Thursday, March 30, 2017

Refresh and Restore

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
(Matthew 5:6, NIV)

Sometimes, it's easy to get wrapped up in taking care of the people around us. 

You may find that you're always giving, taking care of the children, working overtime at the office, or helping that friend who is struggling. And that's all good. 

But if you're not careful, you can end up feeling rundown. 

That's why you have to take time every day to get filled back up. 

Your first priority should be taking care of yourself and making time to get into the presence of Jesus. 

Throughout scripture, we see that in God's presence, there is fullness of joy, fullness of peace, and fullness of victory. 

In His presence, you're refreshed and restored. 

That's why it's so important to take time every day to read your Bible and meditate on His promises. 

We have to be diligent to have quiet time with Him.

Today, take time to get alone with God and just say, "God, I love You today. Thank You for my life, for my family, for the opportunities You've given me. Lord, I know every good thing comes from You." 

When you live like that, with your heart connected to His, you'll be refreshed, restored and filled up for the journey of life ahead!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, thank you for filling me with Your strength. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can be righteous in You. I hunger for Your truth and seek You first. Draw me to You and keep me close to You always in Jesus' name.

Stay Strong!!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Eclipse All Suffering

Happy Monday All!  

Below is a terrific reminder that no matter how long the night or darkness feels, dawn and light is promised all of us who believe and dawn is inevitable!  

We just have to persevere in Faith and Hope and TRUST above all else and the "Shouts of Joy" will eclipse all suffering and darkness!

Stay Strong and God bless.... :) 

Morning Has Broken

"At various times when I have been trudging through a prolonged rough patch, I have become quite convinced that things would never get better.  

It doesn't matter that God has drawn me clear of difficulties before; it doesn't matter that God has previously lifted me out of the depths.   

When emotional or circumstantial enemies surround me, I lose hope, 

I feel stuck, and sometimes, I'm sorry to say, I straight-up wallow in the conviction that I'm always going to be hopeless, stuck, and beset.  
While I may know intellectually that life has cycles and that change is always percolating, sometimes I don't own that knowledge emotionally or spiritually.  

Today's joyful psalm verses are a wonderful antidote to our tendency to join the Sackcloth and Ashes Squad.  

The psalmist doesn't deny the hostility of his enemies or the dangers of the pit.  

He acknowledges that weeping and lament get the upper hand at times.  

But, buoyed by an infinite trust in God, he embraces the belief that joy will eclipse all suffering, that light conquers darkness, that that love is stronger than death.  

Yes, as night comes, weeping often takes a room in our houses (the concrete meaning of the Hebrew verb here is to "stay overnight, to lodge"); but in the morning, as the psalmist says with beautiful conciseness, "shouts of joy."  

These Lenten days of penance and sorrow can seem endless, but God will ultimately transmute our waiting and wailing into a dance of joy, as we look hopefully towards the Easter dawn.  

"O God of tears and laughter, Bestow upon me a hopeful patience as night falls and I await the morning's shouts of joy."  


Stay Strong!!!

Text copyright © 2017 Elizabeth Cahill, All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Out of Control

So often we hear the phrase "out of control" and it has such a negative connotation associated with it. Well below the author has a different take on the phrase and one that holds great Promise and Peace if we can just get to that critical point of Trusting and Believing!

Enjoy and Stay Strong!!  

The Master Plan 

The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. 
–1 SAMUEL 2:6–7 

This is just one of many places where the Bible affirms that it is God alone who is in charge of history—the world's and ours. 

Job, for example, says, "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted" (Job 42:2). 

The biblical writers were all on the same page when it came to believing that God is in control of all things and that nothing can happen that he doesn't first review and allow. 

He's never in the position of wringing his hands in confusion; he's never surprised at what occurs on earth; he's never wondering what to do next. 

Beware of any view of God that sees him as only the reactor to what people do, rather than the principal actor on the stage. 

Whether life or death, success or failure, rising or falling of individuals or nations, everything is in his hands. 

He takes everything into account, to the last detail, before it happens. 

The rampant idea today that the Devil makes the bad things happen and God makes the good things happen is extremely bad theology. 

What kind of God would that be? 

It would make God and Satan approximate equals, each one in charge of a part of the world. 

No, this isn't remotely what the Bible teaches about God. 

