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Best day of my Life ( A poem )

Posted by Maki Jun 7, 2020


Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized
that this is the best day of my life, ever!

There were times when I wondered
if I would make it to today;
but I did!
And because I did
I'm going to celebrate!

Today, I'm going to celebrate what
an unbelievable life I have had so far:
the accomplishments,
the many blessings,
and yes, even the hardships
because they have served to make
me stronger.

I will go through this day
with my head held high,
and a happy heart.

I will marvel at God's
seemingly simple gifts:
the morning dew,
the sun, the clouds,
the trees, the flowers,
the birds.
Today, none of these
miraculous creations
will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement
for life with other people.
I'll make someone smile.
I'll go out of my way to perform
an unexpected act of kindness
for someone I don't even know.

Today, I'll give a sincere
compliment who seems down.
I'll tell a child how special he is,
and I'll tell someone I love
just how deeply I care for them
and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying
about what I don't have
and start being grateful for all
the wonderful things God
has already given me.

I'll remember that to worry is
just a waste of time
because my faith in God
and his Divine Plan ensures
everything will be just fine.

Today, before I go to bed,
I'll go outside and raise my eyes
to the heavens.
I will stand in awe at the
beauty of the stars and the moon,
and I will praise God
for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my
head down on my pillow, I will
thank the Almighty for the best
day of my life.
And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child,
excited with expectation because
I know tomorrow is going to be...
The Best Day Of My Life


Source Texasbobsworld 

Author Unknown 


Tandem Bike Ride

Posted by Maki Feb 26, 2020

Here is the poem that has helped me often in my quit but not just in my quit but in every day life as well . 

It has many titles but I have it under Tandem bike Ride . It has also been known as Road of Life .

Original author is unknown . 


Tandem Bike Ride 

When I first met Christ
It seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
But it was a tandem bike,
And I noticed that Christ
Was in the back helping me pedal.

I don't know just when it was that
He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way,
It was rather boring, but predictable...
It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
Up mountains, and through rocky places,
At breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, "Pedal"

I worried and was anxious and asked,
"Where are you taking me?"
He laughed and didn't answer,
And I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life
And entered into the adventure.
And when I'd say, "I'm scared,"
He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
He said, "Give the gifts away;
They're extra baggage, too much weight."

So I did, I gave them to the people we met,
And I found that in giving I received,
And still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, In control of my life.
I thought He'd wreck it;
But He knows bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
Knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal in the strangest places,
And I'm beginning to enjoy the view
And the cool breeze on my face
With my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,
He just smiles and says...

Author Unknown to me , but known to God.


Please  let me know if this should be moved to prayer circle , not quite sure ... 




.As humans, however big or small we often give ourselves credit for our accomplishments    Of course, all honor and glory are to God for the challenges in life we have been able to meet. Quitting smoking is a vice/addiction that needs to remove from our lifestyle if we walk in the truth.  Smoking is that cloud that taunts our mind and inner being.  Our bodies are the temple of God and our conscience lets us know that we fall short when we continue to smoke.

  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  I Corinthians 6:19 

Quitting smoking is a challenge that we can meet.  As Christians, we realize that we do not, can not make it on our own. Early in my quit I often recited this scripture which has been with me for avery long time. It can give you strength, comfort and build your courage

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

It is easy to learn.  Recite it when you are going through a rough time. Read scripture it will help you through this journey. It will make a difference.  While you are on this quit smoking journey, 

Know, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8 37:39 




Through Christ all things are possible.  Never give up.   Pray that you will make it. Believe that you can and you will.  Trust in God, know that you are a conqueror of this addiction












Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert. 

Isaiah 43:18-19 


Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 3:13-14





Good morning! I'm not one to normally post on social media but I think I need to in this case because I just dont want to mess this up so here goes it. I'm at the start of day 6 of not smoking however I am using the nicorette gum to help with the withdrawals. My biggest problem is trying to find distractions. I am normally a very active person but I've been having lower back issues since mid August. I had to have 2 cortisol injections last week and they told me I could resume normal activity after a day and over the weekend I screwed my back up by doing some raking in my yard and now I'm back on bed rest. I have no idea when my back will be better, right now it seems endless. I've been reading, watching tv, playing on my phone, etc but the days just got suddenly very long without being able to move around. I know now after reading so many articles of people who have quit that going back to smoking will not suddenly "fix" my back and I dont want to go back to smoking but how the heck can I make the days shorter if being mobile is not an option? 


