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Meredith Porter has been working on her job for 4 months. She has always felt unqualified for the job and for that reason insecure in her abilities. However, she is starting to get into the flow of operations. Her office is a door away from Megan whom she’s become very close with. She is able to vent when necessary and receive help when she doesn’t want to bother the director, Mr. Grant.
Mr. Grant calls Meredith in for a meeting. She immediately rises from her desk and walks into his office. He sits behind a tall mahogany desk typing at his computer. He waves her in without refocusing his attention.
“Have a seat Ms. Porter”, he said finally looking from his computer screen. “Meredith, I need you to takeover the development team for the Community Social Project. We need new energy to pull it out of the slump it‘s in. It’s going to take a lot of work. You’re going to have to boost the morale of the existing team members as well. They are feeling defeated by all the recent loss and change. You can handle it though. Sue will have the details on your desk before lunch.”
Meredith thought, “how in the hell am I supposed to lead this team that has been established for years? How could he
Today’s post is for the person who is going through something internally. They have been doing a good job hiding the pain and/or emotions but they’re about ready to blow up on the next person who comes at them with anything that is not positive…
We all do it, smile on the outside while we deal with all kind of issues on the inside. You can only put on this front for so long before you start wishing you could throw everyone and their problems off a cliff and find someone who can be there for you.
One of the best things you can do for yourself in these overwhelming moments is take some time out for yourself. Spend some time reflecting on why your inner man and outer appearance aren’t matching. Sometimes you just have to be honest with certain people and let them know where you are. We have this false perception that we are super human and should be able to tend to the needs of everyone and our own 24/7. We can try, but it won’t last long and something/someone will suffer. Usually that someone is the very person trying to extend themselves so that others are happy—I’m talking about you.
People see what you let them see. If you don’t show that something is wrong, most people aren’t going to sense it. I’m not saying that you have to go out and tell the world you’re in a bad space but you do have permission to take some time for yourself and God. Let God speak to you and deal with those icky matters of the heart. You deserve to be ministered to as well! Moments of solitude and Sabbath days are necessary to avoid burn out and to pull yourself into a better space so that you can be of some good in all you do!
You have a close friend/mentor right? Let them know how you are feeling. Share that you need prayer, a hug, time away, a small break, tell them that you want to bash a head or two in, be honest and get all that stuff out. Then pray together and respond accordingly.
Vulnerability can lead to our greatest breakthroughs and most awesome moments of peace! Try it out. You deserve to let the feelings on the inside match the smile on the outside!
See you tomorrow? Awesome!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
“Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another.” Romans 14:13
How many times have we heard that someone is always watching us? It’s a fact and an important one that is easily forgotten. So my question…how are you reppin you? And more importantly, how are you reppin Christ? Have you mastered the ability to be accountable and practice self-control? Do you even practice?
This is something that all adults saved or not should be practicing. As children of God with a mandate on our lives to share the gospel of Christ to unbelievers, accountability and self-control must be learned and applied! Since Christians are watched under this microscope of false perfection it’s imperative. Not for us to be perfect (because we’re not) but for us to strive to control our emotions and our actions so that they work out for the greater good of everyone around us as well as the kingdom of God.
Too many seasoned saints are relying on grace instead of growing up and learning to practice a balanced state of self-control and restraint. We are surrounding ourselves around too many people that support our foolishness making
You’re not the first to look out this peephole. Seriously, you’re not. While every situation is not identical there are people who have experienced something similar to what you are going through. Take advantage of this! You don’t have to figure it all out on your own.
One blessing is having people in our lives that are older and wiser than us that can give us life lessons regarding certain challenges, issues, trials, etc. If you don’t have one please stop what you’re doing and pray for one right, right, now and that they be perfect for what you need in this season! We don’t always have to make every mistake ourselves we can learn from those who’ve been there done that. We don’t always have to figure things out on our own. Why reinvent the wheel when there is someone that may be willing to help us navigate?
Why should we take advice?
Besides what I mentioned above? Let me introduce you to Proverbs 11:14 NRSV
“Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
You can go ahead and replace the word “nation” with your name or whatever corresponds to your situation. By counselors the text does not mean any old person but someone with godly wisdom. A lot of us have unbelievers as mentors, I honestly don’t see anything wrong with that but let’s get a balance in there. Try reading Psalm 1:1-6 and get a better idea of what a wise counselor would look like.
You know it’s our duty?
One of our duties as children of God is to build each other up by not letting each other fall.
