MY HAND, and walk joyously with Me through this day. Together we will savor the pleasures and
endure the difficulties it brings. Be on
the lookout for everything I have prepared for you: stunning scenery, bracing winds of adventure,
cozy nooks for resting when you are weary, and much more. I am your Guide, as well as your constant Companion. I know every step of the journey ahead of
you, all the way to heaven.
don’t have to choose between staying close to Me and staying on course. Since I
am the Way, staying close to Me is staying
on course. As you focus your thoughts on
Me, I will guide you carefully along today’s journey. Don’t worry about what is around the next
bend. Just concentrate on enjoying My
Presence and staying in step with Me.
John 14:6; Colossians 4:2
QUIETLY IN MY PRESENCE while I bless you.
Make your mind like a still pool of water, ready to receive whatever
thoughts I drop into it. Rest in My
sufficiency, as you consider the challenges this day presents. Do not wear yourself out by worrying about
whether you can cope with the pressures.
Keep looking to Me and communicating with Me, as we walk through this
time to rest by the wayside, for I am not in a hurry. A leisurely pace accomplishes more than
hurried striving. When you rush, you
forget who you are and Whose you are.
Remember that you are royalty in My kingdom.
Psalm 37:7; Romans 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:9
THINGS SEEM to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me. Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave
them in My capable hands. Then, simply
do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers,
resting in My sovereign control. Rejoice
in Me—exult in
the God of your salvation! As you trust
in Me, I make your feet like the feet of
a deer. I enable
you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or
Job 13:15(NKJV); Psalm 18:22; Habakkuk
will never bring you Peace. That’s why I
have instructed you to trust in Me, not
in your understanding. Human beings
have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a
sense of mastery over their lives. But
the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops
up to challenge you. The relief you had
anticipated I short-lived. Soon your
mind is gearing up again: searching for
understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master).
wisest of all men, Solomon, could never think his way through to Peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings
of futility, rather than in fulfillment.
Peace is not a elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated
maze. Actually, you are always enveloped
in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence.
As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 5:1; 2 Thessalonians
SPEAK TO YOU from deepest heaven. You
hear Me in the depths of your being. Deep calls unto deep. You are blessed to hear Me so directly. Never take this privilege for granted. The best response is a heart overflowing with
gratitude. I am training you to
cultivate a thankful mind-set. This is
like building your house on a firm rock,
where life’s storms cannot shake you.
As you learn these lessons, you are to teach them to others. I will open up the way before you, one step
at a time.
Psalm 42:7(NKJV); Psalm 95:1-2; Matthew
MY ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS with ease. I
custom-made it for you, to cover you from head to toe. The price I paid for this covering was
blood. You could never purchase such a
royal garment, no matter how hard you worked. Sometimes you forget that My
righteousness is a gift, and you feel ill at ease in your regal robe. I weep when I see you squirming under the
velvety fabric, as if it were made of scratchy sackcloth.
want you to trust Me enough to realize your privileged position in My
kingdom. Relax in the luxuriant folds of
your magnificent robe. Keep your eyes on
Me, as you practice walking in this garment of righteousness. When your behavior is unfitting for one in My
kingdom, do not try to throw off your royal robe. Instead, throw off the unrighteous
behavior. Then you will be able to feel
at ease in this glorious garment, enjoying the gift I fashioned for you before
the foundation of the world.
Isaiah 61:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians
IN MY HEALING, holy Presence. Allow Me
to transform you through this time alone with Me. As your thoughts center more and more on Me,
trust displaces fear and worry. Your
mind is somewhat like a seesaw. As your
trust in Me goes up, fear and worry automatically go down. Time spent with Me only increases your trust;
it also helps you discern what is important and what is not.
and time are precious, limited entities.
Therefore, you need to use them wisely, focusing on what is truly
important. As you walk close to Me,
saturating your mind with Scripture, I will show you how to spend your time and
energy. My Word is a lamp unto your feet; My Presence is a Light for your path.
Ephesians 5:15-16(NKJV); Psalm 119:105
COME TO ME. Come to Me.
