Pastor John Baldwin
MDiv, MRE, MAR,
ThM Church History, Dmin
 
Senior Pastor at Berea Baptist Church, Rockville, Virginia
Pastor John grew up in Central, Virginia.  He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College where he earned a Bachelors in History and Religion.  He is also a graduate of Liberty University, where he earned a Masters of Religious Education, a Masters of Art in Religion, and a Masters of Divinity.  He is currently pursuing a Masters of Religion in Church History, and a Doctorate of Ministry with an Emphasis on Church Planting and Evangelism.  
 
John is married to his wonderful wife Juliet, and they have three sons: Tim, John, and Weston.  He has a passion for sharing the Gospel of Christ with everyone he encounters, and embraces the opportunities that each day brings to share the love of Jesus.   
 
His favorite verse is Romans 8:28—“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.”

Distraction

Distraction
 
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14
 
God is working in amazing ways in you right now! I am truly excited! He is making you more and more like His Son. Romans 8:29 tells us that God created us to be like His son: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”
 
I want to encourage you, even as you get up and prepare for the day, God is going to continue to work in and through you—keep moving forward. One day at a time! Encourage someone else along your path, knowing that God placed them there for a reason. Remember that what we might see as an inconvenience, God sees as an opportunity! Embrace it today!
 
Our word of focus today is “distraction”! I think it’s pretty amazing that of all of the words that the Lord wants us to FOCUS on, we are looking at DISTRACTION (those things that keep us from focusing)
How many of us create plans for the day? I do! Both of my hands are raised high! I am up writing early this morning, and I have a plan set out for things that I want to get done. I am fully aware of the fact that some of those things will not get done today because of distractions that I will encounter. Now, some of those distractions are Holy Distractions. They allow me the chance to rest, repent, be restored, and experience Christ on an entirely different level. Those are great distractions. But what about the other kind?
 
As I sit here writing, my mind has been wandering. My thoughts have been cluttered. My emotions have been all over the place. In just the short amount of time that I have been up, I have gone in and out of focusing on what God wants to do in and through me today several times. So, let’s define what a distraction is.
A distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. The word comes from the Latin dis-, “apart,” and trahere, “drag.” A distraction is something that drags you away from what you were doing. The implication is that this isn’t something that we willingly happens!
 
A distraction can be anything: a person walking in the room, a hunger pain, a clock ticking on the wall, a dog scratching his head, someone breathing heavy, “A squirrel”. A distraction is simply anything that pulls our eyes off of the goal or the person in front of us. In and of themselves, they are not bad things. They are simply tools that can force us to change course. One important fact to note about distractions is that they often times reveal what we love. Our attention or focus often settles in on what matters most to us.
 
Can you think of Biblical characters who were distracted?
 
1. Sampson— “After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.[c]And his strength left him.” Judges 16:19
 
2. David–In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:1
 
3. Eve—”When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked;” Genesis 3:6-7
4. Martha– But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”
Luke 10:40
 
As believers in Christ, we experience distractions all of the time. Anything that might pull us away from our time with God, or seeking His purpose for our lives, or embracing the path He has for us is a distraction. Even right now, some of us are thinking about what we have to do when we finish reading the challenge this morning. We are wondering if this will be a short writing or a long one. We are even wondering what day we are in on this 40 day challenge (we are on day 32). Distractions happen all of the time and in so many ways.
 
The Bible tells us that distractions are a reality that we all face:
This I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is appropriate and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:35
 
In a world that is clearly filled with distractions, how do we respond? It’s as if we are conditioned to distractions, because they happen all of the time. There is no sense of developing a gift of focus or self-control (although self-control is part of the fruits of the spirit that we should be developing). Instead, there is the constant barrage of change and rethinking that has our mind on constant overload.
 
Distractions will impact us in three different ways:
 
1. It will attack our identity and force us to question who we are in Christ. This can lead to doubts and feelings of despair.
 
2. It will speed us up or slow us down. Our pace in life and in our relationship with Christ will be drastically impacted. We become impatient, either wanting things to happen sooner than God desires, or waiting longer than we should, and hesitating when He is leading us to move forward.
 
3. It will present you with an imitation. Remember that the devil is always trying to imitate God. This imitation might come as a new job, or relationship, or opportunity. So how can you tell if it’s an imitation? Remember, this distraction will always come with a compromise, like taking a job or being in a relationship that moves you farther away from God.
 
