Turning to God

we turn to you Lord



We turn to you Lord for the hope of tomorrow when today seems to drown us in despair.

We turn to you Lord when yesterday is gripping our hearts, hindering us from seeing your hand today.

We turn to you Lord when everything is going wrong and nothing will dry the tears.

We turn to you Lord we’ve prayed a million prayers for our child to draw near.

We turn to you Lord when we can’t even lift our head or utter a word.

We turn to you Lord to make us aware of the daily blessings you surround us with.

We turn to you Lord to thank you for the strength you give us daily

We turn to you Lord to praise you for the glorious gift of the Cross

We turn to you Lord to sing praises when the darkness ends

We turn to you Lord to thank you for the protection that just sheltered us from harm

We turn to you Lord to give thanks for the loved one that has returned to you

We turn to you Lord to show our heart of gratitude for the good that keeps us renewed, for the bad that strengthens our faith and the millions of things in between that remind us to keep praising and adoring you.


Father, may we stay so close to your side that all we have to do is turn to you and whisper a faint cry for help or whisper praises through the tears of joy you bring.  May our hearts never get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life that we go a single day unaware of the gifts that you’ve poured out on us. May we praise you daily and spend time in the Word while loving and adoring you. May we always be aware of you, by our side, in Jesus precious name Amen.



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Be A Chain of Support

We as Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ. 

We are the body! 

As long as we are here on this earth, we will all have different opinions, feel, think, see, do and believe differently.  The trouble is, how do we handle those differences?  Do we lash out in anger or hatred “all in the name of the Lord?” or do we speak with compassion?

We can express our different opinions with love without being condemning, hateful and downright ugly but we simply choose not to, plain and simple.

Do we have His eyes and heart to see the world with compassion?  Do we love like He loves?  Do we care for the weak and weary like Jesus does?  Do we have the passion to be the one person that will spark another to do right for the Lord?

All it takes is one spark!  Often we are the only picture of Christ that some people will ever see.

So, my heart wonders what picture of Christ we are showing to people every day.

Do they see us reaching out and helping or do they see us shaking our heads saying “you made your bed now stay there?”

Do they see us reaching down to help someone up or us kicking those that are already down?

Do they see us doing our part to spread the word about the eternal Love of Christ or are we keeping all of heaven’s treasures for ourselves?

Do they see us handling ourselves as Jesus would or do they see us being anything but Christ like?


How can we be the strong chain of strength that helps support each other, instead of the weakest link in the body?

  • Support your Pastor and let him know just how valuable his leadership is.  There is no reason why you shouldn’t let him know this monthly. Cards, gift cards etc.
  • Use encouraging words and verses freely.  Twitter, Facebook and other social media avenues are amazing to reach large groups of people at once.
  • Give your time, talents and treasures to your local church. Don’t be stingy with any part of these
  • Encourage your Small Group Leader or Sunday School teacher. They need to know that their efforts touch hearts too.
  • Pay close attention to the elderly and children around you.  Don’t just forget about them. Shower them with love and attention.
  • Give cards of encouragement freely and often!  Encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Welcome everyone into your congregation. EVERYONE! A warm smile, gentle hug or handshake will do wonders to make people feel welcome.
  • When you greet people in your congregation, greet them by name as it will help new people to remember names easier.
  • Sing out.  Sing.  When your heart is troubled, sing praises to Him.
  • Before the Sunday Service (or any service), pray and ask God to bless your heart from HIS word and then expect to receive a blessing.
  • Encourage your children to learn Bible Verses.  Learn verses with them. You never know when this will strengthen someone else.


Remember, WE are the body! Keep reaching, keep telling others about HIS amazing grace & sacrifice, try, daily to reach someone for the Lord and keep being the best picture of Jesus ever!

Your voice in daily life and here on the web is another chance to touch ONE MORE SOUL! Use it! Use your resources!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  How are you showing other believers the true love of Christ? What about Non-Believers?

Are you teaching your children to live and love like Christ? Or do they immediately point out the negative things they see?



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[ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting]


1. lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.

2. lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time: the everlasting hills.

3. incessant; constantly recurring: He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.

Everlasting is such a comforting word. Sometimes we just let the word simply slip by us because, as Christians, we know HIS love is forever. We get comfortable in “knowing” that we truly forget how powerful and comforting this word is.

When God promises EVERLASTING, we can and should take great comfort in His Words!

When God promises EVERLASTING, we can and should take great comfort in His Words!



Everlasting Covenant: The rainbow is Gods everlasting covenant for us. What a gift! Genesis 9:15-17 Not to mention the many promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well as spanning all the way to us today.

Everlasting Mercy: Mercy is simply NOT getting what we deserve. God’s mercies are renewed each day! Ps. 100:5 & Lam 3:22

Everlasting Father: You may not have had an opportunity to have a close relationship with your earthly Father, but our Heavenly Father will never leave us. (And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.) Isaiah 9:6

Everlasting Strength: When we feel we cannot take another single step, HE is our strength. Isaiah 26:4

Everlasting Joy: Joy comes in the morning! Yes, we will face trials. Yes, we will have the darkness chase us and try to keep our focus off the Lord and yes, tears of sorrow will fall often. But the JOY of the Lord comes from the one that calms the raging sea with a whisper, the one that spoke this world into existence and wants the very best for each of His children. His joy is everlasting. Isaiah 51:11

Everlasting Light: His light and love pierces through our darkest hours. When we reflect HIS light, even through our roughest times, we help to shine the light on the paths of others. Allow His light to flow through you like a beacon! Isaiah 60:19

Everlasting Love: God’s Love for us never ends. Ever! We can move away from Him, turn our backs and run as far as we can run and HE will still love us and wait for us. Sometimes in our anger and hurt we feel that God doesn’t love or even care anymore, but He does and always will. We as humans, “feel” a lot of things, but as far as God’s love goes, we need to remember He loves us with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

Everlasting Salvation: The sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on the Cross is enough! I’m thankful for this everlasting gift! Isaiah 45:17

Everlasting Life: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Everlasting Fire: While I love focusing on how GREAT God is, I cannot leave out the fact that He is a just God. He gives us every chance to accept His gift of Calvary, but many people wait or don’t see the need. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels, but one day, those that reject Christ will stand before God and face the everlasting fire. You don’t have to face God on these terms. Here are some verses that will help you receive God’s everlasting gift of Salvation.

This is just a small list of the “everlasting” from God’s word.

What is your favorite everlasting?

How does this word comfort you?



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Frustrating God


Galatians 2:21 – I do not frustrate the grace of God….. (KJV)

I realize there is a lot more to this verse than I’ve just written, but I want to focus on this portion of it.

frustrating God


“I do not frustrate the grace of God…” – ……..but  I do.

If I’m honest with myself, I probably frustrate the Lord more often than most.  He, as my heavenly Father gives me the free will to choose.  I get to choose my day, the time I spend with God, family and others.


I can’t begin to imagine how frustrating I can be as I make unwise choices, such as choosing good over best, choosing less over waiting for more and choosing to not try because fear grips my heart.

I don’t want to frustrate God.  I don’t want to trample all over His mercy and grace.  It breaks my heart to think that I break His heart.

What are some ways that I’m sure I frustrate God?

