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From a Mother’s Heart

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted”
Isaiah 66:13

There is a day on the calendar we celebrate each year called Mother’s Day. It’s a day we give honor and celebrate our Mothers through gifts meals, or a special visit. Each year when this day arises I am filled with a wave of emotions, as many are. Yes, Mother’s Day may bring feelings of joy, sadness, or both.

Mother’s Day first began in 1908 when a lady named Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her Mother in a church in West Virginia. Then on May 9th 1914, President Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day asking all Americans to give public thanks to their Mothers.

As a Mother, you may be celebrating with your living children, or you may be missing the embrace of a child in Heaven. The loss feels sometimes too much to bare. Oh how we long to see their face and feel their embrace. “Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted” Matthew 5:4

As a child, you may be missing your Mother who is no longer on earth. You miss her laugh, her hugs and you are forced to just cling to her memories. For many, Mothers’s Day will never be quite the same. May today and everyday you feel her presence through Jesus Christ our Lord. “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted”
Isaiah 66:13

Then there are others. My sisters, my friends, that desperately desires to be a mother. You long to hear a little voice call you Mommy. You are exhausted from praying and waiting. For you Mother’s Day is a reminder of what you desire, but can’t seem to have. You feel forgotten. I’ve been there. I know how you feel. With my heart broken, I watched many Mother’s Day celebrations pass me by. I say to you there is Hope. May your heart be uplifted. May you experience the miracles of God in Jesus name. “Blessed is she who believes what the Lord told her would be accomplished” Luke 1:45

I am blessed to still have my Mother. I am also blessed to have children on earth, but I long to see my daughter in Heaven. Each Mother’s Day I wonder how it would be if she was here. Whatever your circumstances are I pray you are comforted. I pray for your heart to be filled with God’s promises and Joy.

From one Mother’s Heart to the next I bless your Spirit with the Words of our Father:


“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.’” – Luke 1:46-48


“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13


“And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.” – Luke 2:51


“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’” – Proverbs 31:28-31

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14

“You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:4

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Suffering

Since yesterday I have been pondering the word…suffering. It was a tough day to say the least. I was feeling pressure. Pressure in decision making, Pressure in homeschooling, Pressure through emails, texts, social media, the needs of my child, Pressure concerning ministry, Pressure to provide, to survive, to be a good example to my child, neighbors, Pressure awaiting the Governors update on the Covid-19 virus, and the list could go on and on…

Then my mind drifted back to my visit to Nazareth. I recalled the smell in the air, the breeze on my face, the sunshine on my back as our tour guided us through the wine press and the olive press. We were educated on the olive crusher and the process. Pressure is what it takes to create the best quality olive oil from olives that we enjoy today. In the midst of his demonstration, he paused and talked about the pressing and crushing Jesus went through in the Garden of Gethsemane ( filled with olive trees) before He endured the cross. There was great meaning in why Jesus chose this location to pray. The pressure was so intense his sweat became blood and oh the crushing on the cross became the absolute best, eternal sacrifice poured out for us, that we may live and be one with Him. John 10:10

The Garden-

All of a sudden, the pressure I was feeling became very small.

Then I remembered the pit we visited. It was called the “Sacred Pit” believed to be the place Jesus was kept after beaten awaiting the cross. I remember my knees lowering to the floor and sobbing uncontrollably as you could sense the suffering and His Holiness. I was overtaken by the vision of Him laying there suffering for me and for YOU.

My failures yesterday enduring suffering resulted in my 5 year old, Luke ministering to me. In a moment of weakness and fatigue I lost it and began to cry. I didn’t want him to see me that way, but God had chosen this moment when we both should have been asleep to advance the Gospel. The Jesus in Luke dried my tears, hugged me, comforted me, and told me everything would be ok. Then, instead of me singing him to sleep, he sung me to sleep.

I think if we look closely, all around us during such chaos and fear, the Gospel is being advanced. God is using all those that carry His light, young or old. A couple days ago, I was leading a prayer walk around my neighborhood for others and now I was needing prayers myself and I was amazed in how God spoke to me through my little Luke.

Jesus advanced the Gospel through the cross. Paul advanced the Gospel through chains. How might we advance the Gospel today through these uncertain times?

A great minister and teacher Elizabeth Elliot said “we will never understand suffering unless we understand the love of God and we will never understand the love of God until we understand suffering”

She also said ” sometimes the worst thing that may happen in human history will turn out to be the best thing because it will save the world”

Our stability of faith is the most important thing right now.

