Perfect Peace While in the Storm

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Everyone desires a peaceful mind, and many have sought a variety of ways to obtain it. Some have spent thousands of dollars in purchases, substances, vacations, books, and even seminars. A peaceful mind is not valued until our lack of peace begins to deteriorate our quality of life and relationships. A lack of peace has no prejudice, it will find the poor, the wealthy, every nationality and all ages. Our minds can easily be tormented through situations like, children being picked on or bullied at school. Students having trouble learning a new subject school. College students pressured to write papers on time while going to school and working a job to help pay for their college. Single parents juggling hectic schedules and demands with work and children. Husbands and wives dealing with financial pressure. There are a number of situations in life that can try to wreck our peace.

God is such a good Father to know we need to have peaceful minds in order to stay in good health and perform at our highest skill level. God not only desires peace for us, He has created ways for us to obtain peace. Before I share how God’s Word tells us how to live in peace, let me share a story with you that helps us understand what peace looks like.

There was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. 

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. 

The other picture had mountains too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace. 

Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. Do you know why? 

‘Because’ explained the King, ‘peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.’ (Author Unknown)

I like this illustration of peace because it is reality. In this life we will face troubles, setbacks, trying situations and unpleasant seasons. We may not always have a perfect life, but we can trust a perfect God to help us through challenging situations.

Sheila Walsh said, “Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.”

Ronald Reagan said, “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

The 23rd Psalm gives incredible inspiration for God’s peace. This scripture teaches us when God is our Shepherd, there are huge benefits. All of these benefits offer an abundance peace.

  • Verse 1: When God is my Shepherd, I don’t want. I’m satisfied.
  • Verse 2: He helps me to lie down in green lush pastures and listening, drinking from peaceful streams.
  • Verse 3: He gives rest that restores my soul and body.
  • Verse 4: No fear of the threat of danger or even death. I’m totally comforted and protected.
  • Verse 5: Now this is a cool picture of peace… When enemies rise up against me, He prepares the meal and I get to be fed while my enemies watch.

Do you see God’s heart? He spares nothing in order to illustrate His desire for us to have peace in our life.

How we find the peace that God passionately desires to give us is found all through His Word. One of those scriptures Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Again, God is showing how passionate in even what kind of peace He wants to give. He says, “Perfect Peace”. Perfect meaning complete. Lacking nothing. Not that we are perfect, but that He is perfect. He said, “perfect peace”. The translation here is “peace peace”. Its like peace squared to the 2nd power. God never fails in communicating how He loves us and how He desires us to give us good things. When God gives, it’s always extravagant.

God has already promised us peace, but we are responsible to align ourselves to His principles to receive it. When we practice the principle that God is asking us to practice, its like holding out our hands to receive a gift. Someone can give you a gift, but you have to extend your hands to receive. If I want to live in the kind of peace He gives, I have to trust Him. Trust is built on three beliefs. I like to use the three-legged stool to illustrate.

I trust God, because I know… 1. God is the expert. He knows more than I do. 2. God is capable. He can do what I cannot do. 3. God is good. He has my best interest in mind. God will never harm me or place me in harm’s way. Therefore, I trust God.

Isaiah 26:3 gives me guidance in receiving God’s peace. Choosing to trust God and choosing to keep Him in the forefront of my thoughts. Its hard to have fear and doubts when you know how trustworthy, capable and good God is. Life may get hard, but God is good. Consistently keeping God and His Word in our thoughts will bring transformation in our minds. Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Peace of mind comes to the transformed mind rooted in Jesus Christ.

If you are in a situation where life seems to be spinning out of control, you feel overwhelmed or something is robbing your peace, God wants you to know He is here for you. He wants to help. Look to Him. Look at who He is. Trust is not passive, its something you have to intentionally do. Trust and Think. Push your worries out of your thoughts by filling your thoughts about the goodness, capability and excellent knowledge of God. Receive God’s perfect peace.

The Test is to Strengthen you; Not Weaken You.

God’s tests are not to show your weakness; the test is to strengthen your faith and trust in Him. 

God’s heart and goal is to make us strong by helping us to develop a strong foundation of faith.

The tests of your faith will not show up in your life in the form of paper with fill in the blanks or multiple choice options. The tests that we face will show up as storms, relationship struggles, hard financial times and much unwanted crisis. Tests of life are inevitable and without prejudice. They come to everyone. However, God has given us four promises about tests in  1 Peter 5:10.

