Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Release

As a very wise man once said to me while I was worrying about something for a while: 

"You've tried to control and do it YOUR OWN way your entire life, how is that working out for you?  Perhaps it's time to let someone else worry about it a bit?" 

Sage advice! 

If things are not working out as well as you had hoped, and you are doing it your own way, perhaps we have little to lose by handing it over to the Lord and let Him take a shot at It? 

:)  

Stay Strong!!!


"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…"
(Psalm 37:7, NKJV)

Are you struggling with trying to make a dream come to pass? 

Are you frustrated in a relationship, trying to make someone else change or live right? 

You may mean well, you may have good goals, but if you are trying to orchestrate things to happen your way on your timetable, you are only going to frustrate yourself. 

At some point, you have to turn those circumstances over to God and TRUST that He has your best interest at heart.

How do you turn things over to God? 

Start by making the choice and declaring your resolve. 

Simply say, 

"Father, I choose to let You be God of this situation. 

I take my hands off.
 
I trust You." 

Then, choose to worship Him. 

Worship is one of the best ways to set your heart and mind in the right place. 

You can't worry and worship at the same time! 

Worship is a sign that you are trusting God; worry is a sign that you are trying to control things.

Today, take the pressure off of yourself and turn things over to God. 

Give Him control and let Him take your setbacks and turn them into comebacks. 

Remember, the God who holds the universe holds you in the palm of His hand. 

TRUST Him and let God be God in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I choose to release every care and concern into Your loving hands. I refuse to worry and choose to trust. Fill me with Your peace. Show me Your ways as I surrender every area of my heart and life to You in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From "Today's Word"

Stay Strong 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Release Total Control

"Those who Hope in me will not be disappointed."
(Isaiah 49:23, NIV)

Never Disappointed

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What a powerful promise we have from Almighty God! 

When we put our hope in Him, we will NEVER be disappointed. 

Never!!!

Of course, that doesn't mean that things will always go our way. 

There may be "temporary" disappointments, but we will NEVER be permanently disappointed. 

Somewhere down the road, God will cause it to all work out for our good. 

With God on your side, you will  ALWAYS end in victory!

Are you carrying frustration, worry or aggravation about something? 

That's usually a clear sign that your hope is in the wrong place. 

If you hope in circumstances, it will deplete you of joy and peace. 

But when you turn those circumstances over to God, when you refuse to worry, when you refuse to allow the temporary things of this world to dictate your happiness, that's when God can do a work in your life. 

When you TRUST in Him, He will make your crooked places straight; 

He will cause you to mount up with wings like the eagle.

Today, choose to put your hope in the Father. 

You won't be disappointed. 

Trust Him because He is faithful. 

Find rest for your soul in knowing that He is good, and He has good things in store for your future!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, today I give You every frustration, every aggravation, every difficulty. I release total control into Your loving and able hands. Speak to my heart and give me Your peace. Show me Your love as I place my hope in You in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

Stay Strong!!!

From "Today's Word"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Who????

Happy Monday All!!  

Just another calendar day in the week - Do not let it get you down!  

"Monday" offers just as much promise and HOPE as any other day of the week!  

WE define it!  

WE choose what type of day today will be!!

Not the other way around! :)  

Stay Strong!

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"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
            (Romans 8:31, NIV)

On Your Side!

Joshua chapter six tells the story about how the odds were stacked against Joshua and the people of Israel. 

They were standing at the massive walls of Jericho that many thought were impenetrable.

I'm sure as he was standing before the well-fortified walls and gates of the city, many around him didn't think his future was too bright. 

But you see Joshua had something others overlooked; he had the promise of Almighty God. 

Joshua had faith because He knew God was on His side, and God had already determined the victory. 

Sure enough, just as God promised, the people marched around the city for six days, and on the seventh day, they shouted the victory and the walls came tumbling down!

Today, don't look at the walls in your life; look at the promise of God. 

He is for you, and if God is for you, NOTHING can stand against you. 

Get a vision of victory and don't let it go. 

Keep moving forward in faith and obedience knowing that when you do, the Most High God is on your side!

A Prayer for Today

"Father God, thank You for Your favor, grace and victory in my life. I choose to trust You. I choose to follow Your leading. I choose to be faithful to You because You are faithful to me. I love You and bless You in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Drained? Rise up!!!

