You, Me and He

I am far from perfect, except through the blood of Jesus, but let me tell you about my perfect God.

This is the thought that has been swirling around in my noggin over the past 24 hours or so. So many times I have told God that He had to be mistaken to use me in the ways in which He has, the ways in which He will, because of my failings. Some of you who read this may be feeling the same way right now. Alas, God is perfect, and He makes no mistakes. He knows what He is doing, why He is doing it, and what outcome will be produced.

What He desires from us is a willing heart.

I do not put on airs when I say that I want all people to come to the saving knowledge of Christ. That I believe with all my being that there is one supreme God who gave the world a Son, Jesus, in which mankind could be saved, and that His Spirit is present in this age, resting within those who call Him Abba Father, governing towards the Creator’s will. That there is a place called heaven and a place called hell. One will be so splendid, no person can actually describe and comprehend its beauty, where as the other is going to be complete separation from God which no person has ever experienced except Jesus Christ himself, as He took His final breathes upon the cross.

May we not look to the downfalls of “I”, but focus on the “I AM”, that is our message.

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:14

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
Deuteronomy 32:4

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:16

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
Revelations 1:8

Noah was a drunk  Abraham was too old Isaac was a daydreamer Jacob was a liar ♥ Leah was homely ♥  Joseph was abused Moses had a stuttering problem  Gideon was afraid  Samson had long hair and was a womanizer  Rahab was a prostitute  Jeremiah and Timothy were young  David was an adulterer and a murderer  Elijah was suicidal Isaiah preached naked  Jonah ran from God  Naomi was a widow  Job went bankrupt  John the Baptist ate bugs  Peter denied Christ  The disciples fell asleep while praying  Martha worried about everything The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)  Zacchaeus was too small  Paul was too religious  Timothy had an ulcer Lazarus was dead


Thanks Jimmy Swaggart! (The Salvation Appreciation)

As my mother and I talked this weekend, on the verge of experiencing a prayer request that is 13 years in the making, she let me in one something I did not realize, I was saved at the age of 4 thanks to the guidance of Jimmy Swaggart! Albeit I was baptized later on in my youth and had a “re-dedication” of sorts in my 20’s, for as long as I can remember I have always known of a God … talked to Jesus … and knew very much about the truth of heaven and hell, and this weekend I found out why. As she tells it, she was in the kitchen doing dishes when she heard me begin to speak. I was in the living room face to face with the television screen; reciting word for word the sinners prayers as the preacher laid it out of all who were willing to recite it among the nations. I don’t know why my mother never shared this before, but alas all things in an appropriate time I trust. Some may say that 4 years of age is too young to make such a commitment, but I disagree. Looking back (on that which I can remember about my life), I can see God’s hand through it all – both outwardly and within my inner-thoughts, through the good and the bad. Thanks to be to God alone that I am still around to type this for sure.   

Now I know nothing much of Mr. Swaggart, other than the brief reading I have completed today. It seems he has a lot of public fallings on his journey, but never-the-less one cannot deny that he has played a part to many people coming to Christ, and for that I thank him. God can use anyone and anything for His glory and to accomplish His plans, that is never to be forgotten!

So what exactly is salvation/being saved? In my words it means you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life and henceforth pledge to give your life over to Him, for the glory of Father God and be led daily by the Holy Spirit. It means you realize that you cannot navigate through this life on your own, and you need to be helped day in and day out by the Creator of the universe. It is when you choose to believe (stand in faith) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, whom came - lived a blameless life, was killed for the payment of our sins (all of mankind) - who rose again to be with the Father and continues to intercede on the behalf of those who call Him brother, King, redeemer and friend.

You can read more on Got Questions , CARM , In Touch , and About.  

Dear Father God, Creator of the Universe, 
We come to you today with perhaps heavy hearts as we see that there is a world around us in desperate need of a Savior, in dire need of the love that You alone can provide. As there are tragedies all around the world, from earth quakes in Nepal to shootings in Texas to Christians being persecuted in so many places, we call upon You to be our strength and peace. We submit to you Lord, and ask You to show us  Your specific will for our lives. May we readily be Your hands and feet to the world around us, to shine Your light. May we find solace in Your Grace, the truth of salvation which is offered freely to all those who ask through the blameless one, Your Son, Jesus. To You we give thanks for all things, for that which has happened and that which is to come. Thank You for simply waking us up today, and providing us with each breath that we breathe. 
By the One who has the power to save, in Yeshua we pray. ><> 


A Really Real Realization

Are we afraid to claim what/who we are in Christ? This is a question that I have pondered myself for quite some time. I mean I am by no means humanly perfect, I sin. As Paul writes in Romans, “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” Yet, as it is written “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. So as such we do have the old vs. the new furthermore, evermore being made into the image of Christ.

