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Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.” Psalm 89:2 NLT

Do you ever question where you’re at in life?

Do you ever wonder why a certain thing happens to you and not to others? Maybe you lost your job but your friends have theirs. Or you’re sick. I can’t even guess what you are going through. And, friend, it can be so hard to understand why bad things happen, right?

Even though we may have many questions about life’s heartaches, it’s so important to know that God is still powerful. He is still on the throne.

Sometimes it’s only when we look back that we can understand the lesson through adversity. Or it can be the mistake we made so we can learn to improve in the future. Or someone else’s mistake.

Every moment of your life, even in adversity, is an opportunity for God to show you his love and faithfulness. Remember and believe that God loves you. His presence is with you. That’s why we can trust God, no matter what happens, because we know how much he loves us.

He can give me and you a new beginning in any area that we need. We can ask him for renewal, to transform.

Wait on him with hopefulness. I encourage you to rely on God. His love never fails. God can do beyond what you and I can imagine or think. It’s never too late for him to show his love.

David said, “What, what would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!” (Psalm 27:13 AMP, Classic Edition)

Heavenly Father, no matter what I have been through, I thank you for listening to me. I pray that you strengthen me in my faith so I will never ever forget that your love never fails and that you are with me.

Today: Think about the love that never fails. Stay thankful for God’s faithfulness.

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“…The Lord listens and heeds when I call to him.”  Psalm 4:3(AMPC)


Have you ever felt desperate to have someone listen to your issues of the heart? Imagine you’re going through some moments of real doubt regarding something. You have friends, but you don’t think you can share the deepest part of who you are with anyone. So, what do you do?

I was facing a tough time. I fought those doubts. It wasn’t easy. The worst part was that it seemed I had some answers to support my doubts. Sadness came to my heart.

So, I cried out to God in tears. I remember all I could ask was, ”God, help me. Help me, Father. Please do something.” And he did. He inclined his ears. He heard my cry of desperation and silently wiped my tears.

Then, I realized my doubts weren’t insignificant in his eyes. He saw my heart and opened his ears and heart to my cry of desperation for help. When I couldn’t help myself, God responded to my cry. He brought me the answer I needed. He didn’t do it the way I thought, but his response worked. I calmed down.

I still stand in awe of the way he responded to my cry.

When you feel desperate to have someone listen to your heart, remember there is a listener waiting for you. He will be attentive to your call. He won’t condemn you but will be understanding and faithful towards you. So, call on God any time and he will listen to you.

Father God, thank you for being a good and faithful listener. Help me to always feel comfortable to run to you whenever I have doubts, fears, or something deeply tugging at my heart. Amen

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“And my righteous ones will live by faith.” Hebrews 10:38 (NLT)


Life isn’t always perfect. Life can throw circumstances at us that we don’t like, but we get to decide about how to respond. We get to choose our lifestyle.

We ought to plan how to live by faith as the righteous of God. Just because we plan a lifestyle by faith, it doesn’t mean we won’t face challenges. We will. Guaranteed. So we need to face it by faith.

Have confidence, and trust and hope that things will turn out well. Okay, you might say, but where does confidence come from? We can either be confident in ourselves or we can place our confidence in something or someone else.

Your confidence level depends on how much you trust in God. When you put your confidence in God, you won’t choose to act solely on what you can see; you will also value what is unseen. That’s faith.

Our assurance and strength will be strong if we believe God is there to assist us and that he is on our side even when something goes wrong. Remember that we are in right standing with God, not because we’ve been so perfect but because God arranged for our deliverance from sin through Christ’s death and resurrection. Therefore, because we know God has done everything that needs to be done on our behalf, we don’t have to feel condemned. As part of accepting him as our Lord and Savior, we inherit his righteousness. Since we have been acquitted by faith, we also receive additional blessings by faith. We can have confidence in that.

Dear God, help me to live a lifestyle that pleases you. Grant me a strong faith so I can put my confidence in you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21


When something tries your patience and you feel frustrated, how do you react? Do you allow your mouth to say things you may regret later?

If this has ever happened to you, you’re not the only one.