  • Lack of faith – I want faith that moves mountains.  According to Matthew 17:20, all I need is as much as a grain of a mustard seed to do so.  We see simple miracles often and yet like the children of Israel; we need to see more in order to believe.  We need to be reminded more often than not.    Recently, Spreading JOY Corp was asked to help out someone that needed $1000.00 to avoid eviction in a week.  I was certain that this family would be evicted as I have tried to raise money before and knew nothing short of a miracle was needed.  I searched for that grain of faith to move mountains but felt it was nowhere to be found.  Thankfully – so many heroes stepped up and gave. Not only did they help this family, but they increased my faith.
  • Lack of time – We are so busy with family, church, work, housework, errands, dinner, softball, keeping the dog clean and visits with friends in coffee shops that we tend to not make time to build and strengthen our relationship with the Lord.  We live in a Burger King world and want to have it “our” way – quick, easy and simple.  God desires us to spend time with HIM.  If our children were obedient to every single thing we told them to do and yet NEVER spent any time with us, our hearts would break.  I imagine the Lord’s heart breaking when we get to busy with “stuff” to spend time with Him.
  • Unworthy feelings – We are joint heirs with Christ, so why on earth do we let these feelings get in the way?  We feel like we do not deserve God’s love, blessings and his power.  Because His mercy and grace is renewed each day, we get to have these wonderful things, even though we feel like we shouldn’t.  God wants to bless us, use us and empower us.  We are made in His image and even though HE knows our heart, our doubts and fears , HE still chooses to love us – UNCONDITIONALLY.    How amazing is our God?

Have you ever thought about this?

There are so many other ways that we frustrate the Lord.  Will you dare list some of the ways you frustrate Him?  What are you going to do about it?

What verses will help you, motivate you and move you away from frustrating the Lord to making His heart smile?

Tell me – talk to me… or am I the only one frustrating God? hmmm?


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Psalms of Comfort


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Working through the hardships life has to offer sometimes can be difficult at best.  Sometimes there are no words, no explanations, no reasons…only questions.

When there are more questions than there are answers, turn to the One who is the answer for every problem, the quench for every thirst and the satisfaction for every soul.

May these Psalms of Comfort bring encourage you as you seek joy for the journey.

Take some time daily to just sit at His feet, remember His promises and let Him comfort your heart.


30 Psalms of Comfort:

Day 1 – Psalm 73:28 – Draw near, Trust Him & Declare His works

Day 2 – Psalm 86:7 – When in Trouble, call out & He will answer

Day 3 – Psalm 89:15 – We are blessed to know Him

Day 4 – Psalm 107:28 – He will deliver us from our distress

Day 5 – Psalm 107:9 – He satisfies our soul

Day 6 – Psalm 105:43 – He brings joy and gladness

Day 7 – Psalm 103:20 – God will bless you for doing His work

Day 8 – Psalm 103:12 – Our sins are As far as east is from west

Day 9 – Psalm 102:27 – He is the same and never changes or ends

Day 10 – Psalm 91:5-7 – No matter what we face, He is with us

Day 11 – Psalm 138:7 – Even in the midst of trouble, He preserves us

Day 12 – Psalm 100:2 – Serve with Gladness & singing

Day 13 – Psalm 72:12 – We aren’t the only ones to say Hurry God

Day 14 – Psalm 118:1 – His love and mercy are forever

Day 15 – Psalm 116:5 – He is merciful

Day 16 – Psalm 111:10 – Wisdom starts with God

Day 17 – Psalm 118:24 – Today matters

Day 19 – Psalm 119:105 – He will light our way

Day 20 – Psalm 121:2 – The One who made the heavens & earth – HELPS us

Day 21 – Psalm 108:4 – His love is greater than the heavens

Day 22 – Psalm 121:7-8 – The Lord will keep you

Day 23 – Psalm 128:1 – A respectful fear of the Lord brings blessings

Day 24 – Psalm 130:5 – While waiting on the Lord, we can wait in HOPE

Day 25 – Psalm 136:1-4 – HIS love endures forever

Day 26 – Psalm 139:14 – We are wonderfully made

Day 27 – Psalm 145:8-9 – The Lord is Gracious, merciful, slow to anger & steadfast in love

Day 28 – Psalm 145:18 – God is just a whisper away

Day 29 – Psalm 146:5 – The same God of Jacob is our help and hope

Day 30 – Psalm 46:5 – God is in the Middle of it all


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Psalms of Comfort for the Weary

psalms of comfort for the weary

Is your heart weary and your days exhausting?  Do words of comfort elude you?

I love the book of Psalms.  I love the raw emotions and how that many times I can see myself right there in the thick of the pain and then am reminded of the victory God gives.  God is gracious to give us those verses to remind us that we are not alone.

