Ever been put down? Don’t let that get you down. Stand up for what you believe in. Be a person with integrity and principles.

We must keep our eyes on Jesus. There will be mountains, there will be valleys there will be storms, there will be waves crashing around us, but we need to keep our eyes on the one who initiates and perfects of our faith. Let’s not let those who oppose us cause us to shrink back since we have the confidence, hope, and faith in God knowing that we will be saved.

Integrity: Are you a person who possesses and steadfastly adheres to high moral principles and professional standards?

Principles: Are you a person who works, speaks, thinks, and acts with a standard of moral and ethical decisions that help drive you and move you forward?

Are you in an environment where it is valued? Are you in an environment of people who are like that with you? Or is it an environment of fear? A place where you are put in situation to do things out of fear rather than out of doing what is right?

Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

So don’t be afraid in any way of those who oppose you. That will show them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved. That’s what God will do.

Philippians 1:28 (NIrV)

Biblical Truth:

When we stand up to intimidation from the enemy we encourage others and confirm our faith in the gospel of Christ.

So in order to keep yourself on the straight path, walking in principles and integrity, keep your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfector of our faith. Put your trust where it belongs and is deserved, not falling back or hesitating in fear, but boldly and courageously walking towards your calling and God’s desire and plans for your life.

2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2

Enduring Like Jesus

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

Ever noticed there are two sides to every story? Ever tried to get to the bottom of something and so you talk to 2-3 people to understand what happened? Ever find that they don’t fully line up, but there are some similarities in the stories? Ever noticed there is the human side of the story as well as the God’s plan side of the story? Sometimes we may never get to the bottom of it unless we have God’s side which is the side that is the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

There are usually two sides to everything. The cross has two: a crucifixion side and a resurrection side. Jesus had to endure one side to get to the other. But if He hadn’t endured, then we’d all still be left without a Savior and no forgiveness of our sins.

In this life we will have to endure some bad things in order to get to see the other side. We need to be willing stand up and stand firm so that we can outlast the devil’s schemes so that we can see the other side.

Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus, for the joy of obtaining the prize on the other side of the cross, the resurrection, endured the pain. Like Jesus, we have to endure bad things. To endure means to outlast the devil; to be steadfast long enough to let the trial do whatever it’s going to do in our lives and get from one side of the cross to the other.

It’s all worth it. When we come out the other side we have a joy that goes beyond understanding. When we come out the other side we have a testimony that we can share to help build up, lift up, and encourage others as well as a new faith level that will help us to continue to press on and trust in God knowing that whatever comes our way, He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Whether we’re hit by an unexpected circumstance, suffering for doing something wrong or for resisting temptation and sin by doing what’s right, we have to go through things. But waiting for you on the other side of the hard times is the joy of obtaining the prize, the good result.


I remember getting the following notes a few years back and have placed it on my calendar as a daily reminder and every time the reminder pops up saying “Be encouraged! God knows what you’re going through.” I reflect on the truth and the following points.

  1. Wake Up! Decide to have a good day. “Today is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24
  2. Dress Up! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
  3. Shut Up! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” – Proverbs 13:3
  4. Stand Up! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. “Let us not be wearing in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. There as we have opportunity, let us do goo…” – Galatians 6:9-10
  5. Look Up! To the Lord. “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
  6. Reach Up! For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
  7. Lift Up! Your prayers. “Do not worry about anything, instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” – Philippians 4:6

Be encouraged!!

Today, be encouraged by the way Jesus handled trials. He knew the joy that was before Him and persevered until the end. He’s given you the power to do the same.

Prayer Starter:

God, I want to endure like Jesus. Help me to get a vision for the joy of obtaining the prize that awaits me so that I can endure whatever trial comes my way.

Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

Heavenly Father,
I praise You Lord for speaking to me right where I am. You know where I am and what I am going through and because of that You provide for my every need. You provide for my thoughts. You provide my for soul. You provide for my family. You provide for my peace. Lord, I will be encouraged through Your love and hope. I will trust in You and press forward knowing that on the other side it will all be worth it. I will trust in You knowing and believing that You have a plan that is greater than me and so I will lean not on my own understanding, but lean on You so that I may walk the path You have for me in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions today Lord speak in a way that brings You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Been through some challenges. It’s amazing what you feel like on the other side.

