We all face struggles, trials, and problems in this world. They are a part of life.

Have you ever noticed how some people handle those things better than others?  Maybe you know some people who always complain, find fault, are negative?  And maybe you know some that just seem to handle adversity differently….maybe they are still positive and look at the bright side of life.

There is one way to make it through the struggles, trials and problems of this world victoriously–truly knowing Jesus with our heart. It is the difference between night and day, darkness and light, famine and feast.

When we truly know Christ with our heart, we can have a peace that surpasses all human understanding. That peace is rooted deep down in our heart and rises within to sustain us even when the most trying of circumstances arise.


Joy as wide as an ocean can be ours each day. This joy is based on knowing that Jesus is with us every step of the way and will never leave us, rather than based on the immediate situation. True joy is ours when God’s promises are real in our lives.

To sum it up, no matter how many problems and struggles we have, we can live victoriously! Nobody can take away the peace and joy we can have by knowing Jesus as our Lord!


The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy, and I will give thanks to Him in song.  –Psalm 28:7  (NIV)

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.  –John 14:27  (NIV)


A few months ago I started a new position in a new location from my prior job. It actually has shortened my commute and it is an easier drive as it is mostly a straight shot on the highway and then just two other fairly short roads to travel.

About two weeks into this commute, they started construction on the first road after the highway. I was afraid there was going to be a detour that would make it more difficult to get to work. The original road was a two lane divided road. I was happy to see that they closed one whole side of the road and on the other side reduced it to one lane; one for each direction of traffic. Doing this alleviated the need to really put a detour into people’s travels.

As a side note, it was actually a bit unnerving at first driving with just the two lanes of traffic and on the “wrong” side of the road. Right away I thought that one should pay close attention to make sure no one was driving in the wrong lane, something that would be easy to do with the different traffic pattern.  It would be so easy to have a head on collision occur. I actually did see at two different times, cars driving in the wrong lane! Thankfully, they both noticed before long and were able to get in the correct lane.



I thought this sign on the last road of my commute right near the construction was perfect.


Last week, on that same road, the intersection where I need to turn to get to the third road was blocked off too, so there is now a detour! The detour takes me further away and adds about three minutes onto the commute.


The other day while at a baseball tournament in Hershey, PA with our youngest son, I went for a walk while waiting for the game to start; something I tend to do frequently since there is usually an hour of practice ahead of time and I have to drop him off.

The school, the Milton Hershey School, where this tournament was held was huge; it actually felt more like a college campus. It was interesting looking up the history of the school which originated as a boarding school for male orphans back in 1909. Today it has both males and females of different backgrounds.

So, I started walking around the campus observing the beauty of the landscape, the huge buildings, and athletic complexes around the area. Before I knew it, I decided to turn around but then I couldn’t remember all the turns that I made! Suddenly, nothing looked familiar and there were so many paths I didn’t know which way I was suppose to go to get back to the ball field!


A path at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA.


I had to chuckle to myself, thinking what a God-incident, because at the same time, I was listening to this song entitled, Faith, a new single by Colin Dyer. //  The words from the song that stuck foremost in mind, while trying to find my way back to the ball field, was “Ya gotta have a little faith.”  For me, at that moment, it was having faith to find my way back before the end of the game!

I called my husband, once I could hear him after finally discovering I still had the head phones plugged in but not on my ears, jokingly asking him if he could track me from my cell phone! At that same time, I finally saw two people walking that said they were from the area. The gentleman pointed to the building I should go near and he said go left around there.  At the moment, I thought they were my “angels” in disguise.

Unfortunately, I followed his instructions to go left around that building and continued walking for a long time! The next day, I retraced my path and found if I had gone to the RIGHT of that building, I would have arrived quickly right at the ball field!  I sure had a nice, long tour of the campus; my 20 minute walk turned out to be more than an hour. I ended up missing 35 minutes of the ball game too!