Sometimes comfort is just a verse away but yet, our minds are exhausted and we can’t remember exactly where to look.

Here are 31 Psalms of Comfort for the Weary. 

I purposely did not type out the verses for you because I want you to look at the Psalm in your Bible, on your Bible Gateway app or YouVersion app.  I want you to write it out and put it where you can see it several times a day.  I want you to print off this list and mail to someone who needs encouragement.  I want you to email this article to someone who needs encouragement.  I want you to wrap your heart around these verses each day and be comforted.

Each morning as you grab yourself some coffee and/or breakfast, get that days verse and let it bring you comfort throughout the day.


31 Psalms of Comfort for the Weary


Day 1 – Psalm 2:12 – Blessed are all who take refuge in Him

Day 2 – Psalm 5:11 – Take refuge in Him and sing for joy

Day 3 – Psalm 7:1 – Take refuge in God and be delivered

Day 4 – Psalm 16:1 – He will not abandon those who take refuge in Him

Day 5 – Psalm 18:1 – He is OUR strength

Day 6 – Psalm 18:32 – He equips us with strength

Day 7 – Psalm 18:39 – Strength for the battle

Day 8 – Psalm 21:1 – We rejoice in His strength

Day 9 – Psalm 21:13 – In His strength we can sing praises of His power

Day 10 – Psalm 28:1 – He is our strength and our shield

Day 11 – Psalm 28:7 – He is our strength, let your heart trust in him

Day 12 – Psalm 28:8 – He is the strength of his people

Day 13 – Psalm 37:40 – He helps those that takes refuge in Him

Day 14 – Psalm 46:1 – He is our strength and help in trouble

Day 15 – Psalm 59:9 – He is our strength and fortress

Day 16 – Psalm 59:16-17 – Sing of his strength – praise the hurt away

Day 17 – Psalm 61:3 – He is our strong tower

Day 18 – Psalm 65:6 – The one who created the mountains is our strength

Day 19 – Psalm 68:35 – He gives power and strength

Day 20 – Psalm 71:1 – When our strength is gone, He is our refuge

Day 21 – Psalm 71:3 – We can continually run to our rock of refuge

Day 22 – Psalm 72:13 – When our bodies fail, God strengthens us forever

Day 23 – Psalm 91:1 – Dwell in the shadow of the Lord

Day 24 – Psalm 91:2 – Trust in your refuge and fortress

Day 25 – Psalm 91:11 – His angels guard you

Day 26 – Psalm 91:15 – He will deliver us

Day 27 – Psalm 94:22 – He is our stronghold, our fortress & our rock

Day 28 – Psalm 96:6 – Strength is in his sanctuary

Day 29 – Psalm 105:4 – Seek the LORD and his strength

Day 30 – Psalm 116:7 – He is our rest

Day 31 – Psalm 138:3 – When you call, he WILL answer and strengthen your soul


When you are tired and worn, run to the Psalms and find comfort.

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He Strengthens Me

Never Quit! Do Not listen to the lie of despair!


2 Cor 7:3  I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.

2 Cor 4:15  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  [18]  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Cor 12:7  To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, * a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  [8]  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  [9]  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power * is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  [10]  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, * in persecutions, * in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Phil 4:13  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

What road are you traveling? You are either in the storm, just come through the storm or at some point, you will be headed towards the storm.

The storms are raging, the battle is long. What can you do?

Renew your strength.

Remember who carries you.

Surround yourself with scripture that reminds you of how God carried others time and time again.  He is the same God that parted the Red Sea for Moses! You are standing at the shore, wondering how you’ll ever cross over.  It looks hopeless and the enemy is not far behind you.  The battle rages on.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Keep schoochin closer to the Lord when you are weak.  He will carry you through to the other side, even though he could part the waters for you and let you walk across.  Rest in his arms, knowing you are safe, sound and nothing happens to you, that God does not allow it. In your times of weakness, you’ll want to just remove yourself from everyone, and everything.  This is the most important time to pray without ceasing, stay knee deep in the Bible and keep pressing towards the prize! All others to lift you up in prayer. Do not remove yourself from those that can bring joy, laughter and smiles to your day.

