A Year to Live: Cancer Met Jesus and Bowed Down

Note: This is the testimony of Ndanatswa-Maggie Maseko, a breast cancer survivor and powerful woman of God. I am thrilled to share her story with you all.

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

This is the verse that God placed on my heart the day I received a life-altering diagnosis. I remember sitting in my consultant’s office, not being able to stop the tears flowing down my face. At first, I found myself praying in tongues underneath my breath in rejection of this horrible news, but then God strengthened my resolve. In that moment God lead me to the decision that I was going to fight this horrible disease and conquer it.

I endured the trials of chemotherapy and radiotherapy only to be told that none of it was very effective, as the tumor had attached to my chest wall, leaving nothing further that could be done for me. I did not want to die, and I knew that there was no back-up plan other than putting my full and absolute trust in God the Father, God The Holy Spirit, and God Jesus Christ. I chose to cling to His promises because I knew that He would be faithful to see them through. Then He acted in a powerful way.

I was feeling the weight of being told that I only had a year to live, alongside the fact that I was living in the United Kingdom while my family was in Zimbabwe. I remember asking God, “who is challenging Your power?” Though I trusted in Him, I needed constant guidance through prayer. In this, The Holy Spirit led me in seeking wisdom from my consultant in regards to referring me to a specialized hospital. This conversation led to me being admitted to Royal Marsden, where God was about to follow-through in the biggest way imaginable.

The wonderful staff at Royal Marsden ran a multitude of tests to determine the best course of action. The results from those tests including the MRI showed only two extremely small patches. The surgeons were not even convinced that they contained active cancer. I rejoiced in God’s victory as the surgeon said to me, “it’s as if you never had cancer.” Those words echo in my heart to this day, reminding me of God’s power and faithfulness. God had miraculously healed me! The surgeons were then able to operate, and successfully remove the tumor that I was previously told was inoperable. Jehovah Rapha is a healer and is far more powerful than any disease. He showed this to me through the powerful healing that He brought to my life. God was indeed faithful to His promises, like He put on my heart through Numbers 23:19. He had answered my many prayers.

“It’s as if you never had cancer.” Those words echo in my heart to this day, reminding me of God’s power and faithfulness.

I want to encourage anyone who hears my story with Jesus’ words in Matthew 17:20 (NKJV): “ I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” God proved this to be true in my own life, and I believe without a shadow of a doubt that He can do it for you as well. I strongly believe that God healed me in order for me to spread the Gospel of Jesus, share with others how He healed me, and encourage others who are battling this disease through both my testimony and prayer. I found great encouragement from sermons on KICC, TBN, and Revelation TV, as well as from the ministries of Creflo Dollar, Christ Embassy, Jesse Duplantis, Sid Roth, Joyce Meyer Ministries, Daystar, Bill Winston Ministries and Joseph Prince.

If anyone battling cancer would like me to pray with them, please contact me at www.prettyscars.com. If you are interested in booking me for a speaking engagement to hear my full journey of how l battled breast cancer living alone and how l overcame this major obstacle in my life, please contact me using my contact information below. Thank you for reading my testimony and God bless you.



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Does True Love Exist?

Why Marriage Matters: Part 2

Song of Solomon 6:3

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (NIV)

I’m going to flip the script here and ditch the clever opening story in order to get right to the answer poised in the title of this reflection: does true love exist? The answer is a resounding YES! True love DOES exist, but perhaps it isn’t what we expected it to be.

We live in a culture that promotes radical individuality. It is encouraged to spend a great deal of our lives focused on defining ourselves and making sure that we have a distinct identity separate from others. I fear that it has grown to a point in which we are beginning to worship this individuality to the degree that we are teetering awfully close to the ledge of idolatry.

True love DOES exist, but perhaps it isn’t what we expected it to be.

The message of the Gospel is counter-culture and radically opposed to the ways of the world around us. This holds true in marriage as well. God doesn’t call us to seek individuality in marriage, He calls us to seek oneness. Radical individuality makes oneness very difficult, hence the struggles we see in the statistics on marriage, even Christian marriage. How do we find this oneness?

