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How much can you trust?


So you wanted vision or visibility or insight… So you got some, now what? Did it help you or did it cause more questions to get raised? Did it clarify the things you wondered about or did it generate more questions? Who will you put your trust in? Will you trust that if God brought you to it that He will bring you through it? Will you trust that God is in control? Will you trust that God puts the people who are in authority into authority? Will you trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense? Will you trust Him even when it seems to go against what you had been told? Will you trust Him? Now ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment about the plans being made around you. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment if you are in need to speak up or speak out or even just question. Ask the Holy Spirit to cover you with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Be still and know that God is God! Listen carefully for the still and quiet voice. Walk in alignment and obedience to God’s instruction and direction.


Day 221: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 22 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 22 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize the power of Jesus to change the situation or circumstance?
  • Do you realize the wisdom of Jesus to know where you are at and know what you have need of before you even ask?
  • Do you trust Jesus in the middle of the storm?
  • Do you trust Jesus in the midst of the waves?
  • Do you trust that God’s timing is perfect?
  • Do you trust that God won’t give you more than He knows you can handle?
  • Do you realize that Jesus isn’t out there somewhere but He is right here with us?
  • Are you willing to do whatever Jesus tells you to do?
  • Will you trust Him enough to do it even if it seems like more than you can do?
  • Will you stand up for what is right? Will you stand up for what is just?
  • Will you choose to speak up and speak out for justice and righteousness?
  • Will you believe in Jesus?
  • What signs do people see that you are a follower of Jesus?
  • What does the dream mean? Are you able to interpret the vision? Are you able to interpret the plans?
  • Don’t lose hope even if you have to wait for you will be remembered.
  • Point people to God for wisdom and interpretation.
  • Receive what God is telling you to do. Do it!
  • God has a purpose and a plan for you!
  • Be prompt in doing what God is telling you to do, don’t wait and be ruined, instead allow the Spirit of God in you to lead and guide you so that God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.
  • Remember what you have learned!
  • Walk with humility and wisdom
  • Forget all your troubles and remember how God has made you fruitful.
  • Live out your today as a living sacrifice to God
  • Live out your day with Jesus as your Lord and Savior for He gave up His life in order that you can be saved and reconciled back to God
  • We are the children of the Lord our God
  • God so loves us that He sent Jesus to make a way when we couldn’t make a way in our own strength or power
  • Be generous! Walk in a spirit of generosity! Whatever you give, do so joyfully for God loves a cheerful giver.
  • God’s plan for you is for good and not for evil. God’s plan is to give you a hope and a future. God’s plan was so filled with love that He sent Jesus to pay the price and make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way. We need to remember what we have learned and so walk out our lives with wisdom in humility. God knows right where you are at and even knows what you have need of before you ask. So trust in God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and pursue Him and His will every step of the day! Let’s delight ourselves in the Lord in order that we can receive the desires of our heart!

As day 22 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

What happens when it starts today?


Imagine being told to go and do something and change how things were being done. Imagine being told to not do it and fortunately you hadn’t gotten to it but were planning to do it today. Imagine had it been done and the response it may have had. Imagine the changes that are taking place that you aren’t even aware of. Ever considered what God is doing and can be doing even when we don’t see it? Ever consider how God is going ahead of you to prepare in advance the good works He has for you to accomplish? Ever considered everything Jesus gave up in order to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way? Ever considered that yes in this world we will have trouble but that we don’t have to worry or fret because Jesus has already overcome the world? Ever considered the benefits of perseverance even in the midst of trials? Do those benefits allow you to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Ever realized that the perseverance will make it so that you will be complete and lacking nothing?

If not, then why not start today? What happens when you choose to make today the start of your relationship with Jesus? What if today you put God first? What happens when you choose to make today the start of the new way? What happens when you decide that you will do it God’s way starting today? What happens when you decide that today is the day that the Lord has made so you will start rejoicing and being glad in it? What if today were the day that you reached out and joined the reading 49-week challenge and joined us right where we are at today? Is today the day? Do you realize the gift that today is? Do is the present! Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow is not guaranteed! So let’s make the most of today and let’s get it started!

