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In Matthew 6:9-13 we find the Model Prayer that Jesus taught. Today, I want to share it with you in the Message version.
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
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
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
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
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
Our key Scripture tells us that with temptation God will also make a way of escape. In this particular context the word temptation in the Greek means, "attempt, trial, testing, experience, proof; to try, tempt; temptation, trial, testing".
So what the writer is literally saying is that tests and trials are sure to come, not just in your life but in the life of everyone around you but we serve a faithful God that will give us a way out so we are able to deal with each trial we face.
Too many of us are overwhelmed by the things we might encounter each day. A house full of overactive children (or shoot maybe just one), mounting bills with no insight on how to pay them, trouble on your job, inconsiderate professors, unfavorable health diagnoses, hurt from people you love, feeling stuck in unhealthy and unhappy relationships this list could go on forever.
But we only become overwhelmed when we have not allowed ourselves to come and rest in Jesus. We become overwhelmed when we attempt to make our own ways of escape even when the Scripture tells us that He "will also make THE WAY of escape" so we can handle what we're dealing with. There is a way to deal with the struggles of today and that is through the way, the truth, and the life...Jesus Christ. If you are in your word you will get direction specific to your situation. If you are communicating with God through prayer you will get the answers specific to your situation. Go to Him first let Him show you the escape necessary to lighten your load.
The lyrics of one particular song continue to rise in my spirit. It's the Matt Maher's song I Need You, covered by Lauren Daigle. She sings, "Teach my song to rise to you. When temptation comes my way. When I cannot stand I'll fall on you. Cause Jesus you're my hope and stay."
Here's the prayer for today...Lord teach our spirits, souls, every portion of our being to rise to you whenever we face trials that would normally bring us down. When it feels like we cannot stand may we not fall into the trap of the enemy but onto you, the one who saved us, the one who intercedes for us, the one who loves us, the one who is consistent, and who our hope resides in. We release every burden to you. In Jesus' name, amen.
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 NKJV
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
If I could be honest, the last 16 hours of my life have been far less than stellar. Almost debilitating. It’s in moments like these that we must come to the throne room of our Heavenly Father and lay bare…naked before Him.
Our key Scripture for the day is one of my favorites. A couple of years ago I started using an activity called Cast Your Cares. Before starting our study we would write down everything bothering us, put it in an envelope, and cast them to Jesus so that we could properly receive Him that evening.
This activity is something that I have to constantly employ in my own life. Early this morning it was nothing different. I woke up from my very short sleep, short of breath because of the weight of my cares, teary eyed with the reality of life fighting against my faith, and just purely exhausted.
I pulled myself from bed and into a position to give my heart’s cries to my Father, the lover of my soul, my protector, my redeemer. I just so happened to write them out to Him because I couldn’t formulate the words any other way. This honesty with Him was something that had been lacking the last week as I tried to handle things myself and deal with these weights alone. As a result the words on my paper surprised me. The way I was feeling surprised me. The pain
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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