Friday, July 26, 2019

Jesus is Here, Faithful Friday with Alexis A. Goring

Jesus is Here
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring

On my walk to work every morning, there is an elderly gentleman who may be homeless but you’d never know it because he sits in front of a cafĂ© with a happy smile on his face and a booming voice that greets every passerby saying, “Good Morning! Good MORNING!”

His bellowing voice carries behind me as I pass him and continue the two-block walk from the Metro to my workplace. I notice the smiles that his joyfulness puts on people’s faces and I cannot help but smile too.

On my way to the metro leaving work on Monday of this week, as I waited for the pedestrian light to signal that it was safe to walk across the street, I heard a familiar jingle for WGTS 91.9 FM. So I looked behind me to find the source of the sound. A woman dressed in plain clothes with her hairstyle arranged in neatly groomed locks, was sitting in the man’s place from earlier that morning in the same spot that I walked by on my way to work. She looked relaxed and calm as she listened to an old-fashioned boom box that was blaring a familiar song, “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship.
The sound of music and song lyrics resounded over the hustle and bustle that surrounded me. It almost felt like an altar call in the middle of the busy city! Like we were having church on the street! I couldn’t help but think that there must be people passing by who need to answer that altar call. People who need hope within the midst of their pain. People who need Jesus (because we ALL do) to rescue them and help them to survive the trials of life!

Then on the metro ride home that same day (Monday, July 22), I put down my phone long enough to have a conversation prompted by a young lady who was sitting across from me on the metro. We began talking about work and soon that led to a conversation about going where God guides. When I said how one of my friends often says, “Where God guides, He provides,” her eyes lit up and she asked me, “Do you know Jesus?” I replied, “Yes. I do. You?” She said, “Yes!”

We started talking about our faith journey and discovered that we both grew up in Christian homes and made our own decisions to follow Jesus at a young age. We agreed that even when you grow up in a Christian home, you cannot survive on your parents’ faith alone; you have to come to know Jesus for yourself: A personal encounter with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It looks different for every individual but this same fact remains: It’s the start of a beautiful journey, one filled with hope! Life is so much more bearable when you have Jesus going through it with you and keeping you in His care. We parted ways with smiles on our faces. There’s nothing like being refreshed by a fellow believer who loves Jesus!

When I returned home that evening, the idea for this devotional struck me and caused me to realize that God had just answered my early morning prayer that I silently whispered to Him only a few weeks ago!

Earlier this month (July 2019), as I was walking through the city on the way to work for what was supposed to be a four-day assignment at a news media organization, (I was contracted by a staffing agency to work there for that short time but God had better plans because the company hired me!), I surveyed my surroundings. I looked up at the office buildings that were towering over my head and making me feel small. I observed the people from different walks of life rushing to and fro, completely caught up in their own little worlds. I saw the tourists who looked awe-struck and happy to be here. And my heart went out to the homeless who appeared despondent as they sat on the street corners and lay on benches in the park. As I took in the hustle and bustle that surrounded me, I felt overwhelmed as I realized how easily we can become a society that doesn’t have room for God. So I asked God (silently), “Where are you in all of this?”

And then two weeks later, on this very Monday (July 22), He answered.

It’s like He was saying: “Alexis. I am here. I am in the homeless man who bellows a jubilant ‘Good Morning’ greeting to every person who passes by each day. I am on the radio airwaves as Elevation Worship sings a song asking My children who are rushing by to “Come to the Altar.” I am riding with you on the metro, reminding you of my love for humankind through your spontaneous fellowship with the Christ-follower sitting next to you. My dear child, I am everywhere and I am not going to ever leave you nor forsake you. I am with you wherever you go. You said it yourself when you quoted a dear friend of yours who says, “Where God guides, He provides.”

Then and there, in the quiet of my home as I reflected on my day, I was reminded how Great the Good Lord our God is and how He is with me, always. It kind of reminded me of the song “Here Today” by Scott Krippayne.

So dear friends, if you ever feel like God isn’t hearing you or You cannot feel His presence, I’d like to encourage you trust His Heart because He loves you. He will never leave you nor forsake You. And He is literally everywhere. His Presence can be felt anywhere in the world! The Bible says that if we make our bed in the pit of Hell, He is there and if we ascend to Heaven, He is there! (Psalm 139:7-12). God truly is all around us and He wants to be in our hearts too.

