Preserving Because Jesus Christ {VOTD}

One of my favorite ways to read, study, and blog is using the Verse of the Day feature on many “Bible sharing” websites I frequent. On Bible Gateway, our daily verse is the same as our VOTD from earlier. So, I hopped over to YouVersion, and it is one we desperately need.

Are Trials Bringing You Authentic Joy?

Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4, CSB).

On Netflix, I have been watching “In Lawfully Yours” lately. In the movie, there is a scene where a recently divorced young woman finds herself in church for the very first time and stands up to question the pastor’s message. She finds herself confronted with a biblical truth that we should consider trials pure joy. Many of us, like this main character, might want to question or argue through this scriptural truth.

Have you ever found yourself at odds with God’s truth considering trials pure joy?

Remembering This Eternal Reward?

Through trials God continues to produce His good work inside of us; our great God offers us His abundant, amazing, eternal life. Our faith in Him can stand strong, despite the winds of life’s trials. We don’t have to sacrifice our faith, in order to survive our trials. Instead, our great God wants to reveal Himself to us during these dark moments in life.

Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12, CSB).

This truth is exactly why we can consider trials to be something worthy of joy.

Pain in trials will not thrill our soul, but the joy is in experiencing God continuing His good work.

As we continue to willfully choose and prize our Lord Jesus Christ over everything else, the Lord is the reason why we can endure through all of the hard things.

It is entirely possible that the Lord has asked you to walk through fiery circumstances that no one around you – can fathom living through, and you can fully endure

. . . because of the One who goes before you and gives you every ounce of strength you will need.

Now this is what the Lord says— the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel—’Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.  I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.’ (Isaiah 43:1-2, emphasis mine)

This same God who raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, is the very God who is going to help you with whatever you are facing.

Friends you can walk through this hard thing, because of this God you serve who has shown Himself to be all powerful! He has charted our life’s course, and gives us the victory to run this race.

Featured image by Cezanne Ali from Unsplash.

Seeking Him,






Graze On His Truths

Today cannot begin to compare with tomorrow. In Scripture, we are reminded that our future is incomparable with anything we have ever experienced.

Often times it can feel as though, our pain or trial will never end. But one day, it will. It can be so easy to focus on today, rather than tomorrow. To focus on our temporary pain, rather than our eternal riches found only in Jesus Christ – our Deliverer.

In Romans 8:18, we are reminded of God’s truth –

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (NKJV).

Even though we are facing pain others don’t understand, our great God knows our exact pain. Our great God is present with us.

Friends, I don’t know what you are facing. . . but you are not alone. Our great God knows our deep pain and walks with us. He has chosen to take on all our sufferings and go through the unimaginable – because we have been chosen by God to be His very own. He wants to be with us and be our strength!

Even though, our pain is great today. Something else, is even greater. . . and I want to share this truth with you.

Regardless of how great our pain is today, we can choose to trust our heavenly Father. Trust Him and focus on His promises.

  • Trust He loves you abundantly more than you could imagine (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5).
  • Trust He is in control (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 41:10).
  • Trust He is fully God (Deut. 6:4-5, 10:17).
  • Trust He sees your pain and grieves with you (Ex. 3:7-8; Gen. 3:3; Judg. 10:13; Ps. 34:18).
  • Trust that He knows exactly what you are going through (Ex. 3:7-8; Isa. 43:2).

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this (Lucado, “You’ll Get Through This”).

A few years ago, I read an inspiring Max Lucado book (“You’ll Get Through This”) – which is on this topic. Highly recommend it to you, my friends. This is a resource my heart needs tonight, and it’s one of those books I wish I had purchased. But, there are ways to get nuggets from this book without purchasing it. There are quotes. There is a sermon (you can probably find more, where he has guest preached on this message).

The Lord is with us here. What God has is of more depth than the pain this world is giving us. There may be a variety of reasons for our pain and trials, but trust that the Lord Jesus is working and inviting us to worship our great God – knowing one day this promise will be lived out.

How are we living out our faith in this moment?

Keep seeking Him friends and crying out for His help.

Until next time,


Image is by Quino Al.

Choosing Our Savior Over Struggles {{Week 3}}

Welcome to week 3, my friends!!

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Making The Shift

Today, I want us to shift our focus from our struggles and remember what God teaches us in Ephesians 3:4-6 and Romans 8:17.

Each one of us feel the weight of real struggles that bring discouragement, pain, and emotional heaviness with them. None of us are exempt from them.We can spend our entire existence avoiding struggles and pain, and still experience them. Unavoidable, they are. Jesus faced heavy struggles, on our behalf. This is why we can be pointed to Him – from struggles to our Savior!

