Ask the Tough Questions

Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” – Psalm 27:7-8, NLT

Few moments ago, I found myself praying for the Lord Jesus to help me get in the Word. My quiet time, since the quarantine begun, is not what it could be. The still voice reminded me that I have to be willing to turn off everything else and simply come to Him.

Anyone else struggling to get in the Word these days? A friend texted me this morning (well, technically, yesterday) to ask me how my quiet time has been going.

Friends, we need to ask ourselves and our Christian friends these questions. To help keep each other encouraged – especially as we are not meeting together physically on a weekly basis. Check in on your friends. Ask them how you can pray for them.

Lately, it honestly seems like whenever I open my Bible to read, meditate, and study – that my health symptoms seem to worsen. But guys and girls, I need to find a way to be courageous and continue opening my Bible. There are many ways to draw near to the Lord, even when we feel so badly on a physical level.

In verse 7, we are given 12 words: “Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!” We need to keep praying. Continue drawing nearer to the Lord.

We are lovingly pursued by our Mighty God.
We are asked to come before His throne of grace, and to be loved by the King!

. . . Because, we are invited to come and spend some time with the most Famous Person of all time: The King of glory who honestly wants to know how we are doing.

What I Love

Wanna know what my favorite part of chronic illness is? The ability to watch a TV series, completely forgetting multiple episodes (due to brain fog). Even though Hawaii Five O is on his last season, I can easily have no recollect of some episodes.

Our God is good!! Even though some things I can easily forget, like episodes of a favorite tv show, our God enables me to remember the important things… like His Word and my need to keep going back to the Bible – and His eternal truths.

Today, how are you being reminded of His eternal truths?

My goal, today, is to nap and hopefully begin reading and studying the book of Ephesians from the Bible!

This morning, I woke up with the hunger to get into God’s Word and spend precious time with Jesus. I am very thankful for our God who is walking with me through what is a very trying time.

Don’t forget to get in the Word today! Oh, and, our Ephesians Reading Plan begins on Monday – April 6th. The journal is still available. It is only $4 for the journal, which has been a tremendous blessing for me. I love to keep an extra on hand for whenever I get the urge to return to this study. =]

Churning Goals

Look what I found! Perfect way to start a brand new month. I know it’s hard with the “stay at home” orders right now. But, what is one doable goal you can set for yourself in regards to your spiritual walk with our Savior Jesus Christ?

What are my possible doable goals for this month?

  • Read through the book of Psalms and Proverbs using “The Focused Life” Reading Plan.
  • Listen to more Christian teachings during the week.
  • Set aside time to spend in prayer.
  • Write consistently, as I spend time in the Word through our Ephesians study – which kicks off next week.
  • Create a night time routine that works best for me. With my needs in mind.

My April goals, which are most needed, include consistently writing and creating a night time routine. So that is my goal. I need to find my Joy in Christ. The best way to draw near is write as I read my Bible and learn how to begin sleeping at night.

What are some goals you have for the month of April? Be sure to share in the comments section below.

Even though our lives may look differently than usual. What if we used whatever we have to offer the Lord, to run to Jesus?

We will return our “normal” lives forever changed, because we are rooted in Christ. Christ exalting habits. Disciplined time in the Bible, prayer, and the kind of worship God seeks from His followers!

“Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes (Romans 12:1‭-‬2 TPT).”

Hold Up Your Head

“Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music (Psalm 27:6, NLT).”

How are you doing, my friend? I want to hear the answer rooted in honesty, rather than the usual “I’m fine”. While facing a pandemic, many of us are still facing our usual trials.

Currently, I am thinking of the enemies I have in my life. Yes, main one being the Devil. But I have other enemies seeking to cause disaster in my life, like through my health.

How can we hold up our head in joy, rather than defeat? The Psalmist teaches us how to face our difficult days with a far different perspective. May we direct our gaze to our Savior Jesus Christ, and remember to sing and praise our Mighty God!

In the midst of our trials, remind yourself who God is – my friends! Let’s keep worshiping the Lord right where we find ourselves today. I have been struggling to read my Bible lately. I just haven’t felt well, but as I set up this Psalm 27 Reading Plan – I am getting in the Word more, though not in my preferred way with my Bible, pen, and loads of writing.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and the victory He alone can give to us! Even when this pandemic has passed and life returns back to normal, we can still have the spiritual growth we experienced during this time.

Hang in there, and keep seeking the Lord! Maybe your quiet time is far different from how it used to be. Accept and choose to find delight in whatever that time in the Word of God and prayer looks like. Even if it is looking differently, enjoy this sacred time with the Lord. Use whatever tools you need. Personally, I am going to choose to utilize two tools: Audio Bible (through YouVersion) and my laptop (for writing).

P.S. . . Don’t forget our Ephesians Reading Plan kicks off April 6th! Despite the Corona Virus, we will be continuing our study. You can purchase the journal, but it’s not required.

Cleave to the Rock

“For He will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock (Psalm 27:5, NLT).”

In this statement, we can see God’s mighty hand. When trouble comes our way, He doesn’t leave us to fight or flight in our own strength. Our God shows His power and ability to never leave our side. Not for one moment will our God leave His followers.

In uncertain days of heartache, I have learned how hard it is to actually keep friendships. With my chronic health conditions, it is hard to feel as though I can keep the friendships I had before.

But, God doesn’t distance Himself from me while I am in the struggle of life. It is completely different. My relationship with Jesus Christ becomes even stronger in times of turmoil. I don’t know if that is your story. But, that is the kind of hope we have in our God!

With our God, the possibilities are endless for our relationship with the King of the world!

As we face this pandemic together, our lives may look similar or differently than pre-covid19. For you: How differently is your life currently than it usually is? Wherever you find yourself, this verse offers us the same promise that our God will be there for us in times of trouble. He is there for us in good and bad times!

Pulpit Commentary adds, “David means that his spirit will find a refuge with God in times of trouble.”

Our God is to be our greatest place of refuge! Want your spirits raised during times of great troubles like the one we are facing? Cleave to the Rock, that is Jesus Christ our King!