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Day 33: PRESENCE

Today’s principle focus is on recognizing God and His presence.

Scripture of the day:
Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Psalm 119:37

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:

“Today I will watch out for Godliness, and open my eyes to the positivity and frailty of life.”

MAN’S AGENDA’S MAY LEAVE US FRUSTRATED, BUT GOD IS ALL AROUND YOU

If you are constantly bombarded with various agendas and it has become evident to you that “tolerance” has some how gone from, ” I will let you alone (and be tolerant) of what you believe” to “You better believe the WAY I believe, or YOU aren’t tolerant of ME,” you aren’t alone.

There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

A few months back, I wrote this HOT topic on certain life episodes that I had been witness too…

Published on: Apr 27, 2010 @ 15:04

“I was in a travailing spirit last night, as I was pondering the state of the society around me. I am PASSIONATE about the Word and to be living in these end times, I get hotter and hotter, in regards to the multiple agendas that are screaming at the Church in the name of “love”, when in reality it is in the name of “self serving ‘godliness'” as indicated in the above scripture (2 Tim 3). I went to bed nearly… hopeless.

I went to bed on the brink, but I awoke with a new set of eyes!

1. I awoke, and Matthew 15:11 was on my mind.

2. I awoke, and put on my favorite preaching Podcast.

3. I awoke, and listened to my gospel favorites.

4. I went to the gym, and on Good Morning America (National TV), I saw Pastor Marvin Sapp singing live “He Saw the Best in Me”.

5. I looked around at the gym, and saw people wearing clothes with scripture on them. (“Pray for us”, was what his T said)

6. I had in my hand Myles Monroe’s book “The Principles and Power of Vision”, that I began to read.

7. I ran into a brother in Christ, that I assemble with in our church.

8. People were singing and leaping at the gym.

9. I went to Starbucks and saw people praying.

10. I heard conversations (though muttered) about people and their Pastors.

11. The birds were chirping, and the air was fresh and the sun was shining.

When our eyes become jaded to the evil among us we need to repent!

What a revelation! The Lord was so kind to show me, through my new eyes, that the devil will try to scream at us EVIL EVIL EVIL! When in reality, God is STILL all around us- we just haven’t been looking close enough. Our eyes have become jaded seeing only the evil among us and, bottom line for today is- we need to repent.”

My prayer today,

“Thank you Lord for showing me that You are everywhere. That you are just as present in Your people as You have always been. That there are other people out there that love You and want to do right by you. The very wind whispers Your name. Forgive me for forgetting that You will have the final say, and forgive me for allowing others agendas and ideals to begin hardening my heart. Thank you, that I have received new eyes today, I love You, and I love that You care for me enough to feel my pain for Your people and then confirm that You feel for them too. In Your Son Jesus’ name, AMEN!”

Did you know??

Did you know that according to World Christian Trends record, in 33 A.D there were approximately only 10,000 proclaimed Christians. The early Christians did not have doctrine to follow aside from the testimony of the disciples. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rev. 19:10 The Word of God as we know it, in the form of the Latin work- “The Vulgate”, did not come on the scene until 382 AD – that is 389 after Christ’s death and 349 years after the 10,000 number status!

It wasn’t until 1611 that The King James version of The Holy Bible was published in “english”! That means that it took 1262 years for The Bible to be written in a language that the commoner could understand.

Still however, mostly due to testimonies of Christ and His salvation power, Christianity during this time grew. From the years 33-300 Christianity grew (by testimony) from 10,000 believers to 14,010,000. From the years 300-2010, Christianity grew from 14,010,000 – 2,200,000,000! It is currently estimated that there are only 6,865,300,000 people on this planet! WOW! That means at least 1/3 of the global population believes in Jesus! Praise the LORD!

Day 32: UNIQUELY YOU

Today’s principle focus is on being the you that God created you to be, uniquely you.

Scripture of the day:
Even every hair on your head has been counted. Don’t be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 GWT

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will no longer live by others labels, today I will be ME!”

FEELING BOXED IN?

The sad little character in this picture is hurting for sure. Walking around boxed in on all sides, no identity other than the box he was put in.

What a sad sad state, to be boxed in for life.

