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“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:2
The Lord is our refuge and fortress. How powerful! If it has not happened already, there will come a time in your life when you will need a refuge(protection from danger and trouble; an escape). It seems that I need this a lot at times. Sometimes I need a physical refuge and other times I need a spiritual one. The Lord is faithful to provide every type of refuge to fit my life and yours too. God Almighty is also our fortress(stronghold; a place of exceptional security). This is the place that I need even when I have my refuge(escape). The fortress (God) provides “exceptional security” and He is the stronghold of my life to protect me from the evil plans and schemes of the enemy. Just know today that when you need a place to escape and if you need protection from the enemy, put your trust in God because he can handle it all. The Lord is our strong tower and we can run to Him and be safe. Put your trust in the one who holds the plan of protection and security for your life.
“Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good.” Psalm 136:1
Today I understand that it is a good thing to be grateful. Have you ever noticed that if you do something for someone and they say “Thank you” that it makes you feel really good and appreciated? I want to take extra time today to give the Lord thanks for all that he has done. It is a blessing just to be alive. No matter what challenges we may have in life, we have to understand that it is a blessing to be able to live. As long as God is God, then we will always have hope. Take time out to give God thanks for what he has done. It will make him feel so good. He may even move quicker on your behalf. God has emotions and feelings too. Where do you think we got ours from?
“… let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.s28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.” Psalm 35:27-28
Let the Lord be magnified in your life today. It is His will that you be blessed. It is up to us to walk in obedience and faith so that we enjoy the favor and blessings of the Lord. He has pleasure in our prosperity. He really does want to bless us. Take time today and magnify the name of the Lord. Embrace His grace and walk in your blessings.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalms 55:22
This is an interesting scripture. I am so glad that I can cast my cares on the Lord and I look forward to being sustained. But I have to admit that there have been some days when it felt like I fell and fell hard. He will not let the righteous fall. Life gets so rough sometime that it feels like I have fallen and stayed down even after trying to get back up. However, I am grateful and I am taking comfort in the fact that the Lord does sustain us and helps us to get through difficult situations in our lives. He cares. He sustains. He does not let us fall. What more could I ask for?
For single ladies only:
Ladies, your “entire essence” from head to toe is priceless and is worth far more than someone buying you a drink, dinner, a hotel room, paying your bills, or any other gifts that he thinks he can “buy” your priceless loving for. Being a lady is sometimes hard work. But it’s worth it to be independent of the money & gifts to remain free from feeling obligated to him. Keeping your dignity as a beautiful and well respected woman is a lifestyle. If you don’t allow him to “pay your way” in life then you don’t have to deal with the “I did this for you, what are you going to do for me?” struggle. His gifts will never equal your “love essence.” Saying “no” to giving up your “most valued treasure” as a single woman is honorable. You are in control more than you know. If he doesn’t like it, kindly and sweetly tell him to go find someone who is “willing and easy”. Always walk away a queen! smile emoticon#KnowYourWorth#PatriceTankard#TankardWoman#SingleGirlDatingChronicles
Take a listen to Recording Artist Extraordinaire “Ricky Dillard and New G”
Here are the main lyrics of this piece:
“I’ve come through too much not to praise Him, I’ve come through too much not to bless Him. So I’ve got to praise Him for he’s been just that good! Well, Go on and bless His name! Well, go on and magnify his name. So I’ve got to praise Him for he’s been just good!”
The message today is that you have come through too much in life not to praise our God. Through all of your troubles, trials and triumphs, you are still here. Be thankful and Praise our God! ~Patrice Tankard
“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalms 77:14
This is the God that I am looking for. The true and living God is one who is exceptional in all that he does. He works miracles! That means that blessings will overflow. These blessings will come out of obscurity. When God gets ready to display his power, it is usually for a good reason and with good cause. Be prepared for his hand of glory to overtake your life. Expect God to work miracles in your life and expect him to display his glory to you this year like never before
“Oh Give thanks unto the Lord, for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalms 136:1
Take the time today to give the Lord praise for all that he has done. God is worthy of the honor and glory. There are mercies waiting on you today. With all that is happening in the world today we need mercies from the Lord. I need mercies everyday. I am so glad that mercies are waiting on us because God’s mercy endureth forever.
No matter your economical status one thing is for sure. Life can be hard at times. But no matter what is happening in your life, you can find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Everyone has good days and bad days. The one consistent and unchanging thing about life is that it changes but God does not. God will always be God. Your problems will never be bigger than God. He will be with you through the changes and stages of your life. You just need to trust him and depend on him to handle your life. He has handled my life all of my life. I have gone through good times and devastation. But he has never left me. He has healed and delivered me through it all. So, it’s not about having a perfect life. It’s all about leaning on God while living your life.
Proverbs 24:33-34 (AMP): 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep —
34 So shall your poverty come as a robber, and your want as an armed man.
Be encouraged and know that hard work pays off. Take time out to do inventory on whether you have goals and whether you are trying to reach them. Think of ways to become creative in expressing whatever gifts and talents that you possess. If you become too relaxed and not respect the fact that poverty can overtake you, it may not be pleasing to you. Ask the Lord to open doors for you while you deligently work toward your goals for success. The Lord is your shepherd and you shall not want as long as you use what you have got and use what you have got left.