Joy in Trials

If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they…

Poem: Peace in God’s Omnipresence

I don't know where you are, Nothing of what you're doing, How you are feeling today, If your life has improved. But God does. I can't be there for comfort, Share my concerned heart, Give you encouragement, The care that you deserve. But God can. So I pray for you, Knowing that He hears me,…

Compassion First

"My compassion protects my joy." That was my affirmation for the day. It was a nice thought until I had to deal with a lady I perceived was being rude, and then all compassion and joy went out the door as I vented my frustrations upon this government worker. In my mind, she became the…

Test Your Feelings

Feelings can be misleading. Test them by the truth and find joy from the promise of freedom contained within it. “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John‬ ‭8:31-32‬ Prayer: My God, I know my feelings can be…

Thoughts

Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren,…

Conviction

When all those times of hearing the same thing over and over comes together in one moment of deep emotional belief that you take sudden, intentional action....it's called conviction. Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.  ‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ Prayer: My God, I know what I hear over…

One Big Contradiction

Depression feels like one big contradiction. You want to be happy and motivated yet everything inside you is telling you not to do what you need to succeed.  So what do you do? Find what makes it worth it and go against everything you're feeling for this purpose. It's exhausting to push through, but the…

Grief Into Gratitude

Just because someone is exhibiting abundant joy doesn't mean they have less problems in their life. They've just learned how to turn their grief into gratitude; a skill which takes deliberate, daily cultivation as it doesn't come naturally. “Rejoice always;  pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in…

I Will Do

You have to turn "it's so hard" into "I WILL DO" whatever it takes to work through this, otherwise you will always be held down by adversity.  Now get on your knees and pray, patiently trusting that GOD WILL PROVIDE the way if you seek it by His will. Prayer: My God, I will do…