Don’t you hate when you’re giving your all to help someone or complete a project with others, and it feels like you’re working 10x harder than them? You feel like you’re about to burn out, and it feels like they are on some mental island vacationing.
You might think, “I’m going to stop caring more about their “thing,” than they do.” Or, “if they don’t care, or aren’t showing up, then I’m not either.”
And that’s all fine and well UNLESS God has called you to that person, place, or thing to do something specific. If this is the case, you don’t get to decrease your commitment, I’m sorry.
The Bible says, whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)
This means, if you’re decreasing your commitment or the way that you have been asked to serve in this particular area, you are reacting towards God, not the person, place, or thing.
We cannot allow other people’s commitment to affect ours!
Sure, it can be exhausting, but you must remember to rely on God’s strength. In His strength, we will find rest and relief.
Sure, it can be frustrating, but you have to remember you’re doing the work of the Lord, and I’m sure Jesus was frustrated many of days. You’re in good company!
There is a reward on the other side of all of this. Some of them will be immediate, and others will take more time to
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:9-13
I was so excited by our Sunday school lesson yesterday that I wanted to share some of it with you today! So many of us are seeking out ways to enhance our physical lives, extend our lives, and even live our lives. We find ourselves spending thousands of dollars on products yearly to not be satisfied at the end of the day. How do I know we aren’t satisfied? Well, we keep spending, we keep wanting and feeling that we need more, the chase for physical satisfaction never stops. We work hard just so we can get more of the stuff that makes us feel like we are living.
We work to find life when Salvation is free and already ours! The gift was paid for by Christ at a hefty price so we
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
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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Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 NKJV
It’s late afternoon and I’m just getting to my laptop. Judging by the way I felt when I woke up this morning I knew the one mandatory thing I needed to do today was lay at the Master’s feet. There was no way around it. I was reminded of how important it is to spend real honest time in Him to be restored, renewed, refreshed, redirected, and have some goals redefined.
We all have seasons of our lives where we are consistent with our quiet time with God. Then there are others where we allow distractions to pull us away from the consistency. While I was still in my word I hadn’t spent time with God the way I’m accustomed to and whenever an intimate relationship switches up you definitely feel the difference.
One of the first things I told God was that I apologize for it taking so much for me to be drawn back to Him. What I meant by “so much” was all the things causing stress and exhaustion were given too much power and pulling me from
This blog was initially written on October 21, 2011…It's amazing to see the growth that has taken place since this time and places where growth still needs to occur…I pray that this post will bless you as it blessed people on my first blog www.TruthThruTruth.com
Have a great day!
Martin and Miranda were together for a little over 4 years. At the 4-year mark the two engaged in another serious conversation regarding their future. Martin was very open about his feelings for Miranda including his concerns and fears. He let her know that while he wanted to be with her he didn’t know when he would be ready to marry her, if ever. He asked that she would keep the conversation between them so they could figure it out together.
This hurt Miranda to the core. She wasn’t so open about this with him, not wanting to bug, she forced a smile and nodded to him in approval. He knew something wasn’t right with her response but did not force her to share.
Although they agreed the conversation would stay between them, the emotions and insecurities Miranda felt were new and were getting the best of her. Martin’s aim was not to wreck her world.
He only wanted to be open and honest about his feelings. He asked for that conversation to stay between them, but she feared communicating with him, losing him, losing them, and even feared staying with him.
The very next morning, Miranda called her best friend to get an opinion, her mom for advice, her brother to get an understanding from a man’s point of view, her best guy friend to hear from another man’s point of view, and a co worker, just to vent.
By the time she was finished hearing all their opinions she was completely confused, not knowing whether to leave him or stay. Even when Martin spoke to her she didn’t hear him clearly. She twisted all of his words to sound like
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-24 NKJV
Last night our church hosted the final night worship service of our Summer Nights Worship Series. The entire summer has been a blessing for me watching God manifest Himself in so many different ways. Last night made a lasting impact on me for several reasons but I wanted to share a little of what I shared last night with you all today. I hope it will encourage you a little or a lotta bit =)
What we have learned or been reminded of during this entire series is what worship is. Worship is simply thanking God for who He is. It’s that relational piece that focuses on who we know Him to be to us and to those that we love. We are able to use every moment of our lives to thank God for Him being a healer, protector, provider, keeper, mind regulator, fair judge, shield, and lover of our souls…We worship Him because He is able, reliable, long lasting, consistent, and a miracle worker even in the nastiest of situations. He is Sovereign and in His providential care He can do all things giving us the ability to do all things through Him.
I believe the ultimate act of worship is when we allow God to be who He says He is to us! To be exactly what we need Him to be in the very moment that we are in. The issue that we face as humans is that we think we need something
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
Last night in my Bible study class we ventured into the realm of real life application for one of our members. She is dealing with something that is causing her unrest in her spirit and although we discussed several things I wanted to share one particular part with you all today using our key Scripture for today as a basis.
Whenever we are going through anything that is causing strain in our lives 1 Corinthians 10:13 should be a source of comfort. Whenever temptation hits our personal worlds this Scripture should give us hope! In this context, the word
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In part one I let you in on my whole churro fiasco. Yes fiasco! The first thing I recognized or was reminded of is that I may not get every detail, but God does warn me about what is to come. It is up to me if I want to better prepare myself for whatever it is. Prep includes: prayer, fasting, reading the word, praising, listening etc.
So what do we do?
What did I do? I turned to my mommy sad and a little moded and stated, “mommy the cart is gone”. She tried to console me but it didn’t work. I wanted to complain! She pointed to other churro carts as we walked, but I refused. Too stubborn to try something new because I wasn’t getting my way. Every time we passed a churro cart mommy would point it out and I refused. Her response “Mel they sell the same thing”. But I didn’t care. I refused the carts so many times that they began to become scarce and when I was finally ready to break down and get one I couldn’t find another one that was open.
I was so stubborn about the change that I was missing out on several open doors to try something new. I attempted to stay in something so long that the resources just dried on up! This didn’t just affect me, but the people I was with. They wanted a churro too but didn’t stop because I wouldn’t. You being disobedient to the change that God is trying
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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