Don’t Take the Bait! [Strong Christian Encouragement]

To my brothers and sisters in the Lord:

During my prayer time this morning I felt like I heard this question in my spirit—


If you had a common enemy, would you not stand against him?


That got me thinking about the widening political divide. We cannot be ignorant of the devils schemes. We have a common enemy— the devil! And he’s baiting us into war! People are not our enemy, the devil is. Hear God’s Word:


“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”—Ephesians 6:11-12

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GOD IS ABLE [Short Uplifting Words]

Weary, weighed down, broken . . .

Covid19 has brought many to their knees. Maybe you’re reading this and feeling the weight of this pandemic. You’re longing for a warm hug and yearning to be close to loved ones.You’re wondering if you’ll make it. You’re questioning if life will ever be the same. Dear friend, I’d like to offer some very encouraging news—

God is able to mend the broken places and restore your soul!

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Can’t Find JOY? [Short Encouraging Words]

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Neh.8:10

JOY! What a powerful word! We seek it with all our heart, and we would do most anything to find it!

But how do we get it? How do we experience a cheerful heart in daily life?

The simplest way is obviously to do everything in our power to have life go well for us, to experience sunny days and all good things. But we all know that’s not possible, at least not every single day. There are many things that are simply out of our control. And so we must dig deeper for the source of unending joy. And mostly, we must choose it daily!

All too often we depend on our circumstances to make us happy. However, JOY based on circumstances alone is like being on a roller coaster ride . . .

One day UP, one day DOWN, up, down, up, down… ever changing, uncertain, it drains our energy and makes us weak.

However, JOY based on the LORD ( a confident trust in His Word, His promises, and His nature) is a firm foundation for our lives! For while we travel up and down along life’s journey, we remain stable, strong, unshakable, and full of joy and peace.

Take heart dear friend! Joy is not hidden from you. It’s as close as Jesus is to you. And He is right beside you. Jesus is your friend. He loves you, and wants to impart His joy you you. Psalm 16:11 tells us that in His presence is fullness of joy!

Now, look up. Go about your day with eyes fixed on Jesus. Lean on Him. Talk to Him. Meditate on His Word. Sing His praise. Draw your hope from Him. Believe that He loves you, is walking beside you, and working ALL things for your good. Let Him be your strength. He won’t fail you.

Dear God,

Help me not to rely on my feelings today, but on you! Steady my soul. Help me to become more aware of your presence with me. And mostly, help me to experience your peace and joy. Amen 

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

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I Will Not Be Shaken [Short Encouraging Words]

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”— Psalm 16:8

When you feel alone, unsteady, frazzled, shaken up, pushed to your limits and even crushed, cling to this promise from Psalm 16:8, as if clinging to God Himself:

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Now, press on with eyes fixed on Jesus, believing that He loves you, is walking beside you, and working ALL things for your good, and for His glory!

Dear God,

I have no idea what today holds, but I know you are always with me. Therefore I will not be shaken. Amen 

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

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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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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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