I remember the battle with God about stepping up to be President, feeling I wasn’t qualified at the time, but He had other plans. On the other side, I watched the association team grow closer together and heard encouragement from the community from the changes.

I remember the battle with God about forgiving others, feeling God you know what they did to me, letting the bitterness build up to the point where it was starting to make me feel sick, but He had other plans. On the other side, I found that forgiveness gave me freedom and the ability to share with others the importance of forgiveness – not just for the other party, but for themselves. When 7×70 came on the radio the breakdown that happened to the wall of unforgiveness removed weights off my should and then to hear “as you forgive others, I will forgive you” and getting to have God forgive me. Wow, the freedom, the weight lifted from my shoulders, the love and power that was present was incredible and allows me today to share this hope and truth with others to help them get out of the rut, out of the hole, and step up into the freedom that comes from forgiving rather than holding onto the bitterness. (Another piece of the puzzle is that unforgiveness isn’t a word – spell check even tries to change it to forgiveness – so don’t hold on to unforgiveness – forgive so that you can move forward into the greatness that is awaiting you.)

As I walk through the last few months, my hope and trust are in God. As things are working to change around me, my hope and trust are in Him. I feel that I can be bold and courageous because God is faithful and just. I know that He will work all things together for my good.


Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose faith. Keep your eyes on the author and perfecter of every good gift. Keep your mind on what He says and promises. Avoid the lies and the traps of the devil.

Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:12-14 (ESV)

Biblical Truth:

We gain confidence through Christ who provides us with the courage that shields us from the power of fear.

So let us put our trust in the ONE who can, who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.

25 “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
and will never think of them again.

Isaiah 43:25

Today’s Devotional: 
You Have a Relationship with Yourself

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

You are worth a great deal. You have a plan and purpose for being. Don’t allow the lies of the enemy or your own self-doubt drag you down. Make sure to spend time by yourself where you can receive encouragement and hope and truth and love. I find my morning time with my devotionals and Bible readings does a great deal in setting me up for each day.

Did it ever occur to you that you have a relationship with yourself? You may have never given it much thought, but you spend more time with yourself than anyone else, and it’s vital that you get along well with you because you are the one person you never get away from.

We should love ourselves, not in a selfish, self-centered way that produces a lifestyle of self-indulgence, but in a balanced, godly way that affirms God’s creation as essentially good and right. We may be flawed by unfortunate experiences we’ve gone through, but that doesn’t mean we’re worthless and good-for-nothing.

God uses everything that comes into my life to help build me up, prune me, correct me, direct me, strengthen me, encourage me, and so that even the plans of the devil can be used for His glory and for my good.

We must have the kind of love for ourselves that says, “I know God loves me, so I can love what God chooses to love. I don’t love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me.” We must develop the kind of mature love that says, “I believe God is changing me daily, but during this process, I will not reject what God accepts. I’ll accept myself as I am right now, knowing that I will not always remain this way.”

Prayer Starter:

God, like Isaiah 43:25 says, You blot out my sins and accept me, which means that I don’t have to reject myself. I am free to love myself in a healthy way because You love me!

Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan 

Heavenly Father,
I thank You so much for this new day and for all that is within it. I praise You Lord for the encouragement of Your Word and for the power that You provide through Jesus and Your Holy Spirit. Help me today to be the man of God You have planned for me to be. Help me to be a great husband, a great father, a great son, and a great brother and friend. My hope is that in all that I think, say, and do Lord You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ Holy and Glorious name. Amen.

It’s going to be ok.

It might be hard, it might be a challenge, it might even be a struggle – people are watching you to see how you are going to respond, people are watching you to see if what you say you believe is what you will walk out, people are wondering if you are for real. Trials not only test, but also purify your faith. Faith is so much more valuable than gold. And by holding onto your faith it will bring even greater praise, honor, and glory to God especially upon that day when Jesus returns and reveals himself to the whole world.

Today’s devotional: A Need for Brokenness

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

1 Peter 1:6-7

Are you feeling whole? Does life seem to be in order? Does everything look kept? In this world we will have trouble, but don’t lose hope, don’t give up, be encouraged, receive comfort, take heart for Jesus has overcome the world. God is with you! So press on as it says in James:

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. – James 1:2-4

And he continues in telling us to seek and ask for wisdom in faith, believing.

