Good morning, afternoon, or evening child of God! If getting your day started was a press this morning or maybe you were feeling a little blah may I remind you of Psalm 118:24...
This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Regardless of what is looming over you this week you can find relief, peace, joy, and strength in your praise!
On top of that, I want to give you 3 tips to help you get through this week!
1) Press past what you feel
This will be the longest point for the day ;)
Negative feelings can keep us stuck places way longer than we have to be. I don’t know how many times I have to remind myself and us that our feelings are fickle! Even if they are persistently consistent. They may be valid but we cannot base our willingness to move forward on how we feel in this moment.
Have you ever been so exhausted you just know there is no way to get out the bed and actually function properly? Yet, as soon as you get up, wash your face, get your devotion time in, or get your morning coffee something shifts and it's a little more doable?
We have to press!
What we know to be true and what we feel at the moment are constantly at odds.
We might know this is the day that the Lord has made and to rejoice in it but we also might have things
And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
Oftentimes we are completely unaware or avoid the cracks, faults, or empty voids in our life that leave us susceptible to the attacks of the enemy. That’s why there are times we look up and wonder, “How the hell did I get here?” A majority of the time we do not become aware of these places in our hearts, minds, and in our lives until a storm rolls in and changes up everything.
Last week, there were men walking on the roof of my house. A bit random for me I must admit until I realized their purpose. The Homeowners Association sent them to do an inspection and with perfect timing because we got some pretty heavy rains last week! I mean especially for Southern California!
Seek peace and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14b
This morning as I was doing my devotion I found that my mind was all over the place. I had difficulty controlling my thoughts and even after praying it seemed like they were still taking over. That was discouraging in itself! I mean why weren’t my prayers working!? (SN: Just because I didn’t see immediate results didn’t mean they weren’t working—God’s word is true and says that He will do anything we ask in His name (John 14). Don’t forget to rest on that, even if we don’t see that thang happen right, right now) The lies that were attempting to infiltrate my entire being almost made me feel like I needed to put down my reading for a minute and come back to it later but I was reminded by the spirit to keep pressing through. I needed what was in that text! (Hence the enemy’s strong attempts to keep me away from it since the night before)
As I read, God began to answer many of the prayers I have prayed over the last couple months. He continued to encourage me and was even able to counter many of the thoughts that were rushing through my mind. Sure, I could have taken greater authority over the thoughts and rebuked them but honestly in the moment that’s not what I did. Because I didn’t hear these thoughts quieted quick enough I became frustrated with them, I wasn’t able to think clearly, and was becoming overwhelmed.
But what God showed me today is that in everything, I will have to press through the negative thoughts in order to get what I need. Seek peace and pursue it! In order to get to a better mind space, in order to have a productive day, in
22 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.
Last week I was talking to a friend about some things that were not going right. In the moment, I was aggravated but doing my best to be patient because if I threw my laptop across the room I would deeply regret it! I encouraged myself by stating the importance of patience and waiting for God’s perfect timing and taking deep breaths. It was actually working but my friend text me back and said, “take authority over it”. I quickly text back, “you’re right!” It never occurred to me to pray about the situation. So I sat there in Starbucks and made my declarations known, in Jesus’ name. And what do you know? That thing that took me two hours of fooling with at two different locations finally decided to act right. Like literally 20 seconds and it was done.
Her words stayed with me the rest of that day and when I woke up Friday morning, “you can move mountains” was in my spirit so, I automatically went to our key verse and was encouraged more than ever! I know the devil is livid because I haven’t been able to stop walking like a giant ever since lol. When I was reminded of this authority I started calling out the big stuff and when I tell you that mess was moving?????? Ha! You can’t tell me the God we serve isn’t real and that prayer doesn’t work. So I want to share this with you! We all need a reminder of the authority we hold being God’s children.
Do you understand the authority we have been given through Christ? I mean do you really? Because if you did, if I
Good morning beautiful people! I pray that you have had a blessed week so far. Today I wanted to share a little bit with you from last night’s Bible Study at church. For the last several weeks we have been discovering all that the Kingdom of God entails and how to seek out the kingdom of God to reduce anxiety and stress in our lives. It has been a blessing.
Last night we continued to discuss how we are an extension of the kingdom of God. With this we know that God trusts us to get to know Him and serve Him loyally (1 Chronicles 28:9) but what happens when serving becomes draining and even causes one to feel brokenhearted? The bible tells us to not grow weary in well doing, but how?! (Galatians 6:9) In this Bible study class we used an example from one of our members and touched
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
Last week when I was reading these verses I couldn’t help but to think how the promises made in this Scripture are constantly met but God showed me why some of us, well…why I have yet to walk into many of the physical manifestations of these promise and I want to share with you.
There were three words that stuck out to me during this reading: everyone, he, and him.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Many of us are more than willing to ask God for provision, for Him to give us answers, for Him to show us our next move, for Him to lead us, for Him to forgive and deliver us, for Him to do all of these things for us but not everyone is willing to respond
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 NKJV
In this season of my life one of the greatest lessons I have been taught have been on grace and humility. It has taught me to become less critical of others but it has also taught me that there is a thin line between that and compromise. That’s a whole different post. This morning verse three (our key verse) stood out to me because of how important introspection is. I’ve always been good at finding my faults and beating myself over the head with them. A pro actually! But at this point in my life I am learning to sit with God, look at my planks, hand them over to Him, and see how I can rid of them, and help others after I do without the shaming.
There is much that needs to happen as far as introspection goes. It doesn’t mean that I can’t see or discern when others
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
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fall into something but when it’s time to climb out it’s like the most hellish experience ever? Like something that literally took you 4 seconds to get into can leave you spending the next 60 years fixing! This can be with anything…loving someone, becoming addicted to something, making a poor business decision, shoot making any poor life decisions.
The Bible does say obedience is better than sacrifice and I thought I learned this lesson lol but I still find myself looking back at my own life thinking, “Jesus, when will I learn to be obedient so I don’t have to deal with the challenge of climbing out of all these painful pits!?” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Family, we have got to learn to watch our steps! We are literally walking straight into pits of addiction, despair, bondage, confusion, depression, anxiety, etc and getting stuck there! The problem most of us are facing is that we are
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!
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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
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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