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22 Aug – I’d Rather Be Walking On Water

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It’s so easy to focus on the problems and negative things happening around us. We can get to the point of shaking our heads in discouragement, or making every effort to try to ignore it all.  I don’t believe it’s necessarily helpful to stick our heads in the sand and pretend everything’s rosy, but there is also a definite danger in allowing the negatives and concerns around us to become our focus, rather than putting our hope and trust in God’s goodness and ability.

Jesus highlighted the importance of keeping our eyes fixed on Him in the account of Peter walking on the water. It had been a busy day and Jesus had sent his friends before him in a boat while He dispersed the crowd and spent some time alone praying……..

Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.  Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased”. (Matthew 14:22-31)

Peter recognised Jesus and took the courageous step of climbing out of the boat in the middle of a stormy sea. He even walked on the water just like Jesus, until he made a mistake that many of us still make – he took his eyes off Jesus and considered his surroundings, rather than focusing on who was with Him. Because of that He started to sink as his faith wavered and gave way to fear.

Peter forgot about Jesus’ ability to care and override natural forces. He forgot that Jesus was a miracle worker who did unusual and supernatural things like walking on water and calming the wind and waves. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus he also took his eyes off just how powerful Jesus is. Instead he started looking at the waves, which he happened to have been only seconds earlier been walking on!

Water walking faith means trust. It doesn’t necessarily make sense, but it does always entail keeping our eyes on Jesus. It’s choosing to focus on what He says and does, rather than the noise, other’s experiences or the circumstances around us.

We won’t live the life that God says we can in Him if we focus on anything but Him. It just doesn’t work. We can’t live healed and whole if we look at other people and what they have experienced, rather than what Jesus says in His word. We can’t live at peace when we read and listen to the noise of the world, instead of resting in His love. Nor will we know overflowing, abundant life if we follow the crowd, rather than fixing our eyes on Jesus and following Him and His ways.

However just as Jesus didn’t force Peter or any of the other disciples to step out of the boat, he won’t force us. It’s our choice whether we fix our faith and eyes on Jesus and end up being able to “walk on water”, or we choose to hold back, reason away our faith and choose to do our own thing.

As for me, I’d rather be walking on water with Jesus any day, because really how cool is that!

Prayer: Lord please help me today to keep my eyes fixed on you rather than on people, circumstances or the noise around me. For with you I can “walk on the water”, and conqueror any storm in my life. In Jesus name Amen!

21 Aug – It’s Better To Have Loved

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I was chatting to our youngest son Isaac today about having a horse of his own. He loves these amazing, majestic animals and would spend all day, every day at the stables with them if he could.

However today Isaac was discussing the fact that horses don’t live as long as humans and therefore he would outlive any horse he ever owned. As he was talking I could see the realisation of the pain of loss his heart would inevitably face, dawn upon him. “Perhaps I shouldn’t get a horse”, he said with tears starting to well up in his eyes. “Maybe that would be too painful”. 

As Isaac spoke to me I was reminded of when I was five years old and my younger brother Shaun was born. I can still vividly remember meeting him for the first time as he was wheeled out into the hospital corridor so I could look at him as he lay sleeping in his cradle. As he grew up my brother became someone I spent a lot of time with, as we played together exploring, climbing trees and riding our bikes. I would read outloud to him and my sister for hours, until my voice was hoarse. As a teenager Shaun would stay with my husband and I on weekends, which then eventually turned into him living with us full time. We would stay up till the early hours of the morning talking with him and his friends as we all shared together our hopes, dreams, and what Jesus was doing in our lives. Then suddenly on a routine flight to work, Shaun’s plane crashed and my little brother, with his stock of red hair, giant feet, smiles and big hugs was not longer with us.

It’s nearly 20 years since Shaun graduated to heaven and I still miss hearing him walk in through our door, playing hide and seek with our kids and sitting around the dinner table sharing stories. Yet as I thought about Isaac’s question today and whether you are better off not loving someone because you might lose them, I knew what my answer would be. I agreed with Isaac that loving someone deeply will often have pain involved. Loving can hurt. But then I asked, “isn’t it better to have had the chance to know, care for, and love someone deeply, rather than not experiencing them in your life at all? Isn’t it worth the risk to have them in your world, even if only for a short time?

True love won’t ever destroy or harm us. It is painful when we experience loss, but it will never destroy us if it comes from a place of purity, truth and the giving of ourselves. Even if lost, that sort of love (once the pain of loss has been given time to heal), can’t help but enrich and impact our life for good.

