August 7, 2017

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Thought to share: You might be surprised, but I AM not. I AM not stunned, shocked or caught off guard. Before the foundations of the world, I knew you and every detail of your life. I knew every situation and circumstance of you would face, and I planned provision in advance for you. No matter where you find yourself today – no matter what season you are in –  know that I AM fully aware and have everything you need. Ask ME to unfold MY plan and provision for you, and open your heart and hands to receive.

Psalm 139:15-16 (MSG) Oh yes, You shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—You’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made. I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, You know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,  how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.

Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG) Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you:

Psalm 34:10 (TPT) Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing.

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January 2, 2018

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Thought to share: step into this new year with ME. Don’t let fear of the unknown overwhelm you and cause you to shut-down. Don’t let the expectations of lofty goals and dramatic life changes discourage you. Don’t let the excitement of new beginnings cause you to rush ahead of ME. Instead, choose to hold MY hand. I AM moving at the perfect pace for you. I AM leading you into ideal circumstances, causing you to lie down in green pastures, beside still waters. You will lack nothing, as long as you journey with ME.

Psalm 23 (TPT) The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.  I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where He restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to His name. Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for You already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of Your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for You are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit; You give me all I can drink of You until my heart overflows. So why would I fear the future? For Your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through,  I’ll return to Your glorious presence to be forever with You!

Psalm 34:10 (TPT) Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing.

* TPT is The Passion Translation. It is a recently written paraphrase of the Bible. I view it as similar to The Message. If you are looking for a version of the Bible to simply read, I recommend you give this version a try!