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Be the gift you are.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,…” James 1:17

Sometimes gifts are neglected or rejected. Sometimes gifts are undervalued, unappreciated and treated like they’re nothing. But no matter the actions of others, always remember you are a gift from God! The work He has accomplished in you through Jesus is beautiful. Be the gift you are. Freely you have received, freely give. Even though some people behave as though they don’t have a drop of humanity in them, don’t stop being human. Don’t stop being good and doing good. You are blessed to be a blessing. He has enriched your soul. So you can’t just throw up your hands and be done with it all. You can’t sit there offended at the insensitivity of others when their souls haven’t been redeemed and nourished like yours. Forgive. Have the attitude of Christ. Show compassion. You are designed and assigned by God to be a gift in this world. Remember, this place is not your home. You came from God and one day you will return to Him. Until then, keep being the gift you are.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for working in me. You have done a work in my heart and have shown me many things. Thank You. Help guard my heart from negative emotions. Let compassion rise in my heart. When people are insensitive and appear not to be human, help me continue to be what You made me to be. Save them Lord. Cause people to see Christ in me. Be glorified in everything I do and say. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Hebrews 13:21)

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Seek Him, See Him and Be Changed

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13-14a (NLT)

When you seek God with all of your heart, you will see Him. When you search for Him, you find Him and will be forever changed. No one that encounters God remains the same. Saul breathed out threatenings and persecuted early believers. His encounter with God on the road to Damascus didn’t come by his wholehearted seeking, it came as a result of the heartfelt prayers of the saints. Once he encountered God, he was changed and was used mightily by God after his conversion. When you are desperate to see change in your life, desperate to not leave God’s presence the same, desperate to be free of that issue you’ve dealt with for years, only then are you truly seeking God with all of your heart. At the heart of wholehearted seeking is humility. It is a “Lord, if You don’t help me, I can’t be helped.” God promises when you seek Him with that kind of desperate reckless abandonment, you will find Him. You will see a different perspective of Him that you’ve never seen, and you will be changed. “I will be found by you” He promises. What we see today is so many Christians that have lived without ever experiencing a real encounter with God. How can you have a true conversion without a real encounter? You can’t. Seek Him and you will see Him and when you see Him you will be converted and will see change.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word to me. I receive it. I am desperate for You, desperate to see You in my life. If You don’t help me, I can’t be helped. My total dependence is on You. I seek You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Acts 9:1-31)

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Encourage that man.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

When a man is discouraged, God has a way of using a wife to encourage him. He may be doing the best he can to make ends meet. He may be trying his hardest to make good and sound decisions, but men often feel discouraged and dissatisfied. As wives, we must be sensitive to God in how we deal with them. As I sat there looking at my husband, I saw him trying to figure things out. He was hopeful and thankful, yes, but I could feel his heart. He wanted desperately to please God and to be in God’s perfect will. Instead of talking any further with him, God had me listen to him. I sat there and let him express his whole heart without interruption and he went on to sleep. Later in the night the Lord woke me up to pray. I prayed for him from my heart and knew that God was working. I gave it to God and left it there. Hours later, my husband woke up looking determined and focused. Ready to face the day. It takes wisdom from God to be a wife in the 21st century. We have to know when to speak, when to move and when to simply shut up and go to God in prayer. You can encourage a man by listening to him. He will end up encouraging his own self. Or you can encourage him by looking him in the eyes and lovingly declaring what God has said. Or more importantly, you can go to the God who made him, and ask God to bless him. God can bless him with a peace that surpasses all understanding. He can give him one word that can revolutionize his thinking. He can put a fire under him and get him moving in his purpose. He can give him a witty invention and a God-idea that can put you guys on top financially, but all of this comes by flowing with God. As a wife, trust in the Lord. Trust that as you pray and love him, that God will give him the strength, encouragement and comfort he needs.

Prayer: Father God, I pray You bless my husband. Give him a peace that surpasses understanding. Help him trust You with all of His heart. Help him hear Your loving voice in his ear, reminding him of Your unconditional love and favor. Lead him and guide him Lord. Order his steps. I plead the blood of Jesus over him. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Isaiah 50:4)

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Time to return home.

“But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].” Revelation 2:4 (Amplified)

“…In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength…” Isaiah 30:15

A daughter decides to leave home and her father says something that stays with her, “I love you and this is your home. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, know that you are loved and that you can always return home.” She then heads out the door. Knowing he can’t force her will, he prays for her night and day until one morning he receives a knock at the door. It is his daughter. Returning home.

