The apple of His eye

He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye’ Deuteronomy 32:10

Whether it’s a new cheer she’s made up, a drawing she spent hours on, or just a story that lights up her eyes as she tells it, I’ve noticed my daughter longs for my attention in her every move. If I miss any of it, if I ask her to show me later, I see her frustration and her heart sadden. She craves that attention and expects it at that moment.
And don’t we all?
The Lord has definitely used my children to teach me a thing or two on how we as His children behave with Him. I crave God’s attention. I crave for Him to hear my stories, to see my dance as I twirl, my tears as my heart breaks. When I don’t feel His eyes on me, my heart saddens. I expect to hear His voice right then and there with the words that my heart wants to hear, and when I don’t my dreams seem to slip away.
It is in those moments that I begin to feel as though I am not important, or valuable. I begin to feel as though my prayers need to be put low on His priority list as there are others that need to be listened to, and my spirit fails. I begin to ignore the vibrant promises that tell me it is within His timing and not mine. I begin to feed into the lies of the one that tells me because of my wretched heart, I am not worthy to be noticed as His daughter.
But isn’t His truth far from this? We are not only His children. We are the apple of His eye. Cherished, loved passionately by a Father that will do anything to step in to defend us from lies that tell us otherwise.
I become so focused on how others show their attention that I expect to see it in the same form from my Father. How selfish of me to limit His affection towards me! He loves me and appreciates me far more than the people of this world. When I learn to shut off the distractions and focus only on Him, it becomes crystal clear that not only have His eyes always been on me, but that I am the apple of His eye.
From the minute I wake, throughout the night, when I lay my head to rest, I am loved and cherished by the One that gave it all, to have me by His side. I am indeed a precious possession the Lord Almighty. I am His child and in Him I find my worth.


Day 3: Rejoice, Rejoice

Hello friends! it is Friday, enough reason to be happy, right?

well we have come to the end of our study on this week's devotional based on the book of Job.

'though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him.' Job 13:15

We hope that God has used this to show you great things about trials and difficult times.
His Word says He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow so regardless of the type of storm you may be going through, God is there constant and in control.
Is that enough reason to rejoice, or what?

As we continue this path that we are on, with God by our side difficult times won't stop coming our way, but we can carry ourselves with less worry and more joy because we can always hope in Him.

Praised be His name!!


Day 2: Write it out.

We are forgetful beings. aren't we. Especially when things are tough, we like to zone in on the situation at hand.

Welcome back for study day 2 on our current devotional.

'though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him.' Job 13:15

Yesterday, we hashed it out with our emotions and asked God to deliver us and reveal to us the source of all our feelings when we are going through darkness. We forget during those times that His hand has always been present and zone in on how difficult our path is.

Take out your pen and paper people.

Today we are going to go through and exercise and write it out.
List the difficult situations that God has allowed to take place in your life.
Write out what your feelings were at the beginning of it all.
worry, anger, frustration may be some. I know those are mine.
Second, write out how it felt to come to the Lord for assurance.
Did you receive it, how?
When did you see God's answer to your questions, and if the questions have not yet been answered, how has He given you peace.
What emotions did you have when it was resolved, when you were out of the storm?

If God is the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow then your answers will be a lot like mine. God always showing faithfulness to His people.
Writing it out sometimes allows us to see His promises fulfilled when our emotions push them out of our memory.
But God is so good and never fails.


Day 1: Come Before Him

Good morning friends!

This week's devotional spoke to me in volumes. I hope that you might have been blessed by it as well.

'though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him.' Job 13:15

We discovered that even in the midst of our darkness, God is there.
Sometimes, it doesn't feel like it and sometimes we just want to blame Him.
It's a scary thought, to want to blame or be angry at the Creator of the universe, huh?

I'm sure you have been there at some point because when the pain is too hard to bear, it's easier to blame than to endure.

Today, we invite you to look past the anger and the pain.
Today we encourage you to come before the Lord and ask Him to allow you to feel His presence in that dark time that you may be going through, and that He may speak to you letting you know He is there.

Job came before God with many questions and pain, and God as faithful as He always is responded reminding him that He is I AM. (Job 38)

May your quiet time with Him be of immense blessing.


Though He Slay Me

'though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him.' Job 13:15

Complete darkness.

It is what surrounds those moments of complete devastation.
We've given our heart out, dared to dream higher than the stars, to be let down and to simply watch those dreams and hopes through our hands like sand.
And it hurts.

Growing up, I had an image of what my life would look like today. My life today doesn't look close to what my dreams were.
On some nights, the pain can cut real deep and in that darkness, I've dares to point my finger at God for allowing my unfortunate.

Job was in complete darkness and in physical and emotional pain, having lost all he had. Material belongings, his children and his health.
God had allowed the devastating events to invade his peace and his joy.
While his wife encouraged him to curse God, while His friends tried to make sense of it all, Job in his agonizing pain, held on to the hope of God in his immense grace to deliver him.

Many times when our life is extremely hard and troubles which we feel we cannot overcome, we feel it's easier to be angry at God or to question Him.
In the midst of everything, we fail to see that He's never lost control and we can still hope in Him.
Only God knows what He's taken away from your life.
Maybe it's a dream you've held on tightly to. A job you love that's been lost. Infertility may be your burden, or a broken marriage.

God time and time again had given favor to Job and this Job knew. There wasn't anyone else that he could place his trust in aside from God, even if it meant coming face to face with Him.

Whatever God has taken, He will give back with a greater blessing. Because even though He slay us, though He gives and takes away, our hope is secure in Him forever.


Day 2: Changes in the Making

Happy Thursday friends!

We hope that your week has been blessed and know that God is moving to do great things.

This week's devotional showed us the great work that has been given to us by God.

'for we are God's workmanship,created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God created in advance for us to do' Ephesians 2:10

On day 1, we focused on allowing the Lord to reveal to us the things that hold us back from completing those good works. Timidness, judgement can be some.

