“On Confidence.”

Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 

This was a portion of my morning reading today … interesting on my part … or should I say, The Lord’s Part … He’s been speaking volumes to me lately about confidence.

Whenever my “selected” reading opens up with “but,” I tend to go back to see what God was saying earlier.  To me, there’s a connecting thought or complete concept that He’s speaking out to me/us.

So when I did walk those few steps back in Jeremiah, look what I found:

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 

MMHMM … just as I suspected … a warning.

Human strength is no match to the Strength of God.  Human wisdom doesn’t compare to God’s Wisdom.  In fact, God says he curses those who trust in mere humans ~~ because it does turn our hearts away from Him.  

Plain and simple to me.

Yet the Lord is Gracious to bless those who trust Him.  “Making” Him our hope and confidence … that’s a choice.  Depositing our hopes and dreams … concerns and cares … our EVERYTHING … in Him.  That’s more than just “casual” acknowledgment of God ~~ that’s “pouring ourselves” into Him.  

As I ponder over this passage of Scripture, I receive more … it says: making the Lord our hope and confidence.  To me, this is a firm reminder that even “what” I’m humanly hoping for … “what” I need confidence for … MUST be Him … and not what my human mind has conjured up as the ultimate end and solution to a present dilemma.

“What are you hoping for this day, Girlfriend?”

It is my deepest prayer that you’ll see that The Lord stands before you because He’s already gone into your future ~~ and to trust Him means you have nothing to fear. Just walk the Journey with Him in trust. And He’ll be your confidence as you travel.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Sister ~~


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“Too Good For Words”

Romans 15:13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Girlfriend, have you ever experienced that “oh, so good, I can’t find the words to describe it,” feeling?

I love how this tiny Scripture verse just captures so many emotions ~~ using so few words.

The established fact that God is the source of our hope ~~ that is an awesome place to begin our thought process. He is our hope ~~ not the One to lead us to or even show us from where to retrieve hope ~~ but He is our source of all hope. This reassures me that whatever is going on in my life ~~ wherever I may find myself ~~ regardless of the circumstances and present situation ~~ He is the source of my hope.  My hope for dealing with ~~ getting through ~~ living in ~~ aspiring to ~~ reaching for ~~ He is my hope.  No need to seek any additional resources or enhancements ~~ period.

He will fill me completely with joy and peace.  Not lacking so that I will need to fill any “gaps” or supplement with acts of “goodness.”  And to satisfaction ~~ fullness of joy and peace.  That satiated sensation ~~ you know, like when you’ve experienced the perfect meal after being hungry.  

Inexpressible joy and peace ~~ joy goes so far beyond simply being happy.  And peace calms the weariness right out of the soul.  God will give us both ~~ spilling over the top elation that flows from the very depths of the soul He created ~~ calm like no other rest that could humanly be achieved.

All of this because we trust in Him.  

This is the foundation of the Promise ~~ joy and peace are ours because we have chosen to live our lives trusting Him.

And as if it couldn’t get any better …

We will be overflowing with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My human flesh is not a confident person. As a result of past life experiences, I grew up a terribly insecure and timid child.  That child grew into an adult with the same insecurities, lacking confidence for many of life’s tasks.  It’s something I wrestle with daily ~~ a wrestling match that begins with me letting go and casting it all onto The Lord.

So when this verse leaped out at me this morning during my communion time with God, I exhaled ~~ into His Arms ~~ into His Confidence ~~ that He breathes into me the Confidence to live and accomplish His Work ~~ with joy and peace.

Girlfriend ~~ it’s a life-long process ~~ but that’s what our life is for ~~ the process.  It is in the process that we are molded, developed, purified ~~ it is in the process that we experience joy and peace so we can confidently perform His Work …

It is in the process that we learn how to bring alongside the ones coming up behind us. 

And I can’t help but be exited for both you and me ~~ we are given exactly what we need ~~ daily, moment by moment …

I pray that you have chosen to trust in Him ~~ so that your life is constantly filled to overflowing with all joy and peace …

You have been given confidence to get His Work done.

Even if you can’t find “the words to express” the goodness of God.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~


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“From A Place Of Grace”

Numbers 7:89 Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord spoke to him from there. 

During my morning time with The Lord, this passage caught my heart ~~ and it kept drawing my attention.  It spoke to me as the place of grace ~~ that special moment ~~ wherein God is in communion with me ~~ with YOU.

