You Are Never Alone

Sharing this beautiful reminder of the Lord’s faithful presence.

You are not alone dear child. If you are too weak to walk today, let the Lord carry you.

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Praying for everyone who is suffering today, that our God will comfort you, encourage you, strengthen you and fill you with His joy.

Footprints in the sand

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.

Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 Amplified Bible

Mind Control

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We can’t control the thoughts that pop into our heads, but we can control what we allow to stay there:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

You do not have to dwell on dark lies and half-truths. You can reject thoughts of abandonment, loneliness, fear & hate. The enemy of your soul wants you to believe that you are hopeless, helpless and without a future– but that is not what God says!

Rather than meditating on thoughts that bring death & condemnation, that feed fear and unbelief, renew your mind with God’s word. What He says is truth!

“Do not conform 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.” Romans 12:2 NIV

This is a process that takes time and effort but the reward is worth it. I used to be consumed with fear, anxiety and doubts, never certain  that God had truly forgiven me…wondering if He really loved me and if He would stick around even when I messed up. 

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I had a choice. I could stay confused, anxious and full of doubt, or I could take a leap of faith and believe God. I could choose to accept what He has revealed about about Himself in the scriptures, what He says about me and about my circumstances, or I could reject truth and harden my heart.

I chose God.

As I said, it wasn’t easy. I have been walking it out for almost 25 years, but the Lord has been with me every step of the way. I’m no longer plagued with condemnation when and if I sin, because there is no condemnation in Christ. I confess my sin, trusting that God hears me and forgives me, because this is what He has said in scripture:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

We all have to retrain our brain. The challenge is to recognize what is going through our head at any given moment. Usually the way you feel is an indication of what you are thinking about–either consciously or unconsciously. First you acknowledge it, compare it to what God says, and if it is not in line with the truth found in scripture, then stop and replace it with good word:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-10 NIV

The Holy Spirit will give you the grace you need to accomplish His good work in you.

Blessings and have a wonderful weekend!

A Word For The Weary

A word of encouragement for anyone who is tired, worn-out, stressed out and over-burdened:

First and foremost, know that your Heavenly Father loves you and cares deeply about your life (1 Peter 5:7).

My prayer for you today is that you will be able to release all your cares, worries and anxieties to the Lord.

Go to Him in prayer and confess your pain, your weakness, your inability.

Those of you who are carrying heavy loads of responsibility, or those of you who are drowning in a sea of discouragement, debt, confusion or fear– give it to God. He knows what to do with it. His shoulders can bear it, His arms can carry it– your weight is not too great for Him.

You may not have a clue what to do, but Jesus does.

Holy Father, please comfort and quiet those who need to receive this word today. I’m asking You to calm and steady them; Bless them with quiet and peace in the middle of their storm.

Give them the grace they need to release every weight and burden to you today. Some have heavy loads of responsiblity at work and at home. Some are caregivers for the sick and hurting. Please bless them with grace, help and revelation of Your undying love.

Help us to recognize when we are carrying more than You ever intended for us to bear. You say that Your yoke is easy and Your burdens are light. It is not weakness to admit weakness, for it is in our weakness that Your strength and power are shown forth (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus.

Amen.

Be blessed and let Him bless you with rest ❤

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

Matthew 11:28-30 Amplified Bible

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A Humble Request…

…and a powerful prayer:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

You will see a quick answer to this request as you remain sensitive to His leading and aware of His Presence.

Blessings, peace and joy as you go about your day ❤

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A Timeless Message Framed in Song

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May God give you peace and quiet in your soul.

Do not allow difficult circumstances to upset and disturb you. Instead, draw close to God.

Celebrate this day with joy because it marks the day that Christ, our Savior, was born.

Enter into God’s rest, knowing that He loves you and sent His Son as the ultimate gift to a sin-bound world.

Even though we have all fallen short of God’s standard of holiness, fear not, for Jesus has destroyed Satan’s power to hold us captive.

Take comfort in knowing that His sacrifice has set you free.

Receive it with joy! Again I say, let God comfort you and fill you with His joy!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, English Christmas Carol published by William B. Sandys in 1833

Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!