“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  psalm 107:1

Let me tell you what my Heavenly Father has done for me.  He had the birds sing me a good morning song when I woke up.  Although, I didn’t want to open my eyes, he still gave me sight.  I stumbled over a shoe as I rushed to get ready, but he didn’t let me fall.

When I stepped outside of the house, he shined his light on me and he caressed my cheeks with the wind.  His favor was upon me as he turned the traffic lights green at just the right time.  He kept an army of angels around me to watch over and protect me.

When I arrived at work, I was knee-deep in chaos.  Problems sprang up one after another.  I started to worry.  I called out to him in my frustration and he calmed my spirit.  He comforted me and renewed my strength.  He restored order to my chaos.  He replaced my confusion with his wisdom.

In the evening, he lit a path home with the light of the moon and stars.  Although, the birds were asleep, he still had crickets to sing me a goodnight song.  Though I was surrounded by darkness, I was still protected.  My body was weary but he let me rest in his arms.

Before I drifted off to sleep, I thought about how all day long, my Father’s grace and mercy were with me.  I thought about how he protected and guided me.  When I felt sick, he healed me.  When I ignored him or rebelled against his will, he patiently waited for me.  When I whined and grumbled because I didn’t get my way, he never stopped loving me.  He never stopped blessing me.  He always helped me.  This is what my Heavenly Father has done for me.  If he did it for me, I know he will do it for you too.  You’re a child of God, look up, his arms are already outstretched for you.  Grab a hold of him and don’t let go.



Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…”  Philippians 2:15-16 

It starts off small, a slight grumbling in the pit of your stomach. Then, your heart starts pounding. You can’t stop tapping your foot on the floor or drumming your fingers on the desk. Your cheeks become flushed. Your blood pressure rises. 

It’s an airborne virus and it rapidly spreads from one person to another. Many people don’t know they have contracted it until it’s too late. If left untreated it can lead to depression, isolation, cardiovascular disorders, weakened immune system and possibly death. 

Few people recognize the seriousness of this virus and too many people don’t even know it exists. It’s called Chronic Complaining. You might know someone afflicted by this. This person won’t realize that they have it. They will read this and start complaining about all the people that they think should read this. 

Please, don’t get mad at me. I know we all get frustrated and complain about things to vent. I’m guilty of it too. However, complaining becomes a problem when the first thing out of your mouth, after you say hello, is a complaint. It’s a problem if the only things that come out of your mouth are complaints. It’s a problem when your complaining outweighs your praising. 

Have you ever noticed when one person in a room starts complaining about something, everyone in the room ends up joining in shortly after? The next thing you know the whole group is complaining and angry about everything. The room fills up with a suffocating negative energy that remains long after the complaining stops. There is nothing positive about complaining–it only stirs up anger, causes people to become stressed out and it takes the focus off of finding a possible resolution. 

As believers, we’re supposed to be spreading encouragement. We’re supposed to bring light to the darkness not add to it. Can you imagine the good that could be accomplished if instead of focusing our energy on complaining, we focused it on finding the solution? There would be no stopping us. 

There is no problem in this world that God does not already have the solution to. So, next time you feel like you’re coming down with a case of Chronic Complaining, stop, take a breath and ask yourself if complaining will help the situation or add to the chaos. Never let your complaining outweigh your praising.


“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him.”  Deuteronomy 30:19  

The world says that you’re not pretty enough. The Word says that you were fearfully and wonderfully created by God. His works are wonderful.

The world says your dreams will never be fulfilled. It says that you should think realistically. The Word says that nothing is impossible with God.

The world says that you’ll never be healed of that terminal illness. The Word says that by Jesus Christ’s stripes you are healed.

The world says that it’s perfectly natural for you to be afraid of the future. You should worry about your life because it’s unpredictable. The Word says that you should be anxious for nothing. God is an ever-present help.

The world says that the economy is bad. It’s impossible to prosper in this climate. The Word says that God will provide for all your needs. There’s no such thing as a depression in the Kingdom of God.

The world says that crime is high and there’s no protection for natural disasters. The Word says that the Lord has commanded his angels to watch over you.

