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"Last Night, When I Prayed" 

 "God the Father, Jesus the Big Brother, Holy Spirit the Best Friend"

 "This is My Heaven" 

"After You: A Demon is Always Lurking Nearby" 

"The Creation Project"

"Helpers: A Rescue Mission" 

"The Ring Does Not Fit" 

"The Characters Within" 

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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

Too hard on myself. Nov. 22

 This is for those who are too hard on themselves.

I want you to take a deep breath. Now exhale.

Nothing is not as bad as it seems.

You are doing a great job, even if you don't feel like it.

I am proud of you, even if you think there's nothing to be proud of.

I need you to do something for me. Think back to 3 months ago. 3 years ago. Or even longer. Do you remember where you came from? Do you remember how bad it was and how you left that person or that lifestyle or that job? And everything got better? Don't you remember the bravery, the resilience, the strength you showed during those painfully difficult times.

And if you can get through it then...you can get through it now.

I believe in you.

So stop fighting on yourself. And stop being negative. And certainly stop telling yourself that you are no good or that don't deserve better.

You deserve better!

Take it one day at a time. Keep your sights focused on the road ahead. Feel the wind on your skin. Let the sunshine radiate in front of you. And hold on and be steadfast.

There is beauty in tomorrow. There is beauty in today.

Don't be so hard on yourself. You're going to be just fine.

I love you. I support you. I'm praying for you. And I believe in you.

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

Story of a catfish Part 2. Nov. 8

 On Nov. 1st, I shared with you a true story of how I rescued a stray catfish that had found itself on our sidewalk.

The next day, I went out running and saw another catfish by the sidewalk. Only this one was not alive.

And so many questions came to my mind:

Did I miss this one?

Was this fish near the other catfish that I rescued?

How could I have not seen this one?

I would have done something if I had known...

My heart went out to this poor guy. I was thinking about the first stray catfish...the one I rescued. The one who was hopping up and down, making it clear that it needed help.

And I stared at this other catfish who remained still on the sidewalk. And I questioned to this one now baking in the sun: "Did you ask for help? I could have helped you if I had known..."

Don't be like this catfish. I would encourage you today to reach out for help. Talk to someone. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed out, doubtful and afraid...find a friend, a family member or a loved one who you can talk to. We all need help. We are all going through difficulties. Make sure people know that you need some attention! We need each other to get through this unsteady time.

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

Story of a Catfish. Nov. 1

 True Story.

It was 11:30pm and Travis calls me, saying he sees a catfish jumping up and down on the sidewalk near our house.

---> The catfish was clearly showing that he needed help. Are you reaching out for help with the things that are suffocating you?

I rush to the spot with a bucket and try to pour water on the catfish which he gulps up instantly.

---> Don't wait until you are alone and desperate to become immersed in God's Word. Soak in the Living Waters of the Truth that can sustain you even in your time of need.

I scooped up that catfish and ran to the nearest pond to throw him in to safety. -

--> The catfish was strong and as he clung to hope, he trusted me to bring him to the water. Stay strong and trust that God is bringing you to safety.

Let's be like my catfish friend and expect help to come, that blessings will appear if we remain strong. Be communicative about your needs during this time of unparalleled difficulty. Take a moment and reflect. Let's all trust that God will lead us to safety.

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

The Burden and the Joy. Oct. 25

 Throughout my 5+ years of being a professional author, over  17+ professionals and artists have been hired  as contributors for my books.

The artists, language translators and audio book producers were financially paid for their contributions. And the ones who wrote the Foreword for my novels were given complimentary books and goodies as a Thank You for their introductions to my work.

And I have used 48+ real life people as characters on the pages of my 9 novels.

And it is a JOY to have others work for me!

They bring so much creative content to my work. These skilled professionals add an additional spark to the text. And I am so appreciative of all this local talent!

But let me tell you about the BURDEN to have others work for me!

I might have to push back deadlines because I am waiting on others to finish their assigned tasks. I may not have the same vision as the contributor and may have separate thoughts on the book's direction. And I have to give up a piece of my budget to sign on contributors for my books.

