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Joy In The Journey.

Over the course of this past week I have felt what both my husband and my mother have said, the weight of the world on my shoulders. It was not that I had intended to take this heavy burden. However, over the course of this past year you or I have not had to look far to see brokenness and the need for Jesus. It was not that I was trying to be him, but I have felt the deep need to intercede, stand in the gap, and lay out not only my cares but the cares of others too.

It was not until late last night until the burden lifted. I laughed and laughed at short clips of video’s and suddenly I felt light again. I felt thankful. I began to thank God for laughter. Oh how I needed to laugh and smile again. When I woke up this morning I felt not heavy burdened but thankful to had woken up with a restful night of sleep. As the day went on the thankfulness continued. I thanked him that I was able to drive in a car that is paid off that he provided. I thanked him for being able to buy name brand things if I wanted to (even though I made sure to add the only time I was going to buy name brand was if the cheap stuff did not work as well as the name brand). I got groceries and thanked him for yet again meeting our needs this week. I got on the phone with my husband and thanked God for his protection and a wonderful husband who brings me closer to him. The list goes on, but thankfulness for today lightened the load.

With all the things that kept going wrong, I missed what was going right. When I was focused on past sufferings, it brought anxiety and worry into my tomorrow. Thankfully, Holy Spirit fixed my focus and gave me thankfulness for today.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” -Matthew 6:34 NLT

Where are you today? No matter what you have dealt with, don’t think about yesterday and do not worry about tomorrow. Focus on the blessings of today. When we focus on the problem rather than who is walking with us in the midst, peace can soon dissipate. However, God was with us yesterday, he is with us today, and he will be with us tomorrow too. I want to challenge you, right here, right now. What are you thankful for?

Like me, maybe your focus was off course so it was hard to see the good or where God was in the mix. Ask Holy Spirit for help with setting your focus back on him. Ask to have his perception, reminder of his promises, and to have his thoughts. He will reveal something to be thankful for even if you do not think there is a reason to be. I also challenge you to continue in thanksgiving. Giving praise to God for who he is and all he has given you.Thanksgiving enables us to have joy in the journey because we are focused on his goodness rather than our circumstance. Like me, I believe you will find that the heavy burden will soon lift.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:6-8 NLT

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Small Clouds of Hope & The Latter Rain

There are many times as we are walking with God he is calling us to a deeper place. We are faced with trials at the surface but God is just using these circumstances to go deeper. A deeper place of fellowship, faith, and trust in him. As I was studying The Prophet Elijah and his faith, the Holy Spirit revealed something so significant about his provision that I am writing this at 1am. (Lord, have mercy with these typo’s).

In 1 Kings 17, Elijah tells Ahab that the Lord is no longer sending rain due to Israel’s worship of baal and a fertility God they believed could bring rain. After Elijah spoke this to Ahab he went into hiding and God brought him provision through raven’s, bread, meat, and water each day until it ran out. After this, he was directed to a Gentile woman and her son. She did not have much, only some oil and flour. It is really only enough for her and her son to eat and soon die.


Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. But first make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me. Afterward, you may make some for yourself and your son, for this is what the Lord God of Israel says, ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the surface of the land.’” -1 Kings 17:13-14 CSB


There is a promise of provision for the Gentile for now, by her obedience of bringing Elijah a small loaf to feed on. While there is another promise I did not see until now, there will be provision later for her when the Lord sends rain. I am going to skip a lot of important details you should read later if you haven’t read 1 Kings 18 for the sake of keeping this short and not getting off track. However, we see that there is no cloud in sight.


Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a rainstorm.” So Ahab went to eat and drink, but Elijah went up to the summit of Carmel. He bent down on the ground and put his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked, and said, “There’s nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” -1 Kings 18:41-43 CSB


Seven times, Ahab went to look for rain and could not find ANYTHING. Can you imagine the widow in Chapter 17? Where is the promise of God of rain so my son and I can eat? Often times, I think we can be like this with God. There is no hope in sight of what God has promised, yet God continues to tell us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking and knocking seven more times. However, I do think that the widow, could reflect on how God provided the time before and this gave her hope.

When we are needing a miracle and waiting on the promises of God to come to pass, it is important that we continue with perseverance and unashamed boldness. God is not reluctant to provide what we need. He is such a good father that he is going to have us wait until the perfect time. Waiting on his perfect timing may stretch us and have us press into his presence a little more. In the end he wants to take us deeper into understanding who he truly is. I would imagine that the widow reflected on the time before that God had came through for her had provided. I would imagine that she thanked him for this and praised him in advance for what he was about to do. After all, God’s word cannot come back unfruitful.


“On the seventh time, he reported, “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming up from the sea.”-1 Kings 18:44 CSB


Can you imagine this small cloud giving so much hope to the widow? When God’s promises come to pass there is such great joy. However, I do think we can learn something from 1 Kings 17 & 18 other than what is blatantly written. God promised to provide for her then if she obeyed and promised provision in the future and God has promised us the same. In the unknown, we can reflect on who God is and what he has already done. We can intentionally continue giving him thanks for all he has already done and praise him for the faithfulness he continues to show, ever before we see the small cloud come up from the sea. Faith takes knowing who God is and that he does everything out of the abundance of who he is, love. If you do not have the right perception of who God is it will be hard to trust that the rain will ever come.


