Wednesday in the Word: Where is God in the midst of a Pandemic?

With the number of new Coronavirus cases increasing daily all over the country, and world, you might be wondering where is God in the middle of this pandemic???

The media is spreading fear like wildfire, as Scientists, Health Officials, and Governments scramble to contain the spread of the virus, find a cure, and offer up protection to everyone at risk.

Wash your hands, where a mask, cover your coughs, sanitize, and for goodness sake, stay home if you are sick!! All are great suggestions, based on science, of how to stay safe when disease is prowling through the night.

God’s Word also offers us many promises of protection! A few years ago I stumbled across Psalm 91 when my daughter was struggling with anxiety of seeing her friends become sick at school. I chose to make it my prayer for my family. And today for Wednesday in the Word, I want to share it with you.

Psalm 91
You who sit in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe.”

That’s right — he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards, his huge outstretched arms protect you — under them you are perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.

Fear nothing — not wild wolves in the night, nor flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.

Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will ever graze you. You’ll stand untouched,  watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.

Yes, because God is your refuge, the High God your very own home. Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.

He ordered his angel’s to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

If you hold onto me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know amd trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”

This scripture is absolutely amazing. I’m speechless everytime I read it as I try to comprehend how many times God has protected me that I am not even aware of?! Psalm 91 is God’s promise to us from His Word. He gives promises of protection against all kinds of evils including pandemics! If we will only get to know Him.

The first line in the passage above says to declare that “God is our refuge”, and put our full trust in Him that we are safe. Sometimes it can be difficult to trust in a God we can’t see. I can see that hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of gems. I can see from history that quarantine stops the spread of plague. But I can’t see God. I can’t see the angel’s He has commanded to protect me.

This is where faith comes in. Faith is the belief in things that cannot be seen.

Now is the time for faith. It is time to study the promises in God’s Word and claim them for ourselves, our families, our friends, our co-workers and our nation.

Where is God in the midst of a pandemic? He is in heaven, waiting for His children to call to Him, to put thier trust in Him and to seek Him out. If you want to take action today, you can pray the scriptures in Psalm 91 and claim God’s promise of protection!

You Have A Special Destiny

Spiritual Truth for Living:

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. ~Ephesians 1:11-12

Guess what? You were created with a very specific purpose and mission for the LORD. The scripture says we were “predestined” which means God had plans for you, and me before we even arrived on this planet.

The problem is that many of us don’t realize we were designed for a specific calling. And if we don’t have an understanding of our identity, who it is we belong to, and the purpose we were created for then we waste countless hours striving to be like someone or something we’re not.


Who am I? Have you ever ask yourself that question? Do you like the answer?

I recently watched Disney’s newest rendition of my favorite childhood movie, Aladdin. Aladdin, a poor “street rat” seems content with his identity up until he meets a beautiful Princess. At which point he starts to question his identity, and his value.

He spends all of his energy trying to change who he is to win the heart of his beloved princess. He enlists the help of a genie in a magic lamp, and his only two companions, a magic carpet, and his monkey. However, he quickly realizes all of his striving to be someone and something he is not, only creates more problems.

In the end, he wins the heart of the Princess by being himself. The “street rat” defeats the evil Jafar and saves the Kingdom using his street smarts, his courage, and his determination.

God wants us to have a clear vision for our life. He wants us to be confident in our identity so that we don’t fall into the trap of trying to be something we weren’t created to be. He wants to reveal to us our special gifts and talents so when the time comes to save the Kingdom we are ready and confident.

If you are struggling to find your specific talents, you can pray with me today; ask God to reveal them to you.

Lord God,

I come before You today, and ask that You would reveal to me what the gifts and talents are that you have placed in me. As I grow in my gifting, I ask that you would continue to lead me and guide me in the way I should go. Enable me to use my gifts for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Times of Testing

Spiritual Truth for Living:
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
~Job 23:10

As a mother, I have always had a strong desire to provide my children with the best education available. I want my kids to be curious about the world God created and to have every opportunity to learn new things.

Why do I want the Best Education for my Children?

I believe if my children grow up in the right learning environment, they will have a better chance at navigating various situations later on. With the right skill set, it will be eaisier to make wise choices even when I am not around to guide them. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

How do I know if my children are actually learning and retaining knowledge? How do I know that when faced with difficult and complex problems they will have the proper reasoning skills? I will know through times of testing.

Testing begins at a very young age, and becomes an integral part of continuing education throughout life. Even as adults, we still have to take tests to prove our skills and expertise in different areas.

The Bible tells us that God also tests us. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind.”

Over the past several months, my daughter has been diligently studying and preparing to take a tedious test called the SSAT.

The test is a requirement for independent private schools not just across the country, but across the World. Students are tested in the subjects of Reading, Math, and Vocabulary.

The reward for months of studying will hopefully be a great test score! A test score that will be crucial when choosing between students competing for a limited number of spots, in some of the most prestigious schools around the world.

