We forget how great our God is, especially when going through a difficult situation. We as Christians need to remember the promises written in the Bible that have been given to us. God is not a man that He should lie nor does He give promises that He doesn’t keep. He promised Abraham descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the beach. Even though he never lived to see them all, the promise was fulfilled. I want to share with you 10 verses that speak on His promises to us and I pray that it will be an encouragement to you.
I hope that you can stand on His promises today and continue to trust in Him. Without Christ, we accomplish far less that we could ever hope for. With Him, our possibilities are BOUNDLESS! We just need to have faith and do His will for His glory.
Changing the way you think has a great effect on how you approach anything in life. For example, this morning, you may have awaken with a sense of dread knowing that you had to go into work. You may deal with others that you do not necessarily care to be around or having to work for someone who may be inconsiderate. There are many reasons as to why you feel the way you do but I am here to tell you that it can change and you don’t have to continue to feel this way, in spite of your situation.
Prayer changes any situation, it changes you and the way that you think and approach obstacles in life. It will change your mindset. Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of believers and when used consistently and efficiently, will see changes within themselves and their surroundings. Start off your day in prayer and see what can happen!
When life seems to get you down and you don’t know what to do next, take courage. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (KJV, my emphasis)
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“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
There are times in life that we all get tired: tired of trying to make a business grow, tired of dealing with a sickness, tired of raising a difficult child, tired of living lonely, waiting to meet the right person.We can even be doing what we love, living in the house of our dreams, raising great children, or working at a good job, but if we’re not careful, we can lose our passion and allow weariness to set in.The problem is if you allow yourself to become weary, you’ll be tempted to quit: to quit growing, quit standing for that wayward child, quit believing to get healthy and whole, or quit pursuing your goals and dreams.
That’s why you have to wait upon the Lord and hope in Him. Don’t give up when victory is right around the corner. God promises He will renew your strength. As you thank God for fighting your battles, you will be able to run and not get weary, you’ll walk and not faint. You’re not going to drag through life defeated, depressed, and under the circumstances. You’re going to soar through life on wings like eagles, overcoming every obstacle, defeating every enemy and accomplishing every God-given dream.
On days like today, where I have to run errands, can get pretty stressful. Not a bad stress but a good one. The kids have a blast because they love taking the bus and get to see new things. I get some time to knit as well to pass the time. Today though was a bit different. On the way to Walmart, I noticed two men and an older woman looking out of one of the bus windows. All I can hear was, “He’s not moving, he’s not moving”. So I lean forward and look out the corner of the back window and there is this man passed out on the ground next to a bus stop with his shopping bag next to him and his cane laying askew. Now I knew for a fact that two of the three people watching had a cell phone with them. One of the men kept saying, “No one is stopping to help him. They are just leaving him there”. So I think, he could have easily called 911 instead of talking about it. (Which is true.) I put down my knitting and called 911. I let them know what had happened and I let them know that I was on the bus and happened to see. Didn’t take longer than 3 or 4 minutes. I prayed that I wasn’t the only one that called because the road that I was traveling on is a pretty busy street and it wasn’t like the man was hidden out of the way. He was blocking the sidewalk. My concern was, just as the other man stated, no one had even stopped to see if he was alright. The bus stop was next to a large intersection and in front of a gas station. Someone had to have seen him!
It reminded me of NY where people would ignore the homeless that were on the street. It was a sad situation. I can only speculate as to why the man was on the ground. He had shopping bags with him and at the time, it wasn’t too hot and it was breezy. He could have had low blood sugar or could have been in an altercation…I don’t know. I just hope that he is alright. I don’t even know if I can call back and find out if they had picked him up or if he was still there by the time the ambulance got there. I’ll keep this anonymous man in my prayers because that is all that I can really do. It is times like these that I wonder about humanity. I wonder, what is so hard to take time out and help a fellow man? I’m not mad or anything, just concerned.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? I would like to hear your thoughts.
I don’t know what it is about moving but it is a process that I do not like to do. I think it has to do with me moving more times than I can count…mainly in my military career. This time, I have no idea where I am going but I am getting ready and getting things packed. Weird huh? Yeah I know but this process has taught me a lot about waiting on the Lord.
There are seasons in our lives where we are waiting for things to happen, things that are not within our control, and most of the time people take the waiting literally. They will sit and do nothing and when the time comes for them to act, they are ill prepared. When we wait on the Lord, we are not supposed to sit there and wait for the proverbial “poof”. We are supposed to be doing whatever it takes to move forward and to better ourselves.
For example, I enrolled in a program that helps veterans find affordable housing last month. Right now I am waiting for them to call me back but in the mean time I am packing my things and getting ready to move. I can find a place next week or even next month but either way, I will be ready to move. That is the way that we need to be in our Christian walk. If the Lord tells you that he wants you to travel the world and become a missionary, you don’t wait until the Lord makes the opportunity available, you get everything you need in order to travel. You may not know what country you are going to but if you don’t have a passport, you can apply for one. You can do research and speak to other missionaries and see what the process is to become a missionary. By the time the Lord has paved the way for you to go to your first country, there isn’t anything holding you back. All you have to do is jump on the plane!