God and God alone is the one who has a master plan for the ages, and he intends to stick with his plan regardless of whether we cooperate with him or not. 

He allows us to exercise our wills, to serve him or oppose him, to love him or hate him, but in the end it will come out just the way he intends it to come out. 

Of course, all this is not good news to those who have plans to do things their way in disregard of God's will, but it's very good news if we want to serve and obey him. 

It means that whatever anyone wants to do against God or to harm us will be in vain. 

Even if it appears to be successful for a season, in the end it will be for nothing. 

No evil will triumph. 

But everyone who serves God faithfully and joyfully can know that God's ultimate plan of the ages will be the last one standing. 

We can move through this life without despair because we can refer all things to God, knowing not only that he is in total charge of everything but also that his will is good and that it's steeply tilted in our direction!

During this period of prayerful waiting, bring to God your entire view of life and ask him to reshape it according to his eternal plan. Then repeatedly lift up your need to the heavenly Father in the light of his good purpose that cannot ever fail.

From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder 

Stay Strong!!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Impossible?? Look at the Record....

Nothing's Impossible 

"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." 
–MARK 10:27 

The word impossible isn't part of God's vocabulary. 

It's a word we thought up on our own, and we think it carries lots of weight. 

But it does so only when we subtract God from the formula. 

If there's no God, the kind of God portrayed in the Bible, then we would have every right to think that there are all kinds of impossible things in the world. 

But it makes perfect sense that if the God of the Bible exists, then there's nothing, literally nothing, that's impossible. 

By definition, God excludes the realm of the impossible. 

Water into wine? No problem. 

Quelling a storm? Easy. 

Bringing dead bodies back to life? Done. 

That's the paradigm we need to use when viewing life's problems and fears. 

Just look at the record. 

Who are the people who have accomplished astonishing things in history? 

Those who have refused to believe that certain things are impossible. 

Who taught us that powered flight was possible? 

Two Bible students named Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were convinced that we could fly in spite of all the experts who said it was impossible. 

Who were the first scientists in modern history? 

People like Copernicus, Newton, Kepler, and Galileo, who believed that an all-powerful God was really there and that the Bible gives a true account of him. 

Who established against all odds the most extensive system of hospitals, schools, orphanages, feeding stations, and refugee camps in the history of the world? 

People like Henri Dunant, Florence Nightingale, Gladys Aylward, William Booth, and Amy Carmichael, who knew that with God, nothing is ever impossible. 

In fact, it could be said that the job description of Christians in the world has always been to attempt the impossible with God's help. 

What more motivation could God give us to help us get up in the morning with a view toward the positive and with great confidence in prayer? 

Ask God to drive out entirely from your mind the slightest thought that your need, no matter how profound, approaches the impossible.

From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder 

Stay Strong!!! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Just Show Up ..and Shut Up

It can be so difficult to be in the presence of someone who is suffering. 

We're confronted by our own weakness and we're reminded of our own suffering, so we feel powerless and our words seem meaningless. 

Sometimes it is even more difficult to be in the presence of others when we are suffering. 

It is easier to hide our weakness and our humanity and avoid the eyes of another. 

We tend to think it is weak to be vulnerable and honest with others about our pain. 

Or we avoid putting it on display because we don't want to burden people around us. 

But Jesus showed us something different. 

After the last supper with his disciples, Jesus took three of his closest friends into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. 

He was in the midst of being betrayed by Judas; a betrayal so severe that it would lead to his arrest and crucifixion. 

Yet Jesus did not take his friends into the garden to put his power on display, but to put his weakness on display. 

In raw vulnerability he said to his friends there in the garden, 

"This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me." (Matt. 26:38, MSG)

Have you ever found comfort in the presence of a close friend? 

What makes their presence so significant? 

We know that their presence can't change the difficult circumstances we're facing, and yet mysteriously, we are strengthened and given peace.

So often we feel unqualified to be the one who brings comfort to another. 

But it is our weakness that qualifies us the most. 

Jesus saw his friends—a group of earnest yet messy, struggling, and sometimes insecure friends—as qualified to be with him in his moments of deepest anguish. 

And while they may not have responded with perfection, we can learn from their mistakes.

We can choose to keep showing up, even when we don't know what to say. 

Even when we feel helpless and weak. 

We can choose to show up, knowing that Jesus, who asked his friends to show up and pray, is there with us. 