Both of these events in my life led me to reflect and think about detours in our lives.

What are some detours relating to your walk with the Lord that you have experienced in your life?

….Maybe a calling from the Lord that you knew at a young age, but didn’t come to fruition until you were older when it was fanned into flame through a series of events in your life?

…Maybe living years ignoring the Lord calling you to live for Him instead of for worldly desires?

…Maybe starting either a college path or career path one way then realizing you needed to follow the Lord’s leading which lead you down a different path?


Photo credit by Emilio Labrador under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0)


What are some things we can learn from detours in our lives?

…It is really okay to have detours in our lives.

…We need to keep pressing on to the end result.

…We need to be patient and not panic.

…We should enjoy the scenery and the ride.

…Even if for a time you are lost in your way, keep seeking the way.

…That detours can end up being the greatest blessings.

…Keep the final destination as the goal…it is not so important how we get there,  but that we get there!

Things don’t always go the way WE think they should. Remember that it is God who is in control if we let Him, not us.


When we get to that final destination, we will arrive with….

…True happiness



..Knowing in your heart, it is what you were called to do or where you are suppose to be.


When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.  –Exodus 13:17-18  (NIV)


Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  –Philippians 1:6  (NIV)


Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the “worldly” happenings and in our day-to-day chores—working, running the kids here and there, rushing to meetings, doing “church” things—that we tend to forget how near the Lord is and how He is working in our lives.

I think it is important that through all these activities, we still keep God foremost and see Him work in our lives…even in the “little” things. Isn’t it good to look at all the things in our lives as really “God-incidents?”

Isn’t it true that everything that happens is really under God’s control?  That is why I prefer to call these perfectly timed interactions “God-incidents” not co-incidences.

                Stop and think—

                Think about all the “God-incidents” that happen in your life in just one single day…..

                Think about that special friend the Lord gave you—the one you can talk to so easily about anything—the one who knows how you feel without even saying anything.

                Think about the person the Lord put in your path when you had a problem on your hands—the one who helped when you had a flat tire or car trouble.

                  Think about the time you were in a hurry, needed a close parking spot to run into the store quick, and you saw someone ready to pull out at the exact time.

                   Think about the time you really needed prayer, you sent a text to a friend, and they responded right away to tell you they are praying for you.

                Think about the deadline at work or the household chores you thought would never get done timely or work out, but did.

                Think about that beautiful sunrise or rainbow you may have seen, right when you were feeling so helpless, or some creature in nature that brought you a breath-taking moment.

                 Think about the time you and your spouse both thought at the same time that you should do a “pay it forward” to a young couple who were eating lunch with a newborn.


Photo credit by BK under Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA 2.0)


In all these, it really is the Lord who is there working things out for our best and prompting us to act.  How great it is to stop and reflect on the Lord working in our lives.

Everything that happens is a God-incident…not merely a co-incidence! 

It is also important to share these God-incidents with others to give glory to God, increase other’s faith and to share the goodness of the Lord.

Trust in Him—He is faithful and true to us!

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”  –Daniel 4:35  (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts….So is my word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  –Isaiah 55:8-9; 11  (NIV)


As I was watching my son get physical therapy, it made me stop and think about how all the people there were fighting their own personal battle with some type of physical ailment.
By looking at most of the people, you wouldn’t know they were fighting a battle. If you met the person at the store, you would not realize they had some physical issue.  I thought about the validity of the saying,
“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” 

There were people of all ages and walks of life on this day that was particularly busy.  The youngest was probably about 10 years old, who was a gymnast recovering from a wrist injury, and the oldest around 80 years old, along with a mix of all ages in between.

A variety of physical battles were being fought that day….some for their legs, wrist, elbows, and in the case of my son, his shoulder.
Caleb pt
One particular teen girl caught my eye the different times we have been there.  Her work ethic is commendable; she is putting in the hard work to get victory over her battle. She knows exactly what she needs to do and does it so faithfully. If she is unsure about something, she will ask and then do it.