Both begin with a “s”. The choice is ours, which we choose. Let me share with you about the big “S”.

The “S” in Savior

In Jesus Christ, we find our loving Savior who wants to hold us through the storm of life.

While our struggles (the little “s”) may leave us feeling suffercated and lifeless, Jesus Christ (the big “S”) comes to give us life – abundant life at that! Jesus teaches us this in John 10:10, where He proclaims an important truth that we need to hear today –

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).”

Our struggles, in part, come from the Devil. In some way, shape, or form, the Devil seeks to destroy those who place their hope and trust in Jesus Christ – their Savior, our Savior. Struggles in life can cause our trust in Jesus to waver – at times. But, God is greater.

Because God is faithful.

… And, it doesn’t depend on us (see 2 Tim. 2:13).

This is why we can make the shift from our problems to Savior.

God Gives

As we read in today’s verses, we learn that we have an equal inheritance in God’s Kingdom. Even though we aren’t Jewish. Even though, we led a less-than-holy life than the person sitting in the front-row pew in church.

The gifts God gives are unlike anything we experience in the world today. God gives in a lavishingly fashion. God doesn’t hold back. As a result of God’s passionate love, He makes sure we lack nothing in our lives (see Ps. 23:1).

God is abundant in His rich giving.

It reflects on who God is… and  the kind of God we serve.

An absence of struggles doesn’t reflect back on our relationship with God. This means, we aren’t “less than” – because we are facing a heavy life storm right now.

God is still with us, acting for us, fighting for us, loving on us, and breaking down barriers we can’t even see. Keep trusting Him.


MMS – Purple

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “purple.”

When I think of the color, purple, I think of something else. Fibromyalgia awareness. Purple is the color for Fibromyalgia awareness. There are a lot of passionate people whose wardrobes are painted purple.




It isn’t just a color for these people. It is something else. The color, purple, represents many who have suffered pain and hard times. The color, purple, is the reminder of what they have endured.

The color, purple, is anything but a color.

In the Bible

This color is another example where it is…

anything but a color…

Purple reflects honor.

A purple robe is taken off of Jesus, the Christ, during the time when the soldiers led Him to the cross. They stripped Him of His purple cloak, when their mocking was through. Purple reflects honor. It reflects Jesus’ rightful place as royalty – the King of Kings.

“Then they began to salute him: “Long live the King of the Jews!” They beat him over the head with a stick, spat on him, fell on their knees, and bowed down to Him. When they had finished making fun of Him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes back on Him. Then they led Him out to crucify Him (Mark 15:18-20).”


For a lot of people, it isn’t “just a color.”

It can mean different things, to different people.


What does the color purple mean to you? Does it hold significance in your life?


12.30.11-The Practice of the Presence of God

I received a book that I had ordered in the mail today. It is exactly what I needed to hear at the moment I needed to hear it. I need to worship God with my infirmities. I need to worship God even in my moments of pain or shear exhaustion. Here is just a bit of the reading..

The Practice of the Presence of God: Collected Thoughts by Brother Lawrence

“The Creator is the great teacher of truth…Nothing can give us so great relief in the trials and sorrows of life as a loving relationship with God. When such is faithfully practiced, the evils that can assail the body will prove light to us.


Have you worshiped God in your painful moments? Because I know, I sure don’t the majority of the time.
The book goes on to give brief prayers that are “very proper” for all sick persons, and prove a wonderful charm against sorrow. I can’t speak for the entire human race, but I think my perception would be dramatically challenged if I would choose to practice and see God’s presence no matter what the situation of the moment may be. Each thing should be drawing us closer to God, moment by moment, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. He goes on to say that we should “Consecrate all yours to His love..Believe me, count as lost each day you have not used in loving God.”
Practicing to choose to acknowledge God’s constant presence is something I think we should all choose to do, especially when God gives us rough moments to teach us that He is constantly there.
Each moment should be bringing us closer to Him.
God knows what we go through daily, so why do we so often choose to not acknowledge Him and deny the opportunity to talk to Him about what we face?
He’s our Creator! He knows us better than we know ourselves..
For me, whether sick or well, part of realizing God’s presence is choosing to silence ourselves and silence the noises around us. The world around us is constantly blaring some kind of noise that silence often seems like it is not wise.. Only we know from Job that silence has a place in our lives (Job 13:5)
God is constantly present in our lives, but we fail to take notice alot of times. Why? I firmly believe that if we would slow down and quiet ourselves (and our lives), we would be in a better place to recognize God’s presence and bask in His presence.
See Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:24