Speaking God’s Truth to Your Soul



During my mother’s health crisis, I didn’t know what to say or do.

Overwhelmed by fearful emotions, I tried to pray. I knew God’s miraculous intervention was Mother’s only hope. But I still felt helpless and afraid. And I panicked.

Lord, I don’t know what to do? Help! I need you! Mother needs you! We all need you!

I didn’t know what to pray. And I knew I would need a prayer strategy to lean on as I faced the uncharted days ahead.

In Luke 4:1–13, Jesus battled with Satan in the wilderness. Each time Satan tempted him, Jesus responded with a promise from God’s Word.

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. (Heb. 4:12–13 The Message)

I’m never totally prepared for the difficulties that arise in my life. But I’m always amazed how the Lord gives me direction when I seek him first in a crisis. Studying God’s Word is essential to infusing his truth to my soul. Many times, his Word emerges in the heat of a conflict, reassuring me of his truth.

Red Flags.

  • What can you do when you don’t know what to do?
  • What can you say when you don’t know what to pray?


  • What scriptures remind you of the power of God’s Word?
  • What scriptures have helped you learn how to pray?


How has God’s Word given you direction in your life?

This excerpt taken from my eBook, RESTNotes. Be sure to get your FREE copy today!

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk and Overwhelming Anxiety


How do you respond to overwhelming emotions? Positive or negative self-talk?

Fearful thoughts escalated into a full-blown panic attack as I faced a crisis with my mother over a decade ago. As I waited for the doctors to diagnose her medical condition, I began to do some research of my own. And everywhere I turned, the facts were grim.

I knew my mother was facing a battle for her life. And my emotional red flags were rippling high overhead. I had many questions but very few answers.

But I remembered seemingly impossible situations where God had intervened. And I knew who I needed to turn to in a battle. I also knew my emotions and logic are always unreliable in a tough situation.

Jesus warned his disciples that there would be a day coming when they would endure difficult times. “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 The Message).

What is Jesus saying here? I believe he’s reminding his disciples to turn to him when they find themselves in trouble. But how do we seek the Lord during difficult days? I believe the answer lies in prayer and meditating on God’s Word.


How do you respond to overwhelming emotions? What are you worried about today? Are you anxious about something beyond your control? How would you describe your emotional reactions when you are worried?

  • Past. List some of your past worries. How did you deal with them?
  • Present. List the issues that worry you today. Are you anxious, fearful, or in a panic about them now? How are you responding to them?
  • Future. What fears do you have about the future? Are you worried about things that you have no control over right now?


Which scriptures help you seek God in a crisis? Which verses help you manage your emotional reactions?


Do you recall some of the struggles you’ve been through involving your faith?


This excerpt taken from my eBook, RESTNotes. Be sure to get your FREE copy today!

We Will All Be Changed

Applying God's Word to Our Lives



Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— (1 Cor. 15:51 NIV)

I first noticed this scripture from 1 Corinthians 15:51 about “change” a few years ago on a hallway mural in our church nursery.

I laughed at the clever connection to taking care of the babies in the nursery. But the quote also prompted me to discover the context of the scripture.

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Interview: Cynthia L. Simmons, Heart of the Matter Radio

Words That Change Everything

Cynthia L. Simmons

I’m honored to share my interview with Cynthia L. Simmons of Heart of the Matter Radio that airs August 10, 2017, at 9:30 PM CDT (10:30 PM EDT).

My interview with Cynthia proved to be one of the highlights of my June trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, where I attended the Advanced Writers and Speakers (AWSA) conference and Unite 2017, the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) international convention.

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