#LetYourLightShine

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:16
As Christians, we are not called to isolate ourselves from culture. We are not called to be hermits or monks. Instead, we are to recognize that we are in a world of darkness and live as light — not as little candles tucked away in some inner bedroom, but as candles set on their stands so all can see their light or cities on a hill that can’t be hidden. Of course, our goal is not to call attention to ourselves, but to help others see the glorious grace of our Father. May our lives bless others today, and everyday, so they can see God and His love more clearly. #LetYourLightShine

— Flore💕

Where is your treasure? If we are not careful, we will begin to chase after the temporal more than the spiritual.

Where is your heart? Is it with your phone? Your house? Your Spouse? Your Children? Your job?

I think as Moms, the struggle is real at times. We tend to give so much of our heart away and focus on our children, our spouse, our home, our job, our hobbie… than we forget to give  our heart fully to Jesus. If you are a single parent, you can relate. We have our own little plans, to do list, calendar and flow that we often idolized to make our day better. There is nothing wrong with that but we can get lost on those things. Just a little pep talk and my heart and where my priority needs to be…..on Him rather than anything else.

The scripture reminds us to:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:19-24).
Where is your treasure? How is your vision? And who are you serving? I pray that you are serving the Father and Him alone.

I bear testimony that our priorities, tendencies, inclinations, desires, appetites, and passions will have a direct bearing on our next estate. Let us always remember the words of the Savior: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” May our hearts be found in the right place is my prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Happy National day of Prayer! Take a minute to pray for our nation, its leaders & our children. #PrayWithoutCeasing #Blog 💕🎀💕

“There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood,” says Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. While I think being a mother is gift from God and an overwhelming privilege, surely not for everyone not an easy task but PRAYER is the Necessity of Motherhood. Real mom pray. Hahah!😀 

  “While women live in homes under many different circumstances—married, single, widowed, or divorced, some with children and some without—all are beloved of God, and He has a plan for His righteous daughters to receive the highest blessings of eternity.”

First, let me define PRAYER. As a mother, I think Prayer is The Necessity of Motherhood. It’s interceding, making our requests known to our God, our Creator who longs to grant us our hearts desires. It’s surrendering our hearts and souls to God, The Author and The finisher of our faith. It’s spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession to me that every Christ follower can’t live without. PRAYER is The one ingredient every devout Christian, godly parent or mother must add to their daily lives. Mothers, we learn this quickly, when we get up in the morning, we have a long to do list, we rush to get a head start, try to do things with our strengths, power and knowledge, we don’t seek God’s peace and guidance first, we later ended up calling up on Him.  At least, that has been my experience. “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”- Psalm 5:8  

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”- Psalm‬ ‭143:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As for me, I have a sense of peace and comfort when I seek His presence early in the morning and invite Him to go before me. It doesn’t matter when you pray or how long you pray but as long as you pray. I need to be reminded daily of the fruit of The Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his Letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” See Galatians 5:22-23 

There has been a shift in my prayer life this week and I can’t even explain it but I am so thankful for the gift of prayer and the privilege to approach The Throne of Grace freely and lay my burden at His feet and claim victory over my day. 

In the Bible, God cannot resist the prayers of a godly woman, and a godly woman cannot resist communicating with God. In time of sorrow, pain, loneliness, trials, tribulations, doubt and fear, when all else failed, prayer is the key that opened all locked door, break every chains! Most of you have experienced the power of prayer if not personally but through family or closed friends. I have many of those tangible stories and powerful testimonies  myself in my close walk with God and from my godly praying mother. 

There is no substitute for prayer. It is a necessity to cover our families in prayer more importantly our children. I am proud of many things in life but nothing beats being a praying mother. You will be amazed by the amount of influences we as mothers have on our children. My children watches my every moves, mimic everything that I do and want to be just like me including worshiping, praying and studying the word. They are my keeper and will not default or deviate from the rule even when I want to break them. Oops mommy, we haven’t prayed yet, can we pray together?


Mothers, it’s our duty to pray over children, interced on their behalf and teach them how to pray whether you are single or married, you are to live an exemplary life not only before God but before our children. Whether you like it or not, they are watching and learning from you. The seeds you are sowing today will not only grow but will bear fruits. 

Based upon more than my 10 years of ministry and watching my mother prayer habits, I have pondered why it seems a woman can touch the heart of God, move the hand of God, change the mind of God and attract the favor of God, it seems, faster than most men. In part, I believe, it is because men often pray once and move on, accepting whatever happens as God’s will, while a woman will pray unceasingly until the breakthrough manifests. We won’t give up, won’t we? In fact, most of guys would tell you similar stories about their praying grandmother who either raised them, took them to church for the first time and prayed for them but never the dad’s. With all due respect and please understand. I am not saying guys don’t pray my Dad prayed…..we mothers know nothing we do or say can ever substitute for bowing our heads, kneeling and praying for our children. 