New Day: Be Encouraged

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Aug 20, 2018

I am never sure when or what I will write about in a blog.  My goal is to allow the Spirit to lead me in the direction He has purposed.  I will try to be as brief as possible.  Lately, there have been numerous blogs of those who are reaching out because of the trials they are going through.  Not just the trials of quitting smoking but some very serious life situations.  Just to name a few, sickness, ailments, injuries, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, anger, fear, broken marriages or relationships, drug addiction, wayward children, loss of employment, loss of a loved one, divorce, or financial burdens.  The list could go on and it saddens me but I want you to be encouraged and know that trouble does not last always.   Be encouraged, in spite of what you are going through and believe that it is just a matter of time if you hold on, keep the faith and trust in the Lord with all your heart, through prayer and supplications you will make it through the storm.  In just a matter of time, you will see change but while you are going through stay rooted in the truth.  When things don't seem to be going your way do not give up.  Keep the faith for the breakthrough.  Believe that the closed doors will be opened.  There is restoration through Jesus Christ.  No more tears, stress, heartache, burdens or pain to bear alone.  He can bear it all for you if you put your trust in Him.   Your prayers have victory and are already answered but you have to wait on the Lord. 


Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


As you wait, faint not, fear not, worry not, be anxious for nothing. 


Philippians 4Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


You may be down but you are not out. Things can change with one word from God which is more powerful than a lifetime of lies from the enemy.  The storms of life do not last forever.  Your marriage, your dreams, whatever you are going through do not give up.  Throw out the insecurity, lack of confidence, low self-esteem and walk in faith. Know that you are not alone because the battle is not yours.  It is the Lords so give it to Him. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 


While you are waiting for the victory keep worshipping and praising God through it all. 

James 1:2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing


I know this may seem hard but there is so much victory in this passage. Someone may not support you but do not let that be a stumbling block because it is just a matter of time and God will receive the glory for your victory.

Remember life was not meant to be perfect so in the meantime but count it all joy, the good and the bad. 


Ephesians 6: 10-18  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.




New Day: "The Light"

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Jul 5, 2018

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:18

Good morning.

Today my mind goes back to when I was a child.  As children, we were required to memorize Bible verses.  One that I learned early in life was Matthew 5:16.

 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  KJV

 Along with that during summer Vocational Bible School we would clap our hands and sing.

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine.

Let it shine,  let it shine,  let it shine.

I am sure many of you know that song.  This morning when I awakened the Matthew 5:16. came to my mind.  It stayed with my thoughts as the morning progressed.  As I started to read from my daily devotional what I read coincided with my first thought of the morning.  I believe that is the direction I am to follow in this blog, The Light.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says,  To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven:   In quoting that scripture, I say there is a reason for everything.  There is a reason that you and I are here.  There is a reason that you are reading this blog.  We have come to Ex to get support for quitting smoking but if you look around there are other avenues to venture.  There is Gardening Lovers, Exercising and Health  Cooking Quitters Prayer Circle, Best of EX   Laughter is the Best Medicine.  The list goes on and on. Right now I am in Christian Quitters  In my mind, I call it "My Little Corner".  This group has been really good for me.  It has enhanced my Bible studies to share "The Light" from this tiny itsy bitsy little corner and that is perfectly fine with me.  For it is all for His glory and I say that with a smile on my face and in my heart. To God Be the Glory!

Romans 11:36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. KJV 

Today the daily journal emphasizes that we bring glory through worship, being Christ-like, serving and loving others, and by telling others about Him.  The path is not easy but the reward is eternal life.  

Matthew 7:14 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 

Matthew  5:15

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. NLT

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

John 8:12

Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."


Question for today.

Is your light shining or is it hidden? 



Making Decisions 

Have you ever chosen a certain path, only to find yourself regretting that decision later?  I have. Life consists of a series of choices, some as small as what to eat for dinner, and others with eternal impact. Including the decisions on what to share.  Facing these crossroads can seem overwhelming, but Scripture offers guidelines to give us confidence and direction.  Therefore, when decisions are imminent, we should keep the following in mind: 

First, God promises wisdom to His children who ask with faith. James 1:5-6 Remember, His Spirit resides within believers and is available for guidance. When we try to weigh the pros and cons ourselves, we miss out on the magnificent help from the all-knowing One.

Second, we should study the Bible, asking God to open our eyes to His truth and His way. The Lord promises that His Word never returns void  Isa.55:11 If we meditate on His Word He will bring the truth to our minds at the appropriate time. Amen

 Third, we are wise to be aware of our mental state as we approach decisions. The acronym “H.A.L.T.” stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired—four states in which we will likely make poor choices. When considering options, it is well worth waiting for a better time.

Our choices determine our direction, so consider carefully how you make decisions. Scripture is clear that we see dimly (1 Cor. 13:12); God alone views the whole picture. It is vital, therefore, to rely upon His wisdom, truth, and direction every time we select an option before us and make decisions God's way.

Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Reference, In Touch Ministries. Gateway, NKJV 

Good evening,

What a lovely day.  Temps up to 97%.  It is still "all good".  Along with being sleepy last night, this chapter had me a stumped a bit. I read it several times today.  I am reminded that this is a book, a journal, a guide and I should use it as such and that there is only one Book, the Bible and none above. Hopefully, you will remember me saying that as we go forward. As Christians, we are to rightly divide the word.  2nd Timothy 2:15. It says, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth."  I have checked scripture before relaying any of it here.  In light of that, I will highlight the scripture references for this chapter because further study is required of me. The essence of the chapter is that life on earth is a test and a trust. 


The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren

Day 5

What is your life?  James 4:14

And the journey continues....

Life on earth is a test.

God will test our faith, character, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty.  You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered` prayers, undeserved criticism and senseless tragedies.  Tests are important to deepen our character, to demonstrate love, and to depend on God.  Your rewards are in eternity. 

Life on earth is a trust.

Our time on earth, our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management.  We are stewards of whatever God gives us.  God is the owner of everything and everyone on earth.  He just loans the earth to use while we are here.  Everything we enjoy should be treated as a trust.  At the end of our life on earth, we will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well we handle what God entrusted to us.

Verse to remember

Unless you are faithful in small matters you won't be faithful in large ones. Luke 16:10 NLT

Points to Ponder:  Life is a test and a trust.

Questions to consider:  What has happened to you recently that you now realize it was a test from God?  What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?


Scripture References.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.


1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.


I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.


Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’


 Luke 16:11  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Luke 12:48 

48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him, they will ask the more.

New King James Version (NKJV)

I hope your day was as much of a blessing as it was mine. 

To God be the Glory. 

The journey continues...

Day 6 

   Life Is a Temporary Assignment


Psalm 39:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Lord, make me know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am.


To make the best use of our lives, we must never forget that life is extremely short and we are only temporary residents here.  We are just passing through, just visiting earth.  God says we are to think differently about life from the way unbelievers do.  Believers understand that there is more to life than just a few years on this planet.  Our identity is in eternity and our homeland is heaven. When we grasp this truth we will stop worrying about "having it all."  

IICorinthians 4:18  Memory Verse While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Thought for today: When life gets tough and you are overwhelmed with doubt and fear remember that you are not home yet.



The Journey Continues  Day 4

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren


God has planted eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11


You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality.  This is because God designed you in his image to live for eternity.  Even though we know that everyone dies, death seems unnatural and unfair.  Your earthly body is just a temporary residence for your spirit.  II Corinthians 5:1 refers to the earthly body as a "tent" and your heavenly body as a house. 

II Corinthians 5:1  For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


Eternity offers two choices...heaven or hell.  Your relationship with God on earth determines your relationship to Him in eternity.  If you learn to love and trust God's Son, Jesus you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. 

On the other hand, if you reject his love, forgiveness, and salvation you will spend eternity apart from God forever.


When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now you realize life is just preparation for eternity and you will begin to live differently.  You will start living in light of eternity which will affect how you handle every relationship, task, and circumstance.  Problems that seemed so important will appear trivial, petty and unworthy of your attention.  The closer to God the smaller everything else appears.  Living in the light of eternity changes our values.  Your time and money will be used more wisely.  Priorities will be reordered.  Relationships and character are more important than wealth, fame and achievements or fun.   Trends, fashion, and popular values won't matter as much. 


Death is not termination but a transition into eternity.  To make the most of our lives we much keep the vision of eternity in our minds and the value of it in our hearts.  God has a purpose for your life on earth but it doesn't end here.  If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ there is no need to fear death.  Death is the door to eternity.   Our time on earth is a blink of an eye compared to eternity.  The deeds of this life are the consequences of the next. 

Verse to Remember

1 John 2:17

The world and its desires pass away but whosoever does the will of God lives forever. 

Ecclesiastes 3: 11 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end

Philippians 3: 7

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:9 

However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”the things God has prepared for those who love him


Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.


For one will plant a seed, another will water, but God will give the increase.  Amen




New Day"For the Good"

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Jun 25, 2018

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. —Romans 8:28

All things are not good.  The death of a child, cancer, drug addiction, war is not good, blasphemy is not good but God can take things that are bad and put them in The infinite place of His wisdom and love. He works all things together for good, and He gives us the glorious, wonderful promise that He will do so.  We know that we have victory over sin and over Satan, but this verse in Romans teaches us that we also have victory over our circumstances. It says that all things work together for good.

Here are five things about this promise in Romans 8:28 so that we can see how God works together to help us rise above our circumstances.

The first thing is the certainty of the promise.  “We know.” We can be certain. We live by His promises, not conjecture, not perhaps, not maybe; this is an ironclad certainty, not a hope, not a vague opinion.

