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“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19 Pause Pray Proceed The first time I read those three words it was as if a lightbulb went off in my mind. So simple, yet so empowering. Pause. Take the appropriate amount of time to really listen and discern what is going on behind the scenes of the situation. More often than not, things aren’t usually as they appear. By taking a moment, your emotions aren’t in control.. God is. Pray. Have a moment alone with…

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 I think we sometimes really get this verse mixed up, and read it one way but apply it another. We often are anxious about everything and not praying about everything. It’s so easy in this day and age to become anxious over everything, and rightfully so – the news is absolutely filled with disaster and tragedy. We fret about sending our kids to school, where the money for the next bill is coming from, our health, job…

“After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14 There will always be people who want you to fail. I will never understand it myself, but some people just hate to see others succeed. This was the case in Nehemiah chapter four. They were working tirelessly to complete the wall, and at every turn they had critics in…