Your hiding place

Who can take care of you better than the Lord? No one. He is holding you in the palm of His hand and He is surrounding you. You are in great hands and you are protected. The enemy will do his best to get in there and disrupt what you have going on. Don’t give him the pleasure to see you stumble. It is ok if you do. Just remember that you are being cared for by the creator of the universe. Every time the opposition comes against you, look around you and focus on the Lord who is holding you. The Lord is your hiding place. Stay in Him. Keep finding rest in Him. I love having a hiding place. In the Lord I can hide from the turmoil of the Lord and be in peace even when the storms are raging. I am getting used to the Lord being my refuge and I understand it is important to have faith in our refuge. 

A refuge is a protection from anything harmful. A refuge keeps you safe. A refuge provides the shelter you need. A refuge is a place of comfort. It is a place where you can sleep and not worry. Do not worry about anything. Sleep in the arms of the Lord and enjoy your hiding place. In that place of bliss and joy, you will find all that you need. God has all the blessings you need in one place. His place is amazing and it will always give you everything you need. Make the Lord the delight of your life. Rejoice over Him and be at home in His hiding place. You have nothing to fear!

“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7). You are just like David in this Psalm, friend. God is your hiding place and He preserves you from trouble. Speak that truth over your life. Sing it to the Lord. Sing it your wandering mind. Sing it against the enemy. You are covered by the Lord and nothing can harm you. The enemy will sing songs of fear and distress but you have songs of deliverance all around you. The enemy is talking captivity but the Lord is singing deliverance. You are highly blessed. You have a hiding place that will never fail to protect you.

You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your Word” (Psalm 119:114). Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible. It is not clear who wrote it. It is a beautiful Psalm with a lot of encouragement and the author recognizes that God is his/her hiding place and shield. A shield provides protection. That is what the Lord does. His protection is available 24/7. If you are going through a dark valley today, I am here to tell you that your hiding place is with you. He is your shield and He is giving you the protection you need. Hang in there and wait for His Word. His Word will always give you peace and freedom.

“Deliver me o Lord, from my enemies, I take refuge in You” (Psalm 143:9). The devil is our enemy and his agents are our enemies as well. His agents can take on many forms such as the form of negative thoughts, disease, fear, hurt, pain, confusion and many other ones. They can look intimidating but we believers don’t walk by sight. We walk by faith and we won’t let our enemies get the best of us. Our refuge, the Lord, our hiding place will make sure that our enemies are always defeated when we stay in faith. You are blessed, friend and you are protected. Don’t be afraid of anything but in all things stay inside your hiding place where peace reigns. The Lord is with you and He will continue to shield you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you.

Suggested reading: Psalm 31:20; Isaiah 32:2; Proverbs 18:10

Come what may

Come what may, God will still be God and your blessings are still accounted for. There is nothing that can happen to you that will change the way God cares about you and watches over you. No matter what comes against you, God will still be almighty and all-powerful. The way David describes God in the book of Psalms is an accurate representation of who your God is. The way Jesus talks about the Father is still relevant today. The way Jesus is in the Bible is still a depiction of the real Jesus. Your problems today might seem very real and very difficult but the Lord your God is faithful and He is not changing His Word. The Bible is not going to change because of what’s happening to you. God is not a liar. Your situation is going to change because of your God. Today I want you to stay strong and to keep going. Your God is not going to let you down. You are not going to drown. You are not under an ocean of problems right now. You might be in the middle of that ocean but you are floating and the Lord is taking you back to shore. Keep your eyes on the anchor of your life. Keep your eyes on Jesus your Savior. He hasn’t said His final word. Defeat is not in the books. You are going to get your victory in Jesus’ name. Come what may, the best is yet to come!