Let’s get it started by praising God for who He is and what He is like! Let’s get it started by confessing our sins and asking God to forgive us for having missed the mark! Let’s get it started by thanking God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ who paid it all! Let’s get it started by thanking God for the blessings in our life! Let’s get it started by thanking God for all the answered prayers! Let’s get it started by thanking God for what He has done for us! Any worries or concerns? Let’s get it started by sharing them with God instead of carrying them around with us today! Know of needs of others? Let’s get it started asking God to help them in their place of need! At a decision point and not sure what to do? Let’s get it started asking God for guidance! Not sure what to do or where to go? Let’s get it started by putting our hope and our trust in God!


Day 21: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 21 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 21 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalms 91:2

My Notes:

  • We can be assured of God’s protection and so let’s call out to God in whom we trust when we are faced with troubles and trials.
  • John Gil’s exposition speaks to today’s verse this way:
    • I will say of the Lord
      • Or to the Lord: these are the words of the psalmist, expressing his faith in the Lord in the following words, taking encouragement from the safety of the godly man above described: the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, he shall say to the Lord; that is, the man that dwells in the secret place, and under the shadow of the Lord: the Targum is,
      • “David said, I will say to the Lord,”
      • as follows:
    • he is my refuge:
      • a refuge in every time of trouble, outward or toward; a refuge when all others fail; and is himself a never failing one, a strong refuge, which none can break through and into, and in which all that have fled thither and dwell are safe:
    • and my fortress;
      • what fortifications, natural or artificial, are to a city and its inhabitants, that is God to his people, and much more; he is round about them, as the mountains were about Jerusalem; his salvation are walls and bulwarks to them; yea, he is a wall of fire about them, ( Psalms 125:2 ) ( Isaiah 26:1 ) ( Zechariah 2:5 ) , they are kept by his power, as in a garrison, ( 1 Peter 1:5 ) ,
    • my God, in him will I trust;
      • his covenant God, his God in Christ, and who would ever continue so; and was a proper object of his trust and confidence, both as the God of nature, and the God of grace; who is to be trusted in, both for temporal and spiritual blessings, and at all times; to which his lovingkindness, power, and faithfulness, greatly encourage and engage: the Targum is,
      • “in his Word will I trust.”
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge shares:

As day 21 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

The first 20 20 20…


It is amazing how fast a year can go. It is amazing even as today there is a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. day we get to see three twenties. This year we will get to repeat such an event twelve times. How to you view patterns? What do you see in patterns? How do you look at patterns for perspective? If you look at these images what patterns do you see?

How about you in your life? What about in your work? What about in your schedule? What about in your family? What about in your reading? Is there a pattern? What is it saying? What is it revealing?


Day 20: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 20 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 20 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • We all need grace – it has been given – will we choose to reciprocate
  • Consider who the law was given thru
  • Consider who grace and truth was given thru
  • It all came from God
  • Do you know Jesus?
  • Do you know who you are?
  • Do you know your position or role?
  • What is it that you wish to get revealed through your life?
  • How will you be transformed by God?
  • How has God transformed you?
  • What old is gone?
  • What new has come?
  • Who will you follow? Who are you following?
  • Are you leading by serving? Are you leading by example?
  • Will you answer the call?
  • Do you hear your calling?
  • Do you hear Him calling?
  • Will you be willing to spread the good news?
  • Will you be salt and light in the world God has put you and positioned you?
  • How will you answer when people question you?
  • How will you answer when people ask you who you are?
  • How will you answer when people ask you what you are?
  • Are you willing to testify what God has, is and will do in and through your life?
  • Do you know the meaning of your name?
  • Want to know? Check out http://meaning-of-names.com/ for first names and http://surnames.meaning-of-names.com/ for last names.
  • I looked mine up in case you were curious and found the following:
    • lover of horses, fond of horses, loves horses (has origins in Greek, English, and French)
    • the descendant of David (commander; beloved; friend)
  • What will it take for you to believe?
  • Do you need to see to believe?
  • Do you need to hear to believe?
  • Can you just read about it to believe?
  • How do you know what is trustworthy?
  • Who can you trust?
  • What can you trust?
  • Will you do what is pleasing to God?
  • Will you do what is good to God?
  • Do you realize where you are at today?
  • Do you realize the promise God has for you?
  • Will you return unto God what He has given to you?
  • Will you trust God even when your manager keeps changing the rules?
  • Will you trust God even when your manager’s attitude towards you is not what it was before?
  • Will you stand for what is true?
  • Will you stand for what is just?
  • Will you trust God through it all?
  • Remember what promises are in God’s Word how we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds as well as to take heart when we face troubles.
  • Will you trust God rather than walking in fear?
  • Will you trust God more than you fear?
  • Will you trust God more than your doubt and worry?
  • Will you trust God’s Word is true and trustworthy?
  • Will you trust God’s instruction and direction even when you don’t understand it?
  • Will you wrestle with God till you are blessed?
  • Will you walk with a limp as a leader?
  • We need to trust God! We need to be willing to obey God! We need to lead by example and even though we walk with a limp because we have wrestled with God, we can walk with humility and a servants heart. Do not walk in fear or doubt but instead walk in faith and hope that comes through your relationship with God! Allow Jesus to lead you and guide you, transform you and strengthen you all the days of your life.