With what God has revealed to you, we pray that today you set it aside to ask His guidance for changes to make in removing those obstacles that have held you back before.

Have a pen  and paper ready as He guides through it and make the commitment to put those fears aside to begin your walk by His promise in reaching others that He's already set in your future paths.

Embrace the new changes. Although they may be out of your comfort zone, God will be there walking before you and give you the words and the actions to fulfill.


Day 1: What holds you back?

Good morning friends!

We're going to dive right in today.

This week's devotional had us take a look at the works that God has asked for us to since the beginning of time.

'for we are God's workmanship,created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God created in advance for us to do' Ephesians 2:10

Think of a time when the Lord directed someone to you, and in timidness you drew away.

Many things can influence or choice to either act or not to act.
-Pre-judgement of the person.
-Worry of our image.
-Feeling unprepared or inadequate.

Regardless of what holds us back, one thing is certain. An opportunity to shine the light of Jesus on someone is lost.

Today, I pray that we take some time to reflect on what has been holding us back to do the good works that God has prepared for us.
What prevents you from taking that step?

Come to the Lord in prayer and surrender, that He may reveal to us His answers and mysteries.

Have a blessed day friends.


Work left undone.

'for we are God's workmanship,created in Christ Jesus to do good works that God created in advance for us to do' Ephesians 2:10

It's happened more than once, and each time it frustrates me.
On the brink of running late, I will prepare breakfast for my husband and leave it in the microwave for him to simply re-heat it and enjoy it. Later in the morning, I will remember I didn't text him about it, and sure enough, he's left for work without realizing there was a healthy home-made breakfast for him to enjoy. My efforts seem wasted.

I wonder if this is how God feels at times.

I can look around on a normal day and see normal people, doing normal things. Commuting, shopping, holding conversations, etc.
What I'm looking at though, is the outside of things.
I can testify that on some of my saddest days, most people wouldn't know any better that I was in need of a n encouraging word.
Everyone is fighting a battle inside, whether it'd be due to a divorce, depression, work loss or family problems.

Some are able to hide it well, while the pain in others is more evident through drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness are urgent cries for help. Whether they are screaming loud and clear or silent pleas for help, everyone needs their soul quenched with a hopeful message.

Maybe you can thing of a time where you felt compelled to speak to someone about the Lord, or you found yourself in a situation that required God's children at work.
Out of timidness, many choose no to act, and God';s work which he prepared for us to do in advance, goes undone. It goes enjoyed by Him to give Him glory, and it happens every single day.

As his children, our passion for humanity should be as big as His. Our heart should break for those that do not know of His grace or have to live each day not knowing there is hope.
We've been given the greatest privilege to know Him. It is time to share it with those in need of His presence in their lives. It is time for us, His workmanship to live out eh good works, that He's already set out for our life.


Day 2: Changes

Let's begin.

This week's devotional reminds us that we are no longer considered slaves to sin, but now can be called heirs of the Lord.

'Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave but God's child; and since you are His child, God has also made you an heir.' Galatians 4:6-7

We hope that during yesterday's study time, the Lord was able to reveal to you the sin that you are still holding on to, making you still a slave. I pray that as He reveals to you what He wants you to let go of, that you will be able to surrender it to His feet.

During this day's study, we encourage you to ask the Lord in prayer how to go about it.
Change is not always easy, especially if it is something that you've held on to for a long time. Sometimes, we will try to make excuses and try to justify our actions, attempting to make them seem natural or not that bad.
How can you make the radical change to let go of that sin that still has you bound?

I hope that this day is filled with revelation from God to help you in turning that chapter in your life, and begin the story He has for you as His heir.


Day 1 Study: Letting God guide

Good morning friends!

Wherever you may call home, I hope you are enjoying a cooler morning today. The weather is just beautiful!

This morning we are going to begin with day 1 of our study questions based on:
'Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave but God's child; and since you are His child, God has also made you an heir.' Galatians 4:6-7

On this week's devotional, God allows us to see that we've become not only His children, but also heirs to His goodness and what He has to offer. We are no longer slaves of sin.

It may be possible though, that despite of this powerful word God has given us, many of us walk around in shame feeling defined by the sin that lived in us. We refuse to forgive ourselves for it, and replay it in our minds and in our lives from time to time.

What is preventing you from letting go of that sin? What has you bound that prevents you from coming to His feet to surrender it all?

Acknowledging what part of your life you still hold on to and refuse to let go of, is one of the first steps to encountering holy surrender.
Place yourself in prayer today and allow the Lord to guide you in what still has you captive.

May this day be full of blessings.


Heirs to Grace

'Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave but God's child; and since you are His child, God has also made you an heir.' Galatians 4:6-7

Whenever we visit family, unless it's my parents or sister, I always feel the need to use caution while in their home.
I don't feel entitled to just grab the remote and turn on the TV or wander into their fridge to satisfy any craving without asking permission first.
The answer I receive from them is always the same though, "of course, help yourself!"
When we're in a setting that doesn't belong to us, it's difficult to feel at ease and comfortable.
It takes the warmth and kindness of someone else to give you an inviting feeling.
Looking at our spiritual lives, it may be we've felt the same at a certain point.
Let's face it, we're flesh and because of it, we will fall and make mistakes.
When we recognize our mistake, it may sometimes get awkward or uneasy coming into the Lord's presence. After all, our sin must be marked all over our face!

A man I know, who use to have a developing interest in seeking God, said that he no longer tries to get closer in his spiritual walk, because if a sin that he committed in his past. It'd be too much hypocrisy to go back.
Sadly, he remains away from God's presence shackled by the chains of sin.
Little does that man realize, as many of us do, that God has a fridge filled with grace that He's just waiting for us to open and satisfy that craving of peace and forgiveness.
We visit His home with caution, because we feel it is not our place to seek Him or attempt an intimate relationship with Him.
If we would realize that we no longer are slaves to our sin, because Jesus has broken every chain, we would leap into His arms, and be surprised that no shackles are holding us back.
Instead we are heirs of all He has to offer because of grace. That amazing loving grace that although we can never repay, is being offered by the Lord to satisfy our souls each and every day.

