TO ME CONTINUALLY. I have much to
communicate to you, so many people and situations in need of prayer. I am training you to set your mind on Me more
and more, tuning out distractions through the help of My Spirit.
with Me in holy trust, responding to My initiatives rather than trying to make
things fit your plans. I died to set you
free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of
thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A
mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to Me and live abundantly!
John 8:36; Proverbs 19:21; John 10:27
YOUR EYES ON ME, not only for direction but also for empowerment. I never lead you to do something without
equipping you for the task. That is why
it’s so important to seek My will in everything you do. There are many burned-out Christians who think
more is always better, who deem it spiritual to say no.
order to know My will, you must spend time with Me—enjoying My Presence. This is not an onerous task but a delightful
privilege. I will show you the path of Life, in My Presence is fullness
of Joy; at My right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 141:8; Psalm 16:11(NKJV)
IN THE STILLNESS of My Presence while I prepare you for this day.
Let the radiance of My Glory shine upon you,
as you wait on Me in confident trust. Be still and know that I am God. There is both a passive and an active side to
trusting Me. As you rest in My Presence,
focusing on Me, I quietly build bonds of trust between us. When you respond to the circumstances of your
life with affirmations of trust, you actively participate in this process.
am always with you, so you have no reason to be afraid. Your fear often manifests itself in excessive
planning. Your mind is so accustomed to
this pattern of thinking that you are only now becoming aware of how pervasive
it is and how much it hinders your intimacy with Me. Repent of this tendency and resist it,
whenever you realize you are wandering down this well-worn path. Return to My Presence, which always awaits
you in the present moment. I accept you
back with no condemnation.
Psalm 46:10; Romans 8:1
ME YOUR FOCAL POINT as you move through this day. Just as a spinning ballerina must keep
returning her eyes to a given point to maintain her balance, so you must keep
returning your focus to Me.
Circumstances are in flux, and the world seems to be whirling around
you. The only way to keep your balance
is to fix your eyes on Me, the One
who never changes. If you gaze too long
at your circumstances, you will become dizzy and confused. Look to Me, refreshing yourself in My
Presence, and your steps will be steady and sure.
Hebrews 12:2; Psalm 102:27
PROBLEMS as perspective-lifters. My
children tend to sleepwalk through their days until they bump into an obstacle
that stymies them. If you encounter a
problem with no immediate solution, your response to that situation will take
you either up or down. You can lash out
at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself. This will take you down into a pit of self0pity. Alternately, the problem can be a ladder,
enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that
frustrated you is only a light and
momentary trouble. Once your
perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem
altogether. Turn toward Me, and see the Light of My Presence shinning upon
2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Psalm 89:15
TO ME with empty hands and an open heart, ready to receive abundant
blessings. I know the depth and breadth
of your neediness. Your life-path has
been difficult, draining you of strength.
Come to Me for nurture. Let Me
fill you up with My Presence: I in you,
and you in Me.
Power flows most freely into weak ones aware of their need for Me. Faltering steps of dependence are not lack of
faith; they are links to My Presence.
John 17:20-23; Isaiah 40:29-31
YOU LOOK into the day that stretches out before you, you see many choice-points
along the way. The myriad possibilities
these choices present can confuse you.
Draw your mind back to the threshold of this day, where I stand beside
you, lovingly preparing you for what is ahead.
must make your choices one at a time, since each is contingent upon the
decision that precedes it. Instead of
trying a mental map of your path through this day, focus on My loving Presence
with you. I will equip you as you go, so
that you can handle whatever comes your way.
Trust Me to supply what you need when you need it.
Lamentations 3:22-26; Psalm 34:8(NKJV)
ME TEACH YOU THANKFULNESS. Begin by
acknowledging that everything—all your
possessions and all that you are—belongs to
Me. The dawning of each new day is a
gift from Me, not to be taken for granted.
The earth is vibrantly alive with My blessings, giving vivid testimony
to My Presence. If you slow down your
pace of life, you can find Me anywhere.
of My most precious children have been laid aside in sick beds or shut away in
prisons. Others have voluntarily learned
the discipline of spending time alone with Me.
The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from My
perspective. My world is your classroom. My Word
is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.
Hebrews 12:28-29; Psalm 119:105
SOME BASIC NEED IS LACKING—time,
yourself blessed. Your very lack is an
opportunity to latch onto Me in unashamed dependence. When you begin with inadequate resources, you
must concentrate your efforts on the present moment. This is where you are meant to live—in the present; it is the place where
I always await you. Awareness of your
inadequacy is a rich blessing, training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.
truth is that self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary
success. Health and wealth can disappear
instantly, as can life itself. Rejoice
in your insufficiency, knowing that My
Power is made perfect in weakness.
James 1:2; 2 Corinthians 12:9(NASB)