I love my brother Shaun very much, and as I write this there is still the sting of not having shared the last 20 years with him as I might have liked. However I would never trade the bond we share, nor the memories I have of being his big sister. Loving him, and even missing him has helped make me who I am, and in that I see that love – real, God inspired love, never fails.

As I finished talking with our sensitive and lovely young son Isaac, he looked up at me and quietly agreed that, “Yes it would be better to take the risk to love someone if he had the chance, rather than miss out on all that knowing and loving could mean”. And so he decided, he will continue to pray for and believe for a horse of his own to love after all.

I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most;’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” (Alfred Tennyson)

So in conclusion I have come to believe that true love never fails. If when we love it hurts in some way, we will have to travel through the pain of it. But with Jesus governing over our hearts and walking with us, we will never be the lesser for it. Given the choice in life, take the chance and love.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away….And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you watch over my heart. Please help me to be open to the risk of loving someone, and to understand that love with you as it’s source, never fails or will deplete us. Please fill me with your love today and mend and heal any of my brokenness so that I can love freely. In Jesus name Amen.

20 Aug – We Don’t Have To Be Afraid

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There are a lot of things that people are afraid of – especially right now. Fear of contracting diseases, viruses, dying, experiencing lack, loss, joblessness. Many have concerns over finances, being separated from loved ones, loss of our freedoms, our future and what is going to happen next.

It can all seem too much some days, and the more people feed on social media, news reports and others tidings of doom and gloom, the more overwhelmed by fear people become.

However God always, always has a means of escape and promises that He will deliver us. Over 365 times in the bible God says for us not to fear! Which means we have the capacity within us and in knowing Jesus to live free from fear. He enables us to walk through the valleys, to be provided for even in times of famine and to be joyful in all circumstances. 

God repeatedly promises that He will give us a means of escape and will strengthen us to stand in the midst of our enemies, whatever they may be.”The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert a plague of venomous snakes started to bite and kill many people. “Moses interceded for the people and the Lord said to him to, “Make a snake and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will live. So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. If anyone who was bitten looked at the bronze snake, he would live.…(Numbers 21:7-8)

When we are tempted to fear or to become confused and angry at our circumstances, God promises that He will show us a way out and through. No problem is too big for Him to handle, and no pressure or issue beyond His infinite care. Just as the Israelites were instructed to look up and to use their faith to trust that God would heal and deliver them from the plague of snakes, He also asks us to look up and to remember what Jesus has done for us. As Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, Jesus was also lifted up on a  cross to bring us healing and deliverance (John 3:14).

Therefore whatever we may face now or in the future we can be encouraged He’s got this! Our job is simple – keep looking at Jesus, and remember that nothing in all creation is able to separate us from His love. He holds the world in his hands and in Him all things hold together. 

Cast all your cares upon Him today and don’t be afraid. For you can trust Him to provide for you. Look to Him and you will find everything else.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)

“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.” (Psalm 94:5)

“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” (Psalm 91)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you always provide for me. With you I need not fear for you have the world in your hands and hold everything together. I trust in you to lead and guide me and to show me the way through whatever I may face. Thank you that I don’t have to be afraid. In Jesus name Amen.

 

19 Aug – What’s Marking Your Soul?

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I was speaking to my counsellor yesterday and I commented that something had, “Left marks on my soul”.

Our soul is made up of different parts – our mind, will and emotions, and its impacted by what’s going on in and around us. Yet so often we put all our time and energy into the practicalities of life and neglect nourishing the integral part of what makes us who we are.

Taking care of our soul doesn’t mean we neglect our studies, career, finances or keeping fit and healthy on the outside – our soul is centered in all of those things too. It’s just that we also recognise there are deeper parts to us that need our attention that have nothing to do with performance, expectations or the visible trappings of our outer life. 

It simply means asking ourselves what imprint is being left by what I am touching, seeing and hearing and choosing to spend some time taking care of and protecting the integral part of what makes us who we are.

All of creation carries the fingerprints of God’s hand and heart and when we look we’ll see Him all around us. It’s these amazing parts of our everyday life that I believe God wants to use to leave beautiful and positive marks on our soul. That our life would reflect Him and everything that is good. That we would know that, “all is well with our souls”.

However there are also other forces at work which desire to leave negative imprints on our soul. We know these marks are there by how we react to people and places, and in the way we behave that is contrary to the way we really want to, or how God directs us in His Word.

