Monday, November 30, 2015

Problems Are Part of Life

Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Luke 10:41-42 - But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."

Philippians 3:20-21 - But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. 

Dear God, many of the problems in life are man-made problems. Bullying. Stalking. Harassment. Attacking people who have disabilities. Disrespecting the president. Excluding people from church because a church feels that ministry to and with both children and adults with special needs is somehow too much of a burden. Poverty and hunger. Homelessness. Are there some problems that are not man-made? Absolutely. Cancer. Autism. GI issues. Autoimmune problems. Many medical issues are not man-made. Some are genetic. Problem-solving mode. God, I wish I could solve all the problems, especially when it comes to those man-made problems. Those problems are solvable, but it means that others have to be willing to help make changes to help solve them. God, I have seen some stupidity come forth after the Paris attacks. Governors who think they are above the law when it comes to refugees who claim they do not want refugees in their state because one of them might be a terrorist. The problem with their mentality is that the refugees are trying to escape the terrorists that the governors also do not want! By denying the refugees asylum, they are effectively allowing the terrorists to win. Our country has been down this road before: Jewish, Irish, Italian, Japanese, etc. And to be frank, I am more worried about the American down the street who insists on carrying guns everywhere because it's their right than I am about some refugee at this point. And more so than that, I am more worried about what a germ can do to me than I am about that even. My infusions need approval. Soon. Until then, the germ will always scare me more. I am more worried about the republicans in congress trying to take away my insurance and BCBS screwing Alabama residents over than I am about refugees. I am more worried about republicans trying to cut benefits for the disabled and the veterans and the elderly and the hungry and the poor than I am about refugees. Why? Because refugees cannot damage the financial stability of this country like the money hungry, greedy republican idiots in congress can. Every time I see something about the refugees, I keep hearing the song by the Newsboys called "Entertaining Angels." That song is so applicable, not only in the refugee crisis, but also when it comes to how churches should minister to and with people with special needs. God, I may not be able to solve the problems I mentioned, and most certainly not alone, but I would like You to show me what I should do when faced with the problems. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Let God Infuse His Peace into Your Innermost Being

Isaiah 40:11 - He will tend to his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. 

Isaiah 58:11 - And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Dear God, I need You. And there is nothing wrong with that need. You have placed me in a position of neediness for a reason. One of those reasons is to see if I can grow in trust and in relationship with You. While others call it lazy or mooching, it really is not. It is disability and it is genuine need. God, I pray that the leaders of this great nation will wise up and stop trying to hurt people like me. I place in Your hands today the need for approval for IVIG. I pray that You will work a miracle in that. Thank You for Your peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rest in the Deep Assurance of His Unfailing Love

Psalm 107:21-22 - Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Ephesians 3:14-19 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

I Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Dear God, thank You for love unfailing. And God, I turn over to You the nasty bullies who would stoop so low as to attack me for my disabilities. Facebook needs to do the right thing and out a stop to them. So I am giving You my troubles and accepting Your love. It does not seem like a fair trade, but that is part of grace. Thank You for grace. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Let Thankfulness Rule Your Heart

Psalm 100:4 - Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Acts 9:18-19 - And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized, and taking food, he was strengthened. 

Colossians 3:15 - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Revelation 19:3-6 - Once more they cried out, "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And from the throne came a voice saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great." Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a reta multitude, like the roar of many waters and like e sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns."

Dear God, thank You for the miracle of life made new each day. Thank You for the beauty of the sunrise and the beauty of the sunset. Thank You for each new day You have given me. Thank You for helping me to develop an attitude of thankfulness. Thank You for helping me to discover who I am and what my limits and abilities are. Thank You for creating me just the way You want me to be, autism, immune deficiency, and all. Thank You for a team of doctors who are pushing for approval for IVIG realizing that my IgG numbers are dropping. Thank You for the ACA that does allow me to have proper insurance, but help the leaders to know how to address the root of the problem which is the greedy insurance companies who have just raised rates 77% in my state. Help the leaders in my state to fix Medicaid so the disabled no longer need TWO insurances so they can have more of the limited resources they get each month for other needs they have. Over half of one's resources literally ends up going for private health insurance because Medicaid is too dysfunctional. Help the state and national leaders to push for more services for the disabled, and that does not mean cutting benefits either. Bring us a leader who will be for the people not the businesses that line his or her pockets. Help the refugees and the victims of the recent attacks. Protect us from more attacks. Protect us from kissing bugs. Protect us from bad things. Thank You for being there and for Your perfect love and joy and peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Is the Day That God Has Made

Psalm 116:17 - I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. 

Psalm 118:24 - This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Dear God, thank You for being there. Thank You for creating this day. Thank You for the highs and the lows that I may experience today. Help me to not give in to negative thoughts. Thank You for the beauty of the day. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thank God Frequently As You Journey Through Today

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you Maya bound in hope. 