We are no longer daughters and sons of sin. Our past sin no longer defines us, no matter what's been done. His promise, which we are heirs to because of Jesus Christ, redeems us and gives us a life of hope and peace.

How great is it to be called His children. The Maker of the universe, our Father.


How come doing right is so hard?

I can do all things through him who gives me power.” Philippians 4:13
Feeling philosophical today, I guess this PHYL course has been affecting my mind more than I’d hope. So I started thinking: how come doing right is so hard? When I say doing right, I do not mean choosing extreme rights from extreme wrongs. For example, extreme rights would include clicking the (x) at the top corner of that pop-up on your laptop, inviting you to see explicit nudity, or getting off your car to exchange information with the person you just rear-ended while driving, instead of driving off. For me, and I believe for most of us, it is quiet easy to choose to do these extreme rights. However, ironically, it is difficult for the majority of us to choose to do those, over-looked small things. Over-looked, small things are harder to accomplish because for one, they are over-looked! They are ignored by the passerby and well if no one notices them, why should you care to attend to them, right? Is this sounding familiar? My house is generally clean throughout the week. Every morning I make sure to pick up objects that do not belong where they are and put them back in their corresponding place. But each morning, I do not mop, or vacuum and clean the restrooms. However, if my husband tells me my MIL (mother-in-law) will be visiting us that night, I make sure I scrub the house sparkly clean as if my women hood depended on it, which it kind of does anyway (haha.) Well, so this is what I mean when I say, we care less for the over-looked small things. It is harder for us to do right with these small, over-looked things. To God, though, they are not small, and they are much noticed! What things? We can make a list of those small things that God probably, and most-surely, hates us to not do right with.

Over-looked, small things:

Tiny, somewhat humorous lies

Husband:  “Amazing wife of mine, (ha! Sure! Maybe in a PG, cheesy, romantic, movie), did you pay that bill I told you to pay last week?”
Amazing wife: (dripping sweat and heart is racing, realizing you FORGOT!) “Yes my dear, I paid it that day…. (You grab your phone, and run to the restroom to pay it via mobile site)


Gossip, not directly intended, but deep-down inside, intended

A girl walks in with an outfit showing body parts not meant to be shown.
You turn to look at your friend with that “eye language,” only understood by women. This look translates into, “Uh-uh, what was she thinking!”
Friend: Why does she think she can wear that!
You: I know right, I know this one girl who….. (Gossip begins!)

Not reading your bible daily

Did I write daily? Oh, I’m sorry, is that too much bible in a week? Wrong!? Yes, I meant daily! Or do I not need God daily? Yes, sister, I am talking to me and you. We need the word of God in our system, in our mind, in our mouth, heart, bones, blood, on a daily basis!! Instead of waking up to the BEST, Distraction Destroyer out there called, SOCIAL NETWORK ex. (twitter, Facebook, instagram, blogger!) we must first socialize with the one who breathed air into our lungs for goodness sake! Would you like it if you were praying, asking God for something dear to your heart and He said, “Oh, hold on, and let me check to see what the Angels are up to here on Heavengram or Heavenbook!” Of course not! If we are after God’s heart, we must get it together!


So yes, it is extremely hard to do the right thing, but not impossible. What makes it not impossible? God. “I can do all things through him who gives me power.” Philippians 4:13 With His power, we are able to conquer those difficult things we just cannot seem to get right! We must pray and pray about them. I want to be a woman of God, not because I do those right things that are easy to do, but those things that cost sacrifice! Not lying, even if it’s a tiny lie. Not gossiping, even if you don’t know the women! Not being lazy or distracted and instead, read my bible daily. I want to walk the walk, not talk the talk. God maybe just hates that. Why say you are this and that when the One who knows what you are really like, when no one is around, sees who you truly are? Can you decide to choose to do the right thing even with those small, over-looked things? I'm not watching, but God, who you asked to hover over you today, is watching. ;)





Day 2: The Effect

Every choice has an effect. Boy, am I trying so hard to drill this into my kids lately!
But it goes without saying that children and adults have to abide by this.

This week's devotional led us to focus on the friendships we develop based on the key verse:

'Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.' Jeremiah 4:15

The study question for today will be two in one.

Part of God revealing to us which friendships are those that pull us apart from Him rather than directing us closer to Him, is understanding the effect that those friendship have had in our lives.

When you look back at the times that you are around such friends, what effect do they have on the way you live out God?
List times when  choices that you have made are not according to God's Word that would be different if you were surrounded by friends after God's own heart.

As shepherds ourselves to those that are not currently believers, the second part of recognizing the effect, is looking at how our actions can lead those friends to His feet.
Do we act according to His ways around those that are not His followers yet? What effect might we be having on them on how they see the Gospel?

We are called to be different, to shine a light on those that are in the darkness. How bright is our light around them?

Take some time to come to the Lord in prayer, so that He may reveal these things to us and that in His loving ways, He may mold our heart according to His.


Day 1: Reflection

Good morning dear friends!

Today we begin with the reflection part of our study on Jeremiah 4:15.

'Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.' Jeremiah 4:15

In yesterday's devotional we discussed friendships after God's own heart.

As humans, and as women even more so, having friends is part of our being. Friends are there for a shoulder to cry on, for an encouraging word, for company.
Many times, if the friendships we count on are not according to God's heart, our faith might not be encouraged thus falling slowly away from His ways.

You may not have friendships that are close to your heart that do not influence your faith, and what a blessing that is!
However, if you do, we'd like to invite you to come before the Father and have Him direct your thoughts on friendships that we've held on to that might not be the best for our relationship with Him.

Reflect on what about your friendships compliment God's heart or personality.
Make a list if you have to.
Are you able to express your faith around those friendships or is your relationship with the Lord put on hold until you are alone again?

The answer will not always be to do away with those friendships, but for now just to reflect on what impact the friends you have chosen, make on your faith and your relationship with the Lord.

