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Song For You Today September 30, 2016

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By Sam Ferrara

Happy Friday everyone. Sorry my Friday posts have been missing. This has been a crazy busy start to the school year. But I did want to share a song with you today. I heard it and loved it because sometime we make going to Jesus way harder then it should, or needs, to be.

Take a minute and worship Him.

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How Much Do You Need Him? November 6, 2015

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I need him

By Jordan McQueen

I have been at my new job for two weeks now. Hence, why my Friday posts have been missing. It’s been a bit overwhelming.

I left a job that was very easy for me and have stepped into a job that challenges me daily, that has me questioning my abilities.

This is how I know I need Jesus.

Even though I am so tired every morning, the desperate need for Him pushes me to get out of bed and seek Him. I simply can’t do this job without Him. And that is how I know I am where I need to be. 

If we can live our lives, even do our jobs, without relying on Jesus we probably aren’t doing what we need to do. He wants us to rely on Him.

The enemy tries to whisper doubts into my mind about my abilities and daily my Father tells me to trust Him, seek Him, spend time with Him.

I need Him. 

Things are really going well, it’s just the lies in my head that try to tell me otherwise. I must listen to my Father’s voice.

I am reminded of an old song, but a good one. “The Voice of Truth”, give a listen if you haven’t listened to this one in a while. Click here.

How much do you need Jesus right now? Are you living your life in a way that leads you to places you desperately need Him? That’s good. That’s where you need to be.


A Prayer June 26, 2015

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By Leah Tardivel

Happy Friday everyone! Today I thought I would share a prayer with you I wrote in my journal a little over a month ago. Maybe you need this prayer today or maybe you will someday. Have a great weekend.


Jesus, I feel Your tender presence this morning, wooing me to Your side. You know my inner most self. Transform me as only You can. Humble me. Draw me close to You and change me to be more like You. A servant. Loving, kind, always putting others ahead of myself.

Let me embrace each day and the opportunities it brings to know You more, to see You at work in my surroundings. Open my eyes. You know I’m always trying to rush through the day and get to the next thing — whatever that might be. Let me see THIS day. I thank You for the gift of it.

Thank you for the birds that sings as I awake. No more beautiful song could awaken me.


With You May 29, 2015

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By Rob Bye

You keep all your promises. You are the Creator of heaven’s glory, Earth’s grandeur, and ocean’s greatness. The oppressed get justice WITH YOU. The hungry are satisfied WITH YOU. Prisoners find their freedom WITH YOU. You open the eyes of the blind, and you fully restore those bent over with shame. Psalm 146: 6-8 TPT

With Jesus we get justice. With Jesus we are satisfied. With Jesus we find freedom. With Jesus we are restored.
With Jesus all things are possible. Holding on to that today.
Have a great weekend!

Sensing God’s Presence May 22, 2015

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mother-loveOne day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”  Luke 18:15-17 NLT

I saw a video yesterday about how children can sense their mom by touch and smell without seeing her. I was brought to tears.

As I watched I was reminded there have been many times in my life where it seemed I didn’t see God or Him moving. Yet, if I reached out my hand I could feel Him near, I could taste and smell His goodness.

I love when the children found their mom they wrapped their little arms around her. Oh, let us come to Jesus like children. Reaching, stretching and wrapping our arms around Him.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and I hope you will be blessed by this video.

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Does the Bible Really Say That? April 10, 2015

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By Milada Vigerova

A couple of times in the last few weeks I have either heard, or read, someone say that the Bible says “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

By the third time I heard that I needed to look it up because something didn’t sit right with me, since I knew there where many times in my life I had more than I could handle without Jesus.

I believe this is the verse this thought is coming from: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

Even in other translations it is talking about temptation not situations. When people “quote” that verse and use the word handle I think of situations such as illness, relationship issues, rebellious children, losing a job, etc. These are things that are done to us and that we don’t have a choice, they just happen.

I couldn’t handle being sexually abused. A child’s mind can not handle, or process, that invasion of body. For years I was under the delusion that  I handled it and my way of handling it without Jesus was to nearly ruin my marriage.

I don’t believe God does give us more than we can handle but I believe He allows things to happen in our lives that are more than we can handle without Him. It’s when we reach that moment of crisis that we have a choice to turn to Him or turn away and it truly will be more than we can handle. If we turn to Him than He will take the burden for us.