God has mountains of blessings for you. They are going to collide with your trials and tribulations and when there is a heavenly collision like that, you know who wins. God always wins. His blessings are going to overtake your difficulties. Stand on the promise that better things are coming your way even though things are bad right now. I, just like anyone else know what bad looks like. Bad can be extremely bad. I know that it is possible to get to the point of no return and to completely give up. However, with the Lord, you will come back from that point. Your worst predicament is no match to your God. Jesus doesn’t know what impossible means. Nothing can stop Him. Think about it. Even death couldn’t stop Him. The one thing that seems final couldn’t stop the Lord so your situation can’t get in the way of His blessings. It may not look like good days are coming but you have to trust that God can make things good out of nothing. Where there is nothing good, God can create blessings that will overwhelm you and leave you praying and praising on your knees. Come what may, God is not giving up on you and He is still fighting your battles!

Come what may, the Lord is still walking on water. He is still performing miracles and He is still calming the storms. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Meditate on that truth. Let it become a revelation in your heart and let it renew your mind. God is standing by your side as we speak and He is removing hurdles and obstacles. When things get hard, pray harder. Praise louder. Worship more. Express your faith even more. Speak about the goodness of the Lord and thank Him for His blessings. Don’t get stuck in mental torture. Free your mind by reminding yourself of the power of the Lord and of His amazing grace. Remember that there is nothing you will ever face that the Lord can’t deal with. He dealt with the world, the entire world and with every bad situation that will ever occur. He has done a perfect job, He can’t be wrong and He can’t fail. You are going to make it, friend. Come what may, God is with you and He will bless you. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17

Jesus over everything

The other day I woke up feeling a bit lousy. I had what felt like an ear infection even though the doctor said I didn’t have one. It was a combination of allergies and blockage of sinuses. I had not slept well the night before and my mind was telling me it was going to be a rough day. It was 5 am, my usual wake-up time and I started to dread the day because of the thoughts that were bouncing around in my head. I refused to subject myself to that negativity. It took a stand. I said No out loud. I decided to rise above the situation knowing that Jesus was above my situation so I sided with Jesus. I used that first hour of my day to “inject” Jesus into my thinking. I chose to join Him and be joyful for that moment instead of sliding into despair. I didn’t feel good but I knew my feelings didn’t matter. Jesus mattered and He was going to get me through the day. I applied Jesus over everything. I lifted Him up above everything.

I declared the goodness of the Lord in my life. When negative thoughts attack you, you need to attack them with God’s Word. I quoted scriptures and I quoted whatever the Lord was putting on my heart. I turned the whole thing into a praise session with great words of affirmation. I wasn’t going to let the opposition win against me that early. When it begins that early, your day is usually destined to be very difficult. Fight the good fight of faith first thing in the morning, friend. How you start your day, what you think first thing in the morning and your early morning attitude are key. I put Jesus on top of all the evil the enemy wanted to do to me that day. It was Jesus over everything for me and that is how I set up my day. Set up your day with Jesus in the framework of your day. Be determined to hold on to Him all day. He is with you all the time. Recognize that. Celebrate that. Don’t let the “morning sickness” get in the way. Let Jesus get in the way of everything that is negative. 

Did I feel better right away? I didn’t but I was able to see that my spirit was getting stronger and when your spirit is strong, you are halfway there. The other half is  for you to persevere and to maintain that positive attitude. The Lord will help you. Give Him what you have and He will meet you halfway. I stuck to my guns by speaking Jesus over every thought. I knew that it was important for me to remember that He has authority over everything. He can do all things and He helps us in all things. “Jesus over everything” was my motto for that day. It truly is a lifestyle and a habit we ought to develop. He reigns. He is omnipotent. He is almighty. No weapon formed against you shall conquer when you have Jesus. Use His name against the enemy. Use His name against the fear and the pain. Use His name against the bad feelings and the emotions. Be relentless. Let it be Jesus all day. He will carry you. He will bless you. He will make you a blessing to others. He will get you through anything. He will give you peace through anything. He will help you get up in the morning and you will have the best day with Him. Let it all be about Jesus and He will walk with you all day long. Nothing will harm you and nothing will win against you. You can do this, friend. Greater is the Lord that is in you than the devil that is against you. Keep your hopes up! Jesus over everything! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Romans 8:31; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 4:16