The salvation of our souls isn’t merely about our final destination. Salvation also means healing and deliverance at the deepest level of who we are. When we allow God to work in us as we spend time in His presence and Word, He promises that He will restore and refresh our souls. He becomes the one who leaves marks on our soul. 

“The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul. 
The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7)

We are a reflection of the markings on our soul, and everyday we have the opportunity to fill them up with God and the good things He has made for us to experience. As we do we have opportunity to leave a positive imprint on other people’s lives too.

Today take some time to talk to God and to examine what marks are on your soul. Are there signs of things that are not from Him that are causing you to react to life in a negative and fearful way? If so be encouraged, for God promises that as we regularly spend time with Him He will refresh, restore and heal our souls. (Psalm 19:7)

What is marking your soul, and what imprints are you leaving on others today?

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalm:62:1)

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phillipians 4:8)

Prayer: Lord please help be to be aware of the marks on my soul and to take the time to be healed and refreshed in your presence. I want to fill up on those things that bring life and which will impact others in a positive way. Would you please help me to be aware of every area of life and how and what is marking my soul today. In Jesus name Amen.

18 Aug – Small Hinges Open Big Doors

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1706. That’s the number of blog posts I have completed as of today. What started out as a 30 day challenge to be more consistent has turned into a lesson of endurance, growth and consistency.

My 1706 blogs remind me that it’s the small things we do repeatedly that most often bring the biggest benefits and growth in us.

If you’d have told me four years ago that I would write an average of 500 words a day, equalling eight hundred and fifty thousand words to date, I would have laughed and said, “How will I have time to do that, and what on earth will I write about?”  But consistency and persistence have won out as I’ve determined to stick to what I began. I’ve blogged while travelling around the world, in airports, trains, cars and all manner of cafes. I’ve blogged in hospital rooms, waiting rooms, hairdressers, music studios, park benches and soccer fields. Blogs were written late at night, early mornings, whilst fighting sickness, juggling homeschooling, work, church, kids and time with my husband and family. Wherever I happen to be for the day, and with the exception of one day when I was travelling and the internet let me down, I’ve been able to post before the clock strikes 12:00am and the day has ended.

I’m telling you the story of my blog not to blow my own trumpet, but to encourage you that when you put your mind and heart to something that God has led you to do, you will always accomplish far more than you could have imagined at the beginning. With Him, things that seemed too difficult become possible (Ephesians 3:20)

Primarily because when God calls us, He also equips us to prosper at whatever we put our hand to. It doesn’t mean it’s always easy and that we won’t have to make some adjustments, sacrifices and need the understanding and support from those around us, but it is possible!

I have a feeling my blog is like a, “small hinge that is swinging open big doors”, and that God is just getting started on swinging open some new doors for me as I remain consistent and committed to what He calls me to walk in.

Today what small action is God wanting to use to swing open doors in your life? I encourage you to seek Him and to ask what it is that you can do and become if you were to put your heart and mind to it?

What has God been prompting you to step out in, to explore, and to lift your lid on? He is always looking for ways to increase our capacity and for us to use the gifts He has deposited within us. However it  is our choice as to whether we will take advantage of those “little hinges” that He has gifted us, and for us to be willing to work with Him as He opens up new pathways and doors of blessing in our lives.

It’s the small actions we make regularly that are often the trigger for big events to happen in our lives, especially when we repeat them over and over.

What small action can you begin today that you can commit to for the next 30 days?  Take one day at a time and see what God can do with your willingness to step out and to be consistent. Remember, “Small hinges swing open big doors” (W. Clement Stone)

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established”. (Proverbs 16:3)

“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)

“The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.” (Duet 28:9)

Prayer: Lord please help me to see what “little hinges” you have equipped me with and are wanting to use to open doors in my life. I’m choosing to commit myself to the 30 day challenge and to commit to or to start something new. I believe and declare that you are going to do exceedingly more in and through my life starting today. In Jesus name Amen.

17 Aug – Check Your Operating System

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Whatever happens rejoice! Regardless of your circumstances  – no matter what rejoice! Imagine having this mindset and attitude that whatever happens you will be content, steady and joyful.

