Each day is a gift. Nobody is guaranteed to wake up to a new day. Keep your thoughts and actions focused on the present people and circumstances…for all areas of life we should pray and seek God’s will for us. God is with us and He is working for good things for all of us. Amen.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)
The difference between knowing about God and truly knowing God.
Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”
(This photo was taken in April of 2019 while walking the dog near Plymouth, Minnesota)
Our hours and days and weeks and months and years are filled with interactions and events…we have little victories and defeats every day. Every once in a while, a bigger event shows up in our lives. Most of the time, we always knew it was there and many things we have been doing have been working towards this bigger event…when the bigger moments are happening be sure to soak it all in. Being thankful, showing gratitude to others and being present in the moment is far more important than worrying about what others are thinking, saying or doing or about the perfect photo and other distractions. Some moments are only going to happen once in your life be sure to be present when they occur. May God’s peace be with you. Amen.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
(This photo was taken this morning as these two ran down the street in our neighborhood while I was writing to you)
When have you felt like you could sense the Presence of God? When have you felt like God has come near to you? Where were you? What was going on in your life or around you? How often do you ask or have you been asked where do you see God in this? All that is good is from God…all that is dark and evil is from the prince of darkness and human nature. Look to see the Presence of the Lord in your life and you will see that He has been with you every step of the way. Amen.
Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli
“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming)
Where do you see God? When the road ahead looks dark and hopeless, seek Him…when you are unsure or afraid, seek His will…when you are frustrated and angry, trust in His way. God is with you, no matter what, God created you and He loves you, just the way you are…He is the way to shine a light in the darkness. Turn towards the Lord and live. I pray we look for the ways God is with us in our everyday life. Amen.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
(This photo was taken in October of 2014 on the north shore of the island of Maui)
It is true…He is with you…He gives to you…He holds you…He comforts you…He blesses you…He guides you…God is always with you. There will often be times in this world when you will feel like you are alone, that God has somehow left you. It is not true, when that happens take a moment to reflect on what you have been focusing on. I have found in my own life that usually means I have turned away from God for some reason, not the other way around. We can’t always expect the miracle event to prove that God is with us, let’s face it even people who lived to witness the miracles in person struggled to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It is a matter of faith to know and believe that God is with us. He did not bring sin into the world and the bad things that happen are from evil and darkness in the world and they want you to blame God for everything. God made sure you know that He created you, He loves you and He is with you…it is all written down for you to read for yourself. Trust in God and you will see the good things too. May the presence of God surround you and what you see today.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 at Sapphire Point near Dillon, Colorado)
One of greatest mindset shifts that needs to occur on the faith journey is knowing no matter where you go or what you do God will always be with you. It is up to you to recognize Him and to be aware of his presence through the Holy Spirit. We all get off course and make mistakes or poor decisions as we live in a broken and fallen world. God knows this and wants to have a relationship with you to help you through life. Whatever is on your heart today…give it to Him…leave it at the foot of the cross and see what happens. May God’s peace be with you.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming)