We are each here with purpose: to glorify God and fulfill His plan for us. Each journey is unique and precious. This is a place for us to share and encourage one another. What's your story? Jer. 29:11 Esther 4:14

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Best New Start All Year

2015  - A New 

I love new starts, don't you? It's why we start diets on Mondays and why we make resolutions that start on New Year's Day. It's why birthdays are significant and why the first of every month is a new chance to live by that new budget we made up. 

God is the master of new beginnings. He is the maker of the new creature we've become. He is the giver of second chances - and third, and fourth...

All things are new in him and his mercies are new every morning. Every hour if we need them. We don't have to wait for January 1 or our birthdays, or next Monday. It starts right now. 

Why don't resolutions work? I think the main reason is that we can't maintain the perfection of a well-crafted list of them. Sooner or later - and it's usually sooner - we mess up. 

What we need to consider is that the destination is not important - the journey is what shapes us, challenges us, refines us. We can't do it alone.

God has plans for you this year (Jeremiah 29:11), and you can bet they are awesome plans. You can also count on them taking you way out of your comfort zone into uncharted territory. 

I want to step into that this year, don't you? I don't want to let fear stop me. I want to meet God in the morning when his mercies are new. I want to take his hand and walk with him in that place that has no explanation beyond "look what God has done!"

I want to live like I have only this moment. I want the fullness of it. I want the fullness of Him. 

I want the newness of every day to be like the newness of January 1. A new beginning. A new adventure full of promise and awe. Full of Him. 

My prayer for us this year is that we know God more intimately, walk with him more closely, serve him more faithfully, and experience his will for us more abundantly than ever before. 

I am praying for you. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014


"For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of 
and of 
2 Timothy 1:7

ISIS is big, and strong, and very scary. 

"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, 
the One who is in you 
than the one who is in the world." 
1 John 4:4

As 9/11 approaches we will hear more and more about ISIS in America and the attacks they have planned on schools, malls, etc. 

We have a choice. We can focus on those reports and pictures 
we can let each mention of them turn us immediately to God in prayer for this country. Our choice will make all the difference. I choose to focus on God, pray for protection, pray for His people to unite in prayer for themselves and our country. He alone is my strength and shield. 

I choose not to focus on ISIS to the point that my fear takes over and I forget  - even for a moment - who my God is. 

Yes, ISIS is big.  MY GOD IS BIGGER.

Today I pray the words of Psalm 11:

"In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
'Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows
at the upright of heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?'"


He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous, 
but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals
and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
upright men will see his face.

I don't know what the future holds - especially on 9/11 but as the song says - I know who holds the future and nothing - nothing will happen that doesn't pass through God's hands first. 

Pray these things today:

1. Pray for hearts to be softened to the heart of God
2. Pray for God's protection and for the defeat of the armies of ISIS - from the INSIDE OUT!
3. Pray that no matter what happens in the coming days - even if we are mourning - we will seek God's face and know that he has never stopped working all things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Are you prepared to praise him and worship him - no matter what happens today, tomorrow, 9/11? 

Lord we wait for 9/11 and listen to the rumors of ISIS in our country. We hear rumors of threats that could devastate families, whole cities, and demoralize our country. But our HOPE is in YOU. We feel helpless and afraid, but like Jehoshaphat we stand before you together and say, "We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU." His army went out led by men appointed to sing praise to you for the splendor of your holiness.We sing with them Lord:
Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.
As they praised you, you fought the battle and won it. Do it again, Lord. Do it again, for your glory. We give you praise together. We pray in the overcoming, saving name of Jesus. Amen. 

I hope you will join me in prayer and praise this week. God is ready to move if his children will only ask and be ready.