The Lord uses many ways to remind us of simple truths at various times in our lives. One way He chooses to do this is through fellowship with other believers. I had the opportunity to experience this first hand this last weekend, with our blessed visit from the Wilkes Team! We were able to spend a few days with them, and during the whole time it seemed I was constantly challenged and encouraged through the conversations that took place as well as in just observing the godly actions of the Wilkes and my own family. On Saturday evening, I finally took the time to write down the things I had been reminded of in my journal. What a blessing! (It was well worth staying up the extra time to do it!) Here are some of the things the Lord reminded me of through their godly examples and words:

acknowledge the Lord in all my ways (Proverbs 3:5-6)

seek a gentle, meek, and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:3-4)

consistently honor, obey, and love my parents (Exodus 20:12; Colossians 3:20)

treat my siblings with love and respect (Ephesians 4:32; I Peter 5:5a; Hebrews 13:1)

pray without ceasing and constantly be seeking guidance, grace, and wisdom from the Lord (I Thessalonians 5:17)

maintain an attitude of humility and dependence on the Lord (I Peter 5:5b; James 4:6-7; Isaiah 57:15)

choose topics of conversation that are encouraging and uplifting to the listeners (Ephesians 4:29)

accept all people where they are in life but seek to lift them higher toward the Lord (Ephesians 4:29; I Thessalonians 5:14)

be ever ready to share what God is doing in my life (I Peter 3:15)

keep godliness and godly character as a first priority in my life and obtaining knowledge as a secondary one (II Peter 1:5-8)

control my tongue (Proverbs 10:19; James 1:19-26)

be immersed in the Word of God – read it, study it, memorize it, meditate on it, share it, but most of all, live it (II Timothy 3:14-17; Psalm 119:11; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:15)

do not allow bitterness to dwell in my heart (Hebrews 12:15; Ephesians 4:26-27,31-32)

seek to have such a close relationship with my Creator that His joy and glory radiates from my face, words, and actions (Isaiah 49:13; Habakkuk 3:18; James 4:8; Philippians 4:4; Psalm 71:8; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 50:23)


Thank you, Wilkes Team, and the rest of my family, for allowing His Light to shine through you and encourage me in the right direction once again. The Lord is good!