By Apostle Tonya
Quiet walks remain a time where I have the most precious conversations with thy Lord. Back in 2016, when I lived in my native, New York I experienced such joy brisk walking. For three times a week, I set out on a path of walking with the Blessed Lord. Ofttimes, I was led by Him to rest at the Grand Army Plaza Library in Brooklyn which also held such fond memories of my childhood. The Comforter encouraged me during what had been a time of transition. How grateful I am for the Lord’s Friendship.
In the midst of the protests that continued to spread globally, I desired to take a short walk in the neighborhood. The Lord is faithful to direct our paths. Suddenly, I was standing nearly face-to-face with a deer. I watched him as he stood in front of a marvelous landscape of trees; staring back at me. Not wanting to forget this moment, I thought of capturing it; while I waited to see if he were going to move closer toward me. The gentle deer remained as I continued with my conversation with the Blessed Lord.
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. Psalm 42:1
The Father speaks; we must be still and listen. For me, it was a glorious moment knowing the Lord set my path; to speak to me through the deer who is a symbol of thirsting and longing for Him.
As I sit to inscribe this letter of encouragement, I am near tears reflecting on the tender moments with the deer and the Father’s love for us. It is my prayer as you delight in Him, you will meditate on these Scriptures and be strengthen. Let us remain encouraged, no matter the storm, we must keep our eyes fastened on our Beloved Lord Jesus. Our Lord is with us. Amen.
The 12 Verses
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise think on these things.
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