Psalm 63:1
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

When you don’t know where to turn or what to do any more, or when you just feel as though you can’t possibly make it through another day, pour your heart out to God and seek Him with all you have inside! I have had times where it just felt as though I had nothing left in me, I had nothing to give, I couldn’t even think straight and that is when we need to realize that in those moments our everything will be found in Him!

God has your answers! He has the answers to guide you in your next step. He has the answers to heal your broken heart. He has the answers to fix those broken relationships. He has the answers to your messed up finances. He has the answers for those wayward children. Whatever it is …… He is and has all of the answers!

The best advice I can give today if you are struggling is to totally lean on Him. Allow Him to guide you and remove your hurt and fears. Allow Him to be to you like water in the desert. Allow Him to be what fills all of those empty places in your life! Earnestly seek Him, take some time to block out the noise of life for even just 20 minutes today and pour your heart out and allow Him to fill you with Himself.

When life gets cloudy and it is just too difficult to find your way, look for Him, He is always there ready to take your hand and lead you through. The worst thing you can do is look for your answers somewhere or in someone else.

God loves you so much and He wants more than anything to be able to guide you. He wants His best for you and He created you for great things so don’t give up, hold on and trust Him to bring you through! Seek Him, spend time in His word, listen to some great praise music, turn that depressing stuff off for a while, save it for a better day and find some uplifting music to get you back on track. God knows your heart and He knows all that He created you for, He knows you better than you know yourself and He knows what is coming down the road, so where better to find your answers than in Him? The best is yet to come if you will just follow Him today!

“Life begins when you do.” Hugh Downs

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

It is what is in your heart that matters!

Don’t allow all that is going on around you to rob you of your peace. If you have the peace of God ruling in your heart then you will be able to face all that is brought your way. Satan loves turmoil, and he loves to cause unrest but you don’t have to allow Him to have that victory over you.

As it says in Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” So, just as those wicked things come out of your heart, so does peace, love and mercy. Our mouths reveal what is in our heart so it is our heart we need to work on when there is a problem spiritually in our lives. As we draw close to God all of these other things come together. If you want peace, you don’t need to have it all around you, you need to have it in your heart. There will never be some heavenly bliss and peace here on earth so your peace must come from within.

How can you find the peace in your heart that Paul is talking about in this verse? It takes spending time in God’s Word and allowing all that He has to say fill your heart and mind. Whatever you are filling your mind with is what will consume your heart. God wants to consume your thoughts and when He does He will fill your heart with truth, honor, excellence and things worthy of praise and it will cover all of those evil thoughts of slander, anger, murder, sexual immorality, obsessions and addictions. Victory is yours but you also need to make the effort to consume yourself with God and the things of God in order to find it!

Search your heart today. Is there peace there in your heart and godly thoughts consuming your mind or is there more turmoil than good going on in there? You do have a choice you know, you don’t have to live consumed with fear, anger, obsessions and addictions but you must make the efforts necessary to have the victory you desire. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” James Allen

James 1:19-20
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

With the stress that we all live under on a daily basis these days, there seems to be an overabundance of raging anger. We have road rage, we have women killing their children because of silly typical inconveniences, we have people rioting in the streets and the list could go on forever. Anger that is allowed to just rule your body and life is a serious problem.

One of the biggest causes of struggles in relationships is that the desire to be heard is by far out weighing the desire to listen. There’s no quality in conversation when two people are just concerned about being heard vs wanting to get to the root of the problem by listening. Half the time anger stems from just not fully understanding each other and that is impossible if you aren’t listening! Listening can be very difficult if you feel you have been wronged but if the two of you can get in agreement to give each other a chance to communicate without interrupting (that can be the toughest thing) then you know you will also have the opportunity to speak. If you have a problem with interrupting it may be helpful to write down notes as you go so you can defend what you need to defend or just say what you need to say, but let each other speak. It may take both of you taking a break before trying to talk until you can calm down.

