24.  Whenever I go out running in my neighborhood, I always keep my keys with me. These keys are tied to a tight band around my wrist. It's very important that no matter where I go or what I do, these important keys stay with me at all times. Night or day, I would never want to forget them! I cannot get into the house without them!

I also want to prioritize the spiritual keys that I never want to be without:

PRAYER:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2

PRAISE:
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long. – Psalm 71:8

FAITH:
For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

THE BIBLE:
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. – Romans 15:4

CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP:
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:20

 Let's remember that keys work both ways. The keys to my house allow me to access all the great blessings within my four walls. And the keys to God’s Kingdom allow me access to all the great blessings within the Heavenly realm. Let’s keep these keys close to our hearts at all times.

 If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 



#15.  I sent an email to my Supervisor who works in a different state. The question remained unanswered from the email I sent out. Finally, hours later, I write a follow-up email since the response was needed for a timely issue. The Supervisor's comment was that he never saw my previous email, implying that he's too covered in emails to notice mine.

 I think this is a good description of life.

 I don't ever want to ever allow life to smother me so much where I cannot hear from Jesus. I don't ever want too many voices around me where I cannot recognize the voice of my Creator. I don't ever want to be pushed and pulled in several directions that I no longer have an idea of God's will, God’s path, God’s plan.

 God, I pray that you will remove cluster and excess from our lives. I pray for more simplistic days with even more simplistic decisions. I pray God that you will keep us solid and steady and on the right course. And I pray God that when you talk to us, we will hear you first, foremost and respond right away. Thank you, God for helping us  to put time with you as a priority. I never want to be so bogged down that I miss you and I miss what you are doing. In the name of Jesus Christ!

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know! I would love to pray for you! 





#6. Do you notice how certain movies have a specific look and feel?

 Like, I can tell when I'm watching a Tim Burton movie. He seems to add an element of animation and surprise with a hint of darkness. Or the Twilight Saga with the off-white filter and overly-dramatic tone. Or even the Harry Potter Series with the gold colors, the textures, the vibrancy of the story. Or how about a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie which can bring such a  spectacular holiday setting. What movie do you think of... one where the scenes visually  stand out among other movies?

I like studying the paint colors, the brush strokes as I appreciate movies as a work of art.

 I would question you. What colors are on the canvas of your life? What brush strokes are you using to represent yourself to the world? Are you like me and you use bright, stunning, yellow tints and positive affirmations? Or do you keep things calmer, more baby blue… or do you paint with a dark green, a more down to earth, realistic tone?

 Whatever brush stroke you use, I hope you are authentically… you. I hope you use colors to paint your masterpiece in life with radiance, tones, textures that reflect your passion and highlight your persona. Because something brilliantly unique is often remembered and of course, highly praised.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray over you! 

26.   I was reading a passage from the Christian Nonfiction book:
"How to Age Without Getting Old"
By: Joyce Meyer

And this passage really spoke to me and perhaps it can be a blessing to you as well:

 "As I've grown older, my capacity for handling stress has diminished. To deal with stress better, I try to:

 - Fight fear of the unknown with God's help and His Word

- Assure myself that slowing down isn't bad; it's a healthy thing to do as I age

- Ask for help when I need it, and let go of pride that prevents me from asking for it

- Not hang on to negative emotions, but remain positive with God's help

- Go for walks and stretch and exercise regularly

- Focus on what's important. Let go of nonessential things

- Memorize Scripture and recite it when stressed or going to sleep

- Make every day count"



 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!



#11. I know someone who has a pessimistic outlook, complaining about
something new each week. She is bothered by what is missing, what she
feels she doesn't have, what constantly eludes her. And that attitude, I can tell, prohibits her from being truly happy.


We shouldn't focus on the negative, but instead thank God for the personalized blessings He has given us.

Keep your focus on Jesus Christ.
Find Peace in God's divine Timing.
Grow and mature to become a complete and whole individual - nothing missing and nothing broken.

On social media, I read this post, taken from: Heart of the Prophetic:

"The Holy Spirit is saying, "Stay focused on Me and only Me. Your
detractors will come whispering accusations. Look to Me. Your
adversaries will come trumpeting lies. Look to Me. Your friends will
come with words that cannot comfort you. Look to Me. Your family will
misunderstand you. Look to Me. Some will hate you for Christ's sake.
Look to Me. Father will vindicate you in due time. Look to Me in the
meantime."

