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Rest in the assurance of My sheltering Presence that keeps you safe. Let My promises of protection strengthen and comfort you—like huge heavenly bells pealing out ancient, changeless truth. I want you to take refuge in My Shaddai-shadow more and more, by placing your trust fully in Me. It is tempting to take shelter in people, money, success, good health. These are blessings from Me, but you must not rely on them. Any or all of them could vanish instantly. The unending protection I offer—refuge in the shadow of My wings—is available to both high and low among men. In addition, I freely give you the priceless gift of My unfailing Love!

Since I offer you so much, it makes sense to put your trust in Me above all else. Listen to the psalmist’s proclamation: It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Solomon, the wisest of all men, wrote: He who trusts in his riches will fall. Whenever you start to feel anxious, let these feelings serve as a warning that you’re putting your trust in the wrong place. You need to stop listening to your worry-thoughts, and instead tell yourself the truth—that I am totally trustworthy. Then turn your attention to Me, saying: “Lord, You’re my refuge. I trust in You and I’m safe!”

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”
~ Psalm 91:1–2 [MSG]

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
~ Psalm 36:7

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
~ Psalm 118:8–9 

He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage. 
~ Proverbs 11:28 [NKJV]

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Control

I am your intimate Friend, but I am also unfathomable and mysterious; infinitely great and glorious! I want you to contemplate Me in My Glory so you can worship Me exuberantly. Sometimes, though, you struggle with My unsearchable decisions and untraceable ways—seeking to control Me rather than abandoning yourself to Me in worship. You need to recognize “control” for what it is: an idol. I created you in My image and endowed you with free will. I gave you amazing linguistic abilities so you could communicate richly with Me. Instead of using these gifts in manipulative ways—trying to control Me—devote them to worshiping Me in spirit and truth.

I encourage you to pray freely: Ask and it will be given to you. Nonetheless, when you bring Me your petitions, you need to keep in mind the depth of My wisdom and knowledge. This will protect you from being presumptuous or manipulative. I never fail to hear your prayers and answer them wisely, but I do not always grant your petitions—no matter how heartfelt they may be and how utterly right they may seem. If it becomes clear that My will differs from what you have requested, the best response is to say simply, “Yes, Jesus.” This will draw you closer to Me, even in the midst of your disappointment. Though My ways—My methods, My paths—may be mysterious from your perspective, I assure you they are good.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!
~ Romans 11:33 [AMP] 

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4:24 [NJKV] 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
~ Matthew 7:7

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Rejoice in this day of life, being willing to follow Me wholeheartedly—wherever I lead. Anticipate blessings as we journey together. Since I have created this day of life and presented it to you free of charge, I want you to receive it gratefully. Your natural tendency when you awaken is to assess the day before you, trying to discern how good (or bad) it will be. You do this almost unconsciously, often basing your conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. I urge you to break free from this habit so you can be more receptive to Me and My blessings.

A thankful attitude is immensely helpful. If you awaken to find a dark, rainy day, you can thank Me for the rain. Having done so, you will be much less likely to grumble about the weather. Also, remember that I have arranged the conditions of your day. So you can assume there is much good to be found in it. 

Rejoicing will help you find many blessings in this day. If your circumstances are looking rather bleak, then be joyful in Me—your faithful Companion. I want you to enjoy Me and look for precious gifts I’ve placed along the path we are following. In faith, be on the lookout for good things both great and small. Also, because I am your Teacher, I promise to provide learning opportunities as we travel together.

When you reach the end of this day, stop and look back at the distance we have covered. Take time to ponder what you have learned and to savor the gifts you have found. Let your mind dwell on these things as you lie down to sleep, rejoicing in Me and My blessings.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”
~ John 13:13

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 
~ Psalm 3:5

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Intimacy With Him

I am Immanuel—God with you. Your pursuit of Me is actually a response to My ardent pursuit of you. You don’t have to batter down doors between us. Rather, as you open the door of your heart to Me, you find Me gloriously present—having already thrown open My door to you! 

