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June 6, 2021

Affirming Message: I Am God’s Child! And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the LORD Almighty—2 Corinthians 6:18 Sometimes when my two sisters and I are ribbing or teasing one another we will say, “You are definitely your mother’s […]

June 5, 2021

Affirming Message: I Will Bloom Where I Am Planted! Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem into Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons […]

June 4, 2021

Affirming Message: I Will Cast My Bread Upon the Waters and Find it After Many Days! Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.—Ecclesiastes 11:1 Solomon preaches a powerful sermon with these words and promise from God. If we were to sum it up, […]

June 3, 2021

 Affirming Message: “I Will Not Faint on the Day of Adversity, But I Will Endure!” If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.—Proverbs 24:10 Be cognizant of your “self-speak” when you are going through adversity. Adversity is any kind of misfortune, any difficulty, any serious or […]

June 2, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: God is the Strength of My Heart “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”—Psalm 73:26 It was a touching scene being played out on my window ledge and in front of me: Mama bird teaching baby […]

June 1, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I Can Use My Spiritual Tools to Encourage Myself In the Lord! And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God—I Samuel […]

May 31, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I am Loved! So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses […]

May 30, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I am the salt of the earth! You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet—Matthew 5:13 Salt acts as […]

May 29, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I Am God’s Masterpiece! For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them—Ephesians 2:10 Our youngest daughter shared a picture she had taken of a double rainbow in the evening sky. As I studied it […]

May 28, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: I Am Meant to Shine! You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in […]

May 27, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: My Prayers Will Remove Mountains For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to his mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you”—Matthew 17:20-21 Herein lies the secret […]

May 24, 2021

Encouraging Affirmation: “I am never without the protection of an All-powerful, Almighty God, who is my own heavenly Father!” Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I […]

May 23, 2021

Affirming Message: “I am the Apple of My Father’s Eye” Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings—Psalm 17:8 David may have written this prayer during the time the disposed king Saul was pursuing him to kill him, where he pleads to […]

May 22, 2021

Affirming Message: I Have the Power to Speak Life over Myself. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit—Proverbs 18:21 We know other people can wound us to the point that small pieces of life, joy, hope, and courage […]

May 21, 2021

Suggested Reading: Psalm 145:1-21 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing—Psalm 145:16 Think of the “always” concerning God’s nature and activity toward all he has created. He is always caring; always watching over; always protecting; always attuned; always merciful; always listening; always nearby; always abounding […]

May 20, 2021

Suggested Reading: John 20:19-29 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus—Philippians 4:7 Think of the peace of God as your personal, spiritual sentinel. The definition of a sentinel is “a soldier or guard whose job it is to […]

May 19, 2021

Suggested Reading: Acts 20:17-38 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would […]

May 18, 2021

Suggested Reading: Luke 10:38-42 And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teachings–Luke 10:38,39 When Jesus entered their home, nothing was more important to Mary than spending time with him and […]

May 17,2021

Suggested Reading: Acts 10:34-48 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him—Acts 10:38 As Peter spoke with a group of Gentiles, he was able to summarize […]

May 16, 2021

Suggested Reading: Psalm 133:1-3 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.—Romans 15:5-6 Imagine a world where people of […]

May 15, 2021

Suggested Reading: James 4:1-17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.—James 4:17 The Scriptures break sin down for us in pretty simple terms and plain language. Sin is often described as that which starts in the mind (our thoughts), […]

May 14, 2021

Suggested Reading: Romans 15:1-13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing., so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.—Romans 15:13 Why is being hopeful such a courageous, extravagant way to live life? Consider how pervasive and massive […]

May 13, 2021

Suggested Reading: Luke 24:36-49 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God—Acts 1:3 Believing that we serve and have within and among us, a living, resurrected, powerful, present Lord and Savior in Christ […]

May 12, 2021

Suggested Reading: Acts 1:1-11 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you—Acts 1:8 Waiting until the Spirit arrives on the scene and into our being is courageous living. Jesus was very precise with these instructions. There had to be a reason he warned his disciples […]

May 11, 2021

Suggested Reading: referenced verses I and the Father are one—John 10:30 From day one of his earthly life Jesus had a firm grasp on his identity. Even when he was a boy of twelve, he knew who he was. Remember when his family had traveled to Jerusalem to attend temple […]

May 10, 2021

Suggested Reading: John 5:1-17 Get up, take up your bed, and walk. And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.—John 5:8,9 Living from our healed or whole places is a courageous way to live. Jesus healed the man waiting by the pool. John […]