As day 20 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Put first things first and let the other things take care of themselves!


Ever found that when you get distracted by the wrong things the right things don’t get done? Ever considered what your priorities are and how when you focus on them how the other things take care of themselves? What is your priority list looking like these days compared to where you are focusing your time and energy? Have you put God first? Have you put your spouse second? Have you put your kids thirds? Everything else comes after this right? Ever found that when you are living in alignment with your top priorities that things seem to look and feel better to you? Ever found that the worry or confusion goes away when you put first things first? Ever discovered how when you put first things first that the other things start to take care of themselves, or maybe it is more that you don’t have to worry or get stressed about them because of the joy that comes from taking care of your top priorities?

So what if you spent time with God daily and walked through all of your day with Him? What if you spent time with your spouse pouring love and respect into them? What if you spent time with your kids loving on them and hearing about what is on their minds? Imagine the world we would live in when the people who should be top of mind and top of the list really are and feel and know that they are.


Day 19: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 19 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 19 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • If you keep doing the same thing over and over and are considering giving up after a long days work and then Jesus gives you a new idea would you respond and try it or would you just give up and give in and go home?
  • Would you question the new idea? Would you still do it because of who gave you the instruction? Imagine what you would have missed had you just dismissed His command and instruction.
  • If by following the instructions from God caused such an incredible blessing, would you call others to be able to take a part in it?
  • Remember what God’s instruction says, what Jesus’s instruction says, and even what heavenly hosts like angels have said: “Don’t be afraid“.
  • Our part is to follow God’s instruction and direction!
  • Be it out of your comfort zone like when God called me to step up to be president!
  • Be it our of your understanding or reality like when God called me to forgive people who had done a bait and switch on me!
  • No matter what it is that He calls you to, don’t be afraid and then follow after Him!
  • Do you realize is more than willing, He is also able!
  • Jesus came to pay the ultimate price in order for us to be forgiven and saved.
  • Are you willing to receive the gift? Be is a large or a small mistake where you missed the mark (sinned), be willing to turn to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and to ask Him to save you.
  • What type of a sign would it take for you to believe? Will you hear with your ears and believe? Do you need to see it with your eyes to believe? What would or did it take? Imagine being at church and a man going into cardiac arrest and dying but who is still attending to this day because the people prayed, the pastor anointed him with oil, the emergency team did their work, and the service stopped while he was being taken care of and nobody left, everyone stayed and prayed, until the service was completed which didn’t restart till a pulse had returned. Would it take a miracle seen to believe or would you believe based on hearing from others?
  • Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
  • Don’t judge others! If God calls you to minister or step into a relationship with someone do it! Consider Jesus and Levi.
  • God who is the ultimate physician comes to heal the sick.
  • Make time to be with God by yourself. Find a place to be or go and spend time with God!
  • Do you know what to do or where to go to become clean?
  • So let’s praise God in all that we do! Let’s live our lives as living sacrifices and work as unto the Lord!
  • Jesus is our Lord and Savior and He will be with us – Emmanuel
  • He is the one and only, He is the way, the truth, and the life, nobody comes to the Father except thru Him.
  • We need to put God first and live out our lives putting first things first. We need to walk out God’s instruction and direction without fear or doubt. We need to trust that He knows what He is saying and asking and so we can step up and step out in faith obeying what He is calling us to do. Let’s not only live out our faith so that people can hear and see it but let’s also share it so that by hearing the message people can know it is from God and find their own faith. Jesus is the ultimate physician so we need to bring the sick, be it physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually sick, let’s bring them to the one who is able to heal the sick. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, nobody comes to the Father except by Him.