Come to Me. This is My
continual invitation to you, proclaimed in holy whispers. When your heart and mind are quiet, you can
hear Me inviting you to draw near.
Coming close to Me requires no great effort on your part; it is more
like ceasing to resist the magnetic pull of My Love. Open yourself to My loving Presence, so that
I may fill you with My fullness. I want
you to experience how wide and long and
high and deep is My Love for you, so that you can know My Love that surpasses
knowledge. This vast ocean of Love
cannot be measured or explained, but it can be experienced.
Revelation 22:17; John 6:37; Ephesians 3:16-19
TO ME when you are weak and weary. Rest
snugly in My everlasting arms. I do not
despise your weakness, My child.
Actually, it draws Me closer to you, because weakness stirs up My
yearning to help. Accept yourself in
your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been.
not compare yourself with others, who seem to skip along their life-paths with
ease. Their journeys have been different
from yours, and I have gifted them with abundant energy. I have gifted you with fragility, providing
opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence. Accept this gift as a sacred treasure: delicate, yet glowing with brilliant Light. Rather than struggling to disguise or deny
your weakness, allow Me to bless you richly through it.
Isaiah 42:3; Isaiah 54:10; Romans 8:26
TO ENJOY LIFE MORE. Relax, remembering
that I am God with you. I crafted you with enormous capacity to
know Me and enjoy My Presence. When My
people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I
am displeased. When you walk through a
day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in
Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more
you focus on My Presence with you, the more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify e through your pleasure in Me. Thus proclaim My Presence to the watching
Matthew 1:23; John 10:10-11
AM YOURS FOR ALL ETERNITY. I am the Alpha and the Omega: the One who is and was and is to come. The world you inhabit is a place of
constant changes—more than
your mind can absorb without going into shock.
Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern
science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely, I, however, am the same yesterday and today and forever.
I never change, your relationship with Me provides a rock-solid foundation for
your life. I will never leave your
side. When you move on from this life to
the next, My Presence beside you will shine brighter with each step. You have nothing to fear, because I am with
you for all time and throughout eternity.
Revelation 1:8; Hebrew 13:8; Psalm 102:25-27;
AM THE GOD OF ALL TIME and all that is.
Seek Me not only in the morning quietness but consistently throughout
the day. Do not let unexpected problems
distract you from My Presence. Instead,
talk with Me about everything, and watch confidently to see what I will do.
need not interrupt your communion with Me.
When things go “wrong”, you tend to react as if you’re being
punished. Instead of this negative
response, try to view difficulties as blessings in disguise. Make Me
your Refuge by pouring out your heart to Me, trusting in Me at all times.
Psalm 55:17; Psalm 32:6; Psalm 62:8
ME in early morning splendor. I eagerly
await you here. In the stillness of this
holy time with Me, I renew your strength
and saturate you with Peace. While
others turn over for extra sleep or anxiously tune in to the latest news, you
commune with the Creator of the universe.
I have awakened in your heart strong desires to know Me. This longing originated in Me, though it now
burns brightly in you.
you seek My Face in response to My Love-call, both of us are blessed. This is a deep mystery, designed more for
your enjoyment than for your understanding.
I am not a dour God who discourages pleasure. I delight in your enjoyment of everything that is true, noble, right, pure,
lovely, and admirable. Think on these
things, and My Light in you will shine brighter day by day.
Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 27:4; Philippians 4:8
ME IN THE MIDST of the maelstrom. Sometimes
events whirl around you so quickly that they become a blur. Whisper My Name in recognition that I am
still with you. Without skipping a beat
in the activities that occupy you, you
find strength and Peace through praying My Name. Later, when the happenings have run their
course, you can talk with Me more fully.
each day just as it comes to you. Do not
waste your time and energy wishing for a different set of circumstances. Instead, trust Me enough to yield to My
design and purposes. Remember that
nothing can separate you from My loving Presence; you are Mine.
