Have you noticed all the construction going on lately? Maybe this is only around the areas I have to travel, but it seems like everywhere I turn, the roads are no more, sidewalks are huge ditches, detours rain in abundance, and delays last for miles and hours.
I've been talking to God about some of these things, and I want to share with you just a portion of what flowed from my pen as I wrote. I pray it encourages you on this rainy (in So Cal) morning!
When I look at all the detours, construction workers holding up their signs telling me to slow down or stop, and all the rerouted traffic in every direction, I can only acknowledge the obvious:
When we want to see God do new and beautiful things in our lives, many things have to get torn up a little bit
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!
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
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
Today I sat at the pond at a nearby park. Shortly after I arrived a family of four came and set up near me. The dad and his son who was probably no older than three pulled out a remote control battleship. He gave his son the control and watched as he steered it through the fountains and around the barrier of the pond. After about 5 mins the wind began blowing a little harder and the kids driving got a little more reckless.
I was in awe that a little one could guide a remote control boat so well that when he started ramming it into the walls it made me nervous. I'm like sheesh he's gonna break the dang thing. Most of the time I watched the boat but decided to look up at the kid and he seemed cool and collected as he banged that poor boat all over the place. I looked up at the dad thinking he would be wincing but nope, he was even cooler than the kid as he watched. Occasionally the boat would get stuck in a corner and the kid would just walk over to find it and his dad followed behind to release the boat and they continued on. I learned some things from this interaction...
1) Sometimes we start out smooth sailing and then winds hit without warning
Whether it's a threat to our physical health, a distraction, heartbreak, or loss, sometimes these things hit when it feels like life is finally going smooth. Life is not void of trials that's why the Bible speaks of them so often. But we must
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. I John 4:17-19 NKJV
Last night a heavy sense of fear fell over me. Like pure terror that the enemy would be able to take the missteps of my past, that God has already forgiven, and use them to take me completely out. Yes, I know better than to think that the devil could do this but it doesn’t mean that this wasn’t my reality in those moments.
You see this often happens to me when God gives me new direction or when God is redirecting me. (The enemy tends to use the same tricks…hey if he knows it works why change the game?) As God shares His love for me, what He desires for me to do with my ministry, my call, and my gifts I always have this sense of unworthiness. If I’m not careful to remind
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!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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