Claim the Promise

Promise ticket PixabayA winning lottery ticket, purchased in Florida as not been claimed. This multi-million dollar ticket will expire if left unclaimed within the few remaining days of the six month term.

Pondering the unclaimed ticket reminds me of all the promises in God’s Word that we often fail to claim. Scholars suggest the Bible contains over 8,000 promises, that’s one promise a day for almost twenty-two years!

At forty years old I am walking through a newly discovered chronic illness of unknown origin. Until recently, I’ve been active and healthy. I often wonder why this and why now? I cannot allow my mind to dwell there; that is the place where the Enemy hides. He lurks in the shadow of doubt ready to pounce on any hint of spiritual or mental weakness.

Instead, I marinate my mind in God’s promises.

I shared in the article What Promise Has God Given You, the specific promise God showed me for this season on battling a chronic illness:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

When the answers don’t come as quickly as I like, when doubt roars louder than peace,  when I begin to question God’s timing, I remind myself of this promise.  For Ever Tree PIxabay

Knowing Christ Himself will restore me, make me strong, firm and steadfast is a promise I am claiming and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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God Knows It’s Complicated

chaos- PixabayThis morning I hugged my kids and wished them a good day at school. For reasons unknown I said to the kids, “I’m going to put my face in God’s face and see what happens.”

Cupping the freshly brewed liquid mercy, I padded out of the kitchen. I chuckled at myself wondering why I said “I’m going to put my face in God’s face and see what happens.”

I pulled my little red chair up to God’s throne, knees touching and looked into His face. In that moment God reached out and offered a Holy Hug. Reading from Psalm 139, God reminded me that He knows all my complexities. He is familiar with every aspect of my life, including the ones I don’t pray about or lack the nerve to address.

He knows:

  • The complications of my newly diagnosed rare disease (Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis)
  • What gene possess this genetic glitch
  • My ranging emotions
  • My anxious heart
  • When I will return to work and to what capacity
  • My new limitations
  • When the mortgage is due
  • If we have to sell the house
  • If I need a single story wheel chair accessible homeNeurons pixabay

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.

 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,knit-pixabay1
    too lofty for me to attain.

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts O  God!
    How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

This morning I put my face in God’s face. He leaned in and whispered, “April, I’ve known the end from the beginning. There are no surprise plot twists in your life. I know how complicated everything is. Remember I do all the work. You only need to trust me.”

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Sunset-2Bworship-2Bby-2BLoveToTakePhotos-2B-2BPixabay1him,who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)

Even though my circumstances are complicated beyond my ability to reason, God is familiar with it all. God knows all about me and I know according to Romans 8:28 God is working it for good. My only responsibility is to trust Him while He does all the work.


Today, I put my face in God’s face. He renewed my peace and “it well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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What Promise has God Given You?

A-2BBible-2BThat-2527s-2BFalling-2BApart-2BQuote-2Bby-2BCharles-2BSpurgeonBible scholars suggest the Bible contains over 8,000 promises. By my rough estimation that equates to one promise a day for 22 years!

Recently a friend asked me two heart searching questions:

  • “What song do you hear God singing to you?”
  • “What promise has God given you about your circumstance?”

“I don’t know” was my answer to both questions. Never in my life have I considered these two questions.

Guilty of pondering more than praying, I committed these two questions to prayer. I shared the answer to the first question in the article, “What Song is God Singing over You. (Click to read, if you haven’t read it yet).

I bookend each day in prayer. Earlier that morning God revealed the song He was singing over me, “Good, Good Father” by Housefires II.  Tucked into bed, I continued to pray for God to reveal his specific promise to me for this season of my lifeSword and quote pixabay.

He answered with this verse:

 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

Christ HIMSELF will restore me. He HIMSELF will return my strength. 

Himself. That one word promise is all I need. 

Has God given you a specific promise for your current season? If so, please share.


Thirty Promises for Strength

By April Dawn White

Bible scholars estimate there are over 8,000 promises in the Bible.  We could read a promise a day for almost 22 years!  When I learned this statistic, I decided to record a promise a day. This assignment has been like a one-a-day vitamin for my soul.

Daily, I fboxing glovesight a battle with a neuromuscular disease. My pain is invisible. I have good days and bad days. We each have daily battles and challenges we face, visible or invisible. Below are lists of promises I’ve been clinging to in recent days.

Please share this article with anyone God lays on your heart.


Thirty Promises for Strength


“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11, NIV)

“Strengthen the feeble hands; steady the knees that give way.” (Isaiah 35:3, NIV)

“I have upheld (you) since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4, NIV)

“I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6, NIV)

“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15, NIV)

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweigh them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV)

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left you” ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NIV) *This is my verse for 2016*

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8, NIV) *This was my verse for the 2012.*

“Your right hand sustains me.” (Psalm 18:35, NIV)

“Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your most Holy place.” (Psalm 28:2, NIV)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

“I will take hold of your hand” (Isaiah 42:6, NIV)

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV)

Your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:10, NIV)

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV)

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV)

“Your promises have been thoroughly tested and your servant loves them.” (Psalms 119:140, NIV)

“May your hand be ready to help me.” (Psalm 119:173, NIV)

“My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.”(Psalms 119:49, NIV)

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”(Hebrews 6:19, NIV) *This is my verse for 2015*

“’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12-9-10, NIV)

“In your unfailing love preserve my life.” (Psalm 119:50, NIV)

“He guards the lives of his faithful ones.” (Psalm 97:10, NIV)

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”(Psalm 94:18-19, NIV)

“Those who know your name trust in You because You have not abandoned
those who seek You, Yahweh.” (Psalm 9:10, HCSB)

“You will fill me with joy in your presence.” (Psalm 16:11, NIV)

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV)

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13, NIV)

“For the battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)

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Truly walking by HIS strength,

April Dawn White



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