Pray

Pray before you panic. Pray before you give up. Pray before you turn to anyone else. Those are encouraging words that have traveled through my heart a number of times. Praying is such a powerful tool that we are given by the Lord and we often underestimate it. The enemy puts a lot of negative ideas in our heads about prayer because he knows how effective it is. He knows that prayer connects us to the Lord. He knows that the Lord hears our prayers. He knows that prayer is like a burning fire in his ears and he can’t stand the sounds of praying believers. The enemy is sick and tired of believers who know who they are in Christ and who pray boldly to the God of the impossible. 

Prayer is not what the enemy says it is. It is not a waste of time. It is not in vain. It doesn’t fall on deaf ears. It is not confined to our minds. It doesn’t fall by the wayside. Prayer is power spoken into our lives. Prayer is hearing words of peace, love and encouragement from the Lord. Prayer is making requests that will be taken care of. Prayer is hope in action and faith in translation. Our faith in God is translated into prayer and it is expressed through words of agreement and words of acceptance. When we pray, we agree with God on His promises. When we pray, we accept that God is the way and that He will make a way. Today I am inviting you to pray as often as you can. Pray and don’t stop praying!

I used to panic and lose hope very easily. I used to not give prayer a chance. I would call a friend and share all my misfortune without thinking of the Lord. Things have changed and prayer has become my first resort. There are times when panic attacks and prayer comes second but for the most part, prayer is my default setting. Why? For one thing the Lord tells us to pray all the time. I also find that prayer calms me down. Prayer helps me reach a higher level of hope. Prayer gives me a reason to rejoice. Prayer is a precious moment spent with the Lord and in that precious moment, nothing else matters. When I pray, I start with thanksgiving. 

I don’t give God my requests right away. I give Him praise and then we talk. I say we talk because I do most of the talking at first and then I listen to what He has to say. What He says is comforting and it often sounds like it is coming straight from the Bible. It does and it comes straight from the heart of the Lord. God is the God of peace and when we turn to Him in prayer, He gives us peace. When we give Him the time of day, He changes our day and gives us hope and peace again. It is so easy to lose hope when things are not going well. It is so easy to think that it is all over but if we pray, God reminds us that He has the final say. It is not over so pray!

Pray in all circumstances. Pray when you are in pain and pray when you are happy. Pray when you are lost and pray when you know where you are going. Pray when your friends and family are hurting and pray when everyone around you is at peace. Pray when the enemy is taunting you and pray when you think you have it all under control. Pray when there is no money in the bank and pray when you have more than enough. Every day we have thousands of opportunities to pray and we should use all of them to spend some quality time with Jesus. Prayer is quality time with the Lord or at least it should be. Pray to Jesus and listen to His Spirit. 

Pray in the name of Jesus and you will see things change in your life. Pray with his authority. Pray with hope. Pray with boldness. Pray with the assurance that God always hears you and that He is with you. Pray and make the world around you a better place. Pray and ask the Lord how He can use you to make the world a better place. Pray and submit yourself to the Lord. Pray and sing praises to the Lord. Pray and pray and don’t step away from the Lord. Things will get better. Things will get a lot better. Keep on praying. You are making Heaven collide with earth and God’s glory will save the day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:6; 1 John 5:14

God will make you breathe under water

I like to go deep in prayer in the morning and that’s why I wake up at 5 am. I have about an hour to spend some quality time in the Lord. The other morning when I was praying, the Lord gave me a very interesting visual. I saw myself under water. I was almost at the bottom of the ocean. Now, that was not a great sight because I am not a diver and I am not a great swimmer. In the vision I did have an oxygen tank on my back and the Lord suggested that I spent time meditating on what this meant. The oxygen tank allowed me to be under water and to move around. I looked pretty comfortable which was very interesting because being under water for me would be a chaotic experience and I would panic. I realized that the oxygen tank was a great help. It made me feel like I wasn’t under water and I could move around and do things that I could usually do when I am on the ground. The message was about the oxygen tank. The air I was getting was God. When I am going through tough times, God is the air I need. He helps me breathe under water. He gives me the oxygen that I need. He is the oxygen tank that keeps me safe and that keeps me alive.

