I Will Carry You


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Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“Hold you?” This is what one of our children would say when they wanted to be carried. They would walk up to their dad or me, stretch their little arms as far as they could and say, “Hold you?” They always asked it as a question, but we understood what they meant. They were asking, “Will you hold me?” They always knew right where to come when they needed rest or comfort. They knew if they needed us that we were always right there.

This week I have been saying this to God. I have needed to be held. Just as my children knew where to go when they needed to be held, I know where to go when I need to be held by my Heavenly Father.

Do you need to be held today? Maybe life has thrown some obstacles your way and you feel the need for protection or comfort. Maybe you are facing some uncertainty in your life and you need God’s guidance. Go to Him, climb up in His arms and let Him hold you.

In the verse that we are reading today we are made a promise. God has said, ” I will never leave you or forsake you,”

In Matthew 11:28-30 we read: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God wants us to come to Him as a child to his father. He wants us to find comfort in Him. God wants us to find rest and protection in His arms.

Will you go to Him?

I want to encourage you today. No matter what you are facing, God is there. He is waiting for you to come to Him. He is waiting to offer you peace, comfort, and rest in Him.

I have found no better place to go than to the arms of God. Remember His promise: I will never leave you or forsake you.

God is Good


God is good

“Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you

and worked for those who take refuge in you,

in the sight of the children of mankind!”

Psalm 31:19

Is not God good?

Today, instead of offering some advice on a  particular subject or telling you a story about our lives, I just want to focus on God. I want us to take a few minutes today and really think about how blessed we are and how good God has been to us over the years.
I am sure, if we were all sitting in a room together, coffee in hand (of course) and I asked you to share with me a time when God had blessed you, that you would not have to think very long before you could begin to share with me. Those are the times I want us to focus on today.

I know that life gets hard sometimes. I know that we all face our own trials from day to day. In John 16:33 Jesus warns  His disciples about this. He tells them:

“These things I have spoken unto you,

that in me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation:

but be of good cheer;

I have overcome the world.”

The same goes for us today. We are going to have tribulation, but we can still have joy. We know that God is good. He did not leave us to struggle; He sent to us the Holy Spirit. God is Good.

When we were younger we attended a youth camp here in our home town. Our song director would stand before us in the mornings and before we would start to sing,  he would say to us, “God is Good all the time.” In response we would say, “All the time God is good.”

That phrase has stuck with me all these years. When I woke up this morning, the first thought that crossed my mind was just how good God is to His children.

Let us think about some of the ways that God is good. I know that we will not have time to cover them all, but let us look at just a few together.

1. God is good; He saved us from our sins. John 3:16  tells us:

 “For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.”

If this were the only thing we could say about God’s goodness it would be enough. Let us just reflect on this for a moment. God loved us so much, that He sent His only Son to die on a cross for our sins, so that we would not perish, but so that we could live forever with Him.  No matter what happens to us in this life, this is a promise that we can cling to forever.

2. God is good; He supplies our needs. Philippians 4:19 reads:

 “But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

This verse does not say that God will supply some of our needs, or that if we beg and plead that God might supply our needs. This verse tells us that God will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory. We do not have to worry today. God is good; He will take care of His children.

3. God is good;  He hears and answers our prayers. In 1 John 5:14-15 we read:

 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him,

that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask,

we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

We discussed this in Monday’s post. God does hear and answer our prayers. It may not always be in the way that we would like, or in the way that we expect. This verse tells us that we are to ask according to His will. This means that God will answer our prayers in the way that He knows is best for us. We have to trust that His way is better than our way.

4. God is good; He has promised us a home in Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:1

” For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,

we have a building of God,

an house not made with hands,

eternal in the heavens.”

Our homes here on this earth are temporary. Over time they are going to break down and crumble. God has promised us a home in Heaven that will last forever. Can you imagine getting to live with our Heavenly Father forever? That thought alone is enough to make us shout!

I pray that this has brought you some encouragement today. I pray that you will remember today that you are blessed beyond belief.

I hope from now on when you hear someone say, “God is good all the time,” that you will respond, “All the time, God is good.”

God bless you today, friend.

You are loved; you are blessed!

all the time

Pray Through


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” So He left them,

went away again,

and prayed the third time,

saying the same words.”

Matthew 26:44

Monday I posted an entry entitled “It Is Okay.”  The message in that post was that it is okay not to be okay. There are times when we say we are okay, but truly in our hearts we are broken and torn. This week, after posting that blog, the question has been ringing in my ears, “What do you do when you are not okay?” So today that is what I want to discuss. If you have not read Monday’s entry, feel free to do so now and then you can come back and pick up here.

There are many times in our lives when we are not okay. Somehow we find ourselves in a situation that we just can not seem to handle. We find ourselves torn, broken, and helpless. As I have pondered this situation this week, and have even found myself in a bit of one as well, I have struggled with how I should handle it. I have prayed about it, cried over it, and prayed some more, but have yet to find any resolve.

The question I want us to consider today is this: “What do we do when we are not okay?”

Here is the answer I believe God has given to me:

“Pray through.”

“Hmm,” you might say. “That is it?”

I know, it seems so simple, does it not?

Let us think about this for a moment. Do we really understand what this means?

