The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV
A few months ago I watched my nephew Blake take his first steps. From crawling to pulling up they were all exciting moments as we watched him gain greater independence.
We constantly said, “he'll probably be walking next month” and while his trust in tables and couches grew, he had trouble taking more than 3 steps without tumbling to the ground. After falling he'd either crawl super fast to his destination or look up to us. In these instances we would say, “Yay!” and clap for him praising him for his few steps and encouraging him. In turn he'd get hype clap his hands and continue with his baby business.
Yesterday I watched my baby walk across the living room to me to get the donut I had in hand lol. We have similar motivations :)
I was in awe to see my baby wobble over to me looking like a little Frankenstein. But I was so excited. So pleased. So proud of him.
Our first steps are always the hardest. We let go of the edge in an attempt to walk into something or away from something and two steps out the gate, boom we hit the floor. Not all of us take this news well and we sulk and fall deeper into a hindering hole. But just like we screamed yay for baby Blake and clapped our hands I believe that's what our Heavenly Father is doing for us.
One step is all it takes to move us forward. We may fall, we may feel discouraged, and we might even walk down the wrong path but God is there to pick us back up and start us out again. Don't be afraid to let him be your couch or table as you learn to navigate these new legs!
Trust in Him enough to take those first steps. You know what they are and if you don't let Him guide you as Proverbs 3:5-6 suggests.
Be patient and obedient with your process pretty soon those steps will turn into a stride that won't be stopped.
Enjoy your day! God bless!
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Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6 NKJV
It's Sunday and most of us will be at church today. Many of us will hear this psalm read during our opening devotional period and clap and praise as the minister instructs us through repetition of this verse. Fair enough =)
I woke up with this verse in my Spirit as God reminded me that I always have a reason to praise Him. Not because someone is telling me to praise Him but because every moment of everyday God is ever-present in my life and He proves that with every breath that I take.
Acts 17:28 tells us that it's in Him that we live, move, and have our being. Without God we fail to exist or thrive. So no matter what you've been facing remember you always have a reason to praise.
Acknowledge Him for all He is doing in your life, for the things that are working, and even the lessons you're learning from all the things that aren't! As you do this your attitude will shift. God will be magnified and your problems will decrease in their weight on your heart! Will the problems disappear? Probably not but praising gives room for you to separate yourself from the issue and recognize it's not all bad!
I'm grateful for the breath you have in your body right now! Praise Him and watch the atmosphere around you shift!
Have a blessed day!
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Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
As I watch all of my family and friend’s children grow up I can’t help but to feel overwhelmingly…grown. I look at my 10 year old babies and I’m still in shock and awe that they can string together complete sentences.
(I do understand that it’s a good thing a 10 year old can speak in complete sentences)
In their first few years of life kids learn a ton! Like every moment is new and they have to figure out just about everything through trial and error. My nephew will be one in a couple weeks and I’ve been amazed at all of the new behaviors he has learned in just the last 3 days. Everyday he is doing something different. Everyday he builds on the knowledge he has already gained and amazes us with his little personality that is growing by the minute.
As I watched him play yesterday I thought, man what a difference a week makes. He looks different, he speaks
You've made great strides with God to get out of that relationship, in giving up that addiction, letting go of that thing that was hindering your walk with Him! It's starting to get a little easier. The struggle isn't as real as it was the day before. You see God working things out and you're feeling confident in Him and regaining your confidence in self! Awesome! To God be the glory! I'm ecstatic for you even if no one else is!
May I offer some advice to help you to continue on this walk?
1) Keep watch!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8 NKJV
Pay attention! We are always fair game and I don’t want you to get caught slippin! You know your triggers so if you can, stay away from them. If not put a plan in place for what you will do if the trigger is pulled! The enemy wants you but I'm declaring right now in the name of Jesus that he can't and won’t have you!
2) Take the escape!
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
If you find yourself in a place where what you've walked away from is presenting itself in tricky new ways or even
Last week I shared about some of the revelations I received on the bike path. If you haven’t already, you can read PART I now, matter of fact, I encourage you to so it makes more since ;) and now, we continue right where we left off…
7. Just because the path is straight and laid out for you doesn’t mean it will be smooth sailing
Don’t expect the straight road to be worry free! *sing with me* “Nobody told me, the road would be easy but I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.” So don’t be discouraged when it gets a little tricky or difficult!
