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!

Let The Mockers Laugh

“The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple (Psalm 27:4, NLT).”

Tonight, I was reminded that not all seek Jesus Christ or to love others well. But most of all, I was reminded of my need to control my tongue and seek the Lord God in each action – even when it’s hard.

Choose to love those who don’t love me back.
Choose to not speak words in anger.
Choose to accept my circumstances.

Choose to write and study, even when depressed and “not in the mood”.
Choose to remember Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”

In Psalm 27:4, we are reminded of our need to seek our God and His Son Jesus Christ throughout the day.

We need to continually seek His face and marinate our souls in His life giving truths!

To live with our Beloved Savior, is far greater than anything this world could ever hope to give.

I don’t know what you need at this moment, but I know I need more quality time with my Rescuer Jesus the Christ.

My heart aches at the actions of this world, and I know He is the One to run toward. When I run toward Christ, I find joy and peace. And even though folks find reason to laugh at me or what I might do, I know I am in the right place when I sit at Jesus’ feet.

Folks can ridicule and make fun of us, but we have eternal life through God’s Son Jesus Christ.

And because we have chosen to follow Jesus, we never have to go through life alone. We never even have to process life’s experiences on our own, and friends – that is huge! This is just one of the many blessings of being His follower and disciple! So, stay encouraged!

This world can never compare with the love of Jesus. So, let the mockers laugh – just know who will receive the reward for living by faith in His Son Jesus Christ – who is our Savior that no one can stop!

While we live by faith, may we aspire to these verses – to crave increasingly more time with our Savior Jesus who loves us far more than we could ever imagine.