For me, I know that the good within me (that which I do, show and share) is of God. As I, without God, displays a whole list of traits and habits that dare not be put on blast here (as Paul so simply states, evil). As Charles Stanley says (I shall paraphrase, via podcast 4.25.15 “Chosen Saints), we should not boast ourselves sinners saved by grace, but rather saints of God (referenced chapters being Ephesians 1 – 4).

Well doesn’t that sounds a lot more bold, powerful and overall awesome?

As  Soul Shepherding shares here is a listing of who we are in Christ …

There is no condemnation for us (Romans 8:1)
We can never be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:39)
We who are many form one body (Romans 12:5)
We have wisdom from God (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Our labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)
We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We become God’s children (Galatians 3:26)
We have every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
We have the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)
We were also chosen (Ephesians 1:11)
We are for the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:12)
We have been seated in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
We’ve been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)
We who were once far away have been brought near (Ephesians 2:13)
We are built together as a holy building (Ephesians 2:22)
We may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
We are light (Ephesians 5:8)
Our joy overflows (Philippians 1:26)
All our needs are met according to his glorious riches (Philippians 4:19)
We are holy and faithful (Colossians 1:2)
All things hold together (Colossians 1:17)
We have our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)
We become fully mature (Colossians 1:28)
Are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge for us (Colossians 2:3)
We are rooted and built up (Colossians 2:7)
We have been given the fullness of the deity (Colossians 2:9-10)
We come into reality (Colossians 2:17)
Our life is now hidden (Colossians 3:3)
We will rise from the dead (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
We can give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We have faith, hope, and love (1Timothy 1:1, 14)
We can gain an excellent standing and great assurance (1 Timothy 3:13)
We have the promise of life (2 Timothy 1:1)

So let us, as a body of believers, get out of our heads and into the Word. Let us delve into the truth of who we are in Christ, who we have been called to be, and what we have been chosen to do. May we not get caught up by past, current, or future failings, but operate in the grace, forgiveness and love of Our Savior, the Holy Spirit and blessed Father of all creation. 


A Much Needed Label

To be labeled as a teacher or a preacher, albeit quite the calling, has on occasion given me the willies. First and foremost I do not believe I am such, although yes I do speak from time to time, and yes I write devotionals with the intent of helping others. However, I see that which I do as more so of a testimony experience type of sharing, rather than a Joyce Meyers, Charles Stanley, Ravi Zacharias or Michael Youssef teaching platform, not to mention the verse in James which speaks on teachers being held to a higher standard. I, for one, know I still have many, many, many more things to learn and I am just not down with being called such it (cue human emotional reasoning). Yet and still, I was searching unknowingly for a label of who I am … what I do.
That is what I was so eloquently called this weekend by my mom (the one who prayed me through my most darkest of times), and admittedly I do like it. As the Bible states …

Mark 10:45
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Philippians 2:5-8
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Luke 22:24-30
 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials.  And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

1 Corinthians 4:1
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

John 13:12-15
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Undoubtedly to be called a Servant for/of God puts oneself is in unparalleled company with the Perfect One right there beside you. Not to mention it encompasses that which we are called to do, be willing and able to be used by God 24/7. So yes, this is one label I can totally get down with. 


Reasons For Hope : Is SUICIDE an unforgivable sin?

A dear Sister-in-Christ Aubrey has started delivering devotionals via e-mail, and this one instantly touched my heart when I read it. As it hasn't escaped my mind since it was read earlier in March, I deemed it appropriate to share here. It is taken from Reasons For Hope.

Is SUICIDE an unforgivable sin? 

By Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope

Recently I have received more questions than I wish to count about the eternal destiny of those who commit suicide.  Therefore, this question has been moved to the top of the Got Questions? queue and we’ll look at what the Bible says about suicide.  

In addition to asking if suicide is an unforgivable sin, the reader wrote, “I can’t find anything in the Bible about suicide.  I found Judas’ hanging himself..but nothing else. Am I overlooking it? I have heard two preachers preach very different messages about suicide.”  And another reader asked, “When a person commits suicide, do they go straight to hell like most churches teach?”