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!


#13. I hate doing yard work. I do not enjoy trimming the bushes. I do not like raking the leaves. And I especially do not like pulling weeds. Why do the weeds just continue to grow even though I pluck, pull, spray and use every effort to get rid of them? I walk out into my front yard and see the weeds growing and I think, "I thought I got rid of you?"

 As this new year starts, let's do an inventory and check the “weeds” in our life that may have grown…. the negatives or habits that may need to be pulled and straightened out so that we can grow and mature without distraction or without hinderance.

 Let us pull out the weed of complaining and negative talk: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” - Ephesians 4:29

 
Let us pull out the weed of idleness or prayerlessness:  “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” - Psalm 5:3

 Let us pull out the weed of distraction (lack of focus): “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge.” - Proverbs 12:1
 

Let us seek God’s light in 2023 and  keep pulling and yanking out those personal weeds so that this year can be the best one yet… full of richness and a bountiful harvest!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

#9. I once worked in a theme park. And with my role, I had to wear a radio in my ear to hear for specific instructions or necessary information pertinent to our position. One of these radio codes that I intently listened out for was "101" and "102." If I heard a "We are 101", that meant I needed to seek shelter, a storm was coming. If I heard "We are now 102," that meant the storm had passed and I can return safely outside again.

 I would advise you to heed the Lord's call. Listen for his divine instructions and follow his timing. God is always talking to you, you just need to be mindful of his voice. God is ever-present and all-knowing. If you hear something from God, do not ignore it. But hastily follow his plan. He will direct your steps and guide your path. You just need to trust Him!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

18. I am a big fan of Dancing with the Stars and I concluded that what makes a dance in the ballroom so inspiring  is when there is a closeness between the celebrity and the professional dancer, between student and teacher... a trust between partners. I remember, in one season, a certain celebrity just had a meltdown during rehearsals and the pro dancer said, "You need to trust me. And you need to trust the process." And the celebrity who was clearly overwhelmed with learning the steps and keeping up with the pace… relaxed a little bit, let go, and embraced the ebbs and flows of the dance.

 There are times that are going to hurt. But it's part of the change.

 You need to trust the process.

There are times when you need to cry. And vent. And pray. A lot.

 You need to trust the process.

 There are times when you just will not understand what is going on. There are times when you won't know how or when or where to take the next step. And there are times when you are going to have to just let go and embrace the fact that you are not God.

 You need to trust the Teacher.

 Don't stress. Move ahead with courage. Don't fret. Don't panic. And don't let this get you down. And release your fears and your doubts as you let go of what you can’t control.  


This moment is part of the dance. There are ebbs and flows to life. Do not take your eyes off your Heavenly partner!   Trust the God we serve who knows exactly what He is doing and exactly how to get you through to victory! 

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

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#7. I want to encourage you today to keep the Long Game in mind. Sometimes we can get so caught up over the Short Game, especially for people like me who are involved in Ministry work. Trust me, there are always people who need prayer. I sometimes feel bombarded by the needs of others. But the Long Game - keeping the bigger picture in perspective -  will teach me that I need a break every now and then. I can turn my phone off. I can understand the importance of rest.

Don't be too stressed about the here and now. Take a step back and see
this moment from the lens of eternity.

I want to share a passage from my upcoming  Inspirational Fiction book tentatively called, "The Tune to the Top":


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“There’s a short game and a long game,” Jonathan explains.


“Oh? I thought there was just one racing game…” I look confused.


“Let me explain it to you.” He is serious in his tone. “If you go too
fast too quickly, you’ll crash and burn. But, if you take it easy and pace yourself…” The screen is loading so Jonathan continues. “You’ll end up winning.  Keep the long game in mind. It’s like life you see.”


The screen appears with the countdown timer.


“It’s not about taking the lead. It’s about winning.”


“Isn’t that the same thing?” I ask.


“No,” Jonathan states as the checkered flag is down and all the cars
speed together but not without his commentary to me. “Don’t hold down
the gas pedal. That’s right. Release around the turns. Good. It’s okay
if I pass you. That doesn’t mean you speed up. If you stay in your
lane and if you play your own game and remember that you are not in a
competition with anyone else is when you will see…that’s it!”


My virtual car whizzes past just as his virtual corvette dives right into
the water."


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If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!



#5. Has this ever happened to you?

