When we go through rough waters we have to unite together and remind ourselves and one another of God’s goodness, otherwise we can easily forget what He has done in our lives. All we can see is the heavy load in front of our eyes and it may seem unliftable.
How many times do we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in our problems that we forget God is a God of mercy and grace.
“You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.” (Psalm 85:5)
God has compassion for us. That is what mercy means. His mercy and grace are signs of how much He loves us. His amazing love, how can it be?
The more you praise God for His goodness the more you will see it manifest in your life.
When we unite as sisters in love, let us constantly remind each other of all God’s goodness. Let’s let the negativity release. We can always find things to be down on, but let’s change our perspective to try to look up. Let’s help each other knowing it’s not always easy.
We can help one another and carry each other’s burdens as God instructs us to do. It’s a beautiful thing to walk hand-in-hand with a sister in faith- With love sharing her “valley lows” to bring her to the “mountain top highs.”
Together, let’s allow Jesus to calm the rough waters of our lives so we may experience the”peace be still” moments He intends for us.
“Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory the vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Corinthians 4:17)
It’s not wrong to be afraid of what you see “could” happen. That’s being real. What could become wrong in our lives is that we don’t seek God’s help immediately. We need to humble ourselves in worship before God.
Let’s think about this quote I read somewhere, it’s so true!…
“Our praise reminds the enemy of who God is and how well we know Him.”
Do you think the enemy wants us to worship God? My answer is no! So every time I try to build an altar to God in my life – why does the enemy try to stop me? He is relentless in his effort. I encounter this over and over and see it with others, especially being in a women’s ministry that is growing so immensely.
Have you faced any frightening opposition in your life lately? Are you sometimes overwhelmed with how little strength and power you feel in the midst of it all? You get tired, right?
Remember 1 John 4:4!
“The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
You have far more power with you than there is with the enemy. Hold that fact close to your heart when you are faced with a strong enemy that wants to annihilate you. God is greater! Victory is His!
My dear sister, if you are weary and worn do not be afraid or discouraged. “Be strong and courageous! But with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” (2 Chronicles 32)
As a parent living without my children involved in my life, my heart is continually burdened for them. I tend to encourage others on this topic more often than not, because of what God has shown me through learning to wait on Him through prayer.
Those of us who are parents know our children better than anyone else. We know their hopes, fears, we share their tears, and we know their insecurities. We know their dreams, we know their gifts and we know their abilities. During the times we feel isolated from their life, don’t give up on what you know God is doing. You believe He is working, don’t you?
God gives us authority to pray for our children. It is the most important thing we can do as a parent. Some of us cannot be with our children for unknown reasons- but God can! And you can TRUST He will be with them when you pray that He will.
Each time you intercede for your children, pray a blessing over them, and please pray for wisdom and discernment in the choices they make.
The enemy sets traps for them but we must pray that our children will reject evil. Pray hard. Your prayer is vital to move the hand of God over their lives.
Believe and trust with all your heart that God hears your prayers and will deliver your children back to you to worship together – in all the fullness God intended. You have hope, don’t lose hope!
Trust and have faith that God is watching over them. After all, they are His children first and He has trusted them to you for a period of time. Mistakes you made in the past or not, God is well aware of your situation and heart. Remember, He works ALL things together for good!
With God, ALL things are possible.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again-my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 42:11)
He’s got you- He’s got me- and He has them!
God can always make a way where there seems to be no way. I personally hold true to the fact I will one day be sharing a triumphant victory story in Jesus with you one day. Please hold on to hope with me. We have a faithful God.
God invites us to share His holiness. He desires that His holiness lives inside of you.
As a daughter of God, our Heavenly Father wants us to be separated from all that’s unholy and allow His holiness to grow inside of us.
“But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all; for it is written, be holy for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Jesus is our greatest example on earth of a holy life in character. He was devoted to God’s will in His life. Shouldn’t we desire the same?
The more we worship God the more we will see His holiness-wholeness-purity and goodness which in turn will help us become holy, pure, whole, and better as the women of God we desire to be.
A woman after God’s own heart… it takes action to be that woman. Is that your desire?
Becoming holy should be a goal for our lives. Of course, we don’t want to wear a holier-than-thou -attitude over others, NO, of course not! But a truly holy-as-God is holy lifestyle is one where we could bless others.
Desiring to become Christ-like is something I pray over for all our dear sisters in this ministry, as well as my own. I ask God to grow that desire without end.
Holy holy holy is the Lord God Almighty. Let us be holy as He is holy. Amen.
When we praise God, it’s one of the means by which God transforms us. Would you agree that when we praise and worship Him, His presence is upon us?
God’s presence changes our hearts and allows the Holy Spirit to soften and mold us into what He wants us to be.
We need to will ourselves to praise and worship God. I find that my flesh is weak and not naturally the first thing I would choose to do while living in my past, but the closer I walk with God-the more I get to know Him-the easier praise becomes and I can’t stop myself from doing it continuously.
God is your rock! God’s works are perfect. God is a good and faithful God. He loves you so much and He is worthy of all your praises. If you desire a transformed life and want to be more like Jesus- Allow God to mold you by praising Him often.
I challenge you to praise Him in the morning when you see the sun rising. Praise Him in the noontime when you feel the pressures coming and praise Him in the evening when you think of all He has done for you throughout the day.
Praising comes easy when you make it a part of your life each day.