Trust God. Accept now. See later. His grace is all we need and how can we be grateful in the midst of suffering? Well, God is still love! Nothing has changed that! Aren’t you thankful for His love? ♥️

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Big hugs! (6 feet apart)

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Feed My Sheep

Standing in the very place where Peter was recommissioned was humbling to say the least. I felt my knees wanting to lower to the ground. Looking across the water you could envision that moment when Peter was fishing and recognizes Jesus standing on the shore and leaps into the water, “It is the Lord!” rushing towards his embrace. John 21. Here is a picture of the exact location where this moment takes place!

Peter is the greatest story of denial, Gods mercy, and grace told in the Bible in my opinion. It’s a beautiful picture of Gods mercy and grace.

So Peter was one of Jesus closest disciples. Remember after Jesus was rejected and left Nazareth He went to live in Capernaum with Peter and his mother-in-law. Peter may have spoken to Jesus more than any others. Can you imagine the relationship? If so, then you can imagine the mournful heart Peter had after denying Jesus three times! After denying Jesus, Peter went back to doing the only thing he knew to do, fish. After Peter reaches Jesus on the shore, Jesus asked Peter three times do you love me? The third time Jesus asked Peter, The Bible says Peter was hurt. I can only imagine the sound of Peter’s defeated voice when he said “Lord you know all things, you know that I love you ” John 21: 17

Then Jesus tells him to “feed my lambs, take care of my sheep, feed my sheep”… Follow me! Jesus recommissioned Peter, because He saw his heart, and He sees our heart too! I find this very comforting that in all of our mistakes God sees our heart. He knows when we truly love Him and he will seek us out just like He did Peter and He will re-commission us again to do his work!

Beautiful statue of the recommission. Can you see yourself in this picture?

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Where are you going Jonah?

Jonah is such a small little book containing only 4 chapters, but with a BIG message. A message of obedience. The word of the Lord came to Jonah and said ” Go To the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because it’s wickedness has come up before me, But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3 Here we stand at the port where Jonah came to board the boat to Tarshish.

As I stood there looking out upon the water, I thought, the port of decision and how I could easily relate to what Jonah was feeling. God Sometimes calls you to difficult tasks. These tasks are out of your comfort zone. It would be easy to follow the desires of the flesh, but that would be a path of disobedience. As we all stood there, there was silence. I think many of us were in a season of decision making, transition. Finally, our teacher spoke to us and said: “God has a call on your life. A direction you should go. Don’t fight it. It’s easier God’s way the first time”. These words pierced our being. The story goes on to say that “The Lord sent a great wind on the sea and a violent storm arose” doing things our way can create a massive storm. It can send us down a path of circumstances instead of blessings. During the storm Jonah was found sleeping. Our teacher said that ones that are running away from God’s will spend a lot of time sleeping. The story goes on to say that Jonah directed the men on the ship to throw him overboard and the storm would calm, and it did. God commanded a big fish to swallow Jonah and he remained in the belly of the fish for three days. During his time in the belly he prayed and repented to God. Then the Lord commanded the fish to vomit Jonah on to dry land. Then guess what? Jonah goes to Nineveh, brings the message of the Lord, and the people turn from their evil ways. What great compassion God showed Jonah and the people of Nineveh. I am also comforted that there is a message of second chances in this story.

So what has God commanded you to do? Sometimes He calls us to difficult assignments, but He promises to always be with us. The moral of the story is we must surrender, and follow God’s direction or we might get swallowed up by a big fish!

Fish statue by the Port

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The Western Wall

“Our feet have been standing within your gates, oh Jerusalem! ” Psalm 122:2

As we walked into the Old City of Jerusalem, I had no idea that the beautiful ancient limestone would have such an affect on me. We went underground and walked along the western wall of the Temple Mount . Here we saw some of the actual stone that King Herod brought there to build the city.

Suddenly, our teacher said look down at your feet. This is the actual stone Jesus walked on and look behind you, these are the actual columns that stood when he walked by.

For me, everything stopped. Tears begin to fall. I didn’t even realize our group had moved on “Jeannie let’s go”. Then we made our way outside. As we rested our leader taught us about the western wall. He then prayed for us individually under the Israel Flag. The power of the Holy Spirit was so strong that strangers, not even a part of our group came over and asked to be prayed for. Then we were released to go to the wall to pray. I covered my head and headed down to the Wall. When I got there I began to pray. I was uncontrollably sobbing as I felt the Lord’s presence so strongly. I began to see faces of people that I knew He wanted me to pray for. I hid my written prayer requests in the wall as so many were doing. I did not expect the Western Wall to affect me so strongly. It’s no wonder why so many come and stand hours after hours every day to pray at its very existence. I marveled over the fact that people from all over the world are magnetized to this place to pray. It is said that miracles happen on that wall and that God is very attentive to the prayers He hears from there. It is Holy.  He says “I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. ” 2 Chronicles 7:12. Wow! God’s presence is so powerfully strong on that Wall. 

