“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”…

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 “I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah” Psalm 143:6 “Ice cream! Ice cream! We all scream for ice cream!” I don’t know how young or old you are, but I’m of the age that when I was a girl, those were the words we yelled out when we were ebulliently ecstatically excited at the prospect of getting blessed with ice cream cones! Ice cold! Yummy delicious! All sorts of flavors! Sugary sweet! Sprinkles on top! Ice cream! Joy, joy, joy!  One morning these words popped into my mind as I walked around my little New York City apartment doing my chores caring for my special needs and senior rescued dogs and considering…

“Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble…

““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Mt. 6:14-15 If you’re reading this devotional, maybe you have someone you need to forgive. Maybe multiple people. Maybe you’ve been coming up with every reason imaginable not to forgive. Justifying why that person, or people, don’t deserve your forgiveness. Or afraid if you forgive, the person will hurt you all over again. Or excusing your anger and bitterness and hurt and figuring why bother forgiving, that person should suffer just like you are. Or feeling like forgiveness is just plain old impossible. Or convincing yourself you’ve already forgiven when your thoughts and feelings and maybe even actions prove you surely haven’t…

“Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!” Psalm 135:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 134:1-3 The more sold out I am to the Lord Jesus Christ, the more I passionately pursue Him, the more devoted I am to God almighty and to fulfilling my life’s purpose for Him, the more I chase after Him and hungrily and thirstily study and learn to live by His Word, the more I serve Him in my love for Him, the more I write for Him, the more I walk the streets with my Gospel tracts and wheelchair…

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Cor. 5:15 One day I had a “great idea”. Truly, it really was a “great idea”. I had everything worked out in my mind. How it would all work. Who would be involved. Where it would happen. How it could grow. How my ministry would be involved. All the “great” things that could come of it. On and on. Such is the…

“‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”” Mt. 15:8-9 Have you ever wondered if someone you know and love REALLY loves you? Have you wondered why the person keeps saying I LOVE YOU but you can’t seem to see that love in action no matter how hard you look? Like you keep hearing the words I LOVE YOU and sometimes you catch glimpses of it and sometimes you see some signs of it but overall in the grand scheme of things in the big picture if you looked at a day in your life or in both of your lives for that matter the truth is pretty…

“Serve the Lord with gladness;…” Psalm 100:2 One of the greatest blessings I’ve ever received, and it may be strange to you, but the Lord understands I am quite sure, was when I learned two beloved friends got together hundreds of miles away from me without my knowing to print, cut, fold, and staple my Faithful Magazine devotional booklet that goes out into prisons, homeless shelters, to me in New York City to distribute, and to wherever else the Lord desires. Grunt work is described at dictionary.com as “work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring.” I don’t know about you, but I absolutely do not enjoy work that is repetitive and boring. Printing, cutting, folding, and stapling over 1000 booklets is one of the last things in the world I would…

“So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” ” John 21:15-17 underlining added “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being…

Hi everyone, I’ve been writing and reading since I was a little girl. The Lord led me to repentance for using these gifts for the wrong reason and led me to devote myself and the gifts utterly to Him. Daily Inspiration and the tracts, devotionals, Faithful Magazine, and books go out as He leads around the world, by His grace and for His glory alone. I am writing and writing and writing and pouring out my heart to Him, to people everywhere, into the writing, into my streets ministry work, and I have such a very strong sense the writing is supposed to reach many, many, many more people than it is currently reaching. I am open to absolutely whatever the Lord’s will is, whether it’s for more churches, ministries,…

“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and…

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecc. 3:1 A great orchestra conductor knows exactly what instrument in the hands of which person needing to play precisely which notes at what PERFECT time for what overall effect in the grand scheme of everyone with all their instruments with all sounds working together for the greatest good to achieve the master plan whereby all comes together beautifully and blessedly in one whole perfectly orchestrated orchestra led by the conductor leading them all. Every note has its time and place, and every musician his or her precise time to play, his or her assigned notes, and oh what a beautiful and powerful and unforgettable sound may come when everything is timed just right! The conductor sees and is responsible…

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age…” Mt. 28:20 How excited and eager I was one day to determine I would go on yet another one of my long and rigorous walks in New York City loving, worshiping, singing to, praying to, seeking, and listening to the Lord as I walked, and stopping to share the Gospel and minister to people along the way if and as He so led me which He so often does, on this particular walk doing something I don’t recall ever having done in my life – walking high up in the air across a very large bridge over a very big river taking me from Manhattan to Brooklyn. I was thrilled to go on my big adventure, and the hot sunny weather was an…

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 “Do you want me to do anything?” I asked the Lord. “Yes. I want you to do nothing,” the Spirit of God spoke. I had been seeking Him about a particular matter concerning something I had prayed my heart out to Him about for such a very long time, and it looked like He was on the verge of answering my prayers. Now I wanted to know what I should do. Surely I needed to get involved. To do…

