Strength & Song

When you are tired, praise Him. When you are weak, praise Him. When you feel hopeless, praise Him. It is easy to praise the Lord, to give thanks to the Father when things are going well. When life hits a bump, or we feel tired and weak, sometimes we forget to turn to the Father, to praise Him for a new day or seeing us through that tough spot in our lives when all seems hopeless.

Was there a time in your life when it seemed as though everything was upside down and you weren’t so sure it would be right again? Or maybe you are going through something right now and it feels as though you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lord is your strength, sing a song of praise to the Father especially when you don’t feel like it. As you praise Him in the middle of the storm, He will lift you up. He will walk with you through it and give you the strength to endure. But here is the thing… sometimes you may not feel it until after the storm has passed and you are on the other side of it.

When life seems overwhelming and you think you can’t handle anymore, turn it over to the Father and sing a song of praise. Praise Him and honor Him and watch as He takes you through it to the other side. God bless! ❤

Abba, Your mercy and grace are new every morning. May we seek You out every day praising and honoring You. Help us to remember when trials come where our strength comes from and to turn toward You. Thank You for loving us and strengthening us to face today. Amen.

Devotional ~ Expectation

Expectation. Have you ever expected something to happen only to be disappointed when it didn’t turn out the way you thought it would or even should? Maybe you had plans to do something and those plans fell through. Or someone said that they would do something and for some reason didn’t. When our expectations fall on man’s shoulders or even our own we can’t have the assurance that everything will always work out all of the time.

There have been times when people have said that they would do something and for one reason or another didn’t follow through with it. That feeling of disappointment thinking that whatever didn’t happen was somehow my fault. I also remember times when I have done the same thing unintentionally, and how I felt to disappoint someone. It is unfortunate and uncomfortable when it happens, that feeling of letting someone down. And while it isn’t a good feeling, I’m certain I’m not the only one who has felt that way at one time or another.

But when we put our expectation in God, we have the assurance that He will not disappoint. He is our rock and our salvation. He delivers on what He says He will do. He is our defense and He will keep us protected. With God as our protector we can rest in the knowledge that no weapon formed against us will prosper.

O God, You are my rock, my salvation. You defend me from the attacks of my enemy. I wait on You, O God, for I trust in You and my expectation is in You alone. Man cannot move mountains, create a world filled with beauty, or speak life into an empty void. But You did that and more. You planned for man's redemption through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May I always honor You in all that I do. Create in me a clean heart, daily renew a right spirit in me. Abba I love You with all that I am and I trust in You. I thank You for loving me and praise Your holy name, in Jesus name amen.

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.

Numbers 6:24-26

God bless and have a wonderful day! ❤

Today’s Devotional~

Jesus is our peace. His peace is all encompassing. His love for us is without fail beyond anything that we can imagine. And if you know me, I have a pretty good imagination. If you are like me, you can probably make out all types of interesting shapes, objects, and animals in the clouds or even in plants. One year, I found the face in the dying flower of a Christmas cactus.

And in that regard, try to imagine if you will just how deeply loved you truly are by the Father. By Jesus.

This peace that the Lord gives us, He willingly chose to bridge the gap, by tearing down the wall that separated us from God. By giving us a way to the Father, He gave us a way to an everlasting peace unlike anything we can imagine. We need only to accept it.

I pray that your day is blessed and that you will find peace, and joy in the little things around you. Look beyond the material to what is eternal. God bless!

And The Winner Is…

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Happy Friday everyone! Have you ever said “I’ll be glad when I win the lottery, but first I have to play it before I can win it!” Or something similar? We’ve all probably said something along those lines at one time or another.

I was thinking about that statement the other morning, after reading a devotional, when another thought popped into my head. “God’s storehouse is never ending and I’d rather have from His storehouse that never ends than from the world’s lottery that will end.” I thank God for reminding me where my true provision comes from! Isn’t our God awesome? One of the many names that God is known by is Jehovah – Jireh *The Lord will Provide. He is our source and our provider.

And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:14

And my God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

I thought about our many blessings of late and how God has made provision for us. Recently we’ve had several large hits to our finances and at least another one that we know of next week. But God in His infinite wisdom has provided for what we needed when we really needed it and not when we thought we needed it. How amazing and wonderful is our God!

And 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?

Romans 8:32

How can we doubt the magnitude and love of this amazing God we serve? Do you believe He can do more than what you could ever hope or imagine for? He can and He will if you open the door to Him. God bless!

Clearly Blessed, Fully Loved

Not long ago, a friend of mine blessed me with this cute little bag. At the time, I had no idea how I could put it to use, it was too big to put in a purse, I already had a bag for makeup, and so it sat for a few weeks as I contemplated what I could use it for. I’ve seen some women use these bags as mini-purses, not really my thing. Other times I’ve seen them used to hold stuff in purses or bags, but I already a similar smaller bag for my loose items in my purse. So it sat on the bottom shelf of my buffet table staring back at me each night as I painted or worked on devotionals.

One night while painting, I noticed the bag again beckoning to me to put it to use. It hit me that I could use it for my paints. I had several tubes of paints that needed a place to be stored in and so I put it use. In the beginning there were only about four or five tubes that sat at the bottom of the bag. I had other tubes of paints that were in their original store bought package that I had to open and pull out of the box every time I wanted to use them. So I tossed those in the bag as well and threw away the package. Then I added even more tubes of individual paints as I purchased them and before long my bag was full.

As I sat down to work on today’s post, I was at a loss as to what the Lord wanted me to share. I had started to work on one of my drafts and it just didn’t seem to want to come together. I had taken a deep breathe, prayed, took a sip of water, and as I glanced up from the computer I noticed out of the corner of my eye this little bag beckoning to me, grabbing my attention once more.

CLEARLY BLESSED, FULLY LOVED

I thought about how this simple little statement held a big message behind it. The clear bag while it starts out empty, begins to fill up with whatever we may put into it. We can actually watch as it begins to fill with stuff. As sinners, our bag is empty of the presence of God. When we become Christians, our bag begins to fill will the love of God as He pours into our lives what we allow Him to do. We become transparent as we grow in Him and others begin to see Christ in us. As our bag continues to fill up, we begin to see how blessed and loved we are. As it overflows, the love of God is poured out spilling into the lives of those around us.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

This is My commandment, that you one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12

Remember you are blessed, you are loved, and God has more for you as He fills you to overflowing. For His glory. His purpose. Are you ready? If you have read this to end, know that you have been prayed over. God bless!