It’s a spiritual warfare but how do you fight, do you have a WAR Room?

The scripture reminds us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” –‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You may recall the movie WAR Room released last year featuring Actress Priscilla Shirer. A praying woman summon God to help fight her battles, thus transforming her closet space into the titular “war room.” Do you know how important our closet is to us women? Sometimes, it takes for us to give up something that is dear to us in other to fight for something greater. Her role as a submissive woman is to treat the man in her life with grace, which will eventually shame him into becoming a good person. Guess what? God answered her prayer. She prayed consistently, without ceasing as the bible instructs us. She went out of comfort zone and made some personal change which some would consider irrational. Mothers, it is okay to make that irrational change to fight for the warfare against the enemy on our knees.

Let’s look at Jesus’s life and His earthly mother.

Even in the life of Jesus Christ, one consideration worthy of discussion is this: Jesus Christ had an earthly mother but not an earthly father. His emotional connection was with His mother and His spiritual connection was with His heavenly Father.
Mary was the earthly vessel chosen to carry the physical body of the living Son of God. Mary raised Christ of Nazareth, becoming concerned about Him at age 12 when He was missing from the caravan departing from Jerusalem and found debating in the temple (Luke 2:42-52). Mary heard and saw things that she kept hidden in her heart (v. 51). Eighteen years later when Christ began his public ministry, it was His mother who inspired Him to perform His first miracle—turning water into wine, when she instructed the servants, “Whatever He [Jesus] says to you, do it” (John 2:5). It was His mother who faithfully followed His ministry, along with other women named Mary, and like any caring mother who loves her son, she was with Him at the foot of the cross during His final moments on earth.

During the six hours of Christ’s intense and unbearable suffering, He looked down and saw Mary standing beside His beloved disciple, John (John 19:25-27).
Perhaps at this moment, with the agony Mary felt she recalled the personal prophecy, she received from an old rabbi at the temple shortly after Christ’s birth. More than 33 years prior in Jerusalem, a few hundred yards from where she was now standing, Rabbi Simeon saw the infant Christ and told Mary that a sword will pierce through her own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed (Luke 2:35).
Christ saw His mother, a woman of flesh and blood who had given Him life, raised Him and followed His ministry, now watching the drama of the ages unfold as scene one of the redemption story was being written in His blood. Christ saw the broken heart of His mother as John led her away just before He breathed His last. 

I am a result of my mother’s prayers. 

See, Christ loves mothers and is drawn to their tears, words and prayers. After all, He lived in the house, ate her cooking, saw her clean His clothes and His room and knew she was blessed above all women. Mary is called the wife of Joseph and when speaking of Christ she is called “His mother” eight times in Matthew (Matt. 1:18; 2:11; 13-14; 20-21; 12:46; 13:55).
Christ’s Father was heavenly, but His mother was earthly and His first miracle was motivated by His mother’s instructions (see John 2:4-5). When Mary approached Christ for help, He said. “My hour [to perform miracles] has not yet come. Without responding to Him, Mary turned to the servants and said, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:4-5).

At that moment Mary gave the mission statement for Christ’s entire ministry. What God tells you to do, just do it.

  There is a certain authority that is released when a mother turns her attention to Christ and begins to speak a word that will alter the present situation and create a miracle for the future.
The spiritual authority behind the Word of God and the name of Jesus becomes the two weapons of war in any spiritual battle. In the New Testament believers are promised both power (Acts 1:8) and authority (Luke 10:19). The power promised to believers when we receive the Holy Spirit is transferable through prayer and the laying on of hands (Acts 6:6; 8:18; 13:3; 1 Tim. 4:14). Authority, however, is released by your words.
This same type of authority can be released through your prayers, when you understand you are a member of the greatest kingdom in the universe and have been given authority over all the powers of the enemy! I also believe that 
Praying not only affects us, it also reaches out and touches those for whom we pray.

When we pray for our children, we are asking God to make His presence a part of their lives and work powerfully in their behalf. An important part of our job is to keep the details of our child’s life covered in prayer. In doing this, I learned to identify every concern, fear, worry, or possible scenario that came into my mind as a prompting by the Holy Spirit to pray for that particular thing. 

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” — JOHN 15:16

At the end of the day, I’m a stubborn, flawed, impatient, high-strung, over emotional woman. But thankfully I have one person in this universe to turn to, that has the power to change my heart that will ultimately guide my path, to the person I am still meant to become.