And we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable, knowing that even Jesus—who was Emmanuel, God with us—did the same.

Where do you need to show up this week? 

Who can you ask to show up for you?

From our friendsc at "Flannel"

Stay Strong!!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Finish The Race....

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
   –PHILIPPIANS 3:13–14 

If you want to keep going forward, expecting the things you're praying for, waiting patiently for them, and not being brought down by all the negative things of the past, then this passage is written for you. 

Try to put yourself in the mind of the apostle, who was most likely using imagery from a competitive race. 

If you want to finish the race and come out victorious at the end, then you'll have to put aside everything bad that's happened along the way. 

Paul doesn't mean that we can literally forget the bad, as if we should try to convince ourselves that it didn't really happen or that we can somehow block it all out of our memories or pretend it was some other way. 

I think he meant only that we aren't to keep the bad in the forefront of our minds, allowing it to shape our decisions and control our lives. 

He says that we are to focus our attention on the future, to keep our eyes on the finish line with such concentration that nothing else can distract us. 

For example, if you're running a hurdle race, you can't afford to think about the hurdle you just hit, the pain in your leg, the person next to you who fell, or the applause, shouting, or cursing coming from the crowds. 

Your mind must be totally focused on the tape at the finish line. 

It's not that you're unaware of it all; it's only that you mustn't let yourself be influenced or controlled by any of it. 

There's something more important that should be occupying your attention. 

So it is with all the mistreatment we receive, the mistakes we've made, the slander of our names, the misperceptions, lost relationships, regrets, fraud, deception, and everything else that can come our way in this life. 

If we're to move ahead successfully and keep on praying effectively, we must not let anything control our decisions or thinking so much that we are thrown off course. 

Nothing can derail us in our spiritual lives more quickly than bitterness, guilt, growing hatred, resentments, continual rehearsal of that argument we had, the stupid things we've done, the abuse we received, and all the rest. 

With God's help, we have to let it go. 

The only healthy way that can happen is for us to refocus on the goal of glorifying God every time we're tempted to stop and go over it one more time. 

Pray that God will show you if any unnecessary concentration on your past is hindering (or preventing) your need from being met.

From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder 

Happy St Patrick's Day!!  Stay Strong!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trust His Plan - Even in Times of Doubt

"…time and chance happen to them all."
(Ecclesiastes 9:11, AMPC)
Marked Moments

Before the foundation of the world, God laid out a plan for your life. 

He created you with a purpose, for a purpose, and He created you to be successful! 

He has marked moments already laid out that are going to come across your path. 

These moments are not ordinary. 

They are destiny-altering moments. 

They are designed to thrust you years ahead.

Ecclesiastes tells us that time and chance come together for every person. 

That means you will have opportunities to meet the right people, opportunities to advance in your career, and opportunities to fulfill your dreams. 

God has already prearranged for you times of increase, promotion and blessing.

Today, open your eyes of faith and see the good things God has in store for your future. 

Thank Him for what He's doing and what He's about to do. 

Thank Him for divine connections and marked moments because He is ready and willing to fulfill every dream and desire He's placed within your heart!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, thank You for marked moments and divine opportunities in my life. 

I trust that You are working behind the scenes no matter what the circumstances look like. 

I choose today to keep my heart and mind focused on Your goodness, knowing that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek after You in Jesus' name. 

Stay Strong!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Through Anything...

Squeeze Out the Darkness......

Such a powerful message below!  

I hope you can take a few moments to read it and gain from it the Peace it intends to convey! 
Stay Strong and Warm!  ;) 


"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." 
–JOHN 14:1–3 

This wonderful passage is even better than it first appears. 

It has a double reference, both of which are extremely good news for us. 

On the one hand, it seems to refer to the place Jesus is about to prepare for us by going to the cross—a place in the Father's house that he alone enjoyed before coming to live among us. 

He had perfect fellowship with God the Father long before his incarnation as a human being, a unique place of love and intimacy he is about to share with all his followers. 

In other words, by going to the cross and paying for our sins, he creates a "dwelling place" for us to enjoy right now, today, not someday in the indeterminate future. 

We can have that place with the Father and in the Father's house that Jesus had and now has. 

We can live where he lives, close to the Father's heart. 

But it means even more. 