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A Visit to the Home of Jesus

In this blog, I will combine a couple of experiences. First, was a visit to Nazareth where Jesus grew up. Here Jesus was rejected after He stood among His own on the Sabbath, in the synagogue, and read

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me  to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” Luke 4: 18,19

After being rejected, and with an attempt to throw Him off a cliff, Jesus left the only home He had known. He never returned, and spent the rest of His life ministering and traveling. This picture represents Jesus.

Jesus traveled to Capernaum and stayed for the next three years. It was the place of His ministry. Daily He delivered them and gave them hope, as He does for us today. It is now known as the “Town of Jesus”.

Here I had another spiritual encounter as I viewed the home where Jesus stayed, ( the home of Peter’s mother in law) and the synagogue in which He taught. Here Jesus would drive out a demon. Here is where Jesus would heal the mother-in-law of Peter. It was the site of His greatest number of miracles. Here Jesus taught Peter, the disciples and all of us today the powerful message of forgiveness-

Matthew 18:21,22

“Peter asked Jesus: Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven”

Jesus was very intentional and purposeful as He taught about the kingdom. He made every second count.

Do YOU need to forgive someone? May God give you the grace right now to forgive in the name of Jesus.

Can you imagine sitting around with Jesus in the home pictured below being a witness to His miracles?

I could sense His very presence there as if He was inviting me to come on in. He was talking with me, teaching me.

Here I am standing by the Sea of Galilee behind the home Jesus stayed in. When Jesus felt it was time to leave the people didn’t want him to go they tried to keep him there, but He said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also , because that is why I was sent” Luke 4: 43,44.

His love and compassion for all wrecks me. He wants no one to be lost, not one.

One of my last favorite memories of this site is when Jesus asked his disciples, “who do the people say the Son of Man is? They replied, some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets. What about you He asked, who do you say I am? And Simon son of Jonah answered , you are the Son of the living God. Jesus replied, blessed are you for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood but my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16: 13-19

This statue of Peter stands very close by the home of Peters mother in law where Jesus stayed. Notice the fish, scripture, rod, and the key to the kingdom he holds. This scripture has never came so alive to me as it did standing here today.

Peter would go on to be one of the greatest disciples of Jesus even after denying Him three times, but the greatest part of Peters story is yet to come…it’s a story that ministers and gives hope and promise to all of us today!

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The Sea of Galilee- A day that left me Undone by His Grace.

I could not find myself able to just share a photo on social media without expressing the glory and anointing of this place. Israel in itself, is like no other land you will ever visit. I’ve heard so many say that you will come to this place and never be the same. It is true. Nothing can really prepare you for it, but to walk where Jesus has walked, leaves you breathless. I found myself in tears most of the day and awe of the Lord. I feel His presence in a whole new way. It’s like being on a personal adventure, with Jesus and He is your tour guide.

I’m going to do my best to blog on each place that we visit. Some blogs will be out of order in regards to the day that we visit it, because for some places I have to process it and find myself unable to even speak or write. The Sea of Galilee is definitely one of those places. Here you will find a boat that was found deep under the sand. Experts have determined that the boat is 2000+ years old. How they were even able to save it was a miracle in itself, but it surely was here when Jesus was here. It could’ve possibly even been the boat that He was on, or a boat that He leaned on as He taught and spoke to the disciples. As I stepped onto the steps of a boat that would take me out on the water I had no idea what I would experience. There on what was called the Faith Boat we worshipped the Lord. These are some of my favorite pictures because of the spiritual place I was in when they were taken. It was here that Jesus walked on water, it was here He calmed the storm, and it was here when He chose his disciples.

“As Jesus walked beside the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people. ” Mark 1: 16-17

Today, Jesus is still staying, Come follow me.

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Arise! Shine! for the Sanctity of Life

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“Arise, shine for your light has come, and the GLORY of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people but the Lord rises upon you and his GLORY appears over you.” Isaiah 60:1-2

What is your part in the Gospel story? What is your part in the Battle over life?

Jesus is Life! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! John 14:6. There is no other above him. If you are for Jesus, you must be for Life. There is no in between and God is putting this message on my heart to share with anyone who will listen. Oh! I hope you listen, because God is sending forth messengers to speak His truth.