As day 19 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Do you need to be involved with everything?


Do you need to be involved in everything? What if it is what you have been doing for years and a new person comes in and starts wanting to change thing? What if it is what you have owned? It might be better or it might just cause more angst with others who depend on you. How to respond? How to react? Do you inject yourself? Do you step back with a wait and see type of view? Do you talk to others? When it is related to the questions you have been asking and wondering about to no avail, does that impact your response? You can’t control what others will do to or for you but you can control how you respond. So knowing what I know and having seen what I saw, how to respond?

Should you have a seat at the table? Do you let the wrangling continue and see where the dust settles? Do you let the politics rage on? Do you try to take control even when you aren’t sure what that means? Do you re-evaluate your role and your position? Do you need to know everything? How does it make you feel when it looks like people are doing things behind your back? How does it make you feel when things are so unclear and others are looking to create the path without a bunch of the background and insight? Does it matter who they are? Do they deserve for you to just shut up and fade away?

What is it that makes you tick? What is it that makes you be better? What is it that makes you feel valuable? What is it that you like to do? What do you do with the next 3 days before you go back to face the reality of the situation? If you are willing to let go and were even considering letting go but the situation made it so that what you were considering letting it go for was wrong then what should you be reaching out to or grabbing hold of?

What will help you grow? What is it that you would like to learn? Has going with the flow caused you to fall back by flowing down stream instead of fighting the stream and the flow in order to keep moving forward?


Day 18: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 18 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 18 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Is the struggle because you are being tempted to try and go and do it in your own strength?
  • Is the struggle because you are hearing things that sound believable but yet are missing key elements of the truth?
  • Is the struggle because you are being tempted to try and go and do it your own way?
  • Remember God’s Ways are not our ways!
  • Remember God’s Ways are better than our ways!
  • Remember God knows the beginning and the end!
  • Remember God knows beyond the thoughts to the heart and the motivation!
  • What if it was going to take you fasting and praying for a long time to get answers?
  • What if it was going to be a time to test you?
  • Will you sensitive to the Spirit and walk in alignment with His directions and instructions?
  • Do you hear that still quiet voice? What is it telling you to do?
  • Where will you be rejected? Where will you be accepted? Does it mean you need to go?
  • Will you speak with authority? Will you speak authoritatively?
  • Will you rebuke what is bad? what is wrong? what is evil?
  • Will you make time to be alone with God?
  • Will you follow God’s command?
  • Will your testing reveal your humility and reveal your heart?
  • Obey God’s disciplining
  • God’s preparing a place for you where you will be blessed
  • Praise God for all He is and has and will be doing for you
  • Don’t forget what God has done for you
  • Don’t allow yourself to become proud because of all that God has already done for, in and through you.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be proud, remain humble so that things will go well with you.
  • God is how we are able to produce wealth.
  • After you enter into the land and you give offering and sacrifices from all that you have received in and through it.
  • Make time to rest and glorify God.
  • Provide things that will continuously remind you of God and put your focus on God and keep your focus on God.
  • Do not love the world or anything in it. Love God! Don’t be fooled or drawn into the world’s way that includes the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life for they are not from our Heavenly Father but from the world.
  • Turn to God! Confess with your mouth! Believe in your heart!
  • Will you trust God’s instruction even if it isn’t some big magnificent ask?
  • Will you trust God’s instruction even if it isn’t some huge ask?
  • Don’t go behind the back of your boss and mislead others with lies.

As day 18 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Do you realize what is just in front of you?


