Category Archives: Encouragement



Ever found yourself drifting away from Jesus? Realizing that it wasn’t Jesus who had moved? Knowing that gradually Jesus had not been the center of your life? Realizing that Jesus and His will had slipped from being Priority #1 in your life to being second, third, or last?

That’s how I felt recently when I heard a pastor who gave a sermon about how drifting from Your First Love, Jesus, will cause an upheaval in your life. He gave a couple of things that drifting away from Jesus will do to you:

  • Drifting will quench your passion for Jesus.
  • Drifting will weaken your resolve against sin.

It caused me to stop and realize that I had neglected being where Jesus would want me to be. You see, Jesus wants our heart. He desires to hear from us, even though He already knows our thoughts. He inhabits our praise. He knows we are living in a world of war with an enemy. Satan is our enemy and wants to destroy our every day.

But God gives us an “Armor” and wants us to put on that “Armor” every day.  Otherwise, Satan will slip into our thoughts and actions.  Putting on the Full Armor of God is our self-defense strategy to fight the enemy, Satan.  Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us an account of the Armor of God. 

  • Belt of Truth – God’s Word, the Bible
  • Breastplate of Righteousness – Obedience to God
  • Shoes of Peace – the Gospel produces peace with the Lord
  • Shield of Faith – Stay in God’s Word
  • Helmet of Salvation – Battlefield of the mind
  • Sword of the Spirit – The Word of God

The war we face with the enemy is not a physical war. It is a war that wants to capture every thought and rein over us. It is a spiritual war that we need to be prepared for every day and not drift away from Jesus and His Word and His Will for our lives. It is a real war, and God has given us what we need to fight this war. It is a protection for every part of our being, from the top of our head to the soles of our feet and our inner most being. So put on that Armor! Acknowledge Jesus’ Presence every day! Meet with Him daily, and He will meet with you!

In researching the Full Armor of God, I found the following prayer from Billy Graham’s website and thought I would share this to end this blog today:

From Ephesians 6:10-18

Prayer: Father, help us to prepare for any battle we may face. Help us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. As we go through today, help us to stand strong and not live in fear of the enemy.

Please Lord, equip me today with the armor of God.

I put on the belt of truth (verse 14).

May Your truth rule in my heart, my mind, and through my words today.

I put on the breastplate of righteousness (verse 14).

Apart from You, Jesus, there is no righteousness. Through Jesus I have been “born again” and made righteous in Your sight. Help me to live as a righteous person.

I put on the shoes of peace (verse 15) and pray that they will be firmly grounded in the good news of what Jesus did on the cross.

Lord, help me to reflect the Gospel in my words and in my actions, that through me, I may shine Jesus’ light and others may be drawn to know You.

I take up the shield of Faith (verse 16) for any fiery darts that may come my way. Thank You that in Jesus, we have the victory. No matter what tactics the enemy may throw at us, God has everything under control.

I put on the helmet of salvation (verse 17)

Lord, protect my mind and remind me that nothing can separate me from Your love. I’ve been saved by grace through faith.

I take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (verse 17).

Lord, as I open Your Word – let Your Holy Spirit open my eyes to see new things about You and open my mind and heart as You lead me. May I be “filled with the Spirit” and ready with Scriptures. Help me to memorize Your Word and keep it safe in my heart.

Finally, Lord, remind me to pray in the Spirit on all occasions (verse 18).

Help me to always be in constant communication with you. Cause me to be alert, to be joyful and give thanks in everything. In Jesus’ mighty name – Amen.

Peace in the Difficulties

There are so many Scriptures that we can turn to and be encouraged when difficulties in this life seem to be overwhelming.  Write them down and write them on your heart.  Pull them out when you feel burdened.  We can find peace through God’s Word. Here are just a few that come to mind, but you can search the Scriptures and find many more.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”, according to Jerimiah 29:11.

It is written in Philippians 1:4, 6, “I always pray with joy . . . being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1.

John 14:1 tells us, “Let not your hearts be troubled, Believe in God; believe also in me.”

From “Streams in the Desert: “The world says that ‘seeing is believing’, but God wants us to believe in order to see.” The question was asked: “Do you believe God only when your circumstances are favorable, or do you believe no matter what your circumstances may be?”

