When your enemies come at you from every angle and seem to be gaining ground, know that I Am in control of the battle. Take hold of the promise that I have conquered it all. And no matter what conflicts you face, take refuge in Me, your Fortress.

~In the Presence of Jesus by Paul Bane and Matt Litton


I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go.

~ Genesis 28:15

From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep at night, our minds are on constant guard against danger. We pay attention to everything that is going on around us, always alert to keep us safe from harm. Our conscious minds function in such a way as to notice anything out of the ordinary. The problem is that our view of the world is limited. (Stop Your Overthinking!)

For every little thing we notice, there are a thousand other things happening that we do not see. You awake one morning with your mind racing about all the bad things that could happen in the meeting you have scheduled with your boss later today. Will you mess up? Will the meeting go poorly? Does he have bad news for you? You go about the morning in worry and not thinking about the physical activities that are just occurring like clockwork inside your body and all around the world. You don’t take time to notice your heartbeat and your breath.

Then on your way to work, a dog runs out in front of your car, so you swerve to avoid hitting it and hit the brakes to avoid crashing into a mailbox. You spent all morning worrying about a meeting, not about getting into a wreck! As you sit in your stopped car, you suddenly notice your heartbeat because your heart is racing. You are suddenly aware of your breath because you are breathing heavily from panic. (Mind Your Mind)

Our thoughts float in and out of our heads continually. And we all know our attention automatically focuses on negative thoughts about our past or future. The reality is that we have little control over the negative things that will happen to us. And we spend so little time being thankful for all the good God provides in our life each day. So, live today with eternal hope, take time to count, and be aware of the blessings that come your way. In fact, why don’t you take time to sit down with a journal this week, write the good and focus on being grateful?

Co-Writer Matt Litton