Let me begin by saying, I don’t believe that most churches teach a person goes straight to hell if they commit suicide (although there are somechurches that teach or imply that).  In fact, this is not something that is often addressed in most churches, and yet with the increasing rate of suicide it needs to be addressed.  Just last week, CBS News reported these findings:

 “ The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise at a pace far faster than for young males….The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 5,178 suicide deaths among young people aged 10 to 24 in the U.S. in 2012. Suicide was the second leading cause of deaths in that age group, after accidents.The suicide rate increased for young people of both genders since 2007. And it remains three times higher for young males than young females.But the female increase has been steadier.

“Suicide rates for younger people have varied over the years, with a recent upward trend starting around 2007. There were 4,320 suicide deaths in 2007; the toll was 5,264 in 2013. Suicide rates for older adults tend to be higher, in the range of 15 or 20 per 100,000. Since 2007, suicide rates have increased for older age groups, too.” [1]

Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin? What does the Bible say?

There are several accounts in the Bible of people who took their own lives.  Probably the two best known examples are Saul, who took his life to avoid the dishonor of being captured, abused and killed (1 Samuel 31:1-4), and Judas, who betrayed Jesus and then hung himself (Matthew 27:5).  Other people in the Old Testament who committed suicide are:

Abimelech (Judges 9:54) – to avoid the dishonor of being killed by a woman
Samson (Judges 16:28-31) – to defeat the Philistines who had imprisoned him
Saul’s armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:5) – to follow his king, Saul, into death
Ahitophel (2 Samuel 17:23) – in defeat when he realized his counsel was not followed
Zimri (1 Kings 16:18) – in defeat to avoid capture

 Although the act of suicide is clearly condemned in the Bible, these men in the Old Testament were not condemned for what they did.
It should be understood that suicide is never to be a viable option for escape in times of difficulty and despair.  There is help…..family, friends, churches, online (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) and the best of all help, Jesus.   Scripture teaches us that Jesus’ grace is sufficient in all things (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) and that He is faithful to provide an escape from anything that threatens to overcome us (1 Corinthians 10:13).  Sadly, many Christians experience dark seasons of the soul and fail to find the comfort they need in Jesus.  And tragically, some have taken their own life.  This is why it is important to spend time in prayer and in reading the Bible, so, when a storm threatens to overtake us, we are prepared to find comfort and strength in Jesus and His Word.   The Bible will give us the answers we need to deal with all problems in life, and in prayer our faith will grow stronger and we can find peace and comfort.   These practices will build a foundation to stand upon in our darkest days.

With all that said, we must acknowledge that there have been prepared believers who have lost their “footings” and have fallen and have taken their own lives.  So is suicide a sin?  Yes, it is.  Suicide is the taking of human life.  However, in man’s vertical relationship with God, suicide is no different than any other sin.  And, while God can forgive any sin, He cannot overlook even one sin.  All sin must be paid for in order to receive God’s forgiveness.  

If a believer (one who has been redeemed and regenerated by Jesus) has committed suicide, it must be remembered that every one of the believer’s sins were paid for by Jesus on the cross.  The believer received God’s forgiveness for every sin (past, present and future sins), including the final sin of suicide, in their salvation.   Jesus has promised that He has prepared a place for those who are His and that He will come to receive them unto Himself (John 14:1-4).

For someone who does not belong to Jesus, someone who has not repented and trusted in Jesus’ finished work on the cross to pay for their sins, they have not received the forgiveness of their sins and God will judge them accordingly.  All sin must be paid for and if someone dies in their sin, they are already condemned. 

John 3:18  “He who believes in [Jesus] is not condemned [they have been forgiven and given the righteousness of Christ]; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (bracketed information added)

 This is a great reason for us to be diligent in sharing the gospel of saving grace with family and friends, and even strangers.  People leave this earth every minute of every day and without belonging to Jesus they will not enter Heaven.  We should always share the gospel, hoping that the Holy Spirit will work on the person’s heart.  Some will repent and turn to Jesus, but sadly some are very hard hearted and will stubbornly reject Jesus their entire life.  However, even for those there is always hope that before they take their last breath they will surrender to God and trust in Jesus.  The Lord’s mercy is available to all who will call upon Him and, if a person knows the gospel,  their heart can turn to Jesus even at the last moment of life.  An example of this is the thief on the cross.  He was saved in the last moments of his life when He trusted in Jesus as Lord (Luke 23:42) and given eternal life with Jesus (Luke 23:43).  So also can our friends and family do the same.  If they have a knowledge of who Jesus is and what He has done for them, they can turn to Jesus.  Therein lies our hope.  Continue to share the gospel of the saving grace found only in the Lord Jesus Christ with all who do not know Him.  

In conclusion:  Regarding Christians who commit suicide, we can rest assured that there is no sin which is unforgivable.  Because their sins were paid for on the cross by Jesus, and they have trusted in Him, they are forgiven sinners.  