I was driving to Panera and I completely forgot which area of the
plaza it was on. But it was like, even though my mind forgot, my
subconscious kicked in. My hands started driving, turning, pulling
into the parking lot all from memory. My heart knew what my mind forgot.

I feel like that is a good imagery in trusting the Lord. I may
forget the route. I may not remember what step to take or I may feel
insecure about what I am doing… but no matter what,  I know that God loves me, that God is with me and that God is going to
help me.

If you are having a moment of confusion, let me help bring some clarity to your spirit:

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. (Psalm 112:7, ESV)

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act. (Psalm 37:5, ESV)

For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. (Psalm 33:4, NIV)

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

 Thanking the One who deserves it. Jan. 27

 I enjoy being the cheerleader, the one screaming and supporting others. And the man I am helping  and supporting and praying for – he wins his victory and the band plays… and the balloons and confetti fall down…and I understand that I may not receive  any personal recognition. And it's fine because I do understand that the personal victory for this man was truly a team effort!!

 But I can imagine that must be how Jesus feels when He orchestrates everything so perfectly and so beautifully and as soon as the race is over and the victory is won - we don't even give a second thought to thank the reason for the win - the Designer and Orchestrator of our success.

Forgive me for not recognizing you, Jesus first and foremost for all you have done for me! You are the reason I have what I have and without you, I would have absolutely none of this! I praise you and thank you, Lord!! This victory is YOURS! Let's celebrate together!

 This will be my last weekly blog post for a while. Travis and I are on a 21-day hiatus with the Lord, interceding for others and receiving His direction and guidance for our lives.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

#1. I am reading through  the Christian Nonfiction Book:
"Jesus with Dirty Feet"
by: Don Everts

And I read this chapter on Prayer. I wanted to share my favorite quotes from that chapter:

 "Tiny humans and the "I Am" (whose bountiful largess dwarfs entire galaxies with a mere eyelash) come together!

 Broken humans and a holy and perfect God talking.

 According to Jesus, it's a conversation that's enjoyable, satisfying, comfortable and, yes, quite possible.

 When you pray, be intimate.

 Pray to your Father who is sitting in your room with you where you are praying.

 Prayer is no rare, fancy - worded performance. It's a daily family conversation. It's simple.

 Prayer is not an attempt to impress. It is a time to finally relax and be honest.

 It is a real child interacting with the real Father.

 Whether said while kneeling beside a bed, walking along a street, driving on the freeway or taking a morning shower, prayer is to be genuine.

 Sometimes prayers end with a little word: "Amen." That tiny word holds a big meaning: So Be It! Let It Be So! Make It So!

 Prayer accomplishes.  Prayer is the ridiculous being born. Like moving Mount Everest with a word."

 If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

 

 

15.  I want to remind you today to…Choose the right attitude. Come into work with a pleasant demeanor. Shift the atmosphere for the better. Watch for ways on how you can be a blessing to others. And watch what you say and what you do. Let me remind you, when people like you, they want to work with you and that favor will open doors and connectors will want to elevate you.

 I recall a certain celebrity who is not casted for movies anymore and the supposed reason is because she is difficult to work with.

 I don't want to be that person. I want to stay positive and maintain those connections and be slow to burn any bridges, apologizing (even if it's not my fault), keeping the peace and staying humble.

 I was watching the movie, The Internship (2013), and the deciding vote to approve Billy and Nick for the job opportunity was this one question:

 Lyle: Our final judgment is always based on the layover test, right? 'Who would you rather be stuck next to at an airport bar for a six-hour delay?'

 It's important to me that I work well with others, that I make everyone feel good in my presence and I purposely bring the light and keep the situation calm. I know it helps others and it is also  in the best interest for myself to remain professional and steady in the public eye.

 Just a suggestion to you.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 


#2. I am going to describe a scenario.

You are on the hit game show, The Price is Right.

You are up on stage with the host, Drew Carey and he needs you to pick four numbers to win the game. So, you naturally look back at the audience for help.

People you know and people you don't know are lifting up their hands, using their fingers to reveal the numbers they think can help you. But the truth is, they don't rightfully know the answer.

So, you look further and spot Him - the only one who does know! You keep your eyes glued on Jesus Christ as he motions with his hands all the numbers… one at a time… for you to win. You follow him, one number, one motion, one instruction, one sign at a time. 

You hear other people reacting - some cheering, some booing because you didn't select their numbers.