January 19th is recognized as Sanctity of Life and although this marks the one time of year that pastors, churches, individuals may lift their voice in honor of the unborn, it should be a mobile message that is heard from our voice everyday, everywhere we go. We should all be ambassadors for Life, if we are for Jesus, because let me be clear that the battle is between the Gospel of Life and the culture of death. You can’t compromise. Which side of the battle are you on? This battle will determine the destiny of all mankind. This battle will determine the destiny of your children, grandchildren, and generations to come.

As we fight physically and spiritually to win the battle, I get so frustrated and quite frankly fed up with so many negative comments. “you won’t win, that bill will never pass, its too big we just need to pray”. Well, yes we must pray, but we must also get active and do something. God can win a battle with one individual if he chooses, he can win a battle with a small group of willing believers. Yes! Victory is ours and its coming! I speak forth and believe we will see abortion end in America. We will see laws overturned, such as Roe vs Wade. We will see God’s GLORY and his heart in a way we never have before. He will make himself known and seen.

What would it look like if you built a wall of hope around your community?

What would it look like if a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy knew all her needs would be met?

What would it look like if you mentored her?

What if she could be set free from the pain and shame she is hiding?

What if she came to know Jesus as her Savior?

Hallelujah!! Get active! I feel the anointing even as I write. We can all do something to change the course of the future and build a culture of life. We must be Jesus to the woman at the well. We need men on the front line. Men rise up! We need fathers. The battle for life will be won when we not only care for own family, but the WHOLE family of God.

Let’s talk about abortion. When a woman is considering abortion there is a silent cry within her. That cry is I’m desperate, I’m hopeless, I need freedom. She believes the lie that abortion will free her. Abortion does not free, it enslaves! and floods the world with darkness and pain. Sadly, the church has believed the same lies. The darkness is not limited to the world outside the church walls. Inside the church our own lights have dimmed.  We must Arise and be a beacon of hope, because 1 in every 3 women in the church have had an abortion, and they are hurting.

I wonder when we talk about the sanctity of life do the women listening believe their lives are sacred too? Well they are! Do we offer hope and healing to anyone that lives in the darkness of abortion. Many women that have had abortions commit suicide because they can’t deal with the hidden pain. 78% of post abortive women claim a religious affiliation. Sadly, 64% believe church members would be more likely to gossip about them than help them.

If you are post abortion and reading this, let me say to you: Your life matters, God loves you, and you deserve the dignity of grieving and morning the loss of your baby. So does your baby deserve to be honored, because their life mattered and still has purpose!

If you or someone you know needs healing from abortion or someone to talk to, contact me personally and I will ensure that happens. You may also purchase my book Shattered into Beautiful: Delivering the Brokenhearted from Abortion. It can be ordered right here at jeanniescottsmith.com. You can also contact me personally.

Arise, Shine! be a light to a dark world. There are over 60 million mothers and babies that need you and are waiting on YOU! Comment to this blog and let me know what your part will be in the Gospel of Life.

For Life,

Jeannie

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Launch…

 

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Happy New Year Friends!

It has been quite a while since I have written. I have been on a journey with the Lord. I recently took a sabbatical from the ministry in which I founded and lead on a daily basis. What did this time away hold for me? well I wasn’t sure. I just knew it was what God wanted for me and my choice was only to obey. So on August 27th, 2019 I walked into a meeting informing our Board of Directors…“I am taking some time away. I need to step back from all of this and allow God to heal me, speak to me, and redefine my purpose in Him moving forward.” I honestly walked out of there that night not knowing when or if I would return. All I wanted was God. I was in full surrender. Suddenly, everything I had accomplished faded in the background for it was only Him I wanted and needed. This came to a surprise to many, but for me, I had been soaking in this agreement with the Holy Spirit for quite some time.

Later I would receive a prophetic word. “Jeannie the ministry will not be your greatest accomplishment. Your greatest accomplishment will be His presence, His renewed presence covering over you. Though you have known Him for many years, this will be New.”

God returned me back to work after 6 weeks, and during that time away, God did a great work in me that is hard to express, but it was deep. I once read a great book by Banning Liebscher who is the Founder and Pastor of Jesus Culture. The book was called Rooted.  It was about the hidden places where God develops you. That was exactly what was happening to me. I am still processing many things, but with great excitement!

I have learned that sufferings produce perseverance and perseverance produces character. Not just any character, but a character that mirrors Christ. I have also learned that rest is one of my greatest weapons against the enemy. We must rest! My hope and I believe my call is to be a warrior that brings life and hope to a broken world. I dream of a world where the Body of Christ is seeing nations transformed, cities impacted, and culture is reproducing life and fruit. This may seem too big for you or me, but friend it is not. In fact, it starts with you and me! What is stirring in your heart? What is He calling you to do with Him? Pay attention to the circle of individuals God may have in your life right now, because He puts desires in us and then sends people to stir them up, unite with us, so we can have a lasting impact on the world. I hope this very writing stirs you up!!