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

James 4:8 - Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Dear God, thank You. Thank You for the good mixed with the bad. But thank You. Teach me to be more thankful and less negative. Teach me to be thankful even for the negative. Thank You for the life You have given me today. Thank You for a team of doctors who are fighting for me to get infusions. Thank You for the beauty of a new day. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankfulness Takes the Sting Out of Adversity

Psalm 89:15-16 - Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

Psalm 118:1 - Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Ephesians 5:18-21 - And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to Gid the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Dear God, thank You even during some of the most difficult days of my life right now awaiting approval for infusions and worrying about the future of the financial security of my family. Thank You for the adversities that will make me stronger and a better person. Thank You for the good times along with the bad times. Thank You for the joy and the peace that You give me in exchange for my thankfulness. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Let God Fill Your Heart and Mind With Thankfulness

Psalm 4:7-8 - You have out more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Romans 8:38-39'- For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Dear God, thank You for love that nothing can separate me from. Nothing. Can someone in a church that becomes abusive separate me from Your love? No. Not even that. Can someone who bullies me because my beliefs are slightly different than theirs because Your words or the words of Jesus have made a different impact on my beliefs than what they have on their beliefs separate me from Your love? Absolutely not! Nothing can separate me from Your love. Your love makes me feel safe enough to rest in Your peace. Do I need weapons that humans fashion and form with the intent to kill to make me feel safe? NO!!! Because nothing can separate me from Your love and in Your love is peace. Thank You for love. Thank You for peace. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Thankful Attitude Opens the Windows of Heaven

Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 - Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Dear God, I shall say thank You. Thank You for the beauty of the last rose of the season or the beauty of the vivid colors of the holly coming into a new season. Thank You for the warmth of the sun on a cool day and the cool breeze on a hot day. Are there things I am troubled by? Absolutely. But I release them into Your hands and say thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

He Is Pleased With You

Psalm 62:8 - Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 3:14-19 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Dear God, thank You for not basing Your love for me on my performance. If You did that, I would be unloved. Too many people get hung up on what they think I should be doing and their love is contingent on how well they think I do. Help me to remain open to Your love. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Leave Outcomes Up to God

Exodus 15:13 - "You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode."

Psalm 27:13-14 - I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Dear God, thank You for the adventure of life. Thank You for being with me on the path You have placed me on. Thank You for knowing what my future holds. Help me get better in practicing waiting on You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thank God Throughout the Day for His Presence and Peace

Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Luke 24:36 - As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, "Peace to you!"

Hebrews 13:15 - Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Dear God, today, I am just going to say thank You. Thank You for whatever You are going to do in my life. Thank You for forgiveness and love and grace and mercy. Thank You for peace. Thank You for being there. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Go to God and Rest in His Peace

John 7:38 - "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has card, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"

Ephesians 5:18-21 - And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name o four Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Philippians 4:5-7 - Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus. 

Dear God, thank You for peace and comfort. No, I do not have to try to please others. And that is good because as hard as I try, there will ALWAYS be someone who will not like something I say, something I do, something I wear, or even some other minor thing that is not evident. Pooh pooh to them. At the end of the day, I would rather have spent energy trying to please You. I have had some taxing days of late. Forgive me if I have failed to please You as much during them. And the beauty of relationship with You is that You do forgive. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

There Is No Condemnation for Those Who Are in God

Psalm 23:1-3 - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

Isaiah 30:21 - And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

John 10:27 - "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."

Romans 8:1-2 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Dear God, help me filter out the voices of others so I can listen more to Your voice guiding me. Different voices are screaming at me saying I must believe a certain way, act a certain way, talk a certain way. I need to hear Your voice and only Your voice. Thank You for not condemning me when I do listen to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Looking at the Day Before You

Psalm 73:23-24 - Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

I Corinthians 13:12 - For now we see in a mirror dinky, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Dear God, I hate the fog. But I would rather have the fog if it might mean that I will be protected from the harm of worrying. Thank You for the fog in that case. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Approach Problems with a Light Touch

Psalm 89:15-16 - Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of tour face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

John 16:33 - "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world."

Dear God, problems manifest. Problems can be hard to deal with it. Problems compound. Then the problems grow bigger and harder to deal with. I will have problems, but how I handle them WITH You is what determines where my confidence rests. Am I relying on myself or am I fully relying on You? Thank You for helping me through the problems that life throws at me. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Bask in the Luxury of Being Fully Understood and Unconditionally Loved

Psalm 34:5 - Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. 

II Corinthians 3:18 - And we all, with unveiled face, be holding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

II Corinthians 5:21 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Galatians 5:25 - If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Dear God, I am Yours. You hold me. You cherish me. You love me. You cleansed me with Your blood. The Spirit in me guides me. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

He Is Christ in You and the Hope of Glory

Nehemiah 8:10 - Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Isaiah 42:6-7 - "I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nation's, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness."

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 

Colossians 1:27 - To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

Dear God, thank You for living in me and walking beside me. Thank You for that intimate relationship and bond that You so willingly choose to have with me. Thank You for Your joy and peace that comes from that intimacy. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This Is a Time of Abundance in Your Life

Psalm 23:5 - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Luke 11:9-10 - "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Romans 8:32 - He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Dear God, I am sorry when I balk at receiving Your gifts so freely. I know I deserve nothing from You. Help me to be more open to freely receiving Your gifts for me. Thank You for blessings so full and overflowing. Thank You for the blessings still to come. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Do Not Let Any Set of Circumstances Intimidate You

Deuteronomy 33:25 - "Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be."

