What is God saying to you?

Thought for today.

                                                                            For Christmas:12/22/2020



Today a devotion I wrote was featured on Crosswalk and the Proverbs 31 site. In it I described a time a few years ago when I found myself sitting in my bedroom closet Christmas afternoon feeling sad. Although I had what I wanted for Christmas – a house full of gifts, family and food – my heart felt empty. That day I read the story of Jesus’ birth in a whole new light, and in the years that followed this prayer was birthed in my heart. Will you pray these words with me this month as we prepare a place for Him in the manger of our hearts and homes this Christmas?


The Manger of My Heart
This Christmas, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.
Fill me with your presence, from the very start.
As I prepare for the holidays, and gifts to be given,
Remind me of the gift You gave,
when you sent Your Son from Heaven.

The first Christmas gift, the greatest gift ever,
You came as a baby born in a manger.
Wrapped like the gifts I find under my tree,
Waiting to be opened, to reveal Your love to me.

This Christmas, Lord, come to the manger of my heart.
Search me and know the most intimate parts.
Reveal to me if I have ever hung a sign within,
Claiming it off limits, implying “no room at the Inn.”

Restore to me the wonder that came with Jesus’ birth,
when He left the riches of Heaven
and wrapped Himself in rags of earth.
Emmanuel, God with us, Your presence came that night.
As angels announced, “Into your darkness,
God brings His Light.”

“Do not be afraid,” they said, to shepherds in the field.
Speak to my heart today, Lord, and help me to yield.
Make me like those shepherd boys, obedient to your call.
Casting distractions and worries aside,
to You I surrender them all.

Surround me with Your presence, Lord,
I long to hear your voice.
Clear my mind of concerns and all the holiday noise.
Slow me down this Christmas, let me not be in a rush.
In the midst of parties and planning,
I want to feel Your hush.

This Christmas, Jesus, come to the manger of my heart.
Invade my soul like Bethlehem, bringing peace to every part.
Dwell within and around me,
as I unwrap Your presence each day.
Keep me close to You, Jesus.
It’s in your wonderful Name I pray.

© 2003, Renee Swope ~ www.ReneeSwope.com

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Monday, November 30, 2020
This morning I am challenged by the word "Hope." I am feeling a deep sense of renewed hope, for it is on Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand! In the world that we are now living in, our Hope can be depleted rather quickly with each "report" that we hear! Thus, we must consciously guard our minds as to "who's report we will believe." This takes strength which comes from time spent with the Father and in the Word. This is the only way we can have the strength to fight this battle of the mind. In 2 Cor. 10:3-5 it states: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. This prepares the ground from which we stand! It is the only way we have the strength to Praise which is our warfare! Yesterday, in our service, we sang and declared, "this is how I fight my battles!" In singing this chorus, the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying that I had to move to a new position in order to fight affectively. This was a prophetic act that I knew I had to do. I left my seat and went to the front, standing before the Father praising and worshipping in the Spirit. It was a very strong move and I felt much opposition in my Spirit in doing it. But, it definitely will be a reminder, hopefully a quick reminder, that this is how I fight my battles, at the feet of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Breakthrough comes as we approach our Savior. Let Faith Arise...Open my eyes! Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace, in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And, not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Jennifer M
September 18, 2020


Good Morning Mr. President,
As you start your day today with the weight of the world on your shoulders, may you be comforted in this:


Proverbs 21:1-3 NKJV


The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.


The God that created the universe, our planet and indeed our nation, is the ultimate authority and counselor. Whoever holds the highest office of the land needs to contend with that. We make no apologies for being an American or Christian. Each President is called in their own time for such a time as this. Whether it's the rest of the year, another four more years, your successor or any future President, may this be the question that propels your decision making:   "What is God saying to you?"

We pray for our nation.
We pray for you.
God bless all.


September 11, 2020
September 11, 2001:  A day of tragedy,  a day of fear,  a day of uncertainty - a day of unity as a nation,  a day when government was united,  a day of bravery,  a day of a call to arms,  a day to cry out to God,  a day of brotherly love,  a day of response to a sense of duty,  a day to look beyond our own needs and look to the needs of others, a day of strength and courage.  For a brief moment in our nations history in the midst of catastrophe we shined. Our churches filled. Vigils were held and empathy and sympathy abounded.  At least that's the way I remember it.
Let your light so shine before men,  that they may see your good, works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
September 11, 2020 ?  What is God saying to you?  
September 10, 2020
"But who do you say that I am?"(Luke 9:20).
Jesus  proposed this question to his disciples. 
I once knew a man many years ago. He grew up in a culture that required bible memorization at an early age. Fast forward he married a women of a different culture with a different God. Division and confusion ensued  over differences in their faith. They went on to have 2 children. He was a real go getter and had a couple of businesses. He began to question who God was and if He was. One day he left his wife and children. He was invited to stay in a spare room to figure things out and plan his next move. I rose early in the morning  to go to work. I  put a bible on the kitchen table for him with a note "Read This". Upon returning home the man was gone and belongings too. There sat on the kitchen table the bible with the note just as it was left. For some reason a prompting came to open the bible. There was a note; " I read the first page of the Holy Bible. I now know who God is. I am going home to my wife and children." This may be a time of division and confusion all around. But?
What is God saying to you?

September 2, 2020



 As I am sitting with the Lord this morning, I am quickened with the words, "Deep Clean."  This term has become a common term used in connection with COVID 19.  We are asked repeatedly to "wash our hands", "clean all surfaces."  Yet, may we not ignore the "germs" that are within our hearts.  Germs in the forms of attitudes, prejudices, hate, anger, bitterness, anxiety and fear.  Just as Jesus spoke of the cup washed clean on the outside yet filthy on the inside, Matthew 23:25-26, may we call upon our Great Physician!  He awaits and welcomes us with Grace, Mercy and Healing.  Approaching His Throne boldly, with repentance and humility.  Laying down, repenting of our agreement with the lies of the enemy that have kept us bound.  Lies that keep us inwardly "sick."  A sickness that we become accustomed to and learn to accept as, "well, that's just the way I am!"

Psalm 139:23 TPT. God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares.


Holy Spirit, I invite you today.  Search my heart, know my anxious thoughts and renew a right spirit within me.  



What is God saying to you?

 September 1, 2020

  I prayed to God. I pleaded, I begged, wrestled and cried out to God. I applied the acronym PUSH (pray until something happens). I pressed in. I looked at all the scriptures on prayer. I got frustrated. I didn't get a yes, no or maybe. Then I listened.  (that is called a relationship}


Jesus said:

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28


What is God saying to you?