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The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

                                                                        Proverbs 18:10

Daily the media reminds us that our world isn’t safe and secure.  From violence on the streets to domestic violence in the home, our world has been turned from a safe haven to a place where many feel extremely insecure and unsafe.  Schools are constantly reviewing and adjusting practices and policies to create a safe learning environment for children because research indicates children cannot learn effectively when they do not feel safe.

One certainty that I have always had in this world is that I am safe because my Heavenly Father keeps me safe wherever I go.  Psalm 91:11 assures me that God has commanded His angels to guard me in all my ways.  Nothing will touch my life today that first wasn’t known to my Heavenly Father.

As you look forward to your weekend, perhaps traveling to new and various locations with family or friends, remember to remain in God’s protective care and you will be safe wherever you go, which truly brings a peace that passes all understanding.


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I like to be a confident, in control person.  However, right now, I am feeling overwhelmed with all the work I need to accomplish and the nuisance habits in my life that I know are keeping me from optimal effectiveness.  Oh, I really dislike these moments of inadequacy!  Perhaps you experience those types of moments.

Yet my heart is light and I am smiling despite this vulnerability; I am extremely grateful this morning.   Just when I was feeling the most inadequite and angry at myself, God showed up.

I am not alone!

Through God’s Word, I was reminded that I am led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14).  I don’t have to be in control of every moment and every detail.  The Lord God showed up to remind me that I can exercise authority over the enemy of angry, frustration, exasperation and defeat (Luke 10:19, I John 4:4).  I can bring every through into captivity (II Corinthians 10:5) and be transformed by renewing my mind as I think on good things.  (Romans 12:1, 2; and Philippians 4).

I am not alone!

Oh, Lord God, thank you for the reminder today that I am not alone.  I don’t have to tackle all alone this day and all of the issues bombarding me.  Thank you for your present help in the middle of my need.  Keep my mind and heart focused on this truth and remind me constantly when I begin to feel overwhelmed and inadequate.  Amen

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The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. II Tim 4:18

I accepted the Truth of the Gospel as a teenager.  I told Jesus Christ that I believed He was the Son of God and that I wanted Him to take control of my life.  Naïve, innocent that I was, I left that church confident that life would suddenly be wonderful.  I would no longer feel fat, ugly, outcast or empty or be rejected by my peers.  Hah!  Life hasn’t been a consistent journey of laughter-filled mountain top experiences.

In those valley experiences and in the darkest moments of life-threatening situations, God has rescued me.  God has carried me and been my strong fortress.  (Psalm 18:2).  I no longer have to allow my past, my mistakes and my errors in judgment to hold me hostage.

Thank you, Lord God for being my warrior, my strong tower to not only come to my rescue.  You come into the middle of my messes and remind me that in you I am free.  Keep my mind focused on that freedom and not slip back into those chains of bondage.  Amen

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“It will cost you…”  Someone asks a favor, someone teases and it isn’t unexpected to hear those 4 words as a response in our world today.  Yet, there was One who freely paid a huge price for my freedom and didn’t utter those words.  I AM bought with a price and I belong to God (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

The best aspect of this Good News for me is that my old life—all of those failings, mistakes and lapses in judgment do not have to define who I am any longer.  The old life does not own me.  I can’t be blackmailed by my past sins.  God has taken those and thrown them as far as the east is from the west.

God purchased you at a high price.

 Don’t be enslaved by the world. 

So, dear brothers and sisters, whatever situation you were in when you became a believer, stay there in your new relationship with God.  I Corinthians 7:23-24


Thank you Lord for purchasing my freedom.  Remind me frequently that I don’t have to allow those past mistakes and lapses to define my future.  I am Your Daughter, so please hold me close today so I can feel Your love.  Amen.


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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

before you were born I set you apart;

I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5

I was at a conference recently and went up to the speaker to greet him as we have known each other for 13 years.  It was a thrill that he didn’t recognize me because I have changed so much physically over the past 7 years as God has brought healing to my body and alleviated many of the health challenges that kept me immobile in a wheelchair.  We laughed and caught up.  But, as I drove home that night, I couldn’t help reflect on the fact that I don’t have to re-introduce myself to my Heavenly Father or my Lord Jesus Christ.  I am known by God.

God made me and knew me before I was born (Psalm 139).  God made me (Isaiah 42:5).  Yet, the best part of that is God knows me better than I know myself—He knows the plans He has for me (Jer 29:11), He wants only the best for me and loves me despite of my imperfections and fails.

God knows all of the good, the bad and the ugly and loves me anyway.  God has poured out His grace so that I might know Him.

Today, I will spend time listening to His whispers of love from the beauty in the world He created for me to enjoy, in the laughter of my daughter and grandson and from His love letter to me—the Holy Bible.  May you join me in hearing today—God Loves You.

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As women, we often set high goals or have big dreams about what we want our life to look like.  For example, each New Year media and family encourage us to examine our lives and make resolutions for the year—what we want to do (lose weight), perhaps what goals we want to achieve (spend more time with family), or even to look at what we want our lives to look like in 5 years.  So often those occasions of self-examination cause us to see only our failings, our faults and short-comings.

This week, our writers are going to share some of their journeys of self-examination and the discoveries they made that lead them to Praise the Lord for His Grace.  Each writer shares a glimpse of her journey into discovering who she is in His love.  May you too discover that in Christ you are:

  1. A Child of God (Romans 8:16)
  2. Redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 106:10)
  3. Forgiven (Colossians 1:13 & 14)
  4. Saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8)
  5. Justified (Romans 5:1)
  6. Sanctified (I Corinthians 6:11)
  7. A new creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
  8. Partaker of His divine nature (II Peter 1:4)
  9. Redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
  10. Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
  11. Delivered from the powers of darkness (Colossians 1:13)
  12. A Son/Daughter of God (Romans 8:14)
  13. Kept in safety wherever I go (Psalm 91:11)
  14. Getting all my needs met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
  15. Casting all my cares on Jesus (I Peter 5:7)
  16. Strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10)
  17. Doing all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
  18. An heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
  19. Heir to the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:13 & 14)
  20. Observing and doing the Lord’s commandments (Deuteronomy 28:1&2)
  21. Blessed coming in and going out (Deuteronomy 28:6)
  22. An inheritor of eternal life (I John 5:11&12)
  23. Blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
  24. Healed by His stripes (I Peter 2:24)
  25. Exercising my authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19)
  26. Above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13)
  27. More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  28. Establishing God’s Word here on earth (Matthew 16:19)
  29. An over comer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Rev 12:11)
  30. Daily overcoming the devilt (I John 4:4)
  31. Not moved by what I see (II Corinthians 4:18)
  32. Walking by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7)
  33. Casting down vain imaginations (II Corinthians 10:4&5)
  34. Bring every thought into captivity (II Corinthians 10:5)
  35. Being transformed by a renewed mind (Romans 12:1&2)
  36. A laborer together with God (I Corinthians 3:9)
  37. The righteousness of God in Christ (II Corinthians 5:21)
  38. An imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
  39. The light of the world (Matthew 5:14)

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