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“And you will seek Me and find Me, When you search for Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

I wrote in my journal one morning declaring each day a brand new day to walk with the Lord. Then, as I paused to consider and examine what those words truly meant, I realized that much of that walking is walked out in my thoughts and prayers as I seek Him. This walking can be accomplished without taking one single step. Walking with the Lord is a walk that takes place in the heart—a heart to follow Him.

I went on to write in my journal that “Today, walking with Him required me not to worry about something troubling that happened, but to pray and trust. Today, walking with Him has shown me through the reading of His Word that I am not helpless, but I am an overcomer and more than a conqueror.

Walking with the Lord has also taught me to never give up when visible answers to prayer are slow in coming. Walking with Him has shown me this week not to focus on the natural things of this world and circumstances surrounding me, but to keep my eyes on God and what only God can do.

My journey with the Lord is a walk to seek Him, and this is a walk of the heart I choose to take each brand new day.

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“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. “ Psalm 34:18

Can you imagine if my crystal vase fell off this shelf onto the hardwood floor below? It would crash and break into innumerable pieces unable to be put back together.

What do you do when your world is crumbling in a thousand tiny pieces and you see it slipping through your hands?

You are grasping to hold on, keep it from falling apart, but all you hold in your hands is shattered, broken pieces.

Nothing is too broken for God.

He wants to put it back together and put it back stronger than before, better than before, and often in a new direction. His process of restoration and rebuilding will bring change. You won’t be the same person after having gone through this. You will be a new, improved you!

He will not put you back together only to have you pick up where you left off before this trial happened. You are not the person you were going into this experience. You have learned many things and you have grown and are still growing. God will use this growth so you can now help others. What a privilege it is to be able to help someone go through a similar storm to one God has just brought us through.

You can trust your heavenly Father to rebuild what the enemy has torn down, if you will lay all the pieces of your life into His hands and call on Him to rebuild what is broken. He will make all things beautiful in His perfect way and in His perfect time. Your heavenly Father wants you to trust Him as you have never trusted before.

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Do you want to start trusting Christ Jesus today to be the healer of your broken heart?  Your healing journey with him can start today with a simple prayer that expresses your trust and belief in him.  If you believe these words, then say this sample prayer and HE WILL come into your life.

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.  Be the healer of my soul.”

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Endure is a word I have thought about lately.

I have been thinking about it since before the new year even started. It is the word that describes a life of faith and puts the focus on our choice to persevere one day at a time and year after year. To endure is where our faith comes fully alive.

Yes, I pray that  our faith will endure and that our walk will endure. I pray that we will run this race well and that we will diligently persevere and stay the course. Stumbling and getting back up, falling but standing strong again.

Endure through loss,

Endure through disappointment.

Endure through uncertainty,

Tried and tested but proven.

Endure in our Bible reading and in our prayer life.

Endure in having a more giving heart and being intentional with our time.

Endure in our relationships with people and being attentive to all around us.

I pray with utmost sincerity that we will endure in trusting the Lord with all our heart. This will make all the difference between coasting and living out a faith that is fully alive.

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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Dawn’s early light didn’t have much light this morning.

Instead, dark clouds stretched across the horizon blocking the morning sunlight just like the heaviness that is trying to hover over me, a heaviness that I must choose to push away.

I could see narrow ribbons of gold and pink behind breaks in the clouds, and I could see that the sun was shining behind those thick clouds.

Peace like a bright shining sun waits for me behind those clouds!

Maybe I am the one doing the blocking as I begin to pile on fretting, stressing, and far too much worrying. Maybe I need to let go of some things, lay some things down and walk away.

Maybe I need to breathe the fresh air of God’s peace.

Sometimes it is as simple as a choice, and if it is as simple as a choice then I am going to choose God’s peace.

It is one of God’s mysterious ways that in surrendering our human failings and drawing on His strength, and not our own—we will ultimately find the peace and the strength we were trying to find because it is found in the Lord.

Yes, I will breathe in the satisfying richness of His peace because this is what He wants for me.

