On Being Grateful

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”    

Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine love today giving God glory and giving God thanks.

You can know God and still get stuck in a mental tornado of worry and fear.

When you make gratitude and worship your daily bread and fortifying your spiritual life with His Word, He becomes the calm in the midst of the storm and the eye of the tornado.

He becomes the safe place you can run to and rest untouched by the winds of trial whipping around you.

Jesus defeated all sin and rose from the grave unleashing His power for you. His triumph secures your freedom from all fear.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life. In the middle of trials and stress, it is choosing to be present and aware of God’s goodness.

It is focusing on what you have instead of dwelling on what you are afraid of losing.

What are you grateful for today?

I am thankful for you.

On Hope

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”         

2 Peter 1:2-3 NIV

God’s divine power through Jesus has given you everything you need to live the life God has given you.

To the call He has placed upon your life.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy.  

If it was easy, you wouldn’t need God’s power to do it.

You will need Him. 

You will need His power to keep going in spite of the obstacles, the setbacks, the failures, and the frustrations you are facing.

Good thing you have Him. 

The promise is yours.

Grace and peace are yours in abundance.

Anchor your hope on His word and live fearlessly the beautiful life before you.

On Being Brave

You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not making your decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Trusting God for the impossible.

Choosing to believe the truth instead of giving into the lies.

That is being brave.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Be brave.

On Understanding

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” 
Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Your understanding is made of what you know, what you have learned, what you have been taught and tucked into your back pocket as experience. In the other pocket, you have stuffed the disappointments, the failures, and the fears of how other people’s choices will impact your life.

It is easy and natural to lean on what you know and on what you understand.

I want to challenge you to let go of what you know and lean on what God knows. What He sees.

You only know what is happening to you and can see only what is before you. He sees the whole picture and every person involved now or in the future. God knows what is really going on and nothing is hidden from Him.

Instead of spending your energy worrying about what you can’t control or stressing about what you can’t do, run to God.

Wrap yourself up in the truth of His unfailing love for you and hide there.

While you are there, take a moment to ask Him to show you His understanding of the situation, to see it from His perspective.

Lean hard into His love, His faithfulness, and ask for His wisdom for today.

Do the next right thing and leave the rest to Him.

Take it one day at a time and He will guide you.

He will show you how to walk forward one step at a time according to His truth.

The Rock You Can Stand On

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”

Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭4‬ NIV

Maybe today you are feeling sad and overwhelmed.

That is okay.

What you are facing is hard and what you have lost is significant.

Bring your feelings to Jesus.

Pour them out at His feet.

Cry when you need to and allow yourself space to grieve.

Feelings will ebb and flow but I want to remind you that Jesus’ love for you is unchangeable.

His love is the truth you can build your life on and the guide for you to follow.

It is the rock that will not be moved and a faithfulness that will not end.

What you are facing may be difficult but remember that with God all things are possible.

Feel your feelings and trust God.

He is the trustworthy Rock you can stand on when the storm around you rages.

Not Sorry

“Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.”    

Matthew 6:12 CJB

Did you know that you can forgive someone even if they are not sorry?

They don’t have to be sorry in order for you to forgive them. 

They don’t even have to know that you have forgiven them.

Forgiveness is about you, not them.

It is about acknowleging and releasing the pain, the fear and the hurt to God.

Forgiveness is not about restoring trust in them either, it is about trusting God with your heart and asking Him to heal it.

Trust God

Trust in the Lord and do good;”  ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:3‬ ‭NLT

The word trust in Hebrew means to lean on and be boldly confident in.

You are made to be boldly confident in your Creator.

He not only sees what could happen right now, but He also sees what could happen in the future.

Trust Him.

He is in it for the long game and loves you relentlessly.

Trust God and don’t be idle.

Get moving.

Make a plan.

Be proactive.

Be productive and creative right where you are, as you wait.

Don’t be so focused on what you can’t see about the future that you miss what you can do now.

Focus your energy on being present today and fully committed to embracing the small moments of wonder and joy that Jesus has already set up for you to experience.

Take a Deep Breath and Calm Down

“Do not fret.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This is a command, not a suggestion. 

Why?  Because fretting or incessant worrying steals your focus, burns up your energy and leaves you with a crispy attitude. 

The word for fret is “charah” in Hebrew. 

It is a word picture to burn something until it is charred. 

It means to be kindled with a spark of anxiety or worry then whip it up into an inner frenzy.

It means feeding worry until it is a voracious fire in your soul that burns long and hot. 

What is the best thing to do when a spark of fear ignites a frenzy of anxiety? 

Take a deep breathe and quiet down before God. Don’t worry about what others are doing or not doing and ask God to do what you can not do.

“Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.  Bridle your anger, trash your wrath, cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.”

Psalm 37:7-8 MSG

How to deal with change

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6 NIV

Seasons change.

Relationships change.

Children grow.


Jobs come and go.


We change.

Sometimes the seasons of our lives change gradually, gently. Other times, it changes suddenly with the force of a brutal storm that strips you bare and changes the season overnight. In Southwest Florida, we call it Hurricane Ian.

Yes, life changes.

God does not.

He is our anchor in the storm,
Our guide through the wilderness,
Our peace in the chaos,
Our security in the unstable economy,
Our light in the darkness, Our hope when fear beckons.

He is Jesus.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”’
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Everything else will change, but He will not.

May you find rest in the refuge of the unchanging love of God and be bold in the midst of the unexpected changes you are experiencing today.

A Quiet Place In A Noisy World

“I’m asking GOD for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.

I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.”

Psalm 27:4-5 MSG

King David’s prayer was to live WITH God every day. 

To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe place to escape to when the world goes nuts. 

He lived in a palace but longed to live in the temple with God.

The one thing David longed for, Jesus made a possibility. 

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Because of Jesus, you are able to experience this kind of relationship with God every day, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Are you stressed and overwhelmed today? 

God is with you.

Allow the Holy Spirit to be the calm in the middle of the chaos and quiet in the middle of the noisy nonsense of the world.