In response to President Trump's election, far-left activists in California are campaigning for the state to secede from our nation. This will leave California vulnerable to attack in many ways, and it will also weaken our country's boundaries.
My daughter and her family live 30 minutes from California's Monterey Bay, and I've visited many times. Aside from the high-traffic zones, the exorbitant cost of living, and the liberal mindsets of many (certainly not all), this state is amazing in many ways. The jaw-dropping coastal scenes captured my heart right away. The mountains, hills, vast agricultural vistas, and lush back yards are all stunning. California has an inspiring history that is rich and unique. The state motto is Eureka! This Greek word means "I have found it!" I certainly understand the excitement.
Yes, a part of my heart is in California. I want to see "The Golden State" prosper under President Trump's leadership....
When we have a "deep thought" that stands in contrast to our ordinary thoughts, does this mean we're having a moment of personal brilliance, or is it the Spirit of God giving us something new to consider? I'm sure that many times it is God's voice, nudging us to explore a matter from His perspective.
On a recent morning, I was wrestling with negativity—with the usual sniper fire from the enemy, meant to distract me from God's amazing truth. Then a "deep thought" came and sent the enemy running for the hills:
What if I was successful in the world but not close to God—or didn't have Him in my life at all? What a tragedy that would be! I am truly blessed by my current place of need for God's presence and for His provision.
Thank You, Lord, for sharing Your perspective with me!
God was not asking me to discard my faith in His promises—to settle for things as they are. But He was reminding me of the riches I had...
How many of you remember reading The Prayer of Jabez, a small but important book that was published in 2000? This tiny volume got the attention ofreaders around the world. I was reminded of Jabez again on Christmas morning when reading from a devotional book that mentions his prayer.
The name of Jabez is only recorded in the following two verses of the Bible:
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested - 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.
Fifteen years later, my only remembrance from the book about Jabez is that "God answers prayer." So when I read this scripture again, it was the Holy Spirit who...