“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” (1 Peter 5:10)

 1. God will see to it that your test will not last forever.

Tests, trials, seasons and a crisis can sometimes feel like they are here to stay in our life. However, we can trust God with “timing”.  His timing is perfect. We know that He will not allow us to be under a test forever.

 2. God will restore you after your test.

We can get weary from tests. They can be physically, mentally and even spiritually draining. So we keep in focus that our Father will restore and renew us.

 3. God will support you. 

In order to endure tests and trials we need strong faith in God. Know that we are not alone. God said He would be with us. Never leave us. Do we trust God to keep His word?

 4. God will strengthen the foundation for your life.

A good foundation is what keeps us stable through life. A solid foundation is one built upon principles and precepts that produce good results in our life. God promises to place us on a foundation that will not deteriorate or collapse under pressure or test.

God is directing and ordering our steps in life. His heart is to not weaken us but strengthen us. God desires growth and transformation that positions us for greatness. When the tests and storms of life come, we must not see them as an opposition to weaken or destroy us; but they have come to strengthen us.

Never Fight the Devil in His Arena

If you try to defeat the devil where he has a lot of practice, he will defeat you almost 100% of the time. He is great at over exaggerating thoughts and feelings. The devil knows if he can sow the wrong thought in our minds or over exaggerate our feelings, it has the potential to…

  • separate us from the people who love us.
  • think thoughts that are not true.
  • intimidate us from stepping in to God’s authority and calling.
  • keep us from using our gifts to help people.
  • create division.
  • abandon love and reconciliation.
  • cause us to give in to fear and not live in faith.
  • overwhelm us with worry and steal our peace.

God has assured us that He has given us the ability to defeat the thoughts and weapons of the devil. However, we must do it God’s way and with His weapons. Jesus illustrated to us how He defeated the devil when He was faced with three temptations. The devil tempted Jesus with pride, self-centeredness and rebellion against His Father. He used thoughts and feelings as the driving force. Jesus addressed each temptation with a specific Scripture.

In order to defeat the devil, we cannot not fight him with just our thoughts or feelings. That is his arena and he is very good at it. Take him to the arena that he despises and where he is defeated. God’s Word and faith is the two greatest weapons we have against the devil. Paul said in Ephesians 6:16 that our faith has the ability to STOP all fiery arrows from evil darkness. In Ephesians 6:17 He said the Word of God is the sword that we use in battle.

When you are being bombarded with thoughts of defeat, discouragement, fears and doubts don’t stay in the arena of your feelings or even try to wrestle with your thoughts. Immediately take your mind to God’s Word. His Word is not only full of His promises over you; it has the power to resist the devil (James 4:7). Your faith in God and His Word is what gives you the ability to stand your ground. This is the arena where the devil is defeated. This is the arena where you are always victorious.

David Shannon Wooten

Don’t Seek the Breakthrough; Seek the God of Breakthroughs

Second Samuel chapter five shares with us the time David was surrounded by his enemies. He was just positioned as king. God called David to lead Israel and bring honor to Him. But there was an entire nation who hated David and definitely did not want him to be king. They sent their entire army to surround him with the intention to wipe him out.

David’s first reaction was not to measure the size of their army with his. He didn’t take inventory of how many weapons he had. He was not assessing whether he could defeat his enemy based on his armies strength or capability. David’s principle, belief, conviction was to seek God first.

“Many people miss their breakthrough because they are seeking their breakthrough rather than seeking the God of the Breakthrough.”

David exercised this principle throughout his life. Every time David seeks God first for direction and instruction, he finds success. This key principle will work in every area of your life. It’s the principle of seeking God first. When we seek God first we are making a statement that we TRUST God. Our decisions and actions reveal what we believe. When we truly believe God has the ability to break through for us, we will seek His council before making a decision or taking an action step.

Seek God first by…

  1. Going to prayer before your mind is made. Keep an open mind and heart. Ask God what you should do, what action steps to take, ask Him for wisdom, knowledge and clarity of mind. Ask God for His discernment and favor.
  2. Don’t make major decisions without sensing God’s PEACE first. We can make huge mistakes, deal with regrets and get stuck in life when we make a decision knowing that God never gave us permission. Following the peace of God is like following a compass. You can stay on track with God’s plan for your life when you stay in His peace. After spending time in prayer and you still feel anxious, heavy hearted, fearful, don’t make the decision. Continue in prayer until you sense God’s peace.
  3. Take several days to seek God in prayer. If it is a major decision that has the potential to alter your life, consider fasting and prayer. Decide on a time period to fast, time in prayer and in God’s Word. You will gain God’s wisdom through His Word. You will have a clear mind and liberty in your spirit by spending time in His presence. Fasting and prayer is a powerful process to see incredible breakthroughs when you fast to seek God.