What are some battles that you are fighting in your life?

Eating disorders
Sticking to an exercise regiment
Trying to be the best at a sport
Family discord
What are some things I thought about from observing people fighting their physical battle at the Physical Therapy office that day?  That we….
Need to admit there is a problem
Need to show up ready to fight
Need to put the work in to fight the battle
Need to do what we are told when “experts” try to help us
Need to take advantage of the things available to help us–both people and “tools”
Can be victorious
This saying can be found in two places at this particular Physical Therapy office. Quite an appropriate slogan for a place called Peak Performance. I find comfort in that saying and think it shows that the staff recognizes their commitment in helping their patients fight their personal physical battles.
mountain journey
Along with the sign, you will find pictures of people in frames….people that conquered their physical battle in their life. There are different sport people who had injuries and recovered and even made it to college level or beyond in their sport.  The physical therapist informed my son that one day my son’s picture will be framed and on that wall when he gets back to top form for baseball, the sport that he loves the most.
frame pictures
For whatever battle you are currently fighting…..
….I want to encourage you to keep fighting through until you are victorious; keep putting in the work.
…Know that you are never alone…God is always with you cheering you on.
….Share your battle with a friend or two whom you trust. They can support you, offer an encouraging word, and even hold you accountable to help you gain victory.
You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.  –Psalm 18:39 (NIV)
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  –James 1:12  (NIV) 


It seems hard to believe it was about 25 years ago when I was standing in a cemetery, at the graves of my grandparents and great-aunt, and couldn’t help but be engulfed in the Lord’s presence—

—all of nature was just “being”—so bright and beautiful. 




Up in the sky, floated big, puffy, cotton-like clouds—giving me a sense of awesomeness and wonder.  Behind the clouds, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue—so bright and cheerful—

—reminding me of crystal clear blue water…maybe even the Crystal Sea in heaven.


The big, round hills in the distance were bearing many, many trees with their green leaves in many shades.  I am always amazed at all the trees on the hills and all the beauty they bring though no one takes care of them—

—reminding me how God takes care of ALL of His creation.


Then there stood tall pine cone-shaped trees with such a deep green color. They were so perfectly shaped—

—reminding me of how the Lord prunes every one of us molding us and shaping us into His own image.


Many kinds of flowers dotted the scene—some real, some artificial.  I thought of the people who brought them to honor their special family and friends—

—reminding me that the flowers were brought in love, reflecting a little of ourselves—in the many types and colors.


The birds filled the air with praise—singing their songs and chirping constantly—a sign of beauty too—

—reminding me that the Lord takes care of even the littlest bird—how much more He takes care of us.


The earth was illuminated so brightly by the sun—its heat penetrated deep into my body—

—reminding me of God’s warming love for each of us.


To top off all this beauty, there was a gentle, warm breeze blowing—

—reminding me of the Holy Spirit—the gift God gave us to guide us and help us everyday.


We are truly always surrounded by signs of His love for each of us….




Signs of His love in—





—and the people God puts in our path.

Take time to see the signs of His love and share that love with all you meet.  Give thanks, and praise Him continually for His goodness!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  –Psalm 19:1-4  (NIV)