The God of encouragement

I love that God is so encouraging. I couldn’t get through the day without His daily encouragement. What I do is load up on encouragement first thing in the morning. I start every day in prayer and part of my prayer time is meditative. I just sit still and wait. I wait on the Lord and enjoy His presence. For some reason, 5 am is the best time for me to be in prayer and to receive messages of encouragement and wisdom. There are days when I get waves of hope and I ride them high and proud. There are days when all I can think of during that prayer time is Jesus. My mind gets saturated with Him and I am extremely focused on Him. There are other times when I can’t say a word because His words flow so fast and they are filled with encouragement.He gets my undivided attention. What I hear the most in the morning is, “Do not worry and do not fear.” The Lord is so encouraging and His words hit me like a brick from Heaven. He makes me so joyful. He knows what to say and how to say it. He knows what I need to hear. He knows what to come and most of the time His words are about events to come. I keep them in my heart and I get ready to use them when needed. The truth is I need God’s encouragement all the time. I know that you do too, friend. Find a way to hear from God. Find out what your “5 am” looks like. Put yourself in a position to receive God’s encouragement.

I have been spending more time reading my Bible in the evening. I go from chapter to chapter and I pause to let the knowledge sink in. I also take time to pray when I am reading. I pray before I start reading and when I am reading. The Holy Spirit can reveal a lot to us when we rely on His guidance and His interpretation. A lot of what comes out of my Bible time is encouragement. My Bible is my preferred source of encouragement after the Holy Spirit. They both work together. The Lord is His Word and when we communicate with the Holy Spirit, He tells us what we ought to know and He points out lessons, suggestions, recommendations and nuggets of wisdom. I get so excited when I dive into the Word of God after charging my spirit with the hope of the Holy Spirit working in me. Praying to Him is what starts the process. I suggest you always pray before you enter the Word. You will find yourself in the house of peace of the Lord where wisdom lives and serenity is supreme. Go into the house of the Lord and you will be very encouraged every time. There are no situations in your life that the Lord can’t help you with. He will encourage you through the worst times so you don’t lose hope. Trust Him!

God is always encouraging. He is never going to discourage you and to bring you down by screaming judgement an condemnation at you. He is there to motivate you and to gently push you in the right direction. When things are not going well, things are always good according to the Lord. He knows how to point out the good that is going on even when you don’t think that anything is good. How does He do it? For Him no situation is hopeless. Nothing is helpless. Nothing is impossible. Nothing is broken forever. Nothing is irreversible so He always has hope. What He does is rub His hope off you when He encourages you. Ask for encouragement every day. Look for it by isolating some time to be with God. Look for it by trusting that the Lord has what you need. Look for it in the Word of God. Look for it by believing that God loves you enough to encourage you. God has the words of encouragement you need for every day. Start your day with Him. Start your day open to His voice. He has a lot to tell you and it is all very good. Stay encouraged! The Lord is always with you. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 16:33; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:58

God can fix your problems

I was getting nuggets of wisdom yesterday and it felt like the Lord was gently bombarding me with words of encouragement that deeply touched me. He spoke about how He can change things instantly. He doesn’t always do it that way but He can. He can change our lives in an instant. He can erase our heavy past and give us His peace and hope. He can reverse the course of time and put us on a better path. One of the nuggets talked about how God can accomplish more in one minute than the devil can ruin in a lifetime. Think about that! Our God is that good. He has the power to do anything. What He does and what He gives is always very amazing. Even when He seems to be working slowly in our lives, He chooses the slower path because it is the best way for us. He knows what He is doing all the time. We are the ones who need to get on His page and respect His pace. God can reverse the worst situations and heal the worst wounds. He can make us smile again and He can make us hope again. Today I want to encourage you to trust God to reverse your current situation. Whatever you are going through right now can be fixed. God can fix all your problems and give you a better life. Trust Him. He is excellent at what He does.