This is the process of seeking God first rather than seeking the breakthrough. Everyone wants the right outcome, the blessing, the breakthrough. But it can feel like we are chasing the wind, if all we do is seek after the breakthrough. When we seek God who has the power, ability, and knowledge to breakthrough for us, we cannot fail. We will find success. He is the God who breaks through for us.

God Will Fight For You

Moses and the Israelites are trapped. A huge Egyptian army is rushing toward them and the Red Sea is in front of them. There is literally nowhere for them to go. They can hear a multitude of horse’s hoofs pounding the ground and the footsteps of thousands of soldiers rushing toward them. They can’t escape under, over, to the right or left. They can’t go forward and they for sure are not going backward. They are completely surrounded. I’m not judging these guys, because I’m sure I would be more than a little concerned. My excitement level would be greatly elevated. Take a look at their reaction…

  • They feared greatly. Exodus 14:10
  • They started complaining. Ex. 14:11-12
  • They wanted to go back to being in bondage. Exodus 14:12

This is what fear does:

  1. Fear sends us backward. It causes us to want to retreat.
  2. Fear will always prevent our faith from rising to a level that will allow us to see great miracles.
  3. Fear will cause us to complain and cast blame to others.
  4. Fear will tempt us to live in a familiar place, even if the familiar place is a place of bondage.
  5. Fear will cause us to compromise the promise of God.

Moses addresses the fear issue and encourages them to position themselves to allow God to fight for them. Exodus 14:13-14, “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”’

  1. Don’t fear. Keep fear out of your emotions. Be emotionally stable.
  2. If you keep your mouth shut, God will fight for you.

They had to stop the fear and shut down the complaining in order for God to fight for them. The wrong focus, the wrong mentality, the wrong words, the wrong language, the wrong conversation will not lead to victory. But the right perspective and attitude will.

Yes, the Egyptian army was great in multitude, but they had God. If you’re going to be trapped by a large army, who would you want to be there with you? How about God? He was there with them. In fact, He was leading them. He led them right to the spot where they were trapped. Look at what God was doing for them:

  • God was speaking. He was giving them step by step instructions on what to do. Exodus 14:13-15
  • God was sending an angel before them. Exodus 14:19
  • God moved a huge cloud that stood between Israel and the Egyptian army. Exodus 14:19-20
  • God sent the wind to push back the sea so the Israelites could walk across the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:21-22

If God led them to it, then He can lead them through it. Our perspective should be when we feel like we are surrounded… God is always greater than our opposition.

Let God fight for you today. Keep fear out and keep your faith at optimum level. Keep your emotions stable, stand firm, keep silent and God will fight for you.

Another key verse in this context is Exodus 14:15, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.” I love that. Quit your crying and move forward. I believe our call to action is to move forward in trust and faith. Trust God more than you fear the outcome of your circumstances. You may feel surrounded on every side. You may be bombarded by difficulty, but trust God. God will Fight For You.

God Doesn’t Make Junk

In her autobiography, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, Ethel Waters shares her story, “I was never a child. I never was coddled, or liked, or understood by my family. I never felt I belonged. I was always an outsider.… Nobody brought me up.” Ethel Waters’s mother was raped at knifepoint. Because the way Ethel was conceived her mother had a difficult time accepting her as a child. Ethel was tossed around from family member to family member. She was raised in the slums of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and dropped out of school to support herself by cleaning houses.

But God’s amazing grace touched Ethel’s heart and life. She became a very successful singer, actress and made history as being the first black woman to appear on radio, to star at the Palace Theater in New York, the first singer to introduce 50 songs that became hits, the first black singer to appear on television and so many other great accomplishments. Ethel had an understanding of God’s grace to which she would often make the statement, “I am somebody cause God don’t make no junk.” Ethel was actually stating a powerful truth.

Because of bad circumstances and bad people, we can often feel like we don’t matter, there’s something wrong with us or feel like an outcast. But God says differently than what our emotions can feel at times. God states over and over about how much He cares and loves us.