Are you steady? Remaining calm and confident, yet consistent can allow us to view our road we must travel ahead, a bit easier. How we respond to what comes our way can mean experiencing more peace in our lives by being consistent and pushing forward with joy.
Steadiness means “firmly fixed or placed; stable in position or equilibrium.
Steady is an important word when it comes to our walk with God in our lives. Not being interrupted by every “squirrel” that may jump in our way. I oftentimes laugh when a specific friend gets off course by yelling out, “squirrel.” We joke about it, but distractions can become time wasters. Distraction may cause us to swerve, taking us off course and into another direction we may not have anticipated.
It’s important to remain steady in God’s word. We live in a world full of sights and sounds. Wobbling about may rob us of the time to finish a task or can even stop us altogether.
God always wants us to be aware of Him. He’s placed goals and dreams in our hearts. He desires steadiness in our walk with Him each day. The apostle Paul says,
“I press tword the mark for the prize if the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:13)
As soon as something grabs your attention, talk to God about it. Don’t vere off the course. Allow God to keep you steady. God will work through you when your heart is steadfast and trusting in the Lord.
Listen to this verse, it’s amazing!
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear; in the end, they will look in triumph on their foes.” (Psalm 112: 7-8)
Steady your day, balance your weight, your Creator will help you carry your load dear sister as well as achieve your goal. Steady as you go.
Some ways are right, some ways are not. We can not confuse the two. They become very clear and God shows us the way when we seek Him. Obedience is key.
God says when we seek Him, we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) and when we do, He shows us the right way. At that point, we have a choice to make regarding obedience.
When we obey God, we are protected. If we obey God, He will give us the answers we need with His revelation, which allows us to get where we need to go. When we obey God we can be led by Him.
When we obey God, we see answers to our prayers.
The Bible tells us, “receive from Him anything we ask because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.” (1 John 3:23)
There is a direct correlation between Obedience and prayer. Do you see it?
We obey because we genuinely love God and are grateful to Him for our life. By living in obedience, we will develop a strong desire to have nothing separate us from God. God does not want us to live in the gut-wrenching misery that comes from the absence of obedience to Him.
Ask God if there are specific steps of obedience He wants you to take. He will tell you. Communicate with your Father. Please don’t start your day without prayer.
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Many of you may be waiting on God right now for answers to specific questions or needs. We want to know what He wants for us, but we can become impatient wanting answers right now. What do we do when He doesn’t answer us?
Many times we pray the prayer again, right? Sometimes we try to forget the need. One of the main reasons we should pray is to give thanks for what we often forget.
We need to remember all God HAS done for us. We tend to ask God for more things before thanking Him for what He’s already given us.
Deciding to be grateful through the tough times takes action. During times we are sad or in despair are the times we need to thank Him. In the good times, give Him thanks, and in the bad, give Him thanks.
The very act of thanking releases your mind from a negative focus. As you turn your attention to God, your problem fades in significance and loses its power to grip you and trip you up by dwelling on it.
By thanking God in the desperate moments, your joy will rise, and your mood will change because you realize you aren’t in control anyways, God is.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; for this is the will of God in Christ Hesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
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I heard this phrase but never referenced it until I felt it necessary to use it in my own life. That’s when I reached for it, saying, “God gave me beauty for ashes.”
I’ve made many mistakes that I’ve grieved over in my life. Often I would repeat a messed upcycle that I thought I never would. Cycles that only continued my grieving process. To others, I may have seemed to snuff my nose at God like I didn’t care, but deep inside, oh how I did. I just lacked the wisdom needed to make better choices.
Through seeing my need for wisdom and praying daily for “Godly wisdom” while reciting James 1:5, God granted me true wisdom over time, and it allowed me to make better choices. I was able to seek Him, sit with Him, grieve with Him, repent before Him and let Him renew my life with the only wisdom I needed-His wisdom.
He brought wisdom to me which then allowed me to make better choices. He promised this would happen. The choices allowed me to turn those ashes of grieving and the repetition of vicious cycles into some of the most beautiful stories I could have ever imagined.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
God wants to give you the same exchange. Through your ashes, God will bring great beauty. I can assure you that God knows what to do with any despair.
“He has sent me…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61:1,3)
Remember seek Him first, then sit down with Him. Cast your burdens on Him, tell Him you’re sorry for your mistakes. Ask Him for wisdom. It will give you a fresh mind. You will receive beauty for ashes with all the gladness your heart can hold. I know this to be true because it happened to me.
Adapted from Day 54 of my book, Fuel for Life.
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How often do we judge ourselves? It’s not healthy to judge or evaluate ourselves by comparing ourselves with other people. It can become easy to do in a Facebook/Instagram world.
Each of us are different in how comparing may affect us. Comparing is meaningless. Don’t look for affirmations in the wrong places or for evaluations from others, the only source of real affirmation is the unconditional love God has for us.
Please don’t view God as an angry judge, looking for our faults or failures. God is love. If He disciplines us (and we know when that is), it’s never in anger or disgust. He disciplines in love. It’s only to prepare us to see Him face to face and live in an eternal state with Him.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
We should not condemn ourselves. We should not judge ourselves either.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)
Live this verse out. You are an overcomer. Try speaking truth into someone you love today. It could be the freedom they are searching for and by remembering your words spoken to them, those words may be freeing to you as well.