Tag: Daily Devotionals

Peace Over Anxiety

If you read this blog often enough, you know I’m anxious about, well, a lot. And now add to this list all the implications that come with a coronavirus pandemic. Because my life is dotted by irrational fears, I must combat these anxieties each day. At first, I try to put the brakes on these…

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A Fool’s Answer

The fool says in his heart,     “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 NIV) Recently, a pastor mentioned that the scripture above should actually read: A fool says in his heart, “No, God.”  With this new translation, I was baffled. I’ve always thought fool was reserved for nonbelievers, atheists and agnostics. But, lo and behold, I’ve…

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Success is For You

I’m a firm believer that success is not reserved for the chosen few, the wealthy or the brilliant. As we turn our hearts toward heaven and give God our obedience – success, joy and fulfilment is a sure path for all of us.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working…

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Stop People Pleasing

People Pleasing – Sigh. It can become quite overwhelming to complete a task list while simultaneously pleasing everyone and maintaining a level head (I’ve tried it). Being tugged in many different ways, without consulting God first will prove unsuccessful every time. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or…

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Don’t Go Hungry

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom) Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to…

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Obedience Produces Fruit

I started thenikaocollection.com out of obedience. But, the more I write, the more I realize this obedience continues to feed my own spirit. Periodically during my quiet time, God will lead me to re-read a recent post or one from years ago. As I read these messages, new revelation flows and my spirit is refreshed.…

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Prepare for Elevation

From uncomfortable situations to joyous occasions, everything we encounter is intentional. As we continue to live out God’s will for our lives, situation after situation will prepare us for continued elevation. However, if we hide our purpose, or become lazy in fulfilling our purpose, God has nothing to elevate. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by…

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When Life Hits Hard

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV) When life hits hard, I…

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Believe in God

God is our refuge and strength,     an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way     and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam     and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV) For a few seconds, I…

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Push Yourself

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 God has entrusted you with a particular purpose according to your ability. No, it will not be fulfilled perfectly or painlessly. But, with faith and consistency, it will be worth it. The world is waiting earnestly for you to just be you. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing…

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