For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.  2 Corinthians 1:5


You know, it’s one thing to suffer the consequences for our bad decisions, I can handle that…but to suffer because of an idiot is something else entirely.  How many times have I questioned the sovereignty of God when I have to suffer because of someone’s sin?  Why can’t God ride in on His big white horse and bring judgment on those who hurt the innocent?  Why do good people have to suffer unimaginable anguish because of greedy, wicked, and selfish jerks?  If I were God, those people would be an afterthought…a smoking hole.  And that, ladies, is just one of the many reasons why I am not God.

If I stare into the face of injustice for too long, I get more and more outraged, but if I stare into the face of God, I see my unfair situation as a blessing.  Yea, I’m not saying that I’m thrilled to suffer for an idiot’s sake; I’m simply saying that somehow He makes it make sense.  He has this ability to let me see further down the road at what my suffering will bring, if I let it.  Why do I have to suffer?  Who knows, but what happens while I suffer is incredible.


There are lessons to be learned in our suffering.  No matter the degree or level of pain, God can give us understanding.  That understanding may never explain why people hurt us, but we will be able to see how God feels about it and how He can use it.  He’s never happy to see us hurt.  But this one thing I know, where there is hurt, devastation, and deficit, God will pour out a surplus of His goodness, comfort, and grace.  I know this first hand.  When we get our eyes off what has been done to us and set our focus on what has been done for us at the cross, we can come to terms with our pain. In His presence we find clarity about our future, and our hope is restored.  In His presence the broken pieces of our lives are gently made whole again.  If we listen to what He says, we can see how much stronger we’ll be when we come out of this.  We’ll see how we will be able to help others.  But the best part about turning to God in our suffering, is the love and comfort He pours out on us.  No one knows suffering like Christ.  No one knows what it’s like to suffer at the hands of ungodly people for a crime you didn’t commit like He does.  And it’s because of that understanding He can comfort us.  He searches out the brokenhearted, longing to restore their hope.

Listen, in this world we will have pain.  We will suffer because of people’s bad decisions but God has an incredible ability to turn it into something beautiful, if we let Him.  So will you let Him have your pain?  Will you let Him exchange your suffering for something incorruptible? Will you learn to be like Him through your grief?  Will you allow Him to show you something beautiful about Himself as He walks you through this difficult season?


YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:  God wants to give you understanding about your suffering.  He wants to give you insight into how He can turn this around for you.  What Satan meant for harm, God will use for good…if you let Him.  He wants to take away the word victim from your vocabulary and show you how you are a victor.  You can overcome whatever you are going through.  You can be healed completely from what’s been done to you.  God wants to take this pain and use it to show the world how good He is by healing and loving you.  Spend time today talking about what’s hurting you.  Listen attentively to what He says to you…His words are healing and they are life.


FURTHER STUDY:   Look over these scriptures about God’s comfort and our suffering this week.  Meditate on them and ask God to give you revelation about your situation through these scriptures.

Day 2:   Read  2 Corinthians 1:4-7

Day 3:   Read Romans 8:17-18

Day 4:   Read 1 Peter 3:13-17

Day 5:   Read Isaiah 51:2-3



Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27


You ever had one of those days that starts off pretty well but by lunch you’ve already cussed three times and are ready to murder the next person that brings you bad news?  Yeah, that was my day today.  Well, not the cussing part, although I was on the verge of it several times.  Everything that could have went wrong, went wrong!  Things that should have taken a fraction of time to complete took hours and hours to finish…and I’m doing the work of the Kingdom, for the love of God.  Could I get a little grace here?

Why can’t things be smooth sailing more often?  Why do we seem to have so many moments of insanity, moments where we lose our peace?  To be quite honest, my peace is probably where ever my mind went today…gone, just gone! How can a day, a week, even years go so wrong when they start off so right?  I start everyday with God, sitting still in His Presence, drinking coffee and enjoying our talks…and then bam, all hell breaks loose by lunch.

Jesus gave us a clue in scripture about peace when He said, My peace I leave you, my peace I give to you.”  Doesn’t that sound kind of like the same thing? It’s not really the same.  He left us His peace but we can choose to leave it.  It takes extreme faith and discipline not to freak out over the many things that can go wrong in our lives.  And not just the piddly ones that went wrong for me today…big things like finding out you have cancer, losing your job, or worse, losing someone you love.  That’s why He also said that He’d give us His peace, so that when we “lose it”, He’ll be there to give it back to us.