My death on the cross for your sins was sufficient to open up My door to you permanently. Ever since you trusted Me as Savior, your standing with Me has been eternally secure. So you need not fear that on a day when your performance is below par I might shut the door in your face. With My help you can break out of that narrow enclosure of performance anxiety. I designed you to flourish in the wide open spaces of My grace and glory, where you are free to celebrate My Presence exuberantly. Stand tall and shout praises to Me, remembering you are royalty in My kingdom of never-ending Life.

I want you to realize how utterly safe you are—in My perfect, persistent Love. You understand that the strength of your love is insufficient to keep you connected with Me. You know you cannot rely on your own faithfulness. That’s why you must depend on My unfailing provision. Love and faithfulness meet together in Me; moreover, through the sacrifice of My blood, righteousness and peace kiss each other. 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 
~ Matthew 1:23 [NKJ]

We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
~ Romans 5:2 [MSG]

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 
~ Psalm 85:10

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Resting in Him

Though you sit in darkness, I will be your Light. Sometimes you need to rest in the shadows. If you continue pushing yourself—ignoring how weary you are—you may collapse altogether. Many of My followers drive themselves to the point of exhaustion or utter discouragement, while pretending everything is all right. Your enemy the devil rejoices—even gloats—when he sees this happening. He understands the power of pretense to weaken My children till they are easy prey for him.

Do not panic when you have fallen, for you will rise again. Be content to sit in darkness while I refresh your spirit, mind, and body. I am as fully present with you when you are sitting as when you are standing or walking. Look for Me in the shadowy place where you find yourself now. I want to shelter and nurture you under My wings, where you will find refuge. While you are relaxing, I will be your Light—protecting, healing, and restoring you. 

When My work of restoration is finished, you can crawl out from under My wings: ready to rise again and continue your journey. My Presence will go with you, illuminating the way before you—strengthening and encouraging you. Hope in Me, My child, for you will again praise Me for the help of My Presence.

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
~ Micah 7:8 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
~ 1 Peter 5:8

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
~ Psalm 91:4 

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. 
~ Psalm 42:5 [NASB]

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Pleasing Him

Seek to please Me above all else. Let this be your guiding focus throughout the day so that you won’t be sidetracked by lesser goals.

You will not be able to achieve success through discipline alone, for this pursuit requires more than your willpower: It is mainly powered by what is in your heart. As your Love for Me grows stronger, so does your desire to please Me. When a man and a woman are deeply in love, they take great delight in pleasing one another. They may spend hours pondering ways to surprise their beloved with unexpected pleasures. Simply anticipating the loved one’s happiness is exciting to such a lover. I Myself am such a Lover! I delight in increasing your Joy: making it complete. The best way to grow in your passion for Me is to increase your awareness of My ardent Love for you.Whenever you seek to please Me, think about Me as the Lover of your soul: the One who loves you perfectly every nanosecond of your existence. Let your budding desire to please Me flourish in the Light of My unfailing Love.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

~ Colossians 1:10

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 
~ Hebrews 3:1 

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” 
~ John 15:9–11

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. 
~ Psalm 52:8

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Peace

I am your Sunrise from on high! While you were still sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, My Light shone upon you—giving you a reason to live, a reason to hope. Now you are Mine, and you can approach Me confidently because of My tender mercy. My heart is full of unfailing Love for you; it overflows from My heart into yours. As you receive good things from Me with thanksgiving, you experience rich soul-satisfaction. I want you to sing for Joy and be glad in response to all that I give you. You can relax and enjoy My Presence since you know I am taking care of you. In your time of need, I will provide mercy and grace to help you.

I want you to enjoy not only My Presence but also My Peace. I came into your world to guide your feet into the way of Peace. When you are anxious or fearful, it is as if you are doubting My promises to supply all you need. My followers tend to think of worry as natural, even inevitable. At worst, they consider it their personal problem or quirk—harming no one but themselves. But the truth is, your tendency to be anxious grieves Me. Awareness of My pain can help motivate you to break free from this hurtful habit. Seek to bring Me Joy by walking trustingly with Me along the path of Peace.

Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

~ Luke 1:78–79 [NASB]

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

~ Psalm 90:14

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

~ Philippians 4:19 [NASB]