June 20, 2017

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Thought to share: You may not have much control over your circumstances, but you can choose how you’ll walk through them. You can choose to be hopeful, knowing that I AM taking care of you. You can choose to be joyful, knowing that I AM able and willing to do the impossible for you. You can choose to be peaceful, knowing that I AM good to you. The key to making these choices is looking at who I AM. As you focus on MY flawless character, it is easier to choose hope, joy and peace. And these companions make the journey so much better.

Romans 15:13 (NLT)  I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!

June 13, 2017

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Thought to share: your ability to hear MY voice with clarity is directly connected to time spent with ME. Time spent in MY Presence. Time spent reading MY Word. Time spent listening. Time spent being with ME. Discernment comes from being familiar with MY character and MY tone. Knowing MY heart. You’ll never discover that in random, fly-by meetings. It comes from being intentional. Living this way enables you to recognize MY voice  quickly and act upon what you hear with confidence.

Psalm 62:5 (NLT) Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.
Psalm 37:7 (Amp) Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him;
John 10:27 (Amp) The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me.

June 6, 2017

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Thought to share: stop wishing things were different. Stop longing for a different set of circumstances. Easier circumstances. Stop dreaming about another scenario. Instead, talk to ME about it. Ask ME what should change. Ask ME what MY plans are. I may have orchestrated your situation to perfectly accomplish MY will in your life. I may have placed those people in those positions – those places – in your life to serve MY purpose. I may have put you exactly where you are. And if you spend your time dreaming for something else, then you’ll miss everything I have for you. Ask ME if something needs to change. And if so, then I will lead you to change, adjusting people and shifting circumstances. If it’s the enemy, then I’ll empower you to live in the victory I’ve given you. And if no changes are needed, then I will give you the grace to persevere.

James 1:2-3 (NLT)  Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
2Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT) Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

May 30, 2017

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Thought to share: do you know why you can rest in ME? Because I AM unmovable. Nothing shakes ME. Nothing troubles ME. Nothing disturbs ME. Nothing pressures ME. The enemy is no match for ME. I AM not threatened in any way by any thing. I AM forever settled on the throne of the universe. I AM secure. I AM steadfast. So you can rest safely in ME.
Psalm 93:1 (NLT) The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
Matthew 11:28 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

May 23, 2017

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Thought to share: don’t let anything take your focus. Whatever you’re focusing on becomes the center of your world. As the center, it becomes the driving force; influencing your emotions, determining your decisions, navigating your life. If you will make ME the center of your focus, if you allow ME to be your preeminent thought, then I’ll become the center of your world. And as your center, I become the driving force of your life – leading you into green pastures, beside still waters where you find rest for your soul.

Psalm 23 (NLT) The LORD is my shepherd;
I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. restSurely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

May 16, 2017

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Thought to share: the door into MY Presence is worship. As you turn your heart toward ME, you open the door. As you focus on MY strength, authority and power, you step into MY Presence. As you sink into the magnitude of MY existence, you are transported from the frustrations, disappointments and heaviness of your circumstances into the atmosphere of Heaven. So look at ME and let ME fill your world.

Psalm 16:11 (NLT) You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.
Psalm 84:1-2 (NLT) How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing  to enter the courts of the LORDWith my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

May 9, 2017

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Thought to share: worship is not for ME. I gain nothing from your admiration of ME. It does not change ME or MY position. It does not prop ME up. I do not need your praise. I AM neither egocentric nor egotistical.
However, worship changes you. You gain everything by looking at MY greatness. It changes your position by shifting your perspective, giving you insight to how great and mighty I AM and how small your problems are in comparison. Praise allows you to step into MY Presence and encounter ME. And as you encounter ME, I hold you up. MY arms enfold you and support you.
You need to praise and worship ME because worship takes you into MY Presence and MY Presence changes both you and your circumstances.
Psalm 22:3 (NLT) Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
                     (KJV) But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Acts 16:25-26 (NLT) Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!