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. – James 1:5-8

So this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The word brokenness may strike fear in some people, but it’s really not a bad word. God doesn’t desire to break our spirits, but He wants to break that outer shell, the flesh that prevents Him from being all He wants to be in and through us. He wants to break off things like pride, rebellion, selfishness and independence. God wants us to be totally dependent on Him, and suffering seems to bring us to that point.

God isn’t punishing you, He has something He needs you to learn so that you can be an even greater testimony and example for Him. He is working to break off the edges. He is trying to prune things that need to go. He is wanting to teach you something so that you will be able to speak life, hope, love, faith into the lives of others around you that you wouldn’t even be able to relate to had you not known or gone through this challenge.

Sometimes people seem surprised that they must go through a time of trial or suffering. Perhaps they’ve been faithful to learn and obey the Word, and the trials still come. Sometimes trials come simply to test and purify our faith.

Don’t be afraid. Look to God that you may be bold and courageous and receive what God is preparing for you. Live by faith and not by sight. Live by the spirit not by the flesh. Let go of the selfish habits that need to go – bye bye habit, bye bye trait. Pursue after God with all of your heart, all of your strength, and all of your mind.

When these trials come your way, embrace them, because they lead to real, true brokenness. God wants us to live by the Spirit, not the flesh, and this is so much easier when we allow Him to break off our lives any sinful or selfish habit or trait that would keep us from Him.


Do you want to be close to God today? Then embrace brokenness, knowing that it will lead to greater things in your future.

Prayer Starter:

Holy Spirit, I realize that sometimes I need brokenness. It may not be comfortable, but I invite You to break off and get rid of anything that’s keeping me from You.

Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6:19-20 (TNIV)

Biblical Truth:

We declare victory over fear through heavenly petition for courage and boldness.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the wisdom that You provide me on a daily basis. Help me Lord to focus on what Your Word says and what Your Spirit says and to cast off the lies of the devil. Lord, I declare victory and hold onto the fact that You have already won it through Jesus Christ. Lord help me to walk out the truth that
because of the blood shed by Jesus and because of my testimony, there is victory for we like Jesus are overcomers and victorious. Lord, this is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Grant me wisdom today Lord. Grant me favor? Give me ears to hear and eyes to see. That in and through every encounter this day You may receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s get it on! Put on the full armor of God! It’s worth it.

God has provided us with a set of armor we can put on. In our weaknesses His mighty strength is revealed. The battle we are facing is spiritual, so we need to put on the full armor of God so that we don’t get tricked by the devil. Once we have it on, next we can turn to the Word of God, our one offensive weapon and draw strength from it and then finally to cover it all in prayer so that we are able to accomplish the work God has put in front of us to do that on our own or in our own power we couldn’t do.

Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless 

– biblical truths on fear (you should take time to visit this great site or even get the book)

Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.

Ephesians 6:10-12 (CEV)

Biblical Truth:

God provides the armor but we are the ones who must put it on. Draw strength from His word and pray for His grace that enables us to perform the Christian work we are unable to do on our own.

Today’s Devotional: Perseverance Pays

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

Matthew 19:29

Going through tests? Trying to see the light at the other end? Feeling the pressure? How is your attitude holding up through it all? It is up to us what our attitude will be. We can’t let our circumstances or others determine it. We have to choose what type of an attitude we will have. (Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it is easy as I walk through this struggle currently and need prayer if you are up for it to help me press in and press on so that my attitude will be the one God desires from me.) And it is something that will not only impact you and me, but others who seem to be above it.

In the early years when we were building our ministry, Dave and I went through a lot of difficult tests. I needed to work on my attitude. We needed to work on our marriage and how we handled money.

For six years I bought my socks and underwear at garage sales. We were totally broke, and I was teaching prosperity!

Not only that, it just wasn’t popular for women to preach back then. We lost friends and had family members who didn’t want anything to do with us.

What pressures are you feeling? What lies are being spoken to you by the devil to try to push you down or at least off course? Don’t give up, press on. In this world we will have troubles, but we don’t have to be worried or discouraged because of them because Jesus overcame them all. Because you don’t give up, others will be blessed. Because you press on, others will get to see and experience the joy and hope that comes from God in and through you. Don’t give up!

