One of the things I love to do on a daily or regular basis is delving into Bible scriptures, do devotions, and get on the phone to have worship with my boyfriend KB. I have been taking time to read devotions at Bible and do lessons throughout the week. My way of spending time with God is my way, my time. My love for God cannot be a mystery. I do not want it to be. I want people to know that I love God, and why He is so important to me. This past week has proven that I need God in some areas of my life I have going on outside of dialysis. I have to learn more about temptations and how to allow God to help me steer away from temptations that can cause me to distract me from what God wants me to do. As far as my faith goes in, my love of God, I would never say that my faith is right while yours is not. I didn’t understand God’s plan for me until 2016 when I learned that my transplanted kidney was slowing down, and dialysis was something I needed to look into once again. I did not expect my kidney to hang on for three more years — until April 2019, before needing to have dialysis treatment for the second time in my lifetime. From 2016 to 2019, I have realized God’s plan for me. I believe God exists, and Jesus died on the cross for all of us. Please understand that my love for God goes deep down. I have my days where I feel I can do things without God’s help, but I always find that it is only a feeling. I cannot do much without God’s guidance. When I go my own way, I end up an emotional mess, feeling drained, and I wonder how I get myself in predicaments where I give myself, what people call a V8, a little smack on my forehead in “why did I do that?”, “Why did I say that?” and what was that all about?” I have plenty of those days out of the year.
As I sit here writing/sharing what I am writing right now, I am doing so because I enjoy writing, and I find that writing helps me express myself better than I can verbally. Would you think that I write my thoughts and prayers in letter format to Jesus silly? No, it’s not at all.
At times I find the Holy Spirit working with/in me. I have heard the sermons, been to church personally, and have read, reach my entire being shivers with chills, and then I feel warm as if a glow is visible, I would see colors blend in a way I would understand. Does that help? My time with God is exceptional.
[ Christ in Our Place ] For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
MEMORIZE THIS VERSECover the verse text and, using just the first letters of each word, try to recite the entire passage.
Average reading time is about 3 and a half minutes
An Amazing Fact: Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. In fact, many bats have exceptionally good eyesight designed for low levels of light.
Bats are nocturnal creatures and can be found all over the world, from Canada to warm tropical climates. To get around in the dark, many bats rely on a sophisticated form of sonar known as echolocation. With this detection method, bats emit short pulses of high-frequency sounds that are usually well above the threshold of human hearing. The sound waves spread out in front of the bat, striking any objects in its flight path and bouncing back in the form of an echo. By using this God-given radar, bats are able to discern the direction, distance, speed, and in some instances, the size and density of the objects around them.
Jesus surprised His disciples when they discovered the Lord’s ability to see things beyond what they could see. Philip invited Nathanael to meet Jesus. Though skeptical, he went and met Christ, who said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (John 1:47). Nathaniel asked, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree, I saw you” (v. 48).
God is not blind. He does not lose track of us. Jesus still sees us in the secret places of our lives. Even in the darkest night, when we cry out to our heavenly Father, the Lord sees us … even in the dark.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.” Psalms 139:11
In the midst of the fray and fury, keep your eyes on Jesus. He is fighting for you. Emmanuel is near. Though accusations fly and the enemy assaults your thoughts, though people try to cut you down and drag your name through the mud, though schemes are launched and temptations roar, though your flesh fails and screams for revenge—your hope is in the One who fights for you. You are safe in God’s love and in the power of His mighty name.
Fear Not to Trust Me in the Storm
Fear not to trust Me in the storm, I’m always very near. I come thy needless fears to calm, Then, weary ones, don’t fear.
Fear not, I am with thee, Fear not, I am with thee, Fear not, I am with thee, Am with thee all the way.
I may not always seem so near As thou wouldst have Me be; But in the calm and in the storm, I all thy dangers see.
Fear not to trust My mighty arm; It bro’t salvation down. I suffered much to give thee life, To give to thee a crown.
J.W. Howe, Stanzas 1–3
Father, in the middle of the storm I am setting my hope on You. You fight for me and You are greater than all my enemies. Nothing I face today is more powerful than You. You are the solid ground beneath my feet. Thank You for surrounding those who surround me. Give me peace in the presence of my enemies, knowing that You see me and defend me in Your love. Amen.