Happy July! Happy Monday! Happy 4th of July!
Look, it’s a new month and a new day. Do you know what that means?
God’s brand new mercies are available to us! Let me tell you how I know.
22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.
- Lamentations 3:22-26 NKJV
Today and the rest of this month, I just want you to remember
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
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
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
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
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
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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