DRAW NEAR!

“…let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I would say that we are definitely in a time of need!  God loves us so much. He doesn’t expect us to make this journey alone. He tells us exactly what we are to do during these challenging times. 

We are to DRAW NEAR! As we faithfully follow the social-distancing guidelines, it is imperative that we remember that it is not a time to distance ourselves from the Lord. He invites us into His “personal space!” He won’t back off and say, “Whoa! Too close!” No, as we begin to step closer and closer – I see Him smile, and with a soft, loving look He whispers, “Closer…”

We are to draw near with CONFIDENCE! Some translations say with BOLDNESS. We are to come before the throne with the assurance of who we are in Christ Jesus and who God is. We are “dressed for the occasion!”

“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah‬ ‭61:10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Ahhh, Brothers & Sisters!  He is inviting us to His throne to receive mercy and grace during our time of need. Are you ready to join me there?

Dearest LORD, such love You have for us! Even as we struggle daily with new boundaries of quarantine and social-distancing…YOU are with us every moment of every day. May we take this time of forced separation and see the blessing in it – more time with You…more time with family…more time to evaluate our priorities. We aren’t happy in the circumstances that we face, LORD. But we do rejoice because YOU are with us!! We exalt and honor You each day – in quarantine or out. Blessed be Your most holy name!

~Tina K. Roach

Even Though…

We may not have fig trees, grapevines, olive crops, flocks, and cattle … but we all have those physical things that sustain us in life.

There are times when things seem to be falling apart around us! And it is during those times that we have to dig deep inside of ourselves and realize that even though our circumstances may look bleak – our God is still shining brightly!

The God of our salvation is still with us; He is still moving on our behalf; He is indeed our strength when all we feel is weak.

What are you going through, beloved of God? You may not be able to rejoice in the circumstances…but rejoice in the Lord who is with you in them! Rejoice in the Lord who can use those circumstances to bring good into your life!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You are loved!!

~Tina K. Roach

I CELEBRATE!

Dearest Jesus,

I celebrate Your physical birth upon this earth so many years ago.

I celebrate Your life – showing us by example and teaching how to live.

I celebrate Your willingness to lay down Your life for us.

I celebrate Your resurrection and Your spiritual life being lived out in and through us.

I celebrate You in us – the hope of glory.

I celebrate!

Lord, Thank You…

Lord, thank You for this day!

I don’t know exactly what will happen as the day progresses…but, I know that You are in it with me. I know that whatever happens – good or bad – You are in it with me. I know that you can take each moment and use it for Your glory! I know that whatever happens, You can teach me through it and I will become stronger.

I am blessed to enter into this new day with You, Lord! And because You have created our days – I will rejoice and be glad in it!!

Lord, thank You for this day!