Thickness Of Life 

If someone were to ask me how things have been and I were to give an honest answer I would probably say things have been tough. 

Being in a transition stage of my life and trying to survive in this economy is a battle on its own. But, when you lean into your Father for strength and seek Him in His word diligently and passionately, you will be surprised. He gives you such a peace and a raging fire inside to where you don’t know whether or not you want to roar like a lion or humble yourself in tears from His overwhelming mercy and tenderness. 

His joy IS our strength and His word IS our weapon and comfort. If you find yourself in the thickness of life, just run to your Father. Seek Him in His word and trust Him with every fiber of your being. Delight in Him and He will delight in you. He IS good and His mercies are from everlasting to everlasting.  

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!”     Psalms 103:1-22 NKJV

                ~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

Set – Apart 

WORTHY THOUGHT: God has given us each a purpose for living, and we can trust Him to guide us.

A special, wild- looking man that had no power or position in the Jesus political system but was talked about in all four of the gospels was John the Baptist.

God appointed John the Baptist to be set apart for God’s services. 

His coming was predicted in Isaiah 40:3 -announcing the coming of Jesus, The Savior! John the Baptist spoke and people were moved by his words because he spoke truth. 

As the crowds came, he pointed beyond himself and pointed them to Jesus. 

“Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the World’s sin! He is the one I was talking about when I said, “Soon a man far greater than I am is coming, who existed long before me!” (John 1:29-31) 

John the Baptist’s job clearly showed through his obedience to God. John pointed, prepared and announced the coming of the true Messiah whom they were looking for. 

Today people are looking for someone to give them security in an insecure world. 

Our job as believers like John the Baptist, is to point them to Jesus and show the people Jesus is the one they seek.   

Jesus said, “Truly, of all men ever born, none shines more brightly than John the Baptist.(Matthew 11:11)

We are all called to be Set-Apart from the World and point others to Jesus too!  

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill