TO ME when you are hurting, and I will soothe your pain. Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will
share your Joy, multiplying it many times over.
I am All you need, just when you need it. Your deepest desires find fulfillment in Me
is the age of self-help. Bookstores
abound with books about “taking care of number one”, making oneself the center
of all things. The main goal of these
methodologies is to become self-sufficient and confident. You, however, have been called to take a
“road less traveled”: continual
dependence on Me. True confidence comes
from knowing you are complete in My Presence.
Everything you need has its counterpart in Me.
John 15:5; James 1:4
YOU BECOME increasingly aware of My Presence, you find it easier to discern the
way you should go. This is one of the
practical benefits of living close to Me.
Instead of wondering about what is on the road ahead or worrying about
what you should do it…or when…, you can concentrate on staying in communication
with Me. When you actually arrive at a
choice-point, I will show you which direction to go.
people are so preoccupied with future plans and decisions that they fail to see
choices they need to make today. Without
any conscious awareness, they make their habitual responses. People who live this way find a dullness
creeping into their lives. They
sleepwalk through their days, following well-worn paths of routine.
the Creator of the universe, am the most creative Being imaginable. I will not leave you circling in deeply
rutted paths. Instead, I will lead you
along fresh trails of adventure, revealing to you things you did not know. Stay in communication with Me. Follow My guiding Presence.
Psalm 32:8; Genesis 1:1
NOT EXPECT to be treated fairly in this life.
People will say and do hurtful things to you, things that you don’t
deserve. When someone mistreats you, try
to view it as an opportunity to grow in grace.
See how quickly you can forgive the one who has wounded you. Don’t be concerned about setting the record
straight. Instead of obsessing about
other people’s opinions of you, keep your focus on Me. Ultimately, it is My view of you that counts.
you concentrate on relating to Me, remember that I have clothes you in My
righteousness and holiness. I see you
attired in these radiant garments, which I bought for you with My blood. This also is not fair; it is pure gift. When others treat you unfairly, remember that
My ways with you are much better than fair.
My ways are Peace and Love, which
I have poured out into your heart by My Spirit.
Colossians 3:13; Isaiah 61:10; Ephesians 1:7-8;
IN MY PRESENCE A WHILE. Rein in your
impulses to plunge into the day’s activities.
Beginning your day alone with Me is essential preparation for success. A great athlete takes time to prepare himself
mentally for the feat ahead of him before he moves a muscle. Similarly, your time of being still in My
Presence equips you for the day ahead of you.
Only I know what will happen to you this day. I have arranged the events you will encounter
as you go along your way. If you are not adequately equipped for the journey,
you will grow weary and lose heart. Relax with Me while I ready you for action.
Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 12:3
I AM WITH YOU. I am with you. I am with you. Heaven’s bells continually peal with
that promise of My Presence. Some people
never hear those bells because their minds are earthbound and their hearts are
closed to Me. Others hear the bells only
once or twice in their lifetimes, in rare moments of seeking Me above all
else. My desire is that My “sheep” hear
My voice continually, for I am the
is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice. Beginners need a quiet place in order to
still their minds. As you advance in
this discipline, you gradually learn to carry the stillness with you wherever
you go. When you step back into the
mainstream of life, strain to hear those glorious bells: I am
with you. I am with you. I am with you.
Jeremiah 29:12-13; John 10:14, 27-28
TO LISTEN TO ME even while you are listening to other people. As they open their souls to your scrutiny, you are on holy ground. You need the help of My Spirit to respond
appropriately. Ask Him to think through
you, live through you, love through you.
My own Being is alive within you in the Person of the Holy Spirit. If you respond to others’ needs through your
unaided thought processes, you offer them dry crumbs. When the Spirit empowers your listening and
speaking, My streams of living water flow
through you to other people. Be a
channel of My Love, Joy, and Peace by listening to Me as you listen to others.
Exodus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; John 7:38-39