He’s Still There

Even if you can’t find the words.

Even if you don’t have any left.

Just sit.

Just be still.

Soak in God’s presence.

Even if He is silent.

He’s still there.

Waiting.

Hoping.

Seeking.

He’s there.

He promised.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” Isaiah 43:1-3

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Keep Holding On

Are you in an overwhelming, bleak situation with no end in sight? Is desperation taking over your heart and strangling every bit of hope that you have left?

Don’t give up. Keep holding on. God can and will heal you. He will make you whole again. You just have to dig deep, gather up every ounce of hurt and anguish, and place it in His hands. Seek God and give the situation to Him.

When Jehoshaphat found himself staring face to face with an army of great magnitude – an army that he could not possibly defeat – he cried out to God not only in desperation, but also in certainty. He knew God was willing and able to take his situation and fix it.

The same God that defeated an army for Jehoshaphat is the same God that will defeat the army that is coming against you today.

God hasn’t changed. We just have to seek Him and believe.

“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” – 2 Chronicles 20:5-6

“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

Don’t Give Up

I wasn’t going to post this, but then I opened my bulletin in church Sunday morning and there it was – the exact same verse staring at me that God had placed on my heart the day before.

Have y’all seen the meme that has the words thoughts and prayers crossed out, and then under that it says policy and change? When I saw it the first time it kind of made me take a step back. I will be honest – it made me really sad. But then I processed, mulled it over in my mind, and you know what? That meme is absolutely correct. Just SAYING thoughts and prayers will do nothing for our current situation.

Just saying that we will pray – does nothing.

But getting on our knees and actually praying – stretching our hands toward Heaven for our country – it CAN change things.

Yes, we need to do something. Yes, we need change. We need action. All of this is getting downright ridiculous and just sickening. But the change we need to start with are men and women that will pray. Really pray. Determined and intentional. On our knees. Sacrificing our time, our sleep, our show, our “me” time.

I am speaking from past experience, regret, and shame. I used to flippantly throw around the word “praying” without actually following through.

We’ve been studying the book of James on Sunday mornings, and I encourage you to go check it out. Take your faith and do something with it. Show God and everyone else that you are for real. Show people the love that Christ has shown us through acts of love and kindness.

We have to stop just saying these verses. We have to live them.

Don’t give up on America. Don’t give up on people. Don’t give up on God. And don’t just say that you will pray.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

True Love

Let’s get back to the basics. Let’s stop trying to over complicate every single thing.

“And he walks with me and he talks with me

And he tells me I am his own

And the joy we share as we tarry there

None other has ever known.”

He tells me that I am His. There’s no better news today. There’s no better love than this. This is THE true love everyone is searching for.

He will walk with you all day.

He will talk with you all day.

And if you open your heart to Him in these moments you will find joy. You will find the love of your life.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” – 1 John 3:1

Women of God

This week let’s make a forever promise.

Let’s vow to be brave women of God.

Women that stand up for the family unit.

Women that love their people fiercely.

Women of integrity.

Women that will fight for what’s right.

Women that pray. Really pray.

Women that will say no when everyone else is saying yes.

Women that can walk through the fiery furnace and come out unscathed because the hand of God is on them the entire time.

Women that speak kind words.

Women that speak truth.

Women that love.

Let’s purposefully and faithfully take a stand for God. Let’s take a stand for our family.

Women of God – it’s time to stand up.

God’s Standards

Love.

I love LOVE.

It’s Valentine week, and I had planned on writing about love every single day this week. God told me no, and being the human that I am – I wrestled, justified, and even begged to write what I, Daisy, wanted to write.

We know how that ended.

God is working on me, and the following is what He placed on my heart.

It’s not just a movie.

It’s not just a word.

It’s not just a joke.

It’s not just a little white lie.

It’s the opposite of God’s Word.

It’s a mindset that sin is permissible.

It’s living with the liability that purposefully doing what God tells us not to do is an acceptable lifestyle.

We are going to make mistakes, but don’t deceive yourself or others with a life full of conscious, deliberate double standards.

God’s children are better than that.

“Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.” – Psalm 86:11

Fight through the Crowd

Distracted.

That was my mind during what was supposed to be my quiet time with Jesus. Although the house was still, full of sleeping kiddos and a snoring dog, my brain was all over the place.

Softball, groceries, work, valentine boxes, laundry, lunches, etc. All of these things (plus more) were vying for a first place spot in my mind.

When you have big prayers, when you need God to move, you better bet your bottom dollar that distractions are coming your way.

You better know that you are about to fight a crowd [in your mind] to get to where you need to be.

I had to intentionally push past all of my thoughts, all of the distractions, so I could touch the hem of His garment. And it wasn’t easy because the thought pollution in my brain was definitely taking over what needed to be my focus.

I urge you to fight through the crowd of distractions today. Reach out and take hold of the victory that you are claiming for your family and friends. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from touching the hem of His garment.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Mark 5:30-34