Not only can we have that abiding place of nearness to God right now so that we can pray, "Abba Father" ("Papa" or something close to that), but we will be safely at home in the Father's house for eternity when this "preliminary life" is done. 

So the benefits of Jesus' death on the cross are for right now as well as in the future; he has provided all the privileges of being in the family of God today, tomorrow, and forever. 

Can it get any better than that? 

Once we grasp this sure truth, it begins to squeeze out all despair, depression, darkness, and negative thinking. 

The joy of this may not happen overnight (it's not magic), but it will grow real as the way gets brighter and brighter as we walk the long walk of faith. 

Life teaches us this lesson: 

"We can get through anything when we know what the end looks like."

Thankfully, God has given us a clear picture of what our destiny actually is, sealed with his proven promise and illustrated ahead of time by Jesus' resurrection. 

Ask God to fill your heart with the joy and security of a sure destination. Then think of the nature of your need in light of God's eternal plans for you.

From "100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder 

Stay Strong 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Don't Wait - Victory is Assured

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…"
(2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

Victory is Always on the Way

Isn't it wonderful to know that God promises to always lead us into victory? 

That means no matter what is going on in your life today, no matter what's happening in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be thanking God because victory is always on the way!

You don't have to wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to celebrate what God is going to do in your life. 

Praise is putting action behind your faith. 

In the middle of adversity or a tough time, start making a list of who you're going to invite to your victory celebration. 

That means if you're in the hospital, start planning what you're going to do when you get out. 

If you lost some money when the stock market went down, start planning your coming-out-of-debt party. 

When things don't look good in the natural, remember, we serve a supernatural God. 

With God leading you into victory, you can always plan for increase. 

You can plan for restoration. 

You can plan for a comeback, and you can plan for victory because He is leading and guiding you in Jesus' name!

A Prayer for Today
"Father, I give You thanks and praise today for the promise of victory. Give me Your vision for the future so that I can move confidently into the abundant life You have for me in Jesus' name. 

Stay Strong!!!!  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Trust and Grow

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds". 
–PSALM 147:3 

What's so hopeful about this kind of statement in the Bible is that God's involvement with us isn't so "spiritual" and heavenly that it has no earthly good. 

This is really where the rubber meets the road: 

God is very present with us in our broken-heartedness, disillusionments, despair, and wounded spirits. 

These painful experiences—those that go deep into our hearts and psyches and daily eat away at the center of our being—are what occupy too many of our days. 

It's not just the great conflicts on the global or national level or the issues that appear on the evening news that God is concerned about—the small and the highly personal and intimate issues also attract his loving attention. 

He meets us where we are, not just where we ought to be. 

He wants to heal our deep hurts and bind up our hidden wounds—those not evident to anyone else—because he cares about such things and intends to do something about them. 

It's in the soil of this well-grounded hope that we are able to trust and grow. 

If sometimes God doesn't heal our wounds the very moment we ask him, it's not because he isn't concerned; it's because he intends to grow us through them. 

That might even be the reason they were allowed to come our way in the first place. 

If God is really in charge of everything all the time, then he's in charge of this as well. 

And don't forget, there will come a day when such things are no longer even a memory:  

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev. 21:4) 

TODAY'S PRAYER Are there places in your heart and soul that feel so wounded that your prayer request feels out of reach because of you? 

ASK God to give you his eternal perspective on your development as a person of faith.

From "Your 100 Day Prayer" by Dr John Snyder 

Stay Strong and Stay Warm!!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cross Trade

"A young man was at the end of his rope. 

Seeing no way out he dropped to his knees in prayer. 

"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."

The Lord replied, 

"My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."

The young man was filled with relief. 

"Thank you Lord," he sighed, and he did what he was told. 

Upon entering the other door, he saw many other crosses, some so large the tops weren't even visible. 

Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against the far wall. 

"I'd like that one Lord," he whispered.

And the Lord replied, 

"My son, that is the cross you just brought in."


We often get so lost in our own trials, worries, fears and anxieties that we fail to understand that just steps away from us exists someone else whose problems absolutely dwarf our own!!

We would not in a million years trade our own cross for the weight and severity of some other people's daily battles if we took a truly objective view of our lives - and our BLESSINGS that we forget on a daily basis and take for granted!!

Pray the Lord does not put us to the test!

Do not get caught taking a minute of our day for granted!  

We have no idea just how blessed we are - despite our daily storms and challenges!!

