Which proceeds with resolve, to abide to dwell, to meditate day and night in the Lord’s statutes in the manner of Christ Jesus.
Well-watered with roots that grow deep, and in due season springs up, flourishing, giving life to all who believe in Him ― The True Vine!
Forbearing and with living intention in proper time yields a harvest.
Holding fast to the profession of faith in Jesus and in His Holy Word, hearts become transformed.
For whosoever continually drinks of His Living Waters will not dry up, nor fade away but so shall succeed in increase.
― Inspired by Psalm 1:1-3 KJV
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; And in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth his fruit in his season; His leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he does shall prosper.”
Prayer For Today:
Lord, please help us to remain deeply rooted in unwavering and steadfast love for you, bearing fruit in each due season, and immovable when faced with adversity and those things that may dare to test our faith. Grant us favor, all the blessings and prosperity you have for us in the future. Help us, Lord, to remain focused on You, the giver of all spiritual increase. May we remain planted by Your Rivers of Living Water. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Lord, there is nothing like Your presence. When my heart is wearied, burdened, sorrowful, broken, or bruised, I can boldly come and sit confidently in your presence.
I know you hear the cries of your children. I know you care and want the very best for each of us. It is You that gives us strength when faced with adversity and it is You who sustains us.
I am comforted by your Word that tells me that I will not be forgotten or forsaken. My heart finds its rest in You, Lord.
I never have to worry when the pressures of this life get too heavy or when apprehension rushes at me like a tidal wave everywhere I turn, You are my hiding place. You stand by my side and grant me quietness of mind, calm, and peace as I run into Your conforming arms.
When fear is crippling and even in my wandering I can be rest assured that everything will be alright because we know that all things work together for good to them that love You, Lord, and to them who are called according to Your divine purpose.
I know with You, I can face whatever may come my way. You are my joy. You are my strength. My sustaining power. My Rock and my refuge. My fortress and My high tower. You are the keeper of my heart. Nothing will ever compare to Your loving embrace.
Thank You, Lord, for enfolding me in Your love and powerful presence. My life is made whole and complete in You. I am forever thankful for your mercy and for your grace.
Sometimes life isn’t always kind. And I am certainly a-witness to that. So often times it’s a test of faith And I can with all honesty say that I haven’t always past the test. More often than not I fail miserably.
But God doesn’t expect us to always get it right. But He does expect us trust Him And to use the trails we face As a way to learn and grow. To become more dependent on Him And not ourselves. Easier said than done, right!
He is the strength we need That will get us through the circumstances of this life. We cannot run this race alone. We need God! I know I desperately do!
He is our rock. Our shelter from the storms. He is the one to run to when the waves get too turbulent to withstand. He is the one who will hold us up and keeps us from drowning.
If I have learned anything by trying to do things in my own strength, It is that I will always fail…Undoubtedly!
God will and has always been the power, The strength and the defense to our problems. We just need to learn to rely on Him.
Because I can tell you from experience… Without God in the midst of our situations We will most assuredly drown.
Hardships are inevitably a part of life, But with Jesus as our anchor We can withstand any storm.
Simply put, our anchor is Jesus Christ. He is our only salvation from sin — the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19) that holds firm, especially when the storms of life threaten and when the enemy’s temptations blow hard against us.
“I B E L I E V E that there is no other way of life that makes a difference apart from C H R I S T.”