“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 I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing on a Saturday night. Dressed as simply as imaginable, with dog hair on me as usual, my hair was brushed but that was about the extent of my efforts concerning my appearance, not dining out at some fancy New York City restaurant, not gathering at an outdoor coffee house with friends, not on a date with some gorgeous man, not inside eating a delicious meal watching a movie with friends, not doing what many might like to be doing and what I might have been doing some years ago, but kneeling in the park in a small…

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” John 10:27 My friends love me but sometimes they’re wrong. I love my friends but sometimes I’m wrong. The same goes for family and other people, too. Even when we’re totally well meaning, we can be totally wrong when we give advice to others even when we’re doing our best to give godly counsel to others. None of us is perfect in hearing God’s voice and in giving Christ-centered counsel to others, and we can find ourselves in serious danger if we rely solely on the voice of those who love Christ instead of making our number one priority hearing and obeying God’s voice Himself who speaks through His Spirit ALWAYS in line with His Word. I…

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5 “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.” Leviticus 26:12 The Lord has taken me to a place of such closeness to Him, and to so being able to regularly hear the voice of His Spirit speaking to me that I can hear Him say: “Don’t go down that pathway.” He catches me heading down a particular pathway, and He speaks to me…

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”” John 16:33 “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for…

Hi everyone, Seems it’s been a while since I checked in to let you all know what I’m up to in New York City where I arrived at the end of April 2018 as my third stop out on the road for the Lord and ministry. I’m now fully settled into my little apartment with the ministry’s five handicapped & senior rescued dogs. The warm weather has brought with it endless opportunities to walk the streets with and without the dogs as I praise the Lord, pray to Him, love Him, worship Him, sing to Him, seek Him, listen to Him, sometimes simply enjoying the walking without doing anything at all as I love walking, and keeping my heart, ears, and eyes wide open to the leading of the Holy…

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:5-6 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18 Totally exhausted, in much need of rest, I figured I’d hurry through changing the male belly band diaper on paralyzed dog Mr. Simeon so I could flop down on my little bed and nap when I discovered I had waited too long and the large urine-proof pad under him was soaking wet. Ugh. It was a mess. He was a mess. Now I would…

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 One day my ex-husband told me I’m an inspiration. How could someone as messed up and broken and hopeless as I had been now be considered an inspiration to anyone let alone to the man who no matter how broken he was and how poorly he had treated me still should never have borne the brunt of my pride, bitterness, rage, control, judgment, bad-mouthing, and condemnation that had wounded him and plenty of others most especially the Lord? I know I am an inspiration to him and to…

“Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 “I think you’re playing with fire,” I told a sister in the Lord one day on the telephone. My voice was strong. My voice was firm. I had love in my heart, but my voice was emphatic. There was no getting around the warning. It needed to be heard. Not because I wanted to warn my sister in the Lord. After all, I knew she might…

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 “But I’m not like them, Lord,” I spoke in my heart to the Lord. “I didn’t create you to be like them,” the Spirit of God essentially spoke to my heart. “I created you to be like me.” Ever felt discouraged because you’re not like everyone else around you? Felt like you don’t fit into certain crowds of people? Like you stick out from everyone else? Like you’re totally different? I love people so incredibly much, but I do much…

“Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain. But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and…

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Mt. 5:16 Early morning. Tired. Didn’t sleep well. Up in the middle of the night. Then woke too early. Still waking up. Trying to manoever the wheelchair dogs out the apartment building doors once again. That’s when a tall lean man entered the building and immediately started helping. He didn’t say a word. He just automatically started helping. He delayed his reason for coming into the building. He put off his plans. He lay aside his agenda. I don’t think he lived in the building. I didn’t recognize him. But clearly he had something to do there. But whatever he had to do he pushed to the back burner so…

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:12-17 One day while walking my wheelchair dogs in New York City I…

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven…

“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 When we face trials, challenges, tribulations, hardships losses, grievances, hurts, etc., the most important person in the universe we SHOULD reach out to and cry out to and hear and obey is the Lord Jesus Christ, and after the Lord we need to reach out to His committed followers who can love us, pray for us, encourage us, point us to the Lord and to His Word, help us apply the Bible to our lives, help us distinguish and recognize the voice of the Lord as He speaks to our hearts…

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” 1 Cor. 3:6-7 She was slim. Slight. Some would call her frail. Small build. Petite. Perhaps because she had chosen to be thin. Maybe not. She was homeless. She may not have had much to eat. Often enough anyway. Drugs could have played a role too. And alcohol. Only God knew her struggles. I knew when I met her she had plenty of them. She was in tears quickly into our conversation. I had done most of the talking. About myself. And about how I had been totally hopeless, totally broken, beyond human repair. I shared bits and pieces of my story. She could identify. Greatly. Her…

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15 People especially in New York City are usually astonished when I describe the apartment I found in the city where I am on stop number #3 on my life out on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry. Located on one of the most famous streets in the city, 1.5 blocks from an amazing park almost constantly filled with a wide variety of sights and sounds, on the ground floor so it’s easy for my special needs dogs, with plenty of windows and…

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