Focus on the Blessings ONLY!  

As for the daily trials and worries, put them in perspective and turn them over to the Lord!

He wants them from us!!!

He wants to know that we TRUST HIM with them and that we BELIEVE that He will handle them for us!!!

Why withold this from Him?

Take them off your plate and place them at His feet!  

Accept your "cross" today "with prayer and thanksgiving" and give thanks to God that you have the one you have been given - because given the chance to trade it for someone else's, I don't think we would like the other options!!

Stay Strong  - God Bless!!  :) 

"The Lord is near.  6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"

    --  Philippians 4:6

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just Ask...

Today's Gospel reading is one of my all time favorites and to me it, along with the parable of the Prodigal Son, embodies the very core element of our entire Faith.

We have this Promise - this "law" essentially - that has been given to us and is readily available to all of us with just one requirement:  we must Ask for His Help!!

That is it....and for whatever reason so often we simply fail to to to knock.  

Well, I don't know about you but it seems like a tragedy and a shame to have this generous and POWERFUL gift at our disposal, a gift that came at such a high and painful price at the Passion and Crucifixion of our Lord,  for us to not even try to utilize it in our times of need and trial?

Afterall, what do we have to lose by simply Asking??  

And we all should know exactly what we have to gain by now. 

As Gus Lloyd puts it:
"This fierce independent streak that most of us have can be deadly in the spiritual life. 

If you think you can handle the spiritual battles in which you must engage every day by yourself, you are sorely mistaken. 

You are destined to fail. 

If we but go to God and ASK for help, it will be given us. 

But the first step is conquering our pride and asking for help.

Father, we recognize that we cannot defeat our sinfulness alone. Help us today to abandon our pride and accept the graces you offer abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Stay Strong!!


Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples:

"Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 

Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish?

If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.

"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. 

This is the law and the prophets."

Stay Strong!!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Part Ways with Worry...Forever

"One of the most consistent themes in the New Testament is the encouragement—even the command—

Not to worry!  

About Anything! 

It's Forbidden!!!

Anxiety has no place in the life of faith because any kind of worry is out of touch with reality. 

The presence of worry indicates a low level of trust in God, and a high level of trust in God will invariably result in a reduction of worry. 

Jesus really does want us to be very low on the worry scale and very high on the peace and joy scale, benefits provided only through trusting implicitly in God. 

The apostle Paul reiterates the point when he says that we should "not be anxious about anything but instead simply make our requests known to God" (Phil. 4:5–6). 

Sounds simple and clear enough. 

But why does this seem so impossible to us, and why is trust so hard to find? 

Jesus gives us the answer: 

it happens ONLY when we put the kingdom of God first and seek it above anything else on earth. 

When we wake up every morning and say:

"Today, Lord, with your help, I'm going to put you first and seek your perfect will in everything I do," we'll find worry slowly beginning to fade as we stare down every situation with trust in God's providence and goodwill!!!

No, it won't happen magically or overnight (nothing does), but it will happen!!!

That's the testimony of millions of believers through the centuries. 

German missionary George Mueller struggled for years to feed hundreds of hungry orphans each day without a regular income, until the day came when, he said, "worry and I parted ways." 

He simply discovered on the basis of his own long-term experience that God is faithful EVERY DAY and that worry not only is an enormous waste of time and energy but is also unrealistic. 

It's out of place in a life of mature faith. 

To be sure, it takes all of us time to get this, but in time we will!!

It's better to get there as early as possible because every day we fill up with anxiety just makes life much harder than it needs to be. 

So put God and his kingdom first, and let him bring to you, AS YOU SLEEP, all the things the rest of the world works feverishly through the night trying to acquire!!! 


Go to God humbly and ask him to reveal the secret places of worry and anxiety that surround you and your need."

From "Your 100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder 

Stay Strong!!!!


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
  –MATTHEW 6:25, 33

Monday, March 6, 2017


"Sometimes the imagery used in the Bible tells us more than the words themselves. 

The very first two verses of Genesis are a perfect example of this. 

As God began to create the world we live in, the Hebrew writer portrayed the Spirit of God as "hovering over" the unformed and unruly mass, much like a mother bird fluttering over her brood. 

The picture here is the very careful and loving attention God gives to his creation— protecting, shaping, and guiding its development. 

In other words, there's no room for chance or randomness. 

