Hello my friends.  How are you today? I am looking forward to the day and to the rest of the weekend.  That’s because it’s been forecasted to be in the 90° over the weekend. Yeah! I love the heat!  I’m from the Caribbean; what can I say? The possibilities are endless when you have the SON (Who is Christ), the sun and warmth (for which I say, thank you, Lord).  What are your plans for warm or should I say ‘hot’ days?  2 Cor 12 9I was talking with one of my favorite humans this morning; my mom.  I love my mom.  I call her my encourager.  She is beyond generous, helpful and loyal.  She has been through a lot in her lifetime but very rarely will you find her discouraged. The Lord has literally been her Savior; not only because He saved her from an eternity without Him but also because He has been her Lifeline in her time of trouble.  I realized something not necessarily new, today, while talking to my mom.  I realized that the one which controls our mind controls us.  Did you already know that? For a minute there, my mom’s mind was filled with fear.  She was fearful about her day, her parents, her children and just her life in general.  For just a minute there her sleep was disturbed and distraction set in. How do I know? Phil 4 8A few years ago, I was in that same predicament.  I lost my way.  I took my eyes off the Lord, glanced at my situation and somehow I could not take my eyes off it.  I kept looking at my situation and every time I looked, I magnified the problem. It began to grow and take on a life of its own until it become too big to bear.  I began to break under the pressure.  My thoughts were incessant and sleep eluded me.  Yet, in my bed is where I desired to stay.  My mind could not grasp and take hold of the promises of God.  I sank deeper and deeper into what I now know as depression and not even the thought of my precious babies could help me.  Looking back at that time in my life literally brings tears to my eyes.  How could I have missed the signs? The single thought that kept me in that bondage is that God had abandoned me.   But that’s impossible! I wanted God to change my situation but He needed me to trust Him with it.  He needed me to understand that He is more than my personal Genie; you see that’s the role I had regulated to Him.  I said, “I can’t bear it, Lord”, but in reality I was holding on to it, too tightly.   He said, “cast all your burdens on me, I care for you” (I Peter 5:7).  I forgot.  I thought He didn’t love me anymore, but in reality His love for me is unfathomable.   James 1 2I thank God for habits.  ‘Habits’ saved my life.  I habitually read my Bible, I habitually kept a prayer journal, I habitually went to church all throughout that time. Jer 31 3 Thankfully, the Word of God finally penetrated.  Thankfully the hold the enemy had on my mind was loosened, one small step at a time.  Thankfully God remained God.  Thankfully through His Word and much prayer, He reminded me that He is faithful and He is trustworthy. Thankfully He reminded me that I had an enemy, who “walks around like roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).   I have come to understand that for me, he wanted to devour my mind.  He wanted control of my thoughts.  Thankfully the Lord reminded me again and again of His love for me.   PS 56 8We have an enemy, saints of God. But please don’t lose sight of the Loving God in the midst of the battle.  You are loved far more than you can ever imagine.   closing1brenda