"Life is a marathon, not a dash, and the victory goes to the ones who PACE themselves. God wants us to live a life of balance and joy." — Karen Jensen

Keep Believing!

Maybe you’ve been believing for something for a long time and haven’t seen an answer. My best advice is: don’t stop now!

Anytime you hear someone say, “Well, I asked God for that but He didn’t answer,” or, “I tried believing for that but it didn’t work,” you’re listening to someone who has stopped believing at some point. God’s promise didn’t change; the person did.

Don't let that be you!

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God Still Answers Prayer

God wants you to know something today: He is still answering prayer! Prayer for big things and small things; He answers both.

John 16:24 says, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Your heavenly Father wants you to ask! He wants to fill you with joy through answered prayer.

It amazes me how God cares about the big things and the small things in life. He has answered some sizable prayers for me. He has gotten me the job of my dreams, helped me buy and sell homes, healed my family, provided for my family, and blessed my sons with wonderful wives. He constantly protects and guides us, and yet He is also aware of small details.

Not long ago God answered a simple prayer of mine in such a quick, remarkable way that I was reminded yet again about His character and how He never changes.

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"God Put This On You to Teach You"

Maybe you’ve heard people say, “God’s put this trouble/trial/sickness on you to teach you something.”

Or maybe someone’s well-meaning advice went like this: “God has allowed this trouble/trial/sickness to come upon you to help you grow.”

But neither statement is true!

It may sound spiritual to say something like that, but it’s wrong! Remember, God never changes and He is always good. It’s so important that you understand that.

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Why Evil Things Happen

“If God is good, then why do bad things happen?”  Have you ever heard someone ask that question?  I sure have!

And the answer is pretty simple. The reason that evil things happen, even to Christians, is because Satan is the ruler of this planet, not God.

Here’s the deal: God created the earth for mankind, and He turned the rule over to us (Gen. 1:26-31).

He blessed Adam & Eve and told them to take dominion over everything on the earth, with just one condition:“The tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Gen. 2:16–17).

The problem started when the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the one tree that God had forbidden them to eat….

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God is Good and the Devil is Bad

When something horrible happens, it’s easy to become confused, especially when you start wondering who or what caused it.

Too many times people (even Christians!) think that God was the cause, or at the very least, He stood by and allowed horrible things to happen.

There is something I have to get straight right now: God is good, and the devil is bad. And that never changes. If you remember nothing else from this blog post, please remember that!

God doesn’t cause trouble or trauma, sickness or death. He isn’t stealing from you, nor did He kill anybody…

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When You've Lost Something You Love

If you’re asking questions of God because you’ve lost a loved one, a relationship, a job, or something dear to you, you need to go through a grieving process.

There IS a valley of the shadow of death or loss, as Psalm 23 says.

When you’ve lost something substantial, it takes some time to adjust. It's as simple as that. You have to say good-bye to the way things were, but this transition doesn’t happen overnight.

Too often people try to push down the feelings and emotions that come during the grieving process...

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A Safe Place

Have you noticed that we live in a hostile environment?

You only have to listen to the daily news to be aware of the fact that there is danger all around us – not to mention the storms of life that come against us personally.

Thank God, there is a safe place you can run to in the midst of danger and trials! Your heavenly Father has promised to protect and hide you from trouble.

Psalm 91:2 says, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” Even in the midst of the storms of life, this is His Word to you. It’s more sure and more lasting than the storms that may be swirling all around you.

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What in the World is God Doing?

When things are changing all around you -- or you have questions about what in the world is happening -- it’s important to know that God hasn’t changed.  

He’s still doing what He’s always done!

He’s still saving, healing, and delivering people. And He still loves you! He still watches over you and orders your steps.

He simply hasn’t changed his mind about you or His purposes in the earth, no matter how crazy things may look right now.

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He Never Changes!

In this world everything changes. Governments change, buildings change, people change, you change, I change. Countries, prices, social norms, icebergs, music, and even mountains all change!

Obviously if there’s one constant in this life, it’s change. But amid all of this change one thing remains constant, and that is God. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.” Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.”

Lots of circumstances may have changed in your life, but your covenant with God, bought by the blood of Christ, will never change. His love and care for you will be constant. When everything else shifts and changes, you remain standing on a solid foundation.

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You Have Supernatural Protection

You and I live in a dangerous world, don’t we? It seems like almost anything could happen to us, or to our loved ones, in a given day. 

But God doesn’t want us to be afraid, and He has promised to protect us!  He's given us His angels.

These days I am blessed to travel and minister all over the country and around the world. I often have people say to me, “You go all those places alone? Aren’t you scared?” I always reply, “Oh, I’m not alone. The Holy Spirit and all the angels go with me every step of the way. It’s a crowd everywhere I go!”

The same is true for you…

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Someone Is Praying for You

I once heard a story from a missionary who had been ministering in a foreign country many years ago.

In those days he and his ministry team traveled mostly by donkey along very rugged trails to remote villages in the mountains, where most of the indigenous people had never heard the gospel or even seen a white person.

This team had made an agreement with one another that if any of them got sick or were unable to travel for any reason, they would go on without the person who had fallen ill. They felt it was that important to reach this region with the good news.

Well, one day this missionary got very sick….

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You're Never Alone

Sometimes when you’re hurting or questioning, you can feel very much alone. Maybe you feel like that today, like no one is standing with you – like you’re facing the storms of life all by yourself.

I think one of the enemy’s best lies is that no one understands what you’re going through -- that no one cares. Believe it or not, he tells the same lie to anyone who will listen! At one time or another, everyone has felt abandoned.

But here’s the truth: No matter how you feel, you’re not alone. The Bible says you always have someone with you who sticks closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24). God is with you! And when God is with you, you can be sure that everything will turn out better than OK.

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How Close Are You Following?

When you’re following God’s plan for your life, it makes sense to follow someone who knows where they’re going, someone who knows the way.

And of course, Jesus knows the way!

In fact, He told us in His Word that He is the way (John 14:6)! As you seek Him, the plan He has for your life will unfold. As you follow Him closely every step along the way, that plan will come into focus.

When you follow someone closely, you start following the way they think. You can choose to follow Jesus that closely. You can be together with Him by spending time reading and meditating on His Word or by praying. Following Him in this way will help you start thinking like He thinks. And I believe that when you start thinking like Jesus thinks, you can start living like Jesus lives!

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Focus on the Finish

Sometimes when we’re following a plan in life, things can go haywire. When that happens, it can make us feel like we’ve lost our way, or that nothing is going to turn out.

But when you’re following God’s plan, you don’t have to worry about how things might look right this minute.

Because when God starts on a plan, He doesn’t get detoured – He sees the end from the beginning!  He focuses on the finish, and He plans to see it through.

You might think that a change in circumstances means the original plan won’t happen, but the circumstances you may be going through right now are temporary, and subject to change.

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