The second thing is the completeness of the promise: God is a teacher who, by our standards, seems strange. He gives the test first, and then He gives the lesson. We learn through affliction. Think about Joseph in the Bible. Think of all the terrible things that happened to Joseph. He was maligned by his brothers. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave; he was lied about and accused of rape. Then he languished in prison. But Joseph, as he looked back, said something that is much like Romans 8:28. Talking to his brothers, Joseph said, “As for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.”Genesis 50:20

The third thing is the cause of the promise: Don’t get the idea that things inherently, in and of themselves, automatically work for good. In his Letter to the Ephesians Paul clarifies this point: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will.” If there were not a God in glory, there would not be the promise of Romans 8:28 in the Bible. God is not dead. He is alive and well. He’s not sick. He’s not worn out. He’s not even old. It is God who made this promise. He is the cause of it.

The fourth thing is the condition of the promise. It’s not automatic. “The condition is that we must be lovers of God. Haters of God cannot claim this promise. The first and great commandment is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Deuteronomy 6:5 

The fifth is the purpose of the promise. It is about those who are called according to His purpose. What is His purpose? In Romans 8:28-29 we read, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.” That’s the key. To make us like Jesus. To be conformed to the image of His Son. There is no higher good than to be like the Lord Jesus Christ.







Reference and Inspiration

The Purpose Driven Life

Finding Myself...written for a friend  


New Day "Stay Connected"

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Jun 23, 2018

Good Morning, What a beautiful day the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it. 


Before I rose this morning I asked God,  What is the message for today?  He quickly answered. "I am the true vine". 

I said to myself okay Lord.   Again, I reminded myself that I am not in control. It is the will of the Spirit that I must follow.   I started reading scripture and commentaries and realized that the message is very in-depth to break down into the usual short blog.  The more I read and listened to the reading, the more heartwarming it became and was directed to give it just like it is.  It is simple enough for those who have ears to hear God's spoken word.  


John 15:1-11 

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.



Today God is creating a newness in me.   It is a Joy that will extend to others.  I am not to mistake it for something that I am doing but what the Holy Spirit wills.   I am not to take credit but to watch in delight as the Spirit flows from me to others.  I am not to try and control it. I pray, to God through Jesus Christ to prune me that I forgive those who trespass against me.

In Jesus Name Amen.

This is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24


There are days when we don't feel glad.  If we talk to God about how we truly feel, you will find He will give you a reason to rejoice.  "Our prayers can end in praise".  Begin this day with an open faith by forgetting the past and reaching to those things which are ahead.  Find Joy in THIS day, and not focus on tomorrow or get caught up in the past. We all have done things of which we are ashamed. Forgive yourself and others to move forward. Let go of the past of guilt and look toward what God will help us become.   New insert 6/23/2018  We have all been hurt. We have been lied on, talked about, abused, scorned, etc. How we respond to those misdeeds is our choice. We can forever burden our hearts by constantly reliving the hurts or we can release the hurts, forgive our offenders, and move on. Carrying the hurts keep us in bondage. Releasing them gives us freedom. Bondage or freedom? The choice is yours!


Hebrew 3:13

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today" so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.


Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians:

Philippians  3:13-14

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended but one thing I do. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching to those things which are ahead. (14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call to God in Jesus Christ


Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.




Today God is creating something new in me.  It is a Joy that will extend to others.  I am not to mistake it for something that I am doing but what the Holy Spirit wills.   I am not to take credit but to watch in delight as the Spirit flows from me to others.  I am not to try and control it.  I pray, Amen.


Proverbs 3: 5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a

In response to whatever is happening in your life on this journey, try saying "I trust you, Jesus."  Then think about His Power and Glory and the Love he has for you.   This simple practice will help you see Him in every situation.  Trusting and acknowledging His sovereignty and control over all matters, fear will lose its grip.  Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Him "no matter what."  You will be grateful knowing that your blessings flow directly from Him.  It will strengthen your relationship and keep you close to Him.   Make "I trust you Jesus"  your NEW mantra.  I would not have made it this far without His help. 

Isaiah 26:4

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself is the Rock eternal. NIV

Psalms 37:5-6

Commit your way to the Lord;  trust in him and he will do thisHe will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. NIV

Psalms 115:11

You who fear Him, Trust in the  Lord, He is their help and shield. 



NIV Life Application Study Bible,  KJV, NKJV, Gateway Bible Study, Daily Devotions, Jesus is Calling, Sarah Young


Today God continues to mold a new creature in me.  It is a joy that will extend to others.  I am not to mistake it for something that I am doing but what the Holy Spirit wills.   I am not to take credit but to watch in delight as the Spirit flows from me to others.  I am not to try and control it.  I pray, Amen