God can fix your problems. He can! He said, “Come to Me those of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” When you have problems, the first thing God wants to do for you is give you peace. It is very difficult to function without peace and to have a strong spiritual balance when we are weary and burdened. With God, rest comes first because He knows how crucial it is for us. If you are facing problems today, go to God and ask for peace. Ask Him to give you rest. Unload your burdens on Him and let Him carry them. You are not supposed to be carrying these burdens. You are not supposed to fight these battles alone. You are not supposed to live in fear and be weak. You can have strength and you can have the ability to go through whatever you are going through with peace and confidence. Confide in God and He will cover you and bless you. Remember, God will fight your battles. He will take care of you and He will reverse your situation. Don’t do it all alone. You need Him. He is there for you!

God can truly fix any problem you might have. Think of your problems as the Red Sea. They can appear to be gigantic and too much for you to handle. God can still part the seas and He is going to do just that for you. You are like the Israelites. You have enemies. Your problems are your enemies but God will save you from them. He will give you a path to go through your trials without a drop of that troubled sea falling on you. The Egyptians might be trying to attack you now but God is on your side. He is going to fight your battles for you. Find peace in Him. Trust Him. Declare that He is acting on your side. He can change everything just like that. It doesn’t matter how much the enemy has ruined your life. God will fix everything and He will give you even more than you had. He will fix and improve your life. He is that kind of God. He is the God of miracles and nothing can stop Him. Don’t be intimidated by the problems before you. God is with you. Something great is going to happen to you thanks to the Lord. Rejoice. Stay in peace. Stay strong. God is going to win and His love will prevail. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 55:1-3;  Matthew 11:28-30; John 7:37

Out of this world

There is a warmth out of this world. There is peace out of this world. There is hope out of this world. There is a joy that is out of this world. There is power out of this world. There is love out of this world. There is a truth out of this world. There is freedom out of this world. There is Jesus. Jesus is out of this world and He is also everywhere in this world. Know that you can count on the power that is beyond this world anytime. Know that you can count on the Love that is beyond this world. It is extraordinary. It is beyond your wildest dreams and yet it is real and it is here. Count on Jesus every day. Count on Jesus in every circumstance. Count on His love and on His power. Count on the peace that can set your heart ablaze and that can burn all worries and doubt. Count on the joy that is your strength and that can help you face any trials and tribulations. Count on the best of the best, the Lord of Lords, the King of kings. Count on the One who is out of this world and who can impact your world anytime you turn to Him. 

If I rely on this world to bail me out of my misery, I get disappointed. I fall flat on my face and getting up is not easy. If I rely on Jesus, my Savior, anything that is too hard in this world is not a difficulty anymore. I can’t find peace in this world. I can find a temporary fix but Jesus is my peace. Jesus is the peacemaker who soothes my soul and who keeps my heart warm. I don’t look for answers in worldly paths. My answers are on a divine path I walk on with Jesus. I have made up my mind that the Lord was my Savior and His Spirit is my comforter. They are above all things on the earth and they carry me and help me. The Holy Spirit is more powerful than anyone and anything in this world. I call Him my Comforter out of this world. He is more meaningful than any theory and any doctrine I know. He is more impactful than any religious tradition I know. God cares about you and me friend and He will do things out of this world for us so that we see changes in our worlds. Don’t wait for this world to give you the wisdom and the knowledge you need to get by. All good wisdom comes from above. Your supernatural God will make sure you are led correctly. God is going to take you places that are out of this world, friend!