A mother’s prayer is valuable to God. God longs to hear us lift our family in prayer. 



When I’m lost, when I’m feeling blessed, when I’m doubtful, when I’m worried, when I’m angry, when I’m anxious, when I’m frustrated, when I’m weak and tired and don’t think I can make it through another day…I pray. I hope you make it habit to pray too!  And If you are like me, you get anxious sometimes, right? It is our clue to turn to God in prayer. 

Hebrews says that because of Jesus, we can come to the throne of grace with confidence, to receive the help we need (Hebrews 4:16). Why not? Paul was referring to chronic worry when he wrote in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” We are to give our worries to God in prayer, trusting him with all our burdens and cares. As a result, we will receive in return the peace we long for, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).


Are you worried, lost for words, you want to pray but don’t know how start?

You might even pray something like this. . . .
A Prayer for the Worried Heart

My Father in Heaven,
I come to you with a heart heavy and full of so many worries and cares. I want to just curl up on your lap and find some peace from the chaos in my life. My worries fill my mind night and day. My stomach is in knots and I can hardly breathe. I feel like I am drained dry; the joy has been sucked right out of me.
But you said to come to you with all my burdens. You said that you will carry them. You tell us you are a rock, a shield, a fortress. I need a rock right now. I need a fortress to run into right now. I need you.
There are so many decisions to make. What if I make the wrong one? So many bad things loom on the horizon, what if I’m not prepared? Help me to focus my heart on you and not on the giants around me. I know that all these worries are keeping me from trusting you. Like Peter, instead of looking toward your face, I am looking around at the waves encircling me.
Forgive me for doubting and not living a life of trust. I believe, but please help my unbelief! I know that when I worry, I am believing a lie that says that I can control what happens in my life. Forgive me for trying to control something I never really had control of. Help me to trust in your word and not the lies.
You sent your Son to carry my greatest burden at the cross. I know that you can handle all that troubles me today. There is nothing too great for you, the earth is your footstool and the wind and rain come and go at your command. Free me of this worry today. Help me to trust the same grace that saved me at the cross to save me from all that weighs me down.
I know that you have a perfect plan for my life. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight. I want to trust in your plan and your love for me. I want to face the unknown future confident that you have it under control. Grant me the grace I need.
Thank you for Jesus and that because of him I can come to you in confidence. You accept me as I am, worries and all. I give them all to you now, in Jesus’s name, Amen!
I hope this post encourages you and helps you to better strengthen your prayer life. Please subscribe, comment and share this post.  

Finaly, If you make it to the end of this post and you are a mother, I want to personally wish you a Happy Mother’s Day from my little family to yours! Let’s us continue to cover our family in prayer. 

Do you have a prayer request? I would love to pray for you. Leave your request below.


Blessings,

Flore💕🎀💕

Is your RELATIONSHIP MISSING QUALITY TIME AND PRESENCE? Love is lost. Passion is lost. Connection is lost? #blog

 Could it be lack of QUIET TIME and QUALITY TIME?

I love me some quality time. I have come to the realization that my primary love language is quality time. I have also come to believe If you don’t spend enough time with someone, you really don’t know them. You may know of them but never really know them. People grow, outgrow  one another, evolve and change daily. To know someone is to spend time with them. The more time you spend together, the more you create a bond and an intimate relationship with that person. The lesser time you spend together, you grow apart and that relationship dies over a period of time. 

Well, the same goes for our relationship with God. The more time you spend in His presence the more you know who He is. The more you grown in Him. Can you say that you know God or you know of Him? Do you take time out of your busy schedule to spend a few minutes in His Presence to hear from Him? Like that best friend you desire to hear from, get her/his opinion, do you make time to hear from Him in your day to day life?

Quiet Time is a term used to describe regular individual sessions of Christian spiritual activities, such as prayer, private meditation, worship of a deity, or study of the Bible. 

I remember as a little girl how my Godly praying mother would gather all of my 8 siblings around for prayer. My Dad would gather us every First of a new year in our family room for prayer. He taught us the importance prayer. He encouraged us to set our hearts, minds, our plans to Our God, thank Him for the years that had just passed and the years ahead. I remembered how some of us would rebel against it. Starting with me. LOL Of course I didn’t understand its importance because all I would pray for was for God not to let this family prayer time be too long😦 Both Momm and Dad can pray for long time. My mother had a list and a plan. 
In fact all praying moms/grandma tends to pray long:) Like any child, I need to get to the next thing/games or whatever else I felt that was more importance or engaging in the moment….today, my children asked me not to pray too long… :) 

 

I personally remember my mother has specific time set apart every day to read scriptures and pray not just for her family but for everyone she was connected with. I have learned over the years to practice those same small steps in my own prayer routine with my family daily. It worked! I have seen the hands of God in everything that I do or go through in life. He has been faithful through it all. His promises are true and living in His presence is the best way to live. 