Suppose you’re hungry and you approach a beautiful fig tree to pick some figs. Then, you notice it hasn’t even got one juicy fig even if it is full of green leaves and promising. It’s disappointing, right? Since that tree doesn’t meet your expectations, do you open your mouth out of frustration? Or do you stop and think before you talk? Do you realize how powerful your words are? Could this tree be on its way to producing fruit?

You and I need to pay careful attention with the words we use. The tongue can create life or death. Our words can grow fruit on trees or wither healthy roots. So, let us influence our world positively. Let those who connect with us flourish because of our fruitful words.

Dear God, when I feel frustrated, strengthen me so I won’t use my mouth to curse, but rather to offer life.

Decide to be fruitful with encouraging and positive words today.

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Can you see how God kept his promises? Let’s dare to believe in God, knowing he is faithful, even when we are not!


“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed by you.” Genesis 12:1 NLT

Can you picture Abraham with Sara, his wife, his nephew, his servants and his herd of livestock travelling with a tent to pitch anywhere they needed to?

Abraham has received a promise. Abraham believed in God with childlike faith.

At seventy-five, Abraham would have loved to enjoy the wealth and lifestyle he was accustomed to in Haran. Yet, he left.

As a foreigner in a new country, Abraham had to develop his faith to cope with new situations.

Abraham moved to Egypt because of famine. Pharaoh, the King took his very beautiful wife to his palace. Abraham didn’t reveal that Sara was his wife. Then, a plague was sent on Pharaoh’s house causing him to release Sarah and send Abraham out of the country.While waiting for God to give them a family, he and Sarah tried to accomplish the promise themselves and a child was born, not of Sarah, but of their Egyptian servant. Sarah, his wife, became angry at that servant’s scoffing and asked Abraham to act. So, God asked Abraham to listen to his wife. Abraham asked the servant and mother of the child to move out with her son. They did.

Yes, Abraham failed at times, but God didn’t fail him.

God showed him where to go — Canaan, the land his descendants would one day possess. Sara and Abraham had the child — Isaac, although they were both past the age of childbearing.

Can you see how God kept his promises? Let’s dare to believe in God, knowing he is faithful, even when we are not!

Father God, thank you for showing how mighty and faithful you are through Abraham’s and Sara’s life. Help me to keep my eyes on you with eternity in my heart so I can finish strong, in Jesus’ name.

Take time to read Abraham and Sarah’s story in Genesis 16. Thank God that nothing is impossible to him.

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  The Lord Never Changes

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“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:17


How do you spend your evenings? Do you settle on the couch, your eyes fixed on a screen, regardless of the device you use, trying to be entertained? Maybe you watch movies, your favorite reality television shows, play games, surf the internet, spend time on social media? Or you work towards an overly spotless home, so well-organized you can’t even find a moment to wind down? While entertainment and cleanliness are okay, how much time do you spend on these things?

What do you feed your mind with? Your choices reveal your hunger – that is, the hunger of your heart.

Either you have an appetite for life or for death. Oh! Did I say death? Yes, you can choose to build yourself up spiritually towards life or death.

Maybe, by default, the world and death are entering your life because the remote control or social media notifications guide you. I encourage you to be intentional about how you spend your time. Don’t permit yourself to develop a hunger for things that don’t lead to life.

Let us be careful to watch the direction of our desires. Spend quality time with our loved ones, build strong relationships. Carry each other’s burdens, so God can fulfill his purposes in our lives (Galatians 6:2). Whether we are single or in a relationship, we can love others by offering a helping hand. Become closer to God by spending time reading his word; this is how we will more easily recognize his voice.

Let us fix our eyes and hearts on eternity. Be purposeful in growing in the Lord. Relax from busy tasks that may distract you toward death, and ask God to help you to do his will. What would you prefer – to live a worldly and fearful life that leads to spiritual death? Or to live out the will of God?

Dear Father God, help me to live with eternity in my heart every day. Allow me to hear your voice clearly and give me power to live out your will. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Be mindful of your thoughts and your desires and how you spend your time.

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For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b


Nehemiah had faced opposition. Yet, he completed the project he was working on. Besides, he advised the people to have joy. So, how do you have joy while going through adversity? As I got ready to write this piece about joy, I felt angry because something unpleasant just happened in my life. There was no joy.

