If you’ve ever  come across a friend willing to “bear one another’s burdens,” you know you can text or call them anytime for a quick prayer or word of encouragement. We are better together and together we win in Christ.

The enemy will attack, and it will come, but I have faith you will make it out! Why? Because the Lord has a plan for you, not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).  We can deny it, we can avoid it in conversations, but the reality is, there is a void, and we always try to fill it with ‘stuff’.

My faith was on trial last night, but I found peace in a verse I happened to open my Bible to (the page had a bookmark in it from a previous reading).  Proverbs 4 is a chapter describing wisdom and the path of righteousness. While reading chapter 4, verse 20 jumped off the paper – “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.”  Then, I remembered from earlier in the week Psalm 40, beginning in verse 1, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…”

We often think of God as some distant being, someone who doesn’t hear us when we cry out our pleas, one who forgets about the madness and cruelty of this life, but I am here to say, these two pieces in scriptures debunk those beliefs. 

God, is in fact, real and present in our lives. However, there is a door we must open with a special key, and this is the key of a relationship. Far too long I have been calling to God in prayer and worship, but far too long have I missed his words and responses.  Why? I have yet to incline my ear to his sayings and fully release my shortcomings.

Today, my encouragement to you is simple:  Say a prayer and trust the Lord will reveal himself to you in some way.  For me, it was two scriptures uniting one evening when I needed strength.  I trust the Lord will move in your life as He continues to do so in mine.

Stay RAW:  Real life. Real Scripture.  Real Connection.

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