Do you realize what is just in front of you? Do you realize the impact of the temperature of the situation? Is it wet or is it ice? Is it cold, warm, or hot? How is it making those around you feel? Is there anything you can do to help the situation? Do you know what to do to avoid escalating the situation? Can you make it stop? Can you make it stop as quickly as you would like? What if what is just in front of you happens to be ice and you can’t stop? Do you understanding your surroundings? Do you understand the dynamics of what is going on? Do you realize where you do and don’t have support? Do you realize where you will and won’t get support? You may want to look around and reconsider the situation you are in. You may want to revisit the options of moving forward vs staying put. You may want to revisit who is with you and who is against you. You may want to consider if things really are as they seem. Who can you really trust? Who can you really depend on? Do you know that you believe what you hope for?


Day 17: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 17 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 17 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:


As day 17 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

How long does it take for things to become clear?


What is the vision? We know that without vision the people perish. What do we see? What are we seeing? What are we seeking? Are you asking? Are you seeking? Are you knocking? We know that we have not because we ask not, but when we ask we need to be asking with the right heart or else we will not receive. We need to trust God both when things are clear as well in the midst of the storm. We need to consider if there is a log in our own eyes that is blinding us from seeing clearly. We need to be able to listen and hear through the Word of God so that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened. We need to trust and receive Jesus who came to make the blind eyes see. Are you walking in the dark and hence need to turn into the light in order that you can see clearly? We need to spend time in God’s Word as it gives light to our eyes to see. Reflect on the notes you take from the Word of God as it will reveal and testify to God’s goodness, bringing clarity and hope to press on.


Day 16: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 16 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 16 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Are you paying attention to what is being said around you?
  • Are you hearing the voices in order to be able understand?
  • Are you preparing? Are you making straight? Are you following?
  • Do you realize what is going on around? Are you pointing them to God?
  • Are you producing good fruit?
  • Are you sharing with others?
  • Are you being honest and doing what is right?
  • Are you being content?
  • Are you living with integrity and doing what is right and just?
  • Are pointing people to Jesus?
  • Are you calling out wrong as wrong?
  • Are you following Jesus’s example?
  • Are you living a life that God can be well pleased with?
  • Consider where you have come from so that you can have an understanding in going forward.
  • No matter how messed up the past might have been it doesn’t keep your future from being incredible.
  • Are you trying to build to glorify yourself or God?
  • Are you trying to do things to make you and your people greater rather than glorifying God?
  • Do you realize confusion came to Babel because of selfishness and not dependency upon God and trying to become like gods?
  • Do you realize the heritage that may have created some of the lack clarity?
  • Ever considered starting at the beginning rather than going backwards?
  • Ever considered what each generation has gone through and learned?
  • Ever considered that those who don’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it?
  • Ever consider the reason of the names that get called out?
  • Ever consider if there are names that were excluded and why?
  • Is your name a name God will remember? Has it been written in the book of life?
  • Ever considered where you have come from? Ever considered what each generation has gone through that you can learn from? Ever considered that no matter what happened the future can be better? Ever considered the names written in the genealogy of the Bible? Ever considered the names that were omitted? Ever considered if your name has been written in the book of life? It requires that you receive Jesus and allow Him to forgive you and to be your Lord and Savior. Will you choose to be in that book and get to spend eternity with God rather than apart from God?

As day 16 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Something bouncing around and keeping you awake?


What causes such an early wake-up call? What causes pressure to build or heart to race? Was it a dream? Was it the stress of life? What could it be? Taking hold of promises like “be anxious for nothing rather bring your cares or cast your cares upon the Lord” and still unsure why going back to sleep doesn’t work. How a busy day of various pressures along with stressful weather conditions might drain your energy level and cause you to go to sleep too early, might that be the trigger? But it was happening a few weeks back too… Waking up without a sense of being tired or maybe I could have or would have gone back to sleep. No answers so I will Ask, Seek, and Knock. Turning to God and His Word for me today to get wisdom and discernment and direction and instruction.


