I don't usually discuss Religion

Because I deeply believe it is a personal journey for each of us.
That many 'use' religion, not as a tool of love..(oh wait that is an entirely different post)
But ya know with a title like the one above ...religion is going to be the topic of this post, right?

I read a devotional by Joel Osteen on Facebook today.
The topic is one of my fave words ~ Shine.
It touched my heart for several reasons.
I felt compelled to repost his notes.
Today’s Verse: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1, NIV).

Today’s Word:
I believe that in the coming decade God wants to exceed your expectations! He has amazing things stored up for you. He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed and give you breaks that seemed impossible. His glory is rising upon His people. Things are going to fall into place so that you can accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Even the hidden dreams that you’ve given up on, God has not given up on. He is going to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you could ask, think, or imagine!

Your mind may try to talk you out of it, but if you’ll listen with your heart, it will resonate on the inside of you. Don’t let discouragement hold you back or keep you down. It’s time for you to arise. It’s time for you to shine. Let that sink down into your spirit today because it’s time for you to receive every spiritual blessing and move forward in the destiny He has prepared for you!
Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. Thank You for choosing me and for preparing a bright future for me. I will arise and I will shine. Let everything I do bring honor to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
 Even the hidden dreams I'd given up on, God had not given up on them for me.
In this season of Love...I know I am greatly loved and richly blessed.
There were times when I pleaded...God, isn't this enough?
Yet, He was preparing me for a brighter future.
I strongly feel had I not experienced the 'bumps in the road' on a rocky journey over the last several years, I would not appreciate today the immense blessing He has placed in my life.
At this time, in this place I see, understand and am so very grateful for His plan and how it has transpired in my life. 

I shared this because it spoke loudly to me.
I shared this for you.
So that you may also know.
He has a plan.
He hasn't left you.
He has amazing things stored up for you!
I believe.


  1. I loved it. Thank you for sharing that!

  2. I don't discuss religion on my blog for the most part, either, but since you did...I have to tell you that I have been doing a bible study for the last four weeks. It's changing me. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!


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