I will push away those dark clouds of heaviness and welcome the light and open my heart to all the peace God has to offer me in great and exceeding abundance.

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

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.

Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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.

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I think it would be safe to assume we have all experienced a time when our faith became shaky upon being tested with a difficult and uncertain circumstance.

We have found ourselves in a place of wondering in frustration what God is doing, or sometimes wondering why it seems as if He isn’t doing anything.

This is the place we must take our shaky faith and dig down deep to the foundation of our beliefs and strongly proclaim anew our trust in God. This trust will strengthen us to face the uncertain factors in our lives and not be continually shaken by them.

Trusting God requires us to keep our eyes on Him and not ourselves and circumstances around us.  Matthew 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Trusting God invites us to cast our cares on Him and to know they are safe in His hands. 1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Trusting God will bring us His peace, and His peace will calm our fears. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Trusting God takes my shaky faith and strengthens me and in this strength, I will be steadfast. I will choose to be unshaken. 1 Corinthians 15:58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Trusting God is letting my faith rest in the One who is unshaken, unchangeable, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Malachi 3:6For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”

Hebrews 13:8  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.’

James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

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There was a difficult time when I was facing a battle and found myself pressed against a wall of gigantic disbelief.

Yet, God was asking me to believe what I could not find comprehensible to believe. If I was going to know victory in this battle, it would require faith of huge proportions.

Have you ever had a giant of disbelief towering over your circumstances and you are grasping for the faith to believe God will work in a powerful way?

I thought of David as many of us do when faced with giant-sized battles. And in the blink of an eye I could see young David reaching for the five smooth stones and placing one in his slingshot, the others in a pouch. Then God stopped me in my tracks and opened my eyes to see another hand, God’s own hand coming down and wrapping itself in power around David’s hand.

A sudden surge of faith and courage ignited in my soul as I thought about God’s hand sending David’s smooth stone rocketing like a missile toward Goliath. We all know well the glorious end of this story. The giant came crashing to his death and David saw the victory he knew his LORD would bring that day.

I also experienced victory in that moment. I knew in my heart that my giant would be falling too. God’s powerful hand was wrapping around my own and the battle I’d been fighting would soon be the battle I would win! My gigantic disbelief turned to gigantic triumph, all because of the Hand that holds my hand. Once again I was reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord, and it is He who fights for me!

Every time we choose faith in our intimidating circumstances, we are winning the battle. Day by day we can pick up the smooth stones and hurl them at the giants in front of us—toppling them to the ground. God’s hand will guide us and He will bring the victory. Sometimes it is a quick victory and sometimes it is a slower process.

God gave David the victory over Goliath. He can also give us victory against the giants in our lives.

1 Samuel 17:46-50
This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”  So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.  Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.”

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Inside This Trust

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You.Psalm 5:11a

Inside this trust I have in God

Is a place where I am safe

Hopes and dreams live and grow

Heart’s desires slowly unfold

Faith learns how to take each step

Day by day as I follow Him

The best place to be in a relationship with the Lord is a place of complete trust. When I understand God is sovereign and has my best interests at heart, there is no better place to be than a safe and secure trusting walk with the Lord.

When we seek Him first and trust Him with all our heart, the details of our lives fall into the perfect places He has prepared for us. While we have been trying to figure out what to do next, He already holds all the answers and He asks us to join with Him and walk a road of complete faith and fully surrendered lives.

Trust God with every care, big and small, casting them into His hands and leaving them there. Let go of fretting and learn to trust your heavenly Father, and you will find a depth of relationship you didn’t know was possible before. Whatever comes your way, whatever crosses your path, in your heart you must say and believe,

“Lord, I trust you with this, completely, this is in Your hands, Your perfect hands.”

It isn’t always easy to do or the natural way our thinking wants to take us, but as one who has walked with the Lord a very long time I can testify that this choice, this action of complete trust has grown my faith to a deeper and steadfast place in my mind, heart, and soul.

I have found that my life holds the most peace and joy when I choose to dwell inside this trust I have in God.