May 9, 2021

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates—Proverbs 31:31 Praising others is a courageous way to live. King Lemuel was certainly courageous in how he praised the woman of God openly, which was a rarity and exception […]

May 8, 2021

Suggested Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 In these days he went out to the mountains to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God—Luke 6:12 Being prayerful is a courageous way to live. It is a lifestyle mirroring the way Christ Jesus lived. Paul said never give up on prayer. […]

May 7, 2021

Suggested Reading: John 15:1-11 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.—John 15:1-2 How does a person who is hate-filled […]

May 6, 2021

Suggested Reading: John 15:1-17 No longer do I call you servants –John 15:15 It takes a lot, not just to be a friend, but to be a good, great, or wonderful friend. Not everyone is friendship material. Some people are better kept at arm’s length or as acquaintances. While other […]

May 5, 2021

Suggested Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.—Matthew 15:28 Great faith will result in supernatural manifestations of healing, miracles, and wonders in our life. All levels and depths of faith […]

May 4, 2021

Suggested Reading: Matthew 15:21-28 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”—Matthew 15:27 Well said! This woman did not show fear or anxiety. She knew who she was talking to and asking a blessing from yet she did no hesitate or […]

May 3, 2021

Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 1:19-33 Yet you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. And you murmured in your tents—Deuteronomy 1:26-27 Pastors and spiritual leaders would call this the “meeting after the meeting.” That’s the meeting and discussion that takes place after the initial […]

May 1, 2021

Suggested Reading: Acts 20:17-38 I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.—Acts 20:22-23 When we have the Holy Spirit abiding or dwelling within us, […]

April 30, 2021

Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-8 The LORD our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites.”—Deuteronomy 1:6-7 What’s your Horeb? For the Israelites it was the physical mountain and place where […]

April 29, 2021

Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Today’s focus Verse: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:16 I enjoy reading from various translations of the […]

April 28, 2021

Suggested Reading: Galatians 4:8-10 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.—Galatians 5:1 It’s pretty easy and common to put weight back on after taking it off. After all our hard work and effort to take off unwanted […]

April 27, 2021

Suggested Reading: James 1:1-12 Focus Verse: And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing—James 1:4 One of the best ways to explain what James writes in this passage is to do a brief grammar lesson. Sometimes we confuse the words affect […]

April 26, 2021

Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 3:22-24 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.—Psalm 103:14 There is a reason God deals with us as he does: he sees we are actually very fragile; that it does not take much to crush or break us. That is why he is […]

April 25, 2021

Suggested Reading: Isaiah 30:15 Focus Verse: Be still and know that I am God—Psalm 46:10 Think of how empowering stillness in the Lord God can be. Being still in the Lord is the last thing our enemy wants us to do during trials, during turbulent times, when we are faced […]

April 24, 2021

Suggested Reading: Psalm 14:1-7 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them—Numbers 14:9 “For they are bread for us.” was […]

April 23, 2021

Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-8 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that […]

April 22, 2021

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 4:17-32 Be angry and do not sin.—Ephesians 4:26 Many of us may be familiar with the term “disgruntled”. After reading or hearing so many stories on the news that reported a destructive or harmful activity of a disgruntled employee which can range from a negative review online […]

April 20,2021

Suggested Reading: Genesis 1:1-27 Focus Verse: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all—2 Corinthians 13:14 At times we may not feel very well. Whenever we are not feeling well everything is more difficult. Even […]

April 21, 2021

Suggested Reading: John 1:1-18 In him was life, and the life was the light of men—John 1:4 Sometimes people mistake earthly riches, possessions, and a lavish lifestyle for true life. But plenty of wealthy people who enjoy lavish lifestyles and have just about everything any human could want or dream […]

April 19, 2021

Suggested Reading: Psalm 119:161-168 For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity—Proverbs 24:16 Not long ago I was remembering when I first learned to ride a bike. I remember how I fell, a lot! I can remember how wobbly and unsteady […]

April 15, 2021

Suggested Reading: Philippians 4:10-19 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself—Matthew […]

April 16,2021

Suggested Reading: Psalm 25:4-10 Focus Verse: I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you—Psalm 32:8 We live in an awesome age and era don’t we? Think of all the technology that we have access to. You can […]

April 14,2021

Suggested Reading: John 1:35-51 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him—Psalm 34:8 David wanted everyone to know and experience the goodness of his God. He put his skills of poetry in motion and wrote, “Oh, taste (experience for yourself) […]