God’s peace that surpasses all understanding is on your side. You have access to it and you can enjoy it any time in Jesus’ name. It is more powerful than the serenity of this world. It calms the biggest storms and it keeps you still even when the devil is wreaking havoc in your life. God’s joy that is your strength is also at your fingertip. Put your hands together and pray that you can experience His peace. Put your hands together and praise Him. The joy will come when you celebrate the Lord. It will come and inhabit your life. It will come and give you power to handle anything in this life. God is out of this world but He is also in this world like I said. Expect His supernatural power to influence your natural world. Expect His love and mercy to heal you and to bless you. Expect His resurrection power to destroy the works of the enemy on your journey. The cross still stands today as a symbol of death. Death to your sins, to your diseases and to your suffering. Count on the extraordinary power of the cross. Count on God. Out of this world is where your blessings are coming from and they are going to touch your world. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 11:2; Acts 4:16; Ephesians 3:20

God’s love can do anything

Saying that God can do anything is an understatement. When I think about how He entangled my life and saved me from the snares of evil, I can only declare that God can do all things. My life is not the same because of Jesus. He stepped in and cleaned the house. He replaced my old dysfunctional inner abode with His safe and sane dwelling place. He took what was hurting me and replaced me with the One who always helps me, His Spirit. God can do anything and He has no limitations. We need to believe it. We need to stretch our faith and trust that God is the God of the impossible. He has been depicted as a small god for so long. Some influencers and celebrities have such a prominent status that they appear to be bigger than God. It sounds crazy but when you look at how people adore some individuals, you realize that man has taken the place of God in many circles. Even in the church I have seen churchgoers who adore their pastor and who put him or her on a pedestal. There is a celebrity culture in the world that is prevalent but if oftens leaves out the One who is the real King of kings. If we worship men more than we worship God, we are stripped of the amazing experience of knowing the Lord and all His mercy and love. God can do more than any men you will ever meet and yet people would rather follow influential men and neglect God. Today I want to remind you that your reverence for God is not in vain. You are following the One who can change your life and the world for the better and His love is the force that makes it happen. God will do the impossible for you. Keep following Him. His love is after you.

The miracles of the Bible seem like events that are not for today. The Lord can’t perform miracles where people don’t believe in Him. Faith is a prerequisite for miracles although God’s mercy and grace can cause miracles to happen. His miracles are real and they are still relevant today. My point is that we ought to go back to the message of the Gospel. It is the love of God that created the biggest miracle of all when Jesus came back from the dead. That message still stands and it is where we should start. We don’t need to look at men to get our miracles. It often feels like people get disappointed in God and they move on to something else or to someone else. They find someone that satisfies their needs or their lacks. They don’t know that they need a spiritual awakening and that spiritual death is real. I used to listen to a lot of different kinds of songs and music was almost a religious experience to me. It was my salvation when things were bad in my life. A song, a tune could cheer me up but there was no substance and no power behind them. Their temporary relief didn’t cut it. Music didn’t change my life. Music didn’t save me. Music didn’t give me peace that surpassed all understanding. Music didn’t heal. It was a band-aid that served its purpose for some time. It is when I encountered Jesus that I found what I had been looking for my whole life. 

I wasn’t a miracle chaser but miracles chased me when Jesus became my Savior. I have to say that I had given up on so much even when I became born again but the Lord’s love was relentless and it never gave up on me. God can do anything and He showed me how wonderfully He can do anything. He deleted the documents that described my life in a dark light. I replaced the folder of sorrow and grief with files of hope and joy. He rewrote my history and locked in my new life. When I started adoring Him, I discovered that He was the only One I should idolize. Why? Because His love was genuine and His attention to me was unparalleled. I had never met such powerful love and I had never been treated so well. He gave me hope and He boosted my faith in the impossible. God can do all things because His love for us is greater than anything and anyone in this world. His love is not restricted and since it created the universe, it can create anything. Think about how God can do anything and meditate on how His love can do anything.Today I want to reiterate the truth that yes God can still do anything and He will do it for you. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Numbers 23:19; Matthew 19:26; Romans 10:9

