Living in Christ daily allows him to awaken inside me what is hidden, broken, distraught and disheveled. The inner place where my soul is unleashed, allows God’s word to grow within me, faith is developed for my future; it lays ahead of me. Breath life into my soul, Lord. May I see your humanity, as it relates to my personal struggles. May change happen, letting go of what does not benefit me, as I lean into your direction and wisdom. This is my prayer.

The simplicity and beauty of nature.

I must be willing to say Yes Lord. Heal me. Help me. I bow my head in total adoration, with a heart overflowing with love for the One who came to earth, to relate to me, just as I am.

Jesus. Born in a manger. Lowly. Dirty. Next to sheep, cows, chickens and dirt. Set in a cow trough on hay.

God’s power displayed though Jesus, by using a humble and obedient servant, Mary – and her beloved Joseph.

God knows what I need. What WE need. Each of us have a unique perspective, lifestyle, pains, hurts, discouragement, failures….. shall I go on? You get where I am going. Life. It’s real. It’s good, and it is tough. But HOPE with God’s GLORY, is what we can rely on. Always. Forever. Until eternity comes we choose to live on our own strengths and wisdom, or ask the One who knows what we should do. What a wonderful PARENT God is.

He is in Heaven…. in his holy thrown. Surrounded by what he made as perfect. But this world is not perfect. The Devil, Adam and Eve erred. Hence, we all now suffer at their choices. They chose the fruit. Now we need Jesus to redeem us/me.

Think about it, Jesus is Immanuel. God with us. Jesus understands me, and you. He helps our weakness (when we ALLOW him to). He shares in our joy, pain, ache, happy times – through it all. He is with us. How comforting.

God is with every single person. The Buddhist, The Methodist, the tax collector, the rich, sick, poor, the drug induced, alcoholic, healthy, happy, sad and the lost….. he is with all people. He made each and every living creature.

Stop for a minute. Think of the worst person and the best person you know. God is with both. He loves both. He wants relationship with e.v.e.r.y single human being. As some reject God’s goodness, others run towards His love….. we all have a choice. We can seek Him, or reject Him. He waits patiently until we come to the place of unwavering desire to live in the goodness of His love and parental guidance. It’s a choice. Satan choose to go his own way. Eve chose to try the apple, out of curiosity.

Until the end of the age. Immanuel, he is with us. He is a good good Father. He is Faithful. He is with us.

Jesus understand everything about you. Each weakness, (and yes we all have a set of them), the joy we have, the pains, concerns and circumstances. Oh, how he is with us giving peace, when we allow him to take us to that sweet quiet and soothing creek of his protection. Just as a parent soothes a child as he cries. Jesus does the same for us.

He is with us until the end of time. No matter what happens in the world. The worst things – he is totally aware of. Trusting Him during those times is pivotal so we don’t lean into worrying nor fear. He is God. Master of the whole Universe. Nothing gets past Him.

His voice leads us. Imagine this: The Messiah ~ on a chariot, descending on a fiery cloud. He emerges. He came to this world as a baby, out of the womb of Mary. Laid into a bed of straw in a manger. Humble. Sweet. Loved. Powerful. Yet he lessened himself so we can relate to him. What a powerful thought. THAT, my friend, is pure love.

Simple

Plain

Ordinary

Jesus! What a gift from God.

Not one person is beyond the reach of His hand. He is our helper. Our Guide, the One, the Only purified Son of the Living God. He is the everlasting One.

God gives us favor as he did to Joseph and Mary, because they were faithful. In obedience, even in the unknown, risking shame and scorn from “people”, they said YES Lord. We will go, That is pure love. Because they went, they gave birth to Jesus, in the flesh, the One Son of God, Child of Mary to save the world.

There are no limits nor boundaries, God’s mighty hand reaches from Bangladesh to Texas ~ from Pekin to Peoria and beyond. He is with us always and everywhere we go.

Simple

Profound

Timeless

Boundless

Jesus relates to you and I. He offers hope. What an extraordinary love.

Will you trust Him today? In the midst of any crisis, virus, need, sickness, confusion, lack…. no matter the situation….. lean into Christ. He knows. He has been there. He wants to lead you. He leads me, even when I wander like the one sheep that walks away from the group. He calls your name. His peace is beyond anything this world can offer.

Father, we come before you today, trusting you in all your glory. You have the power to stop any bad or negative thing that comes our way. You are the Author and Finisher of my Faith, I want to lean into you, casting all my cares into your hands. Take them, fix them, fix me, help my heart and mind to line up to you every moment of every day. I love you Jesus. Amen.



Waiting. Why is it so difficult?….. Listening – for His still small voice for direction and instruction. I am slowly giving up my “right’ to be “right”. Because I am certain that   Jesus knows what is best for me.  He holds the keys to the specific door  of which I should walk through. 

The longer I live, the more I learn – about His ways –  Oh, there are days I get so exasperated – I get worn out – I cry – and times I want to throw in the towel, because what I thought was the plan for my life – is just not working out.  The trenches seem to get thicker, deeper, and seemingly no way out. 

     ~~   But  God   ~~
   ~~  I am learning  ~~

He offers us endurance – as a reward while we wait for answered prayers. Expect to gain patience and a perspective as part of the answer  while you are in the “waiting room” of life. Sometimes it isn’t the waiting He expects, it’s utilizing the gifts and position that we have right in our hands at the moment. He wants to see if we will “act” on  it,  “work it” out.  It is the utilization of what life has given me at a given time,  and it is THEN He will show up and bless our prayer life, in ways we could not even imagine. He doesn’t want us to be lazy and wait, or view God as a genie in a bottle. 

As we  believe & trust Him, with childlike faith – (BELIEVE Him for what you need, desire and as you walk out your life – being diligent in your Christlike walk – He WILL give you the desires of your heart – and just like the women with the issue of blood –Jesus told her “your faith has made you well – – be free from your “affliction””. (your  affliction may be financial, sickness, stress, or_____, whatever it is – you can be free!  The SON has set you free indeed!)

  He is, after all : 
Immanuel, “God with us,  (Matthew 1:23)

Take the time to trust him – ask him to help you be a better listener – after all  – he does say – Be still, and KNOW that I AM God. Psalm 46:10

He has the answers, he has not left you or I!!!  He desires and wills  the very best for us- in all areas of our life. Allow him to teach you – as you wait and trust in His amazing answers for each prayer you bring before him,

These things I know: I am waiting. I am hopeful – and know He is teaching me new and beautiful things while the details are being worked out – step by step. Process and progression, I will move forward with great expectation as I await the answers to my “greater life”! 

PSALM 13  esv


vHow long, O Lord? Will you wforget me forever?

How long will you xhide your face from me?
How long must I take ycounsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

zConsider and answer me, O Lord my God;
alight up my eyes, lest bI sleep the sleep of death,
clest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am dshaken.

But I have etrusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall frejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.

                                                                                                                                                           

     1 John 3:3 

 All who have this hope in him purify themselves,<sup class="crossreference" style="color: black; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> just as he is pure.


                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 Matthew 5:3 God blesses those who realize their need  for him for the kingdom of heaven  is given to them


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·         Let’s Pray…   Lord so many times I fail to believe……  Help my unbelief. Strengthen my faith when times are so difficult I can’t see straight. When I’m so tired I don’t  know which end is up, let my response NOT be frantic,  nor freak out time, but help me Holy Spirit to walk in deep faith, trusting You in ALL areas of my life. Your sweet Spirit lifts me up, carries me when I am tired, and helps me with good rest when I need it. I praise you Father, my Jesus, Immanuel – God you ARE with me.   all the days of my life, I will thank You….


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