Find a Biblical Definition of Self, but Prepare to be Redefined in Marriage:Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25, NIV).

Our sense of self needs to be primarily rooted in our understanding of our role as children of God, not in our particular interests, hobbies, or work. For example, I am very passionate about writing, but I don’t cease to be myself if such an artistic medium no longer existed. It’s something I enjoy, but it doesn’t define me. Also, in marriage I’ve become more myself than I was before marriage. I didn’t lose myself. Despite what many say, even in the Christian community, don’t be afraid of your identity changing in the midst of your marriage: welcome it! Holding on too tightly to what we thought we were will just create isolation, strife, and misunderstanding. Jesus didn’t cling to any earthly conception of anything, rather He was willing to give away His life itself in service to those He loved! If Christ can give His very life, why do we cling to such little things that divide us?

Make the Needs of Your Spouse Your Own:Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10, NIV).

Making the needs of your spouse your own cultivates the intimacy, trust, and oneness that so many marriages are missing today. Don’t worry, your needs won’t go unmet, because serving your spouse in this way will help to inspire them to do the same for you. Truly rejoice in their highs, grieve with them in their lows, and ALWAYS take the time to listen. Invest in your spouse richly and do everything you can to help them thrive.

Create and Pursue Dreams Together:Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIV).

Be willing to put your marriage before your personal dreams. Controversial, I know, but I believe it’s important. There are dreams I’ve sacrificed in order to become one with my wife and now, years later, I’m glad I did! The dreams we’ve created, pursued, and conquered together are far greater than the ones I had myself. And through it all, we’ve attained a oneness we could have never imagined.

The dreams we’ve created, pursued, and conquered together are far greater than the ones I had myself.

Of course, these steps only work when pursued in unison with your partner, and I’m not claiming it will happen overnight. Rather, it is an overall mindset worth considering and cultivating within your own life and marriage. Pray and ask God to lead you in this, as you would in any area of your life.

Why is Prayer Important?

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NIV)

I remember as a child I never liked to sleep. My parents would put me to bed, and the second they were out of the room I was out of my bed and right behind them. When I finally did decide to stay in bed, I’d often just lay there awake, completely absorbed in my own thoughts. I have a peculiar mind, and to this day can never get bored as I can find endless things to ponder the intricacies of.

In my bedroom as a child, I had a picture on the wall that my mother cross-stitched for me. It has a prayer on it: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” When I was anxious, I would read this over and over again. It soothed me, and was one of the few things that helped me get to sleep.

What sort of imagery comes to your mind when you think of prayer? For me, it was always kneeling at my bedside, hands folded, repeating one of the classic prayers, like the one I grew up with on my wall as a child. If this is still all that comes to your mind when you think of prayer, I am here to tell you that prayer is astronomically more than this!

In our present day and age, we live in a constant battle against anxiety. We live in a constant pressure to preform, and keep up with the ever-changing world around us. There are deadlines to meet, bills to pay, and work to get done. We are in desperate need of peace, but peace is so hard to find.

We are in desperate need of peace, but peace is so hard to find.

In Philippians 4 Paul writes about prayer. He tells us that prayer, when spoken with an attitude of thanksgiving, will give us peace which “transcends all understanding.” He continues on to say this peace will guard our hearts and minds.

How do we achieve this kind of result in our prayer? While the prayer I repeated as a child helped to soothe me, its impact ended there. Life is more complicated now, and we need more than simple soothing. The Bible tells us that we need to pray in “every situation.” Does this mean we are to be on our knees, hand-folded and eyes closed in every moment of our lives?

No, that is obviously silly. What we need to do is cultivate an attitude of prayer in our everyday lives. Think of prayer more as an overall mindset that determines your actions rather than a particular action you take in a certain moment. Practically, this means striving towards taking each and every thought that passes through your mind, and presenting it to God in conversation. Ask Him to shape all that you think about. As you grow in this discipline He will teach you about Him, yourself, and the world around you in ways you never imagined before. He will also shape your attitude and mindset towards one of peace and thanksgiving in all circumstances.