The Greek definition for the word peace in this passage is  the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot.  Wow.  Listen, peace begins, ends and comes from Jesus.  We can’t make ourselves have peace.  We can’t “suck it up” and ignore our first initial responses of shock and grief when bad things happen…but we can pray for God to give us His peace.  Every time that I have ever asked God for it, He’s given it.  Every. Single. Time.  Even in the darkest times of my life, I have always had His peace.  And so now, at the onset of bad news, I take a deep breath and say that I trust God (well, more often than not).  The “freak out moments” come less and less frequent as I grow in my walk with God.  As I understand Him and get to know Him more, I’m much more at peace.  I can relax knowing He’s really got this…whatever this may be for the day.

His peace is a promise for all believers.  Philippians 4:6-8 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications , with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  I want you to see that there is NEVER a time where you have to live without His peace.  It’s always available when you ask.  So are you ready to let go of your anxiety, fear, doubt, and insecurity?  Are you ready to walk in His Presence and for your soul to be flooded with His peace and security?



YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:  God wants to pour out His peace upon you today.  Begin today’s prayer by offering up thanksgiving to Him for His goodness, then ask Him to give you His peace.  Keep your mind open to the things He will tell you about your situation.  He has the incredible ability to give you new insight and understanding about your circumstances.  Take a deep breath in and just breathe in His peace.  Let it wash over you like warm oil.  It has the power to guard your heart and your mind when you start to feel anxious again.  Write down all that He says in this time.  You’ll need to refer back to it until this anxiety loses its grip on you.  BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING!  Trust God!  Ready, Set, Breathe!


FURTHER STUDY:   Study these scriptures on peace over the next week.  They would be PERFECT to memorize to combat doubt and anxiety.  Strengthen your spirit with His words.

Day 2:   Read  Philippians 4:6-7

Day 3:   Read Colossians 3:15

Day 4:   Read 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Day 5:   Read John 16:33



I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.  However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5 AMP


Nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch! Do you have any idea how horrible I am without Jesus? Horrible I tell you!  Just a few days without spending quality time with Him and the witch is out of the closet on her broom again.  Laugh if you will, but I’m telling you the truth; I’m wicked without Him!  I recently took one of those Facebook quizzes called “How Witchy are You?”  (Of course, it was not titled “witchy” but, well, you fill in the blank.)  I love Facebook quizzes, although I never post the results unless they make me look amazing and really smart.  Seriously, you know you do it too.  But about a quarter of the way into the “Witchy” quiz I knew how it was going to turn out and I couldn’t expose myself like that.  I’d rather lie than see the truth in black and white.  So I began to fudge some of the answers so that it wouldn’t end up the way I knew it would.  Thankfully, I only scored 72% witchy but you’ll never see those results on my wall.  Yes ladies, I may have lied on the quiz, but I cannot lie to myself.  I know how much I need Jesus. I am incapable of being consistently good, spiritually speaking.  I need a daily dose of His Presence and His Word.  I’m 100% totally dependent on Him, and that is a good thing!

Read today’s scripture again…

 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5 AM.

I’ve got good news for you.  To bear much fruit doesn’t mean to produce much fruit in this passage.  It means to bear, like to bear a burden, to hold up or support.  The fruit is from God, we just let it hang off of us for the world to feast on and show off His goodness.  Have you ever seen an apple attached to a tree trunk or grapes hanging off roots?  No.  It has a go-between, a branch.  And God in all of His infinite wisdom has chosen to partner with us in this mission of rescuing the world.  The fruit we bear, hold up, and display is that of the Holy Spirit.  The only requirement for us to bear it is to stay close to Him.  We can do no good thing without Him; He’s the only good thing.