There are 2 things we can do to work through distractions:
 
1. Focus.
The Bible tell us in Prov. 4:25—” Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”
Be intentional about everything that you do, from spending time in prayer to getting groceries at the store. Always keep Christ at the forefront.
 
2. Evaluate.
Earlier, I mentioned the concept of Holy Distractions. Those are distractions that God intentionally puts in our path. So, we have to wonder, how do you tell the difference? Here is the one question that I ask, when faced with understanding the distractions in front of me– “Is this distraction bringing me or someone near me right now, closer to Christ, or farther away?” If the answer to that is closer, then it is a Holy Distraction– EMBRACE it. If the answer is farther away, then come back to the vision God has given you and keep moving forward.
 
Challenge:
 
• Set aside some time to simply be in the presence of Christ again. Don’t be distracted by anything else. Focus on Him. Rest in Him. Trust in Him today and watch how He will work. Don’t put a time limit on this. Stay as long as He leads you to stay there. You are developing a sense of understanding and recognition about what He wants for you! I am proud of you! Keep going.
 
• Then, as you go about your day, when you feel distracted, decide if it is a Holy Distraction or not. Embrace the Holy distractions. Move on from the other distractions and keep your eyes focused on Christ. He is using you my friend! I know it! Ask Him to keep you focused on Him today!
Question:

What distractions do you have today that might hinder your walk with the Lord?

What can you do about them?

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You Can’t Contain Him

“The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.”

1 Kings 8:27

 

I want us to try and wrap our mind around that phrase right there—“You Can’t Contain Him”.  What does it mean?  How does it impact our view of Him?  How does it impact our view of everything going on around us?

 

God is so much bigger and better and stronger than we could ever imagine, and there is nothing in this world that can throw His plans off track!

 

Isaiah 60:20-22 state—

 

Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
    and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
    the work of my hands,
    for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

 

Restoration is coming!

 

Not too long ago, I had a friend share some great insight into how God can use us, and how He expects us to be the salt of the earth.  In Matthew 5:13, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth.”  My friend made the reference to saltiness by pointing out that our physical/literal saltiness occurs in the midst of our labor. How?  Well when we are exerting ourselves, we find ourselves sweating. Sweaty = Salty!

 

Physically, that makes sense, but what about spiritually, what does that look like? As believers,  our saltiness is shown in our obedience to Him; to be His hands and feet to the world around us, both physically and spiritually. 

 

I was biking along the trails around Belle Isle here in Richmond not too long ago.  I had been biking for about an hour.  That hour was intense, because I was trying to keep up with a group of bicyclists that is far better and more experienced at this than I am.  An hour of intense bike riding was all that I could take that afternoon.  When I finished up, I stopped and looked at how drenched in sweat I was.  Then, as it always does when I have an intense workout, thirst consumed me.  And there is only one way to quench that thirst—a nice ice cold bottle of water! 

 

As I sat by the river drinking the bottle of water that I had, the Lord brought two passages to my mind:

 

  • John 4:14 which says “whoever drinks of the water that I give will Never be thirsty again.”Now, follow me on this rabbit trail for just a second–In order to physically sweat (be salty) we need literal water. In order to be the spiritual salt of the earth for the Lord we need His living water flowing through us. That seems to be an obvious truth, and something that we will all agree about.  However, the second verse was the one that hit me like a hammer. 

 

  • Jeremiah 2:13 states, “my  people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

 

There are two parts to this passage that can apply to our spiritual journey today:

 

  • First, we try so hard to do things on our own (“they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,”.  We try to create water, or something that is very similar to water, but in the end, it’s not water.  I don’t care how you feel about Gatorade or Power Aid, or any other type of sports drink that might be available, nothing quenches that thirst like actual, physical, clean, cool, crisp water. That same reality exists with spiritual water.  We can’t settle for imitation Living Water.  We can’t settle for something that looks like it, but really isn’t it.  No matter how beautifully packaged the imitation might be, anything less than the Living Water of Jesus will NEVER satisfy our soul. 

 

  • Second, we attempt to contain that power that comes from the Living Water, so that we might control it (“and hewed out cisters for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water”).  The Living Water was never meant to be contained.  It was meant to flow, but only in the manner that God wants it to–freely, for all people.  That is where true strength and peace will be found!

