My job consists of me traveling to different counties every day. I have two routes that look similar and if I don’t pay attention it’s possible to take the wrong turn off the highway. Well to my surprise, that’s is exactly what happen this morning. Once I made the wrong turn, I was unable to turn around. The next exit was about 10 miles away, which would cause me to be almost 20 minutes behind schedule. Immediately, I became anxious and frustrated. Then a few minutes later I calmed myself down and prayed and gave thanks to God for allowing me to take the turn. I know he make all things work together for my good! Besides that, I know he protects me from seen and unseen dangers. When I finally pulled up at work it was 8am. Although I took the wrong turn, God still made sure I was ON TIME! Thank you Jesus!
In life we can start out on the right path but later find ourselves getting off course and taking the wrong turns. Sometimes it’s hard to turn around on your own. Therefore, we need the help of God. In my experiences, God has always met me right there in that place. His grace and mercy is sufficient. Call on him and repent and ask him to help you get back on track. Don’t worry about the time you have lost. Just seek God and trust him with all your heart. He is God…. He created time! He is able to collapsed time and have you exactly where you need to be and have you there ON TIME! Be encouraged!
Verse of Meditation:Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.
I went into the laundry room to dry a load of clothes. Before I started the dryer up, I decided to check the lint filter. To my surprise, it has not been cleaned in a while. The lint was very thick and fuzzy. When the filter is dirty it makes the dryer work harder, resulting in a burned out dryer. This can present a fire hazard.
Which brings me to myself; this past weekend I felt like I was going to have a break down. I have been slammed with task, deadlines, laundry, work, bills, projects, etc… People would call or text me, not with a “Hey how are you doing?” but “Can you?” “Will you”?? “Why not”? I felt just like that dryer; over worked and over heated. No matter how busy I explained to others that I was; they still found a way to add more. If only they took a second to do a lint check. They would have known that I was about to burn out. The Bible teaches us not to be people pleasers. I’m working on balance and learning not to be a “yes” person. One thing I do know; is to ask for wisdom and call on Jesus when I’m in need of rest!
Verse of Meditation: Matthew 11:28 (KJV). Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Last week my husband and I went to the mall to grab a bite to eat. As we approached the food court, I immediately began to start pushing on the heavy steal doors. My husband said, “Babe you don’t have to push on the doors. Look, this door is already open.” Later that night I pondered on what he said. I thought about the many times I’ve tried to go ahead of God and force my way in doors that he had not yet opened. I only made my way harder by overlooking the doors that was automatically design to open for me. I’m learning that walking with God is a lot easier than walking ahead of him. I encourage you to be patient and wait for your open door. God has gone ahead of you to ensure that it will OPEN WIDE!!!!
Verse of Meditation: Revelation 3:8 KJV I know thy works. Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. For thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My name
So…… there is this old, ancient, and heavy electric poll directly behind my sister’s drive way. I have witnessed so many friends and family members back up and hit it. As a result, it has left severe damage to their vehicles. I use to fear being the next victim of that poll Lol! I consciously made a mental note of the pole each and every time I pulled up in her drive way. I decided that I would not be the one to add to that number.
Wisdom is the key to having a great spiritual walk. It helps you to discern things and people that are not always noticeable to the human eye.. .. like that pole! Wisdom helps you to avoid set backs and pitfalls.
See wisdom will teach you if you allow it to. It allows you to learn from others mistakes and avoid making them. So don’t be so quick to judged a pregnant teen, a high school drop out, a drunken, failed marriage, a single mother/father or etc… Just make a mental note of their mishaps or mistakes and avoid the pitfalls. Wisdom is free.. just ask your Father in Heaven.
Verse of meditation: Proverbs 4:5-9. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.
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I can recall so many times that I have been around people who race for a charger when their cell phone is about to go dead. Recently I was with a sister of mines getting her hair done. She looked down at her phone and noticed that her phone was on 1% and immediately she stopped everything to locate a power source. I thought about many times I have been quick to charge my phone when the battery was getting too low. I moved quickly because I didn’t want to leave the activity I was working on or the video I was watching. I knew that if my phone goes completely dead it’s going to take my phone a long time reboot. Therefore, I take preventive measures…… I carry an extra battery pack! Lol!
