You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! LET’S WIN!!

There was a slogan from the late 1960s and early 1970s spurred by the women’s equality movement that emphatically declared, “You’ve come a long way baby!”  While the movement itself represented both things with which I fully agree as well as things with which I decisively disagree, I can say with clarity, “I have indeed come a long way from where I began! HUGE strides!”

For my WINNING WINS-DAY report, rather than a video, I have chosen to post a photo from 2011.

Leah Fort, January 17, 2011 “Life Lessons on Success”    Women’s Council – Chamber of Commerce, Amarillo, Texas

In this photo I am addressing members of the Women’s Council of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce with the theme Life Lessons on Success. It was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  What a terrific day to share my personal story of how major traumatic incidents in my life did not define me nor prevent me from becoming the woman I am purposed to be.

That day, I shared my signature presentation The VineSweet Connection. In it I reveal the incidents that led to a life riddled with trepidation and the five steps I took which led me out of FEAR into FABULOUS!

Jesus made clear this beautiful connection, The VineSweet Connection, when He said,

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

My WINNING report today is that I have risen as VICTOR this side of those circumstances! My path is defined by my walk with the Lord, Jesus Christ. I am grateful that by placing my trust in Christ, I have grown tremendously and as I walk this path am able to meet with success.

You see, there was a time in my life I would have chosen the unsuspecting corner rather than standing in front of a crowd of two, much less two hundred, five hundred, a thousand, etc.,  making a presentation. Yet here I am, living proof that God can and will change a person from the inside out, make him/her completely new, give him/her a voice for His glory and His Kingdom!

In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Proverbs 3:6

What are the results of my WINS?  Because of my changed life, one HUGE win for me is the many opportunities I have to share my story and help overwhelmed people grow personally, triumph over past experiences, and find true success.

I would be remiss if I ever fail to bring glory and honor to the Lord for ALL the wonders He has performed in my life.

Through Him, therefore, let us [ME!] constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name. Hebrews 13:15 (AMP)

ENERGY = LIFE
LIFE = JESUS CHRIST, The VINE
You + LIFE = POWER
This is the VineSweet Connection

Join me as we Connect to The Vine!

2018 GOD with US!

Another cold and glorious morning! I am ALIVE!

The question for all us living, breathing folks is simple: How do I make this world a better place because of my life?

The only way for each of us to make this world better is for each person to fulfill their own place.

And how do you do that? Simply, be YOU!

YOU are unique. No one else can fill YOUR place and YOU cannot fill anyone else’s place.  So…

Seek The Lord. Call on Him.

Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. ~ Isaiah 55:6

The great thing is that the Lord is always near because He dwells in us through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit.  God’s Spirit is the very essence of who He is and He wants to fill each of us with His presence!  The truth of this is vastly beyond my ability to fully comprehend, yet I know it is the truth!  How?  Because I experience the joy of His presence in my life every single day!

This truth is the reality of what we just celebrated at Christmas.

Jesus left the splendor and majesty of Heaven to come to earth. God Incarnate. He was born as a baby–fully human and fully divine. Jesus  came as Emmanuel–God with us.  He grew up, lived his life, had siblings and worked. He began ministering to people. He selected His disciples; a group of regular people, much like you and me. He walked, talked, taught, ate and slept. He healed the sick and delivered the afflicted. He also prayed, wept and mourned over the condition of mankind. Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

He gave Himself. He is the only One worthy–completely free of sin, spot or blemish–to be offered as The Sacrifice on our behalf. He died. He was buried. He rose from the dead. His disciples saw Him as the resurrected, risen Savior. Before He ascended to Heaven, He made a promise to send a Comforter. That Comforter is the very essence of Himself, His Holy Spirit, who dwells within us.

Jesus, through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit, is still Emmanuel, God with us because He dwells within us!! Click To Tweet

What’s more is that I(we) did not have to ask Him to make this sacrifice. He chose to give Himself before I knew I needed Him.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.        ~John 15:16

He promises to be near to us, to reveal His presence to us when we ask.  We are taught this from the apostle James when he stated, ”Come near to God and he will come near to you.”  He goes on to tell us we can be clean before the Lord when we, through the blood of Jesus, “Wash our [your] hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

When I seek Him and draw myself near to Him;

He will draw near to me and direct my path.