I thought about it more and I saw many oxygen tanks. They all seemed to be on my back and they didn’t look heavy at all. As a matter of fact, they were light. The Lord’s yoke is light. What He has to give us is light. His love is light. His peace is light. His promises are light. His blessings are light. His joy is light. God will never give us anything burdensome and heavy. That is what the enemy does. God is there to remove the burdens and the weight of the enemy. Even when we are under water and we are drawing in our problems, God can remove the problems and give us peace. Those oxygen tanks I saw all represented parts of the fruit of the Spirit and they were blessings in the middle of chaos. They were freedom and deliverance. They were God’s ability to make us breathe under water. Our problems can be giants and they can appear to be invincible but the Lord Almighty has the power to tear down our problems and to give us peace and joy when we are swimming with the sharks of the enemy.

God will make you breathe under water, friend. It seems impossible but know that nothing can stop Him from blessing you. Sometimes the rocky waters push you away from the shore and you have to swim aimlessly hoping that you will find a land some time soon. I have been there. I have been in situations where there was no land in sight and my only hope was a small buoy that I was holding on for dear life. That buoy was the hope of the Lord and although it was small at times, it was there and that is all that mattered. There were other times when my mind got carried away and hope diminished. In those times I found myself at the bottom of the sea and breathing was extremely hard. However, God in all His glory has given me oxygen tanks when I least expected them. Joy, peace, love and hope came to my rescue and the Lord orchestrated the whole process. He is good and He is very generous. I don’t know what kind of waters you are facing today but I am here to tell you that God will make you breathe under water and He will bring you to shore. Stay strong. Stay encouraged. There is an oxygen tank coming your way. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3; John 16:33; John 14:27

Keep showing up for God

When I was in deep prayer a few days ago, I heard deep down in my spirit, “Keep showing up. It is important that you show up.” I loved those encouraging words and I proceeded to meditate on them. To show up means to be revealed clearly but it also means to be present. It means to turn up and to be ourselves. That is what the Lord meant. He was telling me to keep being present and to turn up as myself. He was saying that it was important that I show up as the best version of myself. The best version of myself that I know so far. I believe we are always evolving with the Lord and it is good to know where we stand and where we are on the path of our evolution in Christ. I took a few moments to review in my mind how I best show up. 

I took a few minutes to think about what showing up looked like in my everyday life. When I let the Lord be my Lord and my Savior. When I yield to the Holy Spirit. When the words of the Lord are my worlds. When I take a bite of the fruit of the Spirit and I let them shine through me as I am digesting them, I show up. I show up when I am more like Christ than I am like myself. I show up when I let love guide me and I walk in love. I show up when I pray, praise, worship and give thanks. I show up when my spirit is stronger than my flesh. I show up when I keep my eyes on Jesus. I show up when I place others before myself. I show up when the meditation of my heart is all about Jesus. I show up when I am quick to repent and slow to let my ego direct me.

How do you show up for God? How do you let the best version of yourself turn up and glorify the Lord? I am inviting you to answer these questions today and to make it a habit to show up. Showing up for God is putting the flesh to rest and elevating the Spirit of God. When I am tired, I have to make an extra effort to show up. When I am tired, it is easy for the old me to take over and make a mess of things. When I am hungry, I have a hard time showing up for the Lord at times. When I haven’t been in the Word, I can’t always show up as the best version of myself. When I haven’t prayed and I haven’t fed my spirit, showing up for the Lord is difficult. I know what to do to show up and I have to keep doing it no matter what my flesh says and no matter what the world wants me to do. 

Showing up for God implies tuning out the world a lot and being attentive to the Lord’s voice. It means turning off that show sometimes and spending time in prayer. It means waking up a little earlier and spending time in communion with God. We have many weapons so to speak that help us show up for God and we have to use them. That beautiful Bible sitting on the nightstand will do no good unless we open it and we read it. The thought of praying later will do no good until the prayer is actually said. We can show up for God all day and I am glad the Lord assists us with that.

I am becoming more and more sensitive to showing up for God when I am interacting with others. I watch my words. I think about my body language and I am careful not to act in a way that doesn’t give God the glory. We can show up in our day-to-today life by being a vessel of God’s love. We can be patient with others. We can take the time to listen to them and to help them. We can pray for others. We can listen to what the Holy Spirit tells us to do for others and act on it. Showing up for God doesn’t have to be preaching to others with words they are not familiar with. It can be speaking the language of love that will impact their lives and that will touch their hearts. We have the love of Christ in us and we ought to spread it around and to give it freely. That is one of the best ways we can show up for God. His love is so powerful and we are agents of love that can distribute that power free of charge. 