Why is prayer important? Because it can change our world, one life at a time.

Death is Not The End

Colossians 1:18

He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead (NIV)

My greatest relational struggle during my life thus far was my relationship with my dad. It’s consistently been a source of great pain and confusion for me. I’ve always been good at diffusing conflict and helping others through troubles they face in their own circumstances, I just could never figure this particular relationship out. It was always immensely troubling to me, because I longed for it to be a fulfilling, empowering relationship for both of us, like a father-son relationship should be. But then my greatest fear became a reality: my dad passed away before we could ever find true, lasting reconciliation.

This one hit somewhere deep, a depth that I’ve never been forced to face before. I had no previous experience to defer to in order to overcome the emotional burden placed before me. I found myself knocked into the waters I was always afraid I’d drown in, after loitering so close to the edge regardless of my fear. The initial shock told me I’d surely drown, and not be able to recover from what had transpired, but then I realized the most important thing: I was still wearing my life-vest, and my head was indeed above water.

Then I realized the most important thing: I was still wearing my life-vest, and my head was indeed above water. That life-vest was my faith.

That life-vest was my faith. The things I knew to be true because of my faith overwhelmed and defeated the pain that was in my heart. They reminded me that the lies my pain was feeding me were not true in the slightest. My dad was not lost to me. Not only that, but when we did meet again, it would be in a place where the things that divided us here on earth would be no more. We would be able to approach one another free from the shackles that tripped us up here in this life. We would find a relationship even more beautiful than the one that I had always dreamed of having with him.

What does Paul mean when he writes that Jesus is “the firstborn from among the dead?” He means that Jesus is not the only one who will rise again! All of those who have passed away that were believers will also return to live eternally in God’s Kingdom. The Christian faith rests on the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death. That victory over death was not won for Jesus alone, but in order to give all of those who accept Him as Lord and Savior access to the eternal life He provides.

We as humans cannot comprehend anything without having a beginning and an end. We can’t truly grasp eternity. Death feels like an ending to us because we’ve never personally experienced anything on the other side: but Jesus has! Jesus stared death in the face and said “you have no power over me.” In doing so He won victory for us all, and He will be true and faithful in delivering the eternal life that He promises.

No matter how hard it is, and how crushing it is to miss our loved ones in the moment, God longs to remind us that death is NOT the end!

Is The Bible Applicable For Us Today?

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope (NIV)

“Life doesn’t come with a manual.” You’ve heard that saying, right? What if I told you that old, cliched saying wasn’t actually accurate? What if life DID come with a manual? Wouldn’t that make life a bit less complicated?

I’m here to advocate for the fact that life does indeed come with a manual. It’s called The Bible. It is the Word of God. Through it God speaks to us, teaches us, inspires us, and brings us hope. We learn of the history of humanity, how we are to live in this life (and why it’s important), and we find prophecies of what the future will bring.

The Bible may be old, but the wisdom it offers is fresh and relevant. Truth doesn’t age: it stays true no matter how many years go by. While we may be distanced from the Biblical text in terms of time and language, the inherent truth that it contains remains true nonetheless. Timeless teaching is always needed.

Truth doesn’t age: it stays true no matter how many years go by.

So what does The Bible offer us today?

1. Truth in a world of subjectivity.

2. Peace in a society thrashing about in the throes of chaos.

3. Hope for creation filled with people struggling to find any glimpse of it.

We live in a society where the pervading worldview is that “you can create your own truth.” In this mindset truth is subject to your own personal thoughts and feelings. The question I have is, how can everyone’s truth actually be true if they are contradictory to one another? No matter how good of intentions that we may have in trying to make everyone feel empowered and validated it’s just not plausible that everyones truth is actually true. So by encouraging this mindset, we are encouraging people to seek things that may or may not actually be truth, and we’re doing them a disservice.

We all see the news. We hear of the chaos in the streets. No matter what your particular views are on the matters involved, violence is never the answer. Our world desperately needs peace. The Bible offers it in droves.