But how many of us are in the same position, boxed in on all sides by labels and identity that someone else has put on us? Rich, poor, black, white, red, yellow, male, female, sick, abandoned, divorced, helpless.

Science for years has tried to justify for us why the human body does what it does, and why we act in certain ways.

EVEN SCIENCE USES THE BIBLE TO DEFINE OUR “PROBLEMS”

Have you ever considered that  “modern science” to this day uses the Bible to define what is right and what is wrong? After all, what is a person in a “depressed state” but a person who is found “without joy”. What is a person who is “sick” but a person who is not “healed”. What is a person who is an “addict” but a person who is not “set free” ?

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve… Isaiah 61:1-3

If science can recognize a picture of “wholeness” and judge peoples “issues” against the Word of God … shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we all take our problems to the cross and say, “All we need is Jesus?” Today is a day to begin to say, “I am no longer identified by what I have, but by Who has me!”

NO MATTER WHAT THE PROBLEM

No matter what the problem, if your problem has been given a “name” and identity of its own, the bible says that Jesus’ name is the name it. His name is the name above all names. Which means that when we have accepted Him, and His love for us, we are now only identified as being “IN Christ” period!

Therefore God exalted Him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.. Phil 2:9

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor 5:17

In Christ, you are free to be you! Limitless, with NO labels or identifications!

NO NEED TO BE SCARED

Unfortunately for some this “uncharted and limitless ground” can be very scary. They have made their entire lives out of living with their labels. Their support groups, their money, their jobs, their everything has come from their label. They end up being afraid that they  will lose everything. Take the person identified by being on well fare. Losing this identity is almost worse than earning income! Their is nothing wrong with receiving a temporary benefit if it is what God has given you opportunity to have. But buyer beware- never let your benefits become your identity!

Don’t be deceived, Doctors get paid to find problems*, and will give people attention for being “different”  and for each of their labels (even though according to them normalcy is still defined by the Word). When you decide today to make the transition from being labeled, to label-less, ask God for deliverance and ask Him to show you the proper way to live. What does “normal and healed” look like? Chances are you will only be able to find a picture of it in the Bible. If you would like to build your dream for a better life, seek out other Christ-centered individuals who are happily married, and healed, and functioning in society limitless. Ask God to bring them your way.

CHRIST HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

A wholehearted man or woman of God who has Christ in them has overcome the world! A world which has made it’s entire premiss to rob you of your individually unique and whole attributes, just as God made you in the image of Him! Since the beginning man and woman have been labeled as “sinners”, yes we can sin and have sinned, but God Himself has dealt with the issues of us being permanently labeled as “sinners”! He died on the cross for the “sinner”!

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

In Christ you can do anything, but apart from Him you will be found labeled and isolated into only being able to do certain things at certain times, and with certain people. Today let us cast all our anxieties aside and focus on being 100% unique, a new creation, without labels or marks. We are IN CHRIST, WE ARE FREE!
My Prayer today-

Father God Bless your Children today! Give them the peace that comes with freedom to be what You have designed them to be! Encapsulate them with Your Holy Spirit and Your love! I pray Father God that as they read this they would feel deliverance IN THE NAME OF JESUS, that all bonds would break and that they would be set free! Any demonic possessions must be gone and only the love of Christ is to remain. Love God, YOUR love is the only power that there is to heal, and Your scripture says, You have healed them all. (Matt 12:15) Thank You Father for healing and delivering us today. Today we will quit going to our labels as our source. You will break the ties that bind. We will go to church, instead of the bar. Into prayer instead of the hands of those who label us, into the Word instead of magazines and propaganda. We have been delivered of all persecutions and are completely SOLD OUT to You and YOUR way of doing things. Father God show Your children the righteous way of life! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!

God Bless you friends today as you are delivered and set free!

Love Always,

Jessica


TALK ABOUT “OUT-OF-BOX” !

Did you know??

Did you know that while it has gotten many traditional “Theologians” stirred up The Message Bible was created by Eugene H. Peterson and published in segments from 1993 to 2002. It is a paraphrase of the original languages of the Bible. He in the introduction to this Bible version states:

“While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren’t feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.'”

