After You’ve Done All You Can, Just STAND!

When problems arise in our lives, its easy to want to try to take matters into our own hands and fix it ourselves. Here is the thing, if we could fix our problems…if we could fix ourselves, we wouldn’t  need God. You may have already tried to fix that situation your in…hows that working for you? Chances are, you’ve just made a bigger mess.

14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. -Psalm 27:14

WAIT. FOR. THE. LORD! Right about now some of you are getting antsy. “Wait? You mean I’m supposed to just wait and let God handle it?” YES! God can do a much better job of handling our situations than we could ever even hope to. He wants you to trust Him. He wants you to lean and rely on Him. I know that problem is looming over your head and you are getting weary…but sometimes your moving forward when God is telling you to just stand. A lot of times we, in our own flawed wisdom, will do anything to go around the problem, when God is trying to take you through it. You see its in the wilderness that we grow the most and fighting it is futile…you’ll just end up taking 40 years to make what should have been an 11 day journey.

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galations 6:9

I know that that mountain you are facing is making you want to move, but if you have prayed about it and God has not directed you to move…or if He has not answered you one way or the other yet…the best thing to do is just stand. It would be better to stand in your situation and endure it with the strength that God has given you, than it would be to move and be operating outside of the will of God.

Understand that God understands what you’re going through and He wants the best for you. He will never give you more than you can handle. You may be in that situation because there is still something you need to learn. Consider this, your situation may not even be about you. God could be using you to help someone else…someone you have never even met. We don’t always understand why God operates the way He does. BUT, we can be assured that all things will work out for our good. God is just saying, wait on me…trust me….I got this!  When God tells you to move…Run! But after you’ve done all you can, just stand.

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Today I am thankful for the comfort in knowing that while I walk through the wilderness, I don’t walk alone. Father I love you and I trust you. Lead me and I will follow cause I know your way is so much better than mine.


HAPPY Resurrection Day!!!

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:35-39

Isn’t it wonderful for us to know that because of the love that God has for us and the sacrifice that God made for us, that NOTHING can separate us from His love?! No matter what we do or what happens to us, God loves us unconditionally just as he loved His son Jesus Christ. He loved us so much in fact that He sacrificed His son that we might be saved. That’s how much God loves you! Never doubt His love for you!

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:14

On this Easter Day, no matter what pressures you may be facing, no matter what hardships you may be going through, no matter what storm is raining on your parade, remember that GOD LOVES YOU…and press on. If you have to go above it, around it, under it or through it, NEVER give up…just keep PRESSING!

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Today I am eternally grateful that my Father in Heaven loved me so much that he gave His only begotten son that I may have life and have it more abundantly. I can never repay the debt…but I will press on!

Where Else Can I Go?

3 Do not put your faith in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. – Psalm 146-3

Tonight I had a break down. That’s ok, because sometimes we have to have a breakdown in order to have a break through. God put it on my heart that I don’t seek him first. He asked me, “why do you depend on flesh man to comfort you, to love you, to talk to you? I am NOT  a last resort!” I know I am not the only one. Too often we depend on a fleshly person to make us happy, to heal us, to entertain us…and most of the time we just end up disappointed. Yet still when anything happens in our lives we are quick to run to best friend, to husband/wife, to boyfriend/girlfriend. Meanwhile, God is asking. “What about me?”

5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” – Jeremiah 17:5
We are to put our faith, trust, our everything in God. Relying on the flesh will disappoint every time. I believe most people mean well. I believe most people try their best to help, but they can not do what only our Father can do. Most of us waste a lot of time letting our friends and loved ones take a stab at fixing our problems before we turn to God. God is telling you to cut out the middle man. Why go around the forest when the quickest and least painful way is to go straight through it?

Make no mistake, flesh will disappoint you. Your friends will disappoint you, your family will disappoint you, your pastor will disappoint you…and guess what? You will disappoint them too! We are all flawed, we all fall short of the Glory of God. We don’t need to live in condemnation…but we do need to put our trust in the ONE who will never disappoint.

Should you still talk to your friends about whats on your heart? YES! Should you trust that your family loves you and wants the best for you and will try their  best to help you? YES! But, GOD should be our number 1 resource. Stop talking to your friends/family/loved ones before you talk to God!

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6

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Today I am thankful that I can call on one who will never disappoint. Trusting my Father in Heaven.

