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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

You're Blocked!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Those of you reading this who do social media know how discouraged and hurt you can be when you are blocked. I have been blocked now for over two years by a girl who used to be a close sister like friend.  Some are blocked by those who don't like their politics or views on life. I am victim of that as well by a few college sorority sisters. Anyway point being blocking and shunning hurt. I basically have had a couple years to absorb the hurt and now am pretty much healed but maybe you are experiencing some form of rejection in your own life right now.
All I can say is to hang on to hope. Don't bug people, just pray for them. One sweet very close friend renewed her friendship with me last summer and turns out it wasn't me causing the problem. Aren't you glad God puts up with us warts and all? I sure am. He doesn't care about our affiliations, political party, college we attended or didn't attend, social status, the way we dress, the car we drive. He just simply LOVES us , period!  Let that soak in. 
Try as best you can to let go of hurt and pain you may be dealing with. Get into the Bible. Get the Bible on CD and immerse yourself in the word. Our mind has to get under control and your thoughts have to be focused on things above not problems here if you expect to gain victory.

PRAYER: Lord you are so good. I am thankful you don't turn us away. Thank you for your love for me even when I don't act like I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, September 22, 2017

T Minus Ten Seconds And Counting!

You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promised. Hebrews 10:36
Countdowns are a part of life. Besides the NASA space launches, how many who are parents have caught yourself uttering "you have to the count of ten to give that toy back to your brother" or something similar? We have countdowns till vacation starts, waiting till an upcoming marriage, baby to be born, or graduation. Yes we count down and try to be patient in the process.

Waiting is not real fun and in modern America we are  used to getting instant  everything. Life doesn't work that way nor does prayer work that way. Part of the process of waiting is for your own good to train you to be more Christlike. Giving things instantly does not teach anything.

What is it you are waiting anxiously for today? A child's or spouse's salvation, healing, a job, to be forgiven by someone, a promotion at work? God has your back. He hears your prayers. Keep on believing and trusting and try to be still in the process.

PRAYER: Lord you are good and your mercies endure forever. Oh Lord God I look to you to help me be still. Help me not get impatient. Strengthen my heart to do your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hurry Up, Will You!

Whoever is patient has great understanding,
but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Proverbs 14:29

In my travels, occasionally I might encounter a delayed flight due to a host of reasons. The most recent was on a trip between Dallas and Nashville as it was announced a flight attendant was sick and a new one was on the way. Disgruntled passengers sitting next to me in the waiting area were so perturbed. 

What does anger do or impatience? It won't change the situation. Sometimes a delay can be a good thing. In defense of the upset person next to me she might have been flying to an event she was going to miss.

Try to go with the flow in life. Parents be the example and teach your children this essential life skill. Display a good attitude regardless of what is swirling around you. 

PRAYER: Life can present many opportunities to get angry or impatient. Help me when I am tempted to explode to be still. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Inside Counts

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Samuel 16:7

How quick are we to judge by appearances. Birth defects, scars, ragged clothing, skin color, religious attire, team shirts. So many things can cause you to look down upon another person. That is not your job. Your job is to show love regardless of the outside 'package'. 

Judgment is easy to do but must cease in the life of a believer. If you catch yourself starting to think something negative about someone just remember that God loves them too. Instead try to find ways to build up others. 

Focus on good and look for goodness in all people. Don't let outside appearances distract you from the person inside. 

PRAYER: Forgive me if I have ever been guilty of judging others. It is not my place. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Slow Down and Chill Out

Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips. Psalm 141:3

Probably most of my female readers may be more outwardly emotional than men so this devotion may speak to you in a different way. Recently at Atlanta Bread I got the idea for this title off their cold drink cups. Indeed we need to learn to slow down and to chill out, right moms, and oh yeah, dads too and those without children. Let's all be on guard. 

I have opened my mouth more times than I care to remember and said something I regretted later usually done in haste without the 24 hour rule suggested by a dear friend. Many times our emotions can run rampant and then the mouth runs off and out comes words which never should have been uttered. Man the devil loves impatience and impulsiveness cause he uses it to wreck relationships. First remember we can't fix anyone or change their heart. That is job of the Holy Spirit. We are wasting our breath. 

Right here and right now, purpose in your heart that you will NOT allow any thing to be said if there is a remote chance you know it will backfire. This requires slowing down, chilling out, and yes thinking. A tall order for some, but hey aren't those relationships worth it? I know mine are. 

PRAYER: Lord I am so thankful again and again when you forgive me for all the stupid stuff I have allowed to come out of my mouth. Help me learn to think and learn to keep certain things unsaid. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, September 18, 2017

When Life Hurts

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Sometimes life can just hurt. You may be cut out if a will, rejected by a friend, unwelcome by a family member, thrown under the carpet by a spouse, verbally abused. 
My life has hurt at times and I am sure yours has as well. It may hurt now. I am not sure what it is you are going through but God does care. Try to not dwell on the negative or you may catch yourself in a public place or in your office crying for no explained reason. You can't control other people only the Holy Spirit can. Save your energy. 
Your job is to keep the faith, keep believing and above all keep praying. In times of pain and heartache the enemy can really trip you up. Beat him at his game by not dwelling on your pain.

PRAYER: Father God when things in life go crazy and stuff is turning out like I hoped I run to you. You say 'be still my child' and how true that is. Thanks for your comfort. In Jesus' name. Amen 🙏.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rush, Rush, Rush! Why?

What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:3
Here in America we as a society seem to be on a proverbial treadmill. Almost to the point that if you aren't busy you feel guilty or worthless. Why? Why allow schedules and all free time to be taken up? What is wrong with being still? Nothing! Then parents start rushing their poor little ones all over the place and the cycle continues. 

Besides today's verse is another good verse found in Psalm 46:10 that says "Be STILL and know that I am God." But can you? Slowing down and backing off has to be intentional. It is not necessary to fill up every empty slot on your calendar. Often times when that happens time with God is the first thing to suffer. 

Might I suggest even for those of you who work full time, to take a few hours alone with God or maybe even just a walk without your phone on your lunch hour. Spend time talking to God. Maybe sit in a park and read your Bible. Learn to develop the ability to rest. 

PRAYER: I am so grateful for the times I can just sit and be still. Sort of like a frantic hummingbird who occasionally will sit and rest his wings I too need that time of peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.