He will show me His will and purpose for my life.

He will enable be to produce the fruit that will last. Love.Joy.Peace. Patience.Kindness.Goodness.Gentleness.Faithfulness.Self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

He will inspire me to move forward to fulfill that purpose.

It’s time. Let’s go!!

 

🦃Happy Thanksgiving🦃

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to you!

Feeling tremendously grateful this morning. No matter our circumstances, we all have so much to be thankful for today!

I am thankful that even if we are spending today working at our jobs, or our family members are far away, or friends are celebrating and we aren’t with them, we all are blessed in some ways and we can, and do, share this day of thanksgiving in our hearts.

Our family has experienced many kinds of trials in the past few years and I shared the following with them via text message this morning.

While this life on earth is not perfect and there are those we have loved who will be missing from our tables today, I am thankful we have this beautiful hope in our AWESOME GOD.

“The Lord redeems the lives of his servants, and none of those who take refuge and trust in Him shall be condemned or held guilty.”
Ps 34:22 AMP

It is because of this hope my heart is FULL of JOY!

My prayer today is that each person who follows me here, on my social media pages and those who may be seeing me for the first time, share this same joy and hope with me. If you want to know how, let me say it simply. We place our trust in the One True and Living God, Jehovah, through His Son, Jesus, the Christ. His gift of life is the greatest treasure of all.

Have a HAPPY & JOYFUL THANKSGIVING!

 

 

 

 

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My Granny

Incredibly, today my Granny would have been 115 years of age! She lived to be 92, then went to Heaven.

My Granny had a second grade education. She had to leave school at the age of eight years. From that time until she married, at the tender age of fifteen years, she raised, farmed, picked, slaughtered, prepared and cooked the food for her “Papa” (a Civil War veteran), their family, and all the sawmill hands.

She and my Grandpa had 10 babies, six of whom survived. They lived the realities of “The Grapes of Wrath” when they packed all their possessions and moved from Oklahoma to California during the dust bowl days.

My mother was 4 years old when they trekked across the southwestern region of the United States settling in the Oildale area of California.  For a while they made their home in a box car. They were migrant farm hands until Grandpa was hired by an oil company and Granny found steady work in a canning factory.

Throughout the miles and in all the trials their family endured, Granny just kept going.

I began this tribute by stating at age 92, Granny went to Heaven. How can I make such a confident declaration? Not because of all the good things she did in the midst of her circumstances–which were many–but because she knew Jesus.

She found Jesus as a young woman and determined in her heart she would introduce her family to Jesus and do all she could so her family would also know Him. She would have her family in church at every opportunity because she desired that each of her children would find, experience, and know the precious peace in Jesus Christ she had come to know amidst the tribulations of life.

As one of her many granddaughters, I can attest we never left her home without having a time of prayer with her and Grandpa. We each took a spot by a chair in the living room and knelt to pray; each praying for God’s protection over the travelers and other known needs.

Everything in Granny’s life was obviously not perfect but she trusted the One True and Living God and His perfect goodness to get her through each situation. My Granny’s faith in God enabled and empowered her to do what she did and to endure to the end.

It is a joy for me that I can rest in the knowledge that I will see her again. She left a legacy of trusting in the Lord for everything.

Like my Granny’s life, God has a plan for each of us He determined long ago.  Knowing this brings a set of questions to be answered. Have we chosen to take our place in His Kingdom? Have we determined to walk with the Lord throughout this life and all the circumstances that present themselves? Are we leaving a legacy of faith, trust and joy in the Lord? Is the legacy we are leaving leading others toward God and into His Kingdom?

“God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT

My Granny’s reward is she is now with our Lord, living eternally with Him, never having to experience again any lack, loss, or tears of sorrow, grief or sadness. Now and forever, she has complete joy!