To return is to come to the same state, to revisit. To return from a state of bondage, to a state of freedom. To answer. We don’t have to pack our bags and head to another geographical location to leave God. We abandon Him in our hearts. And after the world has used us up and after following our own way has left us disappointed, we begin to crave God’s warm love again. So we return home and are restored to His favor and love. It feels like we never left. And everything we first loved and all that we first enjoyed is returned. There’s no shame and no condemnation, only love. Just as the father told his daughter, God loves you and He is your home. He is your rest. He is your safety. No matter where you go, no matter what you do, know that you are loved by God and you can always return home. But one thing you must not do. Don’t die outside of Him.That is the enemy’s ultimate goal. To kill you while you’re lost. Destroy you while you’re in sin so you can spend eternity in a place of torment that was not designed for you. But if you are still alive it is because of God’s rich mercy. Somebody’s praying for you. Jesus Himself is interceding for you at the mercy seat of God. Backslider, it’s time to return home to your First Love. Those who are lost and confused, it’s time to return home to your First Love. Those on the brink of a nervous breakdown, it’s time to return home to your First Love. Those who are stuck in religious tradition, it’s time to return home to your First Love. Return and it will be as though you never left His side. He will treat you as though you never left.

Prayer: Father, I return to You. Forgive me for leaving You. I repent of all my sin and I come home to You. Thank You for Your undying love and affection for me. Thank You for the mercy You have shown me. Thank You that I didn’t die in my sin. I pray You restore me to Your divine favor and let it be like I never left. Restore the sweetness of our relationship. Restore the joy of my salvation. Be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Simply Stated: Just Wait

“ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me..” Habakkuk 2:1

If you want to get God’s vision for your life and ministry, you must want to hear it, you must withdraw from distractions to hear it, and then you must wait to hear it.

The New International Version says, “…I will station myself…” (NIV) What does it mean to station yourself before God? It means stay put. It means, ‘I’m not moving.’ It means, ‘I’m going to be still.’ ‘I’m going to sit here and I am not going to move until I hear from you, God.’

Hurry is the death of prayer. We feel all kinds of pressure to get in a hurry. Yet, God won’t speak to us as we run out the door. He wants us to care enough to linger and listen in our prayer time.

So many times we’re running so revved up, we can’t get slowed down enough to tune into God.

So, how do you slow down? You calm your mind by relaxing your body. You take deep breaths and you relax your muscles and let the tension drain out.

The Bible says David sat before the Lord. Some people think you have to kneel in prayer and that is one of many appropriate ways to pray, but it’s not the most common way of praying in the Bible. The most common form of praying in the Bible is standing with your eyes wide open looking up to heaven and talking out loud to God.

You don’t have to have a speech. You don’t have to be poetic. You don’t even have to speak in complete sentences. Just talk to God like you would normally talk, but then, like any conversation, stop talking and listen – wait to hear from God.

David says there are three things to do as you wait –

Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)

And this is so important: you must expect to hear from God. So many do not expect God to give them a dream or an insight. They don’t say that specifically, but their behavior and attitude indicate they are no longer waiting on God, But waiting is the faith factor. We wait expectantly, and waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s some of the best time you will ever invest in your ministry.

In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16 tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail. Verse 24 says the jailer put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks. He was making sure they couldn’t escape. But about midnight, God showed up. Now it would have been nice if He’d come a little earlier, but Paul and Silas didn’t seem to mind—they just decided to start singing and began to worship the Lord. They began to wait on God.

So don’t give up! Don’t stop believing! Stay full of hope and expectation. God’s power is limitless, and He’ll breakthrough for you.

Prayer:

Lord, I ask you today to give me strength as I wait on you.
I ask you to forgive me for times when my impatience delayed or hindered you from moving.

Quicken my spirit when I show habitual impatience, as I know victory comes in your timing.

I look forward to our increased time together as I choose from today onward to simply be quite and listen for your voice.

And God, if you do not speak, know this… I will still wait on you. I will wait quietly, patiently, and expectancy because I know you WILL move on my behalf.

Amen

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Simply Stated: Just Wait

“ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me..” Habakkuk 2:1

If you want to get God’s vision for your life and ministry, you must want to hear it, you must withdraw from distractions to hear it, and then you must wait to hear it.

