As we close this week out, I want you to really take some time and meditate on what or whom do you treasure and rejoice? What priority does the Lord and His Word have in your life? Then let's chat about it next week.
My prayer this morning:
In this age of technology, I find myself having to make room in my carry-on bag, purse or my luggage for all my chargers. I have two phone chargers: one for the car and one for the wall outlet. My computer and charger take up space, but how could I even think of traveling without them?
My family was in for the weekend and I got to thinking about the number of chargers they each carried on the trip. Then I thought about the number of chargers my little family of 3 carries on each trip we take. It got me to thinking about how much importance we put on being "plugged in" and "fully charged" when it comes to our electronics.
Heaven forbid we should let our batteries die. Thankfully, all the devices have a warning on them to tell us we are running on empty. I plug each device in each night before I go to bed so they are fully charged and ready to go in the morning.
Wouldn't it be great if people made it as much of a priority to recharge their souls—by plugging into God's Word, prayer, and church—as they do to recharge their electronics?
Often, we go through our days looking like we have it together on the outside, yet on the inside we are running on empty. It is as if our souls are flashing the red warning light, trying to tell us that we are running on empty but we neglect to find our chargers until something major happens (and our device shuts down). I wish I could understand why we are so quick to keep all our devices charged while we move through life on empty. Just opening a Bible, plugging into God, is a surefire way to recharge us.
Just as we have to rely on our chargers to keep our favorite electronic gadgets running, we need to be relying on God, his Word, and Prayer to keep our souls fully charged.
What are you plugging into? Is it really working for you, or are you just going through the motions, the bare minimum, so you don't completely shut down? Are you running on empty while your phone is fully charged?
Today, I challenge you to stop and make some time to plug into God with prayer and spend some time in your Bible. Then, find time to pray. As with the other days, I am giving you a scripture to look at but I want you to pray your own words today, not mine. Let your time with God recharge you. Turn on some praise and worship music and give God praise. After-all, if you're reading this, clearly He's not finished with you yet. Get yourself recharged like you make it a point to charge your phone. Make it a point to recharge yourself daily by plugging into God.
"He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength." (Isaiah 40:29)
Love spending time with my Lord every morning. It truly gets my feet planted on solid ground and kickstarts my day.
I have a couple of go-to devotions that I absolutely love and this mornings was just too good not to share.
Often people allow the choices they make to define how they see themselves. They see a big scarlet letter, a label that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Those unhealthy labels are lies the enemy wants us to never let go of.
Because of God's love, we are remade and are no longer labeled by our past mistakes. With God, we can find our true identity. I have seen women move from lives of sorrow to lives of joy when they opened their hearts to receive his love and forgiveness. In him, they were truly remade. They tossed away any labels the enemy had them believing and raised their eyes to the Lord for a true picture of who they are!
Scripture has a lot to say about who we are in Christ, and when we dig in to find the truth we can expose the lies we have believed about who we are. By looking to God and to scripture you will find that God's love is enormous and that you can find your identity in him and not in your mistakes.
God created you and has a plan for you. You need to understand that, no matter what lies you have believed, God sees you as his beloved daughter. And, when you allow God to erase the lies you carry from your past, you will begin to see yourself as he sees you: without blame.
Lord, please help the woman who is reading this to see how beautiful she is in your eyes. May she know that the lies the enemy has fed her and the labels he has tried to place on her are not true. The truth lies in how you see her. In your eyes, God, she is your masterpiece. Amen.
Now, take a few moments to read the three scriptures linked to this devotion and let the truth of them take root in your heart. Next, say your own prayer asking God help you see yourself as he sees you. It doesn't need to be long or fancy. God is concerned about the heart behind the words, not how fancy they are.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)," (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV)
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
"just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love," (Ephesians 1:4 NKJV)
Have a blessed day and week!!
This is the year to stop letting what's behind you — or before you — keep you from discovering what's within you.
It doesn't matter what you've experienced in the past, what you fear in the future, or even what you're facing today.
In the midst of a bad medical diagnosis...
In the middle of a broken relationship...
In the fight against addiction...
From this moment forward, you can take your focus off what you feel and lift your eyes to a place of future victory.
This is your year to win the race! But you must get off the couch to do it!
God has something BIG in store for you this year!
You know what to do! GO! Be that amazing person God designed you to be! Remember, when you are a blessing is when you receive a blessing!
Have an amazingly blessed day!
Why should we pray?
God already knows our hearts. He already knows our desires. So why pray? We could easily say it is because the Bible commands it. Paul goes as far as to say, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17)—that is reason enough.
But let's explore a few other reasons for why we should pray.
We pray because we love.
We pray out of gratitude.
We pray because we want to know God more fully.
We pray to know our own hearts more fully.
We pray to be conformed to His Image.
We pray to acknowledge our dependence upon Him.
We pray to receive from Him.
We pray because God chooses to use means.
We pray that God might receive glory.
Prayer is a gift from a heavenly Father, who loves to hear from His children. There are countless reasons to pray. Let's be a people of prayer. Never will one minute in prayer closets be a minute wasted or later regretted.
I prayed this morning that each person reading this would receive abundant blessings!
GO! Be the amazing person God designed you to be!! Have a wonderful day!