May I walk out my life in a way that leaves a legacy of glistening love and sparkling joy found only in the Kingdom of God through Christ Jesus.

 

Life’s Purpose. It’s All About WHY.

Have you ever wondered about your “why?” You know, Why am I here? What is my reason for existence? What is my purpose?

Of course.  Who hasn’t, right?

Each of us has probably asked this question of ourselves at least once in our lifetime.  Most of us ask it many times over the course of our days.

As we seek to answer that nagging question, we study various subjects, learn new skills, further our formal education, change employers, change professions, and reinvent ourselves–all in an attempt to find our purpose.

And, what is that purpose? 

Some say it is finding our passion. I believe that is correct because our passion is what drives what we do.  Passion motivates action.  Passion defines our why. We spend much of the time in our culture seeking to fulfill our greatest passion. We search our hearts for the thing that sets the wind in our sails. All the while, our hope is fixed on that moment we identify that great passion just knowing from there we will gently float on the crest of the waves through the rest of our lives.  But, is that the reality of passion?

Maybe we should start with defining passion.  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary online gives five definitions: beginning with all that Jesus Christ suffered just prior to his death on the cross, then running the gamut of suffering to unbridled anger to ardent devotion describing that as “an object of desire or deep interest.”


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Knowing this, how do we find our passion?

We can begin by identifying the object of our desire and deepest interest.  You see, our passion is the thing for which we will willingly suffer.  Our passion will arouse our ire.  Our passion is that to which we offer homage and admiration.  So to identify it, we must ask ourselves these questions:

  1. For what would I willingly suffer? Endure hardship? Withstand ridicule or humiliation?
  2. What is that thing that when attacked raises my hackles? Readies me to courageously defend? Inspires me to right the wrong?
  3. To what do I offer my greatest admiration, honor and devotion?

The answer to all these questions will identify our life’s passion.


The one thing about which we have the most passion is the object of our worship.  


OUCH!  That statement hurts a little.  What do I worship? My job? My family? My own sense of pride? As Christians we know God desires to be the ONLY object of our worship. We are taught in the Old Testament, by the prophet Isaiah, that we are created for God’s glory.

everyone called by My name
and created for My glory.
I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.                            Isaiah 43:7

God created us for His pleasure and glory. We bring pleasure to Him by worshiping Him.

Then the apostle John revealed to us through the revelation that the Lord is worthy of all honor and glory.

Our Lord and God; 
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.                                                    Revelation 4:11

By this and many other Bible Scriptures, we know our purpose is to bring glory and honor to the Lord God, Almighty.  This leads us back to the original question: Why am I here? And, Who is the object of my worship?

I LIVE to WORSHIP YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD! I WORSHIP YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD, to LIVE!~Leah Click To Tweet

I will close this post with the challenge for us all to search our hearts to ensure our greatest passion is to follow and serve our Lord with every fiber of our being and to do as the psalmist said and

Sing the glory of His Name and
MAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS!
Psalm 66:2

Discovery Weekend

Just returned Saturday evening from a quick jaunt to Abilene, Texas for the weekend.  What a great time we had!

I always and absolutely love when Mike and I have opportunity to travel together, anywhere!  We enjoy the ride. It’s a fabulous opportunity for us to talk; whether a visit about how we enjoy our family, friends, and others we dearly love, talk of ministry, discuss serious matters, or share giggles and laughs about our own silliness.

This particular weekend would be classified as a working trip.  We were together as Mike came alongside to support me as I close in on finalizing the requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. We spent about ten hours in a classroom setting called Discovery Weekend. Mike participated in the course with me and enjoyed the opportunity. Of course, I LOVED it!

Mike~my blessing, my gift, my husband, for almost 36 years~ sitting through a class with me and a room filled with other pastors preparing for ordination.

 

I could talk for days on end about the solid-as-granite support Mike is to me! As I pursue the call of God on my life, Mike supports my education, my travels, my speaking ministry, and has been the instrumental backbone for me and with me in music ministry. So, KUDOS to my man, whose rigid strength is also my shield!