It’s what Paul in the bible encouraged everyone’s heart position and mindset to be. Even though he wrote those words as he sat in a prison cell on death row. Yet he was still able to say with all confidence, “Whatever happens rejoice in the Lord. Always be full of joy…. Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything, tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:1;4-6)

Paul’s encouragement and expectation for us to rejoice no matter what happens was because he understood that we have an outer life and an inner one. Our outer life is the one which is visible, public and within plain view of others. It’s our accomplishments, work, reputation and all that we are seen to be doing. Our inner world in contrast is where all our secret thoughts, hopes, beliefs and desires reside.

Paul knew that when we have a relationship with God and a healthy inner world that it is possible to flourish, no matter what. Whether Paul was travelling the world doing what he loved, or suffering persecution and imprisonment, he’d discovered what really mattered in life. He’d grown to know how to keep his inner world healthy by bringing his life into alignment with what pleased God, and to anchor his soul on His care and love for him. When the deepest parts of who Paul was were in sync with each other it was far easier for him (regardless of his circumstances), to be sustained by God Himself.

Paul didn’t bother trying to manage life alone and therefore there was no longer a struggle to do things by the strength of his will or his own mental and emotional capacity. Instead of concentrating on human effort Paul focused on his inner health and in making God the one who wholly encouraged, empowered and equipped him for his life. (Philippians 3:3-4)

Paul had discovered that, “If your soul is healthy – as in all the parts of your inner life are integrated and working as God intended them to be, then no external circumstance or pressure can destroy your life. But if your soul is unhealthy then no amount of external circumstance can redeem your life.” (D Willard – quoted by John Ortberg in Soul Keeping)

Our soul is the operating system of our lives. “It is both the most fragile and most resilient thing about you; a healthy soul is what holds you together when your world falls apart. Since you will carry your soul into eternity, it’s worth checking up on it at least as often as your teeth.” (John Ortberg)

Ask for God’s help today to start to bring your inner world – your mind, will and body into alignment both with itself and with God. Take care of your soul and continually connect your whole self to God and no matter what, you will be able to run your race well, achieve your dreams and rejoice in the amazing times as well as the more challenging moments.

How’s your operating system today?

Prayer: Lord thank you that I have been made to live healthy and whole in every part of my life – both in my inner and my outer world. Please help me to be healthy, integrated and connected to you in every part of my life, so that no matter what I can rejoice in you. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

16 Aug – Eliminate Hurry

“Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” (D. Willard)

Isn’t it strange that with all our modern technology, appliances, vehicles and opportunities for a less stressful and laborious life that very few of us live totally free from the a lifestyle and pressure to hurry through our day.

If hurry becomes our norm it can indeed cause us to miss so much as we keep only to the shallows in our learning, relationships, conversations and thoughts.

Yet, it’s not always about how fast we can go, but how far and how deep”.

It’s too easy to only give thought to how fast we can achieve and get things done, rather than the importance of doing things well; of thinking deeply, of steadfastness, consistency and faithfulness. The world in contrast esteems and loudly cries out for speed and immediate results. We grow to love the quick, instant success stories and can  overlook the strength and wisdom gained in lasting the distance. Of the growth and character we gain as a person by going deeper and further in our relationships, in our revelations and the knowledge of not only going fast in life, but far and deep.

There’s wisdom in God’s admonition to “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). In other words take ample time in your life to,  “get quiet, to sit and wait, to be steadfast, and to take refuge and rest in God and His love and goodness.

There is nothing wrong with goals, schedules, good time management and feeling accomplished. However we do need to be honest with ourselves and regularly examine our lifestyles and habits. If we are unable to slow down, undertake only one task at a time, enjoy a leisurely meal, just go for a stroll, rather than a power walk, take the time to really listen when people are talking and live in the moment, perhaps we do need to take hurry in hand. Then we will avoid the real consequences and toll that incessant hurrying can take on our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health

“I will say of the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I trust”. (Psalm 91:2)

Today, take some much needed time to “be still, and know that He is God”. Ask God to set your pace rather than the world and all the demands on your time. He knows the beginning from the end and everything in between and He promises that He will guide and direct your steps. Cast your load and cares upon him, slow down a little, and let God teach you how to go deeper and further as you eliminate hurry.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7)

“In quietness and rest you will be made strong.” (Isaiah 30:15 TPT)

Prayer: Lord I give you my schedule and need to hurry and ask that you instead lead and direct my steps. You know everything I need to be doing and what is truly important, so please help me to listen and follow your directions so that I can go deeper and further in my life. In Jesus name amen.