Wrath here speaks of more than just getting angry. Wrath is a strong fierce anger or deeply resentful indignation. This is out of control anger. We all get angry at times but we are called to have godly self control. Galatians 5:22-24, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” When we are out of control in our anger as it says in the verse in James, it “does not produce the righteousness of God.” Usually where there is deep seated anger there is hurt or unforgiveness lurking deep down inside and it needs to be faced and dealt with in order to be free.

We are called to be different than the rest of the world, we are called to be like Him! Jesus will give you all you need to follow Him and to grow to be more like Him. Ask Him today to help you to be more quick to listen than to speak in all of your relationships and allow Him to give you the self control you need. He loves you, He cares about what you are facing and He will carry you through! The best is yet to come!

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it?” Marcus Aurelius
“A sense of humor snuffs out our sparks of friction before they get to our fuel tank.” Fred Smith
“It’s in the struggle itself that you define yourself.” Pat Buchanan

Psalm 143:8b and 10
Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Teach me to do your will for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me, on level ground!

There are so many “voices” today trying to tell everyone where to go, what to do and what they have decided is right or wrong. It is vital for us as Christians to be seeking God daily and asking Him to show us what He says is right and for Him to lead us in the direction He wants us to go.

Everywhere we turn there are messages challenging what we have been taught is right and wrong, they not only challenge God’s word, they challenge the idea of anyone else following it. It isn’t enough that they have chosen to go their own way, they want everyone else to have to do the same! Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God has given us clear direction for what is right and what is wrong, we need to spend our time daily refreshing our minds with His word to drown out the noise around us challenging it. God’s laws for the kings of Israel found in Deuteronomy 17 tells them to write down all that God has said and to read it every day so they would maintain a godly attitude without getting ‘puffed up’, thinking they were better and so they would obey God and it would be well with him, his family and Israel. You may not be a king but you are a child of The King, the God of all, and we are expected to behave as such!

Now, let’s take a look at Matthew 18:12-14, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” We need to take a look around to see who maybe needs a “hand up”. We are not here to be the judge and jury, as much as some would like to think they are. We are here to be God’s hands and feet, we are here to reach out to those who have gone astray or maybe are being led or dragged astray and we are to love them back to God. There are so many people who are hurting and some of it is because they have taken a wrong path and instead of someone reaching out with the love of Christ, leading them back they are trying to slap knots on their heads because it somehow seems to fit a “spiritual need” they think they need to fulfill to look more spiritual themselves. As I used to tell my children when they were little and they did something wrong, “how do you think that makes Jesus feel? It makes Him sad, when we do wrong.”

Ladies, we are not just responsible for ourselves, we are responsible to reach out and be Jesus to others. The world is fighting to keep as many as they can from following Jesus! We need to fight back. We need to be the example, not the judge and jury. God will judge, we can all just let that burden go, and leave it at His feet! The world is fighting for our kids! The message is strong, so our message needs to be stronger! We need to fight together and it begins by getting in God’s word daily and embedding His truths so strongly in your heart that you cannot be swayed by what others have to say! Ask God today to show you all He has for you! Ask for His strength to stand and to be His hands and feet to reach others and to lead you on the path that He has for you!

“If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.” Dick Nogleberg

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of God

Have you been up half the night worrying about something lately? You may not think your faith is wavering but if you are that worried about something then trust me, your faith is lacking. I have been there and I have had to lay in bed reminding myself of the verse, Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” That has been a great help to me when I wake up and my mind starts trying to sort something out, trying to fix it in my mind or fret over it until I am wide awake and worthless all day.

It does us no good to waste sleep at night or time during the day worrying over anything. If you have done what you can then you really need to leave the rest to God. At the point where you have done all you can, God will take care of the rest, don’t get in the way with your wavering faith still trying to figure it out. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. Jesus was willing to die on the cross for you, do you think His caring stopped there? Of course not, He loves you and cares about every detail of your life!

Take all that you face to God, both big and small and trust Him to do what is best for your life and the lives of those you love. James 1:6-7 says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Do you believe God for what He says in His word? Trust Him with your whole heart to always do what is best. When things don’t turn out quite like you thought, you must still remember and understand that if you knew what He knows you would have asked for what He is doing in your life, even when things get tough.

“Faith believes in spite of the circumstances and acts in spite of the consequences.” Adrian Rogers