We hope that your quiet time with Him today is blessed and beautiful.


Friendships after His own heart.

'Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.' Jeremiah 4:15

I'm terrible with directions. Terrible.

Anytime that I have to drive to a new location, I will not make the drive without a mapquest printout.
One unfortunate day, however, I forgot my print out at home, but quickly remembered I could download GPS on my phone to get me to my destination.
Dowloading the application, however, required internet connection, and due to the rain, which I blame, my phone was not able to acquire the right amount of signal.
Three failed attempts later, I was forced to stop at a gas station and ask for directions, which I'm horrible at following.

Israel after following the Lord and depending on Him to give them direction, decided to attempt finding direction on their own with the influence of surrounding nations. Away from Him. Sadly it led them further from God until they found themselves tarnished in their sin and had forgotten their first love.

In our life, we will have opportunities to allow people into our lives. Some will come and go, but some will remain as close friends.
Our close friends are who we count on for laughter, for encouragement, for support and company, and at some times direction, all things that we as humans need emotionally.
However, we must be careful to seek hearts that are after His own.
Hearts after His own will have that necessary connection to the Father to re-direct you with knowledge and understanding, if your heart should ever be wayward.
As believers in His name, we have been chosen to be a holy priesthood, leadership and as such our hearts should seek close friendships that can influence that leadership in our life.
Last week we looked at how separation from God should create and anxiety within us. If we surround ourselves with company that does not seek God's loving ways, that anxiety of being far from Him may not develop, hindering our return.
Seek hearts that love the Lord to lean on. Surround yourself with those that with wisdom and knowledge will encourage your walk with Him. Those friends that have a passion for living for the Lord will fan that flame within you into a roaring fire to conquer the nations for His name, instead of feeling lost.

Should we then shun out the non-believers as friends and not say a word to them?
No, because that's where the other side of the coin comes in. As believers in a godless world, our duty is to be shepherds to those that are lost. We've been called to lead them back to their Creator.
When we interact with them, our actions should reflect His holiness and love. With wisdom and knowledge that only comes from the Lord, we should be planting a seed in them to desire a relationship with God.

We all need direction. Believers and non believers the same as we are all sheep, His word says that at times go astray.
Knowing that the close, brethren like friendships that we have established are after His own heart, gives us comfort that as instruments of the Lord, they will be there to encourage and lift up our faith, which is the one thing we should treasure above all. In turn we will too, be there to shepherd those that have gone astray.


Study Question #3

Today is the last day of our study series on Seperation Anxiety, the good kind. I know one day when Suri grows up and she is more confident to venture out in life without me, her seperation anxiety will be gone. But that is one thing we should nevere let happen to us as children of God. We need to forever feel God's presence next to us. We need to forever hear his voice close by. We need to forever smell his sweet fragrance nearby. And when we do not, we need to feel a pain in our hurts, that indicate we have stepped away from His holiness. Let us continue to ask God to create an anxiety within us when we have wondered away.



Study Question #2

This week we are talking about separation anxiety within your relationship with Christ, and how that anxiety helps to lead us back to our Father, when we have walked away.

Yesterday I asked you to reflect on the times you have stepped away from God's presence. Did God reveal to you, what has caused you to stray? Was it your busy schedule? How about a friendship or relationship with a significant other? Maybe it was a decision you made; even if it was such a small detail that went against God's precepts, it still could have led you away because God is Holy 100%, not only 99.9%.

Today reflect on how you were led back into His presence. What were you feeling that tapped into your heart to return to His? I remember feeling sad one day when I had gone a few days with out reading God's word. I had walked away from His presence, but that gloomy, empty, hungry to hear His voice, made me realize, I needed to walk back. Let us try to ask God as much as we can today, to make us anxious for His presence, hunger and desperately need Him, so that when we have walked away our separation anxiety will indicate our wondering.


Day 1: Study Question

Have you ever found yourself at a point in your life where you realize you have walked away from God. On this weeks devotional we looked at how that may happen, but what can lead us back home. Let's face it, walking away does not need to mean you lifted up your fist towards God and shouted, "no more God, I choose the world!" Walking away from God is: to not be in His presence. It may have been a decision, a relationship or a busy schedule. Let Go speak to you in what has been taking His place today. Write it out and pray over it so that God may give you understanding over it.


Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety


“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden (His) face from you..” Isaiah 59:2

Last year in one of my psychology courses, I learned about the different types of separation anxiety phases an infant experiences throughout their infant life. Separation anxiety refers to a developmental stage in which a child experiences anxiety, due to separation from the primary care giver (usually the mother).

There was some remodeling going on in my house one day, and I was overwhelmed by the trash left and cleaning I had to do. My mother in law fortunately called and offered to babysit my 3 month old baby girl for the first time. I went over to her house with blankets, a diaper bag full of essentials, and relief that I would get my house back to shape in no time. However, as I was leaving, Suri began to cry a cry I had not heard before. She did not want her bottle, or her paci, she wanted her momma. I carried her and instantly her cries, subsided! Oh-Oh!

My Suri was suffering from separation anxiety. She had already recognized my scent, and knew momma, was not nearby. I brought her back home, and realized how many countless hours she spends studying my face. When I am feeding her, when I am changing her, or rocking her to sleep, my sweet baby just places her focus on my face.

I thought, Oh-Oh, when I realized she wanted my arms, because separation anxiety is not such a good thing in a society where we push for independence and sociality. But there is a good type of separation anxiety. It is called, Spiritual Separation Anxiety. This type of anxiety makes you aware when you have gone too far from your Guardian, the Lord your God. Without this type of anxiety, you could continue to live in sin without feeling the need to run back into His arms. Do you suffer from spiritual separation anxiety? Symptoms include-weakness to the bones, as if hungry for your maker’s presence, a devastating need to rush near to your Abba and lock your eyes with His to feel confirmation that you are safe and secure.