Even Jesus referred to God as the only One who was good.  In Matthew 19:17, Jesus says, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.”  Why would Jesus say that?  I mean, isn’t He God too?  Yes, He is God, but He was also a man.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  He humbly came to earth to reveal the way to the Father.  What does God want?  To be close to us, to be inseparable, one heart, one mind, one mission.  Jesus would only go where His Father said go, and do what His Father said do.  He spent years getting to know God just the way we have to.  He wasn’t born all-knowing.  He grew into a deep, intimate relationship with the Father. He learned scripture, He prayed and He was filled with the Holy Spirit.  He was led by God’s Spirit in EVERYTHING He did.  Every fruit that He bore was from the same Spirit we have living inside of us.  We have the same resource available to us to live the godly life He lived.  All we have to do is stay connected.  Our connection to God is vital to the quality of life we will live.  Those who remain connected to Him, who know Him, walk with strength, power and authority to overcome life’s difficulties and He reaches the world through us.

So are you ready to stop striving for perfection and start spending more time with Him?  Are you ready to stop trying to control the people around you and spend time listening to God’s specific instructions and bear His fruit?


YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:  God wants you to know what it feels like to be connected to Him.  He wants to remove the burden of perfection that you place on yourself.  When He leads you, you’re free.  When He’s your source, you measure up, you’re enough because He feeds you words of life.  You can lay your head down at the end of every day knowing you were successful that day because you were fully connected to Him.  He is the source for everything.  EVERYTHING.  You can do all things through Him!  All things ladies.  Take this time to connect and focus on what a life 100% dependent on Him looks like.  Let Him show you that picture in your time with Him today.  Let Him overwhelm your soul with His goodness and fill up all of the lack in your life.


 FURTHER STUDY:   Spend some time looking over these scriptures this week.  Try to memorize any that move you the most.

Day 2:   Read  John 15:4

Day 3:   Read Philippians 4:13

Day 4:   Read John 14:16

Day 5:   Read 1 John 4:13




Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,  who does not change like shifting shadows.    James 1:17


There is a constant in every bad thing that happens in life…the question of “Where was God” is embedded into our memories and attached to each painful incident.  We need no proof that evil exists for it is all around us.  Some of us have been in the clutch of its wicked claw more times than we can count.  We read scriptures like “every good and perfect gift is from above”  but let’s be honest, we question the goodness of God. Especially when tragedy hits home more often than not. So where is He?  Where is He when a child is being beaten, starved, locked up in a closet and their innocence ripped away?  Where is He when a mother is abandoned to raise little ones on her own?  Where is He when we lose everything we hold dear?  During the most unimaginable pain one human can inflict upon another, where is the Father of Lights then?

where was godI stared straight into the face of the answer to that daunting question a few years back.  I traveled to a freedom ministry conference that’s sole purpose is to address that very question: where was God. We filled the church house and brought every ounce of unresolved baggage we owned.  It wasn’t long before we were ushered into the rich presence of God and told to start unpacking.  It was life-changing! Do you know those deep ugly cries?  The kind of cry where your face draws inward, your mouth drops down into a big ugly square and the sound that comes out of your body exposes the depth of the grief you’ve burdened? Yea, that was me… uncontrollable-lots-of-snot-and-I-can’t-find-a-tissue-so-I’ll-use-my-sleeve kind of cry.  But hey, I got my answer.

So where was He? Well, He was right there with me!  My mind flashed back through every traumatic event in my life and I saw God there beside me, weeping.  Not weeping because He was weak and powerless, but weeping because He allowed Himself to experience the fullness of my grief. “Well, why didn’t He stop it?” you may be asking and that’s a great question!  To answer that we need to go back to the beginning of creation.  When God made the world, He made it perfect.  But love requires a choice.  God did not make mindless drones.  He birthed us with the ability to choose.  We have a will of our own and it’s free to choose good or choose evil.  Why is there so much evil in the world today?  Because for thousands of generations people have chosen evil.  Without God, people are selfish, wicked, jealous, greedy, unfaithful, and cruel to say the least.  They are out to please themselves.  It’s not God’s fault that people choose evil. People hurt people, and God hurts when His people hurt.  There will be judgment for them in God’s timing, but that doesn’t always bring me consolation.

But something else I learned does.  I learned that God could completely heal all of my brokenness.  He did in fact come for the brokenhearted, you know?  I’m going to say that again…God healed all of my brokenness and He can completely heal you too!  Also, He can undo the damage that was done. He can take your brokenness and make it into something beautiful like He’s done for me.  You see, when you are free from the bondage of the damage that’s been done to you, you are free to live in peace and help others find freedom too.  The pain doesn’t have the strength to hold onto you anymore in the light of His goodness.  You can be filled with His joy.  Healing is yours!  Freedom is yours!  Peace is yours! But you have to choose to take it and walk in it.  Are you ready for freedom? Are you ready to stop living your life as a victim and walk in the abundant life of freedom you were made for?


YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:  God wants to deliver you from the curse of bondage of past hurts.  Unpack every suitcase you’ve been carrying around with you.  Unpack it and let Him address all of those wounds.  Let Him tell you where He was when those things happened to you.  Let Him heal every broken area of your heart today!  Let Him exchange your ashes for His beauty.  I really want to see you set free!  I want you to use this time and REALLY connect with God.  Ask Him the tough question of “Where were you?”.  Listen to His answer.  Listen to His heart.  Receive His healing today!  Don’t let the enemy steal anything else from you.  Your healing awaits!  Play the track below to get your prayer started.


FURTHER STUDY:   Let these scriptures be your anthem this week!  Celebrate the reason Christ came.  Read it, believe it, breathe it, speak it and live it!  Freedom and healing belong to you now!

Day 2:   Read  Psalm 34:18Psalm 147:3

Day 3:   Read Isaiah 61:1-3

Day 4:   Read Psalm 129:4John 8:36

Day 5:   Read  Revelation 21:4



“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)

  Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you are agreeing with what they’ve done.  In fact, it has more to do with your freedom than anything.  When we hang onto things people have done, it puts us in bondage to their deeds.  We mull over it, replay it over and over in our minds until it becomes a root of bitterness that blinds us from our own sin.  What someone has done may have been cruel, wicked, and unacceptable, but we must refuse to allow the toxin of unforgiveness to overtake our hearts and minds. Forgiving others comes fairly easy to me, most times.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve experienced extreme abuse at the hands of people who had vowed to protect and love me.  If I try and remember some of the darker times of that season of my life, I can barely believe I emerged unscathed.  I can hardly believe I don’t hold some bitter root of anger towards them for the unmentionable acts that I experienced at their wicked hands. But I can barely remember.  Somehow I learned to forgive and put it behind me so that I could move on.  And I really did.  I mean a true forgiveness that involved forgetting too.  It’s almost as if it were another person.  I’m not talking about denial though.  I’m not denying those horrible things happened to me, but I’ve really forgiven and destroyed all the roots associated with it in my heart.  It has no hold on me.  It has no bearing on the trust I place in others now.  I am completely healed, praise God! I said that most times forgiveness is easy.  But there are some times that forgiveness seems almost impossible.  There are some things that have happened to me, that have caused such deep scarring and pain that I have a hard time letting go.  The more I think about what they’ve done, the angrier I become.  And the angrier I become, the more I feel it settle down in my heart.  And I want to pluck their eyes out, at the very least!  Every time I hear that person’s name, a shard of anger and bitterness springs forth from my heart and fills my mouth with negative words against them.  I know it’s wrong!  But what a struggle it is to do what I know I need to.  Forgive and pray for them! Wait, pray for them? Oh how I do not want to do that! No, in fact, I want the complete opposite for them.  I want them to experience the pain and suffering I’ve experienced, and maybe even worse.  The last thing that I want to do is pray for them!  But when I hold on to unforgiveness, it causes a rift between the One I really need.  The One who is my source of life.  You see, His word says to “forgive those who sin against us as God forgives us.”  Oh, wait, what?  Forgive like God forgives?  Well, when Christ forgives, it must be with a confession of our mouths right?  We’ve got to repent and then He forgives, so I guess that lets me off the hook a bit.  I mean, so many times when people hurt us, they never apologize.  So does that mean we don’t have to forgive them? No, that’s not what it means.  In Mark 11:24-26 Jesus says:

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Just so that we are clear, did you see that Jesus said that in the way we forgive, we will be forgiven by God?  He’s not talking about “salvation forgiveness”.  He’s talking about God holding onto our sins.  There will be a rift between God and us.  Now listen, the word does say that nothing can separate us from the love of God.  It’s true that nothing can change His love for us, but when we hold onto the sins of others, God holds onto our sin, we are not as close and are prayers are hindered. So what’s the key to forgiving those who have wronged us so deeply and have never, or will never repent to us?  First, we must learn to accept the apology that they will never give us.  They were wrong.  What they did was wrong.  And letting go of this does not mean what they did was okay.  But what we are doing is releasing their hold on us.  The very last thing that I want to do is to give that person one more ounce of power over me!  I want freedom from them.  And the first step is to accept that invisible apology. ForgivenessThe next step, is to ask God to help you forgive them.  Some wounds are so deep, only the love of a Savior can heal.  God is in the heart changing business.  He can change your heart about someone.  So ask Him, daily…minute by minute if you must but don’t let those negative thoughts settle in your hearts any longer!  It’s time to walk in freedom. The final step is to pray for them.  You’ll be amazed at the transformation in your hearts and minds when you do this.  There is something that takes place in us when we bless and not curse people.  This brings healing!  This brings freedom…there is so much freedom in forgiveness! Are you ready to be free of the curse of what someone’s done to you?  Are you ready to forgive them? ________________________________________________________________________________________ YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:  God wants to break off the chains of unforgiveness off of you!  He does not approve of what others have done to cause you pain, but He understands the power of forgiveness.  After all, He has been hurt the most and if He can do it, He can teach us how to.  Spend sometime with the Holy Spirit.  Lay bare all the things that you’ve been holding onto.  Tell Him about all the things that you are having a hard time forgiving and forgetting.  Listen to His advice in how to forgive, forget and move on.  He’s pretty smart you know! 🙂  Listen to the track below to get your freedom started!

_______________________________________________________________________________________ FURTHER STUDY:   Spend some time over the next week looking at what the word says about forgiveness.  Quote these scriptures whenever you feel a rise of bitterness come over you about your past.  The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword, it can pierce and lay bare anything not of God!  Trust it, trust Him and be free!

Day 2:   Read  Mark 11:24-26

Day 3:   Read Luke 11:3-5

Day 4:   Read Ephesians 4:32

Day 5:   Read Colossians 3:13



By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.   John 15:8

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   Galatians 5:22:23


We all know that faith without works is dead.  Well I tell ya that faith without fruit is dead.  We’ve got so many idiots proclaiming the name of “Jesus” who don’t have a clue what “Jesus” is all about.

Jesus said that they will know us by our fruit.  It’s fruit people!  It’s fruit that proves who we really are to the world!  I cringe every time I hear a derogatory, racist remark from a bible believing Christian.  Where is the love in that?  I am disgusted by the rantings and ravings taking place on social media when “lost” people do “lost” things.  Where is the kindness in our speech?  Hey, news flash fellow believers:  THEY’RE LOST! They haven’t had the heart change that we’ve had and they don’t have the Holy Spirit!

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t stand up for what the Word of God says.  By all means, stand up.  But when you stand up, you better be cloaked in the goodness, gentleness, kindness, and patience of the Holy Spirit because the world is watching.  We are not called to change the world; we’re called to exude the fruit and fragrance of Christ so that the world may see Him through us and be changed.  We’re called to love them, be patient with them, and show them kindness.  Don’t you remember that it was His kindness that led us to repentance?  It wasn’t harsh judgment and condemnation that brought us to our knees begging His forgiveness.  We saw something in Him that the world was lacking. His character drew us in.

This fruit doesn’t just appear mysteriously.  And it’s not by your power or strength.  You can’t be good enough to produce it on your own.  It’s the fruit of the Spirit…no, literally the fruit of the Spirit. It comes from the Spirit of the Living God who resides in every believer.  It’s produced when we surrender to His way of doing things; fragrant when we walk by His Spirit. 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things you please.  Galatians 5:16-17

Did you see that?  “So that you may not do the things you please.”  We have to choose to swim upstream and fight our flesh, our natural responses.  I know it’s easier to respond to other’s ungodliness with more of the same, but what are we really accomplishing?  Can a lost person really see God in the life we’re living, in all of our responses, in all our words, in our attitude?

Jesus said a good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.  It’s not a one-foot-in-one-foot-out lifestyle.  It’s a sold-out-to-Jesus-and-you-can-tell-by-my-fruit lifestyle that Christ is after.  He gave all, so should we.  Hey listen, I’ve not got this all together by any means.  I’m still working on my own junk.  Every time I fall, I get back up, brush myself off and climb back into the saddle.  God’s got the reins.  He’s faithful to finish the work He’s started in me, but He won’t force it on me.  He’s gentle and patient.  We work on one little area at a time.  He doesn’t throw me up on a chopping block and cut big slabs of my rotten flesh off all at once.  Thank God because there wouldn’t be much left but a bloody nub.  Okay, sorry for the gross visual, but you get my point.

fruit hanging 2So let me ask, you what fruit is hanging on your tree?  Can the people in your life reach up and feast on the goodness of God that you have hanging from your limbs?  Can they taste and see that the Lord is good in your life?  You’ve got fruit hanging, the question is what kind.



