Do You Want to Be New Now?

Are you allowing yourself to be new? I’m not talking about that resolution you might have made or thought about at the first of the year. The kind that many of us resolve to commit to, and then as time passes, the resolution whispers away because you and I go right back to our old ways, old thoughts, thinking we’ll start over. Tomorrow.

Every moment right in front of you is a new moment. The one you are having right now is new. You’ve never seen it before. Not until now. That’s a blessing. It’s real, and it’s time, right now, for you to focus.

Focus on newness.

Close your eyes and whisper, “Heavenly Father God, I’m right here; I need You. Help me find my newness in You.”

Okay, did you do that? I mean really, do that? If not, close your eyes and whisper God near. Remember, He’s just a prayer away.

Well done, Beloved.

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Let Him show you new hope, new gratitude, new joy, new perspective. Everything new.

Letting Him show you how real He is requires something from you. Let go of past hurt, past pain, past regrets, lofty expectations, and thoughts that tug your soul away from the truth. God is real, and He loves you. You are not perfect. Neither am I.

But still. He loves you and me. Perfectly.

Resolve to get to know Him, right now and again later. Until wanting to know Him better becomes a habit. You’ll know you’ve achieved this when you wake up in the morning and He’s the first One you want to talk to. During the day, whether it’s joy or troubles you’re facing, He’s the first One you call near. And before you go to sleep, He’s the last One you say, “Goodnight, thank You, and I love You.” to.

He already knows you well. Better than anyone else.

That’s a comfort.

For real. And the kind that lasts.

In Him you are new.

Don’t hold onto what you shouldn’t grasp onto so tight.

Let. It. Go.

Don’t look behind you. Look in front of you.

Don’t look down. Look up.

Don’t look to others for your identity. Look to Your Heavenly, Abba Father. Your King.

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Now, this is newness. The real kind.

New hope.

New joy.

New perspective.

New courage.

New peace.

New freedom.

New love.

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You’re believing now.

Now tell God, “I love You.”

Then listen to Him say, I LOVE YOU, TOO, BELOVED. IN ME, YOU ARE NEW.

And so we know

Hope in Him,


Is Your Soul Thirsting?

Have you ever gone for a walk outside in the heat? I have. Once I went for a walk early one morning at 8 am, but It was already hot, hot, hot outside. The prediction that day was 95 degrees by noon! Just about every neighbor had sprinklers on, splashing like crazy, hoping to protect their lawns. I felt like running through them but didn’t want to look too silly, so I kept on walking. (Although running through and then jumping up and down in the sprinklers would’ve been a lot of fun!)


I’d left the house after drinking a full glass of water, but didn’t bring a bottle of water with me. Likely should have, but didn’t feel like carrying one, thought I’d get home quickly, and my knapsack was broken. Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all know how to make them, right?

After walking in the heat for a while sweat started to drench me, (I think that’s how God cools us off) but I was still over a mile away from home. I could sit in the shade or keep going. I thought to myself, Why did I not bring my water bottle?! When I’m feeling thirsty, I need to quench it! When I got home, I sat down. I wasn’t panting, but I felt parched. I really should’ve brought that bottle along instead of leaving it at home. I felt exhausted, and I forgot to take along my replenishment source.

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Time to parallel this walk in the heat without water, to spiritual replenishment and sustenance necessity. When I ask God to fill me up, He saturates my soul. When you ask God, to saturate yours, He will. When I attempt to walk throughout my day, without pulling God’s reservoir into my time first, I’m giving the enemy an opportunity to drain me. If or when you do the same thing, that rascal will drain you too. Don’t let him! If I don’t spend time with God, every day, I will face a drought. Likely, so will you. When I choose to spend time with Him and ask Him to sit near, I am His, He is mine, and I feel at peace, loved, and quenched. That’s what God wants for you too. The world’s heat isn’t always right. It is often a distraction especially when we don’t call God near to water us.

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Got it? Got God?

Good. Prepare to receive His blessing!

When I walked outside that hot morning, I stopped in shady spots. Again and again. Shady spots are cool and comfortable! I’d look at my shadow and think, There you are Helo, keep walking and next time, for Heaven’s sake, bring a water bottle! Water is necessary, and sometimes we need more especially in the heat! Here we go with another parallel. This world has lots of heat. And I don’t only mean heat that comes from the sunshine. I mean “heat” that comes with adversity and challenges. You know, like job loss, not enough money, loss of a loved one, confusion, irritability, anxiety… and the heat list continues.