Day 15: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 15 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 15 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Am I to be leading the way and preparing for what is yet to come?
  • Am I to be be ready and following?
  • Have decisions already been made on what is what?
  • What will my role be?
  • Am I where I am supposed to be?
  • Am I where I need to be?
  • Is the challenge that I am not being heard?
  • Pointing people to God and how they need to receive Jesus so that our sins can be forgiven
  • We need to serve in humility
  • We need to live out our lives in a way that God can and will be well pleased
  • We need to live out our lives following after Jesus so that we too can be fishers of people.
  • Making time to spend with Jesus is important and speaking to our Heavenly Father so that we can turn off the distractions of life
  • We need to be willing to do what God calls us to do
  • Is there a need or any need for isolation?
  • Is there a reason to go and be set apart for God’s purpose?
  • If someone or something is considered “unclean” then it means they are unfit to be used in worship to God.
  • We need to live our lives in a way that we are holy through Jesus so that we can be used and be fit for worship to God.
  • We have been chosen. He has a plan and don’t be afraid.
  • Will you receive the gift of Jesus?
  • Will you accept God as your redeemer?
  • There is no God besides the Lord!
  • Be a witness of who God is! Testify of who He is and what He has done in and through your life.
  • Put your trust in God! Don’t bow to idols! Don’t make idols! Put your hope and trust in God alone!
  • Put your trust in the truth!
  • Receive the promises of God!
  • Don’t be fooled by nonsense!
  • Focus on God so that you can accomplish all that He chooses
  • Let’s go and spread good news
  • Let’s go and bind up the brokenhearted
  • Let’s go and comfort those who mourn
  • Let’s go and provide for those who grieve
  • Let’s allow the oil of joy overflow from us and into the world around us
  • Let’s allow God’s blessings to overflow so we can pour into the lives of others.
  • God has a plan for each of us. God created each of us on purpose for a purpose. So let us not grow weary in doing good works. Let’s go and spread the good news! Let’s go and bind up the brokenhearted! Let’s go and comfort those who mourn! Let’s go and provide for those who grieve! Let’s allow the oil of joy to overflow because of our faith so that it can be poured into the lives of all those God brings around us and into our lives! Let’s allow God’s blessings to overflow so that we can pour it into the lives of others and be a blessing from God.

As day 15 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

What does your brand say about you?


What does your brand say about you? What makes your brand? What does say about your brand? What makes a good brand? What makes your brand good? Is it a perception or a reality? Is it the way you look? Is it the way you act? Is it the way others interact with you? When people think about you what do they say? When people see you what do they think? Is there a personality? Is it personal? Have you ever had to rebrand for some reason? Did it take a lot of effort? Did you have to make a significant change?


Day 14: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 14 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 14 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


‘For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” ‘

— Luke 2:30-32

My Notes:

  • This devotional is setup for reflection each seventh day.
  • This 14th day gives opportunity to not only reflect but also to share with others
  • Today’s devotional gives us things to consider like:
    • Praise Him for who He is and what He’s like.
    • Confess any sin.
    • Thank Him for complete forgiveness through Jesus, for other blessings in your life, for answers to prayer, and for what He has done for you.
    • Share your worries with Him, and ask Him for what you and others need.
    • Ask Him for guidance, and place your trust in Him.
    • Share with someone a verse or thought that impacted you from the past six days of reading.
  • Matthew Henry’s Concise commentary shares:
    • 2:25-35 The same Spirit that provided for the support of Simeon’s hope, provided for his joy. Those who would see Christ must go to his temple. Here is a confession of his faith, that this Child in his arms was the Saviour, the salvation itself, the salvation of God’s appointing. He bids farewell to this world. How poor does this world look to one that has Christ in his arms, and salvation in his view! See here, how comfortable is the death of a good man; he departs in peace with God, peace with his own conscience, in peace with death. Those that have welcomed Christ, may welcome death. Joseph and Mary marvelled at the things which were spoken of this Child. Simeon shows them likewise, what reason they had to rejoice with trembling. And Jesus, his doctrine, and people, are still spoken against; his truth and holiness are still denied and blasphemed; his preached word is still the touchstone of men’s characters. The secret good affections in the minds of some, will be revealed by their embracing Christ; the secret corruptions of others will be revealed by their enmity to Christ. Men will be judged by the thoughts of their hearts concerning Christ. He shall be a suffering Jesus; his mother shall suffer with him, because of the nearness of her relation and affection.
  • Elliot’s Commentary shares:
    • The Greek word is not the usual feminine noun expressing the abstract idea of salvation, but the neuter of the adjective—that which brings or works out salvation. Its use here is probably determined by its appearance in the LXX. version of Isaiah 52:10, as quoted in Luke 3:6. He saw in that infant child the means of deliverance for the world.
    • Literally, of all peoples. The word expresses the universality of the salvation which the next verse contemplates in its application to the two great divisions of the human family.
    • Literally, for a revelation to the Gentiles. The idea is strictly that of the withdrawal of the “veil spread over all nations” of Isaiah 25:7.
    • Here, again, the language is the natural utterance of the hope of the time, not the after-thought of later years. The Christ whom Israel had rejected was hardly “the glory of the people” when St. Luke wrote his Gospel.
  • Imagine being there to hold baby Jesus as he was about to be dedicated after having waited years for his arrival and with the promise of God that you would see him before you pass on.
  • It is amazing that it is called out for both gentiles and the people of Israel. It is for all people!