The Holy Place of Atonement ~~ is where God Himself speaks to us.

That place is where Jesus meets up with us.  We are confronted with His Presence.  And He is there ~~ all of Him ~~ for all of us.  And He’s not telling us to change before His Confrontation ~~ He beckons us to remain still right there ~~ and will deal with us and our stuff.

Girlfriend ~~ I’ll confess to you here ~~ that in my earlier Christ-Following days, I thought I had to become ‘ceremonially clean’ before Jesus would even bat an eyelash to me.  I once thought that I had to be ‘perfectly whole’ in order for Him to even want to ‘deal with me.’ But as I’ve grown up (a bit more over the years), I’ve come to understand that it is He Who grows me through character development.  The development that can only occur through submission to His Will (and ultimately His foreordained circumstances).  So there’s ups and downs in there ~~ peaks and valleys ~~ joys and sorrows.

But one thing I know for certain ~~ God always meets me in the right spot/moment every time ~~ at the place of Grace ~~ through Jesus Christ.

Regardless of the present situation ~~ and yes, I’m also speaking of THOSE MOMENTS where the rest of the world doesn’t seem to ‘get it,’ or I feel so ‘alone’ and misunderstood ~~ God meets me there at the place of Grace.  Where I lay it all down at His Feet ~~ at the foot of the Cross ~~ He meets me there.  Sometimes bloody and beaten up ~~ eyes swollen from sobbing through the night ~~ disappointed and weary from trying to figure things out ~~ searching for a glimmer of light in what seems like an eternity of darkness …

He meets me there ~~ at the Place of Grace.

And while He doesn’t always provide what I deem to be an obviously ‘clear cut’ answer to my questions, He does reassure me that I am NOT living life on my own ~~ that even in what appears to be silence ~~ He is always there with and for me.  

I’ve come to learn that Place of Grace is a sanctuary from the world ~~ and in the midst of what feels like the ugliest day ever ~~ there is no door ~~ I simply have to humble my soul long enough to hear His Voice ~~ becoming purposefully silent (that can be a real challenge at times) to receive His whispers of Grace and Wisdom.  Sometimes that comes through prayer ~~ sometimes through reading His Word ~~ sometimes through a Pastor/Preacher or Sister-in-Christ ~~ whatever means He sees fit to use …

He meets me and YOU at that place of Grace.

“What are YOU needing from Our Great and Awesome God this day?”

I encourage you, Girlfriend, go to meeting ~~ Jesus is calling you to meet up with Him …

At the Place of Grace.

And there you will find rest for your soul.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~


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“The Next Step”

Numbers 9:15-23 On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord’s command they would break camp and move on. Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses. 

Sometimes the next step is to remain where you are ~~ until God gives you His Blessing to move into a new environment/surrounding.

Much to our disdain, God often calls us to perform our ‘duty’ from our present situation ~~ maybe longer than we would hope to be there.  As the Israelites experienced His Presence as a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, God leads us by His Holy Spirit.  To be genuine Followers, we must follow through on His Directives (Commands).  What I truly appreciate in this Scripture is that the Israelites didn’t argue or complain about their status ~~ as it said, whether they were to remain in place for a couple days, month, or year, they remained in their camp and performed their assigned duties.

The same can be true for us, Girlfriend ~~ as we continue to wait for the ‘go forward,’ God wants us to be productive right where we are.    And you know what?  It’s all good!  

Trust in the One Who knows what is ahead ~~ Believe that He works all things out for our best ~~ Rest in His Wisdom for your future.

He has great and mighty Plans for you.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~


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“Waiting To Be Remembered.”

Genesis 40:14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. 

Feeling like you’ve been forgotten can sometimes be more painful than being flat out rejected.  Can anyone relate?  At least when you’ve been rejected, you are confronted with an actual answer, even though that answer is “no.”

But when you’ve been forgotten, the additional element of having been “absent” in the mind(s) of those who could very well have been instrumental in positive outcomes for you ~~ well, that’s just distasteful!  And it stings.

Joseph must have felt as though God had forgotten him at some point of his waiting journey ~~ while although, Joseph clung to God’s commands and maintained his integrity, I have a feeling that he may have grown somewhat “exhausted” over the years.  With each disappointing turn of events, Joseph must have exhaled and inhaled all into the next course of circumstances.