God wants to do some fruit inspection!  If He were to look closely at the fruit on your tree, what would He find?  Spend some time with Him today and let Him tell you what He sees.  Don’t be scared, He’s an encourager!  He doesn’t just point out the things you need to work on, but He praises you in areas you overcame.  He’ll gently point out some areas in your life He’d like you to work on, certain fruit He’d like to see more of.  Listen to today’s audio track to get your prayer time started.



Spend some time over the next week looking a little closer at what scripture says about the different fruit.

Day 2:   Read about love and joy: 1 John 4:7, John 15:11

Day 3:   Read about peace and patience:  Colossians 3:15Colossians 1:10-11

Day 4:   Read about kindness and goodness:  Colossians 3:12-13,  Galatians 6:9-10

Day 5:   Read about faithfulness, gentleness and self control:  1 Corinthians 4:2, Philippians 4:5,                              2 Timothy 1:7



One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.  Psalms 27:4


How many of us would say that we love God? It’s a fairly simple question and most would say we do.  But how many of us would say that we love God when we’re in a dry desert season and He’s not saying a word?

What’s worse than not understanding what God is up to?  Oh how I dislike the dry desert seasons!  I long for the warm fuzzy sensation of His Presence constantly speaking to me, but that’s not always the case.  I’ve heard it once said that a teacher doesn’t speak during a test; that they stand silently at the student’s side, watching as they mull over difficult questions.  How many times do we get angry with God because we feel He’s silent?  We’ve got questions and He’s nowhere to be found, it seems.  We shout out “God answer me!” And yet we hear nothing. But do you know that it’s okay for Him to be silent? His silence can be a good thing.  Our faith is being tested and there are no “F’s” allowed.  If you fail this test, guess what?  God will bring it back around for you!  Failure is just not an option.  That’s great news, right? [Insert sarcasm here.] He may be silent, but He’s always near.  And the questions that you have, He’s probably already answered them.  That’s usually how a test works.

Ah tests, glorious tests…a chance to put our money where our mouths are. How many times are we like Peter and say “God I love you,” yet at the first sign of difficulty, we curse Him and say we don’t know Him?  Are we just using Him for what He could potentially do for us?  Do we love His benefits more than we love Him?  We like the sunshine and daisy days but the deserts, yeah, not so much.  We start to question His nature when we hit a dry spell. Is He really good?  Does He even care that I’m dying here?  It’s like we look in a mirror and love what we see, but walk away and forget the image we beheld.  That’s how quickly we forget our love for Him when times are tough.  It’s in these tough times though, that the purity of our love is revealed.

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So what if the only thing He brought to you in your difficult season was just Himself?  What if He didn’t come riding in on a white horse to save your day? What if He only came with His love in hand, to sit and talk a while, would that be enough for you?  Paul said that he knew how to be content in whatever situation he found Himself in because it was Christ that strengthened him.  Do you think he found himself in some desert seasons?  Or seasons where he felt he was in prison…literally? Yes, most definitely!  And yet he was content.  And more than just content, this was the place that the Holy Spirit penned through Paul the words in scripture we live by.  He was content with the love of Jesus, not in the big flashy Kingdom perks.  He was content, he was faithful and he was fruitful.  Christ’s love and presence were enough for him, is it enough for you? How far are you willing to walk through your desert?




God wants to know if you love Him!  He desires a people that loves being with Him; that doesn’t use Him for His many benefits.   The God all of His splendor and majesty desires to be loved by you…you!  You are that important to Him!  What does your love look like for Him?  Take this time to tell Him exactly how you feel about Him.  Play the audio track below to get you started and lavish your love on Him.



Over the next week take a look a these scriptures on contentment and our love for God.

Day 2:   Read Deuteronomy 13:3-4

Day 3:   Read Philippians 4:11-13

Day 4:   Read 1 John 5:3-5

Day 5:   Read Luke 10:25-27