The New International Version says, “…I will station myself…” (NIV) What does it mean to station yourself before God? It means stay put. It means, ‘I’m not moving.’ It means, ‘I’m going to be still.’ ‘I’m going to sit here and I am not going to move until I hear from you, God.’

Hurry is the death of prayer. We feel all kinds of pressure to get in a hurry. Yet, God won’t speak to us as we run out the door. He wants us to care enough to linger and listen in our prayer time.

So many times we’re running so revved up, we can’t get slowed down enough to tune into God.

So, how do you slow down? You calm your mind by relaxing your body. You take deep breaths and you relax your muscles and let the tension drain out.

The Bible says David sat before the Lord. Some people think you have to kneel in prayer and that is one of many appropriate ways to pray, but it’s not the most common way of praying in the Bible. The most common form of praying in the Bible is standing with your eyes wide open looking up to heaven and talking out loud to God.

You don’t have to have a speech. You don’t have to be poetic. You don’t even have to speak in complete sentences. Just talk to God like you would normally talk, but then, like any conversation, stop talking and listen – wait to hear from God.

David says there are three things to do as you wait –

Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)
Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)
Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)

And this is so important: you must expect to hear from God. So many do not expect God to give them a dream or an insight. They don’t say that specifically, but their behavior and attitude indicate they are no longer waiting on God, But waiting is the faith factor. We wait expectantly, and waiting on God is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s some of the best time you will ever invest in your ministry.

In the Bible Paul and Silas knew about waiting, and they waited well. Acts 16 tells the story of how they were attacked by a crowd, beaten and thrown in jail. Verse 24 says the jailer put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks. He was making sure they couldn’t escape. But about midnight, God showed up. Now it would have been nice if He’d come a little earlier, but Paul and Silas didn’t seem to mind—they just decided to start singing and began to worship the Lord. They began to wait on God.

So don’t give up! Don’t stop believing! Stay full of hope and expectation. God’s power is limitless, and He’ll breakthrough for you.

Prayer:

Lord, I ask you today to give me strength as I wait on you.
I ask you to forgive me for times when my impatience delayed or hindered you from moving.

Quicken my spirit when I show habitual impatience, as I know victory comes in your timing.

I look forward to our increased time together as I choose from today onward to simply be quite and listen for your voice.

And God, if you do not speak, know this… I will still wait on you. I will wait quietly, patiently, and expectancy because I know you WILL move on my behalf.

Amen

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Just Say It

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…” Ephesians 4:15

I would often ask my husband, “How do I say it?” “How do I tell them the truth?” To which he would say, “Just say it.” He made it sound so simple, but for me it was very difficult. The truth we have stored away in our hearts can be the very thing that can set someone free. Knowing how to tell someone that you feel their addiction is destroying them and that you want to see them live a long blessed life takes love to share. Knowing someone’s character flaw could potentially ruin their marriage takes love to reveal. Sometimes we think, “Why even bother. They already know.” While it is true that most people know what’s wrong in their lives, God tells us to speak the truth in love because it is the truth that will help them grow. It also communicates that you care. God loves us enough to accept us as we are, but He also loves us enough to not let us stay as we are. So He gave us His Word, His Spirit and our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us grow and mature in Him. To hold back the truth from your sister or brother is not loving them. It hinders them from developing into the person God destined them to be. “Rebuke a wise man”, the Bible says, “and he’ll love you.” At the dinner table in front of everyone isn’t the best time or place to rebuke anyone. We often feel bold when surrounded with people or bold when we are writing an email, but love doesn’t seek to embarrass, belittle or attack others. It doesn’t shrink back in fear. Love is faith in action. So sharpen those in your life one on one and face to face because you love them and want to see them succeed. How they receive it is between them and the Lord, but at least you obeyed God and spoke the truth in love.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for accepting me as I am, but loving me enough not to let me remain as I am. Help me grow through Your truth. Help me learn how to speak the truth in love without fear. Fill my heart with love so my loved ones will sense the love when I speak to them what You’ve instructed me to share. And even when they don’t receive it well, help me continue to love them and pray for them. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Proverbs 9:8)