Now, about this weekend:  We gathered with old friends and made new ones. The weekend was exceptional as we had opportunity to spend Friday and Saturday with a room full of fellow pastors and Kingdom workers. We gathered as laborers for the Kingdom of Christ to learn together.

The focus of our time was to discover our personal strengths as ministers, learn more about how those strengths are exhibited  in performing our various ministries, how we work with other pastors, leaders, and volunteers, and how we relate to our spouse and family.

What a joy as Dr. Linda and Rich Cantwell presented the information and facilitated our class time.  The weekend was a blessing, an informative and entertaining experience encouraging one another as we develop and grow as ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for our District Superintendent, Dr. David Downs, and our Assistant District Superintendent, Earl Robertson, for facilitating a successful meeting.

We ended our time taking Communion together. The presence of the Lord beautifully noticeable on the countenance of each person in attendance filled my heart with His peace and gratitude.

A few pictures from this weekend:

 

Dr. Downs addressing our group Friday evening.

 

 

 

 

Fellow pastors and classmates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reason we gathered this weekend; to discover we are each uniquely designed as a masterpiece in God’s Kingdom! Eph 2:10

 

 

 

 Mike, me, Groban George-Pastor of Arabic language Church of the Nazarene, and Earl Robertson, Assistant District Superintendent

 

 

 

Truly, there is no greater joy than serving the Lord. May you discover the strengths placed within you by our Lord and the gifts of His Holy Spirit and walk in them as you encounter the people in your sphere!

 

 

 

My One Thing

One thing, only one

What is the one thing I desire most of all?  It’s worth asking the question.  What is the one thing I am most passionate about in this life?

Many of us would say our spouse or family.  These are the most meaningful and powerful relationships and have the most profound affect upon us.

Many might say their passion is their work or career, or bettering the world by serving in the community or in the political arena. Others would say their one thing is their favorite pastime or hobby. Still, others might believe their pursuit of being physically fit to the ultimate degree possible for them is their greatest passion.

But really, these are all on the outside.  They are part of the story of our life as an individual, but they are not us.  So, let’s cut through the surface and look to the very depths of our being, the essence of who we are, our spirit.  In your spirit, what is the one thing you desire more than any other pursuit?

Yes, it is a deep question and deep questions require more thorough consideration.  So allow yourself the time and energy to be fully engaged in contemplation about it.

What is the one thing I desire in life that drives everything else I do?

For me, because I have considered and meditated on this thought many times, I can confidently answer the question.

Here is my definitive answer:

I desire to know God more today than I knew Him yesterday and anticipate knowing Him even better tomorrow.  I desire to know His Word better today than I did yesterday and anticipate knowing it better tomorrow. I desire to serve God better today than I did yesterday and anticipate serving Him better tomorrow.  I desire to dwell in His presence so I experience His marvelous and magnificent presence all the time.

Believe me when I say this.  If you ever experience the presence of the Lord, you will never be satisfied with anything less.

My daily prayer is charged with the desire to know my God, the Creator of the Universe, the Creator of me!  My quest is to abide in the presence of God Almighty! My yearning is for the Word of God to illuminate my path and that as I follow that path, I am led by Jesus, the Light of the World, into God’s presence so I may dwell where He dwells.

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.(Psalm 27:4 NASB)

Because I have entrusted the entirety of who I am and my life’s existence to God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit’s presence abides within me.  Recognizing God’s presence and allowing Him to lead me is the key.

May my heart seek after the Lord, all day, every day. May my eyes be opened to the reality of my spirit in relationship to His. He is my one thing.

In Due Season. It’s Time.

I don’t often do this but recently I made a weighty decision about something of personal significance in my life and suddenly, approximately three weeks later, I began to question that decision. At first subtle, nagging thoughts would creep into my daily activity. Within about two days, I was in full throttle concern I had made the wrong decision.