 

Now I look back over my life and see what The Lord had delivered me from, if It had not been for the Lord on my side through prayer and the intimacy developed during quite time, I would have lost my mind. I can testify to how important it is to build that closeness relationship with God. Not only this a requirement for us Christian but prayer is the most effective weapon to fight the enemy. “ For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

I have never thought I would be where I am in my life today and still find time to be still in His presence. In fact, I had more time to pray when I had a spouse, working full time with one child than losing a spouse, working full time, serving faithfully at my local church, serving at my own ministry and raising two children….. It’s all about discipline and where you set your set your heart in. See, the enemy will make you look at things through your own lenses and remind you how busy you are, put things in front of you to get you distracted to not make time to be intimate with The Lord. He longs to have relationship with you. He wants you to depend on Him. Don’t get In the mindset of thinking you can handle everything with your strengths, knowledge and power. Allow His to be your strength. You wake up every day, instead of looking up Him for strengths, insights, wisdom, guidance and living by faith, you begin to live by sight. You look to your own calendar, your job, your bank account, your own knowledge and understanding.

 Some things with God are so personal, so intimate, that they cannot be described with words, they can only be felt with the heart. This is how true intimacy with God is; we feel that no one else can really understand the special bond that we share with Him because it’s altogether personal.

This describes my relationship with Christ. He has comforted me as I have cried, directed me, taught me, rebuked me, guided me and loved me. There have been times when I have thought that my heart would burst with emotion for Him. Who could understand the depth of my relationship with Him but me and my Savior? This is true intimacy with God: when we feel that no one else would totally understand, even if we tried to explain, because relationship with God is personal.

Looking back, I see all the struggles we overcame, the won battles and the truly the importance of quiet time with God through my mother. The truth is The Lord desires for us to grow in Him and to have a close relationship with Him and that can only develop through spending time with Him.

Last week,  I had the pleasure of seating under the teachings of Pastor Paul Thomas – Lead Pastor of Evengel Temple in Columbus, Georgia for my Evengelism Class at the Georgia School of Ministry. His lecture was from the book “Becoming a contagious Christian” by Mark Mittelberg….

One of his quote from his lecture that resignated with me: ” There is no substitute for not being the word of God!!! I repeat, There is no substitute for not being in the word of God!!! Study, read, meditate on the word every single day.” 

The only way to know the word is really by studying it.

How do you start your quiet time? 

 I can tell you it is not going to be easy when you first started but every steps count. Be opened to hear from God. Schedule your time, be consistent and don’t give up. God knows and sees your heart and will honor your obedience. Before you know it, you will not want to ever miss your appointment with your King!

 

“Oh how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97


Christianity is not a legal relationship, it is a love relationship. Ten thousand “don’ts” will never make you one iota more like the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Himself Who makes you like Him. But you need to spend time with Him. I want to give you five factors for spending some quiet time with Him each day.

 

The Proper Period

You must find the right time. Your quiet time should last at least half an hour. But some time is better than no time, so if you can’t start at thirty minutes, begin with ten. It should be your very best time. Don’t give the Lord your leftovers. And don’t try to find time – make time, and make it a priority. Also find time early in the day. Psalm 5:3 says, “… in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” You don’t take the trip and then read the map, do you? Spend time alone with God to begin your day.

 

The Proper Preparation

A quiet time is fellowship with a holy God. There are a few things you can do to be prepared for this time. First, be physically alert. Find a time when the cobwebs are out of your mind and you can think clearly. Second, be mentally aware. Be focused, and know He’s there. Emotion doesn’t really have all that much to do with it. And third, be morally pure and clean. Some people don’t have a quiet time because they feel uncomfortable looking God in the face with sin in their lives. 
 

The Proper Place

Find a place where you can focus. Jesus said enter into your closet and pray (see Matthew 6:6). That simply means find a place of isolation where you can shut the door on the world and open the windows to heaven. Jesus sought out places where He could be alone, and so should you. 

 

The Proper Provisions

In order to have an effective quiet time, you need the right tools. Here are some tools I use: 

  1. A readable Bible – Invest in one with plenty of room to jot notes in the margins. I love the Single Column Journaling Bible in the ESV version. Whatever works best for.
  2.  A prayer journal – Expect God to give you something and write it down. Also use it to record things you’re praying about. There are plenty to choose from at any Christian Book Stores by Joyce Meyer…
  3. A notepad – Write down your daily assignments. 