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He’s Not a Weak God

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

There’s something special God wants you to know about Him today. He wants you to know that He’s not a weak God. He’s not a weak God. He’s not a weak God. Mentioned three times purposefully for you to get it in your heart that God is alive and is All Powerful. He is not a weakling. Void of strength. His love is powerful! His wisdom is powerful! His grace is powerful! His promises are powerful! And His Spirit is powerful! Demonstrative. Operative. Full of efficacy. No one can box Him in, set borders around or limit His supernatural ability. No one can change His “No” into a “Yes” or change His “Yes” into a “No”. Nor can anyone say with all of their heart, “Maybe I’ll try some other religion. This Christianity thing just doesn’t work.” That’s a lie from the enemy. It does work because God is alive, real and powerful! The Holy Spirit bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God and that His power is real. And whether He blesses you or not doesn’t change the fact that He is God. Since that’s the case, your attitude must be, “I will not bow to the enemy no matter what! Even if God doesn’t come through for me, like I know He will, I will serve Him and Him only until the day I die.” Trust in God’s power even when it looks like His power has ran out for you. You may say, “God You already did so much for me and I keep failing You.”  But hear the Spirit of God saying today, “My power hasn’t run out for you daughter! I will be glorified in your life! What I will do in and through you will be undeniable! My power is ready to be demonstrated for you!”

Prayer: Hallelujah! Father God, You are my God and You are All Powerful, All Knowing, All Sufficient One and Omnipresent. You are God. Forgive me if I’ve limited Your ability and doubted Your love. Show yourself strong in my life. Be glorified in me and help me do, by Your awesome power, what I can’t do in my own strength. In Jesus name, Amen.

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No More Pity

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”  (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Determine not to spend all of your time looking at your troubles, dwelling on your pain, and thinking of how you’ve been cast down. For every pity party invite you might’ve sent out, go and get it back and say, “I’m not throwing a pity party today! I’m an overcomer through Jesus! I may be facing some challenges, but God’s going to see me through it. I’m not going to be distressed, depressed, perplexed or in despair! My God is with me and is greater than anything I’m facing right now!” Focus on your God, not on your problems. He is bigger! You may be troubled on every side, but God will provide a way out for you. You may be suffering persecution, but God is with you. You may be cast down, but you are not destroyed. If you are still breathing, God has a plan to turn what the enemy has meant for your bad around for your good. God is determined and resolute to be glorified in your life! He wants people to see how you face your challenges and say, “Wow! You must know something I don’t.” To which you can gladly respond, “No, I know Someone you don’t. Let me introduce Him to you.”

Prayer: Father, I thank You that You are with me. You are my God and I’m yours. Through every challenge I face, Your hand will guide me. You are my shelter, my rock and my confidence. I love You Lord. I refuse to throw a pity party when You have been so good to me. Let my faith bring glory to Your name. Be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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God Can Turn Your Folly Into Wisdom

God Can Turn Your Folly Into Wisdom

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1

Knowing Jesus has made a profound change in my life. He truly is my redeemer. I’ve gone from a woman of folly, to a woman of wisdom. Before I came to Him I was a brokenhearted, insecure, misguided mess of a girl. One day in the midst of hurt and confusion, He said, “My child, this is enough. Come follow me, let me show you the way.”

Do you know what he showed me? He pointed me to the book of Proverbs and showed me my folly. He showed me all of my sin and how I wasn’t respecting myself. He showed me how I was tearing down my own house. But then he showed me that I was better than that and I was created for so much more! Jesus took me by the hand, showed me how to be a Godly woman and taught me how to guard my heart, all through his word. He taught me the opposite of what everyone around me was doing, even other Christians! And because of that I am healed and redeemed. There is no more shame, guilt or compromising my worth and standards. The Most High has filled the empty hole in my heart and shown me a love that I never knew existed! Realizing that he has chosen me and has a plan for me has given me the worth, confidence and value that I was missing in my life.

If you are lost and following the ways of the world in your dating relationships and friendships, be encouraged to seek Jesus and let Him heal you. Know that the way of life He is calling you to is real, it is achievable and it will heal you. Ask Him to help you stop those behaviors that don’t agree with His word and who He has created you to be. It will pay off, for God is faithful! His love for you is greater than anyone you will ever know and he desires to see you prosper and grow into a woman of wisdom. Today, make the wise decision to choose His ways and leave your folly behind. You will experience many less broken hearts and much more joy, confidence and peace. Remember that a woman of wisdom is worth more than rubies and gold.

Prayer: Father, thank You for turning my life around. I realize that the only way is Your way and I surrender my will to Yours. I ask that You make me into a woman of wisdom who reflects your essence in every way. In Jesus name, Amen.

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