Friend, keep showing up for God even when it doesn’t feel right and it doesn’t seem easy. Easy is not always what we should be after. We should be after the Lord’s heart and sometimes we have to work harder to get the job of love and hope done. Stay in the Lord. Stay prayed up. Raise your hands in an act of praise and show up for the Lord with much love. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Philippians 2:3-8; 2 Corinthians 3;18; 1 Peter 2:21

Leap with God

“He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.”* I was led to this verse in Psalm 29 yesterday when I was in prayer time. I looked it up and I meditated on it. This Psalm was written by David. David talks about the wonders of God and about all the incredible things God can do. He emphasizes the power that is found in the voice of the Lord. The voice of the Lord is over the waters. It is powerful. It strikes and it shakes deserts. What is the connection between Lebanon’s leap and the voice of the Lord? The voice of the Lord is heard and miracles happen. When we hear the voice of the Lord we can take a leap of faith. It is the voice of the Lord in combination with our faith that makes us leap. His voice, His promises and our faith create miracles. Today I want to encourage you to listen to the voice of the Lord, trust His voice and take a leap of faith. Jump into the unknown. Jump into the places where faith will guide you. Jump and trust the Lord.

Can you imagine the nation of Lebanon leaping like a calf? I certainly can’t but if the Lord can make a nation leap, He can certainly make us leap. A leap is a jump forward. It is an ascension. It is more than steps forward. It is like flying for a short distance. A leap is a positive move and it takes us to a higher level even if it is not too high. I have taken leaps of faith that looked scary from a distance but faith removed the fear and I jumped. Some leaps will not feel comfortable and they will not look like a good idea but faith is not based on feelings, emotions and comfort. As a matter of fact, I was telling a friend yesterday that we are rarely  called to do what is easy, fun and comfortable. Faith will often tell us to do what feels uncomfortable, unnatural and inimaginable. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.** Faith and hope work hand in hand. When we have to take that leap, hope is the propelling factor. Hope is what allows us to go above the ground of doubt and to be suspended in the air of the impossible even for just a few seconds. A leap of faith might be short but it can be followed by days or weeks of blessings. Let’s leap with God as we pay attention to His voice.

Why does the voice of God matter when we take a leap of faith? Our faith has to be grounded in something solid, pure, holy and powerful. The voice of the Lord is solid, pure, holy and powerful. Therefore, we can’t go wrong when we base our faith on God’s voice. In order to do that we obviously need to go to God and listen to what He has to say. Spending time in the Word of God is crucial because His voice is loud in His Word. We find His promises in His Word and we can stand on each and every one of them. As we stand on the promises of God, we can look beyond our circumstances and our comfort zone and prepare for the leap. Each word combined with hope will push us in the right direction, in the direction of faith. There are many words in the Bible that you and I can use to take that leap of faith. I pray that you find the words that will take you to a higher level of hope and that will lead you to greater blessings. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 29:6*; Hebrews 11:1**; 2 Corinthians 5:7

10 nuggets of wisdom for your Saturday (Part 241)

Don’t panic! Sit still and praise the Lord. Don’t worry! Sit still and talk to the Lord. Don’t fear! Sit still and thank the Lord. You have nothing to worry about. God works on your behalf when you sit still and trust in Him.

God is always good even when your world is bad. God is always good even when your world is falling apart. God is always good even when the world is rejecting you. God is always good no matter how bad you are. God is always good and nothing can change Him!

Your current problems are not going to last forever. God promised to bless you and to be your Shepherd. He is taking care of you. There is an end to these tribulations. Stay encouraged!

We all have struggles and we all have pain. We all have things that make us stumble and fall but when we have Jesus, we have everything we need. When we have Jesus we have the best remedy, the best cure, the best answers and the best hope. Jesus is our victory!

God knows your value and He sees you as being phenomenal. You are precious and you are unique in His eyes. Love yourself because God loves you the way you are. You are a gem!

Every day we have a choice. We can praise or we can let our day perish. Let’s praise every day. God’s presence will flow into our lives and it will ruin the plans the enemy had for our day!

Let Jesus be the biggest influencer in your life. Not social media, not celebrities. Make Jesus popular in your heart and let Him go viral in your mind!

Let your life be a worship song to Jesus. Sing with your actions. Sing with your deeds. Sing with your heart. Sing with a chorus of thanksgiving and put your song on repeat!

God speaks a very different language than the one we hear in our minds. Let’s learn to decider His language and let’s adopt it as our main language!

There is hope today because Jesus is with you all day. Don’t give up. Hope is not going anywhere but it will take you everywhere!