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Think About

In the quiet moments of a peaceful morning walk
I let my thoughts drift heavenward
My thoughts are filled with You

I think about Your majesty
That flows from Heaven’s throne
I think about the wonders
Of Creation You have made

I think about the human heart
That You want to invade
I think about this heart of mine
That You have entered in

I think about the mercy
And the grace You freely gave
I think about the love and joy
I found when I found You

I think about the changes
You have made inside of me
I thank You for the love
That brought You deep inside my heart

In the quiet moments of a peaceful morning walk
I let my thoughts drift heavenward
My thoughts are filled with You

Psalm 9:1-2
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

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I am going to ask a serious question. We have all faced it including myself, and some of us need to consider it again.

I have heard many fellow believers admit they don’t ask God for help until they are at the end of their resources, and it is at that point they will ask for His help when they find themselves in a difficult situation.

After all, we are capable of doing much in our own strength, but we cannot do everything. Our resources eventually run out. God’s resources never run out.   

But what about the ordinary days? What about the normal days in our lives? I am talking about the non-serious trial days.

Are we charging off into our life with or without Him? Do we sometimes leave Him cast aside? Are there days we go about our business as if we don’t actually need Him?

Although we know He is always with us, do we acknowledge it throughout our day?  

Where is God’s place in your life today?

Is He as near as your heartbeat and every breath you take? Or, is He in the distance on the sidelines, or maybe somewhere in between?

If He’s in the distance on the sidelines, the explanation is the one who moved was not Him, it was us.

He has promised us that nothing will separate us (Romans 8:38-39), that He will never forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5), and that He is not a God that is far off.

Do you know how blessed we are to have a God like that?

This is exactly why the answer should be that His place in our life is as near as our every heartbeat and every breath we take.

Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.  ~ Jeremiah 23:23-24 

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When did you first meet the Lord today?

When did you make that vital choice to pause and be still and make sure you connected your heart to His? We know it makes a difference when we move into our day already having started the day with Him. It makes all the difference.

Did you thank Him for this day early this morning?

Did you thank Him that you belong to Him?

Did you thank Him for loving you unconditionally?

Gratitude is a wonderful way to start every new day.

Did you invite Him to go with you through this day?

Did you ask for His wisdom and guidance for all that lies ahead in the uncertainty of the day ahead?

Did you acknowledge Him as Lord of your life in every aspect of your life?

Did you praise Him for who He is?

Praise is a wonderful way to start every new day.

When we miss this early and important connection it becomes much more likely that the places of our heart meant to be filled with the Lord will become like a desert, a dry and thirsty land.

But the good news is, when we longingly thirst for Him, He will fill us up with Himself and we can face each new day walking in the joy and strength of our Lord.

Psalm 63:1

“God, You are my God; Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.”

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Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.Colossians 3:12-13   

The forgiveness we do not give, the forgiveness we withhold— will hold us back in our relationship with the Lord and the plans He has for us.

Unforgiveness will become a stumbling block in our walk with the Lord and with others. It doesn’t matter if the person receives it, and it doesn’t matter if the person does or does not acknowledge wrong doing.

Forgiveness is about our heart letting go instead of staying in bondage to that circumstance.  Forgiveness isn’t about changing the offender. It is about a change in us.

When we fully forgive, we will stop playing the same tape in our head, going over and over the wrong committed against us. When we stop playing that tape over and over again, life will become fuller and richer and the past pain will noticeably subside, leaving us wishing we had granted ourselves this freedom much sooner.

God is the ultimate healer and when we forgive and let go, He comes in with His balm of healing and tender care and does a work on our wounds that will truly change our lives. This change will take us to a place of continued and complete healing.

When you hear yourself saying this is too hard, ask yourself – is it too hard for God? Does God want you to stay stuck living in that pain, and living in that past that is keeping you from living today and embracing the future with hope?

Unforgiveness is the precise reason we can’t get past the pain. Letting go and moving past the pain will bring you peace and peace will bring you a new and fresh outlook on life as you discover a joy in your heart that you have not known before.

In the strength of the Lord, you can forgive and let go, you can heal and move forward in complete wholeness.

Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

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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
.

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

By Kathy Cheek
Used by Permission

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