I have learned if you don’t take notes or write things down, you may may not stay focus on your goals and monitor your progress.  There are so many things I prayed for over the years and things God told me to do over the years that I wish I had written down. It’s good to reflex in His mercy and faithfulness sometimes. It reminds me that I He did it before therefore He can do it again. Writing down specific assignment helps you stay on track and focus on the effectiveness of the assignment.
The Proper Procedure

Finally, may I recommend some procedures to follow in your quiet time?

Get still and quiet. The Bible says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Focus your mind on Him. Calm down, relax, and recognize His presence. Take a deep breath and focus your thoughts on the Lord. 
Get into the Word of God. It’s better to start by reading the Bible than it is to start in prayer. It is more important for you to hear from God, even than for God to hear from you. God already knows all about you, but you need to know a lot more about Him. 
Read the Bible for quality and not quantity. It’s good to have a goal to read the Bible through in a year, or a similar goal; but that’s not the purpose of your quiet time. Also, devotional books are wonderful. But again, this is not the place for them. This is the time when you simply read the Bible with an open mind. That is only way your faith will be strengthened. Stay in the word. Going to church on Sunday morning and listening to a message once in a while isn’t enough. Don’t just wait to be feed instead feed yourself.  Studying the word isn’t only for those in leadership or ministry positions. It’s for every Christian beleiver. You can’t be just a baby Christian forever. Becoming a mature  Christian with solid foundation of faith “growing up” into Christ. What you feed must grow and will bear fruit in due season. 

Hebrews 5:12-14

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

 Meditate

As you focus on the Word of God and meditate, let it permeate you. 

Ask:

  • Is there a command to obey? 
  • Is there a promise to claim? 
  • Is there a sin to avoid? 
  • Is there a lesson to learn? 
  • Is there a new truth to carry with me? 

Record what God has given you. Write down what God says to you and what He tells you to do. It doesn’t have to be flowery. You’re not writing it for publication or to impress other people. 

Now you’re ready to pray. When you pray, pour out your soul. Be natural and honest with God. Tell Him how you feel. Pray out loud. It keeps your mind on track and enables you to stay focused.

Begin to share out of your quiet time. God did not make us to be reservoirs; He made us to be conduits. Tell others what is God is showing you.
Finally, obey what God tells you. Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if either rail stops, your train stops. Learn to obey the Word of God.

I pray these simple suggestions will help you have a daily quiet time in the presence of our loving, almighty, powerful God. 

– Flore💕

There is no fear in love –God’s grace to us in Jesus takes away our need for fear. #Blog

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18  
Do you remember what Jesus said when he came walking on the water to his disciples during the storm? He literally told them, “Do not fear, I Am.” In the presence of the holy and awesome Son of God, we don’t have to be afraid. God’s grace to us in Jesus takes away our need for fear because Jesus’ sacrifice makes us holy, without fault, and free from any charge against us (Colossians 1:21-22). Our response? Love! We love our Father for who he is, for what he has done, for his great sacrifice for us, and most of all, for making us holy and taking away our fear.

Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? #HeDeservesOurPraise #PraiseHim #blog

When was the last time that you prayed and didn’t request things from God and you simply thanked and praised him? Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? Don’t ask for anything; just praise and thank the Father! Praise him for who he is, what he has done, and what he is going to do! Thank him for blessing you, saving you, and bringing you into his glory! Let today be a day of thanks and praise.
Prayer
You are worthy, dear Father, of every word of praise my imagination can find and every word of thanks my tongue can pronounce. You are glorious, majestic, holy, mighty, and awesome. You are patient, forgiving, sacrificial, loving, and tender. You are more than I can imagine and closer than my very breath. Your greatness exhausts my vocabulary and your generosity overwhelms my heart. Please be glorified in my every thought, deed, and word. In Jesus’ name I praise you. Amen.
  

My hope for you today is to have the confidence that you can do EVERYTHING  through HIM who gives you strength. — See Philippians 4:13 #Blog

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve grown soft and spoiled because of all the conveniences that I have allowed into my life. Could I honor God with my praises and thanksgivings if these conveniences were to suddenly vanish? I hope so. I want to be like Paul and live with the assurance that I can withstand any situation with the help of Christ.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 

 
O God, without you my strength would fade and my confidence would fail. Thankfully I will never have to worry about this because your grace, your Spirit, and your Son will strengthen me and help me weather any storm. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.