Walk In The Light


One thing I’ve learned in my life is that God likes to outdo Himself. His dream for your life is so much bigger than your own. His ways are higher, and He has an appointed time of favor for your life. He is going to take you places that you never thought possible. He is going to open up doors that you never have imagined. He’s going to bring talent out of you that you didn’t even know you had. This is the time to get excited about your future! It’s time to get your hopes up because you have been chosen by the Creator of the universe. Your destiny is not determined by the economy, how you were raised, or your education. Your destiny is determined by Almighty God.

Today, I want to encourage you to set your thoughts on things above. It’s time for you to move up higher to a new level. The good news is that God has already laid out victory before you. I declare that in the days ahead you’re going to stumble into it. Get ready because God is going to raise you up into the life of blessing He has prepared for you! 

J Young-Newton

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Never Stop Using Me

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In the stillness of the night I search for Your voice. So lost were my days before I found You. How thirsty I am for Your touch. I don’t know what my life would have been without You. Can’t imagine where I would’ve been, what mess I would be in. Yet You found me…in the depths of my despair Your love conquered my biggest fears. Seconds have passed, minutes wasted away, hours of pain, days lived in fear until You saved me. Somewhere stuck between who I was and who I could be, You gave me the push I needed to dream. The strength I needed to move forward.

My life is nothing without You. Living from day to day, I sought You and found me. I found the person I never thought I could be. I had given myself away to anything that intrigued me, I lost myself time after time. Hurt myself over and over again and then there was You. So powerful, so faithful…in spite of all the things I had done to lose Your trust, You saw fit to be faithful to me. I’m thankful not just because of what You did, I am in awe of who You are. May my lips never cease to give gratitude to Him who has shown me mercy when I have done nothing to deserve it.

I long for a touch from You, anxious for the next opportunity that You will pour into me, revealing Your majesty. From the stars in the midnight sky to the dew on the grass, I see You in everything. I look over my life and realize, in spite of my worst mistakes, You were with me all along. Certainly You know my story from beginning to end but I realize I did not always live in Your perfect will. There have been moments, days, even years that I made mess after mess yet, You came behind them all and made me whole. How can I live in a state of unforgiveness for people when in my heart I know I have required more forgiveness than I have ever given?

Your love has seeped into the darkest corners of my life and given me hope. Each day I look into the eyes of my children and for a moment I have a glimpse of the love You have for me. My heart aches for the inevitable variables of life they will face. God I’m sorry for breaking Your heart, for being selfish, taking Your love for granted.

As I face the storms of life and complain about the unyielding pain remind me of the pain Christ endured so that I could live. The blood shed on Calvary so that I would have a chance to find myself, even if that meant straying from You. Your grace is the sweetest song I have ever heard. Your grace has sung me through the calamities of life. An ocean breeze in the Sahara, it makes no sense how Your grace found me. Broken, unworthy, ungrateful, stubborn, and tired Your grace still found me.

Some called me wretched, others said I would never amount to anything; still You never lost Your confidence in me. Your mercy is the most beautiful poetry ever heard, it has no rhyme or reason, yet it reaches the heart of my soul. When I couldn’t forgive myself, Your mercy saw me through. When I thought I’d never recover, Your mercy nursed me back to where I belonged. When I gave up on myself, Your mercy pushed me along. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for Your mercy.

I know that we haven’t always been the best model of Your love. We fight with one another over the smallest things but I know that because of who You are, You see the heart of all men. You know that many of us are showing love the best we know how. God, help heal the hearts of men so that You can be seen clearly. Help us to never lose focus of Your love yet to live in fear of Your wrath because at the end of the day we should never feel we’re bigger than the God we serve.

Help me Lord to not just be a recipient of Your love but a gateway to Your heart. May the words that come from my mouth be pleasing to Your ears. May they be a lullaby to the fearful, a testament to those seeking something greater, and a reminder to myself that I’d rather be in awe of You, than awful without You. I have used my mouth as a weapon, leaving wounds that no doctor can cure. Help me to understand that the gift You have given me can be used to build or destroy. Lord, let my mouth be my most powerful tool, building up precious people, changing lives, invoking change, and inspiring dreams.

God touch my eyes, clear my vision, so that I can see beyond the way You see me, I want to see people the way You see them. Help me to lose the judgment and fear I posses from past experiences. I have been judged too many times to pass out judgment. Allow me understanding, so that I can see that everyone is not like me, they do not live the way I live, or dream the way I dream. If You wanted us all to be alike You would not have taken the time to give such intricacy to our DNA, such detailed lines in on our fingertips, each lined kissed by your marvelousness and whispering to us what we must never forget: YOU CARE ABOUT US.

Words will never fully express the magnitude of admiration, the immensity of my praise, or the enormity of my worship. All I can say is thank You, I love You… Please God, never stop using me.

Jody K Young

Are You Stressing?

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7 Great Bible Verses for Stress

In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears. (2 Samuel 22:7)

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:14)

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Jody K Young-Newton

Judge Not

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“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37, NKJV)

Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we don’t forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing God’s way and opening the door for Him to heal our hurts and restore our souls.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what that person did was right or that you even have to get back into a relationship with that person. Forgiveness simply releases the debt they owe you so that God can release the debt you owe Him. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you if there is any unforgiveness blocking His blessing in your life. Ask Him to show you more about this gift of forgiveness so that you can walk in the freedom and victory He has for you today.

Jody K Young

All The Man I Need

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Today, know that God cares about the things that concern you. He cares about the things that hurt you. He is close to the brokenhearted, and He wants to bring you peace and comfort. Turn to Him and receive His love. Let Him bring healing to your heart and restoration to your soul.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You for loving me and for caring about the things that concern me. I choose to give You every hurt, pain and sorrow, knowing that You will make all things new in Your time in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jody K Young

Keep Going

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“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit” (Galatians 6:9, the Message)

God has put dreams and desires in every person’s heart. We all have goals we want to accomplish and situations we are believing will be turned around. Sometimes it seems to take longer than we thought. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned, and it’s easy to lose enthusiasm. Negative thoughts come to us that say, “It’s never going to change.” “You’re never going to get well.” “You’re never going to get out of debt.” If we’re not careful, we’ll get discouraged and end up just settling where we are. Many times, people miss out on God’s best simply because they give up too soon. They don’t realize how close they are to their victory.

Friend, don’t let that be you today! Don’t give up just because things seem hard. You are closer than you think! You’ve invested so much and you never know, just another few more days of believing, another few weeks of doing the right thing, another few months of staying in faith, and you could see that situation turn around. Remember, God is on your side! Keep standing and keep believing because you are closer than you think to fulfilling every desire He’s placed inside of you!

Jody K Young

Matters Of The Heart

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“…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV).

When the Lord looks at your heart, what does He see? Every one of us has an outer life and an inner life. The outer life is our public life that the people around us see. The inner life is made up of our thoughts, attitudes, and motives. Only you and God know what’s going on inside of you.

Too many people go around today pretending—acting one way, yet on the inside they’re thinking something totally different. Their heart and their actions don’t line up. But we have to understand that God is looking on the inside. We can fool a lot of people, but we can’t fool God. He would rather us be open and honest than go through life pretending.

Take inventory of what’s going on inside of you today. Are you at peace? Are you overlooking offenses? Do you believe the best in people? Do your heart and actions line up? If not, ask the Lord to give you an undivided heart. Be determined to stay true in your mind and your actions. Line up your whole being with His Word so that you can be pleasing to Him all the days of your life!

Jody K Young