If you have one depressing thought about your future tell that thought to go back to hell because that’s exactly where it came from. If you’re experiencing any of the following signs in a recurring manner – feeling nervous, restless, panic, breathing rapidly, sweating, trembling, feeling weak or tired, trouble concentrating or overthinking – can I tell you they are obvious signs you have been spending a lot of time in the wrong room.
2020 is by no stretch of imagination a different year for everyone but it may be helpful to remember that God nevertheless has a plan for our lives despite what looks like a very bad nightmare.
John 17:9 says, “I pray for them now. I am not praying for the people in the world. But I am praying for these people you gave me, because they are yours.”
All of us have experienced some form of setbacks this year. We had high expectations and for reasons beyond our control – things just didn’t work out. Remember – Jesus is praying for you.
Your setbacks will become your greatest comeback. Be encouraged – God is going to use your setbacks. We are going to learn from every disappointment we face.
Take courage – it’s not the end of your story – it’s not the end of 2020. Hang in there – God is still in control. Three things God cannot do – lie, fail, or turn His back on you.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
In the midst of hardship and troubling uncertainty God’s plan to prosper and give you a bright future will not be changed. Everything is still running on schedule even if it doesn’t appear that way.
Our mind/intellect/brain/reasoning – DOES NOT produce faith. Faith overrides our emotions. Faith is a decision to stand on God’s promises.
I would rather live everyday believing God has a plan to prosper and not to harm me than to live all day everyday – sweating, trembling, feeling weak or tired, trouble concentrating or overthinking.
Philippians 4:7 ‘Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.’
The Lord is close to you. Do not be anxious about anything, but pray about everything, remembering to give thanks for everything. God’s peace will go beyond your understanding and will keep guard over your heart and your mind.
PRAYER TIME: Gracious and loving God, I get scared and nervous about the future. But I know that the future is in Your hands. Be with me as I go through 2020. Help me to make good decisions and be with me each step of the way today, tomorrow, and in the years to come. In Jesus Name, Amen
A vine is a plant whose stem requires support and climbs along the wall or creeps on the ground. As humans we need all the support we can get to carry out the whys we were born.
God offers us to be the true vine where we can attach ourselves to Him to follow our passion no matter how many times it appears like the goal post keeps moving.
Staying connected to the true vine keeps us challenging ourselves never to give up. He walks us through the process of letting some things go simply because it’s too heavy.
When we remain connected to God our views of life changes and our anxiety levels decrease. Every hurdle becomes a stepping stone and you find meaning in every experience.
God calls you a friend and friends talk to each other about everything meanwhile working through the process. It took me a long time to accept that Faith is NOT an Emotion.
Faith is a decision to trust that God knows the way through the wilderness and all we have to do is to follow.
Romans 8:31 “What, then, can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Quote: “I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.”
When you walk with God no matter what lies ahead – God has a way to get there way before you do. Our purpose should be to please God and not people.
Let’s take pride in being called a friend of God. John 15:15 says, “But now I call you friends, because I have told you everything that my Father told me.”
John 15:9 Jesus says, ‘Just as the Father has loved me; I have loved you. Now remain in my love.’
Prayer Time: Father, teach me to love like you. Let me remain in right standing with you so your love can outrun me and surround me. I thank you for calling me ‘friend’. Touch the people around me. Bless them with good health, peace in their mind and rest in their spirits. Thank you for holding my hands. In Jesus Name, Amen
God’s favor comes with conditions – relationship, obedience, and giving God something to work with. God is not bias. What He does for one – He can also do for anyone. God loves us with an unending love and only wants the best for us.
Who God favors; no man can curse. Who God curses; no man can bless.
Your everyday choices either position you to obtaining God’s favor or God’s wrath – it’s that simple. Like any other human relationships – you have friends with benefits and friends without.
When you are in a relationship with God you make a commitment to take Him at His Word. When He shows you who He is – you believe Him the first time. The rest is yours and His story.
It’s no laughing matter when you double dip loving Him and flirting with the things He hates. God will not be mocked. Favor vs Curse.
Step 1 – Stand on God’s Word – It’s His Love Language.
Step 2 – Pray the scriptures back to God – That’s your Love Language.
Step 3 – Stay strong in faith. It’s a mutual agreement.
Isaiah 54:17 says, “But no weapon used against you will succeed. People might bring charges against you. But you will prove that they are wrong. Those are the things I do for my servants. I make everything right for them,” announces the Lord.
Numbers 22:12 says, “But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse this people, for they are blessed.”
Numbers 23:20 Balaam says, “I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.”
God protects you from what’s ahead, behind, or beneath you. He defends you and keeps watch over you day and night. He blesses and no one can change it. It’s a friendship that comes with benefits.
So, for anyone trying to curse a child of God they may as well get used to seeing you blessed beyond measure.
Slow down – not so fast – this only comes to those who have the friendship’s benefit package. Anyone else – IT’S JUST MERE WORDS. No guarantee it will work.