Be the Light

Have you ever been walking in the mall and saw a beautiful woman and had the urge to tell her so or wanted to congratulate a co-worker on a job well done, but you didn’t do it? What stopped you? Why is it  that we as a people are quick to hurl insults, but we are stingy with our compliments? Why is it that its easy to tear people down, but we suddenly get shy when it comes to paying someone a compliment? Have you ever been the person who has received a compliment from a stranger? How did it make you feel? Probably pretty good! Especially if you had been having a rough day.

12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12

God commands us to treat others as we want to be treated. Now I am not suggesting that we go around giving compliments to people with the sole purpose of getting one in return…be genuine. But I am suggesting that we stop thinking that we are going out of our way to be kind to someone. You certainly don’t go out of your way to be mean or disrespectful…why should it be any harder to show someone kindness? In fact, it should be easy to pay someone a compliment. I think people need to stop censoring themselves when it comes to praising others and just do what comes naturally.

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

As Christians, we are called to be an example. We are called to be the light. Do you know that the smile you gave to the store clerk as she was ringing up your groceries, may be the only time a person smiles at her all day? Do you know that the compliment you paid to the gentlemen on his voice as you heard him quietly singing to himself in that department store may have given him the confidence he needed to pursue singing. Do you know that the silent prayer you sent up for the homeless person on the corner as you were driving home may be the only prayer made on his behalf? Do you know that any small act of kindness has the power to completely turn someones day or even life around? Do you know that you possess that power through the love that God has shown you? It is your duty as a Christian to be a vessel. People who don’t know God should be able to look at you and get a glimpse of the goodness of the Lord. You may be the only encounter with God that a person experiences. It would behoove you to make a good impression.

God is LOVE! Stop fighting it! Surrender to His love and show that love to others. Be the light in a world of darkness.

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Today I am thankful that I have innumerable opportunities throughout my day to show kindness…to be the light.

Don’t You Know Who You Are?

Don’t you know who you are? We already know that God commands us to forgive one another as He forgives us. But another thing that many people struggle with is forgiving themselves. Too often people are living in condemnation because they have done something wrong, said something they shouldn’t have said, treated someone unfairly etc. We reason (most of the time unconsciously) that if we feel really bad about something for a really long time that we are atoning for our sins. Please understand, God does NOT want this for you!

4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. -Romans 6:4

Christ has given us new life! God does not want us living in condemnation. Now when we sin, He wants us to recognize our sin, repent of our sin, and turn away from our sin, but he does not want us wallowing in the guilt of our sin. Guilt is not of God but a ploy by the devil to keep you defeated. As long as the devil can keep you living in that misery, it will keep you away from the glory and the promises of God. While you are sitting around disgusted with yourself, God is wondering when you are going to let it go…cause he already has. In fact, not only has He let it go, He has forgotten it completely. Once you repent, God does not remember your sin. If He can let it go…why can’t you? His word tells us that when we  become saved, we become new creatures.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! -2 Corinthians 5:17

New Creatures! This means we think differently, speak differently and act differently. We no longer conform to the world but are made a new creation by His mercy and His grace. Make no mistake, beating yourself up for your past mistakes does NOT glorify God. It only keeps you from experiencing the goodness of the Lord, and that was never His plan. Don’t let the devil steal the joy that is available to you.

3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -Psalm 147:3

Let God heal you. Believe that when God says he forgives your sin, He wipes your slate clean. You don’t have to live with it forever…you are made clean by His blood! If you have never been saved and would like to have eternal life with God, I invite you to say this prayer with me:

Lord, I recognize that I am a sinner. I believe that you were born of a virgin, that you lived a sinless life, that you died on the cross for my sin and that you rose again. I repent of my sin and I turn away from it. Lord, come into my life and make me a new creature. I love you and I thank you for your mercy and your grace.

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. -Romans 10:9-10

If you prayed this prayer with me and belive it in your heart, I believe you have been born again. Rejoice! You have been made new!

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Today I am thankful that I know who I am and whose I am.

Want to Finish Your Race? Then Start Running!