  •  The Lord takes delight in you (Psalms 149:4a).
  •  God made you with His own hands for a specific purpose (Ephesians 2:10a).
  • You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!  How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! (Psalms 139:13-18 TLB).
  • “…for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zachariah 2:8b).
  •  You are precious in God’s sight, honored and loved by God (Isaiah 43:4).
  •  God rejoices over you as a bridegroom over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
  •  You are God’s friend (Zephaniah 3:17).

God does not want you to feel or say that you are a loser, outcast, no good or you don’t measure up. People may say hurtful things, but God is singing over you today. People may reject you, but God wants you to know that He accepts you. Jesus’ love is so extravagant for you, that He has taken all your pain and placed it upon Himself. Don’t let voices, people, emotions or feelings rob you of what God has done for you.

You are somebody, because God doesn’t make junk.

David Shannon Wooten – 5.1.17

Check Your Cracks Pt2


Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

A structural engineer has the ability to check the cracks in the foundation of your house to determine the health of your foundation. Cracks will show your weaknesses, flaws, areas of stress and developing problems. It would be detrimental to the future of your home to not inspect, evaluate and then make preparations to remedy the problem. Ignoring any issue that needs attention is costly and disastrous.

The same can be said for the foundation of our own lives. Our beliefs, values, principles, relationships and spiritual life is too important to not consider the time, effort and attention that is needed to evaluate, make adjustments and preparation for the next level. These three areas can be fatal failures to our success, character and relationships.


ONE: Fail to Evaluate

No one claims to be perfect. No one has EVER said to me, “Hey, I’m perfect. I don’t need to improve anything in my life.” Just about everyone wants to improve something in their life. We desire for some areas of our life to change. But are we willing to give an honest evaluation?

So where do you need to improve? Rate your abilities and performance. Evaluate your skill level, ability to communicate, health, spiritual life, time management, organization skills and relationships. When we fail to evaluate, we delay improvements. We cannot make improvements if we are afraid, insecure or too arrogant to evaluate where we are weak, lacking self-discipline, or need to advance our skill level.

TWO: Fail to Make Adjustments

Someone once said, “Nothing changes if nothing changes”. Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results”. Usually it’s the small behaviors or lack of discipline that can hijack our success. Small changes to our budget today can bring huge dividends tomorrow. Investing 30 minutes every morning reading a leadership book can increase our knowledge and skill level. A slight lower or raising of a pitch of a vocalist’s tone can bring perfect harmony. A 1/32 of an inch can bring perfect alignment to hanging a door. When we give an honest evaluation of where we need to grow and make small steps to adjust, a new level can be achieved. Failure to make adjustments is a commitment to staying the same.

THREE: Fail to Prepare for the Next Level

When we are too comfortable with the current level we can be blinded to the preparations that is needed for the next season. Every person in the Bible who needed a miracle or made advancements received an instruction and were responsible for following through with preparation. What if the widow woman who needed a financial miracle failed to gather the pots that she was instructed to borrow (2 Kings 4)? Naaman needed to be healed of Leprosy. What if he would have ignored the instruction of dipping himself seven times in the Jordan river (2 Kings 5:14)? What if he decided to ignore seven times and only dip himself five? What if the disciples decided to ignore Jesus’ instruction to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to fill them (Luke 24:49)? The point is there was specific instructions that were to be followed. Preparations needed to be made. Your next level, your new season will not just simply appear. It will require changes and preparations. A failure to prepare for your next level is a failure to see your next level. We cannot continue to prepare only for the level we are in. We must prepare like we are going to the next level.

These three fatal failures are highly important when it comes to our foundation. Our principles and priorities need to be evaluated and adjusted if they are not producing the right fruit in our life. If our character and integrity is failing us in our relationships, career and spiritual life, then it’s time to prepare to go to a higher level. A healthy foundation will help us stand firm through rough seasons. Putting the principles of Christ in to practice in our life will produce a stable life.

David Shannon Wooten


Check Your Cracks

3 Ways to Measure You are Building on the Right Foundation

One of the most important parts of a building is its foundation. The foundation of a building will determine its strength and longevity. Some parts of the foundation of a building is hidden, but if the foundation is faulty a lot of problems will be exposed. Planning and paying attention to details cannot be overlooked when it comes to the foundation. It’s very important to determine what kind of building you desire… two story, three story, sky rise, and then commit to what kind of foundation you need in order to build.