Everything that is worth pursuing comes with a few negatives. And you have to decide for yourself if moving forward - with the hassle, the joy, the stress, the excitement - is worth it to you.

You have to see the positive and appreciate the supporters and the contributors to your success. Without my fans, my readers, my followers and my team...I wouldn't be the Author I am today! And no matter what, I love you all!

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

One More Life. Oct. 20

It's good to be "back"! Travis and I had a refreshing time away and God certainly answered our prayers and moved in our lives as well as the lives of others.

So I was re-watching the hilarious 2017 version of Jumanji.

And Dr. Bravestone just lost a life, being eaten by big wild cats. He falls back down into the jungle with one remaining life tattoo on his arm.

And suddenly he's not so brave.

He pulls Franklin "Mouse" Finbar off to the side. "Can I talk to you for a second?" Bravestone pleads.

And Bravestone talks to Finbar, just the two of them together, away from the crowd...explaining his fears, his doubts and his insecurities about moving forward.

Do you have someone you can pull aside when you need some encouragement in life?

I promise you, none of us are as brave or as confident as we seem. Inside of all of us is a frightened little child just desperate for hope and needing attention, crying out for relief.

It's important to talk to someone if you are feeling...not quite right.

Be like Bravestone and admit that you need help. Talk about for your feelings and your fears. Sometimes the releasement of being truthful to yourself and others is the first step to healing. Don't wait until you are on your last life. Be courageous enough to express what you need and pull someone aside today. We need to hear how you are...truthfully and honestly.

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

Opposition. September 21

Do you ever feel opposition when you try to help someone else?

I remember visiting the Johanssen House over my Christmas holiday. The Johanssen House was decked out in sparkling lights, acres of festive statues and fake snow falling. The House encouraged the community to stop by, take pictures and dance to merriment tunes under the mistletoe. This House was surely a Holiday treat for me, my husband and for the families parking their cars in the neighborhood to enjoy the accoutrements of the season.

Well, not everyone was feeling the Christmas spirit.

Neighborhood violations went up against the Johanssen House for causing a noise disturbance and for improper usage of the parking situation as others would commute for miles just to see the spectacular lights. Fines went out against the Johanssen House for an over-exccessive use of lights up and down their residence. And the neighbors were against the Johanssen House's popularity, drawing in nightly crowds to this otherwise quiet neighborhood.

The Johanssen House was a blessing to so many but was being fought against by those who didn't understand the value and meaning to the fully decorated area.

Next time you face some opposition, be like the Johanssens and keep your lights shining bright. It makes a difference for those who need to need to capture the beauty of the season.

I will be taking a 21-day hiatus away with God, praying and interceding for others as well as seeking the Almighty for guidance and direction. I will not be writing my weekly blog posts but will start back up again mid-October.

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

Blessing. Sept. 14

 Have you ever had something that at first, didn't seem like a blessing.

It seemed like a bad thing, a liability in your life.

I know of a woman who bought a dog that she wasn't getting along with at first. The dog was too rumbustious and constantly needing attention and she was just not ready to commit to another puppy in the house. The dog would get into everything: tearing up clothes, furniture and ripping up things on the cabinet. This was a high-energy dog.

The woman nearly regretted purchasing this puppy.

Then a little time later, tragedy struck her life. And she needed a constant companion to emotionally support her through life's challenges. And that puppy - who was a nuisance before - came to her aid. The dog detected this woman's distress and became loyal to his owner. The woman would hold the dog at night and cry. The dog was there for her and stayed by her side.

And a forever bond grew.

Don't be so quick to toss aside every little annoyance in your life - be it a friend, a co-worker, a family member or even a new furry addition to your life. You'll be surprised what a God-send they truly are!

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

Next One. Sept. 7

I work in Marketing as a side job and I was reading an article about sales, dealing with the public and closing deals. And the author of the article made sure to point out that the word NO means:

N.O. = Next One

I thought that was so profound, not just in my job, but in life.

When I face rejection with a publisher, it's the Next One who will sign me a contract.

When I feel like my friends are nowhere to be found, it's the Next One who will be a source of encouragement in my life.