Your journey will allow you to strengthen and encourage someone else, when they walk down the same road.  The times your heart was breaking, will be what strengthens and encourages someone else that is now facing that same journey.

Are you willing to help them, encourage them?  Yes, the road is long, yes the nights are long, the tears sting your cheeks and your heart feels as though it will never be complete again. Remember the strength from the Lord is everlasting. Draw from Him. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Have the courage to get up one more time!



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He Knows


Ps. 139:1  Oh, Lord, thou hast searched me and known me….


I’m often amazed at the thought that even though the Lord knows me, that HE still chooses to love me.   Me….. a little ole nobody with fearful tendencies and so far from child like faith, it’s scary.   


He knows when I’m discouraged, when I feel alone, defeated and depressed.


He knows when I’m at a loss of words to pray and when I can’t even cry out to Him.


He knows when confusion has darkened the path and I can’t even begin to see a flicker of light.


He knows when I can’t lift my head and even utter, help me Lord.


He knows when I want to spend a day saying thank you for my many blessings, but I end up crying through the tears, thank you for being there Lord.


He knows when my heart is screaming I need wisdom, direction and peace and I wonder when it will come.


He knows when I can’t take “it” anymore and He waits for me to leave it at HIS feet.


He knows….


So, I wonder, why do I not leave “it” there?  Why do I carry these burdens, doubts and fears?  Why, when I know that HE will carry the burdens and ME too.

When I can’t do this, when I can’t take another step, when I can’t stop the tears or see the light – HE KNOWS and he chooses to love me anyway, wait for me anyway and pour mercy and grace out on me so that the JOY of the LORD can be my strength.  (Neh. 8:10)

He has created me to be exactly who I am.  He has worked all things together for good for me in the past and will continue to do so.


I will continue to be in awe that even though he KNOWS me, He LOVES me.

How about you?

HE knows you and chooses to love you.


That is awesome! Don’t you think?



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God Promised

52 Promises from God's Word


God Promised…. I trust Him

Sometimes there are no words that can help heal the ache or bring comfort.

Sometimes the pain and confusion of the situation leave us not knowing how to feel.

Sometimes the bewilderment consumes us, as we think a million times or more… “I just don’t know….”

Sometimes there is nothing you can do but make it hour by hour… working your way up to day by day.

Sometimes “time” is the only thing that will help.

Sometimes…. Nothing on earth brings comfort.



When our hearts are heavy and the tears seem never ending, we don’t always have the clarity to search the scriptures for God’s promises.  Here are some for you.  May they bring you comfort in your time of need.