It is unheard of, to work at gaining symptoms. Yet, you should try for this type of anxiety. The only way you can feel what my sweet Suri felt for me as I walked away that day, is to do what she has done since birth. Study your creators face; spend countless hours in His arms. Let Him provide for you. Let Him rock you to sleep. And when you have gone astray or for just a minute walked away, let your anxiety lead you back into His arms.


Day 3: Praise

It is finally Friday and the final day of our study this week based on Proverbs 20:7.

'The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.' Proverbs 20:7

God's wisdom is so amazing, do you agree? He obviously had everything planned out for us to live out a life full of righteousness so that our generations could be blessed from it.
This week's devotional reminded us how much of an impact we can make on our little ones and the past two days, we've come face to face with evaluating what kind of impression we've been leaving in their lives so far.

We hope that this study has allowed the Holy Spirit to point out the areas that need to be changed and through faith, knowing that giving God full control, those areas will be molded according to His will.

Today we invite you to praise Him for being the best example to follow.
Write out the attributes of God that He should be praised for. (You might need a whole notebook!)

Together, we invite you to pray with us, that we may each day reflect more of Him and less of us.

Have a blessed weekend friends!!


Day 2: The Effect

Good morning friends.
Let's dive right in, shall we?

This study has truly tugged at my heart as I am a mother and it has made me pretty concious of what kind of legacy I am leaving behind.

You can read this week's devotional too based on:

'The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.' Proverbs 20:7

In yesterday's post, we were called to reflect on our actions and attitudes that we portray in our lives and that our children are able to see in us.
We hope that as we sat in the quiet confronted by God's loving presence, that we were able to realize what are those attitudes and behaviors that have been leaving negative imprints in them. In the same manner, we hope that you were also able to recognize the good traits that are also making a memory in their heart.

Today, we invite you reflect on the effect.

When we think of our children or those younger than us that we hold dear, what kind of person do we hope for them to grow up to be?

Kindhearted, gentle, patient and a great role model are some words that come to mind.

How can we as parents or mentors do our part in encouraging those traits from early on? How can we model these behaviors to them?

Write down some ideas and share them with the Lord. Take it in prayer that He be your guide in raising men and women who model Jesus Christ.

We hope that today's quiet time can be of blessing. Keep us in prayer as we will do the same.


Day 1: Reflection

Good morning friends!

It is the middle of the week already and we're hoping Fall makes its appearance soon.

We're so glad that you have taken some time to stop by and study God's word with us and apply it to our lives.

In yesterday's post, we discussed the importance of living blameless lives to pass on to our children as blessings.

'The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.' Proverbs 20:7

Parenting or being a role model to family members is a job with great responsibility.
Just like with everything else in life though, we have made mistakes that we learn from.

We encourage that you take some time today to reflect on the imprints you've been leaving on your childrens' hearts. If you don't have any children, perhaps, your younger siblings or other family members that look up to you.

Use a journal and being honest with ourselves and in prayer, ask God to reveal the habits and attitudes that do not reflect Jesus best and how it could be impacting them. Look at your children's traits and see which can possibly be coming from you - both good and bad.

Life is a learning process, but we have the best teacher of all. If you come to the conclusion that the imprints you've been leaving on your children's hearts are not the best, do not fret and beat yourself up. Use today as a starting over point. Turn over your everyday attitude towards the Lord, and allow Him to mold you and transform the things in you that are not the best. In Him we find Grace to start new.


Blessed Imprints.

'The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.' Proverbs 20:7

First impression is everything, they say, when meeting someone.
You want to be remembered and usually, remembered as a great person.
Whether it is at a job interview, we dress the part and make sure that we are well fluent, to be remembered as the perfect candidate.
On a first date, our goal is to make sure that the person on the other side of the table, also remembers our vibrant personality and the color of our eyes.

Although, that might be difficult or stressful on some level to some as you only get one chance; leaving a lasting every day impression on someone is a different and probably more difficult task.

Probably, because the difficulty of it, depends on the heart of the person making that impression.

I find, that as a parent, every day I am leaving imprints on my kids' minds and hearts.
Rather difficult to remember, when having only three minutes to leave for school, a glass of milk is spilled and a shirt has to be changed. That's where the importance of knowing God as our Father comes in.

When I think of all the spilled glasses of milk, I've had in my lifetime, I've seen He's forgiven me with grace time and time again.

Throughout the day, I realize I have many opportunities to leave those imprints in them.
When a driver cuts me off on the road and how I react, shows them what kind of grace we should show to those that cause us upset.
During a conversation on the phone with a friend, if I choose to gracefully decline gossip over lending my ear to it, will remind them judging others is not what Jesus has taught.
When I encounter a thirsty soul and choose to lend a helping hand, it will teach them love for humanity, instead of showing scorn for it.

Little details, that when we feel they are not watching, is when they most are.

As parents, mentors, or older siblings, we have a calling to shine the light in our children's lives. That is one of our greatest ministries.

Everyone of us wants nothing but the best for our children, and when it comes to education, or material things, we strive to give it. In the same manner, we should also strive to give them the best examples of what it means to have God as our Father.

The imprints we leave in their hearts today, will carry on into their adulthood and be a blessing to them and to others around them, including their own children.
When we allow ourselves to live according to God's heart, and lead blameless lives, their hearts will be touched leaving an everlasting legacy for generations to come.


Day 4: Praise

It is Friday friends!

It's definitely been a blessed week, as we are alive and healthy. This is the final day on our study on Proverbs 15:13.

'A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.' Proverbs 15:13

For the devotional on the verse, click here.

The word of God instructs us to praise Him in trials and peaceful times. Take some quiet time today to thank Him for always being present and near.

We thank you for joining us on this study. May it have been a blessing to your heart as it was to ours.

Blessed weekend!


Day 3: Consider it a Blessing

Hello friends!

It is Thursday and almost the end of the week!

We hope that your week has been blessed. Speaking of blessings, this is Day 3 of our study on Proverbs 15:13.

