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#BlackOutTuesday

Last night I was laying in bed reading the news…seeing all of the negativity I decided to take a much needed break. So, I got on TikTok (don’t judge – this is a safe place). I was so pleasantly surprised. I was greeted with video after video of police officers holding hands with protesters, protesters thanking and protecting officers on the streets, and protesters walking in the streets singing, “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, My God, that is who you are” I was beyond moved, I had tears steady streaming down my face. I was amazed. It was a bright light among all of the darkness I’ve seen over the past week.

We’re watching our country tear itself apart. It is RAW; It is HEARTBREAKING; It is PAINFUL. I don’t want to say anything controversial, we have enough of that right now. So, here are some things that I think we can all agree on.

God cares about how we treat one another.
•Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”

We were created in HIS image.
•Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them…”

Red, yellow, black, or white – we’re all precious and loved in his eyes.
•1 John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

We are one body united by Him.
•1 Corinthians 12:13 “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body…”

Lord, watch over our country. Fill our hearts with love. Make us better. Restore our humanity. Fill us with grace. Unify us. Forgive us.

Ephesians 2:14-18 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

the one for discipline

Depending on where you grew up, I’m sure you have a home remedy for any physical ailment you had! Nonnie often insisted that gargling some salt water would fix practically any pain – she’d probably even “prescribe it” for a heartbreak. Some people believe that drinking some apple cider vinegar every day will help you live longer (and help you shed a few pounds). Some people (cough cough MOM) believe in just waiting it out a few days, because let’s face it – you’ll survive.

According to my Bevy though, all you will ever need is a cold glass of milk. Headache? Milk. Can’t sleep? Chocolate Milk. Relief is as close as the nearest cup of milk. As you would probably assume, I have had my fair share of milk. In fact – I can’t sleep right now – as I write this, I’m curled up in a fuzzy blanket sipping on a tall glass of cold milk.

We all want a “cure all”. We want a one-size fits all fix to whatever it is that is bothering us. Well, guess what – there is something that can address any problem that comes our way – but you won’t find it in the fridge or in the pantry. It’s God, and his word has something to say about every need, every concern that we have.

Is there a situation requiring some discipline? The bible will tell you how to handle it. Worried about taking your next exam? God’s word has something for you. Do you want to learn how to extend grace to those around you? Go to God’s word, and seek the truth that addresses your need. It’s in there, I promise.

We look to the world for cure all’s and quick fixes. Lord, teach us to instead turn to your word for answers to the questions in our lives. 🌻💗

•| All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 |•

the one for trust

Whenever you want to give up, whenever a door is slammed in your face and you don’t know what to do. Just stop. Remember God is working for you – God will get rid of all the toxicity in your life – God will provide for you.

We just have to trust HIM – we have to trust in his word – and trust that he knows what is best for us.

We need to remember this verse –
“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.”

Trust HIM – let his word lead you during times of discouragement – HE knows his plans for you – HE will give you the life that he wants for you.

Seize every opportunity – God opened that door for a reason. ☀️🌻

The one where we Begin

Thanks for joining me!

I hope you’re ready to take this journey with me.

These devotionals are a glimpse into my brain; that can be a scary place at times.  We all have days where we struggle, days where we succeed.   Here, I will share with you how I get through those days, and how I try my absolute hardest to turn to God no matter the circumstances.

Lord, thank you for blessing us.  Thank you for allowing us to voice our feelings and thoughts in the hopes of helping someone else.  I pray over the person reading this, help them to find what they are looking for.  Let them know they are loved, cherished, and worthy in your eyes.

If you’re ready to start this journey, you can begin reading here!