This is the attitude we need to have in everything we do. Be prepared, be ready. You have no idea what the Lord has in store for you. It could be his plan to do nothing just so he can see what you will do. Who knows? All I am saying is be ready for the pop quizzes in life. Don’t be that one who isn’t prepared.
To go where you have not gone…you must do what you have not done. -Marvin Sapp
Sometimes we go about life approaching situations the same way each time, no deviation from the plan….going by the numbers. We then wonder why we have not accomplished anything greater than the “norm”. In order to get away from the “norm” we need to step out of our comfort zone and do what we have not done before. There is a fear of the unknown which prevents us from stepping out and it is that same fear that hinders any type of forward progression. Don’t let fear get in the way of where you need to be. Have faith and take that step to do what you have not done before to lead you where you have never been.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
– 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
What changes can you make today outside of your “norm” that can lead you to places you have never been?
Here is something that will help you through the day. I know not everyone got the day off today.
This Too Shall Pass
If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-
Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.
Helen Steiner Rice
I know that this has been circling the internet for some time now but if you haven’t seen it as yet, save it, print it out and keep it handy!
Handy Reference List of Emergency Phone Numbers
When you feel down and out……………………..call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest…………………..call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God………….call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance……………..call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel…………call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish……….call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task……………….call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns……..call Mark 10
If you are depressed………………………………..call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty………………………..call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people……………..call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind………………………………..call John 15
If discouraged about your work…………………….call Psalm 126
If self pride/greatness takes hold…………………..call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful…………………………….call John 15
For understanding of Christianity……………………call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity…………………..call Isaiah 55
For how to get along with fellow men………………call Romans 12
For Paul’s secret to happiness………………………call Colossians 3:12-17
For dealing with fear……………..call Psalm 34:7
For security………………………..call Psalm 121:3
For assurance……………………..call Mark8:35
For reassurance……………………call Psalm 145:18
PLEASE NOTE: Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day! Feed your FAITH, and DOUBT will starve to death!
If you are looking for more inspirational poems check out this space here. It’s got some oldies and some goodies. You can send emails to your friends from that site as well. Give someone else a pick me up today.
Another note: Remember, today is the last day to wear white or white pants. (I am a bit confused on that one) If I see you on the street in white pants after today, you’re getting a pinch! You’ve been warned! lol!
Be safe and have a great day!
As I have looked over my life and see what I have done, I can truly say that it is because of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ why I am here today. There have been times in my life that I have almost died but I am still here. I been through the highs and the lows and I am still here. Even when I walked away from God and lived my life the way I saw fit, he was still watching over me and was taking care of me. The Lord has a purpose for my life and the lives of my family, this I know and believe with every fiber of my being. It is hard for someone who has no belief in God, to comprehend what I am saying but I pray that by the time that I am done, you will have a better understanding as to where I am coming from.
Everyone wants to be successful in the world. Everyone. This is the reason why in this country we have immigrants risk their lives and the lives of their family to come to the United States. They are offered more opportunities here than they would in their home country. This is the same reason why my father came to the U.S., ahead of my mother and I, to pave the way and get himself established so that he could send for us. A lot of people that come here do make a better life for themselves. Is it according to what society deems being successful is? No, but they are in a better position than they were before. They may not be rich but they have hope.
I have heard people say that believing in God is a “poor man’s religion”. I see what they are saying but I will say this in return. Do you know how much more successful you would be if you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you realize that if you put a tenth of the effort in ALL that you do and give it all to Jesus, that he would bless you more than you can imagine? Do you realize? I don’t think so. They say that it is a “poor man’s religion” because they need “faith” to get them through. They need to “believe in something” in order for them to be happy and not be disgruntled all the time. Well this may be so, it is because of their faith the Lord has kept them. It is because of their faith they know that they can call on the Lord for help.
Where the ball gets dropped, in most cases, is the part that unbelievers cannot accept is the surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ, a man they cannot see. Why should I give up everything and follow Christ? Because he gave his life for you and me. He laid down his life so that we, as Gentile (non-Jew), could be grafted into the vine of life and have entrance into heaven. He gave up his life for people who hated and despised him. He gave up his life for the very same people who spat upon him and cursed him. He gave his life so that there will be grace and mercy for you and me. He gave up his life because he loves us, every one of us. That is why we need to dedicate our lives so that we can repay him for what he has done. And the kicker is, he will BLESS you for it! What job can you say that you have given your all to, shed blood, sweat and tears, get paid fairly for your effort and STILL get a bonus each check? There is none. If you find one, come tell me!
I look at God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in two ways. As the Holy Trinity, he is my father and he is my drill sergeant. For those of you who have children, you will understand this first part more than those who do not. When you have a child, your whole world revolves around them. You don’t want to see them hurt or see them cry for any reason! When they grow older you take the time to teach them valuable lessons in hopes that they will turn out ok. When they come of age, you hope they don’t rebel and turn from what you have taught them over the years. If they do, you hope that they will turn back before it is too late. When they are adults and have left the “nest” you hope that they have held on to what you have taught them and make a name for themselves (in other words, be successful). You also hope that they will remember the foundation that you placed when they were younger and thank you for it…that it was not all for nothing.