'A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.' Proverbs 15:13

On Monday's devotional, we discussed how gladness in our heart can be displayed outwardly and seen by others for them to be blessed.
It is undeniable, that along with happy moments, life will definitely throw in some curve balls, that may be harder to handle than we'd like.
Either way, God asks us to remember to praise Him in good and difficult times as He has a plan for us.

We encourage you today, to reflect on this.
Rather than allowing heartache to crush our spirit, how can we treat it as a blessing?

We hope that your quiet time with the Lord may bring peace to your heart today.

Many blessings!


Day 2: Effect on Others

Good morning friends!

We hope you are having a wonderful week! School started for many students, and traffic, school papers, and errands may be making these days a bit more hectic.

In Monday's post we talked about God's reminder that a happy heart produces a cheerful face.
'A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.' Proverbs 15:13

Today, we want to focus on how that expression may affect others.
The weight of your troubles or worries that overwhelm your heart, can be seen by others on how you express it outwardly.

Take some time today, to reflect on how the way you respond to trials/worries affect those around you?
Do you portray peace to your kids/spouse/friends in time of stress?
How can you reflect the joy of Jesus to others in those times?

We hope that your quiet time with the Lord today be of blessing to your life and to others around you.



Day one: Reflection

In yesterday's post, we talked about our facial expression also testifying our blessings that we have in Jesus. Many times things that seem bigger than they truly are, can get in the way of finding true joy.
Take some time today to ask God in prayer, to reveal those things that need to be let go.
What holds you back from truly letting go of worries that darken your smile?
Make a list as God reveals them and continue to pray that you find overwhelming joy in knowing that He is handling every worry.

Hoping this day is filled with joy from knowing Him.

Much Blessings!


Let your face testify as well.

'A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.' Proverbs 15:13

With a very concerned voice she asked, 'are you doing okay?'
Surprised at the question and tone, I looked up and said, 'oh, yes!'
What she said next was even more surprising than the question itself. 'Smile then, it's a beautiful day!'

I realized the expression of my face must've been one of someone dealing with a mountain of troubles.
The truth is, that everyone will experience heartache in this life. How we choose to handle it, is what makes the difference.

When a mountain climber stands at the foot of a mountain, far from backing down and going back home, he fearlessly takes the first step and beings to climb.
He has brought all the necessary equipment to make his climb worry free.
He continues to climb despite the weather, the howling wind, or the rocks that fall from under his step. He is confident in every step because of the preparation he has carefully planned. With every step, he reaches closer to the top.

Troubles that come our way may appear as big a s mountain. We have to remember though, that we are too prepared to take that first step and climb fearlessly.
Aside from having the necessary equipment, we are not climbing alone. We have our fortress and strenght climbing alongside us with every step. And as we climb, may we be reminded of the many blessings we have been showered with.

Each day we wake is a reason to smile. Hearing our kids' ever going laughter is a reason to be joyful. Being able to hold our spouse's hand each night, should make our heart sing. But the greatest blessing which should always elate us to no end, is knowing that we have been given grace beyond measure. Grace which covers us from any storm.

Carry the smile on your face that will bless others and that will testify the Lord has blessed your life.


Where is your heart found?

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Listening to your heart has always been an acceptable form of coming to a solution to a dilemma. Whether it be choosing between going to the dance with a certain boy or another, or facing a more life changing situation.
The heart, as it is regarded as the source of our emotions, it’s the resource we should confide in always…Or should it?

Having joined social media, including Facebook, Instagram and blogging, I have come to the realization that the importance of guarding our heart, especially for women whether young or older, is extremely vital. These social media outlets are flooding with its and bits of people’s lives, which more times than not, are portrayed as worry –free, fun, with a perfect marriage and easy going with material fulfillment. If we are not careful, our flesh will begin to focus on these things and begin looking down at our lives as if they are not complete. With the same token, someone’s constant negativity and pessimistic view on life, may deter away from our blessings, also feeling as our lives are missing pieces.
Recently, my daughter has become fascinated with a television show which showcases the lives of toddler girls participating in pageants. Throughout the thirty minute episode, frilly dresses, rhinestone clad tiaras, and pounds of makeup, is what the message of true beauty is being taught. During the commercials, she runs to my closet and puts on my high heels, walking out in her best pageant walk, while begging that I put make up on her.
It’s incredible what little things can influence a little girls’ heart, and any women’s heart at that.
Our heart is the wellspring of life. The kind of life we want to have, springs out from the wellbeing of our heart. My desire is to have a life full of joy whether it be in trials or in peaceful times. My desire is to be a respectful, loving wife to my husband and a caring, patient mother to my children.
When my emotions are being put through the wringer of stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction, the life that will spring out of me to share with others will not be of blessing. Instead MY marriage will suffer from my discontent, my relationship will our children will suffer moments that could be spent making memories, and my self-esteem will drag through the floor.
Instead, I have to remember to guard my heart in the truth of the Lord. I will guard my heart and set it upon His promises that withstand time.
When I feel inadequate, I will cling on to knowing His grace is sufficient. When I feel alone and against the world, I will listen that He is always by my side. When my worries attack me, I will be assured that He is my provider and my fortress.  I will guard my heart inside the palm of His hand. I will guard it against any influence that tries to pull me away from my identity that I have in Him. 
In that way, when I come upon any situation, listening to my heart, will mean listening to the Author of my life.



'What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?' Psalm 8:4

Stop praying.

Initially those words draw a perpexled look on your face, I'm sure. Praying is the basic stepping stone in building a relationship with the Lord. To stop praying, seems unacceptable and absurd.
However, to pray we must first acknowledge who we are praying to.

Recently, I asked a group of children ranging in age 8-12, who they imagined when they bowed their heads to pray. Some answers were 'angels, a man with a beard, just darkness, and I don't know.'
We'd love to say that only children would give answers like these, but the truth is that many older believers may just agree. When we bow our head to proclaim His name, do we truly have a sense of the God that we are praying to? Do we truly grasp the holiness of our Savior?

