Today's Scripture and Message:

Matthew 7:11

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!


James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.


John 15:1-5 ESV

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.


Spend Time with the Lord

Dearest Child,

You forget that I know how hard it is for you at times. Turn your thoughts to Me and call out My name. This is all that I ask of you at these times. I do not expect the impossible, as I am a God of love. Neither be anxious nor despair, for I am with you in exhaustion, as I am with you in strength.

All is a gift from Me, and the gift I desire is the gift of your choice to turn to Me, however feeble it may seem. To desire Me is all that I ask of you. Choose the better portion. Choose the life that comes from following Me. Do not try to take any bigger strides to get ahead. I am in charge of your progress. I know the things that you wrestle with, and I know that you are weary of the battle.

Do not give up, and do not look back at the defeats. I am with you, encouraging you, and I will give you all the strength you need, whether or not you think it is enough. Trust My provision to you. I see the bigger picture. The path I have chosen for you is handpicked to draw you into being My special vessel. I do not make duplicates — only originals.