So, I asked myself, how can I share about joy when at that moment I just wasn’t feeling the strength derived from joy?

So, I got this verse: So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure (Psalm 32:11b). I realized that the undesirable thing I went through tested my level of joy.

I searched my heart as I was pondering about this. ‘Is my heart pure?’ An incident hurt me. And therefore, I was angry. Whether I was right or wrong, my heart needed to be pure. So, I confessed that anger and let it go, inviting the Spirit to fill me once again.

Suddenly I felt that joy was restored. And I felt strong again.

So, if you don’t have joy right now, you can have it once more. Joy doesn’t come from happiness. It’s from our spirit. Look into your heart. Can you find anything impure? Anything robbing you of God-given joy, a fruit of the Spirit?

If impurity hides in the corner or your heart or mine, it can rob us of joy. So, let go of anger, unforgiveness or any other impure attitude. Let go of any impurity from your heart. Invite the Spirit to direct your whole life. And enjoy the joy that allows you to tap into strength. And enjoy life.

Father God, thank you for the provision of joy. Even if difficulties, suffering and pain, I trust in you to help me live a life full of joy, in Jesus ‘name.

Throughout this day pay attention to moments when you lose your joy. Be quick to confess any sin that may have occurred. Recover. Live with joy.

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Joy out of Sorrow – Norma Becker’s story

Living in God’s Joy and Peace – Prayer for Inner Peace

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For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the cloudsPsalm 108:4 NLT

Those brief whispers, You could have done better, remind me of my shortcomings.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I mean well, but I don’t do as well as I could have.

In such moments, I can go to the secret place, to someone with whom I can be me. I can listen. I can share what’s in my heart, whether I did it right or not. As my heart meets the heart of God, I sense that pure love flowing towards me. He understands me.

And I always hear that he can handle me — no matter where I’m at on my life’s journey! Let’s sigh. What a relief! To know there’s someone who is always listening to me. And to you too, if you wish!

God forgives. God is love. And God is helping me. Yes, me! And you too! If you ask. Oh, I hang on to those truths. I treasure them. I hold them so close to my heart. They keep me close to God.

So, even if life throws lemons at you and me at times, look out for how God will clean it up and send a breakthrough.

I have seen a faithful God for decades. Even if there’s darkness around, God will switch the light on to brighten your journey somewhere along the line.

Rejoice and know you can always go to the God of love. Believe in his faithfulness towards you. It’s never too late. The Almighty God works in various ways — ways that are beyond our imagination.

Father God, help me to always run to you no matter where I’m at on my life’s journey knowing that you love me and will show your faithfulness, in Jesus’ name. Thank you.

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Friend, life is real. We all go through challenging moments of life. At all times, you and I can reach out to God. He is not far. He has already enriched us with his power.


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

In this life, we don’t know what we’ll face and when. Most people won’t live a lifestyle of walking on a red carpet. I have faced some challenges and I’m sure you have, too.

Friend, life is real. We all go through challenging moments of life. However, it’s all about how we choose to position ourselves.

You may experience challenges in your body. It might be in other ways—maybe in your emotions or your finances, or maybe it’s about something beyond where my mind would dare go. Only you know.

Life happens. Yet God has provided help for us. And that help is more than enough for what you and I may go through. Sometimes God moves the mountains. Other times, God sustains you and me.

At all times, you and I can reach out to God. He is not far. He has already enriched us with his power. We just need to reach out to him.

Believe God. Open your heart to him. You have access to life and strength in him. Believe God can strengthen your inner man anytime, anywhere. You are reachable, and he is within reachable distance.

Allow his power to strengthen your heart. When you ask God to empower you by his Spirit to do his will, his strength becomes yours. No matter what comes against you, God can and will uphold you.

Have faith. Simply believe you have the faith required to receive his glorious power. His power is your strength. Trust that he is your defender, your helper, your rescuer and more.

Father God, I ask you to help me to overcome by faith. No matter what I face, your presence and power are available to me to help me to stand firm. Thank you.

Think about what God has done for you. He has made his amazing power available to you. Believe that he can strengthen your heart to face whatever comes your way.