As day 14 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

New Day! New Week! New snow day! No matter which it is for you, put your hope and trust in God!


So getting back on schedule, getting back on task, getting back to things as we start this new year with a full week. I wake up rested after traveling thru different time zones, waking up way early in the other time zone, and dealing with the challenges of my stay while yet being able to spend time and have fun with family. I prepare for this new week after an incredible week of wisdom and hearing from God during my 3 day journey of fasting and prayer week. God is good! Even when the world may try to slip you up or slow you down, God is always good, God is always in control, and God always has a plan.


Day 13: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 13 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 13 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Who is leading? Who is preparing the way?
  • God has gone before you preparing in advance the good works He has for you to accomplish.
  • Who are you leading? Who are you preparing the way for? Where are you pointing people? Are you leading in the right direction?
  • Are your words speaking to people the right messages?
  • Are you turning back and turning others back to God?
  • Are you producing good fruit?
  • Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you able to obey God in order to accomplish God’s will and fulfill His purpose and plans?
  • Have you received Jesus as Your Lord and Savior and received His directions and instructions?
  • Jesus is able to take away our disgrace, will you let Him?
  • Have you been grafted onto the branch of God?
  • Are you now a part of the family of God?
  • As some have been pruned or cut off from the branch and thrown into the fire, others will be grafted onto the branch and become a part of God’s branch.
  • Will you receive the comfort of God? Will you allow the peace of God that surpasses all understanding to comfort you?
  • Will you make the most of your short time on this earth? God’s Word endures forever.
  • Do you realize that God gently leads those that have young? Do you realize that God carries the lams close to His heart?
  • Do you realize your value in the God?
  • Do you realize that there is nothing we can compare God to?
  • Do you realize that since there is nothing that compares to God that there is no reason or way to create any image of Him?
  • Live with humility.
  • Put your hope in the Lord and have your strength renewed.
  • Allow the Lord to lift you up while you are low so that you can soar on wings like eagles.
  • Allow the Lord to be your strength and endurance so that you can run and not grow weary and you can walk and not become faint.
  • So let us praise the Lord in the ways we have available to us.
  • Let us praise the faithfulness of the Lord
  • Let us praise the love of the Lord
  • Let us praise how He makes us glad
  • Let us praise Him with joy for all that His hands have done
  • Let us praise the works of the Lord!

As day 13 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Do you realize all the good things in the midst of the trials and troubles? Can you see the light in the darkness? Can you see the sun through the storm?


