Where is God When…?


One morning this past week, I set off on a morning stroll as I often do. Clouds showcased the rising sun against a splendid blue background. When I reached the point where I usually turn around, I pivoted to return home, and a stunning rainbow gracing part of the sky surprised me. It had been behind me, but I didn’t notice until I turned around.

How many times do we miss something beautiful because of our perspective or position?

As I walked home, the rainbow grew until it arced over the entire sky. I encountered four people on my way back. None of them had noticed the rainbow.

The first one was running. I said “hi” and barely got the word “rainbow out as she smiled and ran on. I don’t think she even saw it.

The second person walked by with a smile.

“Did you see the rainbow?” I asked, pointing to the sky.

She turned around and gasped. “Oh, my! It’s beautiful. No, I didn’t see it. I was headed the other way first, but it wasn’t there. Now look. Thank you for pointing it out to me.”

“God’s promises,” I said.

“Yes. I think every time I see a rainbow that there is hope.”

I agreed and wished her a great day.

As I continued on, the rainbow grew in clarity and intensity. I praised and thanked God, not only for the gorgeous sight, but also for every challenging and difficult thing in my life and the lives of my family. Without the flood, there wouldn’t have been a rainbow–the sign of God’s promise that he would never wipe out the earth again.

Yet, many things are wiping out our lives right now, right?

Those tragic situations can turn us to God if we let them. I think he often allows them for our benefit. He knows where our bottom line is; where we will finally fall on our face before him and cry to him for help. Only he can bring the rainbow times out of crisis.

The third and fourth people I met were a couple who had been walking and talking in full view of the rainbow, which by that point had become a double one. A light drizzle showered us even as the sun shone brightly around. When I pointed to the rainbow, they were surprised they hadn’t even noticed it, but were so glad to have it brought to their attention.

“God’s promises are true,” I said to the husband as his wife pulled out her phone to snap a picture. He smiled and pointed one finger to the sky. “Yes,” he agreed.

I wished them a beautiful day and left them still admiring the handiwork of God.

When I returned home, I saw a post from a man whose blog I’ve been following for about eight years. He just celebrated his 60th birthday after being diagnosed with ALS at the age of thirty-six. No one expected him to live for more than a few years, but his faith has inspired tens of thousands of people all over the world. You can read his post and story here.

A rainbow moment.

God is good. Even if he allows bad things. We may not understand his ways or his methods of showing us who he is, but we can trust that whatever he chooses, it will produce something beautiful, colorful, and remarkable in the end.

What is your rainbow situation?

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You Are Heard


God's Rainbow

“Since the first day you set your mind to gain understanding and humbled yourself before God, your words were heard…”    Daniel 10:12

I believe the promises to people in the Bible are for all of us because God’s heart is in those promises and his heart is the same toward all of his children.

God loves us. He hears us. He rescues us. He saves us.

But this is the part Daniel did:

  1. Set his mind to gain understanding – we have to be willing to seek God’s perspective and acquire that understanding when he speaks
  2. Humbled himself – if we come to God demanding he do something for us or certain that we know the answers and are looking for him to agree with us rather than being humble and seeking him, we may be heard, but we won’t hear God

The Bible says that after Daniel encountered God in this situation, he bowed his face to the ground and was speechless.

When we’ve set our minds to gain understanding and humbled ourselves, we’ll experience the presence of God. And we’ll know it because our being will be bowed before him and speechless.

That’s how an encounter with God will leave us.

It’s astounding to know that the God of the universe is personal enough to hear us and surround his with his presence. He sent angels before Jesus’s time (and may today), but now we have the Holy Spirit who overwhelms us with the characteristics of God.

I’m praying you will encounter God today.

You can be certain he hears you.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with God in the comments below or email me at laurabennet14@gmail.com

Remember The Miracles of the Past


On Thursday, a fellow author featured my book on her blog. DSC_0020

Thank you to Toni Shiloh! I appreciate how she promotes new authors. I hope you’ll check out her blog and books too. You can read the post here. If you comment, you’ll be entered to win a free copy of the book!

What I love about Toni’s Throw Back Thursday blog is that it reminds me to think about the miracles God has done in the past. My book she promoted, The Miracle of Us: Confessions on an Online Dater, was released nearly three years ago which was a miracle in itself! It took four years of writing, editing, changing it and rewriting before I landed with something I felt people would find enjoyable, entertaining and encouraging.

But that story began nearly nine years ago.

Here’s the thing. Every time we retell the miracles God has done for us, our faith grows. We remember how big God is. We encourage others. And the best part? God says in Revelation (12:11) that our testimony helps defeat or overcome our enemy, the devil.

Amazing what sharing a story can do.

So thank you, Toni. I hope my story will encourage someone. And remember, friends, to share your stories! Tell people about the wins in your lives. Remember those miracles from the hand of a big God and look forward to what is to come.

What story can you share? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

How to Receive God’s Promises


In Philippians 3 & 4, Paul gives us a list of positive ways to live, keeping our focus in the right place. The resulting promises from God are exactly what we need!DSC_0020 (2)

I don’t know about you, but I’m all in.

Here we go:

  • Stand firm by eagerly awaiting Jesus, trusting he will bring all things under his control and transform us by his power. (Eph.3:20-21)
  • Agree with each other in the Lord (4:2)
  • Rejoice in the Lord all the time (4:4)
  • Be gentle when we deal with people in a way that they notice (4:5)
  • Don’t worry, but pray and thank God for who he is and what he is doing even when we can’t see it yet (4:6)
  • Don’t focus on our problems or the bad things happening, but focus on whatever is “noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy” (4:8)
  • Be content no matter what is happening because God is in control and will give us strength to live in it – he will also bring good from it (4:11-13)

When we focus this way, God promises he will guard our hearts and minds with his peace. (4:7)

I need peace, don’t you?

He will also meet us in our trouble and give us everything we need because Jesus is glorious and able to do so. (4:19)

So every time a thought comes to us, we can line it up with this, trusting God to be there for us.

And when we forget or fail?

No worries. God’s still got us covered. We can simply be honest with him and ask him for renewed grace and strength.

I’m so glad we have a God like that! Aren’t you?