Be encouraged today and believe God and His promises in order that we may see what He has in store for us. The path may not be easy, but, if you are a believer, you can know that the Lord is walking with you through it all. He always has a way through it, and we should be able to look back and see blessings that come out of our difficult circumstances.

I feel sure all of us know people who seem to have more difficulties in their lives than others. Or we may be the one who seems to have more than “our share” of problems than others we know. There is so much we don’t understand.

Charles Spurgeon tells us, “Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.” I say again; be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. You can be sure Jesus will walk with you. Find Peace with God in your difficulties!

Look Up; Keep your eyes on Jesus!

sharing my heart…………………

Hear my prayer, O Lord!

So many to pray for…… So many prayer requests……… The list is long…… Sometimes it feels overwhelming…….. There are people in need of healing, getting through the loss of a loved one, getting through a difficult situation. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is upside down…. People living as if right is wrong and wrong is right! It makes no sense to me, but God is not surprised by any of of it. He is aware of our every prayer before we ever pray it!!! God is all-knowing, ever present.

So much trouble in our country and in this world! I have many things that are troubling. Each of you reading this have things on your heart that you are going through and are concerned about. Pretty bleak picture of things in the world. But looking back in history, you will find times such as we are living in now. So, take heart. Don’t despair. God is still on the throne, and I do believe that He is in control. God won’t necessarily remove our problems. He will show us the way through them. You know when the Israelites were faced with trying to get away from the Egyptians and were there at the Red Sea, God didn’t remove the Red Sea. He gave them a way through it. Listen, now, this is me sharing my heart with you who are reading this and pouring my heart out to the Lord for His help and guidance!

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO? Below is what I am going to do:

1st – Draw Close to the Lord. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

2nd – Delve into the Bible and study the scriptures. “Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105

3rd – Ask God for wisdom and understanding. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

4th – Pray but pray believing! “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Dear Lord Jesus,

I just want to praise your Holy Name. You are my Strong Tower, my Provider, my Promise Keeper. I know I can depend on you, Lord, when everybody else fails me. You said you would never leave me or forsake me. You said that in this world that I would have trouble, but you told me to take heart that you had overcome the world. Thank you for your creation, Lord. You created everything in perfect order. Thank you for allowing me to see your Creation through the beauty of it all.

I pray for the lost souls out there who need you and your salvation, who need to not just have “head” knowledge but to have their “hearts” changed, to not just have a “religion”, but to have a “relationship” with you, Sweet Jesus.

I am so unworthy, Lord. I fail all the time in my walk with you. I ask for forgiveness and you forgive. Thank you, Lord. Keep me on the path you want me to be on. I pray that you would be glorified in everything I do. I love you, Lord!

In the sweet and precious name of Jesus, AMEN!

Sharing my heart………

Jesus said: “Bring It to me”

Do you have a need today? Some trial, difficulty, emergency?

If so, bring it to Jesus.

In Matthew 18:14, when Jesus was about to feed the five thousand and His disciples had found only five loaves and two fish among the crowd, Jesus said “Bring them to me.” If you have read the story in the Bible, the five thousand men, not counting women and children, were all fed and filled. Plus there were leftovers that filled 12 baskets.

Bring your need to Him, in faith, trusting Him to fill your need. That’s what Jesus wants you to do. Answering your need may not be in the way you want or the timing may not be your timing. But trust Him! God’s timing is perfect and precise. He does things at His appointed time. We must wait on the Lord. Oh, yes, it is a hard thing to do, but we must have faith that God’s plan is perfect! Just believe and rest in His provision!

Romans 8:32 says, “He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”



Some of my memories of growing up are connected to music.  I believe I have always had a love of music.  I have always had the desire to play an instrument or to be able to sing.  To this day, I still cannot sing on key, but I still try.  No one can take that away from me.  I have told my husband and family that when I get to Heaven, I will be able to sing in God’s choir and sing praises to HIM!