Jesus’ teaching is very clear and to the point about foundations. In just four verses He unveils a powerful truth that can bring ANYONE great success in life.  He shares in Matthew 7:24-27, the foundation of a house will determine its ability to endure high winds, floods and storms that beat against it. There’s no “if’s” or “but’s” in the illustration of Jesus’ instruction. The house WILL stand or fall based on the foundation in which it is built upon.

I want to draw our attention to something a little more specific about the foundation. The entire foundation is important. But what is even more important is the very first element in the foundation. Architects, builders, carpenters, and masons refer to it as the cornerstone or chief cornerstone. If the very first brick, block or concrete measurement is off, the entire building will be out of square. One inch off at the foundation can show up half a foot off in the roof. Walls will be out of square, kitchen cabinets and counters will not fit right, tile flooring will be off.

Our life is like a building. Personal habits, family relationships, marriages, our spiritual life, our character, integrity, choices and beliefs. These are very important elements in our life and all of them are affected by our foundation. One major part of our foundation is our belief system. How we believe will determine our perspective and will sway our decisions in a certain direction. This is why the Scripture teaches us, the VERY FIRST “STONE” in our foundation must be Christ. Jesus Christ is our foundation. His life modeled before us, becomes our model. His teachings and character becomes our standard for living, behaviors and choices.

Paul affirms this truth in Ephesians 2:20-22, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Isaiah prophesied Christ would come as a proven, perfect cornerstone that one could build their life upon. “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. 17I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;’” (Isaiah 28:16-17).

Peter quoted the Isaiah Scripture in 1 Peter 2:6, “For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame’”. Notice the emphasis on placing our trust in Christ is how we lay the foundation that will produce a life that we can be proud of.


It would be wise for us to observe Christ’s teaching in Matthew 7:24-27:

  • Two men have  the desire and vision to build the same house.
  • Two men hear the same truth.
  • Two men have different beliefs and perspective how to build.
  • Two men build on two different foundations.
  • Two men face the same storm.
  • Two men have completely different results from their effort and investment. One is destroyed and the other endures the storms.

3 Ways to Measure that You are Building on the Right Foundation.

  1. How much time, effort and attention do you give to your relationship with Christ? Christ must be the first foundation of your life. We invest in the things that we love and value. We love Christ, we desire His presence, we value His instruction; therefore, we will spend time in His Word and in conversation with Him.
  2. Before you take your “cues” or advice from anyone, do you look to Christ and His teachings are your model and pattern for your life? When it comes to ideology, preparing for life, dealing with relationships, decisions and behaviors… the culture will get it wrong, cool people will get it wrong, popular people will get it wrong, Christ NEVER gets it wrong. He is our model, template for our foundation.
  3. Check your cracks. Do you allow Christ to adjust your perspective? Do you allow Him to change your mind? Are you familiar with repentance, correction and reconciliation? NO ONE gets it right ALL the time. They are not that good. To keep our foundation from deteriorating and contamination we must allow Christ, the perfect foundation be our inspector. Place your foundation, beliefs, ideas up to Christ’s and compare it.

We can be confident that a foundation built on Christ, will endure tests, temptations and struggles. I know you will be happy with the outcome of your life, when Christ is your Chief Cornerstone.

David Shannon Wooten


God has a Third Day for YOU!

 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. (Hosea 6:2)

 “and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.” (Matthew 17:23)

I think it’s amazing how God communicates and illustrates His message of hope to us. When we are facing challenges, feeling stuck or even hopelessness; over and over again God is trying to instill faith and hope in us. When you read through God’s Word, His message is clear… “Don’t give up”, “there is still hope”, “I’m The God who works miracles”, “death is not the end”, “I’m The God who gives another chance”, “It’s not over until I say it’s over”.

There is great significance in God illustrating to us the “Third Day.” Many times, God used the three-day period to point to an act of Divine intervention. Think about all of the “Third Day” experiences the Bible records and how God intervened…

  • Three men declared to Abraham that his wife Sara who was barren, would bear a son. (Genesis 18:14)
  • Jonah spent three days in the belly of a whale and was delivered on the third day. He traveled three days across Nineveh communicating God’s message of repentance, restoration and revival. (Jonah 1:17, 3:3)
  • Jesus was missing for three days when He was twelve years old. His parents found Him on the third day. (Luke 2:46)
  • Jesus prophesied He would be raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21, 17:23)
  • Saul was blinded for three days. He regained his sight on the third day. (Acts 9:9)
  • Abraham traveled for three days on his journey to sacrifice his son Isaac. And God provided a sacrifice for Isaac on the third day. (Genesis 22:4)
  • Jesus first miracle was recorded as “there was a wedding on the Third Day”. (John 2:1)

In almost every case where the “third day” is mentioned, God either proclaimed His intervention was on the way or the actual Divine intervention was taking place in the person’s life.

