Jesus is Near



I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

Psalm 16:7


I don’t know about you, but most of the time I picture God being far off in heaven, sometimes drawing near when we’re in distress, then zooming back to His throne. Yah, it does sound rather strange. What if the kingdom of heaven was all around us, unseen, and Jesus was actually standing next to us when we were going through trials? I believe that’s closer to the truth than my shallow version. When trouble comes, and it will, Jesus is near; giving you the strength; holding you up; helping you get through it!


A Hardened Heart



O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

Psalms 89:8-9


The waves that ebb and flow during trials can sometimes feel like they’re gaining in size and threating to take you down. The greatest risk is a hardened heart. I know many times when things get seemingly unmanageable, I tend to compartmentalize things. Dealing with everything as a whole becomes overwhelming. God is faithful to calm the waves before they overtake you, reach out to Him.

Make it a Point



I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5


Do you hear God’s “still, small voice”? Do you feel as though God is guiding your steps?

As believers, we are like a freshly installed and calibrated satellite dish. Once the power switch on the television is turned on, voila, the transmission is received! But so often it’s us. We neglect to move the switch to “on” through prayer and conversation with God. There’s no two-way communication. Make it a point to have a conversation with Jesus daily, allow Him to light your path and enrich your life!

Those God Puts in Your Path



And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40


I remember years back working for my best friend at the time. It’s a deep endeavor because you feel much more pressure to go beyond your best. We had an employee that managed the front office who was basically clueless when it came to using Office software. I must confess, at one point I begged him to replace her. At some point, I made it my mission to teach her as much as I could to give her an opportunity to succeed. I pulled my hair out and screamed inside my truck, but she became one of my closest friends and became an amazing office manager. Remember, we’ve all frustrated our Savior and have fallen short. Take time to encourage those whom God places in your path. 

Stay on Course



But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33


One look at the nightly news and you’ll notice one thing, there are a lot of people navigating this world without a compass. The God-sized-hole many people walk through this life with leads to an emptiness that can only be filled by God. Every morning I make it a point to dive into a few devotionals and God’s Word. Start each day connecting with your Father in heaven, He will help you navigate past the obstacles and stay on course. 

Encourage Someone Today



Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11


We spend more time surrounded by coworkers than we do with our loved ones on a daily basis. But how many times have we passed up an opportunity to reach out to someone who may be going through an extremely difficult time? So often we tend to engage with coworkers passively and miss a chance to share our faith or just to simply love them as Jesus would. Be aware of those around you and the nudging of the Holy Spirit, through your faith, encourage someone today!

Being Silent



The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

Exodus 14:14


If there’s one thing I’m not very good at, it’s waiting and being silent. I can’t help it, I want to do something! Handing the whole thing off to God, though I have faith, is tough. But that’s exactly what God requires. So I have to give up complete control and wait. Allow God to accomplish His unique plans for you…and be silent.