Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. – 1 Cor. 16:13 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel…”…the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan.’ The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said…The Lord will give them over to you, that you may do to them according to every commandment which I have commanded you. Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” – Deut. 31:1-6…

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 If there’s anything I’ve learned about discouragement, and I’ve experienced more of it than imaginable and still do regularly, it’s this. Satan wants to get Christ’s followers discouraged so we loosen our grip on and focus on and resolve on and level of commitment to God, God’s Word, God’s will for our lives, and God’s calling for us concerning how He uses us to help build His Kingdom of followers and help and encourage those already following Him. Satan uses discouragement as a weapon, doesn’t he? And Satan succeeds with this weapon when we allow discouragement to take…

So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.     – Psalm 79:13 The word “practice” according to Merriam-Webster.com includes in its definition to “carry out, apply”, “to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually”, and “to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient.” The Lord makes abundantly clear in His Word from start to finish that we are not only to love Him with all our hearts, and to worship and obey Him, but also to be thankful at all times for Him and to Him. He makes clear thanksgiving should be a way of life for us. A lifelong pursuit. A lifestyle. Yes, a lifestyle of thanksgiving. For some of…

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;” Malachi 3:6 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 “We live in a…

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 6:18-20    It’s only porn. That’s all it is. So innocent. Compared to what others are doing. It’s all relative, isn’t it? It can’t be sin, can it? Okay, even if it is sin, sin against God, it’s not so bad. Not really. How can it be? Look what the rest of the world…

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”  And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”” Luke 10:38-42 I’ve seen it over and again. People busy with church. And Bible studies. And small groups. And church…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Sometimes the Spirit of God gives me a scripture to use with the devotionals He gives me to write that doesn’t make sense to me. It’s not the one I would use. I want to keep looking. I want to find the perfect scripture. The one that makes sense to me. The one that’s comfortable for me. The one that feels secure. The one that seems like a good fit. The one that makes me feel good about my writing. The one I feel people will appreciate. One day not for the first time and probably not for the last…

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10 I was in a wrestling match for years before I finally woke up and really heard what the Spirit of God had been telling me all along I had been doing and needed to repent of and change direction. In a nutshell, I had been wrestling with God. For years. With the gift of writing He has given me. Time after time, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, I had seen the gift of writing as MY GIFT for the Lord and as MY WRITING that I could do anything I wanted with as long as I did MY WRITING with MY GIFT – FOR HIM. Over and…

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.” Acts 4:32-35 How can I forget the day I met a homeless man who was thrilled and proud to share with me and several others how he had…

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: You know that[a] you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge…

“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your…

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Pillows are supposed to be comfortable, and no physical possession on this earth is more important than a Bible, which is God’s Word, but pillows and Bibles can be a deadly combination. And a reminder of the grave danger of man-made traditions, of a lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s truth, and of the rejection of God’s truth for those who know it. One day I asked a homeless woman if she believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. She…

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” “ Mt. 4:4 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 “…as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” 1 Peter 2:2 Over the course of several weeks, my appetite virtually disappeared. Stress. Anxiety. Some emotionally challenging stuff. Some physical symptoms induced by the combination of it all. Some would consider the appetite change good. Not for me. I have a long-time history of struggling with an eating disorder, and my weight was already on the low end. I couldn’t afford to lose weight. So I ate. And ate. And…

When God’s Instructions Don’t Make Sense “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 “ “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” “ Luke 6:46 Within 24 hours of publishing one of my little devotionals online, I was dismayed. Disappointed. A bit disgruntled. Borderline discouraged. All of which are frankly still too easy for me to fall into if I am not careful. I was not careful. I wasn’t content with what I had written. Too long. Too wordy. Too much of me in it. Too this. Too that. Okay, confession. In a nutshell. I just wasn’t…

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 The Lord always knows what He’s doing. The Lord always knows what He’s saying. It’s not up to us to question Him. It’s up to us to love and obey Him. He always has a plan. He always has a purpose. He always knows what’s best. Oh, if only we would trust Him! If only we would seek Him! If only we would listen for His voice! If only we would be continually in His Word so we would draw closer to Him and learn to recognize His voice! If only when we hear His voice and know it’s His voice we would listen and obey!…

Dear friends, I have a very big special request. I am blessed with many people praying for me and my ministry, but have exceedingly few people sponsoring the ministry financially. For those who don’t know, I am devoted 24-7 to the Lord and ministry, with a life’s calling to help people find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ. I write Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books, which go out to the general public and online, and to prisoners and the homeless, and I do streets ministry. I am now out on the road full-time with the last of the special needs and senior rescued dogs in my care. Aside from money set aside for emergencies and an RV/car/housing, etc. as the Lord leads me in the future to love and…

Dear friends, Just a quick note to say please forgive me for not sending out my usual almost Daily Inspiration over the past week. Without going into detail, which I do not believe necessary, I have been going through a fiery trial of a combination of an exceeding attack from the enemy against myself and my little ministry, along with extreme testing from the Lord in all He has been teaching me, combined with some challenging personal stuff & a very big need for rest after now being out on the road full time for ministry for the past 6 months. With absolutely every ounce of glory to the Lord, and a huge thanks to a very strong group of female Christ followers walking alongside me with plenty of love,…

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.…

“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Mt. 23:12 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, and seen, churches and pastors and church leadership these days going to exceeding lengths in planning, implementing, and spending money on methods, ways, programs, plans, agendas, renovations, new buildings, new color schemes, new carpeting and chairs, planners, designers, meetings, schemes, technologies, video screens, comedies, entertainment, freebies, prizes, anything whatsoever as one pastor succinctly explained “to be attractive” to people so they will come to a church. As that pastor explained, and as others I have met would be quick to agree, if the church is “attractive” enough to bring in the people, and to make them feel comfortable and welcome, and oh, yes, loved, then they can hear…

“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” Acts 2:44-45 “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had…

“And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His[d] name. 42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Acts 5:40-42 Serving God isn’t about where we want to go and what we want to do when we want to do it. It’s about going where God wants us to go and doing what God wants us to do when He wants us to do it. Not for us. For Him. For His glory. I…

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Sam. 30:6 If the Lord has given you something to do, or someone to be with, or a relationship to be in, and you are totally clear it’s His will, and you have dug into God’s Word to make sure whatever it is, or whomever it is, is in line with God’s Word which is God’s will, and you have prayed, and sought Him, and heard His Spirit speaking to your heart, and sought godly counsel as needed to confirm what you believe to be His will, then I have…

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” “ Mt. 22:37-40 “I’m too busy for my own good,” someone told me one day. We chatted a bit. I shared how that very morning the Lord had warned me to slow down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this. Someone needing to slow down. Being warned by the Lord. Me. And others. I walked off, and within minutes the Spirit of God pointed something out to me. My…

“The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev. 20:13-15 My ex-husband when he was 21 years old went out drinking and doing drugs, returned to his family’s house, passed out, and woke up with his body on fire, the house on fire, and lost his beloved grandmother in that horrific house fire apparently caused by a failed in-the-wall heater though to this day he still believes he…

Being Still Is NOT Enough God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah…

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 I was exhausted. Too tired to deal with something that in that particular moment was irritating the heck out of me. A nuisance. Just one more thing I didn’t need especially given my fatigue. I had too much responsibility. Didn’t I? I was so weighed down. So worn. “You’re realizing this responsibility is too much for you to handle by yourself,” the Spirit of God effectively spoke to my heart, though I can’t recall His precise words. What am I going to do? Maybe He would tell me I needed to let go of the responsibility. Or that He would send me some people to help me. Or something.…

““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Mt. 7:20-23 “Why are you here?” I asked a little girl one day as she dug her fork into her delicious hot breakfast that was jammed into a little take-out container. “Not going to school today?” I said. It wasn’t a snow day. Despite the early morning chill, it wasn’t cold enough for snow. It wasn’t a…

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:31 “I will do it because you asked me to,” I told the Lord. “And love says yes.” The Lord had just reminded me of something He had told me to do. Not something I necessarily understood. Not necessarily something I wanted to do. Nevertheless something the Lord had instructed me to do. He by His Spirit through His Word had brought me a long way. Before I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, I lived entirely for myself. When I came to believe in Him, I continued to live for myself until the Lord…

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ Mt. 22:37-39 Whine, whine, whine. Silence. Whine, whine. Quiet. Whine, whine, whine, whine. Or was it a whimper? Anyway. Whimper, whimper, whimper. Quiet. A moment’s peace. Or two. Then the whining. Whimpering. Whatever it was. I know it well. Not just because I’ve had zillions of dogs through the years, but because I’ve done my fair share of whining. Not just to people. But to the Lord. All sin, of course. But this isn’t about me. I’m talking about a dog. A dancing dog. Called…

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people;” Psalm 62:5-8 “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10 Remember the children’s book called “The Little Engine that Could” about from what I recall the engine that could do what it needed to do once it believed that it could? Mr.…

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