As I study more about this waiting journey that Joseph was on, I cannot help but reflect upon my own journey of waiting to be remembered.

For Joseph, it was over 17 years of waiting upon God’s Promises.  This is humbling in comparison to my mere 5+ years. And I’ve never had to experience the hardship of imprisonment.  Yes, I appreciate you, Joseph, for demonstrating that waiting CAN be lengthy but God does provide the strength to go the distance.

Girlfriend ~~ what are you waiting upon the Lord for this day?  I know it must feel like an eternity ~~ in this instantaneous microwave world we now live in.  Those dreams and desires that He has placed in your heart ~~ He will see them to fruition ~~ that’s why He entrusts you with them and the skills set He’s blessed you with to use them.

I have found that along this journey are the milestones of character development and growing pains that accompany that.  As I reflect back on the stepping stones God has placed for me to land upon over the years, each step took me one step closer ~~ to Him.

It has been a journey of trust.  I still wait ~~ and I continue to trust. 

But God is Faithful.  I know you’ve heard people say, “in His Timing.”  And honestly, it doesn’t soothe the pains of being in the waiting room.  But knowing that He has never forgotten me ~~ now that’s worth everything!

Hold on to His dreams for you, Girlfriend ~~ He is true to His Word.

I love you to Heaven and Back ~~


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“You Are GIFTED.”

Matthew 25:29 “For to everyone who has and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely, more will be given, and he will be richly supplied so that he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God, even what he does have will be taken away.

I love this in the Amplified translation ~~ it speaks to the depth of us “valuing” our God-given Blessings and Gifts (talents, skills, etc.) ~~ and puts the Question to us: “What have you done with me lately?”

Unlike the familiar song that sounds like the proverbial Question, this does not spin a self-centered inquiry. Rather, it forces us to re-examine our use (or lack thereof) of the many talents God has given us to glorify Him. And then the Scripture warns us that inactivity or lack of intentional movement utilizing such gifts will lead (not might lead, but WILL) to a removal or “taking away” (LOSING) of such gifts.

But there’s REWARDS for those who “produce” or act on their gifts ~~ I like the sound of this ~~ MORE is on the way! So what to do? Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it?
Get MOVING, Girlfriend❣

“What if I ‘fail?'”

“What if I’m ridiculed?”

“What if my plans don’t pan out as I had told everyone?”

“What if I look ‘foolish?'”

On and on and on ~~ we can spin this ’til we’re blue in the face! It’s called: MAKING EXCUSES.
I’m learning, Girlfriend, that to TRUST GOD often ‘looks’ like we’re going out on a limb (to the world). But if we remember that in all that we do, the MOST important Audience is the Audience of One ~~ The One to Whom we are accountable. The One Who always sees, even when the world doesn’t.
And THAT is the difference! 
As I travel further down this Journey, I’ve also come to the realization that I get no GREATER satisfaction than that of pleasing The Lord. So I’ve been learning what it ‘feels like’ to NO LONGER be a ‘people pleaser.’ And I must confess: it feels AWESOME ~~ because there’s FREEDOM there!
So what does being a ‘former people pleaser’ have to do with using my God-given gifts? It means that I can share with y’all ~~ in transparent and genuine love ~~ and fulfill my purpose of ‘bringing you up alongside of me.’ With steadfast encouragement and championing your heartfelt desire to also use your gifts well. One of mine just happens to be a ‘cheerleader.’ 🙋🏻
Traveling this Journey with The Lord has opened my eyes to the many Gifts I’ve been given ~~ you have yours, too. If you don’t know what they are, it’s time for a personal inventory. Grab your journal and let God speak to your heart ~~ ask Him to reveal them to you ~~ and be ready for the eye-opening experience.
It’s likely that your strongest inclination towards specific activities will speak volumes in this area. The way in which you interact with people ~~ the career you’re attracted to (notice I didn’t say the one you’re presently in) ~~ the ‘heart’s desires’ are usually strong clues (if you’re asking God for His Desires for your life). There may be some things that seemingly ‘come natural’ for you ~~ pursue those areas; God deposits those for a Reason.
And then seek to develop them. He will use them for His Glory ~~ JUST ASK.

I pray that you awaken tomorrow with a RENEWED sense of Purpose and will actively seek to use ALL the Gifts God has given you ~~ because MORE are on the way!
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

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