Dear Jesus, rekindle my heart for you. I want my mind renewed. Help me dear Lord, to focus on You, instead of the things of this world.
I think so often we forget this world is not our home. But who could blame us when it is all we’ve ever known?
I just want Your presence Lord,
Your love within my heart.
Hope begins when you stand in the dark
and look out at the light.
~The Christmas Train (Hallmark Movie)
Of all the things we need this year, it is hope.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Right now, I know we all are hoping for life to get back to some sort of normalcy. Often this year we have been told we need to adapt to this “new normal” for “unprecedented times”. And while we’ve all done the best we could to adapt, we quickly realized how much we didn’t want to.
How can I be thankful when there's so much to do?
How can I be thankful when my anxieties are through the roof?
How can I be thankful when it feels so hard to breathe
Filled with disappointments, discouragement, and defeat? . . .
Dear Heavenly Father, many of us are suffering, especially mentally. This year has been a beast and a burden almost too much to bear. But Lord, with Your help, we can rise from this. We can do all things through Your strength.
Naptime is my favorite part of the day. I closed my eyes. I dreamed I was walking with Jesus.
As we walked hand-in-hand through a meadow, the tall grasses taller than me, made it impossible to see where we were going.
Tears cascaded down my cheeks when Jesus let go of my hand. I didn’t understand why He was leaving me. Until I realized what He was doing.
Surely the darkness cannot surround me. I am a daughter of the Most High King. The One who is LIGHT!
In Him is no darkness at all. That means NO darkness, NO evil, NO sin. None. Period.
Can you even fathom this? THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD lives in us when we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.
There are days when I feel like the darkness is overwhelming me. Usually these are days I am not praying or reading my Bible. But also, I’m allowing my thoughts to go places they shouldn’t. It is easy to do.
Dear Lord, I’m asking for a fresh presence of You in our lives. When we abide in You, and You in us, we can ask anything in Your name, and You will give it (John 15:7). And since we have been crucified with Christ, and Christ lives in us, we can live by faith that You will sustain us and deliver us from anything that is trying to prevail against us.
My refrain this week has been, Revive Us Again. Heavenly Father, revive our hearts.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
I’ve been working on my new poetry book, Gatherings of a Grateful Heart. For five years I have been writing a poem a day during the month of November. I call it “30 Days of Thanksgiving”. Each day is a poem about thanksgiving in some way. Sometimes it is not as evident in the words where the thanksgiving is, but it is there.
This week, I cannot seem to pick just one poem to share. Here’s a sample of six of the poems in my book.
I hope they encourage you and help you find ways to give thanks to the Lord this week.
I LOVE how the Psalmist encourages us to go to God in our times of distress. This afternoon I pulled out my iPad, opened the Bible app, searching for something to give me a little light. A little hope.
Ever have God touch the Bible for you and open it just where you need it? Oh how sweet His grace was as He said, “Open to Psalm 42.”
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Did you see it too?