Will you make room for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Don’t be intimidated by His Majesty. He’s a personal God and He wants a REAL relationship with you. That’s why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to live on this Earth, show us the way to Him then die and be resurrected to serve as our Bridge from Earth to Heaven. He’s our Mediator and Advocate. The Bible says that no one goes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Jesus is alive! And He is here. He is everywhere!

Just look for Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

We serve a risen Savior, and He wants to be your best friend. He’s the truest best friend you will ever have and when you follow Him, your story doesn’t end when you die! No! Your story continues when He comes back to take you and ALL of His faithful followers to Heaven! What a glorious day that will be!

But meanwhile, here on Earth, don’t despair because remember, Jesus is here, He is everywhere for today, tomorrow and throughout all of eternity!

  Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Breaking Newa ~ Peggy Blann Phifer ~ Bonnie Engstrom

I am so excited! 

Starting tomorrow, Monday, July 22, through Wednesday July 24, I will be the featured guest author on Bonnie Engstrom's Facebook page

I can't wait to have you join the fun conversation and answer my interesting question. Hint: it's about some quirky holiday celebrations you may never have heard of before.

I'll be featuring my historical romantic suspense book Whispering Hope, and will be giving away a signed print copy of the book. But you can only win if you go to: and leave a comment to be entered in a random drawing. The winner will be announced on Bonnie's page on Sunday, July 28.

Come on, my reader and writer friends, help me—and Bonnie—
make this a FUN three days! 

Remember ... to participate, you MUST visit Bonnie's Facebook Page (link above) ... not here, though I'd love to hear from you any time.


Friday, July 19, 2019

The Wait is Over ~ Alexis A. Goring ~ Faithful Friday

The Wait is Over
 A devotional by Alexis A. Goring

 “But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
      Isaiah 40:31 [NKJV]

Almost one year ago (August 24, 2018 to be exact), I wrote this post (“God’s Waiting Room”) that was published here on Peg’s Whispers in Purple blog and today, I’m here to tell you that as of this month (July 2019), the wait is over! God provided me with a new, full-time job in Journalism!

I’ve been through a season of waiting for my creative career dreams to come true ever since graduating from college. Since then, God has taken me on a journey of detours.

During those detours, I often asked God “Why do I have to do this?” and “When will my dreams come true?”

Looking back, I see how much God enriched my life through those detours. He gave me the opportunity to work with children from grades Pre-K through 12th grade. He built my business skills through seasonal employment in retail working for companies like Pottery Barn Kids, Williams-Sonoma, and Macy’s. And He gave me the time to rest and make new friends in various career fields. One of my ministry friends told me during my waiting season that I have “the gift of time and friendship.”

I realize now just how many beautiful blessings God gave to me that were not work-related but more for my personal growth. Blessings that made me feel loved and purposeful, showing me that my life had more meaning to it than just going to work and climbing the career ladder.

If you want to read more about how God made a miracle by blessing me with my new dream job in Journalism, visit this post that I wrote on my “God is Love” blog this July 11. Here’s the link to “Thankful Thursdays: Answered prayers after years of waiting on God.”

If you revisit my guest post “God’s Waiting Room” on Peg’s blog, you’ll see that despite my not understanding what God was doing with my life as I waited on Him to make my creative career dreams come true, I chose to trust Him. I chose to continue believing that He has good plans for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). I chose to keep praying to Him every day and night. I chose to encourage myself through Bible study and listening to Contemporary Christian and Gospel music. I chose to keep asking the prayer warriors in my life (my family, friends and pastors) to pray for me. And ultimately, I chose to never give up.

Now, I do realize that this could have turned out another way. God could have chosen to not grant me the desires of my heart. He could have chosen to not give me a dream job in Journalism, which is what I earned my degree in, and I was prepared for that (often, I told God that anything He wants me to do, I will do it because He knows me better than I know myself).

But God is a good God (Psalm 34:8) and He likes to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11)! Yes, He may take you on detours. No, your original dreams many not come true. But you can trust that whatever He has planned for you (Jeremiah 29:11) is good, amazing and will help you feel like your life has purpose.

So as I close this devotional, I want to encourage you to continue trusting God. Continue seeking Him. While you’re in one of His waiting rooms, ask Him how to, as my friend Quantrilla told me, “honor Him in the wait.” If He gives you the “gift of time and friendship” (as my friend Holly told me), then deeply inhale those precious blessings! If He chooses to take you through trials and tribulations while you wait, keep pressing into Him and trusting that He’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)…and when He blesses you with your wildest dreams or more than you could imagine, always remember Him as you live out your God-given destiny!

Stay the course, dear friends. God loves you too much to let you go!

Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.