From the beginning of time, mankind stayed connected in groups, tribes, or family.  There is power in community, and there is weakness in isolation. People who walk their path without close ties to other humans are more susceptible to attack.  Not just from enemies, wild prey, or satan, but from one's own mind.

In loneliness, many thoughts can invade your spirit and have you doubting yourself.  When you are surrounded by people who love and care about you, a bond is formed that no enemy can penetrate.  Imagine your group, tribe or family inviting God as the center of your circle.

Matthew 18:20 reads...." For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." 

With God at the center, pray unceasingly and with a humble spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit will make its presences felt and what you ask in the name of His Son Jesus will grow in strength and courage.. His protective armor, as well as  the blood of Jesus will be yours for the asking..

NO.......... God did not create mankind to live alone. When He created Adam, He found that He was lonely still.  Then He created Eve... and as man multiplied on earth they discovered that life was better.  And with Jesus Christ our Lord at the center of your tribe, today's battle is not your, it’s the Lords....and all of His children will be victorious.

Self Preservation

Life is enjoyable when you can walk away from that which does not serve you. When your spirit gets its fill of anything negative, the mind and body will send a signal. It will send a warning that you need to eliminate what annoys you.

Self preservation is the law of life. You must do all to preserve your well-being so that you can ward of negativity and evil. You can only be of service to others, and stay in good physical and mental health, when you take care of you.

Your immune system can succumb to any kind of stress.  Unhappiness, displeasure, or anything that makes you uncomfortable can lead to an attack against your body. That is why you may need to walk away from some people, places or things so that you can live in relaxation and peace... or learn how to handle it more effectively.

Meditation, prayer, yoga, are methods to slow the mind, and relax the body. Find something that you enjoy.  Some find peace in reading, knitting, exercising or taking long walks. If it works for you.. do it!!

Daily Challenges

Each day we awaken to the unknown,  the unexpected or even worse the possible end of our journey.  The only certainty is,  the day holds 24 hours and only God holds each day.

Not knowing what lies before you, did you take time to ask God to walk with you today!  Taking each day for granted is easy, but taking God's Goodness for granted is not respecting His Word.

When you encounter challenges today, will God remember that you forgot to pray this morning, or that you take His Kindness and Love for granted! NO!  God is a Just God.  He knows your every need. God knows every obstacle you will encounter, He also knows that we are imperfect beings, weak to temptation and sin, and often caught up in busy-ness that we forget How Good He has been.

He forgives us for neglecting to honor Him and unlike humans, He does not hold a grudge. So tomorrow, upon awakening…  follow your heart, do what it tells you needs to be done.

Bridge over Troubled Waters

"When you're weary, feeling small , when tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all."

-Simon and Garfunkel-

These are words from a famous song that made an
indelible print in the hearts and minds of all who
listened to the words.  Where ever you may find yourself along your path in life, the words to this song is reassurance that God is a "Bridge over Troubled Waters."

When you have been on the receiving end of injustice, discrimination, pain, loss, struggle…
"I'm on your side When times get rough
And friends just can't be found"

tell you that you are not alone.

"When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you."

God promised to never leave you or forsake you.

"I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind….."

God is the Bridge in your life, not just when you must cross troubled waters, but even when the waters are calm. This song can be interpreted many ways, but it is a classic because it touches the spirit in each of us. What ever our differences… we have one thing in common… Knowing that there is a Higher Power, always there to ease the pain, walking with us daily on this journey we call life.

"Stay in God's Light"

Reaching out to God

Whenever I pray, my head is bowed and hands in the traditional praying position. But once I have said my "AMEN," I open my hands and look up to the heavens.  I don't know when I started to do this, or what guided me to do this. But now I know, the God spirit in me was teaching me how to receive God's blessings.  Spirit led me to open my hands, and look to the heavens for that is where my blessings will come, but you can only receive when you are open to what God is sending your way.

When you form a connection/bond with the Father, you are led to do certain things. You don't know why, but it is always something where the outcome is always for your good. When you open your heart to receive the calling of the Father, He will reside in your heart/spirit.  Leading you beside still waters, away from temptations, and goodness and mercy will be your reward.

Build a strong bond with the Father. Remembering to always have Jesus as your ally … no one gets to the Father except through His Son…..Jesus of Nazareth.  Ask in the name of Jesus, thank Him in the name of Jesus, and you will see obstacles removed from your path, storms cleared,
as you are abundantly blessed.

Yesterday is gone

"Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This day is all that is good and fair.  It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays."

Ralph Waldo Emerson had a way of putting words to paper with such profoundness that they would become timeless wisdoms.  This quote gives you a perspective on life, without criticism for mistakes made in living life, and it gives you the promise of tomorrow..  a new day with new possibilities.

Getting carried away with yesterday's errors in judgment, bad decisions teaches you a lesson, learn from it then forget the mistakes as soon as possible. Move into each day, refreshed and renewed knowing that you have learned what the lesson was, then take steps to move forward.

Each new day gives you an opportunity to be better and do better. It is a second chance to try to get it right. The old nonsense has no place in a new day. Changing times are leading us into an unknown. We must be prepared. Read, learn, benefit from the past, then we won't be doomed to repeat it.