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When I slip my key in the front door and lock it, tuck my phone and keys in my pockets and step off the front porch and begin a morning walk, I always invite someone to go with me. I invite the Lord to walk with me. I ask Him to join me and as I come to the end of our street and cross over to the paved walking trail I am delighted that He is with me.

Morning falls across the trees in shadowy streams of sunlight and shade. The crepe myrtles greet us at this intersection where I choose today which direction I want to go. I know that whichever path I choose, He is going with me. I know that with every step along our way I can pour out my heart to Him and I can breathe the fresh air of His presence around me.

His nearness fills me with peace and strength. His spirit indwells me and I know I am His and He is mine. There is a unique joy that I experience when we walk together surrounded by the beauty of His creation.

I am so thankful for this relationship I have with the Lord. For years He has cultivated a close walk with me that transcends everything else in this world. I have discovered that there are secret treasures that He reveals to us when we abide in Him as scripture calls us to. When we walk hand in hand past the crepe myrtles and over the creek bridge, I know I am enjoying the greatest treasure of all.

John 15:9-11 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

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Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus and have him in your life?   You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you truly believe them Christ will enter your life and start you on a wonderful journey. (not always easy, but never alone)

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


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When I hear troubling news, I cannot believe how quickly my heart fills with fear, followed by a sensation of dread washing over me like a drowning wave. My body and my emotions seem to naturally want to overreact and carry me away, until I remember to pray.

I have learned that when I start to worry, that is when I immediately need to stop and pray. I think about how important prayer is even though much about prayer is a mystery to me. Yet even in the mystery of prayer there are some things I know.

Prayer is our privilege and prayer is power.
Prayer is confidence in our Lord and in our walk with our Lord.
Prayer is comfort and peace, and resting in who He is.
Prayer is His invitation to us not to be anxious –
Prayer is faith that God is in control.

Prayer has grown my faith-
Built my trust,
Kept me in awe of a Sovereign God.
He is God and the answers are in His hands.
The timing and the methods are His.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 8:26-27
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 5:16
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

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‘Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.’ Proverbs 3:5&6

In this journey of faith I walk with the Lord, what does walking by faith look like? Sometimes, it looks like a thousand questions to which there are no answers, leaving one wondering what in the world is going on, how can things be so messed up, how can it all be fixed and straightened out?

I have learned that I have a Choice. I have a significant Choice. Trust the Lord, our Sovereign Holy Almighty God.

This choice brings me peace. Peace that cannot be explained because there are still a thousand questions and there are still troubling circumstances that need to be untangled.

In this journey of faith, what does faith look like? It looks like a choice to trust God.  It’s not a cliche—it’s life! It is hope. It is faith. It is faith that trusts. If I don’t make this choice, then what is the alternative? Trying to control circumstances I cannot control, worry, anxiety, anger, fear, and the list goes on.

What if I make two lists? The first list would be things I understand, things I can control, and things I can fix. The second list would be things I don’t understand, things I can’t control, and things I cannot fix. Which list would be longer? The longer list, obviously, is the list of things I cannot control, cannot fix, and cannot understand.

There is a third list I will make. Why do I choose my faith and choose my trust in God?

The answer is – my history with God, and all He’s already done for me. He saved me. He loves me. He daily pours grace and mercy into my life. He’s already worked in a thousand amazing ways in my life, and that has taught me Who He is and that I can trust Him. He has strengthened my faith in a life long journey, and He calls me to this faith with every unanswered question, with every situation that is out of my control.

Faith is the answer to a thousand unanswered questions, and it happens in the choice to fully place our trust in the Lord.

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Who hears you when you cry?

Who listens when no one else cares…

Who listens when no one else is there?

Psalm 116: 1-2

I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live
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I am His child and He knows my name

He knows my voice when I call out

He lets me know that He is here

And that I am never alone

 

He is the Rock on which I stand

The Rock of Ages to which I cling

He is my shelter when storms come my way

He is my refuge while the storm passes by

 

How wonderful He is to me

How deep His unfailing love

In this world sometimes scared and lonely

I know I am never alone

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Life circumstances have visited a stressful season on all of us.

Where is our hope? Where is our comfort?

Will our faith stand strong through it all?

My faith stands strong knowing I belong to God and that is an invaluable truth that will never change. He has been immeasurably faithful to me and the relationship we have means more to me than anything or anyone else.