Colossians 2:13-14  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Jesus has forgiven our sins and given us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).  He has regenerated us in newness of life (Romans 6:4) and made us worthy to be citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20).  Remember always that we can find peace and comfort in Him, and when any Christian dies (under whatever circumstances) they go home to Heaven and be with Jesus (John 14:1-4).

Titus 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed [sin] and purify for Himself His own special people…
Philippians 3:20  For our [citizenship/home] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, 
the only wise God, be honour and glory 

for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)


Kelly Carpo - God's Gardner (Author Interview)

Thank you Kelly so much for doing this interview with me (and it's your first, so exciting!). I was delighted to find out that you have published a book, God’s Gardener, which is available for free on Smashwords for e-readers and CreateSpace in paperback. The royalties of which will go towards donation copies of the book for hand out to those dealing with homelessness. As someone who has spent countless hours reading others works (for review on Tuannasgifts.weebly.com), how does it feel to be on the other side?
Very humbling. If someone had ask me if I would ever write a book, let alone about my feelings toward God, I would have laughed at them and said ‘I’m no writer’.

Starting out with the introduction, “God’s Gardener” has very strong language towards the principals of being a Christ-follower, as well as, the traits and truths of God. What would you say is the primary message of the book? What is one thing that you hope each reader comes away with?
I hope to inspire people to at least see what God has to say by reading his word. I know many people will say that the book was written by men, but like me, I believe they were inspired by God to write what he was telling them in their heart.
Also, I hope my life’s struggles will show people that no matter who you are or what you have done you can receive forgiveness. God’s promise is constant through out the Bible. Jesus said it many times in his ministries to people of his day. This can be found in the bible, written by eye witnesses.

I, for one, thank you for your bold honesty in reference to your past circumstances. Did you find it easy for you to pen down the words knowing they would be readily available for any and everyone to examine them?
I did have some concern, more for people who know me. Most family and friends don’t know some of the things that happened to me. I didn’t want to hurt any one, but I felt I could reach more people if I was honest about my own life, something they could relate to.

In God’s Gardener you are very open about your mental afflictions; some people say that the church says too little about this type of disease. What would you say to someone of faith who is struggling with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, etc?
I would tell them that pills are fine, but having God in my life has made me less worried about what other people think and more about what God thinks. He made me as I am for a reason.
I know from the Bible that Jesus will return after the gospel is preached to the whole world, maybe my book is helping to do just that. Maybe that’s why I am here the way I am. I have no regrets for the way I am, I feel it makes me more sensitive to how others must feel. 

In Chapter 6, the importance of gifts from God is delved into by showing examples of your own. What would be one of your favorite “gifts” that you have been blessed with? What would you say to people who say they are talent-less? How would recommend them to search out/find their God given gifts/talents?
I think my favorite gift is the ability to make something from what ever I have. My motto is ‘do the best you can with what you have’.
NO one is without talent. Whether it be singing, writing, playing chess, cards, making people laugh, helping other with their homework, cleaning motel rooms, or skate boarding. We all have something we are good at. That is a talent. My husband can’t change the oil but he can really bring model ships to life, detail a car to make it look like new, and he takes great photo’s.
To know what your talent is just look around you. Do you love to decorate your home, sew, doodle, garden, make flower arrangements, help your neighbors, donate your time to charity? All of these things are gifts from God. Talent isn’t limited to painting or sculpting. It’s anything your good at, that you like to do, and not what other people think, but what you think about it that counts.

Scriptures are used through-out your publication as a tool to meaning, and you explore their importance to your happiness in low times and as a guided example of who you are to become.  In other parts of the world right now, people are at risk to be killed just for having the Bible in their space – to where as some of our fellow believers write scripture down on tiny fragments of paper and consume them due to fear of persecution. What would you say to people who may look at the Bible as something outdated and no longer needed? How do you think your life would have been different if you didn’t have the scriptures to turn to?
For those who think the Bible doesn’t pertain to our day then I would say they have never read it. There are so many things in there that pertain to any situation you can imagine. God tells us exactly what we should do when we don’t know what to do.  As to those in fear for their lives, remember God is in your heart, mind and soul. If God is for you then who can be against you. People may kill the body but they can’t kill your faith and belief in God. If you love God more then your own life then you have nothing to worry about.