Philippians 2:9-11; Isaiah 43:1
TO ENCOUNTER ADVERSITY in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply
fallen world. Stop trying to find a way
that circumvents difficulties. The main
problem with an easy life is that it masks your need for Me. When you became a Christian, I infused My
very Life into you, empowering you to live on a supernatural plane by depending
coming face to face with impossibilities:
situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not
something you should try to evade. It is
precisely where I want you—the best
place to encounter Me in My Glory and
power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to
Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch Me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence.
Revelation 19:1; Psalm 91:1
CONTINUALLY CALL YOU to closeness with Me.
I know the depth and breadth of your need for Me. I can read the emptiness of your thoughts
when they wander away from Me. I
offer rest for your soul, as well as refreshment for your mind and body. As you increasingly find fulfillment in Me,
other pleasures become less important.
Knowing Me intimately is like having a private wellspring of Joy within
you. This spring flows freely from My
throne of grace, so your Joy is independent of circumstances.
in My Presence keeps you connected to Me, aware of all that I offer you. If you feel any deficiency, you need to
refocus your attention on Me. This is
how you trust Me in the moments of your life.
Psalm 131:2; Psalm 21:6; Psalm 37:7
I AM A GOD WHO HEALS. I heal
broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken
relationships. My very Presence has
immense healing powers. You cannot live
close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing. However, it is also true that you have not because you ask not.
first step in receiving healing is to live ever so close to Me. As you grow more and more intimate with Me, I
reveal My will to you more directly.
When the time is right, I prompt you to ask for healing of some
brokenness in you or in another person.
The healing may be instantaneous, or it may be a process. That is up to Me. You rpart is to trust e fully and to thank Me
for the restoration that has begun.
rarely heal all the brokenness in a person’s life. Even My servant Paul was told, “My grace is sufficient for you”, when
he sought healing for the thorn in his
flesh. Nonetheless, much healing is
available to those whose lives are intimately interwoven with Mine. Ask,
and you will receive.
Psalm 103:3; James 4:2(KJV); 2 Corinthians
12:7-9; Matthew 7:7
WITH ME FOR A WHILE. I have much to tell
you. You are walking along the path I
have chosen for you. It is both a
privileged and a perilous way:
experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that reality to
others. Sometimes you feel presumptuous
to be carrying out such an assignment.
not worry about what other people think of you.
The work I am doing in you is hidden at first. But eventually blossoms will burst forth, and
abundant fruit will be borne. Stay on
the path of Life with Me. Trust Me
wholeheartedly, letting My Spirit fill you with Joy and Peace.
1 Kings 8:23; Galatians 5:22-23
TRUST ME, and don’t be afraid. I want you to view trials as exercises
designed to develop your trust-muscles.
You live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles, and fear is one of
Satan’s favorite weapons. When you start
to feel afraid, affirm your trust in Me.
Speak out loud, if circumstances permit.
Resist the devil in My Name, and
he will slink away from you. Refresh
yourself in My holy Presence. Speak or
sing praises to Me, and My Face will shine radiantly upon you.
that there is no condemnation for those
who belong to Me. You have been
judged NOT GUILTY for all eternity. Trust Me, and don’t be afraid; for I am your
Strength, Song, and Salvation.
James 4:7; Romans 8:1-2; Isaiah 12:2
YOUR LOVED ONES TO ME; release them into My protective care. They are much safer with Me than in your
clinging hands. If you let a loved one
become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one—as well as yourself. Remember the extreme measures I used with
Abraham and Isaac. I took Isaac to the
very point of death to free Abraham from son-worship. Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly
because of the father’s undisciplined emotions.
I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.
you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand. As you entrust others into My care, I am free
to shower blessings on them. My Presence will go with them wherever they
go, and I will give them rest. This
same Presence stays with you, as you relax and place your trust in Me. Watch to see what I will do.
Genesis 22:9; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14
AM ALL AROUND YOU, hovering over you as you seek My Face. I am nearer than you dare believe, closer
than the air you breathe. If My children
could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again. I know
every thought before you think it, every word before you speak it. My Presence impinges on your innermost
being. Can you see the absurdity of
trying to hide anything from Me? You can
easily deceive other people, and even yourself; but I read you like an open,
within themselves, most people have some awareness of My imminent
Presence. Many people run from Me and
vehemently deny My existence, because My closeness terrifies them. But My own children have nothing to fear, for
I have cleansed them by My blood and clothed them in My righteousness. Be blessed by My intimate nearness. Since I live in you, let Me also live through
you, shining My Light into the darkness.