The world says that if someone does you wrong, you should seek retribution. The Word says revenge is the Lord’s. You should love, forgive and pray for your enemies.

The world says that you should hold on tight to everything you have. You should only think of yourself. The Word says to give and be generous. It also says to not store up your treasures on earth but to store up treasures in heaven.

The world says that you are unworthy of love and good things. The Word says that you are a child of the Most High. It says that God loved you so much that he gave his only begotten son just so that you could receive his blessings. How could you possibly be unworthy when your father is God Almighty?

The world will always say things that are contrary to what the Word says, but it’s up to you to decide which one you will put your faith in–the world or the Word of God.

Choose life.


“A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3: 2-4

Your season is starting to change. You’re about to receive a blessing but are you ready for it? Have you prepared your soil to produce your harvest? Are there weeds that need to be destroyed and uprooted? Are there broken plants that need extra care and healing? Are there fences that need to be mended?

During the transition from one season to another, there is a lot of work to be done. It’s time to prepare your soil with the Word of God. It’s time to spend consistent, quality time with Him. That means not only talking to Him but listening to Him as well. It’s time to uproot bad habits and attitudes. It’s time to let go of the anger, bitterness and fear that we’ve been holding on to. It’s time to receive healing for past hurts. It’s time to take a look at our relationships. Are we holding on to unhealthy or dead relationships and neglecting the healthy, loving ones? It’s time to forgive not only other people but it’s time to forgive ourselves. It’s time to rebuild the fences that we have neglected. Fences that we have built to protect our minds and our hearts from the negative images, thoughts and people that surround us on a daily basis.

Last but not least, it’s time to stay in praise. When God sees you through this struggle, He has a magnificent blessing waiting for you.

“…a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3: 5-8



Here’s a special prayer for those of us struggling to get through the work week.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for my job.  Although, I may not like where I’m at right now, I realize how blessed I am.  Lord, I know this is not my end destination.  You did not place me in this position to be cold-hearted, bitter and selfish.  I’m here to let the light that you have placed inside of me to shine through.  I’m here to be compassionate and helpful.  I may not want to face the challenges before me today, but Lord, I know that you are with me.  Your are guiding my steps.  Lord, I ask that my thoughts and the words of my mouth are pleasing to you.  May the words I speak bring encouragement and comfort to others.  Thank you, Father for your grace and mercy.  Thank you for your favor and thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a blessing to others today.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

I hope this is as much of a blessing to you as it is to me.


“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:4

It’s that time again, the end of another season and the beginning of new one. We only want spring and summer and we fight the cold, barren autumn and winter seasons. Our lives are a lot like this too.

Some of you are going through a season of change in your lives. Some are in winter, every step you take feels like you’re walking on thin ice. They’re cold and feel isolated. Be encouraged, God’s hands will keep you steady. “If the Lord delights in a man’s ways, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37: 23-24

Some people are going through their autumn season. Their harvest hasn’t been as bountiful and their soil has hardened. Their life feels bare, like the trees, whose leaves have fallen to the ground. Be encouraged, God will provide. “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” Psalm 107:9

Some of you are blessed to be in your summer season. It’s a relaxing and playful time. The sun is shining on you, making you feel warm and cared for. However, for others, the summer weather is getting too hot and humid. The sun is scorching them and their land. They’re desperately searching for shade and water. Be encouraged, God will give you shade and water. “He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs.” Psalm 107: 35

Lastly, some of you are enjoying your spring season. The weather is just right, not too hot or too cold. Everything is in bloom. The land is covered with beautiful flowers. Though for some, the spring is rainy and dreary. They feel overwhelmed by the flood of problems and negativity. Their life feels like they’re fighting one storm after another. Be encouraged, God is a life saver. “He stilled the storm to a whisper.” Psalm 107: 29

No matter what season you’re in, be encouraged. A season doesn’t last forever. God will lead you through it, if you let Him. The seasons change, but God remains the same and He will love you through them all.

I’ll have part two for you next week.  Be blessed, everyone!