Brother Peterson goes on to explain to the readers that Jesus spoke in the modern language of his time, and so having a Bible to be read in today’s language- he felt was necessary. Personally, I love to read in the Hebrew and the Greek myself, so I always cross reference The Message Bible when I question what it is saying. I have never found it to be off, one bit. He is an excerpt that goes with today’s message on uniqueness:

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’sgiving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matt 6:33-35


*If you feel as if you have been delivered and are seeing a Doctor or Therapist, I would encourage you to continue to go to your sessions and stay on your medication and explain to them your desire to be “weaned”, they ultimately have to do what you request, but this is an opportunity for you to witness to them of the healing power of Christ. Continue to seek God for the right time to leave and allow your Doctor to give you a “clean bill of health”. It may be weeks, it may be overnight, but always remember that Christ now is who you are in and He has a plan for your life!

Day 31: OVERCOMING FEAR

Today’s principle focus is on overcoming fear.

Scripture of the day:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:7

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will walk fear free, bold and unhindered!”

LIVING FEAR FREE

What would you do if you had no fear? Would you open that business, write that book, or buy that house? Would you be bold enough to believe God for His best?

I am here today to encourage you that you can overcome fear! Through Christ who lives in you, there is no need to fear and no need to be hindered. You are not only a Superhero on assignment you are a Christ filled, Holy Ghost inspired man or woman of God. We have a saying in this house – “No fear here!”

How though? How can you live fear free?

FEAR IS A SPIRIT

Scripture says that fear is a spirit. 2 Timothy, …”For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” Since fear is a spirit, and you through Christ have overcome all things that try to come against you, you can overcome that spirit of fear simply by not receiving it!

The key to overcoming fear is to become confident in who you are and the power that you have to cast down anything that tries to exalt itself above the Word of God. If there is no Word of God in you… here are some scriptures that will certainly help!

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Peace be with you.” John 20:19

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:7

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Col 3:14

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:5

BIND THE STRONG MAN

In Matthew 12:29, Jesus asks a very simple question, “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man?” The devil (or thief) has no power over you unless he can first overtake you. He can not overtake you if you don’t let him tie you up! What is the rope he carries? FEAR! Fear entangles you, and paralyzes you are keeps you from being fruitful. The devil doesn’t want you fruitful.. he wants you tied up! Today is a day to focus on overcoming the enemy in faith, casting down and binding the enemy, and a day to stand in faith that Christ has overcome the world- that we could live FEAR FREE. Today is YOUR day! Victory is the Lords!

If you have never cast the enemy down, many preachers preach deliverance in different ways. I always thank the Father for binding the devil, and in authority we can ‘cast’ out demons. My prayer usually goes like this, “Thank you Father God for binding the devil in the name of Jesus. Thank you for binding him from our finances, our home, our family, our friends, and our children. Thank you Lord for your blood and for Your Word that says that we have been given the power to cast out demons. I speak to the spirit of (xyz- you can put anything here, fear , stress, anxiety, anything that comes against the Word of God) FEAR in JESUS’ name and I command it to be gone! Fear be gone!”

My Prayer today-

Father God be with Your children today and lift them up. Show them that there is no need to receive the spirit of fear. Show them Father God that is it by Your power and the faith that they have in You, that they can go about their day fear free, overcoming all fear and intrepidation. This is the day that You have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. We will drive out fear with a shout of praise, and we will remember You in our victory! Thank You Father for Your Word, we love You and love YOUR peace of mind that following You brings! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!

God Bless you today as you walk fear free!

Love Always,

Jessica

Did you know??

Did you know that on August 7, 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m  a small in stature French man tightrope walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center?!

Philippe Petit walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head. An observer of the miraculous feet from 1,368 ft below said,

“I observed the tightrope ‘dancer’—because you couldn’t call him a ‘walker’—approximately halfway between the two towers. And upon seeing us he started to smile and laugh and he started going into a dancing routine on the high wire….And when he got to the building we asked him to get off the high wire but instead he turned around and ran back out into the middle….He was bouncing up and down. His feet were actually leaving the wire and then he would resettle back on the wire again….Unbelievable really….Everybody was spellbound in the watching of it.”

What has God given you a vision to do? Today is a good day to get that project started! NO FEAR HERE!