When I am unable to book sales or find new clients at my job, it's the Next One who will be thrilled and receptive to what I have to say.

Don't take someone saying "No" too harshly. It's just means the Next One is right around the corner, and the Next One is going to say "Yes"!

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

Honesty. August 31

 "Use your best judgement. Let your heart decide what to do."

That's what my colleague told me at work one day.

I work in Marketing and I had booked a woman up for a tour of the resort only to find out later that she wasn't qualified though she had already put down the deposit to reserve her session date.

I work off commission, so I knew that if I let her know of the disqualification, I would lose out on my commission bonus. But I know I needed to do the right thing.

So I quickly contacted the woman to discuss the qualifications and gave her back her deposit money.

I was watching the Robin Williams movie, Man of the Year, and spoiler alert for those who haven't seen the movie...Robin Williams' character get elected as President only to find out there was an glitch in the system.

Now he was faced with a dilemma of his own. Does he keep the information of the glitch to himself and remain President or does he reveal the truth...that he wasn't supposed to be elected and to give the chair of office to the man who does deserve it?

Aren't we always faced with a moral question? This moment comes at us all the time. A grey area.

Let's rely on our True North, the Holy Spirit's leading, to guide us into the truth of the matter so we can make an honest decision.

And let's do the right thing. Even when no one is looking so we can be well-presented as a good Witness and follower of Jesus Christ! We want our God to look down on us and applaud with joy as we choose to do the right thing on every decision that comes our way.

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

Déjà vu. August 24

 There's a line from the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, It Takes Two:

Alyssa: You remind me of someone.

Diane: I do? Who?

Alyssa: Someone I've never met.

 

Have you ever experienced the feelings of Déjà vu?

You've met this stranger before. You've eaten at this new and upcoming restaurant. You go to a new area or listen to a new song and it somehow all feels so... familiar?

A local restaurant closed down near where I live. And I was greatly disappointed. I thought I had lost the delicious BBQ and amazing sides of baked beans and mashed potatoes.

Until months later, I realize there's another location of that same restaurant in a different part of town.

I don't think anything really leaves our life.

Not really anyway.

Yes, we say good-bye to friends, we grieve at funerals and say farewell to known places... but somehow we catch glimpses from the past in our present.

We smell a whiff of perfume that takes us back to our days of high school. We sit at a local eatery that reminds us of our first day in college. And we recognize what we lost in the laugh of our coworkers or in the beauty of a sunrise.

Nothing ever truly fades. They just reappear in a new and fresh way.

Keep a look out for new beginnings.

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

Duck Friend. August 17

 It was quite a sight!

Travis and I just arrived at a Publix and getting out of the car, a duck started walking right up to Travis all the way across from the parking lot! The duck stayed toward Travis and seemingly was walking around and near him.

Travis didn't know how else to react except to go inside the grocery store and buy this duck some bread to feed it as soon as we were done buying our grocery items for the night.

And sure enough, that duck greeted Travis as he came out of the store, this time getting fed from Travis to his heart's desire... of bread.

I couldn't help but think about how God operates.

If we make room for Him, if we make an effort to come into His presence, if we make ourselves known to the Creator and demand attention from heaven....

If we knock on the door of Heaven with prayer, if we stay in the presence of the Lord through worship and linger in the conversations about God with our fellow Believers...

then God will see this effort we make...how we cling to His side...how we come to Him...how we show ourselves loyal to His Kingdom...

And he will enter through Heaven's storeroom and bring out a blessing for us so that we are fed and satisfied through His hand.

Stay by God and receive His favor!

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

Cornflakes. August 10

 There is a great line in the Adam Sandler movie Click,

Morty : [Michael wants to skip ahead to his promotion] Consider the leprechaun. ... He's always chasing the pot of gold, but when he gets there, at the end of the day, it's just corn flakes.

It's a repeated line throughout the movie, warning Michael to not chase the pot of gold, to not forget what is most important in his life and to appreciate what he has in front of him.

I think about the insects and moths who fly towards the porch light, thinking its something special only to get burned in the process.

