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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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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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Fear of Failure.

“Will I be able to do this? It doesn’t seem possible. I don’t want to fail. I just need to rely on God. But why do I feel so anxious? Shouldn’t I feel his peace?”…
Are all thoughts that have crossed my mind tonight. I laid down hours ago but worry and fear of failure seemed to keep me awake.
But, Holy Spirit ever so gently brought this scripture to my remembrance.
“There is no risk of failure with God. Why should I let worries paralyze me?”
We sometimes forget who has chosen us and how he saves us every single time, no matter the circumstance. He is our refuge, our great strength, and will always meet our weakness with his strength.
Why would I worry when God is in control and is working everything out for my good?
Why would I worry when God is for me? Who could be against me?
Why would I worry when he says I am more than a conqueror and victorious?
For those of you dealing with worry tonight, rest in his love.

Rest in the fact that there is nothing God won’t do for you that is for your good.

Trust him.

There is no such thing as failure with God, because even if we stumble he upholds us with his right hand.

Tonight I thank God for being the only one who is truly steadfast. He is always awake and always willing to listen and speak what I need most. He is gentle, kind, and so patient. He is my strength, my help, and my peace.

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Mocked, Cursed, Disgraced By Man, But Still Beloved (Devotion)

There has never been a moment that I have regretted giving my life to Jesus.
NEVER.
I have lost friends, family has become distant, strangers have insulted me, and even those in the house of faith there are those who do not understand me.
No matter the circumstance, words that were spoken to me, some words that were never spoken at all (silence never explained), God has given me his heavenly peace.
Worldly insults may build. But, I am wrapped in Abba’s heavenly love.
Even if you are surrounded right now with what seems like darkness, the Lord is a light for you.
Even if everyone has left you, your heavenly father never will.
He hears your cry for help and is responding.
He knowns the tears you’ve cried, he has kept them in a bottle for the day of his judgment.
He wants to exchange what you’ve been feeling from all the rejection for his complete and total acceptance.
There is nothing like the Love of God.

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God’s Exchange For Your Praise

God never gives an even exchange…
You pour out your love on him, he pours it right back.
You come in praising him with anxiety, he leaves you with his peace.
You come in with depression, you leave with joy.
You come in with burdens, he brings you freedom.

We go in to pour out our love upon him and we end up blessed. Our Father is a giver even when we are giving thanks unto him!

I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Psalms 138:1‭-‬3 NKJV