And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5 NIV
The Holy Spirit is a manifestation of God’s love. He helps us when we are disappointed. He guides us when we are in transition. Our Lord gives us hope.
Instead of focusing on our problems, we can fixate on our blessings.
Today is moving day into my new home in Idaho. It is okay to be busy and have a lot to do. God can always give us just enough strength that we need to get what we need to do done. Amen.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 NIV
It can be challenging to always speak with grace. We don’t have all the answers, but we can be kind and patient when we don’t have the answer or choose not to speak.
When we judge another person, it can be easy to get caught up in our own sense of right and wrong without considering their perspective. Sometimes it is best to listen.
The Holy Spirit can direct us how to answer when we are unsure. He never tells us to say anything unkind. He always has the right answer, but sometimes we have to wait for it. We don’t have to react to situations immediately. After prayer and meditation, we may see a situation differently.
Sometimes dealing with things with grace requires unplugging ourselves from technology. We can set healthy limits so that we are not unwittingly letting in agitating communications. It is perfectly fine to turn our phones off or put them on airplane mode so that we can exercise good sleep routines. The Lord knows that if we take care of ourselves it will be easier to respond with grace. Amen.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 KJV
We can make plans, but the Lord determines where we go.
My toddler has a barrel of energy, and sometimes he is too much for me to handle. I am considering putting him in daycare four hours a day so that I can rest and work. Currently, I work when he is napping, but some days he skips his nap entirely and other days I am too exhausted to work when he is sleeping.
The Lord knows that we need rest and He provides a way so that everything can work out for us. We don’t have to worry because He already has things figured out for us. We can trust that He has the details worked out. Amen.
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. – John 7:38-39 NIV
When we let our belief in Jesus lead us, our lives flourish. When we forget to water a plant, it withers and dies. We need to drink from the Holy Spirit’s waters to be well hydrated and healthy.
When we are dehydrated, we get headaches. So also, when we are not connected with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and instead focus on our worries and external circumstances, our spiritual life starves for water.
If we find ourselves tired and frustrated, we can simply ask for His help, and He gives it freely. He is not stingy with His time.
Water gives life. We cannot survive without water, and we also cannot thrive without the Holy Spirit. He brings new life to our dreams. He gives us purpose and direction. He can guide us wherever we go. Amen.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. – Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
The Lord’s love for us lasts forever. He will never get tired of loving us. He will never be too busy to hear our prayers.
Our God is kind. He made us good. When we find ourselves wondering how we will handle all the changes in our lives, we can simply stop and remember that we can always trust Him.
Transitions can feel uncertain. When we move to a different state, the roads are unfamiliar, but God always knows where He is going. He is never unsure where He is leading us. His GPS never has to recalculate, because He is always on track. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and makes sure we won’t get lost. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:5-6 KJV
The resurrection is the most amazing miracle that God performed. Jesus rose from the dead, to eternal life. What a divine blessing!
For those who do not believe in Jesus, death is permanent. They only have this life. But because of Jesus, everyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life. We have hope. We have a future in Heaven with our creator. All things will be made new and we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away.
Easter Sunday reminds us how powerful our God is.
As I settle into my new surroundings in Idaho, I’m incredibly grateful for the new beginning that God has given our family. It is no coincidence that my husband is now the Executive Director at Life: A Center for Independent Living. Even the name of his new workplace is significant. Just as Jesus gives us life, so has He provided my husband a job where he will be able to make a positive difference in the community. We are grateful this Easter Sunday for all God has given us. Amen.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 KJV
Jesus needed no earthly credentials to be exalted. He made Himself of no reputation while many others spent a lifetime building up their resumes. Jesus didn’t need an MD to be a healer. He didn’t need a PhD to become a teacher. Our Lord did not need to attend seminary to become a preacher. His name itself is holy.
At the crucifixion, Jesus offered up everything He possibly could…His own life, so that we could live. No greater sacrifice exists. We can be thankful for His life and purpose. We can trust in Him.
As I drive the final stretch of my move to Idaho today, I reflect on the day that Jesus rested in the grave on the Sabbath. He endured so much for us and I am thankful. Amen.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him – 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV
How incredibly lucky we are to have a Savior in Jesus! To have lived a life without sin, Jesus accomplished an amazing feat. But to lay down His life for our sake, there was no one more giving that Jesus to have lived on this Earth.
We can sing songs of praise and thank God for the doors He has opened for us. Because He lives, we can have eternal life.
The Lord gives us more than we ask or think. We don’t have to feel like we lack anything, because He is an amazing provider! He gives us a place to live, a loving family, and neighbors who help us. He blesses us each and every day with a new beginning.
As I drive today to Idaho, I thank God that this moving day falls on Good Friday. God is good! Amen.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV
As my family embarks on a new journey by moving from Nevada to Idaho, I reflect on the new blessings that God has brought into my life.
Even though I tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1, 2020 and suffered from COVID-19 long haulers symptoms, surviving the ordeal has strengthened my faith and brought me closer to God. I am grateful that my husband was able to stay home during my recovery to take care of me and Jacob. I am thankful that my husband was able to find an Executive Director job in Idaho. Our house in Nevada sold within three hours of listing it, and we were able to buy a duplex in Blackfoot, ID.
Instead of remembering how difficult my illness seemed at the time, I am grateful for the new opportunities that God has brought into our lives. He makes way for new blessings. Amen.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” – Matthew 26:1-2 KJV
Unlike us, Jesus could predict the future. He knew exactly what would happen at the cross. Did He experience fear? He accepted the anointing of oil on His feat, because He knew it represented preparation for His burial. Did Jesus fear death the way we do? Did He experience sorrow when one of His own close friends and disciples betrayed Him? How humbling it must have been to realize that He could not trust all twelve of His disciples fully after all the time He had spent with them.
Every breath we take is a blessing. Every moment that we spend with our loved ones is to be cherished. Jesus knew that the quality time that He spent with others was worth it. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us! His righteousness is difficult to fathom, and we are saved because of it. Amen.