When Life Hurts…. And even when it doesn’t  – God Promised……

  1. To fight for us – Exodus 14:14
  2. Always be there for us – Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5
  3. That He has Overcome the World – John 16:13
  4. He has a plan – Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28
  5. To give the weary rest – Matthew 11:28-29
  6. Eternal life is a Gift from Him – Romans 6:23
  7. He will supply all our needs – Philippians 4:19
  8. He will give the victory – Romans 8:37
  9. Nothing will separate us form Him – Romans 8:39-39
  10. That when we can’t pray at all that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us – Romans 8:26
  11. To give power to the weak and strength to the powerless – Isaiah 40:29
  12. To renew our strength – Isaiah 40:31
  13. Always be available for us to approach Him – Ephesians 3:12
  14. That He will never change – Hebrews 13:8
  15. His promises are true – Numbers 23:19, Joshua 23:14, Romans 4:20-21
  16. NOTHING is too hard for Him – Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 32:17, Jeremiah 32:27
  17. IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL one day – Matthew 13:43, John 14:2, Revelation 22:14
  18. No More Tears – Revelation 21:4
  19. To show mercy to those who are merciful to others – Matthew 5:7
  20. That He will be close when we need comforting – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  21. He will be a voice… guiding us – Isaiah 30:21
  22. That JOY will come in the morning – Psalm 30:5
  23. That He is preparing a mansion for us – John 14:2
  24. That He will not forget all that you’ve done – Hebrews 6:10
  25. That when we sow in tears we will reap JOY – Psalm 126:5
  26. Peaceful sleep (when trusting HIM) – Psalm 4:8
  27. We will not walk through the valley of the shadow of death alone – Psalm 23:4
  28. Everlasting goodness and mercy – 1 Chronicles 16:34
  29. HE is our place of rest – Psalm 46:1, Nahum 1:7
  30. Everlasting encouragement – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
  31. He would carry our burdens Psalm 68:19
  32. When we schooch close to Him, He WOULD schooch close back – James 4:8
  33. He would refresh and restore us – Psalm 23:3
  34. HE HEARS – Psalm 40:1
  35. He will go before you – Deuteronomy 31:8
  36. He will go with us and give us rest – Exodus 33:14
  37. To see the heart behind the person – 1 Samuel 16:7
  38. His joy is our strength – Nehemiah 8:10
  39. He will watch over us – Psalm 121:8
  40. Before He even formed us…He Knew Us – Jeremiah 1:5
  41. That we will reap what we sow – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  42. That mercy triumphs over judgment – James 2:13
  43. That if we submit ourselves to God AND resist the devil he will flee from us – James 4:7
  44. That we can put all of our cares on Him because HE cares – 1 Peter 5:7
  45. There is JOY in His Presence – Psalm 16:11, John 6:35, Philippians 3:8
  46. To leave us His Spirit – John 7:37-38
  47. A little faith is all we need – Ephesians 2:8-9, Matthew 17:20 Luke 17:6
  48. To return for us – Revelation 22:20, Matthew 24:42, John 14:1-4
  49. That if we help others, we will be blessed – Proverbs 22:9, Luke 6:38
  50. Everlasting Life – John 3:16, John 6:47, 1 John 2:25, John 11:25
  51. His JOY will be in us – John 15:11
  52. Compassion – Psalm 103:13


I Trust Him


Do you?

What promises get you through when there are no words on earth that brings comfort?

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One Thing


As another year comes to a close and talks of resolutions swirl around, my mind and heart considers what this upcoming year will hold.

I don’t typically make resolutions but do set some goals to work towards or try to spend time really enjoying the beauty that the ordinary day brings.

This year is no different.  Instead of setting myself up for failure with a list of resolutions that would likely be long forgotten about mid February, I’ve decided that one thing is needed.

Just one.

Becoming a woman of prayer.

While I pray daily and often, I want to be closer to the Lord more than ever.  I want to boldly speak for Him and of Him.  I want to know that everything I do, any direction I take and each path I explore is exactly where HE wants me to be.

E.M. Bounds said “Prayer that costs nothing gets nothing.” And that is not the kind of Christian I want to be.  I want to schooch in close to the Lord so that before one tear lands on my cheek, my heart is already whispering in prayer; before one thank you can be uttered, my heart is already praising HIM for His mercy and grace.

Speaking of Paul and Silas E.M. Bounds said “Their joy in Jesus was so profound that it expressed itself happily and sweetly in praise and prayer under extremely painful and depressing conditions.”

We’ve faced some hard times and will continue to do so I’m sure but in the end, I want MY JOY in Jesus to be expressed sweetly in praise and prayer.  I want my faith to be built on the foundation of prayer, I want my praise to be continual, no matter what.

One thing is all that I’m focusing on this year.  Just one. 

What are your goals for the New Year?  Do you have a list or will you focus on one or two things?

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E.M. Bounds has several books about prayer; I encourage you to get them.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from him:

Our ability to stay with God in our closet measures our ability to stay with God out of the closet. 

Hurried devotions make weak faith, feeble convictions and questionable piety.  To be little with God is to be little for God.  To cut short our praying makes our whole Christian character short, small, improvised and careless.

Persevering prayer always wins.

Prayer can do anything that God can do. Pity is that we do not believe this as we ought, and we do not put it to the test.

Prayer moves the hand that moves the world.