“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
(Psalm 118:24)

Above is the first encouraging scripture I share with you. I didn’t start my days doing this for most of my life. Rejoicing and being glad because the Lord had made the day? No, I started each day thinking about my to-do list. I often felt behind before my feet even hit the floor. This Psalm verse offers the better way!

My journey with God began in earnest about 20 years ago when He brought circumstances into my life that shattered my belief that I had everything under control. I’ll share the details in the blog at some point, but for now, the focus will be on what He did after He broke through. He led me step-by-step to know Him and to know Jesus Christ as my savior. I didn’t make this easy for Him! I was reluctant and skeptical, not able to trust Him. Yet He never left me, never gave up. He persisted and His word began to encourage me. He brought scripture verses and passages to me that spoke directly to my heart and to the situations I found myself in. Slowly, my reluctance gave way to hope, hope grew into faith, and faith became belief. Beautiful belief!

God did this through His word—spoken and written. My prayer is that you’ll see yourself in the scripture verses He used to encourage me. They were written to you, too.

I believe that God is with us in a very individual way because I’ve experienced it. Jesus’ earthly ministry is full of examples of Him talking with people. Yet God is also able to reach us individually when we are part of a group. Many times it was a Sunday sermon that spoke directly to me about a personal situation. I have found Revelation 3:20 to be true! “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

God had been knocking all my life, but it wasn’t until I experienced the truth that I did not have everything under control that I heard His knock and opened the door. Answering the door changed my life. Thanks be to God!

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