Ever wonder how big the world is? Ever considered the breadth, the depth, the height? Ever considered the creativity and the curiosity that was required to get flight? Ever considered the creativity and curiosity that was required to discover the parts of the world? Ever considered the creativity and curiosity that was required to leave the earth? Were there troubles? Yes of course there were. Were there trials? Yes of course there were. Were there exciting times because they didn’t give up and persevered? Yes to that one too. Ever talked to someone who has gone to space and heard about their faith in God? Ever consider what it would have taken back in the BC days for people to have traveled around the world compared to the blessings we have? Imagine a world without GPS. Imagine a world without flight to get around. Imagine even a world without the huge ships of today to get around the world. Imagine a world without trains to get across countries or continents. How would things be different now? Do you realize how blessed you are to live at such a time as this? Do you realize that people tended to stray away from God when things got to easy? Do you realize that people tended to stray away from God’s way when they started to get too proud believing that it was their idea alone and that they didn’t or don’t need God anymore? Imagine a flight across the US in under 6 hours. Imagine getting to see NASA through a visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and meeting Tom Jones the astronaut. Imagine getting to watch your child play her sport all the way across the country in person for 2 games but then via technology on a phone or TV for the third game. There is so much to be grateful for. There is so much to be praising God for. Even in the midst of trials and troubles with rooms or hotels, there are still reasons for joy. We can stop and consider how in James we read:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

— James 1:2-4

So be glad to get to go. Be glad to get to come. Be joyful through it all, giving God the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’s name. Amen.


Day 12: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 12 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 12 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Have you heard about Jesus? Did He amaze you?
  • Have you had an encounter with Jesus? Did He transform you?
  • Have you encountered the wisdom and strength of Jesus?
  • Do you realize that Jesus is the son of God? The one and only Son who was given for you and for me so that we could believe and be saved.
  • Consider how even as a child Jesus went with His parents to celebrate the Passover.
  • Have you considered the things that have taken place during the time of the Passover? From the time when the Jewish people were in Egypt? From the time when Jesus was to be betrayed and crucified?
  • How often are you willing to celebrate the festivals of God?
  • How often are you willing to turn your heart and your mind back to God?
  • Are you being fair about what has happened? Without partiality in order that justice is given?
  • Are you worshiping the one and true God?
  • What have you seen and heard about God? Do you feel the security from Him?
  • Will you follow God for ever and ever? Will you allow Him to lead you until the very end?
  • Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness?

As day 12 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Are you walking? Are you running? Are you gliding? Are you bobbing? Are you weaving? Are you spinning?


Imagine gliding across the water at up to 26 MPH, bobbing, weaving, turning, and getting to see amazing things like alligators, turtles, and many varieties of birds. Reeds flying by, water splashing up from time to time. Exhilarating and amazing adventure where you can’t see where you are going but the drive is able to bring you thru what would appear to a path through the place. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God will make a way even when there doesn’t seem to be a way. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God knows the beginning from the end. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that nothing is a surprise to God. It kind of reminds me of where I have read that God know even before we ask what we have need of.


Day 11: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge – Day 11 —

Hindsight is 2020

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 11 link above or want to join link here to join me and sign up.

Let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Do you realize how big of a deal it really is?
  • Do you realize how important you are to God?
  • Do you realize how far God will go to try and get you to choose and love Him?
  • Do you realize there is a time and a place for everything?
  • Do you realize that not everyone who acts like they are looking for your best interest really are?
  • Do you realize that we need to listen and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit what the truth is and what we are to do, like the warning received by the Magi?
  • Do you realize that we need to listen and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit what we should do, like the direction and warning provided to Joseph because Herod was about to go and kill all the children and God had foretold how it would be said that “Out of Egypt I called my son” as well as when Joseph was directed to go back home which would fulfill what God had foretold of how “he would be called a Nazarene“?
  • In Micah we even see how God foretold so long ago how Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
  • God has a plan that is good for those who will choose Him to be their Lord
  • In Hosea, we learn about how Jesus was to be called out of Egypt.
  • What is it going to take for people to turn back to God? Will it be natural disasters? Will it be storms? Will it be fire? Will it be flooding? Will it be wars or threats of wars? What is it going to take?
  • What will it take for you to see clearly?
  • What will it take for your ears to be opened in order to hear God’s word?
  • Do you realize the protection God has put over you? Do you realize the blessings that are available to God’s people?
  • Will you only speak what God gives you to speak?
  • Do you realize there is a good way and a bad way to live your life?
  • Do you realize there is a possibility of doing something accidentally or intentionally?
  • Jesus is our redeemer! We have all missed the mark! Jesus paid it all!

As day 11 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com