You don’t need the Pope, a priest, a pastor, a president, or a family member to bless you – you only NEED GOD.
And Jabez CALLED ON The GOD of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So, God granted him what he requested.
PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you that Your blessing makes me rich and adds no sorrow. As a child of God, I will continue to walk knowing I will be protected from all kinds of curses. I want to take a moment to simply say, ‘thank you for everything both seen and not seen that You have protected me from. Keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain. I choose to find comfort in my relationship with You.’ In Jesus Name, Amen
When trees are in blossom, they catch everyone’s attention. When people blossom, they are full of energy and confidence and become more attractive. Both people and trees when they are at their peak season are easy on the eye and very pleasant to be around.
We were made to blossom regardless of where we are planted. We are all different and some of us maybe blooming slower than others – don’t give up – we bloom in different seasons.
Like a Cactus plant that grows in the harshest conditions it shows we can withstand the worst of experiences and still bloom.
Wherever we are planted it’s not a mistake by God. We are there for a reason and a season – just bloom. God hasn’t forgotten where you are planted. The opposite is to give up and die after a couple of harsh seasons.
Quote: “As she fell apart, her shattered pieces began to bloom – blossoming until she became herself exactly as she was meant to be.”
Only God can take the shattered pieces of our lives and make them look attractively healthy and full of energy again. You will glow again exactly as you were meant to be.
To survive the difficult seasons the secret is found in Psalms 1:3-4 – “They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do. That isn’t true of those who are evil – they are like straw blown by the wind.”
Job 14:9 says, “Yet through the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a plant.”
God knew long before we found out that life will leave some of us traumatized and buried in dirt – and wrote those scriptures in THE BOOK. How I wish I can tell you to go buy a magic pill and you will blossom exactly how you meant to be – but there’s no quick fix to brokenness.
Like trees we need to be positioned by a stream to bloom. Find your quiet time alone with God – you will not fear when the heat comes. There’s really no quick fix but doing it God’s way.
Jeremiah 17:8 “He will be like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”
PRAYER TIME: Lord, thank you that my mind is refreshed day after day. My heart is strong, and I will not be afraid of the heat of the day. My life WITH You continues to be timeless. I will not worry when difficult seasons come as my roots have been planted in Your word. And at the sight of your word I will be encouraged. In Jesus Name, Amen
Thank you for another week of great conversations.
Today’s topic: Yes, help is on its way!
No one gets the option to handpick the kind of lemons they prefer in life, but the success story lies in what God can do with the lemons. Sometimes, lemons come a dime a dozen, but you can find ways to overcome the misery and prevent it from turning into something that keeps you bitter forever.
Lemons are – heartbreak, failure, disagreements, confrontation, regret, stressful situations – sounds pretty much like an average day in a human’s life. I hope this doesn’t cause any further anxiety in you but let me be honest with you – there are some lemon seasons that stay longer than others.
When Satan sees your weaknesses and he figures out your pain threshold, he camps out just waiting for another chance to hit where it hurts the most. And he does it with extreme precision. However, when your relationship with God is healthy He comes alongside you strengthening you.
God is not blind to your tears or deaf to your prayers. He sees. He hears. He delivers on His promises.
Isaiah 41:9-13 says, “I have chosen you and have not cast you away. Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
You will not be disgraced by the lemons – God knows how to use them for motivation. God is bigger than those targeted areas of your life. God is bigger than Satan’s best shots at you. If God brings you to it – He will bring you THROUGH it.
PRAYER Time: LORD, I’m only human, I’m just a woman. Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am. Show me the stairway, I have to climb. LORD for my sake, teach me to take ONE DAY AT A TIME. You are bigger than those targeted areas of my life and no shot that Satan takes at me You cannot defend me. Thank You Lord that help is on its way. In Jesus Name, Amen
Finally, thank you friends for allowing me the privilege to inspire you. Let’s make September 2020 a month to remember.
God is bigger than your past – you were built to last.
God is bigger than your disappointment – everyday is a day of new beginnings.
God is bigger than resentment – guard your heart.
God is bigger than your lemons – help is on its way.
Psalms 121:1-2 ‘I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.’
Why do we need to guard our hearts? Our heart is where all our dreams, our wishes, and our emotions are hidden. The heart is where the good, bad, and trivial encounters are kept hidden in a deposit box. The spirit of offense lies dormant in our heart only to reappear when someone or something triggers the memory bank.
Staying offended or living with regrets are poisonous substances to store in our tender and fragile heart. They are explosive and harmful to humans if they are disturbed. It can also cause permanent injury to the heart in the process. For health benefits let good sense prevail and keep offense and regrets away from your heart.
No one stands guarding their garbage bins that are placed outside their homes at nights. Your garbage bins are left exposed to all sorts of people driving and walking by and not one night will you ever see someone standing outside watching their garbage bins. Why? It’s GARBAGE! We don’t guard trash.
