and God does His, we get the chance to become our best selves, the people God designed us to be."

Stay Strong!

From "When God Says Wait" by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

Monday, June 5, 2017


"And so, armed with our unintentionally asterisked waiting passages, we wait. 

We pray. 

We read more waiting passages. 

We pray some more. 

We try not to fidget. 

We delight in God. 

We delight in God some more. 

We humbly remind God that we are delighting in Him (teeth gritted, fists clenched, neck veins popping, but doggone it, if we were any more delighted, we'd have a heart attack). 

We alter our request to make it sound more spiritual, more like a prayer God would want to say yes to. 

We read more waiting passages. 

We get radical, and we fast. 

We ask friends to pray for us and fast with us. 

Time passes. 

Too much time. 

More time than we'd ever imagined. 

As faith fades, doubts bloom. 

We question God, the Bible, ourselves. 

The longer God's silence stretches, the more things start to break inside. 

I don't know what you are waiting for right now, but we all are waiting for something. 

If you're like me, you're waiting on several somethings. 

Sometimes The Thing we seek is not even a thing, but a feeling: peace, joy, relief, release, security, home. 

For many of us, waiting seasons are the first time our faith has been truly tested. 

They present risk and opportunity in equal measure, making us ask the hard faith questions, making us fight to find—and accept—the answers. 

Yes, No, Wait, and…Maybe 

You have probably heard some preacher say, "When you ask God for something, He gives one of three answers: Yes, no, or wait." 

It's a good point, a nice sermon illustration. 

It makes sense. 

But the problem is, yes is obvious. 

Yes means you get what you want. 

End of story, end of prayer request. 

Time to begin offering prayers of thanksgiving. 

Yes is wonderful. 

Yes is what we want every single time we ask God for something. 

Yes doesn't happen nearly as often, or as quickly, as we'd like. 

And then there's no: Sometimes no is just no. 

You want to marry so-and-so, but he marries someone else. 

End of story. 

Find another guy. 

But it's not always that clear-cut. 

The problem lies between the no and the wait. 

Because really, it's tough to tell the difference. 

Sometimes we think God's answer is no, but later—weeks, months, even decades later—the answer we thought was a no turns into a yes, so it turns out we actually had a "wait" all along."

Stay Strong!