Thank You For 2022!

I want to thank all of the many readers that have subscribed to my daily devotional blog and to those who have chosen to stop by and read some of the many posts during 2022. It was the greatest year yet.

Throughout the year of 2022, there were over 162,000 views by over 112,000 visitors from all over the entire world. This had more than doubled the number of views and visitors from 2021. These numbers only occurred because of people like you who sign up for the daily emails of the devotional and choose to read it.

When I started this blog in 2014, it was only a daily devotional and I never dreamed of it becoming as large as it is. Over the years I have added in the daily verse, a weekly Give Thanks verse, a weekly Promise of God verse, a weekly Memory verse, several articles of testimony of what God has done in my life, several movie reviews, book reviews, a study on faith, guest posts, a series of articles on marriage, and a series of articles on the fruits of the Spirit.

My desire and prayer during the year of 2023 is to bring this devotional to a new level with a devotional book being made available and that the devotional blog can be done with no ads, or customized ads directly relatable to God, the Bible, Christianity and the church. This takes time, effort and money to make this happen.

The purpose of this devotional blog is to point you towards Jesus and give you a desire to read and know His word from Genesis to Revelation, and to encourage you to grow in the Lord, giving thanks and standing upon His promises .

I will always keep this daily devotional blog free from any costs for anyone to view and read. If this devotional blog has blessed you in any way and you feel led by the Lord to help towards bringing this blog towards an ad free site, please feel free to donate towards it through my PayPal account: insightsfromtom@gmail.com. Sad to say this is not a tax deductible donation but is one that can help me out in building this site better. You are not required to send any money, but only if you feel the Lord leading you to do so.

Whether you send anything or not, I pray that God will bless you in this new year; that you will draw closer to God in this new year; that you will be more like Jesus in this new year; and that you will walk in the ways of God in every area of your life.

Again, thank you for the most wonderful year! Have a blessed day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Esther 5:2 Having Favor With The King

So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. Esther 5:2

Most people desire to have special favor with others who are at the top, the leaders and famous people. They want to meet someone famous personally but are unable to even get close because they do not have the special favor extended to them.

In a time when a person could be killed for trying to go before the king, Esther stood before the king. She found favor with the king, and he extended his scepter towards her.

The world is focused on gaining favor with the rich and famous or high level politicians, people who are only temporary. They will go out of their way to gain the attention and favor of those whom they think can help them in some way or another. However, most often the ‘little’ person is ignored or not even noticed.

Believers will sometimes get caught up in this same attitude in the church. They want special favor with the pastor or with some special speaker. Although having that favor is not necessarily bad, it is not always the best thing.

Every believer always has special favor one hundred percent of the time with The King–God. Many fear going to God because of sin in their life. However, God is always ready to forgive and forget sins when one will repent.

God always has an open ear day or night to hear when one chooses to call out to Him in prayer and faith believing that He will hear and answer.

As a believer in Jesus, you are a child of God and have His favor upon you. He is always ready to hear what is on your heart and to guide you in the way you should go. It does not matter the time of day, where you live or what you have done in your past, God is always waiting for your call.

Do not fear the judgement of God but repent of your sins and be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit in what you should say, think or do. Call out to Him and He will extend you favor and answer you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will not fear approaching God in faith; and that you will hear God speak to you and guide you in living for Him.