Have you ever looked at the sun when it is shining so gloriously and been so mesmerized by the sight?
Sunrise over Virginia Beach (my all time favorite picture!)
If you know me at all, you probably know that happens to me almost everyday that the sun is shining!  Yes, I am forever taking pictures of the sun because it is just so beautiful and reminds me of the presence of the SON in our lives.
How I love to see……
…..the beautiful sunrise
Sunrise at Virginia Beach
…..the sun shining bright in the sky during the day
The sun shining in Conklin, NY
…..the serene sunset to close out the day.
Sunset at Marco Island, FL
Some places I am so blessed to see the sun shining forth is….
….over the ocean waters
….peeking through the awesome cloud formations
….over the mountains and hills
Beautiful sun and clouds Apalachin, NY
….over the horizon
….through the tall, sturdy trees.
smaller sunset
Sunset in Apalachin, NY
What makes the sun so mesmerizing to me?
….How it lights up the whole sky and shines down on the earth
…..I love the glowing ball of the sun that sometimes radiates the amazing streaks of rays
….all the different colors that fill the sky with the sun–sometimes reds, pinks, purples even
….Seeing how the sunrise starts on the horizon, raises up in the sky during the day, and sets at the end of the day back to the horizon.
The sunrise above the clouds from an airplane en route to Virginia
Things the shining sun reminds me of…..
…that we are enveloped in the Son’s presence all day, everyday
….the love and peace that the Son grants us
….the mercies of the Lord that are new every day
…how the Son needs to shine and radiate to all we meet in our lives
…the beauty of world that the Lord created
…the beauty of all of God’s children
…how the Son fills our lives
…how the Son is everywhere
…how the Son starts as a little light in our hearts and grows to a huge light
…how the Son is always present in our lives.
Sunset at One’ula Beach, HI
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  –Psalm 113:3 (NIV)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  –Psalm 84:11  (NIV)


As Christians, we have the responsibility and honor to reflect and be Christ to one another—no matter what our age, lot in life or condition.
When you look in the mirror, do you see Christ’s reflection in yourself?
Just as each of us is unique and different from everyone else, so is the form that Christ takes in each of us.
We are not all meant to reflect Christ in the same way since we all have different gifts. As a side note, it is important to remember that ALL gifts are just as important. That is something I’ve had to remind myself of recently. In our humanness, I think it’s easy to think that one gift is more important than another.
Did you ever get caught up trying to find Christ in others the same way you feel you are Christ to others?
If we stop to think about it, someone else might reflect Christ to us in a whole different way, enabling us to possibly grow in how we might then reflect Christ in a new way.
Have you stopped to think about how you see Christ’s reflection in others?
Or how you reflect Christ to others in your life?
When I go work at the soup kitchen once a month, I see Christ’s reflection in the people who plan and organize the food for the meal, go get the food from the food bank, prepare and serve it.
I see Christ’s reflection in the gentleman who faithfully serves the drinks each month despite his physical set backs.
When I volunteer at a school once a week, I see Christ’s reflection in the teachers who are so patient with the students, addressing kindly every issue a child has.
When I go to church, I see Christ’s reflection in the music minister who has served faithfully in the same position for over 28 years coordinating and providing worship music.
When I go to run an errand, I see Christ’s reflection in the cashier who wishes me a nice day.
When I go to visit someone who is home bound, I see Christ’s reflection in the way they gracefully keep positive and ask about how my family is doing being genuinely concerned.
When I meet a friend for breakfast, I see Christ’s reflection in the fact that they’ve cared to keep in touch and even gift me with an inspiring book.
When I reach out to a friend for a specific prayer request, I see Christ’s reflection when they respond back and say they are praying.
When I reach out to my editor or a friend asking for an honest opinion on my thoughts, I see Christ’s reflection when they give constructive input which makes the ideas come together even better.
Christ reflection
Sunrise at Virginia Beach, VA  Photo credit: Christine Fisher
Have you ever gone to visit someone to reflect Christ to them, and you end up seeing Christ’s reflection in them? How is it that they ended up ministering to you–just through their attitude or their outlook with their situation? I am always blessed in seeing Christ’s reflection in those that I go to minister to…they truly reflect Christ to me through their life and example.
There is only one Christ–the same Christ that can work through each one of us in different ways, reflecting Him to all we meet, if we allow Him. We are each needed to make the Body of Christ and reflect Him in all we do.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  –2 Cori 3:18