Suggested reading: Psalm 4:8; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Peter 3:11

Miracle money

I need to share a testimony about something that happened this week. This has been a summer of bills and a summer of stretching myself. I had an unexpected $900 bill for repairs on my AC unit. I also had a few other expenses that took me by surprise. I was a bit down about my finances but the Lord has provided. One thing I am learning is that He is faithful and when He says He will provide for us, He truly does. He is showing me that I have nothing to worry about and I should never doubt His power to provide. It has been a true walk of faith. I got to the point where I felt like I had to count every penny to make sure I had enough money to cover all my bills. I started the summer wondering how I was going to be able to afford everything and the Lord kept telling me during my prayer time that I should not fear. He kept reminding me that I am His and He is taking care of me. It is not easy to believe that when the bills are piling up and your bank account is dwindling. However, faith is a beautiful thing and when we stay strong in faith, God does the impossible. God still performs miracles today and I am getting lessons on that truth. The Lord has put a song in my heart. A song that exalts Him and that deals with my confidence in His ability to provide for me. It is a song of hope and a song of thanksgiving. I sing it when money is present and I sing it when money is scarce. The goal is to never change my tune and to keep singing about His faithfulness.

The Bible says, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”* I take this verse to heart and I declare it over my life. He blesses us, friend, abundantly so that we have all we need. I needed my bills to be paid. I needed money for my everyday needs. He takes care of our needs so we can do His work, so we can do good work for Him. This has been a strong message in my heart for over a year. It’s the message about focusing on God and seeking His kingdom first and everything else will be added unto us. A few days ago during prayer time, I received that message again. It was very encouraging. There was nothing about not worrying. It was all about focusing on Jesus and trusting that He is my provider. I loved that message and I carried it with me all day long. After work I picked up the mail. I saw there was a letter from my mortgage company. I thought “Oh what is it now?” Something in me told me to open the letter because it was important. I wanted to wait until the weekend to open it. To my surprise the letter contained a check. It was a check for over $1500. The letter said that the mortgage company had made a mistake when I refinanced over 2 years ago. Over 2 years ago! I couldn’t believe it. I cried. My reaction was to cry with gratitude and thanksgiving. I just couldn’t believe it.

That miracle money like I like to call it was a wink from Heaven. The Lord was winking and smiling at me. He had orchestrated the whole thing and He was blessing me with something I really needed. I was flabbergasted. God is the God of surprises. I had not seen it coming. All I was declaring was that He was going to provide and I tried my best to embrace that truth. It was a miracle. For me it was a great miracle. I thanked Him most of the evening. I was so touched by His amazing gesture. God does things like that to remind us that He is in control and we have nothing to fear. What should we do with those miracles? They can serve us as reminders and they should be shared so that others can be encouraged. His message still remained that my focus should be on Him and not on His provisions. Money will come when you trust the Lord. Miracle money will show up in your mailbox when you trust the Lord. I hope you were encouraged by this testimony. Don’t lose hope. God is the God of miracles and He will not let you down. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 13:5; 2 Corinthians 9:8*; 2 Peter 1:3

The God of all comfort

I love how Paul calls the Lord, “The God of all comfort.”Just hearing that description comforts me. Just knowing that God is the God of all comfort makes me feel better and gives me hope. We all need comfort. We all need to get over despair and discouragement and the comfort that comes from the Lord is extremely powerful. It can overtake any hopelessness and despondency. I have found myself in the middle of a spiritual drought where nothing seemed to get me going and get me excited. I have traveled through those arid areas with no hope in my heart and with doubt in mind. It is in those troubled times that the comfort of the Lord is important. It is in those times that God’s reassurance makes a big difference. I can’t spend a day without the God of all comfort. He has all the comfort the whole world needs. There is enough comfort for you, for me and for everyone in the world. Know that the God of all comfort never changes and He has open arms waiting for you.

Receiving a hug from the Lord is a breathtaking experience and I believe it does happen. I believe that He is eager to give us a hug and to tell us that everything is going to be alright. His comfort is a hug from Heaven that takes on many forms. The hugs from Heaven will refresh you and revive you. They are powerful embraces from God that give us the strength to continue. Today, dear friend, you can receive comfort from the Lord. Today you can be hugged from Heaven and you can get the hope that will take you to a better path. A path where you know that things are going to be more than fine. God is ready to comfort you and to give you joy and peace again. Say a prayer. Pray to Him and accept His love. Say a prayer and ask for help. Say a prayer and you will get a lot of peace. He will touch your heart and He will increase the light of hope in your spirit. Comfort is coming and it will stay with you. Hold on to Jesus. Hold on to His comfort. Take the time to be in His presence and to hug Him back.