 

Remember, all that we do has to be done His way, for His purposes, for His glory. Let that living water flow! It brings life!

 

Challenge:

 

  • Today, spend time with the Lord, just Him alone. There is nothing else to do today but simply thank Him for what He is about to do.  You may not have a clue as to what that is, but He is using you.  You are going to see the lives of those you love drastically changed as God draws them closer to Himself; as God works in their lives.  You will see hardened hearts softened to the message of the Gospel. You will see those who have drifted away, begin to come back to the truths of His Word!  God is up to something amazing!  Continue to be obedient, and thank Him.  Thank Him!  Thank Him! Remember, the power flows from Him!

 

Question: 

Who do you pray that God will greatly impact in your life right now?

Who desperately needs the saving grace of Jesus?


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The End

The End

What do those words mean?  We see them as a movie or book comes to a close, but have we ever really stopped to understand what they imply?

It means that there is nothing else to expect. There is nothing else if we go farther. In fact, if means that we cannot go farther.

How does it make us feel?  To hear those words, what emotions run through our mind? 

Uncertainty, doubt, fear, confusion, hopelessness? 

All of those are emotions that can be deeply stirred when we recognize that we come to the end, but it all depends on what we are coming to the end of.  When we come to the end of a good book, we feel satisfaction.  When we come to the end of a scary movie, we feel relieved. When we come to the end of a semester of school, we feel the weight of many hours of study being removed from our shoulders.  When we come to the end of a work shift, we feel at peace.  When we come to the end of a relationship, we feel hurt.  When we come to the end of someone’s life, we feel heartache and pain. 

What about when we come to the end of ourselves?

We see an example of that with the prodigal son in Luke 15.  This young man left cocky and proud, ready to take on the world and conquer it.  But it wasn’t long until he realized that life was not always going to go the way that he thought it would.  There were hardships.  Some of them were brought on by his own decisions.  Some of them simply happened.  He would eventually find himself sleeping with the hogs, and finally recognizing that going back to his father and living as servant would be better than what he is doing right now–“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ Luke 15:20-22

 

He came to THE END.  The end of his thoughts, his ideas, his plans, his purposes, his dreams, his visions, his hopes.  All of that came to an end, and he was willing to be a servant to his father. 

Some of us may see his hardships and poor decisions as failings, but I tend to the view them as a necessary release.  He needed to release everything that he claimed as his own, so that he could be used by the father.  He had to come to the end of himself.  Only then would he recognize the beauty of living in his father’s house.

 

The Lord mocks the mockers
    but is gracious to the humble.[c]

35 The wise inherit honor,
    but fools are put to shame!

Proverbs 3:34-35

To experience Christ, to live as Christ, we must come to the end of ourselves. We must reach that moment where everything we have ever known or done ceases to be the very central part of our existence. Instead our focus is now upon Him because He is all that we have left.  And He is all that we need. 

Luke 9:23 tells us that we are to take up our Cross and follow Christ daily.

Galatians 2:20 tells us that we have been crucified with Christ, so it is no longer us who live, but Christ who lives in us!

There is beauty in recognizing that we are powerless–“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

 

Challenge:

Today, embrace the idea that you don’t need to fight against God.  You don’t need to fight against His plans.  You don’t need to prove yourself to Him.  You simply need to come to the end of yourself and allow Him to have complete control.

Sit in humility before the Lord, and embrace the grace, wisdom, and love that He offers.  You don’t need anything else—1 Peter 5:6-7, “ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

 

Question: 

What do you have in your life right now that is keeping you from experiencing the peace of surrendering completely to Christ? 


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The Need

Need

Last night I was reading through God’s Word, while I walked around Brown’s Island here in downtown Richmond.  The Lord placed the number 444 in front of me.  This number has shown up in the most random places in my life over the past year.  I have been driving down the road, listening to music, and all of a sudden look at my clock in the car and it says 4:44.  I have gone to the store to grab something quick to eat.  I go to the cash register to pay, and how much does it cost? —$4.44.  I have been out for a jog.  When I get back, I look at my tracker, which tells me how far I have gone, and I have literally gone 4.44 miles.   The number seems to be completely and totally random, and since I am not one to grab ahold of numerology, I have simply ignored it. 

Well, last night I was curious.