Day 30: ASSIGNMENT

Today’s principle focus is on working by assignment.

Scripture of the day:
We have confidence that as your faith grows, you will think enough of us to give us the help we need to carry out our assignment- spreading the Good News in the regions far beyond you. GWT 1 Cor 10:15-16

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will begin to see myself as a worker of the Lord, and not employed by man.”

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17

THERE IS NO UNEMPLOYMENT WITH CO-LABORS IN CHRIST

Ever notice how in the cartoons/movies Batman doesn’t have a “job”? No really, it isn’t the Caped Crusader’s “job” to go do good or fight evil. It isn’t by position or even by authority that he does what he does. Everything, every action he does is by assignment and completely deliberate. When the call arises, Bruce Wayne turns into Batman, and Batman maintains vigilant until that assignment is over. Thus he becomes not just a hero, a “superhero”.

YOU ARE A SUPERHERO, YOU ARE A SOLDIER OF THE LORD

Much like that of Batman, in the body of Christ we are all soldiers on a mission, and we each have our own assignments. For those of us who accepted the call, (“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matt 22:14) we accepted the permanent responsibility of freedom that comes with eternal life. We traded in our alias’ for full-time soldiers of the Lord, we decided to become Christ’s Holy anointed “Super-hereos” and it is awesome! We are free! The “price” that we pay for that freedom however, is that we must continue to do what it is that the Lord has called us to do. We must continuously check in with Him, and make sure that we are in the correct assignment that He would have for us. Each day, we go into battle, and each day we wear the Eph. 6:10 armor in order to protect us on assignment.

BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT I WAS “UNEMPLOYED”?

As a believer, I must encourage you that you are not “unemployed” nor will you ever be. GOD is your employer and you are doing His work right where you are at. Perhaps with your time you are ministering to a loved one, serving a neighbor, or showing your children perseverance and due diligence. If you are “unsettled” in your current assignment or what society may call “unemployment”, than I am sure that there is good reason- God has another assignment for you and you have been too hesitant to ask and hear His answer !! Perhaps you are afraid that He will encourage you to do something, you have been worried about until now. DO NOT WORRY, the Lord will never steer you in a wrong direction, or a bad assignment. Be bold, and understand that God’s grace will carry you when you feel weak. No, you are not “unemployed” or “unemployable”, you are on God’s payroll and He has assignment after assignment for you! What a true and obedient hero you have become!

ALL SOLDIERS NEED PROTECTION

Ever since I was a girl, my mother taught me all the weaponry I have ever needed. Each day I clothe myself and prepare myself for assignment, I;

  • Put on the BELT OF TRUTH buckled around my waist (Eph 6:14)
  • Shield my heart and chest with the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Eph 6:14)
  • Shod my feet with readiness and THE GOSPEL OF PEACE (Eph 6:15)
  • In one hand I bare THE SHEILD OF FAITH (Eph 6:16)
  • On my head I wear THE HELMET OF SALVATION (Eph 6:17)
  • In the other the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is THE WORD OF GOD (Eph 6:17)

Add to this never ending prayer, for guidance and direction, and you have one soldier ready to go on assignment! Today is a day to focus on our lives, our careers, and our duties as our assignments. Moving forward from today, we the soldiers of the Lord, we are no longer going to worry about what we are going to eat, where we are going to live, what we are going to wear, or what will happen to us. Today, is the day that we dress for assignment and ask the Lord to use us. We, the Lord’s army, accept His call and are ready to march on to His victory.

TRUST IN THE LORD

Scripture says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all of these things shall be added unto you.” Let us begin today by seeking God for our assignments. What does He want us to do? Who does He need us for? Society has attempted to label us for too long as “misfits” or any number of other labels… isn’t it good to know that we work for God now! And on assignment too! Here are some encouraging scriptures to give you the confidence you need in order to “go and to do!”

