A Prayerful Response to the Coronavirus

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27

We’re living in troubled times. The Coronavirus is a globally spreading pandemic, affecting people from every continent and every walk of life. The young, the old, and everyone in-between is at risk.

It’s easy to panic right now. Maybe you are tempted to hoard supplies, anxiously watching the news, or fretting over all the horrible things that could happen to you and your loved ones.

These are natural and normal human reactions to chaos. But just because panic is a tempting reaction doesn’t mean it is your only choice. There’s another option that you may be tempted to overlook—peace.

What Is Peace?
Often, we think of peace as a blessing that we get every once in a while. Maybe you felt peace when you took a day off in the middle of the week to go spend time at the beach or when you heard the news that a loved one’s cancer hadn’t returned.

But peace isn’t just an unexpected blessing.

It’s also a choice.

Peace is something we can choose to experience, even in the middle of the Coronavirus. Even in the face of a global pandemic. Even when we fear losing our jobs. Even when we worry about feeding our families.

How you ask? It starts with turning your eyes towards God.

In Psalm 47:8, the Psalmist proclaimed, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” Just as these words were true over 2,000 years ago, they’re still true today. God is still on the throne. He still reigns. He is still in control

Think about that truth for just a moment. Despite the chaos, pain, and heartbreak we are encountering in the world today, God maintains absolute control.
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He is With You Always

I was weak. I was vulnerable. I was scared.

I was recovering from three consecutive major surgeries. I was heavily drugged … And I was under attack.

I was hearing voices, not happy, reassuring voices, these voices were low and demonic. In my mind’s eye, I was being visually attacked by creatures-creatures from the “underworld. (Satan likes to come after us when we’re at our lowest point. (Satan Tempts Jesus) Satan knows that the only way to possibly influence us is when we are laid wide open. Our minds are most easily influenced in this state.)

In fear, my soul cried out to my Savior. With the assurance that I am a child of God, I knew that He would protect me. Lying in my bed, I began mentally reciting scriptures from memory, singing praises to God, and denouncing Satan. Shouting at him in my mind, telling him, “You have no power over me! I belong to God, and he will protect me!”

Gradually the creatures began to disappear, replaced by blooming flowers. One of Jesus’s names is “the Rose of Sharon.” I believe the flowers were to remind me that He was with me. As a sense of peace enveloped me, I eventually relaxed and went to sleep.

This is an experience I pray I never have to go through again. But I am grateful for the result of the strengthening of my faith, and the increased knowledge of God’s ever presence in my life.


Ask and You Shall Receive

Matt 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  Matt 7:7-8

Our God is an awesome and generous God!

I decided I really wanted to be a lifetime member in a forum that I was paying a monthly fee for. The amount was prohibitive, but if I took into account the many times I paid during the year, the one-time cost made sense. For two weeks I prayed that if it was God’s will and I could bring glory to Him with what I learn from the members, He would provide me with the means to join permanently. I looked around my things. Maybe I could sell something.  I thought. I could find nothing. I brainstormed ideas to write and sell as e-books. A few ideas came to mind, but there is no guarantee the books would sell.

Then, after God gave me time to show that I was willing to earn the money for myself, He provided the funds. How He provided them isn’t important, suffice it to say that it was unexpected…you might even say miraculous. I do..

I have always believed God provided for our needs, but I have sometimes forgotten that He also provided for our wants. However, there are several places in the Bible that assure us that He gives us the extra desires of our hearts. 1John 5:14-15 says that we can have confidence in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. Matt 21:22 says Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive. Not one verse I found says “if you need it” they all say “whatever” or “anything.” That includes your wants. I thank God for this generosity.

I can only guess how this gift from God will provide me the opportunity to spread His glory more powerfully and efficiently. I’m excited to start my new journey and see where He takes me with this new knowledge..

Have you received an unexpected showering of God’s grace in your life? I’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave your comment below.

God is Everlasting

Psalm 100:5
“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

Everlasting means; lasting forever, constantly recurring, and eternal duration.

God is many things; compassionate, caring, loving, and most importantly everlasting. God has always been, and will always be.

To endure means to continue in existence, and to last.

God tells us that His truth endures forever. His word has not changed and will not change; it will continue to be as it always was. You can count on the Word of God to be truthful, comforting, gentle, and firm all at the same time. We serve one who is bigger than us, and who can endure all things.

Lord, Help me to always remember that you are everlasting. You are then, now, and forever. You have not forgotten Your children, we are loved and cherished more then we will ever know. Thank You for always being available both good times and bad ; all that we have to do is pray. In Your name, Amen

Prayer: Communication With God

Prayer is our way of communication with God.  It is an important aspect of our relationship with him. Like any relationship, communication is essential.

God wants a personal relationship with us and it is through prayer we develop that relationship.

Paul tells us in 1Thess 5:17 to “pray without ceasing. Therefore, we are to be constantly in contact with our Heavenly Father. With the various forms of prayer available, this is easy to accomplish.
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The Lord’s Prayer Revisited

Our Father who is in heaven,
Your name is holy. Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on the earth, as it is done in heaven.
Give us all we need each day.
And forgive us our sins, as we are to forgive those who do us wrong..
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one:
For Your’s is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Several months ago, I wrote a post about The Lord’s Prayer: a simple, familiar prayer given to us by Jesus. I called it the perfect example of how we should pray. Today, I’m reposting this entry and using a more modern version I heard on an online podcast. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the speaker, so I can’t give proper credit.
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I love this time of the year: the colorful lights, joyful sounds of caroling, and happy laughter of children. I look forward to the birth of our Savior.

Unfortunately, mixed with the joy is a sadness.The tragedy in Connecticut lingers in our hearts and minds, casting a shadow over the season.

Twenty children, eagerly awaiting Christmas, taken so suddenly and unnecessarily. My heart cries for all of us, for we are all affected in one way or another. My solace is the thought that these young ones are in Heaven, celebrating with Jesus this year.

I pray you will allow this thought and the Joy of Christmas lighten the darkness and bring you a measure of peace.



The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:17,18

Life isn’t always easy. Some days, nothing seems to go our way. Challenges pile up, then we become stressed and unhappy. At these times it isn’t easy to praise God. Digging into The Word can comfort our troubled minds.
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My Prayer


My Prayer


Today I will rejoice in the Lord.

He has filled me with joy,

He has released me from sin.

Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice,

help me be worthy of it.

Give me strength to accept your will,

guide me to follow your way.

Ever increase my life with your riches.

Secure in the knowledge

earthly treasures comfort for a short time,

yet heavenly treasures last an eternity.

I praise you, O Lord, you’re awesome!

You lighten my heart and bring song to my soul.

Humbled by your love, I rejoice.

Praise be to you, O Lord!