Everything is under his control. 

As God's Spirit hovers, he extracts from the chaos perfect order, boundaries, and purpose. 

This appears to be the job description of the Holy Spirit from day one up to this very day in our lives. 

As he continually hovers over all our chaos and disorder— our pain, uncertainty of our future, betrayal, financial challenges, disorder, deceit, and fear—he brings out of them the ordered design that he wants for us and that he intended from the very beginning of the world. 

If there is any short summary or basic message we can extract from the Bible's story of creation, it's this: 

God is in charge!!

He's in charge of everything, all the time, and forever. 

We aren't!!

What greater comfort could there be for us? 

God is with us. 

Let's hold on to the promise—Emmanuel, God with us. 

He will rescue and save us!


Ask the Holy Spirit to sweep into your heart and mind, to bring order, peace, and purpose into your need and request."

From "Your 100 Day Prayer" by Dr. John Snyder

Stay Strong!!!

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
   –GENESIS 1:1–2

Friday, March 3, 2017


Happy Friday All!!!  

Stay Strong!!!

WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOING YOUR WAY, refuse to get flustered. 

Stop what you're doing and take some deep breaths. 

Seek My Face—spend a few moments enjoying My Presence. 

Tell Me about the matters that are frustrating you. 

I will help you see things from My perspective and sort out what is really important. 

Moreover, I will open up the way before you as you press on in trusting dependence, remaining in communication with Me. 

Your desire to feel in control is often the culprit behind your frustration. 

You plan your day and expect others to behave in ways that expedite your plans. 

When that doesn't happen, you face a choice: to resent the situation or to Trust Me. 

Remember that I am in control and My ways are higher than yours—as the heavens are higher than the earth. 

Instead of getting agitated about setbacks to your schedule, use them as reminders: 

I am your Savior-God, and you are My beloved follower. 

Relax in My sovereign control, trusting in My unfailing Love. 

From " Jesus Always" by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!


"When You said, "Seek My face," my heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."

"Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."
—PSALM 43:5 

"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."
—PSALM 13:5

Thursday, March 2, 2017

By Faith, Not Sight


Let these powerful words light up your mind and encourage your heart. 

Refuse to be intimidated by the way things look at the moment. 

I am training you to live by faith, not by sight. 

The sense of sight is a spectacular gift from Me, to be used joyfully and gratefully. 

However, it's easy to be mesmerized by all the visual stimulation surrounding you—and forget about Me. 

Faith is a type of vision that connects you to Me. 

Instead of being so focused on the visible world, dare to trust in Me and My promises. 

Live close to Me, your Savior and Friend, but remember: I am also infinite God. 

When I lived on your planet, My miraculous signs revealed My Glory, and My disciples put their faith in Me. 

I continue to do miracles in your world, according to My will and purposes. 

Seek to align your will with Mine and to see things from My perspective. 

Exert your faith to ASK for big things, and watch in hope for Me to work. 

From " Jesus Always " by Sarah Young 

Stay Strong!!

"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God."
—MARK 10:27 ESV 

"We live by faith, not by sight."

"This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him."
—JOHN 2:11 

"As for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
—MICAH 7:7

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Unlimited Help

Happy Lent and Ash Wednesday All!

Stay Strong!!!

DO NOT BE TERRIFIED OR DISCOURAGED, for I am with you wherever you go. 

It's easy for My followers to feel frightened and pessimistic when the mainstream voices in this world speak so heavily against them. 

Looking at this life through godless, biased lenses will indeed pull you down. 

Christian courage is the antidote to this poisonous input, and it is nourished by the knowledge that I am ALWAYS with you. 

It is crucial to remember that what you can see of reality is only a very small piece of the whole. 

When Elijah was deeply discouraged, he said he was the only one who had remained faithful. 

Yet there were thousands in Israel who had not bowed down to Baal. 

Elijah was blinded by his isolation and his discouragement. 

Similarly, Elisha's servant was terrified because he couldn't see what Elisha saw: horses and chariots of fire all around to protect them from enemy forces. 

Beloved, not only am I with you, but I have unlimited resources to help you. 

So look beyond the way things appear, and take courage! 

From "Jesus Always " by Sarah Young 

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 

"[Elijah] replied, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too."
—1 KINGS 19:14 

"And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."
—2 KINGS 6:17 

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