Even without the scriptures to read I still have God’s wonders around me. NO one can do what God has done. No scientist can recreate what God has made. Oh, they can clone things but they can’t make something out of thin air, they can’t speak anything in existence. Just the other day I discovered some itty bitty white flowers growing all over this field. The flowers were so tiny I couldn’t see them without getting up real close. I could just see white. Up close they are so delicate and perfect. What beauty. The birds wake me up in the morning with their singing and I love to watch the crocus come up knowing spring isn’t far behind. I could write my own words about such things knowing they had to come from someone who is mighty and very loving to give us such wonders, so I don’t have to have the bible to know what God has to say or done for all of us.

Lastly, admittedly I am a fan of end-times study myself, as you declare for us in your book, you are an amateur eschatologist. There is without a doubt prophecy being fulfilled in the world around us today, and people may be blind to it. What word of advice would you give believers and non-believers alike regarding to the ‘end of this age’?
I know it’s scary to think that things will change and there is nothing you can do about it, but there is a better place for all of us. Right now people are suffering, hurting, scared, alone and afraid for their lives, but just imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes down to be King of Kings. There will be no more anger, tears, hurting, suffering, loneliness, pain. No more worrying about where your next meal is coming from, how will you keep warm, what you will wear. No more fear. You will be loved beyond belief, happy like never before, young again, all your sinful past will have been wiped away. You just have to ask Jesus to come into your heart and make you a new person. Like Jesus told Mary Magdalena, “Go, and sin now more”. It will surprise you as to how much happier you will be. You’ll feel free for your burdens will be lifted, all you have to do is ask and have faith and belief that God will be there for you. Because HE IS.

Do you have anything else you would like to share?
As I said in my book, I don’t want to see God loose even one soul to Satan. God is love. Satan is not. He will make you think that God wants you to be happy getting high, having all the sex you want with whom ever you want, but in the long run you will only be letting Satan tell you what to do. Is that what you really want? Wouldn’t you rather have true love, caring, being blessed by the Lord with all kinds of wonderful gifts, both physical and mental? Remember, Satan is jealous of God’s power and he will do anything to make you hate him. Don’t let him. God is beauty and love, Satan is desolation and despair.

Again, thank you very much for taking the time for this interview. It was a true delight reading your book, and seeing the scriptures through your point-of-view via your story, past – present and future. I hope that your book and its truths reaches people far and wide, and that more and more are added into the court of believers with each person who reads it. 
Thank you for such wonderful questions. I was very pleased to answer them. Also, I thank you for reading the book.  I was happy to be God’s pupil and thankful for His inspiration. I couldn’t have written it without Him.
Many Blessings to all,
Kelly Carpo


Some Things Need Repeating

"So do not worry about these things, saying 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father know all your needs. Seek the Kingdom above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
Matthew 6:31-33 NLT

"Therefore do not be anxious, saying 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For gentiles seek after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Matthew 6:31-33 ESV

"So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' for pagens run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:31-33

This verse is featured in March's  Loved + Blessed subscription box; and for me it hits the spot. Currently my noggin is see-sawing with the notion of 'Where shall I live' as my lease is about to expire, and with it my living situation is about to change. Also, it amuses me as I asked a someone only yesterday (as they seem to know me better than I know myself at times) what helpful advice they would give me and they say I (still) worry too much, and worry doesn't give you anything. In which I retorted, adult acne.

For some people the ability to blanketly accept all things, and not mull over a thought, action or what-have-you comes easy. Others of us, may have to actively seek to train our brain to not think or more so refocus on something productive.

In 31 Rays of Hope I actually wrote a devotional on this topic (day seventeen), here are some snippets from that entry that has served as a helpful reminder to me and in-turn I hope you as well.

It’s just simply this: has God ever failed you? No. Then
why do you worry? It is trick of Satan to get our minds
off God, from trusting that He is ultimately in control.
When we worry about a particular subject, we are more
apt to make our own moves instead of waiting on God to
move things for us. With the increase of technology in
our everyday lives (which has been proven to increase our
stress levels), we sometimes even put our faith in electronic
devices rather than the Creator of all things.

Yet, worry does cross our minds, but instead of dwelling
on that which troubles us we are commanded to simply
not partake in that way of thinking. Instead we are to go
to God with our fears, hand them over and cease fretting
(Philippians 4:6).

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace. May
You fill our hearts with the fullness of Your love. May we
feel Your Spirit inside of us, ever reminding us that You
are in control. You are the One with the master plan, Who
knew us before we were born. May we grow closer to You,
putting our trust in You more and more each day. May
we submit our lives to You daily, knowing that You would
never bring harm to our lives, that there is nothing You
would put us through that we cannot handle because You
are our ultimate strength. In the name of Your Son, Jesus
Christ we pray, Amen.