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Who said life is meant to be easy? You can certainly live without the things you want, provided that’s the place you want to be. If not, it hurts. It’s not easy.


 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think. Maybe the doctor gave you a negative report, or it appears you’re past the age of having the family you’ve longed to have. Or you’re still waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Maybe you had it all, and you lost it all. And now you don’t appear as youthful as you used to and you’re back to ground zero.

Maybe it’s a family situation where the happy bells don’t ring all the time and things are not as they used to be. It’s dysfunctional. For the bell to ring, you need to pull on the right string. That’s when it can feel hard to accomplish. In time, it can even become overwhelming. I know.

Who said life is meant to be easy? You can certainly live without the things you want, provided that’s the place you want to be. If not, it hurts. It’s not easy.

Where is God when all this happens to you? When it feels like it’s too late for his promises to still work in your life? What can you stand on then?

Believe that God is at work. Trust him and have faith. Be still. Take a breather. Feel the peace.

God is with you in the midst of everything. He sees you just the way you are. God cares and has a great plan for your life. He loves you deeply. Scripture says in this world you will have trouble John 16:33. But you can have hope because God has given you Jesus – his best gift ever!

Dear God, please strengthen my heart and fill me with peace while you work on my circumstances. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Give yourself a gift today — the peace of Jesus. Carve out fifteen minutes to be still and breathe as you pray the prayer in this devotional.

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“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.” Psalm 118,6A (NLT)


Imagine there is a big event taking place. You see many people preparing food in a kitchen, or others preparing the field. Your heart tells you to help. So, you go up to someone, and you say, “How can I help?”

The organizer replies, “Create two logins on the same computer for two staff members; I want them to access the same PC with different passwords.

You know how to use the computer well. However, it’s something you’ve never done before. And you wonder why you didn’t get to help in the kitchen or on the field like everyone else. While your assignment seems to be important, it also feels like it’s beyond you.

You know you’ve never done that task. Will you fail or will you succeed? It’s challenging. The task you’ve got is unlike the responsibility that others have. So, why did you get the uncommon task?

In your mind, you thought your assignment would be an effortless one — an everyday task that you’ve done in the past. So, you’re sort of feeling inadequate. It’s scary. While others are expecting you to succeed at that task, if you grab this opportunity, you could also fall flat on your face. It’s risky to take on that task even if it seems small, right?

No one wants to fail.

You can research this. You can try it. Without experience, you’ve got no choice but to learn this new task.

Will you go for this challenge?

Dear Lord, when I ask to help and you open the door, help me to put my trust in you and not in myself. Help me to believe that you’re strong enough to help me to do my best.

Think about a situation that challenges you. How can you grow to adapt to your current situation, whether it’s a relationship or a task? How can the Lord help you overcome your fear?

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With it he touched my mouth and said,See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said,Here am I. Send me!Isaiah 6:7-8

If you read this whole chapter in Isaiah, it pictures an awesome God. A God who sits on a throne, yet he has humanity on his mind. He has a plan. He has tasks for us to accomplish.

However, God has given all of us a will — to choose to work with him or not. Even when he calls Isaiah here to foretell what is to come, he doesn’t force him to participate in his plan.

Here we see God showing Isaiah that he wants to send him to be his spokesperson. He wants to use his lips so he can talk to others on his behalf.

The man is stunned. He thinks his lips are filthy. How can such an awesome God want him to do things for him? Yet, there’s a plan in place. There’s a solution. Isaiah won’t have to worry about his own unclean lips. God takes care of that. He touched the man’s lips in the vision. So God shows him he’s working at making him clean and guilt-free so he can serve him.

While God has a mission to offer to Isaiah, the man has his say in it. God wants to co-work with Isaiah. He wants the man to take part in the assignment willingly. He wants the man to join him wholeheartedly and do the work as planned.

So, that’s the co-mission on Isaiah’s life — to do the will of the Father. What is ours?

Dear Lord, I offer myself wholeheartedly to you. Cleanse me and show me how I can accomplish the assignment you have for me in your strength. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Are you hearing God co-mission you for something? If you have anything standing in the way, why don’t you surrender yourself to him, inviting him to cleanse you? He will joyfully do so and empower you to serve him in the areas he has called you.

