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!
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Concerns and problems flood our minds. There is always so much to do! But, God wants the very best for you but you just have to know how to recognize it and lay hold of it.
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I don’t even have time to think,” then you know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re being bombarded from all sides. It’s even harder to focus on God when we can’t take time to renew our minds and refresh our spirits by quiet reflection. God doesn’t often shout to get our attention. Instead, He usually speaks to us in “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12, NKJV).
So what can we do to put ourselves in a position to hear God’s voice? We have to make time in our daily lives to get quiet. David said of the Lord in Psalm 23:2, “He leads me beside quiet waters.” Today I want to encourage you to find those quiet waters where you can get alone with the Lord. It may be a room in your house, outside under the trees, or some other place where you can shut out the noise and distractions of the world for just a few precious minutes. The key to renewing your mind, body and spirit is to develop the habit and discipline of meditating on the Word of God every day — even if it is for just a moment.
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)
Sometimes because of frustration at home or at work, we can lose sight of what is important to us. All it takes at times is to tell the Lord thank you for what He has done for us. Being grateful even in the bad times can help us get through. This song – Give Thanks by Don Moen is a great song to sing to get your heart in the right place for meditation and worship.
I feel so blessed, even in my situation. There is nothing but the grace of God! Things may not be what I would like them to be but we are managing. That is what I take comfort in. I try my best not to worry, even when the situation seems dire, but all I do is pray. Doesn’t matter where I am at, I just pray. Sometimes there is nothing to do but pray because there is NOTHING I can do. I am at a point in my life that I cannot make the decisions needed but I have faith that God will see me through. The way has been made already, I just have to have faith and walk the path. Hard to do but as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) and in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I have to have faith. Bottom line.
Is it a struggle? Yes. Do I wish I was in better circumstances? Of course! But that doesn’t mean that I cannot learn from the situation that I am in and apply it to my life. I know I am purposely here for a reason and I seek to fulfill that reason by studying God’s word and understanding him in a way that is special between he and I. This is also the way that I build my faith in the Lord and not worry, as much, about what may lay ahead.
I want to encourage you that if you seem as though that there is no way out, know that our Father is there to guide us through and all we need is faith as small as a mustard seed. You will find that you are happier and have hope.
Keep me in your prayers and I will definitely keep you in mine. Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Remember, if you need someone to talk to, have a prayer request or praise report, I’m here.
I had something else that I wanted to talk about today but after the conversation that I just had, it all changed. When we are going through difficulties in life, we sometimes put on armor to help us feel stronger. But as you know, the longer you carry something the heavier it gets. That is what is going on right now. On top of being sick myself (I just found out last night–outta curiosity I checked my temp and it was 101 deg.), these emotions are just racking me right now. But I have to take care of myself first before getting on with what needs to be done. I have to call my student loan servicer and deal with them and write an how-to article for a fellow crafter for her blog I will be a guest blogger on. (I didn’t forget 🙂 ). I just don’t have the energy to do either. Plus this fever has got me sweating bullets right now and it is relatively cool in here.
Y’all just pray for me that this feeling will pass quickly. I can’t afford to stay like this. My children need me to be “super mom” for their sakes. I’m going to pray.
I just wanted to say thanks to all my readers and welcome to the recent followers. You are my inspiration for me to continue writing as I do. Thanks!
I do want to let you know that I will be taking prayer requests.We all have needs and I an always willing to pray for others. No need is too great for the Lord.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJVThe earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16b NLT
There are several ways that you can reach me, you can reply to this post, contact me through the Contact Me page or through the Links page under Personal Sites.
I will continue to pray for my readers in general for the Lord to meet your needs.
Be safe this weekend and God Bless!
For the rest of the week, I’ll be off the internet and will not be posting. I have some things to take care of that will take up a majority of my time (aside from my munchkins 😀 ) and I need to focus my energies on that. I wish you all a great week and weekend. I will see you all on Monday.
I will leave you with this verse of the day from YouVersion: The Bible App
Mark 12:30 NLT
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
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If anyone is in need of prayer, the invitation is open. You can respond to this post or contact me via my “Contact Me” at the top of this page as well. Any time you need, just ask.