But you will soon find out that if you listen to the crowds, you might win. You might lose. But if you look to Jesus Christ - WINNER! WINNER! -  you'll get the victory every time.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 


#12. So, my husband got invited for a special Event at the Grand Opening of
a restaurant. Because he was part of the Media Team, we could order
food for free. And we received a personalized Swag Bag that consisted
of a thermos, a soda cozy and cookies. We sat at a table next to another Media personnel and we were all excited to try the food. I noticed though that the table next to us had an even more intricate Swag Bag, much better than ours, with a t-shirt and other cool accessories. And I started to get jealous until God reminded me of several verses:

1 Corinthians 13:4:  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Philippians 2:3: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

Psalms 37:3: Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

I was reminded right then to be content with my personalized victory!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!



20. I wanted to share a passage from the Book "Glory Days" by Max Lucado:


"You are
God's child
Christ's friend
a member of Christ's body
a saint
redeemed and forgiven of all your sins
complete in Christ, lacking in nothing
free from condemnation
God's coworker
seated with Christ in the heavenly realm
God's workmanship
a citizen of heaven
adopted into God's family
born of God, and the evil one cannot touch you

When the devil draws near, stand against him. "What are you doing here? I am dead to you!" Give him no quarter. Don't take his lies. Don't stand for his accusations. Don't cower at his attacks. When he dredges up your past mistakes, tell him whose you are. He knows who you are. He just hopes that you don't or that you will forget. So, prove to him that you know and remember. Tell him:

 "I have been brought with a price. I belong to God." (1 Cor. 6:20)

"I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7)

"I cannot be separated from the love of God." (Rom. 8:35)

"I can find grace and mercy at the time of need." (Heb. 4:16)

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

 Promised Land people think like this. They walk with a reverent swagger. They live out their inheritance. They show the devil the new name on their spiritual passport."

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

#14  It looked dreadful outside, like it might rain. So, I grabbed my umbrella and went out for my walk around the neighborhood. As the clouds became visibly darker, I wasn't afraid. I was all ready and prepared. Sure enough, as the raindrops began to fall, I saw other people walking dogs and getting drenched or people riding bikes getting soaked. But I was still walking, still continuing on, not missing a beat, because I planned ahead and had all the right equipment needed to face the situation at hand.

I would advise you to be prepared. You are ready to face the day! What will affect others will not faze you. You have the covering of the Almighty with you, keeping you dry. Stay poised. Stay relaxed. You have everything you need. You’ve got this!


 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” - Proverbs 31:25 NLT

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

#4.  Travis and I are "back" from our 21-day hiatus with the Lord. We had the privilege of praying for the needs of God's people from all over, requests coming in from the United States and other countries. That time with the Lord was truly a time of unparalleled blessings and favor!

 I thought about something this week and I wanted to share it with all of you today.

 I have never been in physical labor with a baby, but I can testify, I have been in what feels to be physical- emotional- mental labor with a dream, with a promise, with a vision that needs to be manifested into reality.

 I know what it's like to suffer severe anxiety where I cope with irregular breathing  because all I want is to see – and experience - is that dream being birthed. Waiting is hard. And I have to stay believing, trusting, relying on God during the wait… during those labor pains. And I have to push – to forcefully and aggressively stay purposeful – stay active-  stay faithful until the very end.

 Please note, a personalized dream can take longer than 9 months - maybe even years -  to manifest, and the labor pains are very real - that sensation that it is close, that something is happening, that I need to fight the good fight of faith to attain the promise... I have to stick with it and keep working at it and keep investing in it even though I am tired, and my energy is spent - the celebrated and victorious Promise is well worth any pain and any price!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 



22. I was scrolling through Facebook and my entire list of friends showed up on the screen, showing me specific names and faces. And even though some of these people I have never met in person, God knows each and every detail about every single person! God knows all about Mary's situation. He knows Frank's details. He understands Randy's struggle and is speaking wisdom to Heather right now. It is so amazing how specific and personal God is!

Here are some verses to remind you about God's undivided attention in our lives!

“…the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Luke 12:7

 “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” – Psalm 139:2

 “You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.” – Psalm 56:8

 Never forget, you are not just a name and a photo to God. He knows all about you and is surrounding you with his undeniable presence and his unconditional love. Right now, he is solving the many questions you have and working in the many details in your life.