So I thought to myself, what’s the fourth book of the NT?  The Gospel of John.

What about the fourth chapter and the fourth verse—let’s see what that says: “But He needed to go through Samaria.”  

 

The 4thchapter of the Gospel of John is the story of the woman at the well.  I have read the story at least 50 times, and each time I do, I always pick up on something different.  There are so many applicable biblical principles that we can utilize as we grow closer to the Lord each day:

 

  • It shows us the need to address sin in our own lives.
  • It helps us to recognize that we can’t hide sin from God because He knows everything.
  • It reminds us that no matter where we are in our faith walk with the Lord, we should always be willing to share with others.
  • It reminds us that we don’t need to be ashamed of our past, because God can use us.
  • It even shows us that God can do miracles my changing the hearts and lives of so many in that city that day.

 

With all of that insight, and all of those great biblical points being made, I never once paid attention to the depth of what we see in v.4—“But He needed to go through Samaria”

The word that really stuck out for me last night was the word NEEDED!

I really had to sit and think about that word.  Did Jesus really Need to go through Samaria? Does He really NEED anything?  I couldn’t shake it from my mind.  When I think of needs, I think of air, food, a bed, friendships, etc.  I don’t think of traveling plans.  To me that comes across as a want—like I really want to go to the beach. It’s not that I need to, but I would really like to. 

 

We also have to look at the history of the people engaged here.  We know Jews and Samaritans were not fond of each other. In fact they really despised each other. And yet Jesus NEEDED to go through there. I walked…, thought…, prayed …  not really sure what that meaning might be. And then, just like the sound of a heavy weight slamming to the ground, it made sense.

 

I realized that the need wasn’t Jesus’ need.  It was the need of the woman at the well.  It’s the need of each of us.  We are in desperate NEED of Jesus each day, but we often times don’t even recognize it.  So what does He do?  He comes to us, in the midst of our need, knowing that we never would have come to Him in or own strength, so that we see His love and grace.  He needed to go through an area that despised Him so that the truth of Him might be presented to the woman at the well.  

 

As we continue reading, we see how the story turns out. This woman goes back to town, and tells everyone about Jesus.  The town comes out to see who she is talking about, and many surrender to Christ that day.  

 

Friends whatever you are going through trust the process.  Trust the plan. And remember that God can use you… God wants to use you… He needs to use you where you are right now so that He is proclaimed. Don’t be afraid. Walk in confidence, not in your ability, but in the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside you. I am praying for you, and cheering you on!  You are not alone!

 


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Panic

Panic

This word seems to dominate our culture right now.  Panic is defined as “sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior.”  There are two key parts to this word that make it so dangerous:

 

First the nature–it is sudden and uncontrollable.  No matter what is happening, this event happens quickly and without the ability of anyone to do anything about it.  There is a complete and total loss of any type of control, and thus an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

 

Second, the impact—it always causes behavior that does not reflect any sense of understanding or calm. Behaviors don’t make sense, conversations are irrational, and actions are beyond comprehension.  

Too often, when we sense panic in our own lives, in the economy, or even the government, there are those who simply tell us NOT TO PANIC.  Let’s be honest.  That advice never works.  I all we hear someone saying is that they don’t understand what we are going through. 

The Bible addresses the word “Panic”, not simply by telling us not to panic, but by telling us why we have no reason to panic. 

 

John 14: 27 is one of my favorite verses:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

 

In this passage, Jesus is sharing with his disciples that He will give them the peace that they will so desperately will need.  They don’t quite yet understand the severity of the events that are about to take place, but Christ is already assuring them that they will be okay.  He is letting them know that it will be His strength, and His peace that will guide them.  They need not worry because He will overcome. 

 

At some point each of us will have to make a decision.  Will we allow fear to dominate our lives and control everything that we do, or will we embrace who Christ is in us and trust Him?  Now don’t get me wrong.  This is one of the most difficult decisions to live out in our lives on a daily basis. It is much easier to say that I won’t be afraid than to actually live out the truth that Christ is living in us, but again it comes down to a decision.  We ALL have to address it.  It is not something that we can avoid, or something that we can pretend doesn’t exist. We have to face it, and in fact, by not facing it, we are in fact answering the question. 

