Resting in His Love

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. Psalm 1:3



“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7

There is a blessing to be found in humbling ourselves before God. There is a blessing to be found in laying down our will in exchange for His will. There is a blessing to be found in dying to our self-willed motives and desires. There is a blessing to be found in saying YES to His way. There is a blessing in brokenness. There is a blessing in God taking that brokenness and restoring it into something more beautiful than you can imagine.cross-sunset-humility-devotion-161089

But it starts with us. We must make the choice to trust in Him. We must make the choice to remove anything that hinders our total devotion unto Him. We can no longer place our confidence in people or circumstances that can change in an instant.

Beloved, our trust, hope and confidence is only found in the One who is unchanging.

Here’s the promise that follows when we, in our hearts place Him rightly where He belongs: “They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

What a beautiful promise! You were meant to be planted beside the Living Water, gaining strength for even the toughest seasons of life. Because you have chosen to keep your eyes and heart set upon Him, you will be fruitful in every season of life even the not so good ones.

Remember, God has the absolute best plan for your life. It’s better than you could ever imagine. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) 



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Joy and Strength



“…And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” Nehemiah 8:10 (AMPC)

No matter what you are going through, remember your strength comes from the Lord Almighty, “He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].” Isaiah 40:29 (AMPC)

Embrace the truth that He is the true source of your peace and security. When the storm rages around you, He will sustain you. When you feel like giving up, He will keep you. As you abide in Him, you will come to experience Him as the anchor of your soul.

Make Him your dwelling place and find the joy and comfort that He is offering you, it will become the foundation on which you will stand and be victorious.


Off The Grid

Because it means different things for different people, there are many definitions of what it means to live ‘off the grid’. So for the sake of simplicity think about living a lifestyle in which you are not reliant on the normal outside sources such as electricity or natural gas to sustain your way of life. Perhaps you can say it is a simpler way of living.

Now think about your relationship with your Creator. Are you reliant upon only Him? Or do you seek outside sources for fulfillment? It could be a relationship, a job, or even money. While none of those things are necessarily bad, they are not meant to be your means of survival, only God can occupy that space.

Each day God gives is a blessing and often it is filled with things that can keep us quite busy. But can you imagine taking the time to disconnect from the tug and pull of everyday life? Can you take a moment and simply pause from the daily ebb and flow of your day?

This week, allow yourself the time to retreat to a quiet space, shut the door on your world for a moment and breathe in the presence of God. He is there. Use this time to simply be a child who is resting at the Father’s feet. No words have to be said rather do something that seems foreign to us at times. REST. Choose to rest in all of who He is. Look at what David so beautifully penned:

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 23 (Amplified)


Take this Word and meditate upon it. Let it be the fuel that keeps you going. Let it be the assurance that God wants you to have. Let it be the peace that covers you. The Shepherd knows how to take care of His sheep, all you have to do is let Him.









“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10


Being still.

Something I admittedly have a hard time doing. Not as it relates to taking the time to relax but in those moments of uncertainty.

I tend to forget that nothing is taking God by surprise. Nothing that is occurring in my life, your life and in the lives of others is taking Him by surprise either. He is in control.

I believe it is in these times that He simply wants to hold us. Close to Him. No barriers. Just a Father and a child. To be still and know that He is God.

He will be exalted above everything that is going on. He will be glorified in the midst of challenging times. In the end, He has the victory and He wants you and I to rest in that. To take comfort in knowing that He is the Great I Am.

If ever there was a time that we needed to embrace this truth, it is now. Tragedy seems to unfold daily and we need to be held by Him. We need the assurance that He is near. We need to behold the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, ever. We simply need to be held.

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The Overflow

The Hope He Gives Is Endless


“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

There is so much beauty in this verse. When you read it, imagine hope rising up within you. God’s Word is alive and active right now. This verse is meant to bring you hope. It is meant to change your perception on the trial that you may be facing. It is meant to shine  light in dark places. It is meant to remind you that your joy, peace and confidence comes from only one Source, God.

The flow of this verse is one of a cause and effect. If you do this, then something else will occur.

As you begin to recognize and reverently understand that only God is your source of hope, you begin to experience His joy, then His peace. His peace is powerful. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7

Now you are finding that because you are trusting Him with each season of life and with every situation that seems to be out of control, He then reminds you, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a HOPE.” Jeremiah 29:11 (emphasis mine)

He is offering an endless supply of hope. From His heart to yours. The kind that overflows into every area of your life. A hope for healing. A hope for a broken relationship. A hope for a financial increase. A hope for a better tomorrow when today isn’t looking so good.