My thoughts ignited into a flaming frenzy! I could not quit thinking about my poor decision-making skills. My mind was playing the Olympic championship for the gold medal of second guessing this seemingly catastrophic and irreversible decision. Exhaustion!

The questions.  Oh, the questions!  “Was this the right thing to do?” “Did you truly understand God’s direction to go for it?” “ Did you ensure this was the best decision in pursuit of your ultimate goal in this area?”

Then came the accusations, “This was not the right thing to do.”  “God did not okay this for your life.” “You have far too many obligations to care for to pursue such a thing.” “Sure, you know how do this but what a ninny you are for thinking you have time. Look at your calendar.”

All this followed by more accusatory questioning. “Who do you think you are to pursue this?” “Why do you think this is good for you right now?” “You do have too many other things you should be taking care of.” “Besides all that, you’re not good enough … “ “You’re not smart enough…” “You’re not ready …” “You’re not this…” “You’re not that … “  “You’re not …”

I wanted to scream at my thoughts, “STOP IT!”

Such confusion! I had to seek the Lord to end this struggle.

My normal routine is to get up around 5:15 a.m. and pray. About 7:00 a.m. my husband and I have coffee, devotion and prayer together. That next morning I outdid my norm and got up and 4:45 a.m. I HAD to get the answer!

I went to my place of prayer. There, my old strategically placed prayer chair awaited my arrival.  Kneeling with a heavy, grieving heart, worship rolled out celebrating the essence of God, aware of my own unworthiness–if not for the blood of Jesus–to empty myself before Him. Praise poured as I celebrated His promise of our confidence He is listening and will answer when we seek His will. I implored Him to help me know His will in this situation, to understand what I needed to do. My cries emerged from the depths of my being to Him a few days in a row. Yet, the second guessing continued.

Our God is NOT the author of confusion but of peace (1 Cor 14:33 NASB) and God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. (2 Tim 1:7 HCSB) I was trusting Him for the answer to rid myself of this confusion.

After prayer on the third day, Mike and I had our routine time of devotion and prayer. Then, Mike left for the day to work on a consulting job. I took the opportunity of quietness to search the Word.

My regular Bible reading had taken me to a particular study and this day I did not believe that was where I was to focus my energy.  Instead, I felt compelled to read from the Psalms. (In full transparency, I had the same thought the day before, got sidetracked by another issue and did not have the opportunity to go back and add the Psalms to my reading.) Today was different. I HAD to do it!

With pen in hand, I opened my Bible. I did not have a particular direction of which Psalm to read, so I thought, I will start with Psalm 1 and proceed from that point. On the page, I had a couple things marked from previous studies and chose to ignore them so the words would be fresh, and began reading. Verse three seemingly lifted off the page and said, “…which yields its fruit in its season…” There, next to that line I had marked and noted my confirmation regarding this decision only one month, almost to the day, prior.

There it was! GOD REMEMBERED and reminded me HE had already told me what the decision was to be! The voice of question was the accusing enemy attempting to instill defeat into my soul. But GOD …

GOD said “NO, Leah, you are NOT defeated! You, Leah, have VICTORY in ME!”

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NASB)

WINS-DAY is a BIG win for me this week because I got to begin and end today KNOWING GOD’s peace!

Let GOD show YOU where HE is giving YOU VICTORY!

 

 

 

 

Reflect. Recharge. Resolve.

Saturday.  If you have a Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:00 type job, today is probably your day off of the regularly scheduled program.

Saturdays and Sundays, oh how we LOVE our days off work!

Obviously, many of us have varying schedules.  So, whatever days of the week your days-off-work happen, it is a great time to take time.  What do I mean?

Reflect.

Our days off work offer the time where our minds can reflect on the happenings of the previous week.  We can assess where we are on our goals for the month and for the year.  Are we moving toward our ultimate goals?  Where are we in regard to goals for our marriage, our families, other relationships, our work, and our spirit?  Take an allotted time to think on this.  Don’t overthink it.  Just reflect, because you have to allow yourself time to…

Recharge.