God-time is amazing, and we never need less of Him. We always need more. The more we thirst His presence, the more He quenches. And the more He quenches our soul, the more we realize how important it is to keep Him near like a love bottle who can always quench our thirst. With real love. Real peace. Real joy. And His assurance.

So how do you let God saturate your soul when you’re thirsty?


Crave His presence.
Call Him near. Make it a habit. Talk to Him a lot. And discover loving Him is contagious and that He that authentically knows how to quench our insatiable moments. “And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
(Isaiah 58:11).

Spend time in His Word and Believe it!
“He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From His innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
(John 7:38).
Believe He is our sustenance and quencher.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
(John 6:35).

Drink up!
Quench your soul-thirst and stand firm on our faith-Rock. God doesn’t want you to stand still in a drought. I don’t think you do either. So drink up! “He opened the rock and water flowed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.”
(Psalm 105:41).

Wow. Just writing this is making me thirsty. Did you know that the terms ‘thirst’ and ‘thirsty’ are used in Scripture over 55 times? God sure knows how to quench it. In His enduring presence, God promises His children, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst.” (Revelation 7:16). In Heaven, we’ll live on forever, quenched with a redeemed soul, but until then, you and I need to remember Who quenches our soul.

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I’m thirsting for time with God now. Got to go drink up. I’m praying you’ll do the same. God bless you!

Hope in Him,

Keeping Life’s Rollercoaster Steady

It’s climbing. Breaths are held. Not going to exhale yet. Anticipation starts building. Hearts are racing. SWISH. Arms are raised or gripping onto the rail. We’re going down. Made it! Time to exhale. Wait! No! We’re going up again!


Ever felt like life is a rollercoaster? Up with joy — Down with sorrow. Up with success — Down with failure. Up with busyness — Down with boredom. Up with conquering — Down with challenges. Being pulled from all ends by people who need your time — Feeling forgotten. And the ups and downs keep going. At times life feels like a rollercoaster soaring through a whirlwind or abruptly coming to a stop. Some standstills are soothing. Others are exasperating.

What should we do when life gets crazy, and the ups and downs leave us feeling like we might face derailment?


Beloved, spend time with God in prayer and get into His Word. The Bible is the sweetest love letter ever written. In it we can find life solutions — God breathed, God directed, God immersed. Sanctified and real. No other user manual works as well as His does. No mechanic other than God can fix our souls and help us avoid derailment. In His presence, we can find eternal hope, uninhibited joy, unconquerable love, and steadfast faith. We simply need to let God grip our hearts, directing us to stay steady.

For example, Psalm 46:10 is sound, captivating, stabilizing direction. God calls His children to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Now, He’s not simply saying, “Child, be still, sit down for a second, then get up — hurry up — and continue with your day like you typically do.”

I don’t think God wants us to stay “busy” in this hectic world… all the time.

When He asks us to be still, He means it. Dear friend, take the time to breathe. Inhale hope — Exhale His promise. His promise that He is always present and He loves us. But we need to take the time to focus on stillness. We all have a to-do list. It’s taken me a while to learn that “being still” needs to be engraved or scripted at the top of my to-do list every single day.


For me, it may mean closing something. Here are a few examples.

Closing a door — Sitting down, letting the kids do what they want to, laughing while they make a mess in the kitchen because food preparation and consumption is on their minds. I need to go behind a door, close it, and ask God to sit with me.
Closing my eyes — Sitting in a parking lot before going to the grocery store to join the crowds and lines. I need to keep the car door shut and ask God to join me.
Closing my ears — Telling myself, “Don’t answer that phone, don’t respond to that computer ‘ping.’ Close your ears, Helo.” Take time out for God and listen to His voice.

Beloved, put “BE STILL” at the top of your to-do list and read on.

In Psalm 46:10, God doesn’t stop with, “Be still My child.” He adds “AND” for a reason. See, if we don’t finish reading the entire verse and adhere to it, we’ll be still for a moment, sometimes only a split second, lose sight of His wise direction, and start engulfing ourselves in busyness again.

So we’ve got to put the “Be still” direction into action. Are you quiet, reflective, and focused now? Good. So am I.

Now let’s break it down. What follows “AND”?


Okay, great, He is God. Can I go now, Helo?

No, my friend, not yet. Now that God has your attention stop and think about who He is.

God is our Comforter. Sustainer. Redeemer. Healer. Strengthener. Provider. And all that He is never ends. Who is God to you?

Believe fervently

I promise you, the more time you spend with Him, the more you will fall in love with Him, and the more you fall in love with Him, the more you will stand in awe. And the rollercoaster life will steady because you understand what God is directing you to do. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10).

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We all need God more — never less.

Hope in Him,