 

 

15 Aug – I’m Agreeing With That

We have a saying in our house about agreement in that it means to be in unity or harmony with another. If one of us is complaining or speaking words of unbelief, sickness, fear, lack or negativity we will ask of one another, “Do you really want me to agree with you on that?” It can be really annoying if we just want to blurt out what we are thinking, but the thought that someone is coming into  agreement with what you are saying does make you check your mouth and the words coming out of it.

Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)

Agreement is powerful. When we agree together in faith we see God move, because we are getting into agreement with what God and His word says, and we know that He is faithful to His Word. But when we agree over negative, fear filled things we then run the risk of getting into agreement with what the devil is saying and doing, and that only brings trouble.

When Adam and Eve were first in the Garden of Eden they were given dominion over the planet. The devil had no authority, and the only way he could gain any was to get someone to agree with him in opposition to God, thus empowering Him. When Adam and Eve listened to the devil and his lies they subsequently empowered him to kill, rob and destroy from mankind.

These efforts by the devil to get mankind into agreement with him have not stopped. Every time we listen to his lies (and he is the Father of lies); every time we repeat, dwell on, act upon and get into fear over what the devil is saying and doing rather than believing what God has promised and said about our life and future we run the risk of empowering the devil to be able to act in our lives. He wants our agreement – our words because he knows their power, and sadly we far too often fall for his tricks and deception and give it to Him and then wonder why things aren’t working out for us.

Today I encourage you to stop the devil in his tracks and to start to examine what and whom you are agreeing will happen in your life; in your relationships, family, job, health and future? Because God wants us to agree and work together with Him to bring heaven to earth, and to see every blessing come to pass in our lives.

God cautions us to be mindful not to get into agreement with the devil. 

When you come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to be part of your life he says you have a clean slate, are a new creation and that the past is gone. He says that you are an overcomer and holy, pure and righteous before God. He says that you have a hope and a future and that you have been born to rule over the powers of darkness and to plunder hell and establish the rule of Jesus wherever you go by sharing the good news about Jesus and His kingdom.

If today you are tired of being stolen from; have been living in fear and doubt, or are burdened by your past, then choose to stop getting into agreement with anyone or anything else except what God and His Word says about you.

‘Make a decision to stop listening to lies and instead choose to agree with God’s plan and truth about your circumstances. Then you’ll see how your life will change for the better and that’s something worth agreeing with!

Prayer: Lord please help me to see where I have been agreeing with the wrong things and voices, and help me to start to agree only with what you say about my life and future. I choose to agree with you today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Aug – You’ve Got This!

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You’ve got this“. It’s something I regularly say to my kids and anyone I’m wanting to encourage. Primarily because it’s what God often says to me about a situation, my future or regarding a new step I’m looking to take.

But there’s a reason why I know I can say, “I’ve got this.” It’s because God’s got me! He’s got me in his capable hands, I’m under His watchful and loving eye and I know that He will make all things work together for my good. Nothing can separate me from His love, and nothing can take me away from my destiny or purpose as long as I keep walking with and trusting Him.

Which is why when we choose to listen up and follow Jesus and His ways we can look at our future with confidence. We may face trials and tests…..Jesus even said we would, but they won’t be permanent fixtures on our landscape. God actually says He will make the crooked places straight, that He will carry our burdens; that we can do all things through and in His strength and that we are blessed and highly favoured, both when we come in and when we go out. That we are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath and that He will give us success at whatever we put our hand to. (Romans 8:31; Isaiah 45:2; John 16:33; Psalm 55:22; Duet 28:6; Psalm 90:17)

Sounds like we’ve got every reason to boldly declare that, “We’ve got this!”

As you look into the rest of the year don’t look with fear or trepidation. Yes there may be challenges on the road, but be of good courage for those challenges are no match for Jesus, and they won’t last with Him on your side. Plus you are far, far stronger than you think. God promises He will make a way and that your future is bright. His plans for you are filled with hope, joy and abundant life and He is faithful to complete what He has started in you.

Today choose to look up, to see with the perspective of heaven and to begin to expect and declare, “Something good is going to happen to me today and something great is going to happen through me today”. Then get out there and know that with Jesus on and by your side, “You’ve got this!”

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, “Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 Msg)

Prayer: Lord I’m trusting and putting my confidence in your goodness and love for me today. With you by my side I know that I can face the future with hope and that the future is bright and full of great things. With you, “I’ve got this!” In Jesus name Amen.

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