Paul reminds us in Romans 15:4 that the encouragement from the Scriptures brings us hope. He says that it helps us to build endurance to endure hard times. Can any of us claim not to need at least a little bit of hope? Wouldn’t endurance to carry on help us tremendously in the situation in which we find ourselves here in 2020?

I urge you to read your Bibles. Even a verse a day can make a difference. If you need a Bible reading plan or guidance on how to interpret Scripture, please reach out and I’d be thrilled to help. Search for the objective truth that it provides and don’t settle for subjectivity. In its pages you will meet God Himself, and He will speak to you.

Leading Our Children During the Pandemic

2 Corinthians 12:9

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (ESV).

Research shows that in today’s day and age we spend 40% less time with our children compared to just decades ago. This is data that troubles me deep in my heart. I’m afraid that the mounting pressures of society and the world around us have affected us to the point where we have sacrificed far too much. There is credence to the other side of the debate, I admit, that we are just doing what we need to do in order to survive today’s financial climate. Even though I can acknowledge this, I still disagree.

I pray that in the midst of all of the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted upon our world, that we can learn something from it too and come out of this as better people all-around. I’m hoping that one of things we learn is the ability to slow down and spend more time with our families. Though a huge shock to our way of life and a severe strain on a lot of our finances, I pray that many of us are able to adapt, find another way to live, and sacrifice less time with our families to work.

With this opportunity for increased time at home comes an increased challenge: how do we help our children navigate the murky waters that we find ourselves drowning in? If we ourselves are finding it difficult to figure out what to do with ourselves, how do we help our kids to do that? Thankfully, our faith can offer us guidance in this area.

Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). This verse is true ALWAYS, but even more so right now. The best way that we can train our children on how to live is by setting the example ourselves. Our kids eyes are always on us, and they learn much more from our actions than our words.

If our kids see us worrying or freaking out over what is happening in the world, how is that going to make them feel? Confused? Afraid? Drowning in uncertainty about the future? All of the above. This is a time in which we need to dig into our faith more than ever to find the courage, strength, and resolve to stand strong and instill confidence in our kids.

If our kids see us worrying or freaking out over what is happening in the world, how is that going to make them feel?

In these times, we are understandably overwhelmed, and we are feeling weak. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (ESV). It’s one thing to read that verse and say that we need to rely on God’s strength to carry us through, but let’s look at a powerful example from the Scriptures to show us how to do this.

Before His accusers came to take Him away to stand trial and be crucified, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples. He openly expressed His fear and anxiety to them, and went off Himself to pray. He expresses weakness to God, asking Him initially to guide Him on a path not involving the cross. He cries out to God in His weakness, and guess what God does? God fills Jesus with strength enough to say that He accepts God’s will, and will carry it out. Not only that, but we see the true depth of God’s power in Jesus when not only does He step out to face His accusers, but He even finds enough strength to comfort His terrified disciples as well.

In these times, cry out to God with open and vulnerable hearts. Ask Him to fill you with the strength that only He is capable of giving you. Then, we can stand tall in our faith, strengthen our resolve, and be the witnesses to our children that they need more than ever right now. In that, we can lead them by example with the most important thing that they need: faith in Jesus Christ.

Why Marriage Matters Part 1

Mark 10:6-9

But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (NIV).

I’m going to start today’s post with a disclaimer: this is a topic that gets me fired up. There are so many opinions that I hear on marriage all of the time that honestly just make me sad. There was a time that it outright frustrated me, but I realize how much it must hurt to live through life and marriage with a worldview like that. When you do, you are missing out on the richness, the fullness, and the significance of our most important human relationship.

The mindset I am speaking of is, “marriage is just a piece of paper.” Ever hear that one? There has been so much pain, and so many trials people have endured through conflict in marriage that it has cultivated this kind of attitude in us. I long to make a step towards instilling different feelings towards marriage, because God has shown me something immeasurably beautiful. It’s something that I believe God desires for everyone who experiences marriage in this life to take part in. “Why Marriages Matters” will be a series on this blog, starting with this installment.