Beloved, God wants you to expect good things from Him even when there doesn’t seem to be any good in the circumstances you may be facing. He is your source of hope. He gives joy when sadness wants to overtake your life. He gives peace when things seem to fall apart. He alone gives you the foundation of faith to stand upon.

I encourage you to speak life over yourself. Speak this verse upon awakening each day. Let it permeate every area of your life. Let it be that you are overflowing with hope, joy, peace and a solid trust in your Father. Let it be said of you, that through the mountaintop seasons of life to the valley seasons of life, your hope in Him is overflowing.


It Matters to Him

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:8

This has become one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It speaks of the great love the Father has for His children. Another version says it this way: “The LORD will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” I John 4:16 Sometimes I think we forget who God is. He is LOVE! Let that love fuel you to share with Him everything that is on your heart. He knows you better than anyone ever could and ever will. He knows how He has wired you. He knows what you need. He knows what He has for you. I have often found that what is on my heart or what I am drawn toward is because it is a part of His plan for my life but I would not have known unless I asked.

What concerns you, concerns God. What you are mulling over in your heart at this very moment, He is well aware of. All He is asking is for you to tell Him. Tell Him so that He can share with you His heart on the matter. Ask God to open your eyes so that you can see what He sees. Ask Him for His wisdom. Ask Him what He wants you to do. Simply invite Him into whatever is concerning you.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 2 Peter 5:7 It says give ALL your worries and cares, not just some but the ones that have been tucked away in your heart, visible to only you. Beloved, He cares about EVERYTHING that is concerning you. When you are anxious, He cares. When you have cried your eyes out, He cares. When you think there is no hope in the situation you are facing, He cares. When you are confused, He cares. All of those scenarios have an answer and He is the One who holds it. When you don’t know what job to take, He already knows which one is His best. When you are praying for a spouse, He already knows the special person He has chosen for you, don’t be afraid to ask Him. When you want to relocate but don’t know if you should, ask Him because He alone knows where you are supposed to be.

There is no need to walk around burdened when your Father is reaching out His hand to you at this very moment to guide you and enlighten you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 One thing is for certain. When He reveals to you His heart, you must trust Him. Remember, His wisdom supersedes ours. He sees the whole path. He sees the future, you only see the present. His plans may surprise you and that’s a good thing because He is good.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 Please take this to heart. What you think is best for your life pales in comparison to the plans He has for you. His plans are carefully and lovingly laid out already. All you need to do is yield your will to His.

What doesn’t make sense to you, makes perfect sense to Him. What you don’t have clarity on, He sees clearly. What is heavy on your heart, He can lift.

It doesn’t matter what it is, He can handle it.

He WILL perfect that which concerns you. If it matters to you, it matters to Him.

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He Speaks

oswald“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”  Hebrews 4:16

The invitation has been sent. You have been invited by God to His throne. A place where every burden can be placed. A place where every cry of your heart can be poured upon His feet. A place where every petition can be heard by Him. Some call it their “quiet time”. Some say they are going to their “prayer closet”.

There are no rules to it. You do not have to be a theologian with a trained understanding of every book of the Bible to pray. Prayer is simply communication with our Creator.

One of the basics I remember learning as a college student studying journalism was what the communication process consisted of. You have a sender, a message, a receiver and of course the channel by which the message is sent. Then, when the receiver chooses to send a message in return, the sender will receive feedback.

Feedback. This means that when we pray, God has something to say. But, do we take the time to listen? Are we going about our day in expectation for the answers that may come our way? Or are we falling victim to the thought that maybe God isn’t answering?

He is. But sometimes we simply are not aware.

He comes as a gentle, quiet voice. His impressions can feel like a little tap on your shoulder alerting you to pay attention. What you perceive as coincidences are really God’s way of sending feedback.

Beloved, God answers prayers but it is up to us to listen. It is up to us to be acquainted with His Word so that we understand the language in which He speaks. It is up to us to have eyes and ears that are attuned to the spiritual and not the natural.

He also has a timetable that looks nothing like ours and so we must live in expectation of His answers even if it seems to tarry. We must also remember that His ways are nothing like ours.

He is speaking.  Are we listening?