Back to this verse though…it is talking about temptation. We do have a choice when it comes to being tempted we can either give in or take the way out that God provides. We never have to give into temptation, we have a choice.

However, if cutbacks are happening at your job and you’re fired you don’t have a choice, you lose your job. But the choice comes in how we handle that situation. Do we become angry at God and turn away, therefore becoming completely overwhelmed? Or do we rest in God’s goodness and know that He has a plan?

Or how about the family that keeps getting the cancer diagnosis? They overcome and then there is more, they overcome again, then there is more. Can they really handle that on their own? No. It is more than they can handle. They need Jesus!!

I believe God does allow us to have more than we can handle so we will turn to Him. So we will see our depravity and our weakness. Our complete and utter need for Him.

That is called crisis and so many people have come to know Him because they have had more than they can handle. I knew Jesus for nine years but it wasn’t until I had more than I could handle that went deeper with Him. I couldn’t do it on my own.

My point is this: the Bible never says God won’t give us more than we can handle. Things will happen to us that seem way beyond us and we can let God handle it or try to handle it ourselves.

We can’t handle most of what life throws at us and when we try to do it in our own strength we will end up tired and depressed. However, God will never leave us or forsake us so we don’t have to handle it on our own. We have a Savior who has already overcome whatever this world tries to throw at us. We just need to keep pressing in and resting in Him. Let Him handle every situation because God won’t give Himself more than He can handle 🙂



Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Christ July 29, 2014

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“If you want a sense of what ‘true Christianity is, then I heartily recommend the reading of this volume.” – Dr. E.A. Johnston

The Scriptures declare that the Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. This preaching and spreading of the Gospel will be done not by the ingenuity of men, but by the working of the Spirit of God. Do you want to be involved with God’s work at the end of the age? God uses the simple to confound the wise. His ways are not our ways. We need revival in our countries like what we see in the underground house Churches in China. May God teach, gather, and raise a remnant for His glory.

Learn the following from this volume:

  • Prepare for coming persecution in non-persecuted countries.
  • Learn Principles of how to gather as the Church from the Book of Acts and current underground Churches.
  • Access resources that will help your gathering or house Church meeting.
  • Experience personal revival and the Spirit’s empowerment.

From the Foreword:
The time is now. Count the cost. You will be persecuted, tested, and tried. You will be misunderstood, hated by the world, and sometimes hated even by the members of your own household. There will be tears, heartache, tribulation, suffering and pain. But, you will be living for the One who is worthy of all, and whose eternal kingdom cannot be shaken nor ever fade away. You will have the privilege of serving the King of kings and the Lord of all lords. Moreover, you will one day have the awesome indescribable experience of seeing His glorious face and hearing Him call you by name as His own. – brother Brian

My thoughts:

I was a bit hesitant about this book at first because I wasn’t really sure what it was all about. I was worried it might be about encouraging believers to leave their churches and start home churches. Although it does talk about home churches and underground churches it really is about so much more.

Truly, the principles in this book are things every believer should consider and live out. There is a lot of truth in this book (and the book is free on Amazon) and even if you go to a huge church you can gain so much from these insights. Many of us are in small groups or life groups and these principles could also be applied to those small settings.

I highlighted a lot of info. in this book but I will share a few quotes with you to give you a taste of what you will find.

“A brother (William MacDonald) stated this truth, in another way: “Christ should be the gathering center of His people. We should be drawn by His presence, not by a man. When believers see this and act upon it, the local Assembly need not be shaken by the departure of any man. An Assembly where Christians gather to Christ has strength, stability and solidarity.”” What a solid truth. How many of us have experienced people leaving the church when a pastor leaves or a youth pastor leaves? We should not be attending a church because of a man but souly because of Jesus.

There was a powerful principle on prayer. One of the things I read was: “Prayer is our reliance on God and the lack of prayer shows independence from God.”

I highlighted so much that I can’t possibly put it in this review but the book is free so I encourage you to grab a copy and read. I am sure you will be moved and encouraged and hopefully challenged as well. If we get these principles we should see a change in our church bodies, a change to more focus on Jesus and not on preferences.

Grab your free copy at Amazon.

I was asked to review this book in exchange for an honest review.


