Category: Mid-Week Devotionals

Power In Words

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Every Tuesday the owners of my company host a weekly company prayer in the office. Anyone is invited to participate and we use this time to pray for the company, employees and any other situation that may be presented to the group during that time. Last week there were a few pretty heavy prayer requests put before the group and after giving mine the VP of our company asked that I start the prayer off with my request. Normally I attend the prayers but do not vocally participate unless I’m lead by the Spirit. My first notion was to say I’d rather not, but instead quieted my own spirit and allowed His Spirit to flow. And He did just that, His sweet presence was felt all through the office and I had to contain myself and quickly remember that I was at work and not in the sanctuary fighting the urge to scream and cry like I really wanted to! lol Immediately following the prayer my VP pulled me aside and said that he wanted to give me a bit of encouragement. He said that he was led to ask me to open the prayer because he sensed something in me. He went on to say that as soon as I opened my mouth he felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and that he wanted me to remember that there is more power in my words than I think. Wow I was taken back by that and all I could say was thank you and to God be the glory!

Moral of the story today…Watch how you carry yourself and the words that you speak because you never know when you will be called upon to represent HIM! I would have never opened the prayer on my own free will and never would have thought the things that I say would have an impact. Maybe you feel the same way about yourself, doubting that anything you say matters. Guess what it does and we have to be careful what we say and how we say things about ourselves or others. As the scripture says life and death lies in the power of the tongue, so I urge you today to think before you speak. Before you allow any negativity or ill will towards yourself or others roll off of your tongue, consider if you are speaking life or death. Even in the worst of situations, you can still speak positively and life into the situation and ultimately turn your perspective about it around. If we are to be representatives of Christ through our lifestyles we need to do that in every aspect of the word. Go back to the golden rule, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” after all the same scripture goes on to say that you will bear consequences of your words.

So be wise, remain optimistic, speak life and watch your words…there is more power there than you think.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.- Proverbs 18:21

Peace & Blessings,

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Bitter into Sweet

It’s Wednesday ladies and time for our mid-week devotional!

Have you ever given up on things and thought to yourself God is really dealing with me? Why is He being so hard on me? This didn’t go as planned, then that happened, and now this! Just in a woe-is-me funk? Well, this week’s devotional is from Deeper Waters entitled Stories of Beauty. It talks about part of the story of Naomi.

And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. ~Ruth 1:20

I know when I read this I thought “shoot, I know just what you’re talking about Naomi.” I’ve gone through some really bitter and ugly moments in my life and some of those hardships I thought were going to take me out. But see, God saw differently (Praise Him) and now I have a testimony of redemption. He’s turned my bitter into sweet and my ugly into beautiful!

Ladies, nothing is as bad as it may seem. The truth is: not to run from it, but to face it, embrace it, and wait on God to redeem it!DW

Enjoy your Wednesday!!

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Take Up YOUR Cross

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Happy Wednesday Girlfriends! We are just a few days away from the biggest celebration for a Christian…RESURRECTION SUNDAY!!! The day that defines our total being, the day that we celebrate the GREATEST sacrifice, the resurrection of our Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ!!!!

We can so easily get caught up in the Easter Sunday suits, Easter egg hunts and baskets, but today I want us to reflect on the real reason for the celebration…Jesus! He was beaten, abused, spat upon, called out of His name, nailed to a cross…for one reason…you and me. He paid the ultimate price so that we would live again through Him! But it doesn’t stop there. We honor and give much thanks to the price He paid that day, but now what role do you play in all of this? In Matthew 16:24 – 26 Jesus gave a declaration for becoming His disciple:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity]. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Let’s take a moment of self reflection here. Have you really taken this scripture to heart? Have you truly denied yourself, your agenda, your “plan” to follow Jesus. Have you made the declaration that whatever happens in my life I follow Jesus NO MATTER WHAT. How quickly do we turn away from the Master when something doesn’t go our way or according to our own plan? Is the “despair” really worth it? Okay yes, I get it, we are human and we act upon our flesh and emotions at times, but when will we surrender all, throw up our hands and truly say “Lord I’m Yours, use me in anyway you see fit”. I know its hard to digest but it’s right there in the scriptures. If we call ourselves disciples of Christ then we must endure the storms of life, take up our cross, surrender it all, deny our own selfish ambitions and follow Him. Its as simple as that.

Remember this one thing… He already paid it ALL on the cross on Calvary. The broken heart, the misunderstanding, the doubt, the worry, the illness and/or disease, the divorce, the loneliness… He endured it ALL. If He thought that much of you and me, then why must it be so hard for us to follow this one commandment?

Have a blessed remainder of Holy Week and a Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Peace & Blessings,

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“Life……..interrupted”

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Happy Wednesday Ladies! As we live from day-to-day, we often find ourselves planning to be more efficient. Especially us ladies, as little girls we thought about or planned to the “T” specific events or milestones and then life was interrupted; well interrupted by God. Sometimes in life with all of our planning we begin to operate out of the will of God and make decisions that are comfortable, stagnant or even the complete opposite of where God see’s us. When this occurs, God tends to interrupt our plans for the betterment of our future. Only He has the ability to see the danger, the wasted time, the ripple effect it has on our families when we plan outside of God. A lot of times when God interrupts our plans we can get frustrated and discouraged, but always remember He has your back and trust that wherever you were heading doesn’t compare to what awaits where God is taking you.