As a child going to church, all those beautiful hymns are entrenched in my memory.  I can recall them from time to time when I stop rushing from place to place.  Sitting in church and hearing and singing those hymns told the story of Jesus and how I knew even then that I needed HIM and that HE loved me.  It was not until I was older that I fully surrendered my life to Jesus and put my faith and trust in HIM.  The Lord was drawing me to HIM ever so gently because, you see, He knew the plans that He had for me… give me a hope and a future, to prosper me and not to harm me.  Those hymns were like hearing God’s Word in a way that I could understand at an incredibly young age.  Much joy was received from my early days in church!

Junior Choir and Youth Choir in church were especially important.  Even though I could not sing very well, I loved participating.  All of this placed a song in my heart.  When I was in Junior High School, I was able to go to summer camp for a week at Lake Stephens in Oxford, MS.  I feel sure it was a sacrifice for my parents to send me, but it was an experience that I will never forget.  At night when it was time for lights out, the Lord’s Prayer was played over a loudspeaker.  Tears would flow every night.  I do not know if I was homesick or if the Lord was softening my heart.  It could have been a little bit of both.  I will never forget hearing that beautiful Lord’s Prayer played every night.  There was also a place at Lake Stephens that was called Vesper Hill.  There was a trail that led to the top where a large Wooden cross stood.  We would sing camp songs and have a devotional there every evening.  “Kum Ba Yah, My Lord” is one of the songs we would sing.  It means Come by Here, My Lord.  That gave me joy unimaginable! 

One of my sisters played the clarinet in the school band.  This same sister also had a ukulele and tried to teach me how to play it.  I remember getting her ukulele and strumming the tune she taught me.  The tune was “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”.  That gave me much joy

A neighbor had a piano in her home because her daughter took piano lessons.  This sweet lady would let me play on that piano from time to time.  My parents could not afford to buy a piano or pay for lessons.  But somewhere along the way, I had taught myself to read the notes with my right hand, the melody.  I also learned to play a few little “ditties”.  That gave me joy!

When I was still in school, the band director asked me if I would like to learn to play the bassoon.  I am not sure why he asked me though.  The school had a bassoon that no one was using, and he offered to teach me.  I was extremely excited that he made this offer.  So, the story goes that I tried and tried but just could not play that instrument.  It was difficult to handle.  At least, I tried.  That, too, gave me much joy

After I married and had my own children, one of my relatives let us borrow their piano that they did not use any more so that my children could take piano lessons.  My daughter learned to play and did well.  My son decided to try lessons, too, but it ended up not being for him.  That was okay.  I believe he was glad he tried.   From time to time, I would sit down at that piano and read the notes and play.  All of this gave me great joy!

After my daughter married and had children of her own, she wanted them to have an opportunity to learn to play the piano.  At first, they learned to play on a keyboard before their parents found a piano to purchase.  All three of the grandchildren learned to play very well and will always have that to fall back on when they decide to play again.  I was able to go to some of their recitals, which was especially special to me.  One of the granddaughters still plays well today.  I love listening to her play.  She even plays some of the hymns that I grew up hearing and singing when I was a child.  All of this gives me joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart!!  And still does to this day!!

My granddaughter suggested that I bring their keyboard to my house and try to play.  She even gave me some instructions on how to begin, along with some of her early music.  That keyboard is now here in my home, and every now and then, I get it out and play some hymns.  Just the melody, of course, but I am playing.  What a joy that is!

Fast forward to the present, here I am, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and I have no regrets for not having been able to play and sing like other exceptionally talented people can.  All those things relating to music as I was growing up have had a great effect on who I am today.  I especially enjoy listening to hymns being played and sung.  This music quiets my soul and gives me peace in a world that is so torn with strife and hatred.  I can slip away to a quiet place and rest in the Lord.  To say that I am thankful for music is an understatement.  Music is a part of my very fiber.  It is one way that I can worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!  Joy that is unspeakable!!

“HE (Jesus) withdrew………to a solitary place.” Matthew 14:13

Sometimes, in all the humdrum of life, it is a good thing to withdraw in a quiet place and rest. I am constantly being reminded to “Be still and know that HE is God.”