Don't we do the same thing in our own lives?

We chase things thinking they are the "real" things....the valuable things...the necessary things...

We turn to drinking. We seek companionship in the wrong setting. We force relationships through dating Apps. We get sucked into a new Netflix series thinking binge watching will drown out the world around us.

But the artificial Light is literally burning us.

It's all just ....cornflakes.

I would challenge you today to let the Savior of the world be your Hope, your Guide and your True Abiding Light.

" When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” - John 8:12

I pray peace over you right now. I pray that God's presence will be felt and his love will be embraced in your life. I pray you will find comfort and rest in the One who cares for you and not to find solace through any of the fakes in this world.

Do not forget what is most important. Or rather, WHO is most important!

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

Points to failure. August 3

 Walt Disney Productions has some of the biggest box office flops of all time. Disney has some of the most colossal failures in cinematic history.

Some on the list of the worst Disney movies are:

Home on the Range

Around the World in 80 days

Treasure Planet

Tomorrowland

The Black Couldron

Why do I bring this up?

Well one point I am going to make is...predict the unpredictable. What you think is successful may not be to the audience. So set your piece up for success. Do everything you can to build it up and promote it. And believe in your masterpiece even if the critics try to tear it down.

And another point....to not give up. Just look at Disney! You think of all the big name and Hollywood stardom, but these flops cost the company millions of dollars in failure money. But dust yourself off, get back up and maybe your next piece will be the one that puts you on the map!

Keep going!

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

Your voice. July 27

 Do not be afraid of your own voice.

It will be different than others.

No better. No worse. Just different.

Feel confident that what you saying is important.

That who you are is important.

You don't have to copy someone else to be effective.

You can be yourself and still make a difference.

Find your color, your own style, embrace your own beauty.

Be true to yourself.

Others will know when you are being fake. So be brave enough to show who you truly are.

There is only one you.

Don't be a copy of another. Be an original.

Be the first...You.

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

Pace Yourself. July 20

 I came home crying. Parked in my car and just bawled my eyes out.

You would think it was for something serious, but no. I had expected more from myself on the job and didn't meet my own personal standards.

I started a new Marketing job and I wanted to learn everything right away. I felt pressure from my managers to be perfect right away. And I wanted to catch up to the work ethic of my peers. And I wanted to make my supervisor proud of me and produce solid work.

But alas, days into my job and I felt....awkward, unsure and timid, wanting to perform the job duties and failing miserably.

Then one co-worker gave me some solid advice: Patience. Patience is key. Patience for yourself. Give yourself time to grow. Nobody's going to be perfect at this job right out of the gate. You need to take that pressure off of yourself. If you have too much of a high standard, you're high anxiety for perfection will get in the way. Just relax and learn at your own pace."

Do you feel "out of steam"? Are you taking on too much and feel overwhelmed? Do you have the problem dealing with perfectionism?

Pace yourself. You may not be where you want to be right now, but take it one day at a time, give yourself time to grow and be patient with the process.

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

Purpose. July 14

 I want to talk about the WHY....

WHY do you do what you do?

Are you motivated by money? success? fear? intimidation?

What's the point of what you do?

I have a sign in my office: "When you feel like quitting, think about WHY you started."

I started writing books over 5 years ago. I wanted to grow people in Christ with my words. I wanted people to experience God in deeper and fresh ways. I wanted God to be seen in a positive light and to showcase His power and love.

If I ever get too distracted and look to money as being the point of my writings..

If I ever care about popularity more than the message....

If I ever lose the purpose, I've lost the point as to what I am doing.

Ignore the distractions. Ignore the fan-base or the fame. Strip it all down.

WHY do you do what you do?

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

Smile. July 6

When I was an attractions host, working for the largest theme park in Central FL, there was a sign that said "Smile! Your adventure is taking you onstage!"

Meaning...when the workers were "behind the scenes", eating, on their phones or resting, they knew that as soon as they walked "Onstage" or outside into the theme park, or in my case, inside the attraction, we had to be READY and ON - interacting with guests, available to meet the needs of the operation and be ready to SMILE for the next task ahead.