I am saved by the cleansing power of the blood Jesus shed for me and I have eternal life because He rose again after shedding the precious blood that washed away my sin.

My life was changed forever when He came into my heart. The faith by which I believed for salvation is the faith I live by every day, in the good and difficult times and all the in between.

Faith is this invisible mystery I cannot touch, I cannot hold, I cannot see or hear. Faith is a gift from God that keeps me believing He is worthy of all my trust that’s placed in Him.

Faith is where I stand and why I can stand strong today. 

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:4

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What if…
Jesus came to your home and you could sit at His feet?

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said,

Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

Imagine…

If you had the chance to sit at the feet of Jesus,

To look upon His face and deep into His eyes,

And listen to every word He had to say.

Doesn’t the very thought take your breath away?

I can imagine all the cares of the world would suddenly fall away.

To do lists would not be on our minds–

Our focus would move from duties and obligations to something bigger,

Someone much more important.

We would have one thing and one thing only on our mind–

Who we are with and the magnitude of who He is and what He says.

There is nothing else that compares to this.

When you read about Mary at the feet of Jesus, don’t you wish you could trade places with her, or join her and receive the blessing of those moments one on one with the Lord?

The account in Luke 10 transcends observations about personality types as the discussions usually run,

But illuminates Who we need to make our priority above all other aspects of our lives.

It is about Who we all should desire to spend time with every day.

Mary had the privilege of sitting before Him—spending quality time with Jesus. She made the choice.

Will we?

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“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3

What satisfies? What brings genuine and fulfilling contentment? I would have to say it begins with my relationship with the Lord, and the benefits of that relationship are:

Knowing I am His

Knowing I am loved

Knowing joy

Knowing peace

Why is it that we are privileged with these benefits in our walk with the Lord? The best answer I have is that this is who God is!

He is the lover of our soul.
Jeremiah 31:3Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.

He is our joy.
John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

He is our peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

LOVE   JOY   PEACE

Now, if those sound familiar, they are. Love, joy, and peace are the first three in the fruit of the Spirit list in Galatians 5:22. We should be reaping these in great abundance in our lives, and they will bring us a wonderful and satisfying contentment, that we can only know because of Him.

Today, I want to be grateful. I want to thank Him for His goodness to me and for the satisfaction I have in the Lord who is my Shepherd.

Psalm 107:8-9
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

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Luke 10:38-42  “Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” 

ImagineIf you had the chance to sit at the feet of Jesus, to look upon His face and deep into His eyes, and listen to every word He had to say.

Doesn’t the very thought take your breath away?

I can imagine all the cares of the world would suddenly fall away.

To do lists would not be on our minds–

Our focus would move from duties and obligations to something bigger,

Someone much more important.

We would have one thing and one thing only on our mind–

Who we are with and the magnitude of who He is and what He says.

There is nothing else that compares to this.

When you read about Mary at the feet of Jesus, don’t you wish you could trade places with her, or join her and receive the blessing of those moments one on one with the Lord?

The account in Luke 10 transcends observations about personality types as the discussions usually run, but illuminates who we need to make our priority above all other aspects of our lives.

It is about Who we should all desire to spend time with every day.

Mary had the privilege of sitting before Him—spending quality time with Jesus. She made the choice. Will we? 

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Today, I fought discouragement because I looked at me – instead of God.

I looked at my circumstances instead of looking at Him. But then, I fixed my gaze on Him and by the time evening fell – discouragement had also fallen away.

Looking at our difficult circumstances can often get us into trouble. When we examine what is going on around us, it is easy to think this is bad, this is messed up, and there is no way this can be resolved. The best attitude we can have is to be grateful God can work in any situation! Nothing is too big or too hard for Him, and we don’t have to face any difficult situation alone.

One of the greatest examples in the Bible of more going on than what is seen in the circumstances of a situation is the story of Joseph. His brothers plotted to murder him, but instead of killing him, they put him in a pit, then decided to sell him to slave traders. You know the rest of the story—he ends up falsely imprisoned for years. Now this is a long string of difficult circumstances. Yet, if you read the story in Genesis from chapter 37 to 50, you will repeatedly read that God’s good hand of favor was on Joseph through it all.

You will also read how God delivered Joseph from prison and promoted him to the second in power in the land of Egypt. At God’s prompting, Joseph wisely stores food and prepares for the coming famine. He reunites with his family, and we see the most beautiful aspect of all in this story that has spanned many years of Joseph’s life. Joseph forgives his brothers. What is most remembered and greatly emphasized from this passage is Joseph’s statement to his brothers in Genesis 50.