Psalm 139:1-4; Ephesians 2:13; 2 Corinthians
AM THE ETERNAL I AM; I always have been,
and I always will be. In My Presence you
experience Love and Light, Peace and Joy.
I am intimately involved in all your moments, and I am training you to
be aware of Me at all times. Your
assignment is to collaborate with Me in this training process.
have taken up residence within you; I am central in your innermost being. Your mind goes off in tangents from its holy
Center, time after time. Do not be
alarmed by your inability to remain focused on Me. Simply bring your thoughts gently back to Me
each time they wander. The quickest way
to redirect your mind to me is to whisper My Name.
Exodus 3:14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Psalm
ME in the midst of a messy day. Your
inner calm—your Peace
in My Presence—need not
be shaken by what is going on around you.
Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted
and grounded in eternity. When you start
to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order
and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot
touch My Peace.
My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things
from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do
not be afraid. The Peace I give is
sufficient for you.
John 16:33; Psalm 105:4; John 14:27
TIME WITH ME for the pure pleasure of being in My company. I can brighten up the dullest of gray days; I
can add sparkle to the routines of daily life.
You have to repeat so many tasks day after day. This monotony can dull your thinking until
your mind slips into neutral. A mind
that is unfocused is vulnerable to “the world, the flesh, and the devil”, all
of which exert a downward pull on your thoughts. As your thinking processes deteriorate, you
become increasingly confused and directionless.
The best remedy is to focus your mind and heart on Me, your constant
the most confusing day opens up before you as you go step by step with Me. My Presence goes with you wherever you go,
providing Light for your path.
Psalm 63:7-8; Psalm 119:105
STRONG in the Light of My Presence. As
My Face shines upon you, you receive nutrients that enhance your growth in
grace. I designed you to commune with Me
face to Face, and this interaction strengthens your soul. Such communion provides a tiny glimpse of
what awaits you in heaven, where all barriers between you and My Glory will be
removed. This meditative time with Me
blesses you doubly: You experience My
Presence here and now, and you are refreshed by the hope of heaven, where you
will know Me in ecstatic Joy.
Psalm 4:6-8; Revelation 21:23
YOUR TRUST IN ME by sitting quietly in My Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and
refuse to worry about anything. This
sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day
will bring. By waiting with Me before
you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence. This act of faith—waiting before working—is noted in the spirit world, where
your demonstration of trust weakens principalities
and powers of darkness.
most effective way to resist evil is to draw near Me. When you need to take action, I will guide
you clearly through My Spirit and My Word.
The world is so complex and over stimulating that you can easily lose
your sense of direction. Doing countless
unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with Me, I restore your
sense of direction. As you look to Me
for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.
Luke 12:22-26; Ephesians 6:12; Proverbs 16:3
IS NO PLACE so desolate that you cannot find Me there. When Hagar fled from her mistress, Sarah,
into the wilderness, she thought she was utterly alone and forsaken. But Hager encountered Me in that desolate
place. There she addressed Me as the Living One who sees me. Through that encounter with My Presence, she
gained courage to return to her mistress.
set of circumstances could ever isolate you from My loving Presence. Not only do I see you always; I see you as a
redeemed saint, gloriously radiant in My righteousness. That is why I take great delight in you and rejoice over you with singing!
Genesis 16:7-14(AMP); Psalm 139: 7-10;
STRONG IN YOUR WEAKNESS. Some of My
children I’ve gifted with abundant strength and stamina. Others, like you, have received the humble
gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a
punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith.
On the contrary, weak ones like you must live by faith, depending on Me
to get you through the day. I am
developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me, rather than on you
understanding. Your natural preference
is to plan out your day, knowing what will happen when. My preference is for you to depend on Me
continually, trusting Me to guide you and strengthen you as needed. This is how you grow strong in your weakness.
James 4:13-15; Proverbs 3:5(AMP); Isaiah