When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner June 24, 2014

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The Voice of God Is Just a Journal Entry Away! Experienced therapist, teacher, mentor and one who flows in prophetic insight and wisdom, Dr. Michelle Miner will demonstrate and instruct you both in the value of journaling and how to journal in this interactive book. When I Journal He Speaks shares with you Michelle’s journey of learning how to use journaling to hear the voice of the Lord, so you can embark on that same uplifting, amazing road to a closer relationship with God. Maybe you’ve thought about journaling before, but you don’t think you are a writer, or you worry that you don’t know how to do it correctly. The good news is there is no right or wrong way to journal-and you can start in any way that feels comfortable to you. You will learn to discern the true voice of God and to have confidence in the knowledge that He is speaking to you. Your journal can become a resource upon which you can reflect to remind you of the words that God has given to comfort and inspire you. If you’ve ever heard someone say “God spoke to me” and wondered how that was possible…this book is for you. As you become closer to the Lord, you will begin to hear His voice in your everyday life. God speaks-are you ready to receive the gift of His voice?

My thoughts:

When I first got this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have always journaled a bit but never consistently as an adult. But as soon as I read the first journaling experience and quieted my heart I immediately sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and words poured forth.

How do I know they are from the Holy Spirit and not my own mind? I ask myself if they line up with what Scripture says. As long as nothing is out of line I feel what I am hearing must be from God.

I really needed this book as I have been struggling with intimacy with my Savior recently and wondered if He still spoke to me. The answer is, yes, He does.

This is a 40-day journey where you will listen for God’s voice regarding intimacy, defeating the enemy, words of encouragement, living in God’s presence, what keeps you from living in His presence, remaining in His presence and safety in God’s presence.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. We all need more of Jesus and this one way you can connect with Him. It was so encouraging to encounter His presence each day and have this book to guide me to ask Him questions and listen for His answer. I know this might be a bit different than what some of you are used to but I challenge you to take the plunge and dive deep into the waters of intimacy.

You can request this copy from local bookstore or grab your copy at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

A copy of this book was given to my by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Make Space May 23, 2014

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singing-children-1306544613r1nAs you may or may not know I am a music teacher. I have a lot of kids who want to sing a song or play piano in class. I try to let them at the end of class if we have a couple of extra minutes.

This week I had a little second grader ask if she could sing a song and I told her if we had time. We did.

Most kids sing secular music that always makes me a bit nervous. But this girl started singing about Jesus and how we need a Savior. I had this moment of awe that Jesus was taking up residence in my classroom. He is always there, of course, but in that moment I could feel His presence keenly.

After she left I felt God whisper to my heart about something I often ask Him. I wonder how I am showing Jesus to my students, I feel I fail in this area since I am a public school teacher and can’t just tell the kids how much Jesus loves them, I need to show them and I don’t feel I do this well all the time.

He told me sometimes I just need to make space for Jesus. If I provide the space His presence will come. Even cooler was the fact that He will use the children to bring in His presence into my classroom. My job is to keep providing the space for that to happen.

Wow. I was blown away by this.

I always knew God had a special place in His heart for children but I never thought about the part I might play in Him using them for His glory.

Sometimes I think we get so wrapped in the “trying”…try to encounter His presence, try to pray more, try to read the Bible more. And maybe all we really need to do is to make space for Jesus.

Something to think about that’s for sure.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 NLT

Have you had this happen to you? You make space and Jesus comes in? Care to share, we would love to hear about it.


Give It All May 2, 2014

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white flowerI wasn’t sure what to post today, or if I would. But I just came out of a journaling time with the LORD, and I feel He wants me to share this with you today. I will just write down exactly what He spoke to me. May you be blessed.

You often sing songs about wanting more of me. Where do you think that desire comes from?

I too, want more of you. I want all of you. Even the parts you think are too ugly to give, even the parts you have given over and over and you think I do nothing with, even the parts you think I can’t change, even the parts you think don’t really matter. Give it all.

I want it all.

I am not selfish, just in love with you.

We cannot obtain true intimacy until you give it all to me. Just as you cannot have true intimacy with your spouse if you don’t give yourself completely…body and mind, the same is true with me.

You try to cover parts from me and you don’t let me touch them.

Give it all.

 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10:21-22 NASB