In researching some more Bible verses from my post last week about Jesus praying specifically for Simon, I found it interesting to reflect on some other people that Jesus prayed for.
Jesus first prays for Himself  (John 17:1-5)
He prays for His original disciples (John 17:6-19)
Jesus prays for ALL believers!  (John 17:2-26)
I would encourage you to go read all of John 17 and reflect on the beauty of the chapter.
I’ll just share a few verses from each section here with you:

Jesus praying for Himself:

And now, Father, glorify me in our presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.  –John 17:5  (NIV)

Jesus praying for His original disciples:

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.  –John 17:9  (NIV)

Jesus praying for ALL believers:

My prayer is not for them (His disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, (all future believers…us!) that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  –John 17:20-21  (NIV)
How cool is it to think that Jesus has personally prayed for YOU?  Jesus’ prayer was that YOU might be one with God just as Jesus is one with the Father.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be ONE as WE are ONE: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  –John 17:22-23
Jesus' prayer
Wow…Didn’t Jesus leave us a great model of prayer for our lives?

–To pray for ourselves


–To pray for our friends and family


–To pray for the unity of the church worldwide to be one with God? 

Still such an effective prayer, even 2000 years later!
May the specialness of knowing Jesus has prayed for you to be ONE with God and Jesus bring you peace, comfort, and joy!
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.  –Colossians 4:2-4  (NIV)


In a recent Bible study I was doing, the Lord opened my eyes to see something that I had not noticed before.  It is a simple thing but it made me stop and reflect on the specialness of it.
Luke 22:31-32 says, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you, as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  –(NIV)
I think it is worth pondering a little deeper what each sentence in those verses is saying.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you, as wheat.”
Isn’t it interesting to note that Satan wants to get his hand in everyone’s life to try to confuse us and make us lose our focus? Just as Satan tried to win control over Jesus’ life by tempting Him in the desert, he also tries to rule in our lives.
“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”
That is the sentence that really resonated with me while reading these verses this time.
Jesus actually prayed for Simon personally, that Simon’s faith NOT fail him.
Wow…Jesus prayed for Simon and his faith to be bigger than Satan in Simon’s life.
In looking at it in more “human” terms, one could argue that God did NOT answer Jesus’ prayer because Simon ended up denying Jesus three times before the cock crowed just as Jesus had predicted.
BUT, we need to look at what else Jesus said.
“But what about you? He asked. Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”  Matthew 16:15-18  (NIV)
…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  –Ephesians 2:20  (NIV)

With Jesus as the chief cornerstone, Peter is included in the line of apostles and prophets despite him originally denying Christ; in his heart, he truly believed and knew that Jesus was the Lord.

So, ultimately God answered Jesus’ prayer for Simon’s faith.  It just wasn’t as immediate or timely as we might have expected.
I believe that Jesus knew that Simon would deny Him, yet He still prayed for Simon especially because of the next verse.
“And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Jesus knew that when Peter’s faith returned, it would ultimately strengthen others.
Photo credit by John 9:25 under Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The original Luke passages point out some important lessons about prayer that can apply to our lives.
–How many times does God maybe not answer our prayer in the way we think He should?
–How many times does God maybe not answer our prayer in the time frame we had in mind?
–Everything happens in God’s time under His control, serving His purposes.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  –John 14:13  (NIV)


What are some different ways that you encounter God’s presence on a daily basis?
Is it sometimes in the beauty of nature?
Is it sometimes in the people you interact with daily….like your family, coworkers, people from church?
Is it sometimes in the people you don’t know personally….like a cashier at the supermarket, waitress at the restaurant?

Is it in inspiring music or books?

