Each day when I wake up I am not always consistent and self- disciplined to take focused time to spend with God.  Although I know the magnificent power of prayer and meditation, I often get distracted by my own fears and worries of the new day.  There are days when I wake up and start working before I take the time to brush my teeth, and the day quickly consumes me in a frantic, hurried pace that only brings me stress, unrest and a feeling like my life is out of control. 

The central problem is that I am relying only on my own human power and my own fallible strength.  I attempt to take on the problems of my life, and sometimes the problems of the world, when I was designed by God to have strength for just one day at a time.  There are  times when I drift away from asking Jesus to help me and to give me strength, or to thank him with a grateful heart for His Love and protection.  During these “times in the dark desert” I am like a blind man caught in a thunderstorm in the middle of a violent night.  I can hear the thunder and I can sense the lightening, but every step is full of threatening fear.  Am I about to step off of a tall cliff?   Where am I?

Faith is like a gas tank.  My human spirit must be renewed and strengthened and empowered by spending quiet times of prayer and meditation with Jesus, who is the Creator of all things.  It is amazing to me how I can go through a time in the dark desert, with little or no contact with Jesus, and then feel empty inside and full of vague fear and anxiety. Then when I return to Jesus, He is there waiting for me.  I am the lost sheep and He is my Shepherd.  Only Jesus can fill up my gas tank of faith and fill me with power and peace.

  Twenty Four Hours A Day” readings:

April 28

 “God’s eternal quest must be the tracking down of souls.  You should join Him in His quest.  Through briars, through waste places, through glades, up mountain heights, down into valleys.  God leads you.  But ever with His leadership goes your helping hand.  Glorious to go where the Leader goes.  You are seeking lost sheep.  You are bringing the good news into places where it has not been known before.  You may not know which soul you will help, but you can leave all results up to God.  Just go with him in His eternal quest for souls.”

May 29:

“I will try to help others, I will try not to let a day pass without reaching out an arm of love to someone.  Each day I will try to do something to lift another human being out of the sea of discouragements into which he or she has fallen.  My helping hand is needed to raise the helpless to courage, to strength, to faith, to health.  In my own gratitude, I will turn and help other alcoholics with the burden that is pressing too heavily upon them.”

Matthew 1:23;  Colossians 2:6-7

Jesus Calling” book:

May 30:

“Time with Me cannot be rushed.  When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you.  Push back the demands pressing in on you:  create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest with Me.  I also desire this time of focused attention and I use it to bless you, strengthening and equipping you for the day ahead.  Thus, spending time with Me is a wise investment.  Bring Me the sacrifice of your precious time.  This creates sacred space around you—space permeated with My Presence and My Peace.” 

Psalm 119:27;   Chronicles 16:9;  Hebrews 13:15  (NKIV)

Every one of us has access to the greatest power in the universe, the Creator of all things, Jesus Christ.  Just go talk with him each day and build your relationship with Him.  Peace, Love and Blessings to you each day!



About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

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