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:11
That means speak nicely to people, especially if you see them going down the wrong road or going through. Build them up through word, prayer, kind words, through sharing your testimony, and by giving advice if warranted. If you have experience about something and are led to share then share. And to the recipient, you always have the choice whether to accept the advice or not but try to be open to their sharing.
I am aware that many of us won’t accept advice from others because they lack credibility, mostly due to the way they represent themselves or Christ…hmmm let’s talk a little bit about this tomorrow in How are you reppin you? As far as today goes…use the people around you. Not to pull them down but to mutually build one another up so that we can go higher into who we were meant to be and higher in Christ. We don’t have to go it alone!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Back in June I shared a blog titled, That Peephole Vision with you. This week, I want to continue with that conversation. So the next few days, I’ll be sharing devotions that stem from that particular post. Please go back and read it if you desire =)
I believe that we all have peepholes that allow us to see our surroundings and what’s on the other side of the various doors in our lives. Even though God does not let us in on every single detail of the what, how’s, whys, and when’s He does have an awesome habit of revealing vital information to us when necessary.
We have this spiritual peephole that we don’t utilize like we should. We are often blinded not because God is trying to be secretive but because we are not putting ourselves in
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Press! Not just because it sounds nice but because in order to make it to your next point you are going to have to!
1. Press- Act with steadily applied weight or force
We will have to steadily fight to get past what is in our way. Since there will always be some type of opposition make your prayer “Lord, give me strength to continue pressing on this journey in Jesus’ name, amen.”
2. Press- To hold closely as in an embrace, clasp
Press closer to God. Embrace the promises, His word, and His love during this time and always!
3. Press- Compress or squeeze as to alter in size or shape
We may have to alter some stuff to fit where we are going. Could be our schedules, outlook, etc. You may also feel like you are being crushed like a ball of clay but all I can say is let the potter do His work. No matter how uncomfortable, let Him work out all of the cracks and damages so that you are good as new when you get to your next destination. (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
4. Press- To extract juice, sugar from by pressure
Just like we may feel we are being crushed like clay you could be feeling squeezed like a lemon. Let Him do it. Let Him squeeze out all the things that need to be extracted. All the negative thoughts and things that are within us and around us need to be removed so we can perform optimally at our next destination.
Your call is great! You press to embrace His goodness and promises while He presses to make you an even awesomer you! You can handle it! You can! Now go get yo stuff!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV
I believe that I am one of the greatest packers of all time. Now this has nothing to do with packing lightly but I guarantee you I will have everything I need and everything I don't. I hate being unprepared. I hate getting somewhere and not having something that I need. This causes me to have 2 and 3 bags when I'm literally going 10miles away. Oh bag lady Mel, maybe you aren't the greatest packer of all time =/
This morning when I woke up the first thought was, “I need to start packing a little lighter.” Every time I go somewhere I'm weighed down with the worries of what I might need. When I leave the house with just a purse I'm anxious because what if I have downtime and can get work done or what if I need a change of clothes? Issues I know.
But God showed me that a lot of us are mentally, emotionally, and physically packing all this stuff that we don't need as we walk out the house everyday. We are packing guilt, pain, fear, and confusion and placing it on our backs causing
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 NKJV
Heartbreak, extreme debt, financial issues, loss of a loved one, loss period, bad health diagnoses, bodily harm, assaults, abuse are just a few of the things that happen in our lives that cause us to feel as though we are suffering. Pain, aching, excruciating moments whether mentally, spiritually, physically, or all three make it easy to look up and say, “God, why me? Why us? Why?”
While I believe that God doesn’t plan to harm us I do believe that He always has a plan to bring us back to a desired calm (Jeremiah 29:11). Whether it’s life’s choices (of self or others) that have brought you to this place of suffering or life challenges that you can’t explain, God has made us a promise…That after we suffer a little while He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. We serve a God that can take anything and flip it so it works for the good of all. The word says, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
You child of God are purposed, God knows you love Him, and He will turn this suffering into something that will
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 NKJV
It’s late afternoon and I’m just getting to my laptop. Judging by the way I felt when I woke up this morning I knew the one mandatory thing I needed to do today was lay at the Master’s feet. There was no way around it. I was reminded of how important it is to spend real honest time in Him to be restored, renewed, refreshed, redirected, and have some goals redefined.
We all have seasons of our lives where we are consistent with our quiet time with God. Then there are others where we allow distractions to pull us away from the consistency. While I was still in my word I hadn’t spent time with God the way I’m accustomed to and whenever an intimate relationship switches up you definitely feel the difference.
One of the first things I told God was that I apologize for it taking so much for me to be drawn back to Him. What I meant by “so much” was all the things causing stress and exhaustion were given too much power and pulling me from
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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