Draw Near To God

Draw Near To God Picture

If we are going to be successful at blended family life, we need to equip ourselves with a strong daily dose of time with our Heavenly Father. Friends, let me ask you: Where are you with your daily walk with God?  Are you taking time to be alone with Him and seek His will and guidance for your life? For your family? For your job?

They say you get out of something, what you put in to it.  Have you felt distance from God lately?  Who moved?  Rest assured, it isn’t God who moved.  He is always there for us, looking forward to our availability, happily anticipating our communion with him, whether it be through our words, prayers, songs of worship, or being in His Word.

Blended friends, making alone time with God a priority in your daily life, will enrich you with wonderful, sweet blessings in every area of your life. Our Heavenly Father is waiting to speak to you and show you the abundant rich life you can have by abiding in Him. He is ready to pour out His blessings on you and all areas of your life.  He wants you to know and encounter in every area of your life, His fulfilling Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  We simply need to ask. Take time today friends, to ask.

I am praying for you today that you are reminded of these truths from His Word:

James 4: 8 says “8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


Heavenly father, how fortunate we are that you never move.  We are loved by you every single day. What a beautiful truth that is – thank you Father. How wonderful it is to know this and that you get excited to hear from us and enjoy spending time with us. We are blessed with your assured promises like in James 4:8. Please forgive me if I haven’t given you my availability that you desire and that is so needed in my life. Please ignite my daily desire to abide in you, and may it flourish like wildflowers in an expansive meadow, with great love, anticipation and excitement, every single day.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Author: Tanya Phillips




Judge Not Your Spouse

Matthew 7 pic

Frustration!  You feel like you are trying. You are reading God’s word, praying, abiding in the spirit, trying to be all that God would have you be.  But things feel rather “lopsided.”  You feel your spouse is not doing the same.  You judge, resent, and feel like “it’s not fair.”  “Why should I always be the one doing ‘the right thing!’”

But God says in Matthew 7:1-5 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”


God, please forgive me for judging others.  You alone are the Supreme Judge.  Search my heart O Lord, and any impure thought or behavior, may you forgive me for. Please help me to let go of any resentments I may have towards my spouse and help me to forgive them.  Help me to love like Jesus commanded in Matthew 22:36-40 (below).  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Matthew 22:36-40

 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Author: Tanya Phillips