It was just hard and sometimes I wanted to quit. But today I am so glad that I stuck with God because there are people all over the world who have been helped because of our ministry.

Today, let’s grab onto the truth of what LOVE is or should I say who LOVE is and then work to be more like it. God is LOVE!

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

So where does that leave us? … With God all things are possible, not some, but ALL things. So let’s get a hold of who God is and what God’s love is and start to walk it out. Let’s work on being patient. Let’s work on being kind. Let’s work on enjoying what we have and not being jealous of others. Let’s be humble and not be boastful or proud. Let’s be considerate of others and not rude. Let’s be good natured to avoid being irritable. Let’s people who are forgiving so that we don’t allow bitterness to well up within us rather than wasting time and energy recording how many times we have been wrong or beating that drum. Let’s celebrate when truth wins and stand up against injustice. Let’s be people who don’t dive up. Daily turn to God and keep the faith. Don’t give up, realize there is hope because God is with you and loves you and has a plan to give you a hope and a future. Don’t give up, press on and endure through every challenge that comes your way. And watch God show up in ways that are so much bigger and better than You can even ask or imagine.

Scripture tells us in Matthew 19 that we will have to leave ‘important’ things behind for the sake of following Him. We didn’t have everything we thought we needed back then, but the trade-off ended up being more than worth it.

Wow! God’s Word is so powerful. God’s Word never returns void. God’s Word can take you right where you are and speak into your very situation to the point where if you blog about it, people think you picked the specific text, when you can really see that God has orchestrated the order of the steps, the readings, the devotionals to align with right where you are at so that you don’t have to be wandering out in the wilderness, but rather you can be walking in the light of the path that you were not only destined to walk down, but also you are wondering where to step next. God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Imagine picking up and moving away from home. Imagine picking up and leaving your country. Imagine or consider what you have been through, what you have given up. Celebrate the benefits of a life with God! In the end it is more than worth it. Do you have to give something up? Are you at a tipping point? Consider what you have given up and the blessings that you are experiencing today because of your obedience. Imagine asking your parents for permission or their desire when you are faced with a challenge – this sounds like something that could have huge impact in the future when you then measure it up against the Word of God as it comes with a promise and benefit. I look back and that is so true and I wasn’t even really thinking about the verse Ephesians 6:3 at the time, but even still God was faithful. I look at my wife, my kids, my friends, my home, my work. Wow, God is so faithful.

Persevere in your walk with God, even when it’s hard. Stay focused on Him, and it will all pay off when you enter the victory He has for you.

Persevere… Stay focused… It will all pay off in the end!

Prayer Starter:

God, sometimes it’s hard to persevere in the Christian life, but I know that the perseverance will pay off. I will follow You alone, because You are all that matters.

Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan 

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord that You open doors that can’t be closed. You lead me even when I am don’t know where I am going. I praise You Lord for putting
songs of joy and peace into my mind and heart right when I need it most. I praise You Lord that every day You speak to me through Your Word in a way that is real and applicable. Help me Lord to be sensitive to Your Spirit and to be obedient to the prompting and direction that You provide so that I may glorify You in all that I do. You provide hope for the hopeless. You trade my sorrow and my shame for Your joy. You trade my sickness and my pain for Your joy. You are my strength and Your joy is my strength. Yes Lord You are so awesome and incredible that You meet me where I am at and give me a hand up so that I can be all that You desire for me. As I step out today and my calendar clears, use it for the glory of Your Kingdom so that in every thought, every word, and every action I take You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How is your work going?