However, it will be irresponsible of you and I to leave our heart unguarded for thieves to break in and steal your dreams and aspirations.
Keep your heart warm and fuzzy because out of the overflow of your heart the mouth speaks. It’s healthy to overlook an offense without looking for revenge. The heart is where we connect with God and work together with people.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything INSTEAD pray about anything.”
When your heart is full choose to write things down and have a heart to heart grown up conversation with yourself. Do not become anxious about anything instead pray about everything. The bravest thing you will ever do is to step out of the box that your thoughts made for you. Look in the mirror and say to yourself – “Good grief, get over it! My heart is not a garbage bin.”
David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us that “the LORD sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” Everyone has an opinion, but God’s opinion is the only one that matters.
It’s PRAYER TIME: Father, above all else help me to guard my heart. Let everything thatflows out of it bea sweet aroma in Your nostrils. Let me live with limited regrets leaving a good legacy so those after me can benefit from my gift to theworld. Let me not be reckless in leaving my heart exposed to the evils I encounter day after day. Create a clean heart in me and daily renew my mind. In Jesus Name, Amen.
So many times, we try to ignore what our hurting heart is telling us as the old feels normal and it is less complicated than going into the unknown.
If you fail to find the courage to let go of the things that are no longer working because you believe it’s just too much work to do something different then the sadness will eventually take a toll on you.
Don’t live January 1973 to September 2020 – 47 times and call it a Life.
You have only three choices:
Every day is a new beginning. When morning BREAKS it introduces a NEW BEGINNING. It’s ANOTHER opportunity to take a leap of faith and trust God to teach you to fly.
If the roof of the house is leaking and no one is taking ownership to do repairs – the house will eventually cave in. (Ecclesiastes 10:18). Adultingmeans behaving maturely or acting like an adult. As grown ups someone must take the necessary steps to fix what’s not working. Small steps each day is better than sitting alone and complaining.
No matter how hard the past was, and maybe the present still doesn’t feel terrific – stay disciplined and be of good courage . Allow God to do what’s good in His sight, and for you.
Complaining about the misfortunes of life is like hitting your heard against a wall. Nothing changes except that your head is still hurting.
Stop now … no one can do this thing call LIFE without God. Stop running! Stop complaining! Choose God!
Psalms 56:3, 8 -9 the Psalmist David puts it this way: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. You know I am very upset. You know how much I have cried. Surely you have kept an account of all my tears.I know that when l call for help, my enemies will turn and run. I know that because God is with me!”
Psalms 127: 1-2 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
Prayer Time: Father, thank You for my new beginnings. It’s a new beginning where I will not eat the bread of anxiety and fear.Help me to stay disciplined and be of good courage and allow You to do what is good in Your judgment. You give your beloved children sleep. I will go to bed and sleep well at nights. In Jesus Name, Amen
Life changes when you decide to grow up and take responsibilities for your life. Sometimes, we just have to swallow our pride and correct the mistakes – it’s called growing up. When we stop making excuses or blaming others something magical happens – it’s called change.
Many times, we are not at all ready to handle some of the stuff that happens to us, but we need to be brave enough to heal ourselves even when it hurts. God is in the business of making all things new. His healing brings restoration beyond your understanding, no matter what storm you just walked out of. God built you to withstand all the hardships that life brings with it.
He will wipe away every tear from your eyes – no more crying, and no more pain. Trust God even when things don’t make sense. God didn’t ask you to make sense of all that has happened before you decide to ask for help. What we see is usually a limited version of the picture but what God sees is the whole picture.
Someone said, ‘WISE people live NOT by what they know BUT by what they DO with what they know.’
You are NOT stuck. Start with Jesus. Stay with Jesus. End with Jesus. When you say that something is built to last you mean that it won’t break soon after you buy it, or someone gives it to you. Well, YOU were built to last by the Master Creator Himself – GOD.
We all began life the exact same way. Out of the birthing canal into the cold-hearted world. Some depended on God for structure and stability – while others did life on their own. Both will throw a house-warming party and without warning the storms of life come, the winds blow, and the difficulties of life takes a toll putting one family at risk while the other one sleeps peacefully through it all.
God is not unfair – He sends the rain, storms, sunlight, sunrise, and sunsets to everyone. The difference is surrendering to God
Proverbs 3:5 – TRUST in the LORD with ALL your heart and lean NOT on your own understanding. In ALL your ways RECOGNIZE Him and He will SUPERVISE your paths.
Jude 1:24 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
PRAYER TIME: Father, the battles I face cannot be won without Your intervention. Let my heart never get cold and hard from pursuing Your ways. I know You have heard my prayers and seen my tears and You will heal me. I WILL TRUST YOU with ALL MY heart and I WILL NOT choose MY own understanding OF THE MATTERS. Thank You for making me tough to outlast whatever I may face today.