In order for this to happen there has to be a strong root system that lasts. I now understand that God was building a root system in me in secret. I knew something was happening inside me, but I couldn’t talk about, I couldn’t describe it, I didn’t fully understand it, but I felt it.  Many days it left me frustrated..this thing was just happening and I just had to walk in it, day to day in full surrender and obedience. I wanted to quickly get to the destination, but instead I sat for a long time in the waiting room. Now, let me fast forward to today.

MY WORD:

Each new year I prayerfully seek a Word from the Lord and ask him to teach me how to apply it to my life. My routine goes like this: On New Years Eve- I sit and read through my entire journal of that year and reflect on what happened and what God spoke. I always leave room at the end and I journal all the way into the New Year and typically this is when I receive my NEW word for the New year we are entering into. This year God did not confirm my word as usual. I thought I knew it, but wasn’t sure.

So, a little testimony here- Last year my word was release–  which means to be set free from confinement and flow freely. Now, I thought that word meant something different for me, but as it turns out God spoke to me on new years eve before I went to bed and said  “Jeannie you have misunderstood release for you in this season. My release for you is to release what I have put inside you. Release more and more of me. It’s all about me. The enemy tried to confuse you. He wanted you to believe that I was asking you to leave the duties I had given you, but Behold! the very platforms I have given you is yours to release a supernatural power to care for others.” (taken from my journal).

The following day, I spent with the Lord writing in my journal and He spoke loud and clear my Word for 2020 is LAUNCH  which means to start or set in motion. You see, I had to fully understand what release meant before I could grasp my New Word for 2020.

Now that I am clear on my new marching orders, with Faith I am going to stand firm and step into some new assignments. I will release and I will launch some visions that have been residing deep within my heart. I don’t have it all figured out, I just plan to be obedient to whatever He puts in front of me.

FOR YOU:

If you are reading this, I believe this Word is for you. I speak life, healing, and the Joy of the Lord over you. This past year has brought pain and struggle and you have wondered if God even cares about you, but He does! He loves you deeply. You feel as though the enemy has won the battle. You wanted to give up, or maybe you have give up, but child of the mighty God! open your eyes! The enemy didn’t win! You have not failed! You are not weak! __________(your name) YOU MADE IT! You made it through. You are an Overcomer. He will show you the way, a New Way, walk in it. Release the past, God has new wells of replenishment, new favor and supply for you to discover! Don’t mourn over what God has already made a plan to replace in your life. In the name of Jesus, Amen! now receive it!

I hope you have an extraordinary New Year. As I reflected on what God had accomplished through my willing heart this past decade, I sat speechless and humbled. I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings. Pray for me and I will be praying for you in the Spirit.

Jeannie.

 

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An Audience of 1!

Hi Friends!

This past week my family was on vacation enjoying a beautiful lake home in South Carolina. I started my day with prayer walks. The praise music coming through my ear phones was heavenly. It was as if no one else existed but me and my Heavenly Father. As I walked along I lifted my hands in worship and imagined what it would be like in His presence. I was so lost in the moment, I didn’t realize I was in the middle of the road and that there was a truck full of construction workers behind me patiently waiting for me to move! Thankfully they were kind and just waved as I made my way off the road. A little embarrassment sat in, but quickly I laughed as I realized I was worshipping an audience of 1. I was enthroned by His Glory, His beauty all around me and He was enthroned with me. It was such a place of contentment and I wanted to stay there forever.

I started to ponder this deeper. He is the primary audience of our whole life. He loves us and has good plans for us. Along with an audience of 1 comes the approval of only 1. The construction workers probably didn’t approve of me being in the road, but in that moment I had the greatest approval of all and thankfully He prompted me to look behind me when I did, lol.

Sometimes it’s ok to look foolish- foolish things are sometimes God things. Care less about what people think and more about what God thinks. I’m in a season of learning more about myself than ever before. Each of us have a deep desire to discover the meaning and purpose of our lives. Having a clear vision and direction for each season we are in can have a big impact on the days ahead. I’m looking forward to the days ahead, because the more I focus on my audience of 1, the more clear things become!

I pray Psalm 16:11 over you- “you will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

Father, you are the only one I seek to please, all of me desires to please only you my audience of 1.

In Jesus name, amen.

Jeannie