Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
This week I’ve been hypersensitive to the things people have said to me whether jokingly or with more serious intent. A lot of those things were positive but even more of them have been negative, speaking ill over both my future and my present state of being. For the more hurtful words I would become silent or fall into my feelings and pout a little. But there were moments that I would say, “I know right” receiving those words into my spirit and even laughing about it.
Yesterday God reminded me that I don’t have to, and shouldn’t, receive any negative word spoken about me whether it’s to my face or said behind my back. I immediately thought about Steve Urkel (from Family Matters) and his line, “I don’t have to take this, I’m going home”.
It reminded me that I still have the ability to speak life over myself and that anytime I am feeling like these negative statements are overwhelming me I can go back to my home base! Home Base = God and the Word that He has given me that reminds me of who I am in Him, the promises He has made, what I need to stay away from, what I was made for and what I wasn’t made for, and what kind of blessings I can speak over my life.
I don’t care what anyone has said about you, has wished upon you or your family/friends, or has spoken over your lives IF it doesn’t line up with the word of God and what He has been telling you in your quiet time with Him…THEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO RECEIVE IT!
Don’t dwell on those negative words (or eat the fruits of those words) or you will start to believe them and you will see them manifest in your life. Do yourself a favor and switch your thoughts to reflect the thoughts of Philippians 4:8 all while you speak life over yourself.
Open up your mouth and speak the word! You are blessed, you are victorious, you are a conqueror and will make it, you are healed, you are redeemed and forgiven, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are worth more, you are royalty, you were made for a time such as this, every task you have been given God will help you to complete, your are the righteousness of God!
Know who you are and have a blessed day child of God!
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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
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NKJV
Upon opening your eyes was your first thought, “I have so much to do today”? I know mine was. The thought of all I have to accomplish today mixed with my lack of desire and low expectations of others pulling their weight made me feel instantly exhausted and weighed down. I thought about my long list of to dos created the night before and pulled my covers over my head and dread for the day slowly crept in.
As I laid their unable to force myself back to sleep I realized that this was a horrible way for a child of God to start their day. I noticed that I was planning to be like Martha with much serving but needed to purpose myself to be like Mary and sit at the feet of Jesus for a moment and get my attitude together!
So here are a few attitude shifts I needed to make to ensure that I do what I can to get the best out of my day!
1. Praise God
I didn't speak to the One who gave me life. Instead I allowed my thoughts to go straight into negativity mode. Acts 17:28 says, that it's in Him that we live, move, and have our being. The fact I woke up without an alarm, able to think,
As we close out the week on this topic of consecration and me removing many of my distractions, namely social networks, I’ve come to one major conclusion. I waste so much time. Oh my God, I waste so much time. I am also a pro at filling the time I gained from removing one distraction with something equally distracting. For instance, clearing out the DVR after watching almost everything on it.
Time management has always been a challenge of mine. I was that college/graduate student who was accustomed to all nighters to start and finish 25 page papers and huge projects. I know I’m not alone but I also know this isn’t what God wants for us, for me.
Focusing on the distractions keeping me from devoting my time to God and to my work was actually a really cool thing to do. I have soooo many things that I do that are a complete waste of time. What doesn’t help is that even though I have plenty of brothers and sisters I learned early how to keep myself entertained as if I was an only child.
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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