And I can rest in that!  Amen

LESSONS LEARNED and blessings found in 2020!

may our hope in the new year be grounded in Jesus christ!
Photo by Mary Lockett Burcham

I am sure that all of us would agree that 2020 has been a year that has been totally different from any year we have ever experienced. As I have lived each day of this past year, I have learned many lessons and have found many blessings that should help me to be a better person. I hope that I don’t forget the things I have learned and the blessings that I have found from this past year. I pray that I will take those lessons and blessings and remember them in the year ahead.

Never take for granted hugs from friends and family. Always cherish smiles from people you meet and always smile back, even if you have to learn to smile with your eyes. Be grateful for every day we breathe. Live each day as if it is your last because we are not promised tomorrow. Be thankful for family. Reach out to people around you because they matter. Never stop being optimistic. Remember there is a God who never sleeps and who cares for you. Don’t ever forget that HE is still in control. God is not surprised by anything that has gone on this past year. Don’t ever stop praying. Don’t ever stop seeking God’s will for your life. Don’t ever stop studying the Bible and coming to know the ONE who will never leave you or forsake you.

This past year I watched several very good movies. One of those movies had as the moral, Giving Gifts. If I could give you gifts to carry you through 2021, they would be these gifts that came from that movie:

  1. The Gift of Faith that you would have a love for God in your heart.
  2. The Gift of Friendship that you would learn to love others deeply.
  3. The Gift of Peace that you would enjoy life to its fullest and have a heart filled with peace.
  4. The Gift of Family that you would embrace family no matter the circumstances.
  5. And, most of all, the Gift of Forgiveness that you would discover the healing and restoring power of forgiveness.

I pray that I will live this coming year in perfect step with Jesus and that all that I do or say or think will give HIM Glory! Some scriptures that I will carry with me this year are:

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Matthew 4:17, “….Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

May 2021 be a year that you and I live more like Christian citizens than ever before. Amen.


What does prayer mean to you?  Is prayer a part of your day?  Do you have people who ask you to pray for them and their petition to the Lord?  Do you say, “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”?  And then do you pray or maybe get busy and not pray?  When do you pray?  Why do you pray?  I have been asking myself those questions lately.  Those are questions that I personally need to answer.  The Lord has been reminding me that I have told people I would pray and then sometime have not kept my word to pray.

A few days ago, I was livestreaming Dan Celia on Financial Issues.  (Just a note about Financial Issues: His ministry is about being Biblically responsible with our money and investments.)  Dan was speaking about the need for prayer especially in our country today.  He was talking about the Scripture of 2 Chronicles 7:14. You are probably familiar with that verse if you read your Bible, and that verse has been posted on social media quite a lot lately.  Dan reminded me that verse starts off with “If”.  The word “If” makes the verse conditional.  I had never thought about it that way.

            2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”  It tells us what we must do if we want the Lord to hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our land.  What Dan said so convicted me about my prayer life and being reminded of the checks in my spirit about praying for requests made of me.  The Lord placed on my heart “what if I’m that one person the Lord is waiting to hear from to answer that prayer”.  I do not want to be that one person He is waiting to hear from. 

            So today, I am answering those questions above and making myself accountable to the Lord.  I know I am guilty of this sometime, but I am forgiven because I asked.

            To dig a little deeper into this passage of Scripture, the Lord appeared to Solomon after he had completed the Temple and had done all that the Lord had asked him to do.  God gave Solomon His stamp of approval when He said in Verse 12b of 2 Chronicles 7, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.”  In Verse 13 of this chapter, the Lord tells Solomon basically that He knows trouble will come because that verse says, When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land, or send a plague among my people,”. That is the time for God’s people to pray as stated in Verse 14.  Then the Lord says in Verse 15 that if His people do as He asks, this will happen: “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

            God wants to hear our prayers.  He wants us to communicate with Him.  He wants us to bring our petitions to Him.  He wants us to bring our praises to Him.  He is always ready to hear our prayers if we are ready to say them.  Pray for our country that God will heal our land.  Pray for the Lord to end this plague of the virus that is sweeping the world.  Pray for those who ask you to pray for them.  Pray for those you know are in need.  There is no greater need in our lives today than to pray.  Make praying and spending time with the Lord a priority in your life.   

Be a Light in this World!