I love hugging the Lord back. The God of all comfort deserves a hug back from us. That hug is a “thank You.” It is recognition of His goodness. It is a song of thanksgiving coming straight from the heart. It is holding Him tight and not letting go. It is our trust. It is our faith. I appreciate His comfort. I am honored to have His comfort. I am blessed and I am grateful for it. Friend, that amazing comfort is in your heart. The Holy Spirit is the provider of all comfort and He loves giving it over and over again. Receive it. Be open to it. It is real and it is for you. Thank the Lord for being the God of all comfort. He will wipe your tears and He will make you smile again. He is so good and He is so caring. The God of all comfort is around you and in you. Peace is part of His comfort and it is going to bless you. The God of all comfort comforts us in all things. Nothing can overcome His comfort. Your worst situation can’t stand in the way of His loving comfort. He can comfort you in all your troubles so you can comfort others. Remember that our God gives so we can give to others. He is a generous God whose comfort can touch many people. Be a vessel of comfort today! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3

God will change you

God will change you. Give Him a chance and He will change you. He will change the desires of your heart and He will change the structure of your mind. He will renew your mind and help you build a character that can face anything in life. He wants you to be strong in your faith and to be strong against fear. He is not leaving you to your own demise hoping that you will figure it out on your own. He is there to make the changes in you and all He asks is that you follow Him, you listen to Him and that you trust Him wholeheartedly. I have found that God has many opportunities to change me, to mold me and to make me into the person He wants me to be.

 I believe there is a design, a blueprint of how God made me and I can fit into that print when I let go of my ego and I give God the green light to make the changes in me. When I got saved, something changed on the inside. I gained a new life and a new spirit but my mind remained the same. At first I thought that my mind became this metal of hope that nothing could bend. That was quickly erased when I faced my first problems after being saved. I realized that my mind was still subject to worry and fear and overthinking was still very present. God has been teaching me how to embrace His new life and His mind.

 

Today I am here to tell you that God can change you for the better and He will when you yield to His Spirit. His love is so big that it will bless you and transform you so you will become a person of faith that is afraid of nothing. That is one of our goals in life or at least I think it should be. Becoming a fearless person of faith and trusting the Lord in all circumstances. I have wanted my circumstances to change so many times but God had a different plan. He wanted to change my thinking, change my perspective and change the way I reacted to what was happening to me. 

God is much more interested in our hearts and in our minds. He would love for us to share His mind and see the world through His eyes. Imagine looking at life with a fresh perspective and with eyes of faith that don’t let in any fear. That can happen. God can do that for you. The change comes when we renounce ourselves and we embrace God’s transformation plan. It takes dedication and trust on our part. Spending time in prayer is a very powerful habit. It doesn’t only take care of our requests and needs; it changes us on the inside. There is impartation taking place when we pray. The more you pray and the more you change.

Why does prayer have such a strong effect on us? Prayer is communion with the Lord. It is acknowledging His presence, His authority and His love. We can’t be in His presence without being changed. When we pray and have worship and praise time, we change. I am the first one to testify to that. There is tremendous power in communion with Jesus through prayer, praise and worship. The thing is that we have to be consistent and to dedicate time to communion every day. We have to get to the point where we get a lot of the Lord in us and the world can’t drown us with its fear, its negative circumstances and its problems. The more Jesus we get in us, the less fear we will have. 

The more communion time we have and the less we will think like the world. Add Bible study to your communion time and your mind will get renewed in no time. Take the steps to being changed by the Lord. Do your part and He will surely do His. Change will come. His sweet and loving power will touch you on the inside and it will infiltrate your mind. Let His words become your words. Let His faith wrap you around and strengthen you. God will change you and you will see a difference. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 12:2;  2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:6

God’s grace for you

I have been thinking a lot about what the Lord has done in my life. There are so many amazing things that He has done that I can’t explain. Miracles and breakthroughs. There are blessings that I feel so undeserving of and yet God poured them into my life. There are situations and circumstances that came undone because God intervened and He changed the course of time. I can’t take credit for any of them and I can’t say that I did anything special to merit them. It is all God’s grace. God’s grace is real and it is for today. It is mighty and it is something that we are blessed to have. His grace is sufficient like the Bible says. His grace is unparalleled and it can’t be matched. It is His grace that God us where we are now. It is His grace that caused Him to send His Son for us. God’s grace is to be acknowledged every time. How can you explain your blessings if not for His grace?