— Tina Unsell Seamon
Words can’t really express my love for Jesus, but if I were to list my affections for Him I would tell you that He is my heart, my everything and His spirit lives within me. He is all I want. I cannot imagine living my life without Him. I am uniquely made by God and I want to mirror His reflection to the world. I believe that there is no other way of life that makes a difference apart from Him. He is my every breath of Life, my reason which I live. His love is so overwhelming and all consuming. He empowers my every weakness with the strength He has to give. He is the love I never knew of, He’s the friend I never had. He calms me with his peace when I lose control and He brings joy when I am sad. He restores my soul. He’s the twinkle dancing in my eyes. He’s the smile upon my face. He’s my motive and my sole inspiration and the spark that ignites my fire. He’s my only hearts desire. He’s my rock and my fortress whom I trust. He’s my hope and my salvation. He’s my savior- JESUS CHRIST!! ♡
God in my waking – Walk with me daily, Lord God in my sleeping – Be Thou beside me as I rest. God in the center – In all that I say and do. Take my life – I give it freely to You. It is Yours – My life is not my own. I am the clay – As is with all of humanity. And You are the potter – Our Divine Potter. Make Me – After Thy own will. Mold Me – Shape me inwardly. Transform Me – Spiritually fashion me into a vessel fit for Your use. My Lord and King – Ruler and Master of all creation. I give you everything – I offer my body, mind, soul and spirit to You. I surrender it all – Not my will, but Thy will be done. Use Me – As Your Chosen Vessel. Fill Me – Holy Spirit have your way in me! Guide Me – Consciously surrendering my free will to Thy will. Everything I am – All that I am! And all that I hope to be – In Christ Jesus. I give my life… To the potters hands.
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the Work of Your Hand. (In this Passage is the gist of the great Salvation Message of Christianity. Only God can change the shape of the clay, thereby molding the vessel into shape and design that is desired, thereby mending the flaws and weaknesses.) – Isaiah 64:8
Click Here: Expositor Notes taken from -JSM Expositor’s Study Bible – KJV
What is love? Do you know it? That word is tossed around these days so leisurely. There are all kinds of definitions for “LOVE”, but what does it mean to you?
Is it the kind of love that means you never have to say you’re sorry.
Is it love that makes you feel joy. The kind that when you awake in the morning you feel alive inside.
Is it romantic love, that leaves you breathless.
Is is putting another’s wants and needs before your own.
Is the kind of love that says that you are enough.
Is it love that is, Patient Kind Does not Envy Does not Boast Is not Proud Does not Dishonor Others Is not Self-Seeking Is not Easily Angered Keeps No Records of Wrongs Does Not Delight in Evil But Rejoices in the Truth Always Protects Always Trust Always Hopes And Always Preserves (1 Cor 13:4-8)
All of these are beautiful examples or expressions of love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 is one of my favorite verses and so beautifully sums up what I believe a marriage should be, between a man and a woman.
However what does the word “LOVE”, really look like…The Ultimate Example of Love..
Is it the sacrificial kind of love that over 2000 years ago hung, bled, and died on a cross so that you and I might have eternal salvation with our Father in Heaven.
I believe that is what “LOVE”, really and truly looks like!
There is no greater love, than the love demonstrated by our Lord and Savior-Jesus Christ, that fateful day on Calvary Hill. (John 15:13)
What is love to you?
If you are feeling unloved today. Like you have no one in this entire world who cares for you. Family and Friends all but have abandoned you…
Remember this… YOU ARE LOVED! And you are not alone. Jesus loves you. He loved you enough to die for you and He loves you enough even still today, tomorrow and for all eternity. His love is everlasting.
Don’t place your value and worth into the heart of man, but know that your worth comes from the heart of God Almighty Himself. He says that you are worthy. He says that you are of value. He says that your life has a purpose. He will never leave or forsake you. He promises with Him you will never walk alone. He’s right beside you, every step of the way. He cares for you. You can trust Him!
GOD IS = “LOVE”
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8 KJV
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 KJV
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 KJV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 KJV
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 KJV
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Ephesians 2:4 KJV
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 KJV
On, April 19, 2013, a couple years after I was saved, I wrote the following…
I was a new Christian and still trying to find my calling and purpose in this life. Even still today, I surrender daily to His leading as He continually guides me along the path He has set before me.
I share this with you in the hopes that it will reveal just a small piece of my heart, while traveling along my own personal journey. This is not intended for anyone other than myself and my personal growth and testimony. However, I am sharing it by my own choosing, along with an sincere and heartfelt prayer that it might be a blessing to you in your own walk and journey with the Lord.