In Mark 10, Jesus is teaching about marriage. He starts by saying, “But at the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’” This shows that God’s original intent, from the very beginning of human history, was that His image would be reflected through humanity in both masculine and feminine aspects. The complexities of both sexes in their very own ways would reflect the image of God. They would come together, through relationship blessed by their creator, in order to fill the world with new life by the power which God gave them in having children.

Here we find a foundational truth about humanity, one that forms the very basis of all of our lives. Think about it: we all come from the same place. No matter how broken, how fragmented the relationship of our parents, two people coming together in relationship brought us into this world. A lot of us have survived the crushing pain of being a child of divorce, or coming from a broken relationship. For many, it has skewed our perception of marriage and stolen all of the value out of it in our eyes.

But I can’t express this strongly enough: we need to look at it the completely opposite way. Just because people mess up marriage doesn’t mean that marriage itself is the problem. Marriage isn’t broken: people break marriage. I firmly believe one big reason for that is because we’ve completely forgotten, or maybe never knew in the first place, what it really is.

“Marriage isn’t broken: people break marriage.”

To close out our first discussion of why marriage matters, I challenge you to consider this mindset: marriage, and everything that we do within it, is an act of worship to God. Yes, spending time with your spouse is an act of worship to God. Having sex with your spouse is an act of worship to God. Raising your children is an act of worship to God. Striving to become one with your spouse in body and mind is an act of worship to God. We will go further into this next Wednesday, but until then, ask God through prayer to show you how this view of marriage could change our world.

Overcoming Busyness

Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God”

It amazes me how peaceful my dog Maggie looks when she sleeps. There is such tranquility on her face as she snoozes the day away. I often find myself looking her way and feeling envy towards how she can rest so peacefully. Even when I do rest, there are usually a million things on my mind that keep me from actually feeling rested. I think back to years ago when I used to take the time to put on a record or read a book, sit back, and really rest. True, peaceful, rejuvenating rest. When was the last time you rested like that?

We live in a culture that radiates a performance-based mindset. It is an attitude that you are only as good as the last thing you accomplished. This is the worldview that we live among, one where making money and always seeking “better” is what makes you a success in life. This is not what the Gospel teaches, and not how God intended for us to live our lives when He created us. This type of mindset keeps us from that true, rejuvenating rest.

In Psalm 46:10 God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” How often are we still? Do we even remember how to live in stillness? We claim Jesus as God in the flesh come to earth, the perfect example of humanity, and we see in the scriptures that even He took time away from His ministry to find stillness in prayer. Yes, even Jesus took the time to rest. It is essential, despite what our culture tells us. But how do we find this rest?

1. Make Time for Daily Prayer and Reflection:

To truly see God’s presence in our life, we need to slow down and spend time with Him. Just like in any relationship, our time with God will help us to grow closer and more attuned to Him. This time is nourishing to the soul and helps to refocus our mindset on what is truly important.

2. Reset Your Priorities:

We are plagued by schedules that become more and more demanding by the day. How do we keep Jesus in the center of our lives in the midst of such busyness? We must reset our priorities. There are things on our “to-do list” which we truly need to do, but others that we feel like we need to do. Find the latter, and eliminate them from your day.

3. Invest in Your Passions and Express Them:

Our hobbies and passions in life should never fall to the wayside. They are not less important than the things that make us money, or the things we feel pressured to do. Just as we find joy in seeing the delight that our children find in playing, so too does God rejoice in His children enjoying the things that He put in our hearts to love. Don’t push aside what is important to you.

4. Be Present in All You Do:

Distraction is real in these times, but we need to be constantly on-guard and aware of it. Be pro-active in removing obstacles that prevent you being present in every situation. Now that you have reset your priorities, everything you are doing is something which you truly feel is important to do. Honor those commitments, and give nothing but your all to them.

These things will help us find stillness in our lives, daily moments where we can truly rest. In those moments we will meet God, and He will lead us to a life focused on presence, not performance.

Lessons From Lilly Part 1: Fatherhood

Genesis 1:27

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

There is a universal truth that boggles my mind, no matter how much I ponder its mysteries: we all come into the world the same way. Being a new father, I find myself even more dumbfounded. I hold my baby daughter in my arms and imagine, “was this really me at one point in time?” It’s hard to believe that I lived for years as a child that I can’t even remember, that all the things I do to take care of my daughter my parents once did for me. What a beautiful thread that binds us together.