If you need prayer, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

25.  I want to have the fear of God over my life.

 I receive conviction, living with a holy fear of the decisions I make now because I never want to repeat the past.  I am a new creation in Christ and I need to act like it! I always want to acknowledge the Spirit of the Lord around me. The Lord is watching, and Heaven is observing, and angels are surrounding me. I know that God is nearby. I want to be disciplined in what I say and how I act. I respect His sovereignty. I stand in Faith. I place the Lord first by making decisions that please Him while taking the opportunity to love and serve His people.

 I remember what my life was like without Christ and I want to make sure I never go back to that time.

 A single day in your courts
    is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
    than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. – Psalm 84:10

 Reverently respect God, your God, serve him, hold tight to him... - Deut. 10:20

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!  

#8 There is no denying it, we live in an unsteady time. Job security isn’t always a sure thing. The price of gas increases. Rent prices change. And my emotions can alter to and fro like the wind. I can wake up in a good mood and then get caught in rush hour traffic and suddenly my countenance changes. Things are topsy-turvy in this complicated world and there are so many factors I cannot control.  Fortunately for me and for you too, we can find stability and our security in Jesus Christ. He is the rock and stronghold of our faith and He can help  get us through these trying times.

 Psalm 18:2:  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

 Isaiah 26:4: Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

 Psalm 62:2:  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. i would love to pray for you. 



21.  Anyone a fan of wrestling?

I have seen this storyline play out time and time again. The heel (who portrays the villain) is clearly winning the fight. The babyface (the heroic good guy) is losing and losing badly. Bloodied, beaten-up and sprawled out on the floor, the fan favorite is clutching his sides in pain. The villain just smashes his force into the pathetic-looking hero, grabbing the limp man and dropping the hero head-first on the mat, then aggressively kicking him until the good guy falls off the mat, laying prostrate on the concrete floor. The villain is smiling as the audience boo’s him. The heel gets up on the turnbuckle about to, once and for all, finish this fight and the hero is hopeless….ultimately down for the count.

This sets the stage for a  Suddenly! moment! Sometimes, the stage lights will flicker. Other times, music will blare from the speakers. But it's clear…something is happening. And Suddenly!, a secondary babyface – a friend of the injured – a hero to the hero -  sprints out from the back and powerbombs the heel. The villain didn’t see it coming. The bad guy was claiming victory, securing his win, but it was a Suddenly! intervention that aggressively shifted the results.

 The crowd is on their feet. The announcers cannot believe what is happening. The villain is down and all his endeavors destroyed in one swoop. The cheers are crying out. The Redeemer picks up the Injured hero and lifts him up, holds him up, elevates him up to claim the victory.

And this message rings loud and clear. The good side will win. Help is on the way. The Redeemer is coming quickly to rescue you. And though you may be down and out, scarred and bruised, battered and shaken, there is more on your side than against you. And your Suddenly! moment is near.

Let's remember, our Savior saves! And his angelic army is for you. And whenever you take life's punches and literally cannot get back up, here comes the Lord with a divine mission, with a  battle cry, attacking your enemies until they are all down, all finished… until the final bell has sounded. Because no one messes with Heaven!

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know, I would love to pray for you! 

#3.  I once had this flower and what was highly unusual about this flower was that it died "looking up," as best as I can describe it. The petals did not drift down or wilt. The stem did not bend down in defeat. The entire flower stood up strong; its beauty remained in place. I watched it and I was inspired by it.

 That's how I want to view life's difficulties… by looking up. Here are some verses that will motivate me to stand firm on my faith no matter what:

 Psalm 42:11 : Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 Psalm 33:22: May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

 1 Corinthians 15:58: Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

Philippians 1:27: Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

 No matter what life throws at me, I want to remain… looking upward.

 This will be the last weekly blog post for a while. Travis and I are taking a 21-day hiatus with the Lord. I will stop writing blog posts during that time and spend necessary time in intercession while seeking the Lord in greater ways. I will start back up next month. Blessings to you.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!




#10. I run outside, usually at night. I am constantly aware of my surroundings and making sure I keep safe. There was one time, I ran past a streetlamp, and I saw a dark figure coming near me. I was startled at first until I realized… it was only my shadow following me, running alongside me.


I immediately thought of the lyrics from the song by Baz Luhrmann: 
Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

🎵 "Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.
The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself" 🎵

 I am not in a competition with anyone else!  I do not need to be jealous of where other people are in life. I do not need to compare what he has or what she does or where they are going. I run my own race.