In the same way there are rewards for academic tests, God also has rewards for times of testing. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love Him.”

God is not only testing those who choose to serve and love Him. Psalm 11:5 tells us, “The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked…” He is watching from Heaven. He knows the true motivation of the heart.

We Don’t Want To Be Stagnant In Our Faith, Seek Growth!

If we are growing in our knowledge and understanding of Christ, there is no doubt we will be tested on this earth. Our goal, as Christians is to be prepared for those tests, and to say with confidence, “Prove me, Oh LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2).

Testing is For Our Good!!

Know that times of testing from our heavenly Father are for our good. He wants the very best for us. Job 23:10 says, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”

God wants us to be refined and perfected in our faith, and our walk with Him. He gives us tools, in His Word, so we can prepare for the tests and trials we face in this life, and come out as Victors. So study hard, sharpen your pencils, and be ready to pass whatever tests may come.

Monday Mood: All the Feels 🤔😄😭🙄

Spiritual Truth for Living:
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. ~Isaiah 26:3

Isaiah 26:3

Writing this post started out like this: Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Scratch that! Psalm 56:8, “You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You keep track…” Noooo, not that one!

Joel 2:19, “The LORD replied to them: ‘I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully…'” That’s what I am talking about God. Can you send some of that my way?! I need all the chocolate and coffee as well if I’m going to make it through this stressful day!

And why is this day so stressful as opposed to any other? PMS my friends! More scientifically known as Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. That lovely time of the month just before the curse of all womankind, when hormones can’t make up thier mind on anything! Am I happy, sad, mad, hungry?

“Did she just say PMS?”
“YES, you heard me.”

It’s no secret, as it is estimated Three in every Four women will experience some type of PMS in thier lifetime, in varying degrees. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, PMS can include a range of symptoms including but not limited to: fatigue, bloating, mood swings, cravings sleep disturbances and acne!

Thanks Eve! When God put a curse on womankind He wasn’t joking (See Genesis Chapter 3). One day you are strutting in skinny jeans feeling like a boss, and the next you are eating a box of chocolates in your sweats and crying during Disney movies.

I know I can turn into Elsa the Ice Queen overnight at the slightest infraction. “The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside. Couldn’t keep it in heaven knows I’ve tried.” (Singing)

If you are like me and you experience PMS, you might have also tried many different methods to stifle the Ice Queen and keep her from setting off an eternal winter.

But where is God during PMS? I like to think I have a great relationship with God, but talking to Him about PMS is usually the LAST thing on my mind when I randomly burst into tears because the Fruit Loops are gone. I am sure He has much bigger problems to solve.

Seriously?! Who ate all the cereal?

It’s much easier to go to man made items first! PMS vitamins, checking my phone 100 times for a text..

Coffee sweatpants, wine, chocolate, pizza and scrolling through Pinterest to read other womans PMS stories.

So True!

And after all else fails, I remember God really does care about all the tiny details of my life, including the empty box of Fruit Loops! And he wants to be that that boyfriend who stops by with your favorite candy, ready to binge watch Disney, and hold you hand through the roller coaster of emotions.

If you didn’t catch my post last week describing the attributes of our heavenly Father, it is worth reading! As I sometimes need a reminder that God is just as near on the rainy and stormy days as He is during the sunshine.

You Can Tell God Everything

And he wants us to come to Him with everything. Even PMS. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 to Cast your Cares on Him for he Cares for You. So next time you feel the urge to throw ice crystals at anyone who crosses your path during the whirlwind, try letting Him into the soup of emotions.

We can trust in His promise not to ever leave our side, Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us “…for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Know that you are not alone and you don’t have to be the Queen of Isolation through the PMS storm.

PRAY With Me Today:
LORD, help me to trust that You are always by my side, even when my emotions are difficult and confusing. Help me to resist negative thoughts and instead fill my mind with thoughts that are true, noble, just, pure, and lovely. Fill me with Your Spirit of Truth, so I can recognize lies from the enemy, and renounce those lies for the Truth of Your Word.


A Generous God

Spiritual Truth for Living:

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. ~2 Corinthians 9:8

As the holiday season comes to a close, I cannot help but think how blessed I am. There has been an abundance of sweet treats, toys, clothing, and other fun gifts that have been exchanged over the season.

It’s very easy at this time of year to become satisfied and content with all God has given. You may be thinking, “Well, I’m very blessed. I have a warm house, and good food to eat. I have money to pay my bills, my family is well clothed and happy.” All those thoughts are good, but it is still not God’s best.

What is God’s Absolute Best?

God is a God of abundance! John 10:10 says, “… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” God doesn’t just want us to have enough for our own needs, or the needs of our immediate family members. He wants us to have so much that we can be a blessing to others as well.

That is the God we serve. A God of abundance, who gives freely that we might also be givers of the good things He brings into our lives.

If you are not sure how to be a blessing or what you have to give, ask God to show you.

