Be Still [Short Encouraging Words]

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Beloved Child of God . . .
Be still. Be present. Be in the moment with a grateful heart. Don’t let your thoughts run ahead. Don’t fret and worry . . .
Trust God. Trust in his love for you. Trust in his plan.
Be still, and know that God is God over all that is happening today!
Be still, and know that God loves you.
Be still and trust in his Sovereign plan.

Find more encouragement in my latest book: “Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends!”

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REJOICE! [Short Encouraging Words for Anxious Hearts]

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Are you struggling to find joy today? Recently I found myself in that struggle for joy, and was encouraged by a short yet powerful Bible verse. The apostle Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). I find it interesting that the word “rejoice” is repeated twice at the start of this verse. The writer must have known how hard it is for us to rejoice at times, and offers strong encouragement. Yet this encouragement comes from the object of our joy. Notice he says, “Rejoice in the Lord...”

As I mediated on the Lord and all the good things he had done for me throughout my life, the heaviness began to lift and was replaced by sweet peace. If you’re feeling anxious today, fight that battle by refocusing on Jesus, and rejoicing in who he is and all he has done for you. The Psalmist writes: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me” (Psalm 103:1-2).

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May Blessings [Things are Finally Flourishing!]

It’s May and Things are Finally Flourishing!

Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy. — Anne Frank

May blessings! With all the sadness in the world right now I thought I would bring you a little sunshine to brighten your day. The month of May is upon us and things are flourishing. My garden is proof of this. The grass is green, the roses are in bloom, and there are buds everywhere opening up! I love walking in my garden. But today, as I was admiring all the flourishing plants, I sensed a sort of paradox.

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Word of the Day: WAIT [Video approx 4 min]

In this short video devotional (inspired by the book Pawz & Pray), you’ll discover 3 powerful truths to cling to while you wait on the Lord!

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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How I Overcame Anxiety and Depression Through Praise and Worship

Years ago, depression and anxiety tried to ruin my life.

But what the enemy meant for evil, God worked for good! I’ve written my story below, and also share it in this video set to the music “Praise You in This Storm”. I choreographed and danced it to tell of God’s goodness and love, and also as a testament to the power of praise and worship. Watch the video then read the story below to learn how God set me free! I pray it will be an encouragement to you, especially during this trying season with the global pandemic.
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11

My Story: How I Overcame Anxiety and Depression Through Praise and Worship

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