God is with us!

Have I not commanded you be strong and of good courage? Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Be Strong! Be courageous!

If we really believed in God’s power and His love for us, we would have unwavering faith. God commands us to stop being afraid of our struggles, of our tests, and our tribulations. He has all the answers, if we only believe.

Do you need a job, money to pay overdue tuition, a new vehicle, wisdom, a deeper relationship with your spouse, or peace in your home? Step aside, our carnal minds are unable to resolve the obstacles that we face when we serve God.

God is with us! He is waiting to deliver us, like he did when Daniel was thrown into the lions den (Daniel 6). Those flesh-eating beasts purred like kittens because God sent an angel to close their mouths. Although the King was tricked into signing the decree, even he acknowledged that the Most High God who Daniel served, would save Daniel from the hungry lion’s roaring mouths.

Believe in the mighty power of God!

He is able, He is ready, and He is willing to do what He promises and that is to be with us, at all times. It is our responsibility to remain steadfast, possess courage, and proclaim, “I know the great ‘I am’ will deliver me from this situation.”

Only believe, that all things are possible with God!

Prayer for today: Dear God, It is me standing in the need of a revival in my heart. I have faltered when the storms have come into my life. I ask forgiveness for not believing that you will deliver me as you promised. I desire to serve you wholeheartedly from this day forward. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer that I ask in the worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Running into the Struggle

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

For most of us, we make achievable and attainable goals for our lives; whether we accomplish those goals is not only dependent upon making viable plans but also dependent upon our determination, strength, and perseverance to make it through the struggle to the accomplishment phase.

Let’s look at a shared desire among many: To achieve an optimal level of wellness-health by the loss of excess body weight. Are you drinking protein shakes for days on end or purchasing fruits and vegetables to change your eating habits? The method that we choose will determine if we are looking for a quick fix or a major overhaul in our lifestyle.

If we choose a diet based on the temporary deprivation from the unhealthy foods that we continue to desire, then we may accomplish a temporary weight loss; however, we continue in the cycle of short-term victory with pending defeat just around the corner, also referred to as yo-yo dieting.

“Yo-yo dieting or the yo-yo effect, also known as weight cycling is a term coined by Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University, in reference to the cyclical loss and gain of weight, resembling the up-and-down motion of a yo-yo.”

For the many of us who are active in the struggle of achieving permanent changes in our lifestyle, we must fervently continue by always including God and also determining to make the right choice in the times of temptation.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

When we are weak in our spiritual relationship with God, our short-term goals can never transition into long-term goals. Staying close to God through prayer and study of His Word imparts His strength to accomplish the changes needed to retrain our tastebuds, to get our bodies in motion by exercising, and to deepen our relationship with Him.

Remember we are unable to achieve a healthier lifestyle without God!

How many individuals are at an ideal weight by eating healthy and exercising; yet, are full of anxiety, depression, and other maladies? If you desire to achieve a complete optimal level of wellness, place Spiritual wellness as your first priority for long-term goals.

Pray at every moment of weakness!

The Bible tells us that God knows the number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30). How much more does He want for his created beings to have the best level of Health along with a closer and deeper relationship with him?

God + you = Victory

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you for the strength to make it through the struggle that each of us is facing in our lives. We desire to have a closer relationship with you. We admit that we have failed in accomplishing our long-term goals because our weaknesses have prevented us from making it through the struggle of change. Please help us to be overcomers in every aspect of our lives by fully depending on you. This prayer we ask in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

It takes your everything!

As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17

What must I do? Have you taken the opportunity to pray and ask God what you must do in order to serve Him with your entire life?

As with any question, there are varied answers; however, the similar component of the answer to this question is that it takes a great sacrifice for every individual to serve and please God. Because we were created with different talents and capabilities, our sacrifices will differ, even so, all believers must relinquish what is most important to them.

Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. Mark 10:21

We know the sad ending to the young man’s story, he made the choice to continue to cherish worthlessness as he walked away from Jesus.

“What must I do to have eternal life?”