I could only imagine how effective I would be for the Kingdom of God, if I didn’t allow my spirit get on 1%. Only if I would remember to keep my power source (the word of God) with me every where I go…. If I would be more urgent about prayer and my spiritual growth…. I don’t know about you, but my spirit needs charging more than my cell phone! I can’t afford to lose my position and have any set backs!! So my challenge for you this week is to get your daily recharge from the word and prayer! Lets recharge!!! The Kingdom of God need us to be at 100%
Verse of Meditation: Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Just recently this month, my husband and I attended a marriage retreat; a much-needed retreat! I learned so much that could help enhance our marriage. I was hoping my husband learned just as much as I did, especially things like considering me first etc. On our way back from the retreat I was very sleepy. To add it was starting to get dark outside. My husband knows I can’t see well at night, however he insisted that I drive first so he could sleep. I thought to myself how selfish he was! However, he still insisted that I drive. As I begin to drive, I started getting upset and thinking to myself, don’t he care? Did he learn anything from the retreat? He woke up 2 hours later when we were almost home. I was very tired by then. He noticed and insisted that I pull over so he could drive. I was still upset and full of pride that I told him ” I got it, we are almost home now.” 15 minutes later I drifted off the road and it scared both of us. He sternly insisted that I pull over right away! Therefore, I reluctantly pulled over.
That night I prayed and as much as I hate to admit it; I was praying how my husband should change. The next day the Holy Spirit revealed to me that it was me that needed changing. I need to change my response to my husband when things don’t go my way. My marriage keeps repeating certain cycles, because I won’t change. I immediately started to pray for God to change me, not my husband. I need to take my hands off the stirring wheel and allow God to drive. I have been treating God like I was treating my husband that night. I been saying that I got it, I can handle it. But all God wanted was for me to cast all my cares on Him. He is in control and he will lead me where I need to go. Whenever I take control and try to handle it, I will always run off the road. He never intended for me to “handle it”. He requires I pray and give him all my concerns! Yes, that includes my husband. My job is to love and respect my husband , no matter what he does or doesn’t do for me. Soon as I repented I felt my peace come back. My prayer from now on, is to change me and my response to my husband when he is not living up to my expectations. God is the only one who can change him. My part is simple…. just to love him!
Verse of meditation: Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
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While I was at the hospital last Tuesday visiting my grandfather, I had a talk with my little cousin. I inquired about her youngest son. She explained to me that he was trying to walk. She stated that he stands up; but every time he gets ready to take a step, he stops. It seems as if he is afraid to take a step and walk. I thought to myself; “If he would only stop focusing on the distance and just make a step he will be walking”. Im sure he trust his mother. I know he feels empowered when she reach her hands out and say to him; “Come on baby. You can do it.” However, fear is screaming louder. He allows fear to grip his little body, only to delay him from doing what he is destined to do… and that’s WALK.
Reluctantly to say, but this is how my walk with God has been at times. I have been unsure if I could walk into the things of God. Instead of completely trusting God, I’d go back to my comfort zone. I lacked faith in many areas of my life. I was afraid to stand up and trust Him completely. Therefore, I allowed fear to consume me. Walking with Him was something new and I was afraid of failing and turning around. You see, I didn’t know God enough to trust him with my life…..to trust that he knows what’s best for me.
Fear is not from God. We should not allow it to paralyze us. I had to learn to move with the fear and you can too! God is always there and he is waiting on you. Don’t give up on the dreams He has placed on the inside of you. Get up and walk into it! I can hear him saying “Come on daughter you can do it! I’m with you.” Remember, that it’s better to try and fail, than fail at trying. Henry Ford put it this way; “Those who walk with God always reach their destination”.
Verse of meditation : 2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight
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