You and I NEED TIME to ENJOY!  Remember the adage, “All work and no play makes for a dull boy.”?  It is TRUE!  We all need time to relax and play and enjoy the PRESENT.  Sometimes we are physically in a place but our minds are not present because we have not recharged.

LET GO of things and issues that keep you from being present in the present.

The following statement’s analogy of our lives in comparison to what happens every autumn paints a beautiful landscape of releasing things that bind us to the wrong things.

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.

When we hold on to thoughts and behavioral patterns that prevent us from moving forward or living in the now, we pay for it, as well as the people around us.  We miss out on them and they miss out on us.  So wherever you are, be present in body and mind.

Recharging goes beyond pleasure-seeking leisure time.  Recharging spiritually is VITAL to SURVIVAL!

Our belief system drives our world view.  As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, our world view is driven by living according to God’s plan given to us through His Word.

Recharging spiritually means we regularly seek the Lord’s presence individually.  We find a place of solitude, quiet our minds, focus, wait, and listen for the Lord.  The apostle James teaches us that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. (James 4:8)  The other piece of recharging spiritually is to place ourselves, on a regular basis, with a group of likeminded people.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT)  

Worshiping together in a corporate setting energizes us because we are able to encourage each other in our walk, uplift one another in our struggles, and celebrate each others’ victories!

Resolve. 

After we have taken the time to reflect and recharge, we are ready to be more resolute about moving forward.  We know where we are and we know where we want to go, so Monday morning, let’s get going.

Reflect. Recharge. Resolve.

What are YOU ENVISIONING for YOUR LIFE?  This weekend? Next week? This month? The remainder of the year?

SEEK the LORD!  DREAM BIG!  PURSUE IT!

VISION.

GOALS.

ACTION.

Autumn and The Almighty

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Autumn!  Oh, how I LOVE this time of year!  The memories that flood and overwhelm my mind on this first day of fall!

I absolutely loved school the entirety of my growing up years and on this first day of autumn, I reminisce on how much I enjoyed the beginning of classes, gathering with friends, comparing class schedules, the anticipation of football games, and cruising the main drag.

Autumn brings thoughts of hot coffee and cool mornings, lawns mown less often, budding of brightly colored chrysanthemums, and the smoky smell of fire pits and fireplaces.  The sky appears cleaner and a more brilliant hue.  The air is crisp and clear.  Tree leaves of many varieties take on the most amazing colors in shades of golds, reds, purples, and browns.  The breeze captures them off the branches and they lilt and swirl like a ballerina, dancing to the ground from their heights.

Oh how I LOVE autumn!

This morning, this first day of my favorite season, my thoughts are centered on how extremely blessed my life is.  All is certainly not perfect in my world.  In fact, the reality is we have been experiencing an extended season of unrest and difficulty in our little piece of the world.  I have said good-bye to precious ones whom I loved so dearly in this life who now reside in eternity with the Lord.  I have treasured loved ones dealing with horrendous physical ailments.  A cherished friend moved many miles away from me this year.  I long to visit with dear ones I do not get to see often enough.  Yet, because I am in the abundant grace of God, He empowers me to live for Him, to follow Him, even in the midst of the most difficult of  trials and imperfections of this life.

God keeps me in His hand and watches over my life.  He shelters me in the shadow of His wings.  Why?  Because I choose to dwell in His secret place.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.  And I will say of the Lord, “He is my Refuge and my Fortress, My God, in Him I will trust.  (Psalm 91:1-2)

To dwell is to live, abide, reside.  When we choose to place ourselves in the care of The Almighty, we have nothing to fear. He is our Refuge.  He is our Fortress, our Barrier when life seems to overwhelm us.  We abide under His wings.  We reside in His nest.  We live in His shelter.

Zephaniah tells us God is mighty to save! He exalts over me with joy! He renews me in His love! He rejoices over me with singing! (Zeph 3:17)

No matter the season of my life, who or what can be more worthy of my thoughts, my time, and my affection?

I choose to worship Almighty God because He is that, ALMIGHTY.  He is everything wrapped into His own statement of Himself being, “I AM!”

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