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

Joseph’s story, as with many others in the Bible, demonstrates to us that God is always working in those things we cannot see…yet. God is working in and through bad circumstances…for good.

Take your eyes off the circumstance and look at God because the circumstance can be overwhelming, until you remind yourself again who God is and who you are in Him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

My life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6. What are life verses? Simply, they are favored verses that hold a deep meaning to us. What do these verses mean to me? They are how I live my life. They guide my life. They are my default verses. When I am faced with choices, struggles, and uncertainties—I run to these verses and apply them to each present situation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust is vital. Trust is faith in action. Trust is the essence of faith and the essence of my walk—my relationship with God. God has built trust deep into my being, and it lies at the core of how I live my life.

And lean not on your own understanding. We need to understand that we are not going to go through life doing things our own way. Not in a trusting relationship with God. We will have a divided heart if we try. That is what I have learned. It was a valuable lesson when I learned to just let go of my own way and go His way. My heavenly Father knows best.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. Believe God is who He says He is and make Him Lord of your life. See His Holiness. See His majesty and power. See every knee bowed low one day. He is God. He is in control. He is sovereign.

And He shall direct your paths. My life is in His hands. As I follow Him I am going where He is leading and this is how I know I am where I am supposed to be and going where I am supposed to be going. Even the twists and turns are sovereignly being navigated by God as I yield my heart and life to His will.

There is power to live the Christian life in these two amazing verses. As you read these familiar verses again today, I pray they plant themselves deep in your heart and grow an unshakable and lasting trust in the Lord your God.

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If you don’t know Jesus the way that Kathy Cheek does, you can begin a relationship with him today.  The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who he says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him.  These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.


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  1. Knowing Jesus Personally 
    http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/biblestudies/knowing_jesus.pdf
    4 Lessons
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    Lesson 1: Understanding your relationship with Jesus Christ
    Lesson 2: Experiencing God’s love
    Lesson 3: Power for Living (the Holy Spirit)
    Lesson 4: Growing in your relationship with Christ
  2. How to Experience God’s Love and Forgiveness (3 parts)
    https://thoughts-about-god.com/biblestudies_/tc1-love-forgiveness1
  3. Four Spiritual Laws that make sense:https://thoughts-about-god.com/four-laws/

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In our homes with lights aglow, stockings hung with care and cookies baking in the oven, our lives can look like a Christmas card. But sometimes it looks like something else. It can look harsher, colder, and even very lonely. Sometimes, Christmas can be hard. It doesn’t look like a Christmas card, or a happily ending Christmas movie.

What do we do when life is hard and we don’t know what to do?

Hold tight to our faith and keep our trust in God.

Sometimes, there are those things we can never fix and things that we can never change. Sometimes, there are circumstances and trials we’ll never understand, those things we’ll never know the reason why. Sometimes, we face situations that will test our faith and test our trust in God.

Faith is trusting that God is there
And knowing He is always in control.
Faith is staying close to Him
No matter what comes your way,
And believing He will meet your every need.

Faith is knowing that He loves you
And will never leave you or forsake you.
Faith is believing that in all things
He has a purpose and a plan.

Faith is knowing
You don’t have to understand it all
To keep your trust in Him.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

When I try to figure things out all on my own it seems like it becomes more complicated with each angle I attempt to analyze and fix. When I admit it’s not mine to figure out and leave it in God’s hands, a sigh of relief escapes and peace envelops me. When I leave everything in His hands, I find that I am wringing and twisting mine a whole lot less.

Whatever made me think it was mine to figure out? How thankful I am that He asks me to trust Him, seek Him first – and He’ll take care of the rest. When I rest in knowing this, I find a joy and peace I could not know when I was trying to manage everything myself.

I’m often asked how did I find this place of peace and joy and my answer is, I have learned through my life experiences and walk with God that because my life is in His hands, all my worries and cares can be placed there too.

There were painful times in my life long ago that were difficult to endure. There were disappointments I could not understand. There were hurts I could have held on to, but chose to let them go and give it all to the Lord. The faith I have placed in Him gave me the courage and strength to do that.

He taught me to cast all my cares on Him, and He showed me He would bless this step of faith. What a difference it made in my life when I stopped trying to figure everything out myself.

