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....
As children, my sisters and I would sometimes play church. We had visited an Episcopal service and were captivated by the formal ceremony, especially the lighting of candles.
Now as an adult, when I go into my prayer room to talk with God, I always light a candle, even if daylight is streaming in. I do this to mark the time as special—as being worthy of candlelight—and to invite the Holy Spirit. I've done this for several years, so now in my interaction with the Lord, candles symbolize prayer. For example, the Spirit speaks to me often through visions (mental images), and candles show up in the scenes when He's revealing details of how to intercede.
I imagine that God lights candles too. When we set apart time to be with Him, He values our effort and always responds with love. The flames from His holy candelabra send beautiful light and truth to us and to those we pray for. This fire of the Lord ca...
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...
Today is a perfect day to "arise and shine." The glory of the Lord is truly upon His people. But, if you doubt what I say, then please consider God's word on the subject:
Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! - Isaiah 60:1 AMPC.
I like how the Amplified Classic Bible gives added insight into the familiar, childhood words of "rise and shine." This should leave no doubt about God's desire for us.
On a day when I needed reminding of these words, the Holy Spirit quoted them to me. He purposely cited the AMPC version to convey the extra meaning. I was excited to hear this in my spirit. It's always thrilling to hear from God. I thanked Him for His direction, and I thought for a while about "rising and shining." Bu...