If you read my last post you saw I referenced that fact that we have become a society of people that love to binge watch. Well…I’m one of the society. I recently started watching a show about people who have changed the interiors of their homes to display their passion. Sometimes they are odd but they are all interesting because they show how far people will go for things that have become a part of their heart.
I’m sitting watching this show as I’m typing this and honestly I’m in awe of their dedication. The amount of money they spend. And their determination not to give up.
Wow. How much would I get accomplished in my life if I had the same determination not to give up? I probably wouldn’t be binge watching shows on Netflix for a start. But honestly as crazy as it sounds seeing other people achieving their dreams and doing what excites them gives me inspiration.
It allows me to see what can be done in life and how awesome it can be to share your passions with others.
So I will continue to binge watch shows that inspire me, shows that make me think and yes, shows that allow me to not think at all; but with all of that I will place it in perspective and use the inspiration as fuel for my life.
What if life was like a tv show? What if every problem was fixed in 30 or 60 minutes? What would you miss? Would you be the same person you are today?
Life is about the experiences. Imagine how bland our lives would be if we didn’t have the opportunity to experience things good or bad. I had an awesome experience living in San Francisco in my twenties because I decided to not live my life in 30 minute segments. I decided to live my life minute by minute allowing for the grace to enjoy where I was at the time.
This wasn’t easy for me to embrace but once I did embrace it I thoroughly enjoyed my time in San Francisco. Had I not been open I wouldn’t have found a job with a company that allowed me to transfer back home. Through that job doors continued to be open that have led to the position I’m in today.
Were things always neat and tidy? No and honestly I don’t think I would want things neat and tidy. That wasn’t the case, however, when I was in the situation. Mainly because I didn’t understand what God was doing. I didn’t understand when others were promoted or got better jobs when I had prayed for that. I didn’t understand when friends of mine were getting married and I wasn’t even (still isn’t) dating. But I look back now and I realize that my walk wasn’t and isn’t supposed to be the same as someone else’s walk.
I would have missed out on so much if I kept my eyes focused on what I didn’t have or wanting things to be neat and tidy instead of where God was trying to take me.
So even though we live in a microwave world. Even though patience isn’t the norm. Even though we binge watch because we can’t take time to leisurely enjoy a show, I hope I remember to allow slow down and embrace the life I’ve been given.
Midterm elections are coming up in November and campaign ads are already airing. Now I do participate in elections because I believe it’s important since many people have given their lives for the right to vote; however, I do not appreciate the ads.
In my opinion I don’t believe those ad’s say “vote for me”. The only thing I get out of those ad’s is how “I can make myself look better by making you look horrible”. Don’t get me wrong I know that not everyone is out to be cutthroat or cruel but it’s seems as if any type of election brings out the not so best in people.
Honestly, I miss being young enough not to know about politics or about how harsh people can be. But I’m not young enough. So how do I deal with this? I take the good with the bad. I try to focus on a person’s character. I try to remember that we are all human and we all have bad days. I try to remember that I was given grace and so I should extend grace as well.
But most importantly I continue to pray. I pray for patience. I pray for cooperation. I pray for honesty without cruelty. I pray for understanding. And I pray for direction.
My hope, no matter what, has to lie in God. Yes God uses people but if I begin to become more dependent on what people can do for me I am no longer focused on how God has, and is still, taking care of me.
At the end of the day what’s most important is not who is sitting in an elected position…it’s who is sitting in the ultimate position. Is that God or man?
Sometimes the only thing someone needs when they are grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the loss of possessions, the loss of memories is for their friends and family to sit and be with them. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to try and fix it. You don’t have to be a superhero. You only have to just sit and be. Everyone processes grief in their own way but the one thing that remains constant is God’s grace & mercy during their time of grief. He is constantly the comforter and healer. He is patient and He understands.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Rev. 21:4 NKJV)
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. (Psalms 34:18 NKJV)
My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalms 73:26 NJV)
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV)
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Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to belong. She grew up thinking that if she was perfect, never got into trouble, never gave anyone reason to be angry with her she would be loved.