What are you waiting on today? 

          Are you waiting on news from a family member about a doctor’s visit?  News about a diagnosis after tests have been done? Hoping that diagnosis is good and not as bad as you fear it could be? 

          Relief and peace from your grieving for a family member or friend who has died?  News about whether the lost person you have been praying for has turned his life around and come to realize that Jesus is the only way? 

          News about treatment for an ill friend or family member who is suffering with a terminal disease?  Hoping that a new treatment will provide hope? 

          Angry with God that He has not answered your petitions?  Broken relationships to be mended?  Answers to financial problems?

          There could be enumerable prayers that you are waiting on for answers from the Lord. 

          I am thankful for a sermon I heard Sunday that the College and Young Singles Pastor of my church gave.  My topic today comes from his sermon.  His message touched me, and I felt I needed to share it in my blog for someone who might need to hear it.  I cannot recall the exact title of his sermon, but it is concerned with waiting patiently on the Lord.  If you are a Christian, you know that Scripture tells us that we are to wait patiently.  We are to present our petitions to the Lord, believing that He will answer.  Answers to our prayers may be yes, no, or wait.  If you don’t receive an answer right away, that is where the waiting begins.  I believe that God is working out His plan for our good and others’ good while we are waiting. 

          The scripture for his sermon was taken from Isaiah 40:28-31.  It says, “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.”  (NKJV) 

          There were three points that were made in his message.  The first point is to Be Expectant.  Yes, be expectant while you are waiting.  The pastor said that waiting on the Lord is not a passive thing, but it is an active participation in the process that God is allowing in your life.  I believe we must realize that what we are waiting on and what God is allowing in our lives is only part of the big picture. That’s the process! Think about the scripture above.  God is everlasting and He is working out all His plans not only for your benefit but for others who may or may not be directly involved in what He is allowing in your life at this time.  God is asking us to wait on Him.  He is giving us His strength in place of our weakness while we are waiting.  All through Scripture God is reminding us of His power, His Love, His Mercy, His Grace!

          The second point that was made in his sermon is to Remain Empty!  What the pastor said he means by that is that we are to leave room for God to operate.  I know so many times I tend to want to somehow help God, as if He needs my help, but I need to give God space to carry out His plan without my interference.  I believe if there is something that God wants us to do, we can know through the Holy Spirit who lives and walks with us daily as Christians.  Stay close to the Lord.  One of my favorite verses in Psalm 46:10a is “Be Still and Know that I am God.” (NKJV) I thought of this verse when the pastor said Remain Empty. 

          The last point he made is to Stay Engaged.  He said for us not to stop praying.  Continue to pray.  God wants to hear our prayers even though He knows all before we ever speak it.  Tell God how you feel.  Tell Him if you are angry.  Tell Him if you are hurting.  But be thankful for all the blessings God has given to you.  I am not sure what others who heard his sermon received from it because we all can hear the same message but get something entirely different.  I was blessed by his message, and I am sure others were. 

          Hardships, obstacles, challenges, and problems come to every one of us in this life.  No one is exempt.  Jesus said in John 16:33b, “In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  That’s a promise, Christian!  Think about the times that God has allowed difficulties to come into your life.  When you got through those things, have you ever been thankful for having gone through those rough times?  What did you learn from it?  What effect did it have on others who are close to you?  Do you have a testimony from the challenges that you could share with others?

          I don’t know about you, but I am a person who makes notes in the margin of my Bible.  I wrote this note a long time ago beside Isaiah 40:31:The Greek meaning of this passage is to exchange our weakness for God’s strength.”  That is what God can do if we allow Him.  Where we are weak, God is strong!  I want to leave you with this Scripture from Psalm 37:7. It says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”  Praise the Lord!


The Secret

I watched a movie a few weeks ago, named The Secret.  A young boy was being bullied by kids in school and in his neighborhood.  His life at home had been unsettling because he thought his mother and father were not getting along.  He felt he could not share his feelings with his mom and dad because he did not want to cause them to worry. 

        In the meantime, his teacher gave an assignment to the class to write a story about someone they admired.  The teacher told them they would be sharing their story at parents’ night. 