When I was in high school, I put myself on a timeline. I was supposed to graduate college at 22 and start immediately after graduation in a fabulous and lucrative career, get married at 25 and have  my first child at 27 or 28. This to me would have been perfect…my ideal life situation. Needless to say, that is far from how my life turned out. Today I am 28 and attending grad school, I graduated undergrad at 26, and I have no children and am no where even close to getting married. For a season, this had me very down and depressed. Why was my life not turning out as I had planned? Why had my life taken so many different roads that took me off course from what I said I wanted? What I came to realize is that it’s because I am not the one in control. You see, God is not operating under my timeline. And, its not about what I want, but how He can use me. If taking me “off course” is what it took, then so  be it.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

This was a very hard lesson to learn, and I must admit that God is still working on me. I am a very independent person. I’m not used to asking people for help nor am I that comfortable with it. What I have found is that God will often break you down so that you are forced to lean on Him. He wants to know that you trust Him. He wants you to know that you can come to Him with anything and he will lead and guide you in the way that you should go. He loves us and He wants to know that we know that. We show Him that we trust in His love by being obedient. We show Him that we trust in His love by following where He leads us no matter how off course it may seem, because we trust that He has a better plan than anything we could ever hope or imagine.

So along with all of these “ideals”  I had for myself, came a lot of assumptions. One of those assumptions was brought to the light the other day. My sister in Christ made a suggestion that we might consider renting a house. Since my rent went up in my apartment, it would make better financial sense to pay a little bit more for a two bedroom house than it would to continue paying astronomical prices for a 1 bedroom apartment. Not to mention, we would have a yard and could have a dog and so forth. Funny thing is, my first thought when she mentioned it to me was, “I can’t rent a house I’m not even married!” What???!!! Immediately I was struck with how illogical it was to think that way. Not that everything has to be logical, but that was just ridiculous! I’m not married, so I can’t have a house??? I had never even thought about it until I heard myself saying it in my head and it sounded asinine. So, we immediately jumped in the car and started looking around the neighborhood for For Rent signs. As we were driving, I started thinking about why I would even think such a thing and I started to realize that its because I was waiting on perfection or my idea of the perfect situation. Then it dawned on me…If I wait until marriage to have a house of my own, I might never have one!

God placed it on my heart that too often we are sitting around waiting for the perfect situation before we try anything. We are waiting on the stars to align, the sea to part, and the thunder to clap just so we can begin to move. But that kind of thinking, most of the time, will just keep you stuck  in the same place…forever.

13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not yet achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward for what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of  the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. -Philippians 3:13-14

 I. Press. On. This means you are active…doing something…anything…but you are NOT doing nothing! You are not waiting for everything in your life to be perfect! We can not allow ourselves to let the devil trick us into believing that our lives have to be perfect before we can do anything. You see, the devil wants to keep you stuck. It (yes I call it an “it” because thats exactly what I think of “it”) wants you to belive that unless your life is perfect, unless you are perfect you are not worthy of having anything, doing anything, achieving anything. The devil is a LIE! God wants us to live a life of abundance! God is NOT asking us to be perfect, but He is asking us to try and trust that He will lead us on our journey. Too many of us are stagnant because we have let the devil dupe us into believing that we can’t move because our situations aren’t perfect and the kicker is, they never will be. We as humans will never achieve perfection on earth…BUT we can strive toward it! That means we are actively doing something! That means we are making an effort to become the people that God has called us to be. Trust God…let Him use you…and get moving today!

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Today I am thankful for the understanding that I don’t have to be perfect to start running my race, because God runs right beside me.

Weeping may endure for a night…

But JOY comes in the morning!

I think we have all had those seasons in our lives where everything seems to go wrong. You don’t have a job or you’re stuck in a job you hate. You don’t have the spouse you want or, if you have one, he/she is riding your last nerve.  You can’t have kids or the kids you have are behaving every way but good. You can’t afford to go to school or your going to school but can’t stand your professor and are now starting to question your decision to go in the first place. I could go on an on, but the point is that all of these things are enough to, at times, make you want to cry. Understand, you are not wrong for having these feelings. They are natural and a part of living life. BUT, it is wrong and very detrimental to stay there.

5 For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. -Psalm 30: 5

God can turn our situations around for our good! He says to cast your care upon Him! I don’t know about you, but this brings me peace beyond understanding. Sure, I can get upset and cry…I’m allowed to do that, but don’t get stuck! Don’t get so swallowed up in your situation that you forget the power of God. There is no mountain so great that He can’t climb and no valley so low that He can’t dig you out!

11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; you have put off your sackcloth and girded me with gladness -Psalm 30:11

Release your situation to God. Let Him handle it and walk into His perfect peace. Cry…scream…holler…shout (to yourself not at others) if you have to, but whatever you do, don’t stay there!  Let go and let God!

3 You will keep  him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. -Isaiah 26:3

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Today I am thankful that I can cast my care, worry, depression on God and live in His Perfect Peace.

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