Those close to me say that I have changed. My desires and wants are more clearly defined. I expect more and I want more. What’s wrong with that? Less is no longer good enough. Everything from my relationships to my walk with the Lord. I may not deserve more, but it is okay to want more! Isn’t it? I know that God wants to lavish His love upon me and give me desires of my heart. I want to be inspired. To inspire someone. For my life to have meaning. To give meaning to someone else’s life. Some have said that this is just a midlife crisis! To me – it is more like a midlife awakening. An awakening of my mind, soul and spirit. I want to mean something to someone. To make a difference in others lives. To say that I was here. I don’t want to leave this earth with regrets and things left undone. Words left unspoken. I want to know that I had a purpose. That I fulfilled the purpose and calling that God has ordained for my life. To know that I touched someone’s life in a positive way. I want to know that my feelings and thoughts and words were recognized, understood and validated. I want to love without bitterness, resentment and anger. I want to be loved for who I am. I want to love others for who they are. I want to feel like I am good enough. To make someone else feel that they are good enough. To share with others Christ love for them. My heart longs to be a stepping stone for others. To be a valued friend who supports and encourages others in their journey called life. More importantly, my heart longs to lead others to salvation. I want to be used by God. To tell others about Jesus and His love poured out and demonstrated on Calvary’s cross. Only God truly knows my heart and He is speaking to my heart, soul and spirit. I have always known that God was there. He has always been there, but I feel overcome by his presence. The more I seek Him, the more I find Him. His love is overwhelming me. I pray that He will continue to lead and guide me. My hope is that I can accomplish all that He expects of me in this life. As long as I know God is for me, it doesn’t matter who is against me. He is restoring, molding and making me whole. Lord God, thank you for loving me and making me a new creation in your son, Christ Jesus. Your, beloved daughter.
GOD surely listens, understands and knows the hopes and fears you keep in your heart. For when you trust him, Miracles happen.
Sometimes I think too much… I tend to let my mind ponder on things far longer than I should. Some might say that’s a good thing, I personally believe that in my own experiences it always isn’t. If you are like me you sometimes struggle to find just the right words to express exactly what is in your heart and mind. Often more times than not, worried that your words may be misunderstood. Call it fear, fear of what others might think, fear of being judged. Call it insecurities, that feeling of uncertainty in the pit of your stomach. Call it anxiety about oneself, having a lack of confidence. Call it self-doubt, being plagued by negative thoughts. Call it what you wish. In some form or fashion we have all experienced these feelings. I have come to realize in my own journey, that when we aren’t truly free to be who we are and authentically express our thoughts and feelings, we aren’t being true to ourselves or to others or to God.
And I believe that God is calling us to step out in faith and to free ourselves from such bondages! He is calling us to break free of those chains and the things that keep our hearts and minds captive! Make a declaration today, as I have, to no longer be bound to the enslavement of such persecuting thoughts.
Take that first step and share your heart with others without the fear of condemnation.
It’s not always easy, and it often comes down to a choice: • Choosing not to allow fear and anxiety to control your life. • Choosing not to seek the approval of others. Ask yourself, am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? (Galatians 1:10) • Choosing to focus your mind on what is truth in the midst of uncertainty. In Luke 24:38; Jesus said, “Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?” Being troubled by fear, doubt, discouragement and even despair, robs us of peace. • Choosing to stand firm in unwavering faith and on the promises of God’s Word.
We should take these questions to heart. It is God in whom we aim to please. God knows the hopes and fears that you keep in your heart and He surely listens and understands. One of my favorite verses is, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
We might still feel afraid, but we can believe that God is with us. We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future, but we can know the God who does.
Allow His mercy and grace to fill your heart and mind with His peace. Walk in confidence knowing that their is nothing that you might do that would cause Him to love you any less.
Allow Him to lead and guide you and He will make your paths straight. Oh what marvelous Miracles and Wonders will abound when we trust Him and allow His presence, love and grace to dwell in our hearts and minds!
All of that stuff plaguing your mind? Give it to Him – again and again. Replace those fearful thoughts with His words of truth. He knows what concerns you, He’s got you covered. May all your fears find rest in Him.
“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” ~Psalms 139:1-2
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” ~Psalm 118:6-7
I wanted to share a little of my heart with you. This was written for myself as a way to express my thoughts on how I hope the Lord sees MY heart. Because Only HE KNOWS MY TRUE HEART! And He knows yours! May you be blessed! ♡
I SEE YOU
I see you
I feel your heart
I feel your pain
I have held your tears in the palm of my hand.