When I let Him have His perfect way – then I found myself in a new place – a place of rest. This new place of quiet rest in my heart was also a place of peace and great contentment. Most of all, the place of rest and confidence I found in the Lord was a place of blessing and joy.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  

My personal paraphrase as I inhale the message for these verses deep into my heart is:

Be happy, be praying, be thankful, this is the will of God for us.

The instructions in this scripture passage are often met with difficulty. Life is hard sometimes and that makes it problematic to rejoice always.

We can probably all agree trials often make it hard to be thankful.w1 This is not our natural tendency. Prayer will be our strength and lifeline in our times of worry and trials.

To be happy does not mean there is nothing to worry about. It means we choose to trust God and rest in our relationship with Him.

I do not mean to make light of the troubles we have. Not at all. But I do want to remind us of what we have as believers. We are saved! We belong to God forever! Our sins have been forgiven and paid for by the blood of Jesus. We have the assured and blessed hope of the resurrection. Our future is secure with Him.

A lady I once knew at a church many years ago used to always say that for the born again believer, “Everything else is icing on the cake!”

Our greatest gift is our salvation. Everything else, spouse, family, home, jobs, health…everything else is icing on the cake.

A few months after I first heard her say this, her husband died from injuries sustained in a car accident. She had an eight year old little boy.

Weeks after his funeral, she reminded us with tears in her eyes that we can lose loved ones, our health, our jobs, our homes, but we can’t lose our salvation and we can’t lose God’s love for us. She would still proclaim, “Everything else is icing on the cake.”

Her words then and now remind me to be happy, be praying, and be thankful.

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As I recently prayed about an important decision I needed to make, I remembered there was a time when I didn’t. As a young Christian I didn’t even know that I should.

When I was in my early twenties I moved without even praying about it. I loved God and it was not my intention to go the wrong way, I just had not learned yet that we are to seek God as we make choices and decisions. I just plowed ahead completely tossing all wisdom aside.

I was a young Christian and hadn’t been in my Bible much or heard a lot of teaching and I didn’t know to even pray about choices and decisions. I had not been raised in the church and had not learned these important spiritual lessons.

So, I immaturely quit a job and moved out of state just because I was not satisfied with the status quo. Long story short, that move failed and I quickly ended up back in the same town, but without an apartment, furniture, or job. I had to start over.

But it wasn’t that long until my husband came into the picture and I knew exactly why God brought me back.

When I think about God undoing my bad decision and bringing me back and how He brought my husband across my path by moving him to my town and bringing him to my church – I saw His grace and love for me forged deeply across my heart forever.

Oh, I am grateful He covers us with a lot of tender grace in our youth and that He is patient with us as we learn and grow in the ways of the Lord.

God definitely gained my attention through that experience and how He amazingly worked in my life. It was a significant turning point in my spiritual growth that impacted the deepness of faith I walk in today.

God cares about every detail of our lives and He has a plan that is slowly unfolding through the circumstances we experience. We would be wise to seek Him, and pray and also to trust and wait on Him.

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

By Kathy Cheek
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Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus and have him in your life?  You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you truly believe them Christ will enter your life and start you on a wonderful journey. (not always easy, but never alone)

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


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Blue skies and abundant sunshine – that is my kind of day.

When the skies are cloudy and gray, I must remind myself…the sun is still shining right where it was yesterday when skies were blue.

On the gray days, the sun is still there on the other side of those gray clouds. God perfectly placed it there a mere ninety three million miles from earth just where it needs to be to sustain life on this planet. The sun has not moved.

So is God, still shining, still working, still doing what He does.

Don’t forget that on your cloudy days, He is still there!

Of course we prefer blue skies and sunshine. Of course we love a more visible evidence of His presence and working in our lives.

Here is the truth, for our faith to stretch and grow we must believe He is still there even though there are days when the clouds may appear to block our view.

This is so important to understand. God is still with us on the days when the skies are not blue. There is not a cloud that can dim the power of the sun, or cloud or storm that can lessen the power of our God.

What is the cloud or storm in your life? Health issues, financial matters, marital problems, family problems, trust issues, fear?

We are incapable of moving any clouds one inch for the sun to come shining through again.

But we can move the clouds of fog in our mind that make us feel like He has moved away from us. We must choose to push them away with the truth of God’s Word that He goes with us and never leaves us, whether it is blue skies or a cloudy day.

“For the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

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