I also look at him as my drill sergeant. For those who have been in the military or been around military long enough to know what it is about, you will understand this. When you enter the military the sole purpose of basic training is to break you down and mold you to what they need you to be, a soldier. Plain and simple. They break you down and beat you up with a combination of mental and physical techniques formulated for this purpose. They will take the broken down mass of a person you are and fill you will all things military. This means learning the doctrine of the service you chose to join, customs and courtesies, how to keep yourself in shape, and how to defend yourself and your brother/sister laying next to you. They mold you to the soldier that they need you to be.
In both of these scenarios, God encompasses this and more. He is that loving parent who wants the best for his children (us). He wants us to listen and obey him in all that we do because all he wants is the best for us. But for those who accept is son into our lives, we get what we need and more. Not to say he ignores those who do not accept his son but that is where mercy and grace kicks in. Mercy is when we are spared from bad things (punishment) that we deserve. You know either from personal experience or from people you work with, that there is that one person who should’ve lost their job due to their behavior at work. You might have been in the same position — I know I have. But in the end, they keep their job when you know without a shadow of a doubt they should have been licked to the curb. That is mercy. Sparing you from what you deserve. Jesus has mercy on us all, sinner and saved alike. Grace is giving us things that we do not deserve, especially when we shouldn’t get nothing at all. You know that promotion you got, knowing in your heart that you shouldn’t have gotten one based on what you have been doing for the company (i.e. the bare minimum), but your boss gave you one anyway? That is grace. You didn’t deserve it but you got it in hopes that it would change your outlook and be more productive in the long run. That is what the Lord does for us on a daily basis.
He is our drill sergeant. He breaks us down for two things, to rebuild us so that he can use us and to bring us to a place so that we recognize that he is in control and we have to rely on him for everything. Sometimes it takes an unbeliever to go through something devastating to happen for them to realize that God does exist. Sometimes it takes a Christian something devastating in order for them to be in the place that God needs them to be. Before I rededicated my life to the Lord, I had my own house in my name, I had a car and I had everything that I could think of to make me happy. I married and life was still good, then things started going south. I was demoted (NOT because of my work ethic and standards but because of personal attacks against me) and couldn’t afford to make payments on my home. We were barely making it and when the pressure was too much, my husband left. That night I cried and was so heartbroken. I cried out to the Lord and prayed. I let him know that I was sorry that I walked away and that I am ready to submit myself to him instead of “playing church”. Two more things happened as well. I reconciled with my dad that very night and I had a vision. This vision is what keeps me going day to day.
Now I live in a home that I would NEVER had picked out for my family but because of the need to move and the financial strain, this is the only place we could afford. I don’t have the luxuries anymore like central air, or a diswasher, or space to put our things in its proper place. A lot of our belongings are still in boxes and are all over the place because of lack of storage. My spices I cook with everyday are still in a box! God broke me down, allowed my husband to leave, made us move from the comfort we were living in and brought us to a place that I considered was not up to standard just so he could say, “Hey! I have been here this entire time! I can help!”. He brought us to this place so that I can focus on him and have him as my center. If none of this never happened, I don’t think I would have been hard pressed to give my heart back to Christ, to submit myself to his will. By submitting myself and doing his will, it will lead me to the place where he showed me in the vision I received. I THANK GOD ANYWAY! I THANK HIM FOR BRINGING ME TO THIS POINT! I know I will be successful but not on my time or by my sheer will power. I can only get so far and still have nothing because my soul would be eternally damned. But if I trust in the Lord, live my life for him and do as he says, I will reach the goals set out before me and surpass it each time. Who wouldn’t want that?
I know this is pretty long, thank you for those who have stuck it through to the end. But for those who don’t know Christ, what are you waiting for? Seriously, what is your excuse NOT to submit yourself to Christ? I would really like to hear it. I’m not being sarcastic, you can contact me via the “Contact Me” page at the top of my blog. I would love to hear from you. For those who know Christ, what are you doing to spread the Good News? Is Christ your center? Seriously ask the Lord, “What can I do? Show me!”. He will answer. That is guaranteed.
For those who do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and you want him to be, I ask you to say this prayer and believe every word of it.
“Lord, I realize that I am a sinner. I realize that I cannot do it all on my own. I know that Jesus Christ loved me so much that he died on the cross for my sins so that my soul will not perish. I want to accept Jesus into my heart and yield to his will. I want him to use me for his glory. I want Christ to be my center — the one I turn to in the good times and the bad. I ask that he guide my footsteps on the straight and narrow and everything that I do from now on will be for your glory. I thank you for your grace and mercy on my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
If you made the decision to follow Christ and accept him into your heart, welcome brother, welcome sister. If you didn’t make a decision or think that this is still not something for you, I pray that seed that has been planted will eventually grow.
I love you all and I pray you all have a safe weekend!
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