Right before our key verse, King David states: 'when I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers...' (v.3).
Have you ever stopped to consider the heavens? Not the stars that you see when you look up at the night sky, or the full moon when it appears as you can touch it, but the heavens that are full of His glory. In an universe where our galaxy is one among 350,000 known galaxies, we realize that our earth is but a speck in His heavens.

Not only is this the God that I bow my head before when I pray, but He also loves me.
This majestic God whose entire glory I cannot even fathom, loves me, being evil and short of His glory.
He loves me despite my impatience towards my children resulting in yelling in decibels that my neighbors can probably hear. He give me grace after I don't forgive those who have hurt me.
He gives me mercy by allowing me to breathe in His glory each morning. Me, who can never compare to who He is.

What am I oh God, that you care for me? Who am I that you love me and show me your grace each day?
What do you see in me Father to bless me beyond what  deserve?

There would be no sufficient time on this Earth to even begin to comprehend His glory and all that it encompasses. When we bow our head to pray, know who you stand before. Acknowledge His glory and bask to the fullest in knowing that the Lord Almighty is not only mindful of you, but loves you beyond comprehension.


Paper Mache Transformation

'Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter. We are all the work of your hand.' Isaiah 64:8

The figurines were beautiful. One that caught my eye, was a blue bird in the prettiest shade of blue. The wings were beautifully carved with intricate details. Surely made of high end clay, or possibly chiseled out of stone.
Those figurines were made of paper mache.
I never would've thought it. A gloppy mixture which possesses no beauty whatsoever, when molded and worked with, gave a beautiful transformation.

Some of our lives have probably resembled a runny gray glop, mud-like clay at one time or another. It's been left with nothing for anyone to desire, with the exception of one.
He's seen our mess and reached down to transform our lives into something new. How full of mercy and how eloquent is the Lord's love that in all His glory reaches for us, who fall so short of it.

Molding our heart to be more like His, filled with humility, forgiveness and kindness - virtues which many of us lack. Constantly carving out those attributes that mirror His beautiful image.

We don't have to know what part about us needs molding to ask Him to do so. In His perfect understanding, He has seen the depth of our heart and knows what needs to be transformed to achieve His will and flawless plan for our lives.
The best part about it is, that His work in us is never ending. His persistence for our perfection doesn't leave alone, but in His hands.


Spirit old of age

'The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.' Proverbs 10:27

One of the things that intrigues me about the Old Testament, is the number of years the giants of faith lived. Abraham and Noah all past 400 years old. It's mind boggling.
In addition, when I think about the way they lived their life, walking close to the Lord, their years were full of the blessings and abundance the Lord can only give of His presence.

It may seem that the promise in our key verse, only applied in years before, but now as our years are shortened because of sin, that we'd be exempt.
Although, we may not live past 400 years of age, we are able to live a life of abundance like those heroes of faith did, if we choose.
Walking with God allows the years He gives us on this earth to be full of life - His life. In our walk with Him, our years will see more hope than dismay. Abiding by His truth, our heart will be able to rejoice in trials as we know it brings our heart closer to His. Grasping His hand in the storm, our life will be a strenght for those around us.
When our time is done here, we will be able to say our life was full of years prolonged in spirit. As He returns, our soul will meet its Creator and continue that walk that began with our first breath.


The Mountain of God

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Feeling defeated after a long struggle is never easy to come to face with. When you've put an immense effort into something and it still falls through your hands like sand, it arises feelings of immense despair.

For a long time, a marriage struggled to no avail. In his eyes he tried and gave his biggest effort to make his wife happy and in her eyes she felt the same. Yet as the days passed, they grew further apart, until they no longer knew the person they had exchanged vows with years earlier.
Each person attempted to save the marriage with a different point of view, a different approach, with different levels of passion. Defeated, angry and tired, the only solution seemed to be to walk away from it all.  

Elijah expresses his emotions at God like that marriage might have. We've expressed our emotions, questions, and anger at God many times, like Elijah as well. When we're faced with such despair knowing that nothing else can be done to bring a solution to our problem, God will call us to climb that mountain.

It might be the last thing we want to do, as our energy is gone. However, it is the best and only thing we have to look forward to.
In the midst of this life's trials, our spirit will falter, our faith will hang sometimes by a cliff, but the Lord sees it all. In the quiet after all those tears have been cried, keep an ear open for when the Lord calls you to stand as He is about to pass by.

'Come my child, tell me what's in your heart.'

God sees your defeat and your frustration at how things work. We strive for things from our point of view, for the goals we set up for ourselves. Yet when we climb up to see God's presence, His gentle whisper will allow us to understand what His plan is for us, what His goals are for our life.
We'll understand, that if those plans slipped away from our hands, if things are not lining up the way we feel they should be, is because our life is meant to follow His direction alone.
In our brokenness, His glory will be lifted up.
Our task is to only climb up the mountain of God to meet Him face to face.


A Battle Won

'Pardon me Lord, but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Mannaseh, and I am the least in my family.' Judges 6:15

Sometimes life can be hard.

That is probably a big understatement depending on where you stand today. It deals us tough choices to make on a daily basis, which may impact our future on those around us.

At the end of the day, drained and tired, it almost seems as we geared for battle that morning and went to fight. Some come home defeated with a tattered armor, others come home victorious.
All our battles are different as our God given purposes are not the same, yet one thing we have in common and that is who is leading our fight.

It seems easier to stand back and cripple our abilities with our insecurities of who we are. It seems easier to give up before the battle even begins. It is easier to look around us and see everyone else equipped better than ourselves.

Yet, the Lord's voice is encouraging if you will lend an ear to it. He has promised to give us victory over our self - doubt, selfishness, timidness, anxiety, grudge-filled hearts, painful pasts.

With the Lord, you can put self-doubt about what you can accomplish for His glory to rest. Failure is not an option when He is fighting by your side.
A heart of selflessness can be defeated when you cling to the most selfless love there is and allow for it to abound your life.
His overwhelming peace will gain victory over your timidness and anxiety in raising a flag for He who died and left everything for your life. His mercies will give you a loud voice to shout to the end of the earths how He loves.
The Lords' healing hand wipes tears, stains, scars, brokenness to lift us up higher than eagles wings and soar to things that we've never even imagined.