 

If we look at the schemes of the devil we will recognize that sometimes he likes to use intimidation to control emotions and thoughts. He will manipulate our feelings and in some fashion attempt to make us feel as those we are inadequate in our relationship with Christ.  He event attempted to do that with Jesus.   It is amazing though how Jesus responded—He used all of scripture, and never allowed the devil to intimidate Him. 

 

I had a writing by C.S. Lewis shared with me  yesterday that clearly and beautifully summarizes our approach to panic:

 

In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

 

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

 

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”

 

Challenge:

The challenge for today is this—when panic fills our mind, let us  remember that we are victorious in Christ Jesus, and that in the end, Christ wins. Remind the devil that he loses, and that you have chosen to surrender to Jesus.  Spend 5 minutes in Christ’s presence.  Let Him embrace you, and comfort you.  Let Him surround you with His grace, heal your wounds, quiet your mind, and steady your heart.  Embrace that time you have with Him. 

 

Then, for the next 10 minutes, thank Him for who He says that you are. Thank Him that He has made you more than a conqueror.  Thank Him that you serve Him, and are on the winning side.  Thank Him that He is using every situation for your good and His glory! I know it is hard.  I know that things can seem overwhelming at times.  I know that the devil is really good at lying, but rest in the truths of who Christ is.  There is no greater place to be that in His presence!  

 

Finally, tell a person you are close to, how thankful you are that God has allowed them to be a part of your life!

 

I am know that God is using you! I see the stories, and the lives that are changed!  Continue to be excited and passionate about Christ!  One day at a time!  I love you all and am praying for you!

 

Question:

What will you refuse to panic about today?


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I Don’t Believe It!

I don’t Believe it!
 
Today, I have to ask you—have you ever said this phrase? –“I don’t believe it!”
 
At some point or another, those words were uttered out of your mouth or screamed in your head. I remember very vividly saying it several times when I was in my 20’s. The first time was when my wife said she would marry me. The second was when the doctor told me that my twin sons would not live. The third was the day that they were born. The fourth was when my youngest son was born. In my 30’s, I said it when I was blessed to become the pastor here at Berea and meet so many amazing people. Each time I said it, I was filled with emotion. Today, I say it again because in just a few days, my twins will turn 18.
We make that statement whenever we encounter a situation or circumstance that doesn’t seem to fit in our plan for life. Sometimes the change is sad and devastating. Sometimes that change is positive and encouraging. Regardless of what the circumstance might be, we recognize that what is happening in our lives is beyond our control.
 
Today, with the climate of panic that seems to be rising throughout the world, we can respond in one of two ways: 1. We can join in the panic and become overwhelmed ourselves. 2. We can embrace the fact that God is working in a way that we will never truly understand this side of heaven.
 
Last night I was reading through the book of Habakkuk. If you have never had the chance to read through that book, I would encourage you to do so. It is a short book, just a few chapters, but it has tremendous insight into the power and glory of God. Habakkuk is considered to be a minor prophet is believed to have lived in Jerusalem and was prophesying around 612BC. We really don’t have a lot of information about the prophet other than the times he is mentioned in this book, and some Jewish tradition. As I read through this book, I was struck by the first 5 verses:
 
How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
 
Habakkuk 1:1-5
 
 
Does this sound familiar? Do his questions resonate with you? Have you ever questioned God the way that Habakkuk is doing here? I believe we all can relate and share in the confusion and even stress that seemed to be voiced.
 
I underlined the part of those five verses that hit me the hardest. Habakkuk was crying out to God for some clarity in the midst of all that was going on, and God simply points out that He is doing to do something that Habakkuk and the people wouldn’t even believe if He pulled out the plans and showed them what was going to happen!
 
As we make our way through each new day right now, we are confronted with new possibilities and new fears, but the truth is that we don’t need to be afraid. We don’t need to be afraid because we can trust that God is up to something amazing! God is doing something that we wouldn’t believe even if He told us!
 
Challenge:
 
So, here is your challenge today sit in His presence today and allow His joy to consume you. Allow His peace to roll over you. Allow His comfort to surround you. Just sit with Him!
 
Then, tell someone that you are thankful that God has placed them in your life. Share with them the hope that you have in God, and let them know that God is using them to impact your life! Believe me, you will bring joy and a smile to someone today, who desperately needs it!
Know that I love you and am praying for you!
 
Question: Who can I thank God for today?

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