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Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose.”  Psalm 25:12 (NLT)

The word fear does not sound appealing. Feeling fearful is not what we want. Yet, while other types of fears can lead us towards making wrong decisions and causing a mess, the fear of the Lord leads to good decision-making.

When someone fears the Lord, this means they revere him.

Therefore, they’ll seek to honor him. This form of fear is a good fear.

It doesn’t mean that we will not fail now and then.

But, the more we become aware of our weakness, the more we learn to depend on God’s strength. Respect for God will help us pay attention to our support system. God is our Source.

For instance, when we can stand on our own, we might think that we don’t need to lean on anything or anyone and we can do as we want. Yet, a person with weak knees will accept their need to lean on to something, right? In the same way, our weaknesses can work for good — teaching us to fear God more and to be humble. It helps us to let go of our own ways and lean on God for support.

The more we realize this, the more we’ll be mindful of the mistakes we can make. This can help us yield more and more to choices that will honor God.

Can you see how reverence for the Lord guides us? It leads us towards one right choice at a time. Those small and big decisions will keep us on the right path.

Dear Father God, give me wisdom to choose what is right in your eyes, and to obey you in the strength you give me. In Jesus’ name I ask. Thank you.

Focus on honoring God in all your choices, trusting his Spirit gives you the strength to obey him moment by moment

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5.17

When someone knows and does the will of God, they may not appear to be wise to everyone. Yet, whoever is wise will live out the will of God.

John the Baptist ate locusts and honey, which may seem strange to some. Yet, he did what he was sent for. So, it may be a surprise that the wise don’t appear to have it together.

If I tell you there’s much evil on Earth today, I may sound negative. Even if I do, that’s the truth. However, you may want to do what’s good. If you want to be and do well, remember that time is limited.

So, let’s use our time wisely — to do things that apply to our vision.

It’s so important to pay attention to God’s ways of doing things. As long as Earth and humanity exist, God will want our attention. That’s because he loves us. Maybe you feel too busy and think you have too many issues to take time to listen to God. By the time you finish what you need to do, you might feel worn out. We have only 24 hours in a day and we have to take care of our daily needs. Yet, if you and I are willing, we’ll know the heart of God. This helps us to live in sync with his will.

Sometimes we may miss his will, but if we pay attention, we’ll get to know his ways. We can then make decisions that are more and more in line with his will.

So, before you make a decision, ask, “Will this honor you, Lord?

Heavenly Father, can you please help me know your will for my life? Strengthen me so I can make decisions that are within your will. In Jesus’ name I ask.

Before making any decision, ask God if this will honor or dishonor him. Then give him time to remind you of his commandments and priorities on this issue before deciding what your next step should be. Then obey, trusting his Spirit within you is giving you all the resources you need to do so.

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“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Have you ever questioned God’s goodness? 

I am tempted to do so when I don’t understand why things went wrong.

Once, I purchased a lovely casserole and it looked great. It came with a lifetime warranty! Sounds like top quality, right?

As I used the casserole to do some cooking, I noticed that the non-stick layer started to disappear. When the casserole wasn’t useful anymore, I thought “I should have known.” A casserole rarely lasts for a lifetime!

Maybe there’s something else you believed would last a lifetime or almost. Could it be a job you liked? Or a relationship you really thought would last? Or a beautiful home? The list can go on…

When things end or don’t go our way, it’s easy for others to say that life still goes on. Yet, we know what we’re going through. It hurts. And during those tough moments of life, if we are not careful, it’s so easy to question God’s goodness.

When things are foggy, I like to remember the past.

Sometimes circumstances seemed to be too tough to be true. Yet, I’m still alive and well. Maybe the person I believed in didn’t help me, but someone else showed up. Those moments are God-moments that I can’t forget.   Remember times when you made it even if you don’t know how. That’s God sending someone or opening a door to help you. God is good. I am confident God will show up again and again in various ways. I don’t need to understand how he will do it.

Father God, I thank you for every good thing you did for me in the past. I can’t wait to see your goodness in my everyday life!

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