Though I learned a lot from my time at the theme park, this message will continue to stay with me, for I am starting my next new adventure.

It's a risk. It's a Challenge. And it's a Calling. For those who are following my next steps, you will find out more about this as I will reveal some crucial life updates soon enough.

In this new transition... most days, I'm not smiling. I'm a nervous wreck! The "what-if's" come to my mind: What if I screw up? What if I fail? What if I can't handle the pressure? What if ---

But I still need to take this leap, open that door and SMILE! My adventure is taking me somewhere new, somewhere scary, somewhere remarkable and somewhere I have been praying about for some time now.....

Never be afraid of God's Manifested Promise in your life. It's better than you can ever imagine!

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

God's strength. June 29

 I was out running around my neighborhood when I saw a worm in the middle of the sidewalk.

He seemed almost stuck and unable to move, wiggling around frantically but not able to get to the grassy area.

I knew the Florida heat would fry this little fellow so I grabbed a nearby stick, wrapped the worm around it, and got that creature to safety, out of harm's way from the other runners and bikers out on the sidewalk.

And I thought about something....

It was no trouble whatsoever for me to help that worm though he couldn't help himself out of his troubled situation.

The same way...when I'm in a difficult spot and can't seem to help myself...it is not trouble whatsoever for God to find a nearby stick to rescue me out of harm's way.

I need to remember the power of God, the strength of God, the sovereignty of God. I know He stops to help me. I know He rescues me. I know He cares enough about me to keep me out of harm's way. I know God's love is everlasting and He cares for me deeply.

I know that my personal help is on the way!

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

Hole Number 9. June 22

 Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I will admit, I am a planner.

I like to figure things out and move the chess pieces in my life accordingly, like a skilled Game Player.

So during this Pandemic, with the ever changing news and the constant unplanned updates about my life and job situation , I was aggravated and annoyed to try to figure everything out!

I was playing putt-putt with my husband one afternoon and I had an epiphany on hole Number 9.

Focus on the game you're playing. Focus in the Hole you are at.

If you are playing Hole 3, do not worry about Hole 11. Don't stress about how any future golf round looks or how messy it seems or how the future courses up ahead have a spinning windmill or a laughing clown blocking the ball.

Just focus on where you are at right now.

My need to control crashed and I became humbled to just take things one day at a time.

Play your own game. Breathe. Relax. and just concentrate on getting a hole in one in life! And then move on to the next hole, the next step, the next round, the next season, the next day, making it the best one yet!

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

Applaud the Normal June 1

 Who would have thoughts that "Normal" and the "Ordinary" would be such welcoming terms right now?

Most of the time, we don't celebrate anything.... Normal.

We usually post pictures of extraordinary events...of work promotions, of new babies and engagements.

But the everyday normality of life...we tend to push aside. Until now.

As my city and state are reopening at a Stage 1, it is nice to feel "normal" again as restaurants and stores are opening up.

The everyday things in life we often take for granted give us assurance, security and relief that we are still standing, that we are going to be okay, that we can eventually find solid ground in otherwise sinking sand.

We need the Normal to feel.... comfortable.

I will never take for granted the little things in life every again!

I wanted to share a quote from the movie "Stranger than Fiction" staring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson:

“Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true.” ― Zach Helm, Stranger Than Fiction: The Shooting Script

This will be my last blog post for a while. My husband and I are taking the next 21 days to be on a hiatus with God. We will be deeply interceding for ourselves and for others' prayer requests as well as letting God lead in our next steps.

If you have any prayer requests, be sure to send them my way so we can pray over them and believe God to move in your situation.

Only in Orlando. May 25

 I was taking a nice mini-vacation with my husband and we were staying at a castle-looking resort near the epicenter of the city.

Of course, it wasn't as busy as it normally is.

And I had recently watched a movie called "The Out-of-Towners" with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

And at the end of the movie, Steve Martin pitches to an advertising agency that ONLY IN NEW YORK can you live in a big city where people live on top of each other, where they don't have enough room to walk , and where you step in garbage and where you travel on trains with no seats.