Ask God to show you other people in your life that you can be a blessing to. Reach out and help those around you and watch the ways in which God will continue to increase and bless you.

Drawing Closer To God in 2020

Spiritual Truth For Living:
Come close to God, and God will come close to you…
~James 4:8

We are one week in to a brand new year and everyone has new resolutions. Maybe you want to start a new business, loose weight, take a dream vacation, or run a marathon? Typically, our goals and resolutions are a reflection of what is most important to us.

What is Your Most Important Resolution in 2020?

Achieving our goals can bring a great sense of accomplishment and motivate us to create new goals, and reach even higher heights.

But at the end of the day, we will never find true contentment in our achievements if we are living apart from God. We we never be satisfied with our lives if we are not in a close relationship with our Creator.

And that is why there is, Nothing More Important
in this life, than drawing close to God the Father. God promises in James 4:8 that He will draw close to us, when we take the first step and choose to draw close to Him.

But how do we draw close to our heavenly Father when we can’t see Him, or touch Him? Is He even real?

The first step in forming a close relationship with the LORD, is to talk to Him. In the same way you might talk to your earthly father.

If you have a good relationship with your earthly father, it might be easy to approach God in much the same way. You can come into His presence with confidence that He will receive you with open arms! He will make time to listen to your hopes and dreams, and offer a dose of fatherly wisdom, affection, and encouragement.

However, if your relationship with your father was strained, it may be difficult to understand the type of love our heavenly Father has to offer.

What Is Your View Of God?

Maybe you see God as cold, distant, harsh, and dismissive. You have learned how to take care of yourself without a father who is present and engaged, willing to listen, and offer support and therefore, can not understand how to even relate to a God who promises to draw close to us.

What does that even mean? GOD WILL DRAW CLOSE TO ME???

When I wanted to get close to my heavenly Father, and I wanted to learn more about His character, when I wanted to know if I could trust Him, I went to the Psalms for guidance.

Psalm 103:3-5 says:
    •He forgives your sins—every one.
    •He heals your diseases—every one.
    •He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
    •He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
    •He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
    •He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.

Can you identify a time in your life when God’s presence was overwhelming? Everytime I am in nature, I can’t escape God’s beauty. A walk on the beach is an experience of His presence challenging me to come closer.

If that isn’t enough to give you confidence to be vulnerable with God, keep reading…

Psalm 103:6-18 goes into even more depth about God’s character towards his children!

“God makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel.

  •God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love.

  •He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.

  •He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.

As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.

As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him. He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.

Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here.

God’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him, Making everything right for them and their children as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said.”

The Bible gives us a crystal clear picture and description of our heavenly Father. He is a Father we can trust with our hopes and dreams. We can be vulnerable in His presence and tell Him our concerns.

Talk to God. Be completely open and honest with Him. It is the first step in relationship. The first step in making your relationship with God your most important goal of 2020.

2020 Goals : You Are A New Creation

Spiritual Truth for Living:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. ~Proverbs 3:5

Cheers my friends! Happy New Year! 2020 is more then just a New Year, it’s the start of a new decade! Another year to sparkle!

Time to Shine!

Ringing in a new year is sure to conjure up deep desires to change old habits, set goals, achieve them, and create a New You!

I have some good news for you! As followers of Christ, we’re already considered to be a whole new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” God has placed a new spirit within us.

We are All New in Christ!

God gives us the chance to put aside our old behaviors that keep us trapped and step into a new life through our relationship with Him. A life filled with promises of spiritual blessings and hope for our future. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you…” God has wonderful things coming your way in 2020. “…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Have you ever set goals for the new year and slowly watched the weeks and months tick by on the calendar, and realize nothing has changed?

Maybe then you abandon those goals and make rationalizations as to why you weren’t able to achieve them, “I just didn’t have time” or “it was more difficult than I had initially thought.” Before you know it another year comes to a close and you are making the same resolutions as the year before.

I cannot tell you how many times in the past I made beautiful spreadsheets detailing my goals for losing weight, starting a new class, or creating my “perfect day.” Only to fail in less then a week.

Often times, the reason we don’t hit our goals has more to do with our own beliefs and attitudes about ourselves than our capabilities to achieve them.

And this is the part where our relationship with God our Creator comes in!

God tells us we are a whole New Creation, the old self has passed away. The first step in taking hold of this promise that we are NEW is to Trust in Him. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Whatever your goals are for 2020, whatever old habits and mindsets you want to change, you have the Power through the Holy Spirit to be new in two simple steps:

1) Trust In The LORD completely!

2) Do not continue to doubt or live in fear based on your limited understanding of what you see in the here and now.

God sees our future and it is full of hope and promise! When we put our full trust in Him, we can achieve our wildest dreams in 2020 and shine in new ways. I’m so EXCITED to continue in the journey of faith with you this year (big things are coming).

Have a beautiful and blessed New Year in Christ!