        The boy’s grandfather came for a visit, and he sensed something was wrong with his grandson.  The grandfather, in his own quiet way, decided to try and help his grandson.  The boy’s birthday was in a few days.  This incredibly wise grandfather gave his grandson a present of a glass beaker and told him the Secret.  No one knew exactly what he meant by giving him a beaker until the grandson read his story at parents’ night. 

       The story the boy wrote was this: “People argue with each other so much, hold grudges, and say awful things about each other behind each other’s back.  People get bullied.  It hurts.  You can be so upset and so worried that it will never end.  It is like a civil war raging right inside you.  My grandfather gave me this beaker, and he told me to imagine that I am a beaker.  He told me that what you choose to put inside you is who you are.  When you fill your glass with hate and fear, pouring in and worrying about what happened in the past and what could happen in the future, you will probably be miserable.  If you fill your beaker with love and caring, miracles can happen.  That is what my grandfather taught me.  That is the Secret.”

        We could all learn from that Secret.  We could fill our beaker with love and caring, treating others as we would like to be treated.  You might say that you are not able to do that.  You are afraid you will fail.  Failure is not being knocked down.  Failure is in not getting up and trying again. 

            In Jeremiah 8:4, Jeremiah is told: “Say to them, this is what the Lord says: ‘When people fall, do they not get up?  When someone turns away, do they not return?’”

        “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV)

        “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

        It is my prayer that we will take this Secret to heart and learn from it.  The world would be a better place, and those who try would like themselves for at least trying.  And who knows who might be watching and say that they want to be like that.  People are watching even when we may not realize it.

        I leave this blessing for you from Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV): “The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”

DOWNTRODDEN? weighed down?

I woke early Wednesday morning, August 5, 2020, feeling very downtrodden by all that is happening around me – this virus, the hatred that some have for our President, the grieving of people who have lost loved ones, the people who have had health diagnosis of cancer or some disease, the isolation, the hatred of many for the history of our United States of America and its founding, the children who need to go back to school, the people who need to return to work, the people who need to be back in the church and the fellowship of believers.

I picked up my Bible to continue my reading the Bible through, and I saw that my next book to read was Revelations. I stopped for a moment and prayed, “Lord, I don’t think I can get into that deep study right now. What can I do?” The thought came to my mind that I should read in my devotion book, “A Daily Walk Through the Psalms” instead. I have always found that book to be very uplifting, and I surely needed to be uplifted this morning. I then wondered what number today is in the year so that I could read the devotion for August 5. That book didn’t have dates; it has day numbers; such as, Day1, Day 2, etc. I googled my question and got the answer – August 5 is Day #217. I turned to that page and much to my surprise it began with my life verse of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And I read through that day’s devotion and was certainly encouraged. Well, God knew I needed to see that verse to let me know that no matter what comes my way that I can rest assured that today is still a day in which I can praise my Lord and Savior!

Then that still small voice within me prompted me to google again to double check what day August 5 is in the year, just to be sure. Guess what? Number 218 came up as this day’s number. I could hardly believe my eyes. I know the number was 217 a few minutes before when I checked, and now it is # 218! So, Today is # 218 in the year 2020. This incident is what I prefer to call a God-incidence, not a co-incidence! I turned to Day 218 in my devotion book and below is a summary of what I found – encouragement from Jesus!!  He knew I needed to read this.

The devotion was entitled “Walking With God”. Deuteronomy 10:12 says, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul?” I believe that to “fear the Lord your God” means to be in awe of Him and His power.

Heart rending questions were asked; such as, Tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Well, be comforted by taking a walk with God. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised that He would teach us how to live freely if we would walk with Him.

Worried? Filled with Anxiety? Jesus said he would never leave us or forsake us, so be confident in God’s power. Have you lost all hope for the future? Turn that lost hope into courage and call upon God. He will provide the hope that you have lost.

Grieving? For loss of a spouse or family member or a close friend? God knows that you are suffering. He hears you and sees you. God will give you the comfort you need and He will wipe away all those tears. Surrounded by confusion? God is not a God of confusion. Don’t just walk with God but talk with Him, listen to Him, etc.

“How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!” (Psalm 128:1)