 

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Worship In The Wait

My Pastor has recently been teaching from the series “Can You Wait?” and let me tell you it has blessed my life tremendously!! I can honestly say that I will never view the process of waiting quite the same. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about it in totality today, but I do want to share a tidbit of it with you and pray that it encourages your heart.

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In the process of waiting it is SO easy for us to put up our petition, say from our mouth that we believe and trust in God but then our actions show something completely different. We say “God has it all in control” but in the back of our minds we already have plan B, C, D, E & F on stand by in the event that the Lord doesn’t respond within what we deem as the right time. Crazy right? The one point that Pastor got through this Sunday was as simple as this “Remember who you are waiting on.” Wow how profound. Like seriously, God doesn’t need our help! Take this passage as an example:

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?” ~Isaiah 40:12

The God that we serve is big, mighty, strong, and well able to reverse whatever it is that we think we can fix on our own! Once the petition goes up we need not do anything else but trust, believe and worship Him while we wait. Realign your focus during your waiting process. Stop looking at the issue, your own desires and/or motives, get out of your feelings and instead focus on Him and Him alone. Ask that He fills you even the more with His Holy Spirit, get busy doing His business, show Him how much He truly means to you, not just what He can do for you, and watch the blessings that will come your way! He is worthy of all the honor, glory, praise and worship that is due His name!

Peace & Blessings,

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Confidence

I readconfidence a devotional this morning that talked about how Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus warned Peter this would happen. But, Peter had complete confidence in himself that it would be absolutely impossible. And as we all know the story, Peter quickly denied Him three times. It continued on to say that Peter needed to trade his self-confidence for confidence in God. Many times we focus on “self” and not enough on God. So, I ask you – What are you facing right now? Are there threatening circumstances hovering over you? Just remember that God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Has God ever failed you? (I didn’t think so) So trade in your self-confidence for confidence in God!

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. ~Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

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Are we fulfilling the Laws of Christ?

Scrolling through social media I came across today’s scripture moment…

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Have you ever had someone in your life go through some tough times or difficult situations…or maybe that someone was you? Have you taken the time to pray for that someone in and through their situation? As Christians, when one suffer or hurt or grieve, we all endure the pain. We’re supposed to carry the burdens of each other. Today, I charge you with fulfilling one of Christ’ laws to carry that burden with your brother, sister, friend, or neighbor. Connect with that person and help with their load. Are you your sister and brother’s keeper?

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“The Right Heart”

It’s Wednesday ladies and I found that I recently had an issue accessing my email. I’m not sure if I typed the wrong key when I first created the password, or if I just can’t simply remember. Then I thought, has my account been hacked? I ended up becoming frustrated, and made sure I took the proper security measures for everything that I could, my home, car, emails, the kids things and work stuff. Notice the things I mentioned………no where did I mention my heart. Is my heart not just as valuable, if not more than the things I make an effort in guarding? A few weeks ago I read a devotional from Wisdom Hunters about this very thing. The scripture was:

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Lets emphasize the EVERYTHING part; everything we do flows from our heart. Think about your hearts’ current state, is it healthy? Not just from a medical or physiology stand point, but from a spiritual aspect. Is it filled with the Holy Spirit, does the fruits of the spirit dwell there? After all, this is the very place our hopes and dreams come from, yet the place that can be broken. The very place where we speak life into someone else, yet the place that rest forgiveness that steals life. The very place that houses and casts away fears. The devotional speaks on submitting our hearts to Christ and allowing Him to guard our hearts. What better security than God himself, but just like we do with our emails every once in a while maintenance is required, a heart check is required, what seems to be flowing from your Heart?

You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. ~Matthew 12:34

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ~Luke 6:45.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. ~Galatians 5:22-23

Lets work on getting our Hearts Right Ladies!!

 

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The Greatest Love of All

Happy Wednesday Ladies! As we all know this Sunday is Valentine’s Day, a day that is set aside to celebrate all things love and those that are closest to your heart. On this day women look forward to receiving candy, flowers, jewelry and cute stuffed animals from the man that they love. Most stores are covered in pink and red, tv commercials hint around to buying the perfect gift, and there we sit in anticipation of this great day.

Yeah this may be true for some, however it is not the case for all. I remember a time when I hated the thought of Valentine’s Day, when I would quote “Love is for Suckas” and spend the day drowning my sorrows in sad songs, junk food and excessive cleaning. I recently read a devotion from Proverbs 31 Ministries titled “When You Hate Valentine’s Day” which brought my mind back to the those “sad’ days where I felt like I would never find the love that I so desired. If I would have only read this devotion all those years ago and realized who my true first love was and just how much HE loved me instead of focusing on my pain then I would have understood further that it was all working for my good. There was a reason HE allowed that heartache in my life, HE was directing my attention back to HIM and the greatest love that I would ever experience…the love of JESUS CHRIST!

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So today I want to leave you with that same message. If you are feeling like I or the author in the devotion was about Valentine’s Day…don’t. You may not see it or feel it today but there is a reason for your pain. Take your focus off of it and put it back on CHRIST who is standing before you with the best gift you could ever receive…HIS undying love, which girlfriends is the greatest gift of all…

Peace & Blessings,

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You Belong to Him

belongHi ladies! Today I’m here to simply remind you of whom you belong to. Now due to some disappointments, failures, and heartaches, you may have forgotten – to whom you belong. The devil does his best work when you are not at your best. He can convince you that you’re worthless, undeserving, and full of insecurity. But the Word simply says:

Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong. –Ephesians 2:19-22

So no matter what, just remember that you belong to God and He’s always got your back!

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