On and on he talks about New York City only to end with a loud "ONLY IN NEW YORK!" which then lands him the job (spoiler alert!)

Well, I walked up to the 9th floor of the hotel and gazed at the very top of the building to view the wonder of the city. To my right, I saw roller coasters out in the distance. I saw a gigantic Wheel and beyond that a large volcano.

And I laugh under my breath...ONLY IN ORLANDO.

What are some things you can appreciate where you you live?

What differentiates your area from others?

What are you proud to call home?

What are individual things around you that you can celebrate?

Show me a picture or describe how much you love your city.

Because there is nothing like applauding the spot you are in. Right now.

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

The Rock May 18

 I was experiencing quite an emotional roller coaster these past few weeks.

And I recalled Psalms 61:2. Lord lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

I wanted to share some verses about THE ROCK. We can hold on to solid ground when everything around us is sinking sand!

God is my rock. He is a solid foundation. He is an immovable, unshakable, faithful, fortress. In times of trouble God is our source of strength. God is stable and His children run to Him for shelter.

Psalm 18:1-3: I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

Psalm 62:7-8 : My honor and salvation come from God. He is my mighty rock and my protection. People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.

Psalm 28:1-2 : To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Psalm 31:2 : Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

2 Timothy 2:19 : Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his."

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

The Cool of the Day. May 11

 I was taking my usual bike ride around the lake and it was such a great time in nature.

I saw a turtle and several cranes and there was this one large black bird that got my attention. He was sitting near the side of the lake with his wings just spread out, enjoying the wind and the nice sun....just relaxing and taking in the day!

I talked that bird, whispering my internal struggle, "Teach me how to relax like that!"

That black bird had no cares. Just catching the breeze. Not at all worried about its food or where it was going to sleep or the cars racing near it.

That bird was steady. Confident. stable.

Immediately, I was drawn back to the Garden of Eden and how Adam and Eve were designed to be... free!

Sure, they had assignments in the Garden, but they walked with God in the cool of the evening. They took in the wonder and beauty that was around them. They didn't hustle and bustle like we do now, always stressing out from one hour to the next.

Can we just rest? And relax? And enjoy life again...at a slower pace...in a meaningful way...

Where we can stop and spread our arms wide in sheer gratitude of just the blessings around us...

If this time of self-isolation taught me anything, it taught me to loosen my schedule, to breathe and to be confident in God's power and to rest in His care.

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

The Promise of Acts. May 4

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

Acts 16: 22- 34

This story shows how HOPE can be found in prison.

The POWER of God through a desperate situation.

And the STRENGTH of the gospel even while being detained.

What I wanted to share from this Bible passage was that no matter how bad things look, God can show up in unbelievable ways. Use this time of isolation to pray and sing hymns to God and just watch what happens! Live in hopeful expectation of God's movement.

Know that God can use any situation - good or bad - to reveal Himself and to show off His Power. And I pray that souls will turn to the Lord during this time.

You can find a PURPOSE for this MOMENT. And God will reveal His plans. And the end goal for anything we go through is to draw closer to God.

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Grateful . April 27

 So I've had a few car problems in my life.

And where as I don't necessarily thank God for a flat tire and being stranded on the highway and having to call a tow truck...

I am grateful in the moment to have car insurance who gives me 24 hour road side assistance.

I am thankful to the tow truck driver who is able to find me stranded and helps out of this predicament.

Even though I hate spending hours at a mechanic, I am thankful that someone is working on my car and that I have the money for the repairs, all the while remembering that  very soon I can drive home. Safe and sound.

During this pandemic.. I'm not going to lie...it's horrible being stuck and stranded...

But what are you thankful for?

Who do you appreciate working for your safety?

What comforts you knowing that at the end of all this, you'll arrive safe and sound.

Something to think about.

I want to personally thank all those who are working to keep our country safe! I want to thank all the frontliners, the hospital workers, the service men and women, the safety officers, the cashiers and truck drivers, the media teams and government officials for being on our side, for being a service to our community and for working on behalf of others. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Your efforts are applauded. And let's get out of this pandemic together, stronger than ever!

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