Don’t be insincere or disingenuous. Don’t be sad or depressed. We need to step back and realize who we are really working for and that is God! So serve Him with all your respect and all your abilities. No matter where we work we need to remember we are working from the Lord because everything good and perfect gift, every reward we receive comes from the Lord.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Colossians 3:22-24

Don’t allow bitterness and anger to rob you of what God has purposed and planned for you. Remember to forgive as it provides great joy, peace, and freedom from the weight of bitterness, anger, resentment, and depression. We don’t just do it once, because every day we could run into someone who presses our button. We read God telling us that we are to forgive 7×70 times. There part of me that thinks that number is used so that we don’t bother counting and just continue to forgive others. Think about it today, is there something that is nipping at you about your job? Is there someone who you are feeling bitterness or anger or resentment towards? Are you feeling down about your job? It’s time for a reset and to consider the reality of what you are doing. Realize you are working for God and it is Him who will reward your hard work. Realize that you can’t keep picking up “garbage” – not real garbage, just the crud like bitterness, anger, resentment, … – and expect to be feeling good. What you put into your heart is how you are going to feel. Jesus told that from the overflow of our heart we speak. So listen to yourself and check if you need to do some housekeeping on your heart house. And since that is where you invited Jesus in, turn to Him and ask Him to help you clean it up and clean it out. If you have never asked Jesus into your heart and your life, today might be the day to ask and get His help to get things back on track. I know that forgiveness was the key to stopping a many month long slide a few years back. I knew it in my head, but until I actually did forgive them, my heart got heavier, the weight on my shoulders got heavier, and I could come up with a multitude of reasons why they didn’t deserve it. But we realize that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to come and die on the cross that we could be reconciled to Him. Did we deserve it? No. Did God show His mercy and grace through this? Yes. Are we supposed to model this to others that they may learn and see who God is? Yes. So forgive them, you know who I mean. Give it up into God’s hands to take care of the rest. And like I said if you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart, you can say something as simple as “Jesus, I believe in You. Forgive me for what I have done and please come into my heart and help me to transform my life.” I know when I ran into my situation, I was in my car when I started to forgive others. When I finished, the words that came into my mind were as you forgive others, so I will forgive you. So I then asked God to forgive me for not having forgiven others sooner even with the prompting by the Holy Spirit through things like songs on the radio and thoughts throughout the day.

Fear Not, Just Believe: Fearful to Fearless

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

Ephesians 6:5 (TNIV)

Biblical Truth:

Be sincere and cheerful in your work. Remember that regardless of who you are working for, you are really working for the Lord. Serve Him with all respect and ability, for a reward awaits you.

Do you really know what is going on inside that person’s heart? Do you know what they are going through or have been through? What are you judging by? Why are you judging since as you judge you will be judged. God uses a different measure. He judges the inside. What is really going on in the heart.

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

Today’s Devotional:
Does God Prefer Polyester or Denim?

(Non-Bold or Indented, Italic words are copy/paste from the devotional)

Do you judge people based on their appearance? I remember many years ago talking with a sales manager at a car dealership who was telling me how he told his employees to treat every customer with respect no matter how they are dressed. The reason was he had a case where someone who was quite wealthy had come in and because of his attire the employees hadn’t helped out and caused the loss of a big purchase. We don’t know what is going on inside others, so we can’t make a decision based on what we see on the outside.

I used to be so judgmental about the way some people dressed. Not long ago, I thought that I couldn’t wear jeans while I was teaching at a conference, but my son said to me, “Do you really think that God anoints polyester more than denim?”

It took some things like that to shock me into the realization that I was just holding on to a religious attitude when God wanted me to freshen up my look in order to reach more people.

God is more interested in what is going on inside our hearts and how we are developing a close relationship with Him. If what we wear draw more people to come and know Him more, than that is a good thing.

Sure, it’s good to dress nicely when we go to church. But the bottom line is, we shouldn’t be so focused on our outward appearance that we lose sight of our main goal: developing a close, personal relationship with God.

God simply wants us to fellowship with Him, which means communicating with Him throughout our day just like we do with someone who’s our close friend or family member. He doesn’t care about the outward appearance, only real relationship.

So keep it real! Spend time with God! Be responsive to Him and His Word! Build up the most important relationship in your life!

Spend time with Him, being grateful for what He’s done and is doing in your life. Have a real relationship with Him.

Prayer Starter:

God, help me to have Your attitude about outward appearance. Help me not to judge others who don’t dress the way I think they should, and help me to develop a strong inner relationship with You.


Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for the words spoken to me today. I thank You for continuing to speak life and
hope, truth and direction to me. I continue to ask for wisdom and discernment, boldness and courageousness to step up and step out and step forward for the glory of Your kingdom. Help me Lord in every conversation today to glorify You. Grant me favor with each interaction that in and through it all You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.