In Genesis 1 we read about the beginning of human history. We all know the story: God creates humankind. We’ve all heard about it a trillion times, though I found when I slowed down, truly unpacked the verse word by word, and considered my own experience of walking through the entire pregnancy and birth experience with my wife, that this single verse from the book of Genesis held overwhelmingly beautiful truth that is crucial to everyone’s understanding of our place in the world. Truth that can truly reshape our mindset and lay a foundation for a healthier spiritual understanding.

We’re going to start with the last section of this verse. It says that God made humankind both male and female. We know how different men and women can be, though both human. Every form of media explores the differences and similarities between the sexes and looks at how we relate to one another. Even though male and female are different, they are BOTH created in the image of God. So there must be something about men and women that reflect God’s nature. Here’s the crazy part: what happens when these two different people, who both reflect the image of the creator come together in the way that He intended?

In their union they are witnesses to a fuller reflection of God and in that God gives them the power to do what previously only He could do: bring forth new life!

God shares with us life-giving power. Just as He made Adam and Eve in His image, we too are able to bring forth children that bear both His image and ours. God allows us to partner in His work and fill the world with life. This has never been more obvious and overwhelming to me as when I hold my little girl. No matter the brokenness that may have been or the circumstances surrounding it, we all came from two image-bearers joining together and expressing the God-given power to bring forth new life. What a privilege and responsibility to bear.

This truth will spurn me on to be the best dad I can possibly be. I want nothing more than to witness the truth of the Gospel to my daughter and have her know the Lord. Through being a father God has shown me a new way to connect with Him. He is the father of all, and He has blessed me in allowing me to see in a much smaller framework what being a father is all about. Praise be to Him.

The Cure For Stress

Psalm 34:4

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (NIV).

I remember a wonderful vacation my wife and I took a couple years back to Myrtle Beach. The highlight of our trip was getting up at the break of dawn one morning, walking to the beach together, and watching the sunrise. The cover photo on this post is an actual picture she took that morning. It was romantic, peaceful, and serene. I remember wishing that this could be our routine every single morning. It was a rejuvenating way to start the day. Any stress that I was feeling prior to this moment just melted away underneath the masterpiece of God’s sky.

Sadly, that kind of morning routine just isn’t possible here in suburban Chicago, but having a morning routine which melts away your stress and leaves you confident to start your day is critical, especially during these unique times we are living in. What I have found to be a life-altering morning ritual is to meet God within His Word, read through a verse, and speak with Him as I do. It doesn’t have to be anything long, just a simple scripture, something in which you can meditate on throughout the day and ask God to reveal wisdom to you through.

Today my verse was Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (NIV). King David wrote this verse in the midst of extreme stress. He had threats against his life on top of the daily pressures of defending his people. David’s chronicles his action to remedy his stress: “I sought the Lord.” What a simple but profound solution! Then, he records the outcome of that action: “He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” This simple action can change our lives, because just like King David, we can experience the comfort that only God provides no matter what we are going through.

This was a wonderful reminder of why I’ve been doing this simple morning practice. The more that we seek God in our daily lives, the more we will encounter Him. Jesus reminds us of the same thing in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God is everywhere and in everything: His fingerprints are all over creation because He is the creator. We need to open our eyes to His presence in the world around us and surely we will find Him there. Jesus urges us to ask, seek, and knock. He is encouraging us to pursue the Lord, just as David did.

I challenge you, tomorrow morning, to open up God’s Word, find a scripture to meditate on, and start your day conversing with God. Continue to talk with God throughout the day, allowing Him to remind you truths from that verse. Ask Him for His wisdom and comfort that will protect you from all the stresses of our modern world. Ask God for comfort to ease your stress; seek God in every part of your day; knock on the door of our Father in Heaven and let Him welcome you into His loving embrace. I’m not saying this will be easy, or come instantaneously, but with dedication and consistency, your new morning routine will change your life.