"He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength."
(Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)

Everyone goes through seasons in life that seem overwhelming; times when you've felt drained of strength and power. 

But you haven't been left without hope. 

You haven't been left without an answer. 

The God of heaven and earth is near you, and He promises to give you strength and might to overcome.

Where does this strength and power come from? 

It comes directly from Him. 

When you connect with Him, you are connecting to your power source. 

It's like plugging a lamp into a light socket. 

You "plug in" through prayer, reading the Word and worshipping Him. 

You "turn on" the switch by the words of your mouth—by declaring what God says.

Remember, you don't have to let the difficult times overwhelm you. 

Rise up and connect with Him because He is your source of strength! 

He promises to equip and empower you for victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

"Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor, strength and grace at work in my life. I turn my focus on You today. I turn my thoughts on You. I set my heart and love upon You because You are good. Thank You for filling me with strength, might and power to overcome in Jesus' name! 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Release

"Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense."
(Proverbs 19:11, AMPC)

When Things Are Out of Control

Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, be frustrated or get offended. 

Maybe you had plans that didn't work out, or someone was rude to you at the office. 

Maybe you were doing something that should have taken one hour, and it ended up taking three. 

Life is full of inconveniences, but even though we can't always control our circumstances, we can control our reaction. 

I heard somebody say, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond."

We should always go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God's favor. 

But at the same time, we should recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we plan. 

Remember, we were created to live in peace. 

Peace is our position of power. 

If you get stressed because you got off schedule, or upset because your child wouldn't eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, what you're doing is giving away your power. 

Instead, make the decision to release those offenses and disappointments so you can live in peace and enjoy the day as the blessing God prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, today I release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to You. I choose to keep the peace that You have given me. I look forward to today knowing that You are with me, leading me in victory in Jesus' name! 
Amen."

From Today's Word 

Stay Strong!!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just Do It

"I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments."

(Psalm 119:60, NKJV)

Don't Delay

Isn't it interesting how easy it is to put things off? 

We plan on doing something. 

We have good intentions. 

We just plan to do it later.

 "One day, I'm going to start exercising.

 One day, I'm going to get my finances in order.

 One day, I'm going to forgive that person who hurt me." 

The problem with this kind of thinking is that "one day" never comes. 

There will always be some reason to keep delaying it.

Is there something in your heart that you know you need to do? 

Maybe God has been dealing with you, and you keep putting it off. 

You think:

"As soon as I get through this busy season, then I'll spend more time with my family." 

"As soon as the price of gas goes down, then I'll start tithing my income." 

"As soon as my child gets out of diapers, then I'm going to get my family back in church." 

But friend, good intentions don't equal obedience. 

The quicker you do what you feel down in your spirit, the happier you're going to be. 

Don't let unfinished business keep you from God's best. 

Step out. 

Obey His voice and walk in the blessing He has for you!

A Prayer for Today

"Father, thank You for Your patience and grace toward me. Search my heart. Show me the way to go. I choose to obey Your voice quickly and honor You in all that I do in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From "Today's Word" 

Stay Strong!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Comforter

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…"
(Isaiah 66:13, NIV)

The God of Comfort

Oftentimes when people face challenges, they seek comfort by surrounding themselves with things that are familiar. 

It may be work, a sport or hobby; it may be relationships; or of course, we all know about comfort food. 

But those things are only temporary, and they can only bring temporary comfort. 

True, lasting comfort is available, and it's only found in a personal relationship with God the Father through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

According to Webster's dictionary, comfort means:

"To give strength and hope; to ease grief or trouble."
 
No matter what difficulty you may be facing today, God wants to bring you comfort. 

Like a mother cares for her child, He longs to give you strength, hope and confidence. 

Make the decision to put Him first in every area of your life. 

Let go of those things you know are holding you back. 

Let Him be Lord over all! 

As you surrender to His grace, you will be filled with His peace and joy. 

You'll be empowered to overcome every obstacle, and you will live in victory all the days of your life.

A Prayer for Today

"Father in heaven, I come to You today and invite You to fill my whole being. Give me Your lasting comfort and strength. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to live in the victory You have established for me in Jesus' name. 
Amen."

From "Today's Word "

Stay Strong!!!!