Take this time to understand that God does not go out and wing it. He is a God of order. When it feels like the rain is never going to come, remember the faithfulness that he has done in the chapter before and thank him for this. Your rain will come, but for now we must thank him for the faithful father that he is. Trust in his goodness and know that it sometimes takes some extra knocking, for Ahab seven times of going back, for us to see the promises of God fulfilled. We must not give up. Knowing that God is always on time.

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Remembering Your Stance In Trials (Devotional)

My enemies did their best to kill me, but the Lord rescued me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.
Psalms 118:13‭-‬14 NLT

No matter what you may face today, know that you are victorious. Even if you cannot see it, victory is on it’s way. No matter what the enemy tries to throw at you, Jesus still went to the cross over 2000 years ago and gave his life for us to have victory and triumph. Jesus died so that we may have peace, his peace, till the promises come to pass in the earthly realm. Jesus sacrificed his life so we are able to be joyful because no matter what happens, his word stands true. This victory does not depend on you or I. This victory has already been declared upon that cross. Let us give a praise of triumph!! Our helper is ready to act on our behalf. Let us praise his holy name!

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A New Song of Praise!

No matter what you are going through, you can have full assurance that God is there to deliver you and help you through. Throughout reading Psalm 40 this morning I could not help but want to shout out praise for all the glorious things he has done! He has brought me out of the pit of darkness, just barley surviving. Into the solid foundation upon Jesus Christ. The more and more I think about all he has done, the more I agree with King David that his faithfulness and great things he has done cannot be numbered!

Have you ever sat there and really thought about what God has done for you?

Take THIS MOMENT to thank him!

I am so thankful we are able to have a relationship with God. I am so thankful that his plan for us is to prosper and have life abundantly! I am thankful for him being our refuge in the storm and that no weapon formed against us shall prosper.

I am thankful that the creator, the ALMIGHTY GOD, delights in me and knows every single detail down to the number of hairs on my head!

Truly, no one can compare with God.

He never breaks a promise, he is always someone you can depend on. God is always on time. He knows what we need before we need it and has already made a way for his promises to come to pass. God calls us his children, a royal priesthood, his saints. He told us if there is something we desire to simply ask, seek, and knock!

God is not one that hides his face. He has told us that if we seek him wholeheartedly, he will be there.

GLORY TO GOD!

He does not lack in compassion, grace, or mercy.

He does everything out of his abundance!

His constant love and truth will always guard us.

He has exchanged the spirit of heaviness for a spirit of praise.

God you have given me a new song!

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Shaking The Foundation of Hell

Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship. Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose.
Acts 16:25‭-‬26 TPT

There are three things I briefly want to touch on in these 2 verses.

One being, there were people surrounding Paul & Silas who were listening to their prayers and praises to God.

The second thing is that even in the midst of being “chained down” and imprisoned, they still praised God for how good he is.

The third being, because of the power of their praise and prayer, it set other people who were bound down free. Their praise shook the very foundation where they were held captive and bound down.

In conclusion, the very words we speak to the father and the praises that come put of our mouth are powerful and yes, people are listening. They may not say they are, but people’s true desire in their heart is the love of Jesus. No matter the circumstance, even if we feel bound, we should be inclined to have communion with Abba and praise him. He never changes and his love endures. Therefore, our praise should be endless too. Our praise can be the very thing that not only sets us free but shakes the foundations of hell (prison one is entrapped in) and sets other people free around us too.

At first glance, you see that Paul and Silas prayer & praise set them free. Yet, in reality, it shook the foundation that kept them and others captive. Their prayer and praise broke the chains that bound them down and set them free into what God had called them to do.

My encouragment to you this morning is, in every circumstance pray and praise. God hears every word you speak and your praise to the father loosens things that have tried to keep you bound! Not only that, but people are watching. Do not be a people pleaser, but a God pleaser. My prayer is that our prayer and praise is so contagious is free’s others just as Paul and Silas.

The words you speak, the prayers you give unto the father, and the praise you bring are all contagious and have the power to shake the foundations of hell. God has given you to the power to praise and pray in every circumstance. Even when you are not sure what to say, the spirit will speak for you. When you feel weary, he will give you strength. When you feel bound, he sets you free. When you feel like you are just surviving, he brings you to a place of living abundantly!

There is nothing he won’t do for us.

In every circumstance pray and praise. You never know what new freedom is awaiting you or the freedom it may bring to who you are surrounded by. There is nothing God won’t do. Hell cannot stand a chance. The victory is already won. For the power, the glory, are yours Lord forever and ever. Amen!

Scripture for Meditation & Application

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:1 NKJV

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psalms 47:1 NKJV

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:26 NKJV

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31‭-‬39 NKJV

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NKJV