When the Lord looks at us and gives us the privilege to give Him glory through our life, don't timidly look to the ground. Know who is fighting by your side, and give a victorious shout. Stand up and face the day head on, He will never leave your side. We may not be big in strenght and probably one of the weakest. The good news is we don't have to rely on ourselves, but on Him.


Practice Makes Brighter

'The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.' Proverbs 4:18

We've heard it before: 'practice makes perfect'

What sometimes seems as something that we'll never be able to learn by heart becomes easier with time as we practice. It slowly but steadily becomes second nature to us.

Although, the Lord's word is full of wisdom and goodness for our lives, we can sometimes struggle with following His ways and listening to His will. In our thoughts, His will seems difficult to follow when things don't make sense. We look at our present situation, and begin to move the chess pieces according to what we see fit, according to what would make us the least uncomfortable.

The Lord says the path we are on as we follow Him is narrow, and as we begin to let go of our will and hang on to His, it may seem like a small dot of light in the darkness we've been dwelling in. Our footsteps as we begin, will be wobbly like that of a newborn calf trying to find steady steps. With constant attempts to stand tall, our wobbly steps will get firmer and stronger. Our steps towards following the Lord will soon be strides and leaps towards His loving will.

It seems difficult to listen and follow at first, but when our focus in on Him and His loving will for our lives, the Master will teach us to walk, run, and leap towards Him. It's a daily exercise that we must engage in by reading His word, spending time in prayer, worshipping His name. Constant worship is what transforms our desire to do our will into yearning His. Suddenly, we will shine like the light of day for all to see. We will reflect His being to the world. We will embody who He is and what we are made for; to give Him glory towards the ends of the earth.


Delight in Him

'Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.' Psalms 37:4

This past Saturday I received word from the Lord and it resonated in my heart loud.
Do I truly delight in the Lord?

To delight in Him is to know who He is, what He is about, what makes up who He is and delight in that still.
It's easy for us to look at the lovely things like His love, mercy, grace and forgiveness because those are things that we yearn for and will always be received with open hands.

However, the things about Him that may not be so lovely to us in certain areas of our lives, we resist.
Along, with God's amazing love, comes discipline.

Because He loves us more than anyone else ever will, He will also guide us through paths that may not be as easy sailing as we would've chosen. That may not be something we jump at delighting in. Nobody likes to be taken out of their comfort zone.

Have you gotten quite cozy in your spiritual life? I know I have been at that place before. The Lord, however, wants more. He desires an intimate relationship with His children, and His purpose is for us to grow in our spiritual life to be more like Him.

If it means building character by walking through the fire in our lives through enduring situations that are painful, where we are broken, and tears seem never ending, God will in His amazing love for us to become like His nature. That is where He knows that in our brokenness we will see life, that precious life He's given, with a different view than before. We will begin to see that our life has been created for the sole purpose to serve Him. As we become broken, we will recognize Him as our Creator, our Father, our Friend, Savior and the one true God. In that state we will be able to genuinely delight in Him, in His ways, and in His love.


Suddenly Saved.

'Why did God allow grandpa to get in an accident mom?'

Every morning we pray for protection for each of our loved ones. One of those mornings, my father was involved in a four car accident where his vehicle was declared a total loss in an already tough economy, and he was taken to the ER.
By God's grace it wasn't worse than it could've been, but in my child's eyes, God had taken somewhat of a break from His 24/7 care.

When cancer strikes and the battle is lost, we may wonder.
When our marriage is on the rocks, we question.
When our home is about to be foreclosed, we become disappointed in the protection that is supposed to be over us at all times.

We wish that problems would stay away from our lives, and that our lives would be filled with happiness constantly. However, how often would God have the opportunity to save?

Evil is something that will always roam this world and it is inevitable. It will push us down hard enough to make us fall, but we will always have a Saviour who will readily pull us out from the oceans and rivers before they overflow us. His hand will always suddenly reach out into the flames before we are burned.

The Lord could've easily taken His people from Egypt to the promised land without obstacles and taken the shorter route, however, God in all His wisdom wanted to display the immense care and love for His people by saving again and again.

Whatever battle you are going through today, know that the Lord hasn't taken a break. He is working overtime on your behalf and will get you through. You might be weary, but the Lord is not.
Do not lose hope, as He will save because He is Mighty to. The Lord of Abraham will come to your rescue and pull you up.


I enthrall the King.

The king is enthralled with your beauty, honor Him with your beauty. Psalms 45:11

Has anyone told you that you are beautiful?
Whether by your spouse, friend or a parent we hear one time or another those beautiful words:
'You're beautiful.'

Depending in what area of your life you may be at, those words may uplift you and encourage you to head the world head on or they might sting if you're feeling less than beautiful.

When my King looks down at me I might feel the latter on most days. I am impatient, worrisome, and proud on my worst days. When I come to the King's feet to surrender myself, my head bows down in embarrasment for not honoring Him like I should.

How amazing it is, that my King as I am surrendered at His feet, lifts my head up by my chin and tells me:
'You're beautiful my child.'

Not only are we beautiful to Him. He is enthralled by our beauty. He is captivated by us. He is rejoicing in our beauty.
Not from anything that we have done. Not from anything that we say or think, but from who we are in Him.

He makes things new. He makes things beautiful. The plans that He has designed for my life are beautiful.
He sees that when we humble ourselves. He looks at the plans He's detailed for us and His eyes glimmer in knowing that when we surrender, when we pour out our burdens, we are the most beautiful creation.

Let my lips honor your name forever Lord.
Let my hands speak of your mercy and grace.
Let my eyes look with kindness upon others.
Let my heart forgive as you've forgiven me time and time again.

Allow me to be more like you, that my beauty will shine and give you glory. Let my spiritual beauty enthrall you forever Lord.