Strait & Narrow Leads to Peace, Life and Blessings, by Karen Rowe


Good Morning Dear Friends,

I like to share a little more about the details in the Devotions here at FGGAM; to make it more personal for you; Like God does for us when we go to His Word.  God makes His Word personal.  It is Living!

“Mommy, Just find Garrett Road, so we can go home.”

You see, we just moved to NC – And, we spent many hours of drive time, trying to figure out where we wanted to live, but ended up “lost” every time we ventured out.  Rather said:  As my father-inlaw often says, “We are not lost, we just aren’t sure where we are.

Friends, sometimes in this life, it feels like we venture out there in the world, and just get more lost (confused), but may I offer you some encouragement?  You are not lost in Christ – ever, but sometimes we need to come back to where we know we are on solid ground and go home for a rest.

Garrett Road was the only connection road I knew.  We grew to depend on this road as our connection point between “lost” and home!  As Jesus is our only connection point to God.

And, hummm, here it is,  (We, in Christ, are never lost … it’s more of a decision of how long do we want it to last?).   Many times, people know the truth, BUT… just don’t want to believe it????

Thank you for your patience.  Continuing on…

Our daughter was only 3 or 4 at the time, and even she knew to ask for Garrett Road!  :)  And, the Bible says to believe like a child – not childish behavior; but with child-like innocent heart faith.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)

Strait & Narrow Leads to Peace, Life and Blessings

sure …

Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

BUT  Faith is with Assurance!

there is NO fear in perfect love.

jesus is perfect peace!

Friends, Today, if you feel anything less than Peace (JESUS),  position your heart with God … in His Kingdom whom has Come into your Heart.  To look to Jesus, the author and finisher to your faith; and trust in Jesus as you depend on God, whom is more dependable that this road we called our way to home.

when our faith intersects with God’s faithfulness, we will never be the same!

You know, when our faith intersects with God’s faithfulness, we will never be the same!  And, God won’t do for us, what He tells us how to do for our selves.  It’s the best part of Love!  God never controls us; He helps, guides, leads, and keeps us within the lines for our own good, but still, we have a choice to pause, ponder and pray; and then also a choice to reject or obey the Voice we know as from the Savior.  For we have been made to have a free will and God most desires that we will chose to love (trust) Him too!

Without trust, is there really love?

But how can we love God, if we don’t know God?  God has first loved us!  This is why we are here for you!  For we have known and believed in the love God has for us. God is love.  And, we have learned the value of and to:  that to Abide in love, and you are abiding in God and God in you.  Or translated by God, remain in Jesus and your are abiding in God, whom is love.  And God has so loved you since before in the beginning that he has created the Savior for us.  And, then we have some challenges set before us, but also set before us are blessings / &/ or consequences and before them; are life and death.

To pause to add …

To pause to add … love is defined in 1 Co 13; and love begins with Patient and Kind.  This defines God, but there is so much more to God than meets our human eyes!  And, this is to what a believe is to grow and bloom to be!  The Bible gives us instructions to hold us … when we don’t know what else to do; Patience is strength and kindness is glory & faith pleases God!  God really made it simple; humans just complicate “hell” (human nature willed over / separated from God’s Divinity) into it, but in Christ, we are to live as a Citizen of Heaven with God; pray and walk by faith!

Life is with God; and Jesus is the only Way we humans can approach God to change!  But do we want to change is the question? Death is chosen for us, but Jesus has come to give us the choice of life to choose.  Salvation is by grace.  Believe and confess what you know is living in your heart.

The Kingdom of God is Come!  Be SET Free!  In Christ Jesus; God is all about love for you!

Friends, my motto is, “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT God does … Follow Jesus!”  And, to God be the glory!  He does!  I hope this encourages you in the love God has for you; and also challenges you to grow in your relationship with God through and by Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.


And, what does God’s Word have to do with your life?  Everything, for it is by God’s Word, in Jesus, that we, both, live and are set free!

The Devotional Verse Today is:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)

In Christ, whom was, and is, and is yet to come,

from in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the the Word was God.

I believe that is written in John 1:1.  Please, I request and challenge you to open your Bible to verify, because God didn’t tell you to trust me or any other people that can make a mistake, God instructed us to believe the Holy Spirit of God and the Voice of the Shepherd, Jesus.  God instructed us to test every spirit to see if is of God:  God at HIS Word.  The  Holy Spirit testifies!

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

1 John 4:1-5 King James Version (KJV)

When you receive this, you will never be the same!  Glory Hallelujah! My highest praises to the God and Father of the Resurrected King Jesus!  With a grateful heart, I leave you to the devotion and I only can say, Thank you Jesus for being my Savior and Lord; and for the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us through every test and trial that tries our heart to see if we truly know and believe in the love God has for us.  He does you know!

God truly SO LOVED the world that He gave Jesus, so that … John 3:16-17

… Will you open your heart and Christian Bible to experience The Word of our Living God is living!  So alive, that when God’s Word speaks to your heart, you will experience the God and Father to and of His Word stir your heart and soul to believe! or divide?  But still you get to choose, because God is that good to us; that we have a choice!

Experience God stir his spirit up in your soul!  Truly, you will never feel so alive!


I hope this is a blessing to you!

Welcome to …

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

Daily Devotion to God’s Holy Word.

Strait & Narrow Leads to Peace, Life and Blessings, by Karen Rowe


Who is your hero you follow their advise (Do as I Do) in taking a positive action when faced with adversity?

Jesus is mine! & Joy is a believer’s strength!
Exude gratefulness & Positivity! Offer Praise, Thanksgiving & to add one more than we normally hear = Obediance from following Jesus in our heart!

For we have known & believed!

But it is not always easy following Jesus! Many times uncomfortable to how we WANT to respond in our human nature!

Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother! And his followers are a good mentor!


It is written, so let’s explore what God wants the world to know in the MIND of Christ!

Change? it begins with me! And, also with you! And the place of repentance comes by the Holy Spirit whom masters our heart, and by Grace repentance is changing our mind to align our responses to the Spirit of God.

It begins with me and you, but this message is for the world!

What does this verse say to us about Jesus?
What does this verse say about us?

How do we respond to Jesus?
Jesus said,
“LET NOT your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, BELIEVE ALSO in me (John 14:1 KJV).”

Believe? Could this be the strait gate? The narrow way? Or the method to keep us there?

I believe the Holy Spirit just gave me a new Revelation on this verse! Human nature alone will not stampede to face adversity!

Isn’t the nature of human nature to desire Comfortable? Control? Pleasure? And, the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9 KJV).”



Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Corinthians 4:10 KJV

See also, Rm 6:1-11; 6:23; 14:8; and chapter 8 of Romans.

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. BUT NOW the righteousness of God without the law IS manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Romans 3:20‭-‬21 KJV

Ok, you didn’t ask for all this, but since we are here, where does Jesus lead us?

Pro 8:20 !



Holy Spirit encourage the readers today.  Lift our minds higher to God’s Thoughts.  Bless those who will receive.  And, keep molding our hearts to be always ready to bloom for the glory of God to be a blessing to us all.

and pray …in the Spirit of the Most Holy God.  God knows what He is doing.

Love in Christ,
Karen Rowe

Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.


…till next time! 

Love in Christ,

Karen Rowe

Personal Motto:  “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT GOD DOES … Follow JESUS!”
Personal Revelation Life Verse:  And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him (1 John 4:16 HCSB)

Thank you Jesus!
Holy Spirit you are welcome here!

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