  • “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.” John 5:36
  • “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27
  • “But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:38
  • And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 1 Peter 1:17 NLT
  • Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” John 5:17
  • “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

My Prayer today,

Father God, be with Your sons and daughters who may at one time have felt like they were unworthy. Show them Lord that You are the only employer that they will ever need, and that they are on assignment by You. Give them their assignments Lord, open up their ears to hear from You and to hear what You would have them do next. Cover them with the blood of Jesus, and protect them as they go on assignment for You. Give them the resources that they need to continue to do Your work. Show them Father God, how effortless it is working for You. Though it is exhausting, it is not hard work. Work for You is never hard, though our bodies may get tired we renew our strengths in You. Thank You Father for Your clarity and the confidence that comes in knowing YOU are our GOD, the only aid we will ever need! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!

God Bless you today as you receive your assignment,

Love Always,

Jessica

Did you know??

Did you know that everyday that you follow the Lord, and do as His directs is a day that you do not go against Him! One of the many perfect examples of obedience in action and on assignment was when Moses and Joshua were commanded to destroy the Amalekites with a relatively small in size army. Joshua’s assignment was to battle with the sword, and Moses’ assignment by God was to hold up his hands while overlooking the Israelites as they fought, together as a team and on assignment, Joshua and Moses won the war!

“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” Exodus 17:10-13

Day 29: RENEW YOUR STRENGTH

Today’s principle focus is on allowing the Lord to renew our strength.

Scripture of the day:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will stop what I am doing, and wait upon the Lord to renew my strength.”

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

For the last year, I have poured everything I have into what the Lord has called me to do, and I have been blessed to do it. The Lord has provided for me well, and yet there has seemed to be a “stall pattern” of sorts recently. Revelation knowledge has been pouring out, but not much has been going in. As I looked around today, I began to notice the things in my “family” life have begun to weigh heavy on me… dishes, clothes, gardening, cleaning… you know all of the little things that can be outsourced but aren’t. It was at this point that I felt a tug on my heart to say, ok. “Enough is enough. Have I put “Ministry” work above the needs of my family?” Never desiring my children to turn into full time Dora the Explorer groupies, the reality is that family comes first.

OUR PRIORITIES

Our priorities as I understand them are,

1. GOD
2. SPOUSE
3. CHILDREN
4. JOB/MINISTRY

Our number one priority should be ministering to God and God alone, and then to those in the following order. I am sorry to say, I have not been doing an “excellent” job keeping my priorities in line. Operating out-of-order does no one any good. What I have always desired, has been to be found operating in the Glory, and not in the anointing alone. When we operate in the anointing only, we end up tapped out and exhausted, when we create an environment for the Glory to be present we are refueled and the work is nearly effortless!

WAIT UPON THE LORD

Scripture calls us to , “Wait upon the Lord”. This my friends, is what I intend to do. I have reached a limit personally, in which I have given and given and have yet to get anything “done”. Today, Day 29 is a day to focus on STOPPING all activity, and letting go, and letting GOD lead you in whatever direction He pleases. I, myself, will probably be found on the floor until it is time to come up for air. If you can not quit your job, take time off, get in a closet, turn off the cell… than I would encourage you to simply stop where you are at and take nothing else on, until God speaks to you in what your NEXT step should be.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING GOD TOLD YOU TO DO?

Always a fan of the motto, “Never begin any new business until you first discuss your old business.” I have GOT to finish my book that I started a year ago. He told me to write it in 5 days, I did. But with the editing, that was nearly 370+ days ago, and it is time and I am ready.

So, today, I will wait upon the Lord… and He will renew my strength. After taking a good strong look at the reality of things, I have discovered that I am exhausted. (This involved a sobbing episode as I sat on our dead grass staring at upside down cars, overflowing sandboxes, fruit snack trash spread evenly across the lawn, and a sheet from two weeks ago movie night STILL stapled to the garage wall)

I am assuming that I am not the only one who feels this way. Today, we will begin to wait upon the Lord to renew our strength!

My Prayer today,
Father God, if any of Your children are tapped out, maxed out, and in need of renewal, encourage them today to stop whatever they are doing and look to You. Even if they are busy doing Your business. Show they that You desire them to be whole and burden free and that it is in You that they shall seek refuge. Thank You Father for being my refuge, and my strength. Today Father God I pray that You would give to Your children strength and unmerited favor. They deserve it, they have been working hard! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!

May the Lord renew your strength and be all that you will ever need,
Love Always,
Jessica

I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah Psalm 61:4