International Prayer Day

3187C84B-5F12-445C-B880-7232906FA5E5“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

International Prayer Day

The Ides of March is a great day for international prayer. As the Coronavirus ravages lives around the world, it brings the importance of prayer to the forefront. We are reminded that we are totally reliant on God for this precious thing we call life, with which He has blessed us. Already the number of people praying and turning to God is encouraging, for we have become a people self-centered and hard hearted; and, our repentance and alignment with His will is long overdue. I believe this pandemic will change our perspective and I pray that our world will turn to God in prayer.

Do Your Best

3AB866CB-C92C-4D32-AE95-36697F2D96EF“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Do Your Best

My children will tell you that I always told them, “Always do your best, always do what is right and trust in God”. Most people allow their own insecurities/fears hold them back. Sometimes we tend to overthink the process instead of actively doing it. The best ideas usually come from making mistakes and learning from them. Still the most important aspect is your commitment to God.

Our Good Shepherd

00D1D763-EC8D-4DB0-AF7D-64DC7B9A3D25“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our Good Shepherd

King David knew that God is good in every sense of the word, and the Biblical “good” is a far stronger word than our present culture acknowledges. Today, good seems insufficient compared to more embellishing words that we commonly use, so casually.
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, always to our benefit, even when we don’t understand His master plan. We just need to trust and obey. The evil one always tries hard to deceive us and confuse us with worldly lies. What a joy it is to know that Our Good Shepherd is always with us because He is good and merciful and wants us in His Kingdom forever.

Life Map

EBBE249C-9A0C-4446-B565-6EB97846DB7E“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Life Map

Each of us has our own journey in life. There are ups and downs and bumps in the road. Navigating this highway is fraught with uncertainty and confusion without our eyes on The Lord. It seems we all want a map to guide us. And often we look in all the wrong places, which leads to heartache and despair. Fortunately we have a life map if we have Faith and trust in God. His ways ultimately bring joy.

Live in the Present

5F962604-2EC1-4410-BBA2-3D923BB4DC71“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our church message today is that God is always with us each moment and we must live in the present.  The many distractions of this world tend to misdirect our focus on things that do not bring us closer to God.  Indeed we should be still, away from the “noise” and feel God’s presence.  Only then can we live to our true identity.  As the new week begins, I will strive to stay in the moment and live in this awareness and stop worrying about what lies ahead.  God is with us always and will be there forever and all we have to do is have Faith.

My Heart

0CC74BA5-2F8E-4E0A-B1AB-3B9BC76C2F63“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Today I am feeling thankful for a loving God that has saved me by Grace.  Everyday I realize how hard life can be and how my very nature is sinful.  It is The Spirit that guides me and comforts me and convicts me, revealing the Light and the Way.  Trying to  perfect myself without Him is impossible for me.  I am weak failing flesh, but He is life.  I fall, but He lifts me up.  I worry, but He whispers “fear not”.  For me at least, Faith is tough work, but I know that it has rewards beyond my imagination. With His presence, I will endure.

New Decade

292CD377-01F8-4398-880C-22CB3122A196“”Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:18-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hindsight is 2020—so now it is time to move onward!! This new decade is a great opportunity for new challenges and goals. My family just watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” and we loved the sign in Mr. Bailey’s office, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” What a powerful message! I want that attitude to define my life and the 20’s seem perfect for this mission. Exactly how I proceed is uncertain, but one thing is for sure, I plan to live by Faith and not fear.