Remember who you are in Christ

Remember who you are in Christ. Don’t let the world break you, derail you, change you and mislead you. You are a child of God and your identity is in the Lord. It’s easy to have a lapse of memory and forget whom you belong to. It’s easy to go with the flow and ride the waves of the world where fame and personal gain are lauded. You are a unique child of God whose traits and characters are molded by your relationship with the Lord. Stay attached to God more than you are tied to the world. In Jesus you have the perfect foundation to become all that you are meant to be. The Lord builds you up when you stick with Him. Make the Lord your world. Learn to stay within the gates of His love and give yourself to Him. He will always, always make sure that you are cared for and that you feel loved because He adores you. He made you in His image. He made you so you could project His image. He made you so you could spread His image. You are a vessel of His love and a messenger from Heaven in disguise. You are a wonderful person. You are an adorable child. You are an amazing individual whose identity is in Christ. Embrace who you are in Him. Reject the identity the enemy is trying to create in you. Detach yourself from his lies. Don’t buy into his fear and his doubts. Friend, remember who you are in Christ because you are absolutely astounding. That is how the Lord sees you. That is how He made you.

When I get into a rut and I do one thing after another without thinking, my mind stays focused on the task at hand. At times thoughts of the Lord can escape my mind and before I know it I am all about the world. I think like the world, act like the world and speak like the world. I dislike having the world as my filter for life. In those moments I feel like I am part of a tribe that lives without an attachment to the Lord. That is not who I am. That is not who I should be. I am sure that you can relate. You and I can break those cycles of “Godless” times. We can remind ourselves that we live through the Lord and for the Lord and we have a role to play in this world. Our main role is to get closer to God and to introduce people to His love. We ought to be imitators of Jesus. Imitators whose dearest goal is to walk in love and bring as many people as possible to that divine walk. We are children of the living God. Children whose lives are eternal and abundant as we serve the Lord who gave His life for us. We find our meaning in Jesus. We find our purpose in Him. The cross was there to take back what the enemy had stolen. We were given true life so we should live this great life in Jesus’ name.

If we remember who we are in Christ, we remember that we have the voice of faith. What we speak comes into existence. We believe before seeing. We have hope and we display confidence. We hold on to the truth and we abide by the truth. The Spirit of God is our companion and we rest in the arms of God almighty. We are sheltered and we go to battle. We fight the good fight of faith and we stand for what’s right. We know that Christ is in us and we have the hope of glory. We understand that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and we stay in the house of the Lord. We celebrate Jesus. We magnify Jesus. We sing more than we cringe. We praise more than we break. We worship more than we gossip. We pray more than we fear. We run our own races more than we compare ourselves to others. We see Jesus as the source and we drink from His fountain of joy. There is a time for everything and there is no doubt in our minds that there is always time for Jesus. Let’s be active believers who apply the Word of God and who develop our identities thanks to the Word and not through the world. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: John 1:12; John 15:16; Ephesians 1:7

Talk to Jesus

Prayers can be intimidating especially when you think you need to sound spiritual or pious. It is easy to overthink it and come up with a list of requirements that we should meet to have effective prayers or to be heard by God. The truth is that prayer is an expression of the heart that flows with our own words and our authenticity. We don’t need to sound like other people when we pray. We just have to sound like ourselves and to write an open letter with our heart. The Lord knows our heart and He loves it when we express it. My prayer life changed when I gave up on sounding mystical and eloquent in my prayers. I decided to talk to Jesus. I figured that since He was always with me, I could talk to Him all the time. I started skipping the formalities and going straight to the heart of the Lord by pouring out what was on my heart. Prayer is a two way street and the Lord always has something to say. At times I begin my prayers by saying, “Lord, I am all ears.” I let Him proceed and say whatever He wants to stay. I love listening and it helps me knowing that my God actively engages with me in conversation. Today I want to encourage you to talk to Jesus. Talk to the Lord when you pray. Don’t make it formal and don’t make it complicated. Talk to Him any time of the day. Talk to Him and listen to Him. Let your prayers be the beautiful exchange they are meant to be.