As you probably know, I thank the Lord every day. I thank Him for many things and for just being God. I am learning that I ought to thank Him for His grace more and more. His grace is such an incredible gift to humanity. What is grace? Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. God’s favor is a mountain of blessings that stands in the middle of our lives and that can’t be moved. When God decides to bless us and to give us His favor, no one can shake that mountain. I see it as a mountain because it is huge and imposing. It imposes on the traps of the devil and it derails the enemy. God’s grace walks over the power of the enemy and it touches our lives with a kind and powerful gesture of the Lord. The beautiful reality is that God’s grace is for you, friend. His grace will stand in the way of what is trying to get in the way. No one and nothing can remove God’s grace from your life. There are unmerited blessings coming. There are inexplicable breakthroughs waiting to happen. There are unchained miracles in the pipeline. God’s grace is enough and it blesses you more than you can imagine.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”* The throne of grace! I love that. God is sitting on the throne of grace and He orders His grace to be given to us. He sends His grace from Heaven and it is with us. We can boldly approach Him. The word “boldly” denotes an effort on our part. An effort that is laced in confidence and in trust. When we pray to the Lord, we should do it boldly knowing that there is enough grace for us, knowing that He will answer our prayers. We will receive mercy and grace in our time of need. If you are going through a time of need today, go to the Lord and expect His grace to be sufficient for you. Expect Him to hear you and to bless you. His grace is bigger than the hurdles of the enemy. His grace is bigger than the trials and tribulations you are facing right now. Because of His great love, God has you where you are now and He is holding you in the palm of His hand. He is going to bless you again. His grace is there for you, friend. Stay strong and stay encouraged! God’s grace is enough for you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 2:4-5; 1 Peter 5:10

What do you have for me today, Lord?

Every morning after my praise and worship time, I ask the Lord, “What do you have for me today, Lord?” I ask Him what I need to hear and I listen. I have been doing this for a while now and I don’t have to ask out loud. My disposition speaks for itself. I sit in silence and I wait on the Lord. I sit in silence and I expect to hear Him. I sit in silence and He talks and talks. Sometimes I am more receptive than other times. Sometimes He speaks right from the start of my worship time. It is different almost every day but I always position myself to hear what He has for me that day. His mercies are new every morning and He has something to say every single day of our lives. Our God is not a silent God. Our God is not an observer who is not involved. He is active and He cares. I am inviting you today to ask the Lord what He has for you. Make it a habit to wait on the Lord and to listen. Make it a habit to expect to hear from Him all the time. Talk to Him, pray to Him but listen as well. The listening part is often more important.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”* When you wait for someone, you expect them to show up and to interact with you in some shape or form. When you wait on the Lord in the morning, you can have the assurance that He will show up and He will interact with you. Add that to your catalog of expectations. Add that to your daily routine and let it become part of your life. God has so much to tell you. He has a lot to impart and He needs your attention. When I listen to the Lord, I quiet my soul for a few minutes and I focus on Him. It works best for me first thing in the morning. That is why I do it then but I also do it early because what He has to tell me will help for that day. What He has to share will impact my day in a powerful way. He shows up with so much love and so much hope. His words are full of life and full of encouragement. I have never had quiet time with the Lord without being touched and without being encouraged. When I wait for Him to inspire me in the morning, I tell myself like David did, that I will see the goodness of the Lord. His goodness is here now and it is also reflected in the fact that He talks to us.

Early in the morning, the Lord gives me courage for the day. He not only tells me how much He loves me but He also says that I have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. These very inspiring words became part of my morning interaction with the Lord in a great way about 4 years ago. Now, when I hear those words in my spirit I know that something is coming and it is usually not the best case scenario but I have nothing to worry about. It is so amazing how the Lord’s warning is always on point and it is extremely helpful. I strongly encourage you to listen to the Lord in the morning. He will talk to you through Bible verses and He will use the words you need to hear. Practice silence and practice expectancy. He is a caring Lord and He will interact with you. Listen and you will learn a lot. He will tell you that on that very day He will stand by your side. He will say that you should enjoy the day with Him and that He should be the focus of your attention. He will rejoice over you and bring you to tears of joy. He will speak peace into you and joy. He will smile and you will hear the echoes of His bright smile. You will hear the color of His love and you will hear the beat of His mind that is full of faith and full of the impossible made possible. You will hear love and you will hear victory. God has so much for you so ask Him what He has for you every day. He will always send you into the day with love for others. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Exodus 14:14; Psalm 27:14*; Romans 12:12