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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.”

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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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“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Yes! We are immeasurably blessed! God’s mercy is new every morning and you will know it when you meet with Him each new day.

You will know the slate is clean, with no traces remaining of yesterday. A fresh clean slate holds the promise of a better day to come. The beginning of a brand new day offers a fresh start where you will know there are new beginnings with new opportunities and new horizons.

God’s love is also new every morning. Mercy is often translated in the Bible as loving kindness, and isn’t that the best kind of love? We have a God whose love is patient and kind and His mercy is new and easy to be found when you meet with Him every morning of each new day. His love is full of compassion and His mercy demonstrates His unending love to us.

There have been times when I had a miserable day when I couldn’t wait to just go on to bed knowing that when I woke up the next morning, a new day waited for me. I wanted a new day to do life better.

The amazing truth is that our God’s mercy is available every moment. If I mess up in the morning or in the middle of an afternoon, I can start anew in that exact moment I say, Lord, I’m sorry, I need to hit the refresh button on this day and start again in a place of new mercy.

I am deeply grateful for this mercy that is new every morning, every moment and every day.

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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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What causes a person to close the door on their relationship with the Lord? Lose faith? What makes some Christians – walk away?

Disappointment
Divorce
Death of a loved one
Financial loss
Rejection
Sickness
Offence

I think most people will experience at least one on this list and probably more than one. I’ve heard many people say one of these was what made them throw up their hands and walk away.

When Life Hurts the Most
When that hurt comes along, this is when it is vital for us to be there for one another – to help each other cling to God instead of turning away, and help bring us back when we lose our way. We need to keep loving, praying, and caring for each other. I cannot emphasize enough how much we must do this for each other in those difficult times in our lives. Satan wants that turning away to happen and he is probably clapping his hands when it does.

God Never Lets Go
For those of us who are God’s children, and something happens that causes us to let go of the grasp we’ve had on His hand and we turn away in anger, hurt, or disbelief – He never lets us go. We’re still His, no matter what. No matter how many years you live your life away from Him, when you breathe your last earthly breath, you are still His child with the everlasting life He died to give you when you accepted His gift of salvation. You will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord who never let you go.

If all God’s children could really grasp that now, and fully understand that He keeps holding onto you even when you “let go” of Him, would it make a difference?

A Choice to Come Back Home
I heard this testimony in a Sunday morning church service and it filled me with such hope for every person that faces deep pain and moves far away from a close walk with the Lord. This young man’s testimony reminded me that God is always calling us back to Him.

It was the testimony a man in his thirties shared about “stepping out of his relationship with the Lord” after a divorce, and almost becoming an alcoholic, until someone he worked with invited him to come to church, and since he was feeling at the end of his rope, he agreed to go with his co-worker to one church service. He beautifully said that when he went to that one church service, “It was like coming home, I felt the joy I remember knowing when I used to walk close with the Lord.” He admitted, he was the one that walked away, but he realized now that God had been there all along waiting for his return.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Almost everyone I know wants more peace in their lives. Many people that I know are desperately hoping and grasping for what seems altogether impossible in their present situations. They don’t see solutions but just maybe they can find some peace.

If there is a remedy for finding peace in our turmoil-filled lives, it will happen when we see our Holy God as He is, Almighty, all powerful, all-knowing, wholly Sovereign.

We will not learn how to free ourselves of anxiety – until we learn to give Him our worries and believe He will never forsake us no matter what is going on, according to the promise of Deuteronomy 31:6,

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Most worry develops because we cannot fix our problems. We can’t make things happen and we can’t make things stop. When we choose to trust, worry loses its fierce grip from our nervous wringing hands.

We will have peace when we believe the same God who parted seas, loosed prison chains, and used marching men shouting and blowing trumpets to topple a city wall, is the same God who never leaves us in our hour of need. This same God will walk with us in the difficult trials of our lives.

We will have peace when we believe with assured confidence He will carry our burdens and carry us, too. He will take us through, always walking beside us. He is all the help we will ever need. This is why we can find peace when we make the significant choice to trust the Lord.

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If you have never walked in a relationship with Christ you can start today by committing and submitting your llife to him. You can start this with a simple prayer:

Lord, thank You for dying so we can be set free from all of guilt and sin — no matter how big or small.  Your blood has erased all of our sin. Thank You so much! 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. Amen


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“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15

When people look at me
Will they see You?
When people talk to me
Will they hear You?

When people come to me
And need the strength
That You can give

Will I show them
You’re the One
The only One they need?

If I’m your hands and feet
Will others know?
If I reach out with love
Will they know it comes from You?

If I step out and show the love
That You have shown to me

Will they come to You
Wanting what they’ve seen in me
Wishing for the same?

If they see You in me
Will they come?
Will they want to know You, Jesus
If they see You in me?

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I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.”
Psalm 3:4-5 NKJV

At the end of the day when the day is done, after the setting of the sun … a good night’s sleep is calling your name.

You can already imagine your head softly sinking into your pillow.

You slip that last plate in the dishwasher, wipe off the counter and turn off the kitchen light.

Night has come. Rest awaits you.

Was it a day walked well with the Lord?

Did you talk to Him and rejoice in knowing you are His?

Did you tell Him all your hearts’ desires and trust they are safe in His care?

Did you cast all your worries into His hands, the big and the small and all the in between?

Did you trust Him with that fear that crept into your thoughts uninvited?

Did you acknowledge He is the one who knows what’s best?

At the end of the day when the day is done, was it a day walked well with the Lord?

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8 NKJV

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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

My Sunday evening walk took me past a small lake, calm and blue – reflecting the trees at the edge in still perfection.

My thoughts recalled the message in church that morning which was based on 2 Corinthians 3. Verse 18, the last verse in the chapter is the one my thoughts lingered on.

The thought that like a reflection in glass or a mirror, I can reflect the glory of the Lord – is the result of Christ’s Spirit working in me to make me more like Him.

That it is possible for me to reflect Jesus Christ because He dwells inside of me is a reality almost beyond my comprehension, yet doesn’t make it any less true. But it humbles me.

It should humble every believer and at the same time, it is an indescribable honor and an immeasurable challenge and responsibility. Thankfully, it is His work in us that accomplishes our transformation to make us more like Him, and that work will be accomplished more readily if we are willing vessels.

If we are willing vessels, day by day we will reflect the glory of our Lord.

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“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.”  Psalm 8:3-5

There are days I want to say many things about God and faith, His grace and mercy and other aspects of this mysterious relationship we have with Him. But I can’t find the words that will adequately express what is stirring in my heart. The more I think about the privilege we have in walking in relationship with Him the more perplexed explaining it becomes.

The words are hard to find because who can explain God? Why is He mindful of us? Why does He want a close relationship with us? His Spirit that lives inside of me works in secret ways that no one else can explain. Not the highest scholar. Not the greatest theologian. Even the psalmist David grasps for words as he searches deep unto deep–trying to comprehend what cannot be understood.

By faith we understand this mystery is the treasure given us by our unseen God. As He lives in us day by day He continually works in us to build the relationship He designed mankind to have with Him – going all the way back to the garden of Eden in Genesis 3 with Adam and Eve. For the rest of the Bible our story unfolds as we see God still pursuing us, always pursuing us.

Instead of falling for the lies of the enemy and reaching for the forbidden fruit, let us reach for the Lord. Let us reach for God so we can walk in the garden in relationship with Him. Let’s reach for Him to know Him more. 

Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  “

Psalm 42:7-8 “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life.”

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My scripture calendar deeply convicted me the day I read this powerful verse from 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

I paused with the 365 daily scripture flip calendar still in my hand meditating on the words of this single verse and thought about the work God does to transform me to the image of His Son Jesus.

Oh, I want to be transformed, I want to be more like Jesus.

There are days I can attest to the fact this work is genuinely underway and I know God is working on me and progress is being made on my part.

But today when I read that verse, all I could think was I am so far from the mark of where I should be.

I continue to stumble in areas where I know better, or should know better by now. I am re-learning lessons long learned but I regress.

Will I ever keep my tongue under guard as I should? Why can’t my propensity to form quick and erroneous assumptions just stop?

When will my heart naturally overflow with unconditional love to everyone? Yes, even the ones we find especially hard to love.

I had to stop making this mental list of all my shortcomings and remind myself hope is not lost. God is working on me. That does not mean I will not have battles and struggles, but it does mean that if I offer myself to Him to actively work in my life, I will be changed. I will be transformed from glory to glory. 