A couple of days ago, I was faced with a lot of work. I literally had piles that I had to sort out and rearrange. The piles looked like a lot of work and I felt a bit overwhelmed. I was also tired so that didn’t help. That night before I went to bed, I talked to Jesus. I told Him how I felt earlier and what my emotions were. I also told Him that I knew He had a plan to help me and I should trust Him. I cast my cares upon Him. I told Him I was giving in and letting Him take care of me. I told Him that I was aware of the fact that He knew better and I was willing to listen to His instructions and to pay attention to what He had to say. What He had to say was that He loved me. He loved me so much that He died on the cross so that I would not be overwhelmed and so that I would always find hope when despair is chasing after me. The amount of work I had was trying to haunt me and to discourage me but Jesus had a different plan. What He did during that prayer time was to console me and give me a boost of hope. I talked to Him the way I would talk to a close friend. When you talk to Him that way, it changes the dynamics of your relationship and it gets you closer to Him. Yesterday turned out to be much better and I even got help to finish the work I had to finish. The Lord had heard me and He did something amazing for me.

The Lord tells us in His Word that we should pray without ceasing. We should talk to Him without ceasing. We should have Him on our minds and we should discuss anything with Him. He loves it when we acknowledge Him in all we do so we should talk to Him about anything and everything we do. He has the best opinions and the best advice. You might not hear back from Him right away. His responses can take on many different forms but He will always give you an answer or a piece of advice. Jesus talked to the Father all the time. It is our turn to talk to Him all the time. We can talk to Him in our heads or we can talk to Him out loud. When we don’t have the right words, we ought to remember that He knows what our heart is saying. Let’s keep the lines of communication open with Jesus. Let’s have faith that He listens and that He loves to hear from us. Let’s be fervent in our prayers by talking to Him every chance we get. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 John 5:14

When you are going through a bad season

The season you are in now might be bad. It might be winter in the middle of summer. You might be having one of the most difficult seasons you have ever had. Those bad times do happen and there is nothing we can do to prevent them. Remember that they are meant to be there and they have no rhyme nor reason. What you should also remember is that your bad season doesn’t mean that you have a bad life and it doesn’t mean that the end of the season will be awful. God is with you and He is watching your faith in this season. He loves your faith. He loves seeing how steadfast you are even when things are not going well. I understand that you might not want to rejoice and to celebrate right now. It is hard to pull oneself together when life is pulling us in all directions and the only thing stable in our lives is our problems. God is stable. God is still stable now and He is going to get you through this season. Jesus said we would have trials in this life and He also said that He had conquered this life. Hold on to His promise.Starting today you are going to see an improvement in this bad season. Why? I am here to tell you that the Lord is going to change your rough winter into a cool summer day. He is going to reverse your situation and give you a new lease on life. Don’t give up. God is in this season with you.

I was praying the other day and I saw myself sitting on the ground outside in what looked like very cold weather. I had a blanket on me and I was sitting by the fire but it seemed like I needed more to keep warm. Then I saw a very friendly individual with a great smile on his face. He gave me soup in a bowl. I drank it without asking any questions and I got warm right away. The blanket and the fire were not enough. They helped but it’s the soup that made me warm and that made me forget how cold it was. I know that the Lord was showing me something I needed to see during that prayer meditation. Sometimes we need more layers or more ways to get warm again. The soup represented God’s nourishment. His nourishment is His Word. Once I got the Word in me, I became warm again. I had tried a blanket and a fire but it is the Word of God that defeated my cold moment. In tough seasons we often try a few things that work for a short period of time but the Word of God is the best remedy and our best resort.

There are words and passages in the Bible that can get you out of your bad season now. Words have power. They have the power to heal and to bless or the power to hurt and to curse. The words in the Word of God are healing words that will bless you more than you know. If you take a daily dose of the Word of God, healing takes place, restoration happens and blessings abound. The Word of God will give you a new perspective and a better outlook on life. It is the power of those words that will get you through that bad season. I suggest that you pray and ask the Lord to give you the words and the passages that are going to heal you and bless you so that you can come out victorious. This bad season is temporary. Keep trusting the Lord and let your faith demonstrate that you know your God can do anything. He can change this season and He will do that for you. Better days are coming. Don’t lose hope. Fill your mind with words of hope from the Bible and you will see how your faith soars. Your bad season will come to an end. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Psalm 34:4; John 16:33; 1 Peter 5:7