I Have a Choice

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1

Every day of our life we make hundreds of choices and each of those choices will produce an outcome. For instance: we make a choice what foods we eat in the morning for breakfast; nutritious or unhealthy, we choose whether we will go to work or stay home and watch TV all day, and we choose whether we will ride a bike or a car on the highway to the mall.  In each of these situations we have a choice. If we make the wrong choice; the outcome will be obvious in a short amount of time that we made the wrong choice.

The outcome can look like this: You will run out of energy if you eat an unhealthy breakfast, you will soon loose your job if you don’t go to work, and you may find yourself in the hospital if you choose to ride your bike on the highway.  The outcome tells you quickly if you made the wrong choice.

The same is true in our spiritual life.  David says in the Psalm, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly”. When you take counsel from an ungodly person, you will soon see by the outcome that something is wrong with their counsel. It will be just as obvious as when you keep riding down the highway on a bike. You are in danger when you take counsel from an ungodly person because if they do not know God they do not know His ways.  David said, don’t walk in ungodly counsel. From the moment you hear ungodly counsel you have a choice; will you act upon it and walk down the wrong path, or choose the right path. It boils down to a simple choice, and the choice is yours. Wrong counsel can feel good at the moment, but if the counsel does not line up with the ways of God, the outcome will not be a blessing in the end.

Ask the Lord to show you where you are making wrong choices and listening to the wrong counsel; then pray this simple prayer: Teach me thy way O Lord; I will walk in thy truth… Psalm 86:1. Then you will soon see the blessings of the Lord.

How Can I find my Spiritual Identity?

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ”  Galatians 4: 6-7


Who am I?  What is my purpose in this life?  How can I find meaning and value?

People all over the world struggle with their identity, and what they mean to God.  God created each of us for a purpose and as we yield to Him, He will bring us to the reality of that identity.

God has a place and a purpose for each of us in His kingdom. In order for you to know where your place is, you must discover your identity.

Your spiritual identity is not based on worldly criteria, social status, or education.  You may be very successful in a profession, but still feel something is missing if you have not discovered your spiritual identity.

Healing is essential in discovering our identity. Pain and scars from the past keep us connected to the past and distort the way we perceive ourselves and who we are to God. God speaks to our hearts, telling us who we are, but we can’t clearly hear Him until we are healed.  Pain blocks and distorts our spiritual hearing. Through the healing process we experience restoration, being restored into favor and fellowship with God.

Sin separates us; healing restores us!

In the past several years, I noticed a block in hearing the Lord, especially through dreams. At the time, I could not understand why I wasn’t hearing Him or why I felt somewhat separated from Him. But as I continue down the path of my healing, I am able to hear God speaking to my heart, speaking to me through dreams, and I feel a stronger connection to Him now than I ever have before. It was because of my sin and pain that I was disconnected from God.  Communing with the Father is opening my eyes to how He sees me and showing me who I really am.

In Jeremiah 1:5, we read that God knew Jeremiah before he was in his mother’s womb. God knows you and He is waiting on you to know yourself. He wants you to know yourself as He knows you. The prodigal son is an example of a spiritual son who finally discovered who he was. He didn’t fully embrace his position and inheritance until he went astray and was restored to his family. He had to go through the death of who he thought he was so he could experience life; and the same is true for us today. The prodigal had a ring on his finger and a robe on his back as he sat at the banquet table that was prepared for him. He heard his father say, “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:24

How to Dwell in the Peace of God

“I will lie down, both in peace and in sleep for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety”
-Psalm 4:8

As God’s children, we possess a powerful gift that the rest of this world is trying to obtain.  We possess peace.

We can lie down at night after a long, hard day with peace in our hearts knowing that the Lord is going to take care of everything that is troubling us. That is a wonderful gift. Most of this world longs to be rescued from the troubles of life.

Although we can’t escape every problem, as Christians, we can be assured that we serve a God who is big enough to take care of us in every way!

If you know of someone who is constantly allowing the troubles of life to burden them, pray for them. Ask them if you can help carry some of that load for them. We should all desire for others to dwell in the peace and safety that God offers. Without His peace, we are sure to give up. We need the peace of God to be able to conquer life’s difficulties.

Help for BurnOut

Help for Burnout 

Do you feel depleted, tired and burned-out?   There are some simple strategies that can provide help for burnout.

You will benefit greatly from finding a safe place; a hidden place where you are protected from giving away your very last drop of energy. There are times when God takes us and hides us until we are restored. Really, we are only to give to others from our “over-flow”.  It is when we have not been refilled and we give to someone our very last drop that we become depleted and burnout. God did not create us to live without water. We can’t sustain more than three days without water before our body begins to shut down. Why do we think we can go for a week without spending time with God? If you are tired and depleted cry out this Psalm to God:

“Keep me as the apple of thy eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings”(Psalm 17:8).

Help for Burnout

God will hear your cry and take you up at a time when He knows you are tired and weary. If you are a person who is committed to serving others, either your family or others in ministry you will get tired from the constant demands. You need a place and time to rest, you can’t wait till everything is done. There will always be more laundry to fold and more hurting people to help.

You need a hidden place, where no one can pull you away to serve. Listen to what God spoke to Elijah, “Get the hence, and turn eastward, hide thyself by the brook Cherith…”(1Kings 17:3).

By the brook all Elijah needs were provided for. He had bread and flesh to eat in the morning and evening and water to drink out of the brook. You may need a place like Elijah had. Elijah hid in the Ravine, a place of total peace and solitude, from which the crowds are turned away. A Ravine is a place where God will feed and refresh you.  Elijah stayed in this safe place until the brook dried up. My safe place was a back yard flower garden with a swing. I would sit for hours being refreshed by the Lord. My family respected my time in the garden, they knew I was with God and so they didn’t pull on me while I was there. Find your own safe place and be refreshed.

We are like the children of Israel; we wait until everything is so bad and THEN we call out to the Lord for help. Don’t wait…call on Him today.  God always step forward to save us when we least expect it, fulfilling His most glorious promise in a supernatural way.

Feeling the exhaustion and helpless of burnout is not a pleasant thing, but… God knows our needs and will be faithful to help restore us to good health.  God will be there to offer us help for burnout!

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Come and Drink!

“For He satisfies the longing (thirsty) soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:9

Come and Drink  

One of my favorite things about where I live is that I can see the deer out in the morning and evening as they are looking for fresh water.   They remind me of that Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who are thirsty and I will give you a drink.”  Jesus is inviting us to come and drink and be restored.  He has living water that will satisfy the longing of your heart and soul.

When you spend time with Jesus and receive a drink of this living water first thing in the morning you will be full of life all day. Then when you get to the end of your day, you simply return to the fountain that never runs dry.

“As a deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul longs for you, O God” Psalm 42:1-2.

Come and DrinkNo matter where you are on the planet, this living water is available to you. Jesus says “come and drink.” The Word of God is the Living Water and as you drink, it will begin to flow into every area of your soul. Even into those dry desert areas where there has not been life in a long time. You will know when the water has reached the desert areas because all of a sudden, life will begin to appear; a new thing will begin to happen, and you will see it spring forth. Living Water produces new life!


God says, “Behold, (watch) I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth….I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Is 43:19


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