Romans 12:1-2  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”

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There is a paved walking trail a few blocks from our house that winds like a ribbon parallel to a creek and the woods along its banks. A large bridge gives passage across the creek and a view of the gurgling rippling water that flows beneath, with shadowy trees rising above the steep rock lined sides of this stream.

During the drought of 2011 I kept checking on the creek. I dreaded the day I would reach the bridge, peer over and find the flow of water had stopped, but it kept flowing all year.

The water did drop to an extremely low level, but there was always some movement, always the faint but soft pleasant singing of water passing under the bridge.

I thought about the Living Water Jesus is for us. I thought about the thirst in our lives that only He can quench. I thought about the satisfaction only He can bring. He is the answer to any drought in our lives and He holds the answer to all our needs.

For every frustration, He comes to me with peace. He loves me and doesn’t want me to stay in an agitated and bothered state. I place the frustration in His hands and my thirst for calm and peace is quenched.

When I am worried, He comes to me with rest and fretting turns to trusting. When I am lonely, He comes to me and promises to never leave me.When I am uncertain, He comes to me with truth and wisdom and opens my eyes to see more clearly.

When I don’t know where to go, He invites me to follow Him and trust where the path leads.

He pours all that He is into my life and my life is filled with Him. Jesus is the spring of living water and river of life that flows through me.

Jesus answered and said to her,

…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  ~ John 4:13-14 (NKJV) 

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Jeremiah 29:13

And you will seek Me and find Me, When you search for Me with all your heart.

My soul ever longs to closer be … My heart seeks to know You more.

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 over comer 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. 

This is a walk of the heart I choose to take each brand new day.

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I may sound like a broken record in saying this. I state this often because I strongly believe it and long for you to also believe and fully experience it.

Our relationship with the Lord is the most important relationship there is.

In this relationship, we will receive benefits we could not imagine. In my own experience, I have found all the love He has to give is mine and I receive it new each morning, quietly alone with Him where I know daily the heart and breath of His love to me.

The joy that puts a bounce in my step just walking from room to room or across the aisle of the grocery store, that is the heart and breath He is to me! When I understand that I am loved by an Almighty God and heavenly Father, it is a natural progression to be filled with joy. How could this not fill me with great joy?

The heart and breath He is to me also comes in the peace He gives me. I don’t have to worry about what I do not know, because I have His peace, which is better than answers. Oh, I definitely start to worry, but I have to stop and remind myself what God’s Word tells me, and I choose to trade worry for His peace.

With His peace, I also gain comfort and strength to take me through the difficult days that life is sure to hold while we walk on this earth.

He fills my heart with all of this and more, and I live and breathe these blessings every day. In the strength of each beat of my heart and every breath I take, I will love the LORD my God. 

Mark 12:30 “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  

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Why is it so hard to surrender and yield to a high and Holy God, who is our Abba Father?

Yield:
To relinquish control to someone or something;
To give something up to someone else;
The opposite of being in control or in charge.

Yes, it’s a hard thing to do; but when it’s done, surrender yields a sweet reward of intimacy with the Lord. The relationship between Father and child becomes knit together in strength, trust, and love. That’s when we learn to trust God’s ways, not ours. That’s how we tune our hearts to an obedient walk and choose to press in close for all He has for us as He leads and guides our lives. We gain much more than we lose when we give our lives in total surrender to our Heavenly Father and Lord.

There lies a constant risk of danger when we live unto ourselves and our own ways, and not unto God and His ways. A life lived unto ourselves becomes a painted target for Satan. Any part of our hearts not surrendered to the Lord is the enemy’s for the taking, and he will most certainly attack those vulnerable places.

That’s why it’s so vitally important to give ourselves completely to our God, submitted and yielded, fully surrendering every part of our hearts into His hands. The attacks still come, but He is our strength and shield when we’re yielded to Him. He is the power that can overcome anything the enemy brings against us—if our hearts are wholly surrendered to Him.

As believers, we are privileged to follow the Lord in our journey. By faith and obedience, and because we love Him and know we are loved by Him, we seek His ways, we draw close, and we keep our eyes on Him. We listen for His voice and we follow where He leads. Our yielded hearts understand that a surrendered life is a life walked hand in hand with the Lord.

Show me Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day. ~Psalm 25:4-5

By Kathy Cheek

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