MOTIVATE ME: Three Things to Remember When You’re Opposed

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward…

MOTIVATE ME: Fill Your Mind with God’s Word, Not Worry

  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV). When you are worried, don’t repress it, suppress it, or…

POWER THOUGHTS: God Wants to Give You Freedom

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NIV). The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody ordering me around.” Everybody else may get burned by you, but you get to…

POWER THOUGHTS: God’s Plan for Your Pain

“If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you” (1 Peter 4:19 NLT) Remember what photography was like before everything went digital? When you took a picture, the first thing you’d get was…

MOTIVATE ME: Don’t Worry. Trust God!

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NLT). We can be a hero one day and a zero the next day, a millionaire one day and bankrupt the next. No matter how much we…

MOTIVATE ME: Two Ways to Examine Your Experiences

“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NLT). An unexamined experience is worthless. There are people who are 50 years old who haven’t lived 50 years. They’ve lived one year…

POWER THOUGHTS: If You Believe It, Then Do It

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22 NIV).Yesterday, we looked at Mark 12:30: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (NLT). And one way to look at this verse is to focus on loving God with all…

PRAYER: 5 Evening Prayers to Close Your Day

  Evening Prayer for the Family Heavenly and merciful Father, as we come to the end of the day, I pray that You will spread your protective arms over me and my family. Cover us with your protecting angels and keep us well and safe from all harm and spiritual attacks. Almighty Father, I count…

MOTIVATE ME: Let God Breathe New Life into Your Healthy Efforts

“We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (Psalm 80:18 The Message)  The Bible says, “We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (Psalm 80:18 The Message) Breathing is one of the few functions of your…

MOTIVATE ME: God’s Solution for Loneliness

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” (2 Timothy 4:17a NIV). The Bible encourages us to consider several things when we grapple with loneliness: First, focus on the needs of others. We can choose to turn our eyes toward other people, instead of staying focused on ourselves. And we can look for specific…