His Joy

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4

“…so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7

“so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

“By your endurance, you will gain your lives.” Luke 21:19

Lord,

In life, there are many transitions. Some life-altering moments or life changes are easier than others. While I encounter various trials, I know the testing of my faith produces endurance.

I need Your guidance, comfort, and strength so I may endure the initial stages of the upcoming transition. My faith will be tested, I know.

I will praise and honor You as I adapt to my new lifestyle.

It is so exciting to have your rest. You are right there watching it all and protecting me from any given evil schemes. My desire is to display Your fragrance as I walk into challenging circumstances today.

I’m trusting in You alone, my Rescuer and Refuge.

In Jesus’ name, I courageously pray. Amen.

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A Fragrant Aroma.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.”

2 Corinthians 2:14-17

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” Romans 1:15-18

“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

“But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18

Lord,
I am your beloved daughter for such a time as this…
Allow Your fragrance to spread among those who are either lukewarm, in darkness or even lost.
Help me speak Your truth in love and glorify Your name.
Break down all Your teachings so I understand them clearly.
Show me ‘how to’ be obedient.
Help me take ungodly thoughts captive so I can surrender these negative thoughts at the feet of the Cross.
I want to be a slave of righteousness, walk in love, share Your wisdom to those who are in desperately need, and always maintain a fragrant aroma.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly pray. Amen


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A Faithful God

He is a Faithful God.


“As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the LORD is tested;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
God is my strong fortress;
And He sets the blameless in His way.
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me on my high places.” 2 Samuel 22: 31, 33-34


“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright are He.” Deuteronomy 32: 4


Lord,
You are a shield and my fortress.
As I rely on You for strength, guidance, and comfort, You are faithful and merciful.
You are my only Rock!
Thank You, Jesus, for being so steadfast in my life.
In Jesus’ name, I boldly praise. Amen.


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A Grateful Heart

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

The fall season is here. As I grabbed the handle of a local store’s double doors this morning, I immediately noticed Christmas decorations everywhere. 

Unfortunately, I also sense the pressures of the upcoming Holiday season.

“What happened to Thanksgiving?” I whispered. A time to be ‘grateful’ and fellowship with family and friends. I immediately felt the rush and time constraints of this new season.

“I love Fall y’all.” So let slow down and enjoy the season of Thanksgiving.

Will you make time to study God’s Word?

If so, The Bible Reading Journal Series: A Grateful Heart is perfect for you so you can slow down a bit, and fellowship with the Lord for few minutes a day in the month of November.

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Seek Him

“I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices. My flesh also will dwell securely.” Psalm 16:8-9

“When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.’ Do not hide Your face from me, do not turn Your servant away in anger. You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!” Psalm 27:8-9

“My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.” Psalm 108:1-3

Lord, You have been right next to me all along even when I refused to acknowledge Your presence. You were steadfast, faithful and never abandoned me. Because of Your mercies, compassion, and forgiveness, I will never be shaken. You are at my right hand guiding and directing my steps. I will always seek Your face.

You have provided and consoled me in moments of distress. You have been a Rock and Refuge. My heart is no longer anxious, Lord, I know you are already taking care of all the details and have been orchestrating a better future for my family and I. Thank You for your daily portion.

In Jesus’ name, I am singing tunes of joy today. Amen.

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A New Song

A New Song

“But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;

My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 13:5-6

“Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name;

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 96:1-2

“Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;

Yes, our God is compassionate. The Lord preserves the simple;

I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. You have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”

Psalm 116:5-9

Lord,

I’m so glad I am trusting in You alone.

My heart rejoices when I surrender my plans and seek Your face

for comfort, strength, and wisdom.

I am blessed when I walk in Your presence.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your grace, lovingkindness and unfailing compassion.

You have protected and preserved my life so I may shout to the world a new song.

You rescued me from death and offered me eternal life. How much can I ask?

I am chosen, redeemed and a new creation in Christ.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly and loudly praise His tunes.

Amen.

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My Deliverer.

“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he longs.” Psalm 12:5

“The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalms 9:9-10

“And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation. All my bones will say, “Lord, who is like You, who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, and the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?” Psalms 35:9-10

Lord,

I am standing on solid grounds today. I praise You for your guidance, wisdom, discernment, and protection.

You are my stronghold in time of need and in times of trouble. You are my Deliverer.

I am trusting in Your future so calm my anxious heart today. I will rejoice in You alone.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly praise,

Amen.

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His Shelter

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy. And may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You.” Psalm 5:11

“Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones. Praise is becoming to the upright.” Psalm 33:1

“You, O Lord, will keep them. You will preserve him from this generation forever.” Psalm 12:7

Lord,

I praise You today for being my Refuge and a Shelter in moments of distress.

Thank You for your lovingkindness, and protection when I need You the most.

I sing for joy and will always praise about Your faithfulness.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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