Well of to handle some business…plus get something to eat. It’s almost 11am and I haven’t ate yet.
Today is a day to rejoice in the goodness of the Lord! Today is the day to shed tears of joy instead of sorrow! Today is the day to praise Jesus Christ for his redeeming blood! Today is the day that I will share that my husband accepted gave his heart to the Lord just a few short days ago! When I heard the news, I started crying tears of joy! My children came running to me to ask what was wrong and I told them that I was happy. They were a bit confused (what 3 and 2 year old wouldn’t) but I explained to them why and they smiled and gave me a big hug.
Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you? Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.
– 1 Corinthians 7:16 – 17 (NLT)
Ever since my husband left, it has been a whirlwind of emotions, a lot of tears and sleepless nights. I relied on the Lord and my crochet to keep me comforted and sane. Some days were harder than others but for the most part I kept as much laughter in the house as I could. Some days my son would come up to me crying that he missed daddy and I would cry with him and pray that the Lord would give us some comfort. My daughter would ask, “Where’s daddy?” and depending on the time of day, I would say at work, at grandpa’s or I don’t know (usually said when I really had no idea where he was). I started praying with the children (NEVER to early to start) before I would put them to bed and together we would pray for his safety and his return home. It helped a lot because they were helping to make sure that daddy was ok.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
– Proverbs 22:6 (NLT – emphasis added)
When I look at my life the way that it is right now, I am happy. I am happy because I am one step closer to the vision the Lord revealed to me 2 years ago. The news that my husband shared with me strengthened my walk and even gave me an extra boost! I have been studying God’s word with such an intensity before but now I am spiritually thirsty and want to continue to drink the bitter-sweet words of God. That is a good place to be! I want more and more and can’t get enough! I pray this thirst never dies out because you can never learn too much about the Lord and who he is.
Constant prayer and fasting when I felt led in the Spirit to do also helped. I can shed my tears and all I would say is, “Jesus” over and over again. He knows my heart and in those times I couldn’t formulate my words — all I could say was Jesus. There were times where I would be pacing my bedroom or the living room praying aloud and plea the divine blood of Jesus Christ over my husband. There were times I would be laying flat on my face, prostrate before the Lord asking for his grace and mercy. There were times where I would silently pray and other times while running errands. I tell you, people at Walmart and Harris Teeter must think I’m crazy! 😀
I never thought I would have seen my husband saved so soon! Not to say that I didn’t want to see him saved but how he grew up and being in the military made him a hard case to deal with. People don’t understand that there are things such as generational curses. I will give you an example. My father used to smoke. I have never seen my father smoke nor have I heard about him smoking until the day he found out that I smoked. That is when he told me how he used to smoke when he was younger. That is a generational curse. That spirit that gives us the desire to drink, smoke, be violent, use profane language, have anger issues, insecurities can become a generational curse. You hear all the time, “Well my parents did it or my grandparents did the same things so I guess that it is ok”. No it’s not! The cycle can be broken! We are conditioned to believe that there is no way out. “It’s hereditary” or “take this pill and they will be fine” when all they need is salvation. The only person that can give it is the Lord Jesus Christ. He was our payment for salvation we didn’t earn. His blood was shed so we could have a chance at true freedom. I say chance because accepting Jesus is a personal choice. We are not automatons.
Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
– Hebrews 13:11-15 (NLT – emphasis added)
There is an upside as well. There are also generational blessings. Traits that are good and just can be passed down as well. All we have to do is instill it in our children and our families. Jesus can break those chains of imprisonment and replace them with his love, compassion and virtues! Who wouldn’t want that? To have a peace of mind when going to bed at night and despite what you may be going through because you know the Lord has already fought the battle.
A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I have been thanking God consistently. The next step for us is to start the reconciliation process. I’m not worried at all and can take it easy because God is in the midst of this relationship and is alive in both of us. He will be the center and foundation of this marriage. When we cannot agree, we can take it to the Lord. It doesn’t mean that our walk won’t be difficult at times but we can rely on the Lord — always.
So I urge you for my brothers and sisters that are going through, no matter how small or great, hold fast to the Lord — he has the path set before you. All you have to do is follow him.
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