I believe God is communicating to us that we can have a “third day” experience too. Nowhere in the Bible does God give us permission to give up or lose hope. He consistently encourages us to believe.

THREE things to remember about your Third Day:

1. What you are experiencing today doesn’t mean you will experience it for the rest of your life.

  • Seasons change.
  • God has the authority and ability to turn things around in your life.
  • Don’t just wish the bad experience away, start rejoicing that a new season is coming.
  • Jesus is the one who can step out of the boat on a stormy sea, and speak peace in the face of the wind. His voice has more authority and power than bolts of lightning and claps of thunder.

2. The enemy of your destiny wants you to believe it’s over.

  • Satan and those who hated Jesus, thought it was over when He was hanging on the cross and when they buried Him. But on the “Third Day” they had quite the surprise.
  • Failure is not forever.
  • Failure is a way for us to learn.
  • Failure can make us stronger and more resilient.
  • Thomas Edison was a great inventor. He had a lot of success but that success did not come without experiencing failure.
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Thomas A. Edison
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas A. Edison

3. When you are faithful to believe, and seek God; He is faithful to answer.

  • “The faithful love of the LORDnever ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
  • “The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
  • “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Don’t give up hope. Invite God into your circumstance. He is the key. God has a Third Day for you!

Maggie Has Been Rejected 50,000 Times

This is Maggie. Britains most “unloved dog”. That’s what Britain paper “The Daily Mail” wrote in 2015. Maggie is a whippet cross who was taken to Serendipity Kennel in Cellarhead, Staffordshire as a puppy because a large family was unable to cope and care for her. For eleven years over 50,000 people who were looking for a dog overlooked Maggie. No one wanted Maggie.

What really breaks my heart at an escalated level is the thousands of children who have been rejected or abandoned by their parents. In some cases, the children are not rejected but have lost their parents to death, prison or to extreme illness. Children need parents. They need care-givers. They need love, affection and affirmation. It is devastating and a detriment to a Childs health to be left alone, ignored and not nurtured on every level… body, soul and spirit.

When we bring attention to loneliness, we must remember our elderly who are in nursing homes or unable to leave their homes. Thousands of our elderly have no one to visit them. They spend hours bound to a bed or to a very small square footage of space. A visit from anyone always puts a smile on their faces.

Loneliness is a real issue. No-one wants to feel like they are alone or do not have anyone they can talk to about ideas, problems or sharing things that excite them. Professional studies have proven that we are wired for social connection. From plants, animals to humans, the results are the same, when they are neglected human interaction… the outcome will be sickness and possible death.

In some cases, the cure for loneliness is relativity easy and low sacrifice. Its a simple 30 to 60 minute conversation. Its a phone call. It’s sharing a meal. Its taking a walk together. In some cases it will require more sacrifice. It’s making a relational commitment to be a friend. It’s spending time mentoring. Adopting a child. Whether a small investment of time or a larger sacrifice…

You can be someones cure for loneliness. 

5 Things to Help Fight Against Loneliness

  1. Invite someone out for coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner. You may be the one that feels lonely. Don’t let the possible feeling of rejection stop you from inviting someone. The first invite might not work for their schedule or you may have invited the wrong person. Don’t give up. Someone wants to talk with you.
  2. Take time to call 3 people this week. Spend some time on the phone with them. Offer words of encouragement, scripture verses and a prayer before you end the conversation.
  3. Find a teen that seems to be fighting loneliness. Get permission from their parents and take them to lunch, play basketball, fishing, go get ice cream. Talk about future goals and plans. Take time to dream with them about their future. Find out what they are passionate about. Encourage them. Breathe life into their future.
  4. Treasure the moments that people give you. If someone takes out time to talk with you. Notice you. Invite you. Thank them. When you feel lonely, or you have the thought that no-one cares, remind yourself that someone took out time to call you or they sent you a card. Those small moments mean a lot. I believe when we are truly thankful for the small moments that people give us and we sow into other peoples lives, God will allow us to reap a harvest of friendships.
  5. Remember these Scriptures. Pray and ask the Lord to help you extend His presence in to someones life this week.
  • Proverbs 18:24a, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…”
  • Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
  • John 15:12,This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
  • Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”