All who profess their love for God must ask, and then obey when they receive the answer. Will you accept what may be the most difficult decision in your life?

Prayer for today: Dear God, What is my sacrificial offering that I must give away, or start doing in order to follow and serve you with my whole heart? It is my desire to give whatever you ask of me from this day forward. Thank you for the greatest sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ and leaving us the example that you did not withhold anything, in order for us to be saved and have eternal life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. We ask this in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

A Brand New Day!

New Mercies on a New Day
Practical Messages for Impractical Times

Good Morning!

We have been granted a brand new day to praise and thank God for all He has done in our lives. We can never retrieve yesterday nor can we take for granted that we will be a part of tomorrow. Our opportunity to grow spiritually exists for this day. Pray, praise, and study His Word. God loves us unconditionally. Thank you God.

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for this brand new day. We lift your name on high because we love you. As we interact with others, help us to be a reflection of your love and character. We ask you to forgive us of our sins, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. These blessings we ask in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Doing it Differently

Shout Praises to the LORD, everyone on this earth. Psalm 100:1 CEV

I have noticed that since reading the Word of God on a daily basis that I am thinking and reacting in a different manner. The annoying situations that triggered my emotional thermostat to an overload setting, no longer have control over my mind. And that isn’t the only change that I have noticed; I have peace, contentment, and joy which has me singing and praising God all day long.

Hmmm, why didn’t someone share this good news with me? I had to go through the struggle and find out on my own; even so, I have decided to share this good, and great news of how to live according to John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

We applaud others by clapping our hands, readily showing our approval of their actions.

Our God is so worthy of our consistent praise: pray, sing, clap, move your feet, lift your hands, and most importantly, verbalize and let God know that you are thankful for His love, grace, and mercies.

Whatever sacrifices you are required to make during your busy day, take the time to “Praise God!”

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praises. Psalm 98:4

Prayer for today: Dear God, We magnify you, we praise you, and we worship your Holy name. Please accept our praises and our thankfulness for loving us first, for sustaining us, and for giving us the plan of Salvation through your Son, Jesus. As we face our trials and tribulations, help us to never forget your omnipotence, and your never-ending mercies. We ask for strength in the worthy name of Jesus. Amen, Amen, Amen!

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

Living in the Light

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT

Recently, I read a post that addressed the reason for the darkness–a time where hopelessness abounds in an individual’s life. It was quite interesting because the writer emphasized that God was the reason for this dark period that most of us experience in our lives.

Satan has always attempted to blame God for every difficulty that we endure by portraying God as arbitrary–unrestrained and autocratic in the use of his authority.

We were created by a loving, Heavenly Father who allowed his only son, Jesus Christ to come to this earth in human form for the specific purpose of dying for our sins; even so, we still take pleasure in committing intentional sins, as if His sacrificial gift was a common occurrence.

Although, we are believers in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we lack a deep relationship with the very one who loves us unconditionally.

Ask yourself: How do I view God?

According to the Bible, God has planned to provide a perfect life; a life of immortality in the New Heaven and New Earth. Read Revelation chapters 21-22.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

If you are living in darkness, pray a prayer of confession, admitting to God that you do not know who He really is. God is aware that the time has not come for us to see Him face-to-face; even so, He has left a comprehensive blueprint, the Bible, His Holy Word that reveals Him as our Heavenly Father, our Creator, our Deliverer, our Provider, our Healer, our Restorer, our Sustainer, our Teacher, and our Comforter!

There is only one way to really know God!

By establishing a relationship through prayer and the daily study of His Word, we can form a strong spiritual bond with God. When we know from a personal perspective that God is the Alpha and Omega, then our mindset changes and we can witness and alleviate the hopelessness of others who believe that God is unjust.

If you become aware of someone living in darkness, remember to ask the question, “Would you like for us to study the Bible together?”

Prayer for Today: Dear God, We pray for those living in darkness who feel that all is hopeless. We ask you to reveal to us who we can help through witnessing and alleviating their burdens. We look forward to the day when your Son will come again. Until then, we ask for the strength to be a beacon of light that reflects your character. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019