We knew exactly where we were going, what to expect, and how long it would take but that didn’t make it easy. Sometimes it made it worse! Knowing the hills, or long stretches that take more work were coming up was very discouraging at times!
8. You have got to be kidding me with the detours!
You may think you know where you’re going until they set that big, bright orange detour sign out on you! You can respond in several ways: sit there and cry, ignore it and keep pedaling, or just go with the flow. Have you ever fussed with God because you were mad about how the route switched up?! Shhhhh, he knows what he is doing.
Be disobedient to the big signs that something on the journey needs to shift if you want to and you’ll be sure to run into trouble; All because you don’t want to travel off the road of
In The Bike Ride Home Part I, I talked about praising God for the downhill moments. It is just as important to praise him during difficult times! If you are already turned off please just read to the end… First off, it's showing God that we depend on him and that we can trust him no matter what. Secondly it helps us to take the focus off of our problems and instead of magnifying them, magnifying the one who is God over them. Is it always easy? Nope! Is it necessary? Yup!
We do it all the time just in different ways. Here's what I mean, say you experience a break up, rough day at work, fail an exam, or are dealing with betrayal. You will either sulk alone or find something to distract your thoughts. These coping mechanisms could be healthy or unhealthy: go out with your friends, catch a movie, exercise, find a rebound chick or dude that will likely end in a morning of regret, or get drunk or high. Hey, it happens. We find activities to do hoping they will minimize what we are going through. But when we get back home, sit still, or regain sobriety the same hurt or frustrations are
I’d like to start by saying I love my bike! Anyways, in the beginning of January a friend and I started riding on the bike path from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica, approximately 26/27 miles roundtrip.
The first time we cruised to Santa Monica in a little under two hours. Not so bad except for the fact we had to be back in Manhattan by 5pm. *Heavy sigh* we planned horribly! 5pm?! Yea, it was totally 3:45pm by the time we started heading back. Do you see the problem? So much for cruising home.
As we raced the clock and the sunset I had time to think. 1st thought—Why in the world did I work out before coming on this almost 30mile trek? The rest of my thoughts? Ok, since you asked:
The Holy Sprit is one of the greatest gifts received by believers of Christ. It’s a teacher, counselor, advocate, corrector, and can be a huge hug when you need one. As a corrector believers will often experience conviction that helps us to know when we are heading down a wrong road or about to make (or have already made) a wrong turn.
Sometimes conviction can be a difficult pill to swallow but it is a necessary part of our Salvation package. Without it we would only set ourselves apart from God. That is the opposite of being set apart for God’s use.
Conviction works immediately and should move one to repentance. If you continue to feel extreme guilt after you have repented (or turned from sin) that is coming from you not forgiving yourself or the enemy himself.
Understand this…the cross was enough! What Jesus did to save you, to wipe your sins away, to cause God to forget about all the yuck of yesterday, to cause God to see you without blemish, to cause God to hold not one fault over your head…it was enough.
There’s nothing else you can do to become more forgiven. Forgive yourself and rest in one of the benefits of Salvation: freedom from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
This past week I attended my god-baby's preschool graduation. Many people feel these culminating activities are a waste of breath and while I must admit, having to sit through them and every other graduation can be a task, I think it’s awesome they celebrate these little babies! I mean, why not celebrate a milestone?
Why not show a child they are on track to doing something greater that will not only benefit them but others? I was excited to support my little heartthrob on this occasion! He deserved the accolades because he worked hard and learned a lot during this school year. Just because he hasn't made it to, let's say doctoral status doesn't mean he doesn’t deserve recognition of this magnitude.
This brings me to us as adults. Just because you haven’t made it to the final destination in
The other day I decided to go to the beach to clear my mind and begin working on one of my projects. I spent a good 30mins listening to music and staring out at the water just admiring the peace and beauty of creation. Ok, and laughing at some of the foolish things people do on the shore. Comic relief is great for the soul. I was in an even better space than hours prior and expected nothing more from the interaction between the beach and I. But then I saw them, gangsta pelicans fighting over something in the water…
Pelicans freak me out. Why are they so huge? I usually keep my distance because I don’t trust them so of course them acting up on the water grabbed my attention. A few seconds later I saw three awesome dolphins jumping through the water having what seemed like the greatest time ever. I cannot describe the excitement that I felt on the inside! As many times as I have been to the beach or been on boats I have never seen dolphins up close in their natural environment.
For me the three dolphins represented freedom and served as a reminder that when I am
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I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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