I would like to share with you what God has been speaking to me concerning this answer. I pray that it will speak to you as well and that you will find some comfort in it.

Pray it through. I believe this is exactly what Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane. If you go back and read the verses that come before the one I shared this morning you will find that Jesus has actually gone back to pray two other times. (Matthew 26:36-43)

I can not imagine the situation that Jesus was facing and the anguish that he must have been feeling. Jesus knew what was to come and He knew that it had to be done, yet He still struggled as a man.

In Jesus’ prayer to His father, He asked for two things. First, He asked that if there was any other way to accomplish the goal to let it be. The second thing Jesus prayed, I believe was the most important. Jesus told His father, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”

Each time Jesus went to pray, the Bible says that His prayer was for exactly this: The will of His Father.

Three times Jesus went to pray, and then comes the beginning of God’s will for His Son.

I believe that Jesus did exactly what we have been discussing here this morning; He prayed through. After praying again and again He knew the will of His father, and He was willing to accept it.

This is what God has been speaking to me this week:Pray it through, let your request be made known unto Me, and then accept My will.

When you are facing trials and trouble, Pray it through. Seek God and cry out to Him. Tell God how you feel ( He already knows anyway) and ultimately, seek the will of the Father.

Sometimes God may allow the cup to pass from you, and other times you may have to drink from that cup. Be assured, however, whatever the outcome, God has promised to never leave nor forsake us. God will be faithful to His promise.

No matter what you are facing today, God knows, He cares, and He will be faithful to carry you through.

I pray that this has encouraged your heart today.

Life is full of trials and storms, but we can find comfort in the fact that we know who holds tomorrow. Life is no mystery to God. There are no surprises for Him.

Please remember: No matter what situation we are facing today or in the future, we must pray through.

God-sized Dreams: Spread the Love


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And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another,

and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25

As I was looking at Scriptures to share this morning, I realized just how many there are on encouraging each other and lifting up each other. I believe that it is no coincidence that there are so many of them. God knows as humans that we need to be encouraged, we need to be lifted up by fellow believers.

I wanted to take a moment this morning and spread the love a little. I want to encourage your heart to keep doing what God has called you to do even when you get tired and discouraged.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads:

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

We can accomplish many things through God when we stand together as believers and God-sized dreamers. We may all have different dreams, but we should all have the same goal. That goal should be to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. When we stand together with that common goal we can not be defeated. I thank God every day that I am blessed to be part of such a great group of fellow dreamers. You all are a blessing to my heart.

Colossians 3:16 tells us to:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,

teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,

singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

We all have things that we can learn from each other.As believers and dreamers we all bring different gifts to the table. I am encouraged every day as I read the words of others. As I see what God is doing in their lives a new spark is started in my heart to continue on the journey that God has set for me. I pray each day that I can be an encouragement to those that read what God has placed on my heart.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver

Proverbs 25:11

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Today I wanted to encourage you to keep pressing toward the mark. You may not have reached it yet, but do not let that get you down. Enjoy the journey that God has set before you.
I feel that I have been called to encourage others, and as I live my God-sized dream each day I pray that God will continue to open new doors for me to do just that. I pray that He will show me new ways every day to share God’s love with others and to encourage them to live out their dreams through Him.

I do not yet know where my journey is taking me , but I sure am glad that He has blessed me with a great group of friends with which to share the trip.

God bless you today as you live out your God-sized dreams

God-sized Dreams: Encouraging Others


Dear God-sized Dreamer,

I wanted to write and encourage you today. Sometimes living out our dreams can be scary. I pray today as you read this that you will find some peace and encouragement to keep doing what you are called to do. I believe that God has big plans for your life and your journey. You just have to keep Him first and seek His will daily.dreamer

I have a favorite verse I want to share with you. It is Jeremiah 29:11 and it says this:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What a great and mighty God we serve. How much must He love you to declare His plans for you? He does not leave you to wonder, He tells you exactly what they are right here. He wants to help you succeed. He wants you to have hope. I believe that God smiles when He sees you working for Him. It pleases your Heavenly Father when He sees you going about the ministry that He has set before you.

The next two verses that follow are important as well. They read:

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God wants you to come to Him with your God-sized dream. He wants you to seek out His will and guidance. God promises that He will hear your prayers.

I pray these verses bring you hope and encouragement today. I pray that you will remember to call on God as you live out your dream. Put God first, ask Him for His guidance and blessing on your ministry, and then rest in the assurance that He already has big plans for you.

I know that God is going to use you to do great and mighty things for Him. I believe that you were created with a purpose, and that God wants to fulfill that purpose in you.

Dear friend, I pray for you today. I pray that any fear you may have, and any uncertainty you may feel will vanish away as you learn to depend on God for your strength.

Remember to always give God the glory for whatever is accomplished through you, for it is not your work that is being done, but God’s work made perfect through you.

When you find yourself tired and worn, I pray that you will think back to this letter and be encouraged. God is not yet finished with you. You are touching lives with the work you do.

Finally, I pray that you will not only thrive in your  ministry, but I also pray that you will enjoy the journey that God has set before you. There is joy in serving the Lord and I believe that He wants to show that to you. I look forward to watching you grow in the Lord.

Love in Christ,

Valarie ( A Fellow Dreamer)

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