So often, I encounter God’s presence in some form of nature while soaking up the beauty of this world that God has created.  One of the most powerful ways I encounter God is in beholding the glorious sunsets or sunrises. Seeing the many changes in the sun illuminating the sky bring me such peace and awe.
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Sunrise at Virginia Beach, VA
It could be the big, puffy clouds making cool formations against the bright blue sky or the beauty of a hike leading to some waterfalls and amazing rock formations.  Gazing at the mountains are a way to encounter God as well in the fall, walking down a trail where the leaves are all different shades of yellow, red or orange.
Chenango Valley State Park
When I was a child I remember the place I always encountered God’s presence was when I was at the ocean.  Looking out at the vastness of the ocean waters, listening to the rhythm of the waves crashing back and forth, and seeing miles and miles of the seashore would just be so soothing to my soul.  I remember praying to God seeking a oneness with Him at the ocean. It was always heart breaking when it was time to leave and return home.
Marco Island, FL
A few weeks ago I was very blessed to encounter God in nature and do something I’ve never done before.  The encounter with God unfolded this way:
A friend and I were spending one night at Virginia Beach while it was off season (thanks to Third Day for having a concert near there!) It was the first time either of us experienced the beauty of Virginia Beach.
Our hotel was right on the beach. Directly to the right of our hotel on the beach was a horse corral where you could ride a horse right along the beach. Now, I have never ridden a horse before, and was definitely scared to attempt it, but I thought since I sky dived before and survived to tell about it, then certainly I could ride a horse!  Thankfully, my friend volunteered to go too because she knew I would want to!
It was also interesting to learn that this corral had actually just moved recently to this location!  It was just too “coincidental” to find that out….kind of like God working it all out for us!  And, they were only providing this entertainment for another few weeks.
Thankfully, the people gave us the two oldest horses….mine was 28 years old and I noticed his gray hair mixed in with his mane. I thought we were a perfect match!  Thankfully, we didn’t really have to do much and we had a lead horse go with us….just in case!
I encountered God in nature on the return trip ride on my horse.  My horse was going so slow on the way back that the others were a ways up ahead, but it was really the part where I encountered God in nature the most.
VA Beach horse
Horseback riding at Virginia Beach
There my horse and I were just trodding along, next to the ocean water. Though a little cool, the sun was high in the sky, beating down with its rays piercing my arm. Listening to the waves of the ocean beat back and forth were soothing, and seeing the seagulls fly around, some with their snack in tow, just made me encounter God.
I always have felt God’s presence whenever I’m at the ocean.  My mind was thinking about what it must have been like in Jesus’ day, where they spent most of their time fishing for their food. I envisioned Jesus in a boat, calling His disciples to leave everything right there and follow Him.
Sunset at Marco Island, FL
It was a wonderful encounter with God reflecting on the beauty of nature and the power of Him in our lives. I was so thankful for the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and trust that I could ride a horse on the beach! I ended up encountering God!
In what ways do you encounter God in your family, friends, coworkers, church friends?
For me, one way I encounter God in the people I know is when they ask me how they can pray for me. Truly praying for others and their needs is a blessing.
I remember encountering God in others when I had surgery or after having my children. People would bring food to our family since it was difficult to do those things at first.
Does a coworker ever offer to help you do a task that you don’t quite have time to finish?
What about people that you observe in your daily life that maybe you don’t know personally who lead you to encounter God?
Recently a sister-in-law of mine posted a few examples of how she encountered God while running some errands….
…That cashier at Walmart that took time to mourn with a family who was on their way to their young nephew’s funeral.
…Some Target employees who noticed and helped a woman who was not coherent inside her running car.
…How about that car ahead of you who come to find out paid for your cup of coffee?
Is there certain music you listen to or books that you read that lead you to encounter God?
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 Some members of Third Day whose music helps me encounter God
I know the last few years in my life that Christian music definitely leads me to encounter God. It is just so peaceful listening to certain songs especially while driving around or getting some exercise.  For me, it can be great times of worship and singing to the Lord.
It is always a blessing in my life to encounter God….even in the simple, little things! He is a great God and truly dwells in each of us and in all of nature. Seek Him and you will find Him!
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  –Psalm 139:7-10  (NIV)
My editor friend shared this song with me that relates exactly to these thoughts and this exact Bible verse!  Check it out.