I see you
I know when you are happy
I know when your soul is weary
I see you
I am there in the midst of your storm. When life seems unbearable.
I feel your sorrows
I see your sadness
I see you
I feel your tears
I know what it is like for you to live inside your heart and mind.
I see you do it everyday
I see you
I see your love for others
I feel your compassion
I see you go about your days, leading the hurting and the lost to Me.
Even in the midst of your own struggles I see you inspire and encourage others not to give up hope.
I see you pour out your heart and love to those around you.
I see you
I also see that many days you feel like a weary warrior, too tired to fight.
I see when you have exhausted your faith and lost your compassion for My people.
I see you
I long to give you the keys to be free from the things that bind you and see you break through to a blessed life in Me.
I see your heart and I know that you know that I’m the way. I know that you know that I’m your freedom.
I have heard your prayers, and I see that your faith is completed by the work of My Holy Spirit living in you. I see that you have chosen to live the rest of your days in my truth.
I see you
Today I want to paint an eternal picture for my beloved daughter.
Every time you pray for someone, you are changing their destiny from darkness to light.
You are more than a light in the darkness. Your faith will continue to be a raging fire that will burn into the hearts of many generations who follow your works left on earth.
When I think about all that I have been through.. All the pain, all the heartache, and all the suffering.. Nights of tear soaked pillows.. All the mistakes I have made.. And will make.. Feeling like a failure.. In everything… Never quite measuring up.. Defeat etched into my mind.. Self worth all but diminished.. Feeling abandoned.. Unloved..
I am comforted by the assurance that…Through it all.. God was there..
Even now… I have immense battles that I am desperately trying to conquer.. Enormous struggles that no one knows about.. Trying hard not to be what everyone else wants me to be.. But, to just…be me.. Longing for the wisdom.. And for strength to make wise decisions.. Reaching, but never quite grasping what I was created to be.. Wanting desperately to be freed from the toxic relationships that bind me..
Through it all… Even Still… God is there…Seeing my through..
Though my life isn’t what I had hoped it would be.. I have never given up.. I will never give up.. Taking each day as a lesson.. Watching, waiting, trusting, seeking and learning all that God is teaching me along this journey.. Holding nothing back and laying it all at His feet.. Letting go.. Allowing Him to teach me.. To lead me.. To guide me.. Filling me with His wisdom.. His strength.. His courage.. Helping me to face each day anew.. Loving me as His precious child.. Renewing my mind, soul and spirit with His Truth.. Instilling in me a new found confidence to rise above the challenges and the struggles.. To claim victory over my life..
He has given me the life-giving keys that I need to free me from the things that keep me bound.. The keys are hidden in His Word (the Bible) empowered by prayer, and completed by the work of His Holy Spirit living in me.. Giving me a new found freedom and a hope so that I may share it with others.. Not only so that I may find my own way, but in the hopes that others might find theirs.. He has called me out of the darkness.. To be a bright and shining light for and to others..
I find peace and rest in knowing that through it all He was there.. Is there, still.. In the midst of it all.. My rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower (Psalms 18:2 ).. My ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).. He fights for me..continuously..
Never once have I ever been alone.. Even at times when I felt alone.. He was there.. Comforting me with His love and presence..
He is here…Even Now.. Speaking to my heart.. When I silently listen.. In stillness I hear… He says softly that I am worthy.. I am loved.. I am cherished.. I am valued.. I am forgiven.. I am redeemed.. And I am His.. And He is mine..
God has promised that He will never leave or forsake His children.. Knowing the Omnipresence of God, He is everywhere and He comes to us wherever and whenever we call on Him..
“I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.” ~ Psalms 17:6 KJV
Words can’t adequately express just how eternally grateful I am for His love, mercy and grace..
Thank you, Lord…for loving me so.. And for making me your child.. I choose to walk the rest of my days in Your truth.. Knowing that through it all… You are there.. Walking beside me. Your, beloved daughter.