But she couldn’t keep that up. She was human and of course she made mistakes. Some of them caused her to begin to question who she was and why she was here. She thought about how better the world would be if she wasn’t around but something always stopped her from taking her own life.
She continued to grow up searching for that one thing that would make her feel as if she belonged. She got different jobs, moved to different places always believing that something new was going to make things better-but they never did.
Then one day she found Jesus.
On that day she found the one thing she had been searching for all her life-truly unconditional love. Yes she had the love of her family but she always felt as if she had to be good enough to earn their love. Not because of something they said or did but because she was born into sin.
Jesus showed her that true love requires sacrifice and a change of heart. Ever since then she’s been able to grow in her relationships. She’s been able to see her life as valuable and something to be cherished. She’s been able to give of herself to others but most of all she’s been able to live a life knowing that even if no one else loves her Jesus does.
If any of this sounds familiar to you. If you have been struggling with your identity. If you’ve been wondering about your place in this world. If you’ve been feeling directionless. Then I urge you to give your life to Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, I recognize that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I know that Your death on the cross was in direct payment of my sins. I ask that You come into my heart and save me right now.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared some songs that have been ministering to me. Some of them are songs that have recently been released and some of them are songs that have been around for awhile but all of them have the power to uplift, encourage and sometimes make you dance.
CeCe Winans – Pray
Morgan Haper Nichols (w/ Jamie Grace) – Storyteller
For King & Country – Joy
TobyMac – Feel It
MercyMe – Ghost
Lord, help keep me humble. Help me to remember that my life, my job, everything I do is to bring You glory. Your word says that if You are lifted up You will draw men to you. It’s not our job to save souls. It’s our job to show people the love and grace of Christ so that they will desire to know You.
As I learned this weekend it’s easy to want to hold onto the praises of people and let go of the criticism but sometimes it’s the criticism that shows God to us and allows us to show God to others.
My desire is that I use the words and the gifts you have given me to be an encouragement not only to others but to myself as well.
Thank you Lord for this opportunity. Amen.
Today I saw a commercial where someone was asking people to call and request a pouch of spring water that will bring them healing, blessings and the favor of God. Sadly I know that there are people who will send off for the water believing that the power is in the water. The power is not in the water. The power is in the Lord.
You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. (Psalms 77:14 NKJV)
Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!” (1 Kings 18:37-39 NKJV)
And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. The Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:42-43 NKJV)
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. (II Corinthians 13:4 NKJV)
I was looking through my notes and came across a question I had written but after writing it I never really gave it any thought until tonight.
Am I prepared for the next level in my life? This is the question I wrote. This is the question we all need to answer at one point in our lives.
No matter what that next level might be it’s important that we are prepared. Being prepared doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. Being prepared means that you are open to whatever God is doing in your life. It means allowing Him to truly direct your paths and trust that where He is taking you is good.
Noah’s preparation consisted of building an ark and filling it with animals. Jonah’s preparation included being in the belly of a whale for three days. Paul’s preparation sent him to a street called Straight. Mary traveled to Judea for her preparation. The biggest preparation occurred when Jesus let go of His divinity to come and die for our sins. His entire life was one big preparation for His crucifixion.
Nothing about what Noah, Jonah, Paul, Mary or Jesus did was easy and God never said it was going to be easy but they were all open to God’s direction.
So again I ask you…are you prepared for the next level in your life?
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Prayer. It’s the one thing we are told to do all the time and it’s the one thing that seems to be the most difficult to do. But when we do pray, not only do we get what is bothering us off our chest we also are given the opportunity to focus on others. And when should we pray for ourselves and others? All the time. In our car. At work. While we are shopping. When we’re hanging out with friends. When it’s late at night and you can’t sleep. When you wake up and are getting ready to start your day. Prayer should happen all the time.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 NKJV)
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16 NKJV)
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my mediation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you will I pray. My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning I will direct it to you and I will look up. (Psalms 5:1-3 NKJV)
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18 AMP)