I need to focus on my own personal quota, to beat my own personal record, to excel at my own personal goals that I set for myself. (Note: I am not following anyone's else's life plans but my own!). The race is long. The course is yours. And victory is gained one lap at a time.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.


23. Don't eat the lemon drizzle cake with a fly in it.

And what I mean by that is - don't accept a tastefully delicious but painfully tainted gift from your enemy. Even though you love lemon drizzle cakes, if given to you from the wrong person, well, the cake could be poisoned, not made right or is given with an ulterior motive. A scenario being… if you eat a bite, are you indebted to that person? Are there attachments or unexpected ties involved?

 Because, let me remind you, a true gift will come with no expectations at all.

 Let me take this parable another way. The lemon drizzle cake is a rare treat. You can't get this cake just anywhere.

 So, it sure looks extra appealing when the enemy brings it to you. It sin-sational and your mouth is watering.

 I would warn you. Wait. Wait right there. Do not pick up your fork. Do not take a bite.

 I know you love that lemon drizzle cake. But so many times we are called to wait. And wait we must until God himself will bring that treat to us. If I am speaking to you one message, it is this: wait for the very best gifts from the Lord and do not settle. It may not be today. It may not even be tomorrow or next week. It could be years before you are even presented with such a delicacy.

 But when it comes, when it's presented from the right source - it will be perfect - and it will be all yours to enjoy…with no strings attached.

 Don't eat the lemon drizzle cake with a fly in it.

 If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

17. It was a bad day following a bad week. On top of additional life stresses, I found out a friend of mine died suddenly and grief struck my heart. Additionally, Travis’ aunt passed away. And a dark storm cloud loomed over my head. Still stuck in my inner turmoil, I was driving to work and noticed a lot of roadkill on the side of the road.

I told God that all I am seeing is… death. Loss. Emptiness.

Jesus kindly whispered to my heart, "Just look up."

I raised my eyes and I saw it. The life all around me. The green trees. The flowers in full bloom. Ducks splashing around in a nearby lake. Birds singing in the trees. Life. beauty. wonder. spring. newness.

And I remembered that how I feel…correlates to what I am focusing my attention on.

 So, let me ask you…what you are looking at? Is your downtrodden attitude due to your focus on the negative? Are your conversation about what's wrong with the world, the government, your job or your family weighing heavy on your heart? Or do you remain adamant on looking up, on seeing the miracles of today, on applauding everything that is… right?

The choice is yours.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you. 

16. I was watching the movie, The Company (2003) and the story follows along a ballet company in Chicago.

I was mesmerized by the talent and athleticism of each dancer. The ballerinas were pros, practicing and rehearsing for weeks  for this one performance. But what really intrigued me was that the dancer landed exactly – precisely – directly - on the beat of the music. They didn't jump one second before or after, but exactly on cue. They knew the song that well, clearly memorizing the routine and performing by heart.

I thought about God's timing. As these dancers know the routine, God knows our story. He has my life memorized like a book, knowing exactly what page, what chapter and what point I am on in my life. And He appears on cue. He knows when to show up. God is not one second too early or one second too late. He knows at just the right time, at just the right place, with just the right person and just the right experience  to give my story a happy ending.

I trust God's timing. He knows what is the very best for me. I just need to watch in awe of His precision and accuracy and grace in every little thing that happens in my life. Because truly I  am mesmerized by His wonders!

 Ecclesiastes 3:1: There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

Isaiah 60:22: At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.

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19. Spoiler alert for anyone who has never seen the third installment in the Twilight saga, Eclipse. There is a scene where Edward takes a trip to Florida with Bella to try to keep her safe. Bella has absolutely no idea that there is an ongoing vampire invasion after her, trying to hunt her down. Bella is just resting safely with her mom, soaking up the rays in the sunshine state. The werewolves are chasing away the opposing vampires causing havoc in her hometown. Again, Bella has no idea.

 This scene made me think of a very profound question… How many times does God chase away our enemies as we remain completely unaware of his favor and protection?

 How many times are we “relaxing in Florida” while He does the hard work and fights our battles for us?

 Let's thank God right now.

 God, I want to thank you for personally taking care of me. I praise you for coming to my rescue and for fighting my battles for me. God, you chase away my enemies. You move things around for my good and bring me the victory on every side. You are such a good Heavenly Father and I applaud your goodness, your faithfulness, and your protective care over my life. Thank you for all the blessings  that I so easily take for granted. Thank you for how much you do and how I am standing right here because of you.

 Amen!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.