Psalm 105:4 - Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Ephesians 1:15-23 - For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enligthened, that you may know I what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his lower toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might, that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he out all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Dear God, thank You for knowing how challenging my day will truly be and giving me strength according to the challenges of the day rather than an equal amount of strength each day. You know my every need. You know my ability and my inability. And You meet me right where I need You the most. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Focus Your Entire Being on His Living Presence

Psalm 41:12 - But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. 

Psalm 89:15-16 - Blessed are the people who know the vestal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. 

John 3:19-20 - "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."

Jude 24-25 - Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. 

Dear God, thank You for being there - all the time. Thank You for being there - even when I cannot feel You close by. Thank You for wrapping Your arms around me and holding me tight. Please heal me and comfort me right now. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sit Quietly With Him

Deuteronomy 31:6 - "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."

Luke 12:22-25 - And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!"

II Corinthians 10:5-6 - We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 

Dear God, You will be with me in the here and now and You will be with me in the there and then. Take captive my worries about the future. Take captive my worries about the infusions being approved. Take captive my worries about whether I will still be able to manage to have health insurance after this next year because they have already been allowed to go up to my breaking point and leave me with less than $300 per month in resources. Take captive every worrying thought that tries to keep me from just being in the peace of Your presence. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Learn to Appreciate Difficult Days

Psalm 102:26-27 - They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.

Isaiah 41:8-10 - But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off"; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 

Acts 17:26-28 - "And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are his offspring'."

Dear God, thank You that even though my circumstances may change, some for the better and some for the worse, thank You that You remain constant and never change. That was then. This is now. But what stays the same? You do. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Worship Me in the Beauty of Holiness

Psalm 27:4 - One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. 

Psalm 29:2 - Ascribe to the Lord in the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 

Dear God, to You all glory is due. I seek You. I look upon Your beauty. Please keep me in Your presence. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Seek to Please God Above All Else

Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

John 8:29 - "And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are peoasing to him."

Hebrews 11:5-6 - By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Dear God, as I go through this day or any day, help me to focus on You and on pleasing You. Sometimes pleasing You will mean going against the "norm" and it might mean that I will be called all kinds of horrendous things, but at the end of the day, all that will matter is what You think of me and whether I spent my time pleasing You in my words and deeds. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

You Can Live As Close to Him As You Choose

Genesis 28:15 - "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." 

Romans 8:38-39 - For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 4:12 - I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 

Dear God, take all my worries, all my fears, all my anxieties, all the things I really cannot control right now with regard to my health and financial situation, take them and let me be free to just rest in Your arms. Nothing can separate me from Your love. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Walk Peacefully with God Through This Day

Exodus 33:14 - And he said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

Deuteronomy 33:25 - "Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength."

Psalm 29:11 - May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! 

Hebrews 13:20-21 - Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 

Dear God, oh, how I need Your strength more now than ever. I am in some trying moments and I cannot go them alone. I leave everything in Your hands right now. I have not healed from surgery yet most likely because of my depleted IgGs and until we replace them, I will keep losing them because I am trying to heal. But I place things in Your hands. I have no other choice. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Use Plan Thwarters as Reminders to Communicate with God

Philippians 3:7-11 - But whatever gain I had, I counted as a loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 

Colossians 4:2 - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 

Dear God, yesterday I got a denial letter from the insurance regarding the infusions. My level has dropped 142 points and is now 64 points from the bottom. This is in three months time. My surgery was due to persistent infection and recurring infection. I called the doctor once I found out which doctor to call and spoke with his nurse. She said the company they are using is most likely already working on an appeal. Part of the issue we are facing is the changing due the insurance company and also the communication breakdowns that have been occurring lately between doctors. I have decided to draw up a list and to begin getting the correct information to provide other doctors so that every single doctor on my healthcare team knows of the other doctors on the team and will hopefully start communicating better with each other. God, take this initial disappointment and turn it around for me. It is in Your hands. Thank You. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Grow Strong in the Light of His Presence

Psalm 116:5-7 - Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Isaiah 30:15-16 - For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." But you were unwilling, and you said, "No! We will flee upon horses"; therefore you shall flee away; and, "We will ride upon swift steeds"; therefore your pursuers shall be swift. 

Ephesians 5:15-21 - Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Dear God, I would rather be in need of You all the time than to be void of Your presence. Thank You for placing that need in my heart and in my soul. Thank You for being there all the time even during the times when it is hardest to feel Your presence. In Jesus' Name, Amen!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Do Not Be Discouraged By the Difficulty of Keeping Focus on Him

Romans 8:33-34 - Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is it receding for us.

Hebrews 4:14-16 - Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

Dear God, VICTORY! I am trying to out aside distractions to spend time with You. And no, it is not an easy feat to accomplish. But it is a victory when I do. Instead of berating myself when I lose focus, I need to congratulate myself when I overcome the distractions of this world to spend time with You. Thank You for grace and mercy and love enough that it outweighs all the negativity of this world. In Jesus' Name, Amen! 
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