Every year in the United States on the first Monday in September, we celebrate Labor Day to acknowledge the fight for worker’s rights in the US. The Department of Labor shares that this holiday "constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." (Source: Department of Labor)
In the US people died by the government’s hand as they worked to protect their interests in big business by sending in the military against those who went on strike. The government was about the money while the workers were for fair practices. (Source: My mama [she’s a history teacher lol], Newsweek)
In the late 1800’s the average American worked 12-hours a day, seven days a week to make a living. Even kindergarten age kids were working these same hours in the coal mines and mills for lower wages. Can you imagine your 5-year-old child doing this today? I mean, I know 5-year-olds who throw tantrums because they have to color longer than they want
It's officially the first of September. A new month with new mercies, new opportunities, new revelations, and new or continued reasons to serve and praise.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Verses 2-8 show the types of seasons that all people go through as we walk this Jesus journey. I don't know what type of season you're going through right now, but I want to encourage you to stay close to the unchanging hand of God.
If you are up, remember His faithfulness and give Him glory (Deut 8:18). If you are down, remember His faithfulness and give Him glory. Share your experiences with Him and cast your cares on Him, mainly because
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
One morning as Jesus and the disciples walked, Peter noticed the fig tree Jesus cursed. He stated, Teacher look! Look at the tree you cursed withered away (v21).
In response, Jesus gave His disciples and us some valuable intel regarding pressing forward in spite of any roadblocks or challenges keeping us from being unproductive and unfruitful.
There is nothing that should stand before our faith in God!
How do I know? Look at what Jesus said in our key Scripture! He starts with a declaration:
Happy July! Happy Monday! Happy 4th of July!
Look, it’s a new month and a new day. Do you know what that means?
God’s brand new mercies are available to us! Let me tell you how I know.
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
- Lamentations 3:22-26 NKJV
Today and the rest of this month, I just want you to remember
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins."
Mark 2:22 NLT
So, yesterday I spent a majority of the evening packing up items for donation. I can admit that this task of letting things go is one that's a bit difficult for me.
If you ask people close to me, they would probably note me as having hoarder tendencies. I won’t go as far as to claim that, I’ll just say I overstock things on occasion lol.
Either way, the donation truck will be stopping by the house in a couple of days, and I wanted to have some good quality stuff for them to take with them.
My closet was overflowing with literally no room to put any of my new clothes that I wear most often. There's no reason that I should be fishing new and clean clothes out of baskets because there's no room in my closet. No reason at all!
As I emptied the shelves, my heart hurt a little bit. I thought, “What if I’ll be able to fit this stuff again” or, “What if I’ll need this?”
Hear me clear; I understand the importance of giving,
Some of us are extreme professionals when it comes to this ability to handle multiple functions, roles, and programs all at the same time. This is a skill. But it also comes at a cost.
I have had the pleasure of looking after my niece the past few weeks.
Sheesh, I just love her!
Last week, this little ball of love reminded her aunt to be present!
As I sat down to feed her, I brought my food with me as well as some writing that needed editing. I felt so accomplished as I balanced her bottle, my fork, and my editing pen until I glanced to check on her and noticed her wide eyes staring directly at me. When I made eye contact, she plastered the biggest grin on her face.
This smile automatically evoked a conviction to remain present with the one who mattered most at that moment. Yes, my tummy was excited about that meal, and I was in a groove with wanting to edit, but those things would be there.
Mariah won't always be a cuddly 3-month-old who desires my attention. She won't always be able to fit in my arms and allow me to feed her without biting my fingers off like my 2-year-old nephew or even my 19-year-old niece lol.
The moments that we have with the people right in front of us are important. We won’t get those moments back. I just want to remind you this week, to be present. Your social media timeline isn’t going anywhere. Your emails will be there when you refresh. DVR is a feature on your televisions for a reason.
Fifteen minutes of undivided attention with those that you are invested in (family, friends, business) can make a huge difference. In those moments with Mariah, I was able to experience God’s peace, His joy, and His rest.
When we are present, we find the very things we never knew we needed at the moment. We learn things about people we would have missed had our head been buried in our phone or our minds fixated on yesterday or what we are going to do next. We learn things about ourselves that will assist us in our next moments when we are aware of what is happening right in front of us.
Be present this week, and I pray in that present-focused mindset you find all the encouragement you need, the answers you've been seeking, and the peace, strength, and joy that are all promised to you by our loving Father.
Stay focused and have a blessed week!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2016-2017 All Rights Reserved
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
The answer to making it though this week is continued and perpetual praise.
Psalm 34:8-10 tells us:
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
So praise Him for provision in every area of your life, even if you can't see or feel it yet!
Praise Him for the provision of peace, joy, love, physical needs, direction, boldness, financial needs, favor with court and legal officials, healing, on your job, and any other thing you could ever think of!
God can! So praise! Even if it doesn’t look the way you want it to, PRAISE!
Even when you still feel the hurt or uncertainty, PRAISE!
PRAISE! Even if your boss and coworkers found your last nerve and are swinging on it to see who can fly the highest!
PRAISE! In the good and the bad! Not only because it will help you recenter and feel better, but because He is worth it!
We will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in our mouths!
Praise Him! And have a blessed week!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2017 All Rights Reserved
I believe that you are influential. I know that there are people that come to you for assistance with spiritual and emotional matters, and for help with daily needs. I also know that you have done a great job in helping them.
But if today, you are feeling a little resentful for it, or just a little weary in handling other people’s business while your business is being put aside at your detriment, I want to encourage you to release a little.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus shares,
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon
Last week as I prepared to teach Bible study there was one verse that stood out to me. I want to share it with you in hopes that you will employ it the remainder of this year and prayerfully your entire Jesus journey:
Matthew 8:13 MSG
Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could happen has happened.” At that moment his servant became well.
What you believed could happen has happened…
If you read verses 5-12, you will see that the centurion, or captain, came to Jesus because he knew that He could help him with his need. His belief led him to act off of a simple premise…Christ has authority to heal, so I'm going to ask Him to speak a word and heal my servant.
If we know God as a healer, a provider, a peace giver, a protector, or as anything else (because the list goes on), I want us to be confident enough to call on God for what we believe He can do.
Because of the captain's faith, he came to Jesus, made his requests known, and in return heard, "Go. What you believed could happen has happened."
Don’t you want to hear that same response? If you believe God can, why don’t you ask Him?
Try this out this week and let me know what happens =)
Just in case you need a little more encouragement, Jesus makes this promise somewhere else. He stated,
…whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
God can! Just ask Him!
With all my love,
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2016-2017 All Rights Reserved
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In Matthew 6:9-13 we find the Model Prayer that Jesus taught. Today, I want to share it with you in the Message version.
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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